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News18 Movie Awards: Nominees For Best Film

In the fourth edition of News18 Movies Awards, we select nominees in various popular categories and allow our readers decide the outcome. Take our poll to vote and choose your favourite film of 2016.


Updated:February 10, 2017, 7:01 PM IST
News18 Movie Awards: Nominees For Best Film
Image: Official posters of Neerja, Dangal

From small-budget gems to big Bollywood blockbusters, some of the best films in the recent years hit the theatres in 2016. It was a year that saw a transition of sorts with the cinephiles accepting genuine performances than just make-believe. Despite a few dreadful misfires, viewers found Bollywood films/performances spanning across crucial issues – drug abuse, mental illness, distorted gender expectations, a dysfunctional family, etc - that were worth bringing to the fore.

In the fourth edition of News18 Movies Awards in association with United Colours of Benetton, we select nominees in various popular categories and allow our readers decide the outcome.

Take our poll here to vote and choose your favourite actor of 2016.


A biopic on Neerja Bhanot, the Pan Am flight purser who showed no qualms in saving passengers on board a hijacked plane in 1986. Directed by Ram Madhvani, the film revolved around the story of an ordinary woman who showed immense courage while performing her duty. Sonam Kapoor as Neerja was lauded tremendously for her career-defining performance.


There may have been several films that talk about the dilemmas and troubles of homosexuals in conventional and old-fashioned Indian society. But there hasn’t been even a single Bollywood project that has been true and convincing in representing such stories. But Hansal Mehta’s Aligarh was compelling in the depiction of the lives of Marathi professor of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras. While Manoj plays and Rajkummar Rao as Delhi-based reporter of a national daily.


If there was any film in 2016 that dealt with the idea of gender equality in the most convincing and intelligent way, it had to be Dangal. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, the film featured Aamir Khan in the role of wrestler and Olympic coach Mahavir Singh Phogat. While its box office success explained the huge number of takers it received, the critical acclaim it earned spoke volumes about its content. For many, it was Aamir Khan’s unbelievable performance as a wrestler and also an overweight, ageing man that made it the best film of 2016.

Udta Punjab

Co-written and directed by Abhishek Chaubey, Udta Punjab was not just hard-hitting, but also not so comfortable to watch. The reason? Its gripping account of the ongoing drug crisis in Punjab that is leaving a negative impact on the youth there. Udta Punjab was also a historical movie in multiple ways. In addition to its success in dealing with the contentious issue of cross-border drug trafficking with faith, it also came across as a prime example to question the significance of adherence to outdated censorship models in modern India.


Pink wasn’t meant for the faint hearted. Referred to as the best courtroom dramas that have been released in Bollywood in the recent past, Pink was a stark reminder of what any Indian women could be subjected to irrespective of her location. Directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink wasn’t just a significant film, but also excellently executed. It was a massive leap for Hindi cinema.

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| Edited by: Kriti Tulsiani
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