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Celeb recommends: Here are five Hindi films that author Balaji Vittal wants you to watch

The National Award-winning author's book on Bollywood's most iconic villains, titled Pure Evil, was released recently

Srivathsan Nadadhur
Dec 28, 2021
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Author Balaji Vittal

Author, columnist Balaji Vittal is an authority second to none when it comes to understanding Bollywood and its tropes, right from its inception. A corporate professional by the day, he is a National-Award winning writer, who has co-authored biographies of SD Burman, RD Burman besides a book titled Gaata Rahe Mera Dil. His latest release is a book based on Hindi cinema's feared villains who have left a lasting impact on audiences. Here are five films that Balaji Vittal recommends you to watch.

1
New York
6.9OTTplay Rating
Starring John Abraham, Katrina Kaif and Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead roles, the film directed by Kabir Khan is a relevant take on the aftermath of 9/11 on the minorities living in the US. The story takes off when Omar (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is arrested by the FBI for possessing illegal arms and is asked to spy on his old friend Sameer (John Abraham), a suspect terrorist. Is there truth to the claim that Sameer has turned into a terrorist? Will Omar betray his friend and his trust? Audiences are in store for a gripping drama that has indeed aged well with time.
2
Ittefaq
7OTTplay Rating
Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Sonakshi Sinha and Akshaye Khanna in pivotal roles, the film is helmed by Abhay Chopra and backed by Karan Johar. The murder mystery is an official remake of the Rajesh Khanna classic of the 60s, originally directed by Yash Chopra. The film revolves around Dev (Akshaye Khanna), a police officer, trying to unravel the mystery behind a double murder case that has only two witnesses - a writer Vikram (Siddharth Malhotra) and young homemaker Maya (Sonakshi Sinha). While Dev is convinced with both their versions of the story, he is yet to find concrete answers.
3
Article 15
8.5OTTplay Rating
The hard-hitting film, addressing casteism in the heart of UP, played a huge part in reviving the career of its filmmaker Anubhav Sinha. The story is set in Lalgaon village, where two Dalit girls are abducted on a school bus and an IPS officer Ayan Ranjan needs to trace their whereabouts. Shockingly, the two girls are found hanging on a tree. Will Ayan prove successful in tackling a burning social issue and ensuring punishment to the wrongdoers? Watch, to know more. Stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Nassar, Zeeshan Ayub and Manoj Pahwa.
4
Saaransh
8.6OTTplay Rating
Featuring Rohini Hattangadi, Anupam Kher and Soni Razdan in the lead, Saaransh tells the story of an old couple, B.V Pradhan and Parvati, who lend a room on rent after the recent death of their son, the only breadwinner of the family. Sujata, a struggling actress starts living with the couple, and is in a relationship with Vilas Chitre, a local politician's son. Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, not many would know that the moving family drama is edited by David Dhawan, known for his hit comic capers with Govinda in the 90s.
5
Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin
7OTTplay Rating
One of critically acclaimed director Sudhir Mishra's earlier films, Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin features an ensemble cast comprising Murad Ali, Tara Deshpande, Kishore Kadam, Ashish Vidyarthi and Manoj Pahwa in key roles. The film is a superb thriller focusing on Ramanbhai, a don in Bombay and his bitter rival Vilas Pandey. Ramanbhai is desperate to win the love of a woman, Pooja, an attempt thwarted by the latter's boyfriend, Aditya. What's the price that Aditya has to pay for taking on the underworld baron?


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