Covering movies from five different languages across India, Pycker has a database of virtually every movie released in a particular week from Tollywood, Bollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood, and Bengali. Not just limited to a single language, here we are presenting India's Best Movie Of The Week, which singles out the one best movie the week has seen across all the five languages.
Long long ago! Of course, it was already about 10 months during the week of 17-22 December 2018, we have witnessed a Golden Week of Indian Cinema what with multiple good to great films releasing in all languages (the said given + Kannada) at the same time. We’re spoiled for choices. And it was the toughest week to pick Pycker India’s Beat Movie of the Week. But it was a rewarding exercise in the end.
Now, in Week 40 of 2019, and coincidentally on the same day Pycker India’s Best Movie of the Week celebrates its golden jubilee (Yes! It’s 50 weeks that this flagship weekly feature runs. Congratulate us!), we have another Golden Week of Indian Cinema.
See what movies we have! Bengali Cinema has 4 releases for the Pujo (Dasara and Durga Puja). Bollywood comes up with War. And then there is the Hollywood classic Joker. Never one to shy from competition, Telugu Cinema comes up with Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. Tamil film that released this week is a classic. Malayalam Cinema has four releases and every film got positive reviews.
Without further ado, jump into the table to check all the details about the films.
|1||War||Siddharth Anand||Hrithik Roshan, Tiger Shroff, and Vaani Kapoor||2.7||Hindi|
|2||Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy||Surender Reddy||Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapati Babu, Kiccha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayantara, Tamannaah||3.3||Telugu|
|3||Joker||Todd Phillips||Joaquin Phoenix||4.2||English|
|4||Chanakya||Thiru||Gopichand, Mehreen Pirzada, and Zareen Khan||2.3||Telugu|
|5||Asuran||Vetrimaaran||Dhanush and Manju Warrier||3.6||Tamil|
|6||100% Kadhal||Chandra Mouli||G V Prakash Kumar and Shalini Pandey||1.0||Tamil|
|7||Mitin Mashi||Arindam Sil||Koel Mallick and Vinay Pathak||3.0||Bengali|
|8||Password||Kamaleswar Mukherjee||Dev, Paoli Dam, Rukmini Maitra, Adrit Roy and Parambrata Chatterjee||2.8||Bengali|
|9||Gumnaami||Srijit Mukherjee||Prosenjit Chatterjee||2.8||Bengali|
|10||Satyanweshi Byomkesh||Sayantan Ghoshal||Parambrata Chatterjee and Rudranil Ghosh||3.0||Bengali|
|11||Jallikkattu||Lijo Jose Pellissery||Antony Varghese, Chemban Vinod Jose and Sabumon||4.1||Malayalam|
|12||Vikrithi||Emcy Joseph||Suraj Venjaramoodu and Soubin Shahir||3.2||Malayalam|
|13||Pranaya Meenukalude Kadal||Kamal||Vinayakan, Saiju Kurup, Dileesh Pothan, Riddhi Kumar||3.0||Malayalam|
|14||Adhyarathri||Jibu Jacob||Biju Menon and Anaswara Ranjan||3.2||Malayalam|
India's Best Movie of the Week
Among the four Bengali releases, Srijit Mukherji’s Gumnaani is the highly anticipated release. There’s the mandatory Byonkesh Bakshi film. And then there is the first Bengali female detective Mitin Mashi (maternal aunt Mitin) making her big-screen debut. Apart from these, there’s the techno-thriller Password. Mouthwatering choice. Every film is watchable for one reason or the other.
Bollywood has finally given the Greek God Hrithik Roshan a film his stardom and capabilities deserve. War! An ultimate celebration of hifi action film. And who’s better than Hrithik Roshan to act in such a film. As a smaller matter, Tiger Shroff faces him off. It created all sorts of box office records. On the opening day, it collected 53.51 Cr. - the biggest Bollywood opener ever in India. Of course! The film is one of the best escapist entertainment.
Telugu Cinema once again flexed it’s newfound pan-India box office muscles with Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The epic historical action drama tells the story of who is considered India’s first freedom fighter, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. The Mega Star brought out the best actor hidden in himself and delivered one of the greatest performances in recent times.
He defied age and language barriers to win acclaim nationwide. The movie went on to become the biggest grosser if the week with 60.65 Cr. (India Nett beating War) once again proving Telugu Cinema is fast becoming the cosmopolitan representation of Indian Cinema.
Again there is a Dhanush film in the direction of Vetrimaaran. And again one more classic. Tamil film Asuran is not just a good film. It is a true blue classic which tells the story of a murder, a teenage fugitive and his father’s struggle to save him from being slaughtered by upper-class men. Subtle in its political message and stunningly acted (Dhanush played a character which is a decade and a half older than his real self in a power-packed and National Award-worthy performance). That Vereimaaran makes great films is as much true as Sun rises in the East like our own review said.
In a stunning way, all the four releases in Malayalam Cinema received good to great reviews. But among them is a once in a generation film. Directed by Lijo Jose Pellissary, who is already popular among film buffs outside of Kerala too, the film Jallikattu is the pinnacle of mad mad mad filmmaking greatness. You have to watch it to believe it.
So, despite these many worth-watching films this week, our pick is quite easy in the end. Once in a generation film! Nothing can beat it, right? So,
We say... (you guessed it right)
Jallikattu is Pycker India’s Best Movie of the Week.
Give a big hand to director Lijo Jose Pellissary and his team which includes Prashant Pillai (music director), Girish Gangadharan (cinematographer), Deepu Joseph (editor), K. V. Gokul Das (art director), and of course, the production house - Opus Penta and the distributors - Friday Film House. And the actors.
Strong Recommendation: All films except the entries 4&6 in the above table.
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Previous Best Movie of the Week Winners
|22-27 October 2018||French Viplavam||Maju||
Sunny Wayn, Lal,
Chemban Vinod Jose,
and Lal Jose
|29 Oct - 3 Nov 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5-10 November 2018||Madhupal||
Tovino Thomas, Nimisha Sajayan,
Dileesh Pothan, and Lijo Mol Jose
|12-17 November 2018||Pihu||Vinod Kapri||Myra Vishwakarma and Prerna Sharma||2.9||Hindi|
|19-24 November 2018||Generation Aami||Mainak Bhaumik||
Ritabrata Mukherjee, Aparajita Aadhya,
Shantilal Mukherjee, and Sauraseni Maitra
|26 Nov - 1 Dec 2018||2.0||Shankar||
Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar,
and Amy Jackson
|3-8 December 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|10-15 December 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|17-22 December 2018||Balaji Tharaneetharan||
Vijay Sethupathi, Vijay Sethupathi,
Gayathrie, Parvathy, Remya Nambeesan,
and J Mahendran
|24-29 December 2018||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|31 December 2018 - 5 January 2019||Bijoya||Kaushik Ganguly||
Kharaj Mukherjee, Rajatava Dutta,
Shantilal Mukherjee, and Nigel Akkara
|7-14 January 2019||F2: Fun and Frustration||Anil Ravipudi||
Mehreen Kaur Pirzada, and Rajendra Prasad
|14-19 January 2019||Shah Jahan Regency||Srijit Mukherjee||
Parambrata Chatterjee, Abir Chatterjee,
Swastika Mukherjee, Anirban Bhattacharya,
and Anjan Dutt
|21-26 January 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|28 Jan - 2 Feb 2019||Peranbu||Ram||
Mammootty, Anjali, Sadhana, and Anjali Ameer
|4-9 February 2019||9 (Nine)||Jenuse Mohammed||
Prithviraj Sukumaran, Master Alok,
Mamta Mohandas, Wamiqa Gabbi,
and Prakash Raj
|11-16 February 2019||Gully Boy||Zoya Akhtar||
Ranveer Singh, Siddhant Chaturvedi,
Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, and Vijay Raaz
|18-23 February 2019||Nagarkirtan||Kaushik Ganguly||Riddhi Sen and Ritwick Chakraborty||4.7||Bengali|
|25 Feb - 2 Mar 2019||Sonchiriya||Abhishek Chaubey||
Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar,
Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey,
and Ashutosh Rana
|4-9 March 2019||Badla||Sujoy Ghosh||
Amitabh Bachchan, Tapsee Pannu,
Amrita Singh, and Tony Luke
|11-16 March 2019||Nedunalvaadai||Selvakannan||Poo Ram, Mime Gopi, and Anjali Nair||3.7||Malayalam|
|18-23 March 2019||Kesari||Anurag Singh||Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Rakesh Chaturvedi Om, and Vivek Saini||3.5||Hindi|
|25-30 March 2019||Super Deluxe||Thiagarajan Kumararaja||Vijay Sethupathi, Ramya Krishnan, Samantha Akkineni, Fahadh Faasil, Ashwanth, and Mysskin||4.0||Tamil|
|1-6 April 2019||Majili||Shiva Nirvana||Naga Chaitanya, Samantha, Divyansha Kaushik, Rao Ramesh, Posani Krishna Murali, Subbaraju, and Srinivas Avasarala||3.1||Telugu|
|8-13 April 2019||Tarikh||Churni Ganguly||Saswata Chatterjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, and Raima Sen||3.8||Bengali|
|15-20 April 2019||Jersey||Gowtam Tinnanuri||Nani, Shraddha Srinath, Sathyaraj, and Sathyaraj||3.5||Telugu|
|22-27 April 2019||Uyare||Manu Ashokan||Parvathy, Tovino Thomas, and Asif Ali||3.9||Malayalam|
|29 Apr - 4 May 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|6-11 May 2019||Konttho||Shiboprosad Mukherjee and Nandita Roy||Shiboprosad Mukherjee, Paoli Dam, and Jaya Ahsan||3.8||Bengali|
|13-18 May 2019||Ishq||Manu Ashokan||Shane Nigam, Ann Sheethal, and Shine Tom Chacko||3.4||Malayalam|
|20-25 May 2019||Durgesgorer Guptodhon||Dhrubo Banerjee||Abir Chatterjee, Arjun Chakraborty, and Ishaa Saha||3.4||Bengali|
|27 May - 1 Jun 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|3-8 June 2019||Virus||Aashiq Abu||Rima Kallingal, Tovino Thomas, Revathy, Soubin Shahir, Dileesh Pothan, Kunchacko Boban, Soubin, Madonna Sebastian, Chemban Vinod Jose, Parvathy, and Asif Ali||4.0||Malayalam|
|10-15 June 2019||Game Over||Ashwin Saravana||Tapsee Pannu and Vinodhini||3.3||Tamil and Telugu|
|17-22 June 2019||Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya||Swaroop RSJ||Naveen Polishetty and Shrutii Sharma||3.1||Telugu|
|24-29 June 2019||Article 15||Anubhav Sinha||Ayushmann Khurrana, Sayani Gupta, Isha Talwar, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Manoj Pahwa, and Kumud Mishra||3.8||Hindi|
|1-6 July 2019||Oh Baby||Nandini Reddy||Samantha, Lakshmi, Rajendra Prasad, Naga Shaurya, Rao Ramesh, and Pragathi||3.2||Telugu|
|8-13 July 2019||Super 30||Vikas Vahl||Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Tripathi, and Virendra Saxena||3.1||Hindi|
|15-20 July 2019||Aadai||Rathna Kumar||Amala Paul, Sriranjani, and Ramya Subramanian||3.1||Tamil|
|22-27 July 2019||Thanneermathan Dinangal||A. D. Girish||Vineeth Sreenivasan, Mathew Thomas, Udaharanam Sujatha fame Anaswara Rajan, Irshad, and Nisha Sarang||3.5||Malayalam|
29 Jul 2019 - 3 Aug 2019
|Rakshasudu||Ramesh Varma||Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Anupama Parameshwaran, Rajeev Kanakala, and Saravanan||3.1||Telugu|
|5-10 August 2019||Ambili||John Paul George||Soubin Shahir, Tanvi Ram, and Naveen Nazim||3.6||Malayalam|
|12-17 August 2019||Shantilal O Projapoti Rohosyo||Pratim D. Gupta||Paoli Dam, Ritwick Chakraborty, and Srijit Mukherji||3.6||Bengali|
|19-24 August 2019||Kousalya Krishnamurthy||Bheemineni Srinivasa Rao||Aishwarya Rajesh, Sivakarthikeyan, Rajendra Prasad, and Jhansi||3.1||Telugu|
26-31 August 2019
|2-7 September 2019||Magamuni||Kumar Santha||Arya, Mahima Nambiar and Indhuja Ravichandran||3.4||Tamil|
|9-14 September 2019||Section 375||Manish Gupta||Akshaye Khanna, Richa Chadha, Meera Chopra, Rahul Bhatt, and Atul Kulkarni||3.2||Hindi|
|16-21 September 2019||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|23-28 September 2019||Rajlokkhi O Srikanto||Pradipta Bhattacharya||Ritwick Chakraborty, Rahul Banerjee, Aparajitha Ghosh Das, and Jyotika Jyoti||4.0||Bengali|