2016: Bollywood dares, succeeds, sets higher benchmark

Airlift: Director Raja Menon walks the tightrope between drama, emotion and patriotism in this biopic, which also saw a nuanced performance by Akshay Kumar as the arrogant millionaire who gets in touch with his humane side when he empathises with his stranded and helpless compatriots in Kuwait.

2016’s not been the best year, but it’s not been the worst of years for Bollywood either, seeing a fair share of forgettable, overlooked, undervalued and oh-so-over-rated films too. As the year draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the best of the year – a list that is entirely my own, based on Hindi films I have seen this year (in random order).