2018 has been Ayushmann Khurrana’s year with two big critical and box-office successes – Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho.
While there have been many films that have won accolades, a thumbs up from critics and fans alike, only a few made it to the top 10 Indian movies of 2018 on IMDB’s list.
Among them, ranking at the top is Ayushmann Khurrana’s Andhadhun. Directed by Sriram Raghavan, the thriller also starred Tabu, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan, Manav Vij, Zakir Hussain and others.
Sriram Raghavan’s thriller ‘Andhadhun’ emerged as the most popular film as per user ratings in the year, followed by Tamil films Ratsasan and 96, bilingual Tamil-Telugu biographical drama Mahanati and Amit Sharma’s Badhaai Ho.
While films like Ranbir Kapoor’s Sanjay Dutt biopic titled Sanju, Alia Bhatt’s spy-thriller Raazi, Akshay Kumar’s PadMan and Rajkummar Rao’s horror-comedy Stree all made it to the top 10 on IMDB’s Indian movie of the year, but none of them came close to challenge Andhadhun for the top position.
In fact, Ayushmann’s second release of the year, Badhaai Ho, which also starred Sanya Malhotra, Neena Gupta, Gajraj Rao and Surekha Sikri, also made it to the list of top 10 Indian movies.
In an exclusive interview with the Hindu, IMDb, prompting the founder and CEO of the film database website, Col Needham says, “I can’t think of another country where [films are] so vibrant and cross-cultural. You can’t have just one list of the best movies [here], you need to have them for different regions.” Along with Indian television series, IMDb plans to concentrate on films beyond Bollywood.
As the number of IMDb users grows in India, Mr. Needham is hopeful that desi content and talent will find a wider international audience.
“We are now at the point where we have more than 2,00,000 pages of films, TV, celebrity and filmmakers for IMDb [in India] and that number is growing. Those pages are visited by people from 190 countries. Seventy per cent of the page views are in India, but 30% are in other countries,” he said.
But is the website as influential in India? “I think it’s early days for me to comment on that,” he said.
“We had an industry VIP cocktail reception, where I met Sriram Raghavan, who said that he has been an IMDb user for a long time,” said Mr. Needham, adding that its an indicator of Indian film professionals using the website to discover talent and network.
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