Bollywood consistently produces some of the best in international cinema. (Heck, it gave us Priyanka Chopra, so you know it has to be good.) Here are ten must-see movies coming out of the Indian film industry in 2018.
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Release date: January 25, 2018
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, and Ranveer Singh
About: This epic drama, set in medieval India, tells the story of Queen Padmavati, who is known for her beauty and sense of justice. Word of Padmavati's looks spreads and eventually starts a war. Some viewers have criticized the storyline as regressive, but the visuals are definitely worth heavy praise.
Release date: February 9, 2018
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor, and Radhika Apte
About: Lakshmi, a newly-married welder, causes an upset when he sets out to revolutionize the manufacturing of pads for women. Um, a movie about menstrual equity? Where do we get tickets?
Release date: March 23, 2018
Starring: Rani Mukerji
About: A woman with Tourette's syndrome gets a job as a teacher at an elite school and tries to help her students students reach their full potential.
Release date: March 30, 2018
Starring: Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani
About: This thriller follows an army man who goes up against drug lords and Russian bad guys to save the daughter of an ex-lover. So, think: Taken in Goa.
Release date: April 6, 2018
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh, and Omi Vaidya
About: Get ready for drama with this thriller about a man who secretly blackmails his wife and her lover when he discovers their affair.
Release date: April 13, 2018
Starring: Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, and Gitanjali Rao
About: The story follows co-workers Dan and Shiuli. Dan is the carefree type; Shiuli is very responsible. When Dan is a no-show at a work event, Shiuli goes looking for him and tragically falls from a terrace during her search. She's hospitalized and comatose and Dan starts visiting her regularly, eventually developing feelings for her and dedicating himself to caring for her as she recovers. Warning: The ending is tear-inducing.
Release date: May 11, 2018
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Rajit Kapur, Shishir Sharma, and Jaideep Ahlawat
About: This period thriller inspired by a true story follows Sehmat, an Indian spy married to a Pakistani man during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. Fine, until she falls in love with him.
8'Veere Di Wedding'
Release date: June 1, 2018
Starring: Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar, Shikha Talsania, and Sumeet Vyas
About: This female-driven buddy comedy, follows four best friends who reunite after ten years apart as they work through their issues with family, marriage, feminism, and traditions.
Release date: June 29, 2018
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Vicky Kaushal, and Jim Sarbh
About: Sanjay Dutt, a legacy in the film industry, struggles to balance success with addiction and his own personal demons.
Release date: August 3, 2018
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rajkummar Rao, and Divya Dutta
About: A musical comedy about a teen with a dream of becoming a pop star. The movie also tackles body issues.