In this list of #LetsKetchup, let's look back at movies that kept us hooked and won our hearts in 2022.
We made it through 2022 and a vast amount of credit for this goes to movies that kept us entertained and sane. After a long day at work or amidst a crisis, while procrastinating for the thousandth time, or when we finished our to-do list and finally relaxed, movies come to our aid always. Lately, in India, there has been a lot of discussion about how Bollywood's future seems boycotted. Meanwhile, OTT platforms have made theatres anxious, especially since we are still facing the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the theatres, a lot of films made a lot of noise but delivered empty promises. Other films came silently but took the cinematic world by storm. Tamil, Telugu, and Malayali movies engrossed the entire country. And outstanding movies from abroad were received here with excitement. All in all, 2022 was a fascinating year for cinema geeks. As we step into 2023, let's get a bit emotional and look back at the movies that won our hearts in 2022.
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About: A gay cop and a lesbian teacher enter a sham marriage to pacify their families but find that relationships, both real and fake, aren’t all that easy.
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar, Seema Pahwa
About: Alisha Khanna finds herself at a crossroads as her six-year-long relationship has grown monotonous and her career hits roadblocks. But just when she begins to accept the reality, her life is usurped by the arrival of her cousin, Tia and her fiancé, Zain, with whom she bonds over a troubled past and a common wish to break from its confines.
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor
About: It's based on the life of Vijay Barse, a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO called Slum Soccer. He managed to rehabilitate street kids by keeping them off drugs and crime by turning them into soccer players and building a whole team.
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ankush Gedam, Babu Kshatriya
About: A hit and run of an 18-year-old girl becomes the hub of a wheel that sets into motion many a spoke - a journalist, a raging mother, a cop and a system all caught in an ethical dilemma. Questions are raised only to realise that the truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Starring: Vidya Balan, Shefali Shah
About: Duped and sold to a brothel, a young woman fearlessly reclaims her power, using underworld connections to preside over the world she was once a pawn in.
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Seema Pahwa
About: Badru hopes her volatile husband will reform if he stops drinking. But when his rage goes too far, she and her mom boldly, albeit clumsily, seek revenge.
Starring: Alia Bhatt, Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma
Top Gun: Maverick
About: After thirty years, Maverick (Tom Cruise) is still pushing the envelope as a top naval aviator, but must confront ghosts of his past when he leads TOP GUN's elite graduates on a mission that demands the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.
Starring: Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Tom Cruise
Decision to Leave
About: A detective investigating a man's death in the mountains meets the dead man's mysterious wife in the course of his dogged sleuthing.
Starring: Park Hae-il, Tang Wei, Lee Jung-hyun
About: A high-octane action film where a special investigator is assigned a case of serial killings, he finds the case is not what it seems to be and leading down this path is only going to end in a war between everyone involved.
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Fahadh Faasil, Vijay Sethupathi
About: When a motley theatre troupe sets out to stage a play about love, the drama reaches new heights as attitudes around sexuality and caste begin to clash.
Starring: Kalaiyarasan, Kalidas Jayaram, Dushara Vijayan
The Banshees of Inisherin
About: Two lifelong friends find themselves at an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, with alarming consequences for both of them.
Starring: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan
Everything Everywhere All at Once
About: When an interdimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero must channel her newfound powers to fight bizarre and bewildering dangers from the multiverse as the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Starring: Michelle Yeoh, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis
About: 969 AD, The Chola Empire - A period of conspiracies, mysteries, political turmoil and impending war as Pandiya rebels take an oath to spill royal blood and Chola chieftains plan a mutiny. Who will be the next king? Wild prince Aditya Karikalan, hermit prince Arunmozhi Varman, their estranged uncle Madhuranthakan or the Pandiya rebel Amarabujanga?
Starring: Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha, Jayaram, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prakash Raj and others.
About: Police officer Vikram finally captures Vedha, a dreaded gangster. When the latter engages Vikram in a mind game, it challenges his notion of good and evil.
Starring: Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte
About: Medical student Uday Gupta grudgingly joins an all-women's gynaecology class, but being a good doctor, and person, rests on pondering his prejudice.
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Rakul Preet Singh, Sheeba Chaddha
About: A nine-year-old boy living in a remote village hitches rides on trains every day to visit the cinema and study filmmaking against his father's wishes.
Starring: Bhavin Rabari, Richa Meena, Bhavesh Shrimali
About: Sophie reflects on the shared joy and private melancholy of a holiday she took with her father twenty years earlier. Memories real and imagined fill the gaps between as she tries to reconcile the father she knew with the man she didn't.
Starring: Paul Mescal, Frankie Corio
Monica, O My Darling
About: A slick robotics expert joins a murderous plot after a passionate affair takes a sudden turn, but nothing, not even death, is what it seems to be.
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Huma Qureshi, Radhika Apte
An Action Hero
About: Youth Icon! Superstar! Action Hero! At the age of just 30, Maanav was at the peak of his career when he got caught up in an accident while filming in Haryana. Maanav, who was once a household name, is now living in hiding.
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Jaideep Ahlawat
About: Haunted by her past, a talented singer with a rising career copes with the pressure of success, a mother's disdain and the voices of doubt within her.
Starring: Triptii Dimri, Swastika Mukherjee, Babil Khan
Which of these have you not watched before?
This article is a part of our #LetsKetchup series that sums up the year that was from our perspective! Hope you enjoy reading this series this time of the year!