Films are the best source of entertainment for some of us. Films aren’t perfect on the logic, neither are they flawless, however that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the film. But, before booking tickets for a particular film we tend to go through reviews. Some of read film reviews by certain film critics. These critics/reviewers don’t write about the negative points of a film, but also highlight other pivotal points that may even help determine the success of a film. Critics who review Bollywood films have a special fan base of their own. If you wondering who Bollywood’s favorite critics are, then your search ends here. Here’s a list of popular Hindi film critics.
10. Omar Qureshi
Omar Qureshi is a Bollywood film critic who is also the editor-in-chief for the Hindi channel ‘Zoom Tv’. His popular opinions on films have made him an influential film critic.
9. Raja Sen
Raja Sen is a film critic who started his career as a writer for Rediff.com. He first started writing for F1 and later began to write about movies. He is also working on penning scripts for films. He also starred in the Indie film ‘Good Night Good Morning’.
8. Khalid Mohamed
Film critic-turned-writer Khalid Mohamed began his career as a journalist. He was also the editor-in-chief for Filmfare magazine. He has directed films like Fiza and Tehzeeb.
7. Derek Bose
Derek Bose initially worked as a senior editor for Indian Express. One of the most well-known names in the industry, Derek has held senior position at the India’s top news organizations. He has authored the book Bollywood Unplugged: Deconstructing Cinema in Black & White.
6. Komal Nahta
Komal Nahta is a popular television personality and film critic. He is the editor of ‘Film Information’. He hosts a popular show where he analyses the business of Bollywood films. He discusses about the performance of a film based on the box office collection. Apart from that he also reviews Bollywood films on Friday. He has been representative for BBC for a period of 10 years, where he covered Bollywood news. He is the editor of the entertainment website, Koimoi. He has also been the host for ETC Bollywood Business since 2010. He is also a part of the advisory board for some well-known companies.
5. Mayank Shekar
Mayank started his career as a journalist for Mumbai Mirror and Mid-Day. He worked as a film journalist and editor at the Hindustan Times. He also doubles us as an author. Mayank has authored the book called Name Place Animal Thing. The book covers on everything from food, religion, politics and television. A member of the Central Board of Film Certification, Mayank was a recipient of the Young Achievers award awarded by the Indo-American film society. Mayank currently posts his reviews on his website theW14.com.
4. Anupama Chopra
Anupama Chopra is a journalist, author and a critic. Her first book Sholay: The Making of a Classic won her the National Film Award for Best Book on Cinema. She later went on to write King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema which was featured on the ‘Editor’s Choice’ list of the New York Times Book Review. She also released a book ‘100 films to see before you Die’ which featured all her weekly columns. She also hosted shows like ‘Picture This’ and ‘The Front Row with Anupama Chopra’. She currently hosts ‘Film Companion’ on YouTube where she reviews the latest Bollywood releases.
3. Taran Adarsh
Son of popular film producer B. K. Adarsh, Taran Adarsh is a popular film critic and film analyst. He is also a journalist and an editor. Taran began his career as a producer with the Hindi film Hello Bollywood, which went unnoticed. He then went on to write on films and eventually went on to become a film critic. He also predicts and analysis Box Office collections for Bollywood films. In the show titled B BIZ he interviews celebrities and provides box office reports. He works as a film critic for the popular Bollywood website Bollywood Hungama.com.
2. Rajeev Masand
Rajeev Masand is a popular film critic and entertainment journalist who works for CNN-IBN. He began his career at the age of 16, while working for Times of India. He then went on to The Indian Express. His popularity soar heights after he began hosting the show ‘Now Showing’ where he reviewed the latest Bollywood films and rated each film with stars.
1. Baradwaj Rangan
Baradwaj Rangan is a popular critic and deputy editor for the popular Indian newspaper ‘The Hindu’. He started his career by writing for the website Sitagita.com. After which he began writing for The New Indian Express and later The Hindu. He has authored the books Conversations with Mani Ratnam and Dispatches From The Wall Corner: A Journey through Indian Cinema. He is described as the most intelligent writer who writes about Indian cinema. In 2015, he was awarded the National Award for Best Film Critic.