Top 7 Recently Released and Hit Movies (You Must Watch)

If you are looking for recently released hit movies to watch, check out these top 7 movies. ‘Missing Ladies’ is a touching story about mistaken identities and traditions in a North Indian village, while ‘Jahangir National University’ explores the fascinating lives of students at a prestigious university. ‘Grrr’ offers a thrilling ride with its unique take on suspense and horror. ‘Kanappa’ tells the epic story of a legendary devotee of Lord Shiva, and ‘Trisha on the Rocks’ is a refreshing romantic comedy set against a beautiful backdrop. ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ brings the popular video game to life with chilling suspense, and ‘Maharaja’ is a grand historical drama that captures the opulence and intrigue of royal India. Each of these films offers a unique and engaging viewing experience.

1. Laapataa Ladies

Laapataa Ladies is a 2024 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama movie directed by Kiran Rao. It was produced by Kiran Rao, Aamir Khan, and Jyoti Deshpande. The film stars Nitanshi Goyal, Pratibha Ranta, Sparsh Srivastava, Chhaya Kadam, and Ravi Kishan.

The story is about two young brides who accidentally switch places during a train ride to their new husband’s house. This mix-up leads to a series of funny and heartwarming events.

“Missing Ladies” premiered at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8, 2023. People really liked it! The film then hit theaters in India on March 1, 2024. Critics and audiences praised the film for its entertaining story, good writing and outstanding performances by the cast.

The film is special because it discusses important topics like identity and social expectations while being funny. It shows the life and culture of rural India and gives a realistic look at arranged marriages. The hard work of Kiran Rao’s direction and production team made the film a huge success.

Laapataa Ladies Movie Details

Aspect Details
Directed by Kiran Rao
Written by
– Original Story Biplab Goswami
– Screenplay and Dialogues Sneha Desai
– Additional Dialogues Divyanidhi Sharma
Produced by Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Jyoti Deshpande
Starring Nitanshi Goel, Sparsh Shrivastava, Pratibha Ranta, Abhay Dubey, Chhaya Kadam, Ravi Kishan
Cinematography Vikash Nowlakha
Edited by Jabeen Merchant
Music by Ram Sampath
Production companies Jio Studios, Aamir Khan Productions, Kindling Pictures
Distributed by Yash Raj Films
Release dates 8 September 2023 (TIFF), 1 March 2024
Running time 124 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget est. ₹4−5 crore
Box office est. ₹25.26 crore

2. Jahangir National University

Jahangir National University is a 2024 Hindi political drama film directed by Vinay Sharma and produced by Pratima Dutta under Mahakal Movies Pvt. Ltd. The film stars Siddharth Bodke and Urvashi Rautela in lead roles. It explores the controversial question: “Can one university influence an entire nation?” The film’s theme, along with its promotional material, has fueled controversy due to its similarity to real-life events such as the controversies at Delhi’s JNU and other universities. Released on June 21, 2024, the movie received mixed reviews with criticism directed at its portrayal and storytelling style. Although fictional, the university’s name draws connections with Bangladesh’s Jahangirnagar University and Delhi’s JNU, adding layers of social and political commentary to the narrative.

Jahangir National University Movie Brief Overview

Directed by Vinay Sharma
Story by Vinay Sharma
Produced by Pratima Datta
Starring Siddharth Bodke, Urvashi Rautela, Rashami Desai, Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra
Cinematography Parth Navle
Edited by Sanjay Sankla
Music by Aehmad Najeem, Vijay Verma, Saaransh Maide
Production Company Mahakaal Movies Pvt. Ltd
Release date 21 June 2024
Running time 152 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

3. Grrr

Grrr is a 2024 Malayalam comedy-drama film inspired by a true story where a lion escaped from the Thiruvananthapuram zoo in 2018. Directed by Jay K, the film stars Kunchko Boban and Sooraj Venjaramudhu. It follows Regimon Nader, who, broken by a love affair fraught with race issues, becomes trapped in a zoo lion enclosure. K.J. Haridas Nair, a corrupt zoo official, discovers Reggie’s plight and reluctantly teams up with him to save the lion. The story unfolds amid media attention, exploring themes of bravery under duress, redemption, and human eccentricity.

Grrr Movie Information

Directed by Jay K
Written by Jay K
Produced by Shaji Nadesan, Arya
Starring Kunchacko Boban, Suraj Venjaramoodu
Cinematography Jayesh Nair
Edited by Vivek Harshan
Music by Dawn Vincent, Kailas Menon, Tony Tarz
Production Company August Cinema
Release date 14 June 2024
Country India
Language Malayalam

4. Kannappa

Kannappa is an upcoming Telugu fantasy film directed by Mukesh Kumar Singh. It tells the story of Kannappa, a devoted follower of Lord Shiva. Produced by Mohan Babu, the film stars Vishnu Manchu, who also wrote the screenplay. This story is written by Parchuri Gopala Krishna, Ishwar Reddy, G. Written by Nageswara Reddy and Thota Prasad.

After launching on 18 August 2023, the film officially began shooting in New Zealand on 25 September 2023. Music composed by Stephen Devsey including score and lyrics. Initially shot in Telugu, “Kannappa” will be dubbed in Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and English for a wider release. The teaser trailer was released on 14 June 2024 in all these languages.

Kannappa Movie Introduction

Attribute Details
Directed by Mukesh Kumar Singh
Screenplay by Vishnu Manchu
Story by Paruchuri Gopala Krishna, Eshwar Reddy, G. Nageswara Reddy, Thota Prasad
Produced by Vishnu Manchu
Starring Vishnu Manchu, Sarath Kumar, Akshay Kumar, Kajal Agarwal, Preity Mukundan
Cinematography Sheldon Chau
Edited by Anthony
Music by Stephen Devassy
Production companies AVA Entertainment, 24 Frames Factory
Release date 17 January 2025
Country India
Languages Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, English
Budget ₹100 crores

5. Trisha On The Rocks

Trisha On The Rocks is a 2024 film in Gujarati and Hindi, directed and written by Krishnadev Yagnik. It stars Janaki Bodiwala as Trisha, Ravi Gohil as Vishal and Hiten Kumar. Produced and distributed by Kalpesh K Soni and Krunal Soni. Panorama Studios, this film tells the story of a romantic comedy.

The film revolves around Trisha and Vishal, who meet at a party and begin a charming and chaotic romance despite their different lifestyles. It promises to bring laughter and a fresh perspective on modern relationships, making it a must-see for audiences looking for heartfelt entertainment.”

Trisha On The Rocks Brief Information

Category Details
Directed by Krishnadev Yagnik
Written by Krishnadev Yagnik
Produced by Kalpesh K Soni, Krunal Soni
Starring Janki Bodiwala, Ravi Gohil, Hiten Kumar
Cinematography Pratik Parmar
Production companies K S Entertainment LLP, Big Box Series Pvt Ltd
Distributed by Panorama Studios
Release date 21 June 2024
Running time 172 minutes
Country India
Language Gujarati & Hindi

6. Five Nights at Freddy’s

The 2023 horror movie “Five Nights at Freddy’s”, based on the popular video game series by Scott Cawthon, premiered in the US on October 27, 2023, both in theaters and on Peacock. It was previously released in the UK on October 25, 2023. Directed by Emma Tammy and written by Tammy, Cawthon, and Seth Cudbeck, the film stars Josh Hutcherson as a troubled security guard who takes a job at a deserted pizzeria. There, he discovers that the animatronic mascots contain the souls of murdered children. Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stewart Masterson and Matthew Lillard also play significant roles.

The movie’s journey began in 2015 under Warner Bros. Pictures but faced delays and changes, eventually moving to Blumhouse Productions. Filming took place from February to April 2023 in New Orleans, with a budget of $20 million. The film captures the video game series’s eerie atmosphere and supernatural elements. After its initial release, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” became available on Amazon Prime Video on March 5, 2024, following its premiere on Peacock.

Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Overview

Directed by Emma Tammi
Screenplay by Scott Cawthon, Seth Cuddeback, Emma Tammi
Story by Scott Cawthon, Chris Lee Hill, Tyler MacIntyre
Based on Five Nights at Freddy’s by Scott Cawthon
Produced by Scott Cawthon, Jason Blum
Starring Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Lail, Piper Rubio, Mary Stuart Masterson, Matthew Lillard
Cinematography Lyn Moncrief
Edited by Andrew Wesman, William Paley
Music by The Newton Brothers
Production companies Blumhouse Productions, Scott Cawthon Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates October 25, 2023 (United Kingdom), October 27, 2023 (United States)
Running time 109 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million
Box office $297.2 million

7. Maharaja

Maharaja is a 2024 Tamil action thriller. It is directed by Nithilan Saminathan and co-written by Ram Murali. The film stars Vijay Sethupathi in the lead role along with Anurag Kashyap, Sachna Namidas, Mamata Mohandas, and others.

The plot centers on a barber who tells the police that his wife is missing after a robbery at their home. However, the police soon uncover his true intentions.

Initially called VJS50 to mark Vijay Sethupathi’s 50th lead role, the film was shot in a single take in Chennai. It was later renamed Maharaja in July 2023, with Think Studios joining as co-producers. B. Ajnesh Loknath composed the music, Dinesh Purushoman handled the cinematography and Philomene Raj edited the film.

Maharaja premiered on 14 June 2024, to critical acclaim from both critics and audiences.

Maharaja Movie Details

Attribute Details
Directed by Nithilan Saminathan
Written by Nithilan Saminathan
Dialogues by Nithilan Saminathan, Raam Murali
Produced by Sudhan Sundaram, Jagadish Palanisamy
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Anurag Kashyap, Sachana Namidass, Mamta Mohandas, Natarajan Subramaniam, Abhirami
Cinematography Dinesh Purushothaman
Edited by Philomin Raj
Music by B. Ajaneesh Loknath
Production companies Passion Studios, The Route, Think Studios
Distributed by See below
Release date 14 June 2024
Running time 142 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget ₹20 crore
Box office est. ₹46 crore