New Year is around the corner, and it’s definitely time to begin celebrating the finest movies that have so far made their way to the multiplexes. After eleven months, moviegoers have been gifted with a bounty of great blockbusters, unconventional movies and documentaries, proving that filmmakers are willing to try innovative ways and are ready to experiment with new ideas to entertain, excite and enlighten the massive population of India.
No doubt there are numerous gems to come in this month, but for now, these are our 10 current picks for the best films of 2017.
This film has everything going for it, so it comes as no surprise that Newton is India’s official entry to Oscars 2018. The film is about a government clerk’s attempt to run a free and fair election in a conflict area in central India.
This movie is a revenge drama. It’s thrilling, melancholic, morbid and a haunting tale of crime. It is disturbingly real in its approach towards revealing the dark side of the society. The film is about a grandmother seeking revenge after her 10-year old granddaughter is brutally raped.
- An Insignificant Man
Arvind Kejriwal becomes a character in a movie on his own life. This documentary captures Kejriwal’s vulnerable moments while giving an insight to the viewers how a political party is formed and how elections are fought amidst chaos.
- Secret Superstar
Nothing is new here. The story is about a girl who wants to be a singer. The story is also about a battered housewife entangled in a loveless marriage. What sets Secret Superstar apart is it beautiful narration and superb talent of the cast.
- Bareilly ki Barfi
The movie is about a Bareilly girl who falls deeply in love with an author because she admires his progressive way of thinking. To find him, she takes help of a local printing press owner and there starts her journey of love. This movie is a reminder that our daily routine has so much humor in it, but we fail to acknowledge or savour those moments.
- Toilet – Ek Prem Katha
The film is a robust love story of a man who marries a liberal-thinking woman. All hell breaks loose when after marriage the woman discovers that her married home doesn’t have a toilet. The movie comfortably strikes a balance between being entertaining and being educating.
- Lipstick Under My Burkha
The story revolves around 4 ordinary women, who are inflicted by silly societal norms. The movie is about their daily struggle to live a normal life that is rightfully theirs.
An emotional thriller, Mom is a bitter reminder that we live in a country where women are not safe. It is a gripping tale of a mother who takes law in her hands to avenge her daughter’s rapists.
- Hindi Medium
The film deals with a very relevant subject of how language divides our society. The movie revolves around the struggle of an affluent couple (wealthy but Hindi speaking) to get their daughter admitted in an elite English medium school.
- Bahubali 2
An absolute visual extravaganza, Bahubali 2 has fed India’s appetitive for heroism. This part answers the question on everyone’s mind, “Why Katappa killed Bahubali Senior?”