7 Must Watch Bollywood Movies from 2017

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Bollywood’s 2017 has been marred by controversies. From Padmavati becoming Padmavatto the nepotism debate, Bollywood saw ups and downs. However big budget and starry Bollywood movies failed to make the mark with biggies like Rangoon, Jab Harry Met Sejal and Tubelight failing miserably. In a fresh breath of air, small budget movies impressed the audience and how with their niche themes and coming of age storytelling. These movies churned out by money making Bollywood innovative yet entertaining and did not fail to impress us (and blow our minds.) Thus the best Hindi films of 2017 did not have a Khan or a Kapoor, but some extremely talented actors and directors and their creative best. The movies were thought provoking and dealt with societal issues and stigmas, feminism and problems of the lower strata of the society. Here’s my pick of the 7 best movies of 2017:

Kadvi Hawa: Directed by Nil Madhav Panda, this rustic and poignant tale about farmers and their hardships will evoke your emotions. The movie revolves around a debt collector (played to the perfection by Ranvir Shorey) and a debt-ridden farmer (Sanjay Mishra at his best) and how the latter will have to choose between betraying his fellow farmers and saving what is left of his life. The director has not shoved global warming to our faces. He portrays it as a gradual process, like the condition of crops falling every year. This movie is a must watch for the performances and a brilliant portrayal of the dilemma people face when survival is pitched in front of right and wrong.

A Death In The Gunj: Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut is nothing short of brilliance. A heart breaking tragic tale- the movie has excellent performances and an eerily haunting background score. A Death In The Gunj is poetry on celluloid. The complex interpersonal relationships between the characters are the hallmark of the movie and the director captures every emotion magnificently in every frame. Vikrant Massey is one actor to watch out for. He says so much by saying so little. Movies and actors like these should not go unnoticed.

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