My Favourite Hindi Films of 2017

2017 was nothing less of a whirlwind. Bollywood lost many of its legendary actors – Vinod Khanna, Shashi Kapoor and Om Puri, among others. Tiger Zinda Hain and Bahubali succeeded as the highest grossers of the year. The ladies across the world stood up against the Harvey Weinsteins and Kevin Spaceys. hindi films

Bollywood, on its part though, didn’t leave a stone unturned to play a major role in uplifting the hopes and dreams of millions of juvenile souls. Here are the 10 of my favourite Hindi movies which released in 2017: hindi films

10. The Ghazi Attack

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Movie on real events has been quite the norm in Bollywood for the past few years. A movie on the ‘lesser-known war’ righteously looked strong on paper. In 1971, an Indian Naval submarine, S21, intercepts a Pakistani submarine, PNS Ghazi, in its water during a routine surveillance and thwarts its mission of destroying INS Vikrant. Great effort went into the production design to replicate the interiors of a submarine. Exemplified performances from Kay Kay Menon as Captain Rannvijay Singh and Rahul Singh as his Pakistani counterpart Captain Razak Mohammad Khan make up for the flawed graphics and visual effects. Monologues from the characters seemed pretty boring and additive at times. Barring few loopholes in the storyline, it had the potential of being a great war film, but lacked in execution. hindi films

9. Hindi Medium

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Director Saket Chaudhury delivers his best in ‘Hindi Medium’, which takes up relevant issues and throws a serious question to our English-endearing society. Casting Irrfan Khan might have been the best decision. He displays his hysterical and earnest personality with ease, while not a foot is set on the wrong note. His comic timing is sublime and monologues are performed to perfection. Deepak Dobriyal does a decent job as a poverty-stricken day laborer, desperate to make ends meet for his son’s admission into an elite first-class school in Delhi. The second half of the film lags in bits, still it ends up as a movie we were in dire need of, considering present-day situation.

8. Poorna

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Actor-Director Rahul Bose’s ‘Poorna’ follows the journey of Malavath Purna (played by Aditi Inamdar) as she becomes the youngest girl in the world to have reached the summit of Everest, at the age of 13 years and 11 months. Fighting against prejudice and poverty along with the aid and support from her mentor Dr. R. S. Praveen Kumar (played by the actor-director himself) and Chief Minister Reddy, she makes her way to the mountains. Similar to ‘Dangal’, ‘Poorna’ channels a current of enthusiasm among the young Indian women. hindi films

7. Jagga Jasoos

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‘Jagga Jasoos’ is an experiment gone right. It’s fun, it’s hilarious and is a joy to watch. Director Anurag Basu returns five years after his mesmerizing ‘Barfi’ and shows he is here to stay. Ranbir Kapoor plays a jolly sleuth Jagga, who is on a mission to find Tooti Footi, played by Saswata Chatterjee, someone Jagga used to bond with after his parents died in an accident. Since the only solution to his stuttering is by singing the words, we get to hear a lot of songs from Jagga. Hotel Agapastola and Tiktiki station are some of the few references which reflect the Bengali essence of the writer-director. If nothing else, ‘Jagga Jasoos’ will leave a smile on your face with its delightful performances and a diverse soundtrack.

6. Newton

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India’s official entry to the Oscars and Rajkummar Rao’s second outing in the list; Amit Masurkar’s ‘Newton’ shows us what it takes to make Indian election the world’s largest democratic event. People leading an urban life might not be aware of the distress in Naxal-affected areas – the truth behind those calm and peaceful jungles we see on our television screens, is buried deep enough. So, when an honest government clerk Newton Kumar is assigned his duties as a presiding officer in the deep forests of Chhattisgarh, he is forced to question his moral self. Supported by Pankaj Tripathi, who plays army officer Aatma Singh, ‘Newton’ serves as a smack on the faces of the netas and babus of this country.

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An Engineering student, Souradeep is set on an unfinished business to put the ‘stud’ in ‘student’. Favorite pastime – watching movies and TV series. He believes broken hearts are meant to be healed with words. Also, when procrastination strikes, he might not be able to complete a single senten

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