It’s almost impossible for Indians to go a day without a movie reference or some ‘dailoguebaazi’. We’re a nation of cinema lovers and we love the drama in and around it so much that we need to be reminded every now and then that life isn’t a movie.
As the year 2017 comes to a close, we are here to remember all the wonderful movies that were made in this year, some of which as they say were the typical ‘Bollywood Masala’ movies and some came in like a breath of fresh air, bringing in stories which were not only unconventional but highly appreciable!
So let’s have a round-up of some such which we loved equally, irrespective of whether they were conventional or unconventional.
1. Judwaa 2
A remake of the original Salman starrer, this film was accepted quite well amongst people of all ages. It was a light comedy and Varun fared well in carrying off a double role!
2. Golmaal Again
Rohit Shetty and team won hearts all over again with this family entertainer. Along with the usual cast, Tabu and Parineeti were loved and appreciated equally!
3. Tiger Zinda Hai
A Salman Khan starrer rarely fails to win people’s hearts and this one had the much loved Salman-Katrina pair so the formula was sure to succeed and it did! Tiger Zinda Hai has managed to end the year with a bang as people are loving Bhai’s swag and how.
We’ve all missed SRK in the anti-hero roles (remember Darr, Bazigaar, and Anjaam) and this movie served it quite deliciously! With shades of grey and some jam-packed action plus catchy dialogues, we loved seeing the non-romantic side of our beloved King of Romance.
1. Toilet-Ek Prem Katha
A love story with a twist! And a twist which resonates a problem that has been ignored for too long in our nation-the problem of hygienic sanitation. It is thanks to movies like these that the problem is at least reaching out to millions. Or we would only know about it through campaigns like ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’
Another gem from the man who has had a fantastic year winning hearts! Rajkumar Rao delivers the character of a man in conflicts with his ideas so well that we can’t help but feel for him! Not to mention the story itself which talks about Naxalism, poverty-ridden ruralites and many more glaring issues which the country is currently dealing with.
3. Secret Superstar
Meting out many laughs and quite a few tears, this movie touched the hearts of cinema lovers with its endearing, simple, feel-good story about passion, empowerment and the purity of a mother-daughter bond.
4. Qarib Qarib Single
Yogi is a raucous rascal, while Jaya is a restrained widow, which is the source of laughs as well as introspection about the role compatibility plays in a relationship. And of course, when you have Irrfan Khan, wouldn’t the final product win hearts?
5. Sachin- A Billion Dreams
Styled as a docudrama, this is not just a film for the infinite fans of Sachin Tendulkar around the world but rather a tribute to his ingenuity. A journey into the life of one of India’s greatest sons, this movie left fans and non-fans of cricket equally satisfied and in awe of the God of Cricket.
4. Hindi Medium
We live in a country where the language ‘English’ is a barometer for intelligence and status in the society. Hindi Medium addresses this issues in a humorous as well as a satirical way through a subject matter close to the heart of every middle-class Indian parent – English medium education. Another time Irrfan Khan managed to win hearts of the Indian masses!
5. A Death in The Gunj
We already loved Konkana Sen Sharma as an actor but with this movie, she won hearts for her directorial skills as well.
6. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Sex is a ‘hush-hush’ topic in India and despite that, this movie humorously did so and won hearts over! The protagonist (played by Ayushmann Khurrana) Mudit suffers from erectile dysfunction and the movie circles around the ways (conventional as well as outlandish) in which his family, fiancee and his fiancee’s family deal with this problem. It is an outright satire on the views of our reserved yet nosy Indian society about the s-word.
7. Bareilly Ki Barfi
Yet another love story with a difference! This one with its uncouth dialogues, smattered with UP’s vernacular and the guileless jokes and idioms, charmed one and all.
Cinematically the year has been a great one and for cinephiles (like me) it brought in a much-needed change and deviation from the usual run of the mill stories that Bollywood has been dishing out since years now.
Here’s hope the coming year satiates this cinema loving nation’s needs even more and in a better way!
*as published on Pinknest.in