This year has been not just for the superstars. Most of them have failed to make a mark in the eyes of the audience and also on the box office, the low budget, non-mainstream movies have left a mark on the audience.
Rangoon’s take on how cinema or art cant entirely exist in vacuum, and how it will be taken over by urgencies of the times has impressed me. I liked the character in Jolly LLB2 and was taken in by the flawed and transgressive heroine in Simran. Jagga Jasoos captivated my thoughts with its music.
The Mumbai city of Tu Hai Mera Sunday , the mother- daughter emotional connect of Secret Superstar and the zeal to be something of the young lady, the peppy love of Qarib Qarib single and a domesticated and still over enthusiastic wife of Tumhari Sulu and to top it all the bold story line of Subh Mangal Saavdhan, these have all made us enjoy hindi cinema in the different zone.
Still, there have been a few off-mainstream, small movies which had been made for an overpowering experience. Following are the movies of 2017 which made a special place in my list:-
A death in the Gunj: Marvellously measured piece of creativity, a heart breaking tale of tragic dissipation.
Anaarkali of Aarah – Rough, rustic and rooted take down of misogyny that strongly undersc ores consent.
CRD – brave and eccentric filmmaking, experimental exploration of fascism and fierce competition in the world of arts.
G Kutta Se – a movie of 3 stories set in the backdrop of gender politics in Haryana which was brutally displayed with no restrictions.
Gurgaon – A Gurgaon noir in which the city becomes a min version for wastelands of all types.
Lipstick under my Burkha – Repressions of daily lives, parallel lives of/for/by women.
Mukti bhawan – A journey in search of salvation holds a mirror to our own fractious families and the awkward reconciliations negotiated in its fold.
Newton – From the ballot boxes, to the pooling booths to the politics of the country, the administration, topped by CRPF and militants, it has it all with an eccentric hero.
Ribbon – A hole-view of an urban marriage which was truly bolstered by amazing performances.
Trapped – A story of being trapped helpless in your own home finding life coming to a standstill only for you, when the world around keeps moving at their own pace, leaving you behind.
Turup (Checkmate) – Funded by Ektara collective of Bhopal the film looks at religion, caste, class and gender debates in the backdrop of growing fundamentalism, with amazing sound tracks.