2017 in Review: Films that stood out in a year of experimentation in Bollywood
If one were to look back at the Bollywood fare dished out in 2017, then probably the Virushka (Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma, for the uninitiated) wedding had more drama, romance and suspense in it than the films that hit the silver screen.
Well, to be fair to moviedom, 2017 did see more than its fair share of experimental cinema – be it ‘A Death in the Gunj’, ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’, ‘Mukti Bhawan’, ‘Jagga Jasoos’. It was also a year when Bollywood brought to the screen large slices of the Indian hinterland – ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, ‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’, ‘Anaarkali of Aarah’, ‘Haraamkhor’, ‘G Kutta Se’, ‘Kadvi Hawa’ and more.
After monster hits like ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Dangal’ of the previous years, Bollywood was devoid of any such blockbusters in 2017, with the sole exception of the Hindi dubbed version of ‘Baahubali – 2’. Movie after movie of superstars failed to create ripples in the Box Office – be it ‘Raees’ and ‘Harry Met Sejal’ (Shah Rukh Khan), ‘Tubelight’ (Salman Khan), ‘Simran’ and ‘Rangoon’ (Kangana Ranawat), ‘Kaabil’ (Hrithik Roshan), ‘Sarkar 3’ (Amitabh Bachchan), ‘Bhoomi’ (Sanjay Dutt’s return film) and many more.
The year also saw Bollywood take up some socially relevant topics in the films – the education system that is heavily skewed towards English language (‘Hindi Medium’), problem of open defecation (‘Toilet – Ek Prem Katha’), erectile dysfunction (‘Shubh Mangal Savdhan’), India’s election system (‘Newton’), domestic violence and girl child empowerment (‘Secret Superstar’).
Though it’s a tough task to slot movies as hits and misses of 2017, Adgully lists the films that struck a chord with the audiences (or not) during the year – in no particular order.
Tiger Zinda Hai: (Release Date: Dec 22)
Baahubali 2: (Release Date: April 28)
Golmaal Again: (Release Date: Oct 20)
Judwaa 2: (Release Date: Sept 29)
Bareilly Ki Barfi: (Release Date: Aug 18)
Toilet - Ek Prem Katha: (Release Date: Aug 11)
Shubh Mangal Savdhan: (Release Date: Sept 1)
Hindi Medium: (Release Date: May 19)
Newton: (Release Date: Sept 22)
Mukti Bhawan: (Release Date: April 7)
Secret Superstar: (Release Date: Oct 19)
Lipstick Under My Burkha: (Release Date: July 21)