Every year, Bollywood sees a host of movies which are released throughout the year. Some of them become massive hits and score big at the box office. Some are fewer revenue earners but do well amongst the masses because of popular actors or relatable storylines. Even though Bollywood has changed its approach and outlook towards stereotypical movies of the previous era, it still continues to produce movies which are largely targeted for the masses. While they continue to entertain us undoubtedly, and also bag the best awards in almost all categories, there are some honourable mentions which deserve equal attention. So read on to find out our take on some of the most underrated movies of 2017 which are totally worthy of a watch.
- Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana: The Bride and Groom shine in this story of failed marriage directed by Ratnaa Sinha. Yet another excellent performance by Rajkummar Rao. Kriti Kharbanda also delivers a good performance. The film chronicles a young couple who meet for an arranged marriage and end up falling for each other. Their lives, however, change completely when she runs away on the wedding day.
- Poorna: A biographical film directed by Rahul Bose about the youngest girl to climb the Mount Everest. Poorna belongs to a Telugu speaking tribal family, and the movie chronicles her preparation and journey for the biggest climb of her life at the age of 13. Superb direction, impressive performances and a heartfelt message are worthy of a watch.
- Haramkhor: Directed by Shlok Sharma and having Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi in key roles, is an extremely underrated film. The movie looks at the extra-marital affair of a teacher with a student in a rural setting. From affection blossoming into love, lies and deceit, the movie has many dark layers in its organic portrayal of characters. Watch the film for the unexpected layers it focuses on
- The Ghazi Attack: The war film directed by Sankalp Reddy, the film stars Kay Kay Menon, Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu in pivotal roles. It is inspired by true events in the Indo-Pakistan war in the year 1971 and of the Indian Naval Officer and his team who remained under water for 18 days. The film explores the mysterious circumstances under which PNS Ghazi sank. Impressive performances by the entire cast, riveting cinematography and an insider warfare strategy, and inspiring tales of bravery, this movie is a must watch.
- Qarib Qarib Singlle: Irfan Khan yet again proves why he is a master performer, someone who can act even when he is not doing anything. This is the story of Jaya and Yogi who are polar opposites and meet through a dating app. What happens next is a journey of self-discovery which leaves them astounded.
- Shubh Mangal Savdhan: It is really praiseworthy that Indian directors are making movies on such delicate subjects. Directed by R. S. Prasanna and featuring the Dum Laga Ke Haisha Stars Ayushman Khurana and Bhumi Pednekar. The movie deals with their arranged marriage relation which faces a setback when Ayushman Khurana discovers he has erectile dysfunction. A laughter riot, this movie also explores a delicate subject. Great performances by all.
- Anarkali of Aarah: This movie is all about a power packed performance by Swara Bhaskar. She is a dancer from Aarah who performs on lewd songs. But she faces an unfortunate day when a powerful VC molests her. Then begins her journey of revenge. Writer and director Avinash Das brings out a brazen act of the actress which keeps audience hooked.
- Mukti Bhavan: This film did not go completely unnoticed by has not been uttered in everyone’s lips either. The film is directed by newbie Shubhashish Bhutiani and has Lalit Behl and Adil Hussain in lead roles. It considers mortality with a compassion that is hardly heard of in such a young director. It addresses the fear of death of an ageing father who then asks his accountant son to accompany him along the ghats of Varanasi. There the ageing man finds comfort in a widow while his son is left in a state of dilemma.
- A Death in the Gunj: A thriller totally worth watching. With Konkona Sen Sharma’s Directorial Debut, the movie is set in the town of McCluskiegunj during the winter of 1979. What starts as an uneventful holiday trip takes a twist when the guests start playing with spirits. The motives of each character with a sense of eeriness make for a jaw-dropping good film with an excellent star cast.
- Trapped: One of the most riveting psychological thrillers of Bollywood sadly went unnoticed. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwani and starring the talented Rajkummar Rao. The actor gets trapped on the 35th floor of an apartment completely devoid of any basic amenities necessary for survival. The movie focuses on many facets of human psychology in the face of survival. The movie is a masterpiece.
There have been made several spectacular and outstanding films in the year 2017 which went completely unnoticed but which should have been worthy of critical acclaim. These movies have stellar performances by some of the best actors in the industry and some of them are bold ventures by debutante and veteran directors alike.