In Bollywood (Hindi Film Industry) about 1000 movies are produced on a regular basis annually. With only a couple of days to go before we welcome a new year in 2018, it is time to rewind and analyze the best “Bollywood” movies to have been produced in 2017. Now, there have been a few films during the year that have captured the imagination of the audiences due to the presence of brilliant “content” and excellent “execution”. So, here is presenting a list of 8 Bollywood movies produced in 2017 that completely mesmerized me (for different reasons) while I was watching them.

a. A Death in the Gunj- Konkana Sen Sharma:

Kalki Koechlin and Vikrant Massey in a scene from A Death in the Gunj directed by Konkana Sen Sharma (Source: India Today)

“Alienation in human society” is what the movie “A Death in the Gunj” directed by debutante director Konkana Sen Sharma talks about. Directed brilliantly by Konkana, this movie revolves around a family who happen to spend the weekend in the town of McCluskiegunj located in the state of Jharkhand. It focuses on a young boy named Shyamal or lovingly called Shutu who is trying to run away from having failed a semester in college. As the movie progresses through the interactions between Shutu and the members of the family we are gradually shown the complex personality that this lonely man possesses. Supported by brilliant performances by the star cast that include Ranvir Sheorey, Vikrant Massey Kalki Koechlin, Tanuja, Om Puri, Tilotama Shome, Jim Sarbh, and Gulshan Devaiah, this movie is riveting watch. Of note is the magnificent performance of the lead protagonist Shutu played by Massey. Overall, this is an extremely well crafted Bollywood movie that shows us the dire consequences of alienating an individual or community in human society.

b. Lipstick Under My Burkha- Alankrita Shrivastav:

The four protagonists in the movie”Lipstick Under My Burkha” directed by Alankrita Shrivastav (Source:

“Sexual desire’s in women” is the theme on which the most bravest Bollywood movie of 2017 “Lipstick Under My Burkha” directed by the talented and courageous Alankrita Shrivastav has been based on. Comprising a talented cast that includes Ratna Phatak Shah, Ahana Kumra, Konkana Sen Sharma, and Plabita Borthakur, this movie is by far one of the best movies to have been produced within Bollywood in the last decade. Revolving around the lives of three women belonging to small town India looking to defy the norms followed by the oppressive society they live in, this movie is a brutal take on how the patriarchal system in the country has and continues to suppress women. Supported by splendid performances by all the four protagonists (especially Ratna Phatak Shah as a middle aged women seeking to satisfy her sexual desire) this movie manages to strike a nice balance between entertainment and provoking a thought.

c. Trapped- Vikramaditya Motwane:

Rajkummar Rao in the movie Trapped directed by Vikramaditya Motwane (Source: Mid Day)

“Claustrophobic” is what one (literally) feels while watching the brilliantly executed Vikramaditya Motwane film Trapped. Revolving around a man named Shaurya (Rajkummar Rao) locked in a room without water, food, and electricity this movie is an extremely “engaging” as well as “entertaining” watch. Supported by a magnificent performance by lead protagonist  Rajkummar Rao (the best actor of 2017), and a haunting background score, this movie is an example of film making at its experimental best. It is also a rare Bollywood movie that keeps the audience right on the edge of their seats from start to finish.

d. Newton- Amit V Masurkar:

Rajkummar Rao in and as Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar (Source:

“An intelligent political satire” would be the best way to describe the Bollywood movie Newton excellently directed by Amit V Masurkar. Set in the Naxalite infested state of Chhattisgarh in Central India, this movie revolves around a young idealistic government clerk Newton Kumar (Rajkummar Rao) who has been appointed to conduct an election. Furthermore, this movie is backed by great performances especially by Rajkummar Rao (yet again), Pankaj Tripathi (an actor also having a great 2017), and Raghuveer Yadav. Filled with some great humor and insights on the Indian electoral politics this movie also tells us  that “If an individual within the human society does not change then nothing ever will”.

e. Bareilly Ki Barfi- Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari:

Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, and Ayushmaan Khuraana in Bareilly Ki Barfi directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari (Source:

“Filled with sweet movements” is the best way to describe the story and screenplay of the Bollywood movie  Bareilly Ki Barfi directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. Comprising of an interesting star cast that includes Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, and Seema Pahwa this movie is a classic wholesome entertainer that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Furthermore, it basically focuses on a sweet love story that develops between Chirag Dubey (Ayushmaan) and Bitti Mishra (Kriti) with a character called Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar) proving to be an impediment for the couple. In addition, the movie is filled with sparkling performances from entire cast although, the stand out once again is Rao as “Vidrohiji” who possesses a split personality.  Based on a French novel “Ingredients of Love” the success of this movie proves that a great movie need not be too serious or nonsensical but, must possess sensible content.

f. Haaramkhor- Shlok Sharma:

Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shewta Tripathi in Haaramkhor directed by Shlok Sharma (Source: FilmiBeat)

“A bittersweet love story between a school teacher and his student” is the theme upon which Haaramkhor directed by debutante Shlok Sharma (former assistant of Anurag Kashyap) revolves around. Starring Nawazuddin Sidduqui and Shweta Tripathi, this movie brilliantly manages to portray an illicit affair between a school teacher and his student with a great deal of humor. Based in a small town, this movie narrates a story of a school teacher Shyam Tekchand (Nawazuddin) falling in love with his student Sandhya (Shweta). Shot on an extremely small budget, the eventual success of this movie proves that in India today there is a section in the audience willing to watch such a complex story onscreen.

g. Shubh Mangal Saavdhan- RS Prasanna:

Ayushmaan Khuraana and Bhumi Pednekar in a scene from Shubh Mangal Savdhan directed by RS Prasanna (Source: Bollywood Hungama)

Based on the sensitive issue of “Erectile Dysfunction in males” is the Bollywood movie titled Shubh Mangal Saavdhan directed by RS Prasanna. Comprising of Bhumi Pednekar and Ayushmaan Khurrana in the lead, this movie is an hilarious take on the extremely sensitive issue of “male impotency”. Revolving around a couple Sugandha (Pednekar) and Mudit (Khurrana) this movie basically through the use of great humor shows us how the issue of erectile dysfunction due to the “patriarchal” nature of Indian society  even in this age of modern science is looked down upon. Brilliantly performed by the actors and executed by the director, the success of this movie has proven the maxim “Content is king” to be true.

h. Anarkali of Aarah- Avinash Das:

Swara Bhaskar in a scene from Annarkali from Aarah directed by Avinash Das (Source: Firstpost)

“Sexual objectification of women in India” is the theme on which the Bollywood movie Anarkali of Aarah directed by Avinash Das is based. Set in a small town Aarah in Bihar, the story revolves around a folk dancer Anarkali (Swara Bhaskar) and her fight against a “sexist” Vice Chancellor of a University played brilliantly by Sanjay Mishra. Comprising of some brilliant Bihari folk music composed by Rohit Sharma, this movie also consists of an outstanding performance given by lead protagonist Bhaskar and the supporting cast such as Pankaj Tripathi and Mishra. Above all, what this movie tells the audience with brutal honesty is that “In a largely patriarchal society woman are still only considered as an object of sex and nothing more than that”.

Having concluded my list of best Bollywood films in 2017 which has proven to be great for content driven small budget films, and with the new year just around the corner, here is hoping that we get to see more such movies being produced in 2018 as well.
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In Bollywood (Hindi Film Industry) about 1000 movies are produced on a regular basis annually. With only a couple of days to go before we welcome a new year in 2018, it is time to rewind and analyze the best 'Bollywood' movies to have been produced in 2017. Now,...