Overall 2017 has been a rather different kind of year for Hindi cinema, where very little of the big star movies worked, we have not seen the huge commercial blockbusters for most part of I,t and even the movies from Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan have been disasters! While on the brighter side for the industry, this has been the year of small content driven movies shouldered by some very fine performances from the likes of Rajkumar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Ayushman Khurana and so on, rather than star power, that may just turn around the credibility of the industry.
But we need this trend to sustain, and this trend can only sustain if we get huge commercial hits that can make enough money so that such content driven subjects can be funded on an ongoing basis, the catch of course being that the likes of Phantom, Excel, Dharma and everyone else stand behind good cinema as well. May 2018 be that year of balance; and if wishes were stars, may the small content driven films actually become the huge commercial money churners at the box-office! That could be asking for the moon, but then that is what cinema drives us to, so why stop dreaming!
Coming back to the realities of 2017, we have already entered the last month of the year, and with the list of hindi movies that are lined up for the rest of the year, there isn’t much else I am looking forward to maybe other than the Fukrey sequel (yes no plans of watching Ek Tha Tiger). I must also mention that I did not find it worthwhile to spend my time and money on some of the other larger outings of the year as well including Judwa2, Golmaal Again, Raees, Kaabil, Toilet ek Prem Katha; while there has been an ‘Ajji’, ‘Kadwi Hawa’, ‘Gurgaon’ or ‘Ittefaq’ I missed on catching up unfortunately. Hence, my movies round up for the year will primarily be based on what I watched this year mainly from Hindi cinema, and for each of the categories that we discuss, I will focus on what I thought was the best work there, and what disappointed me the most or did not meet my expectations. So it will be nothing to do with the commercial success or overall popularity of the film or the actor or the song, but more to do with what appealed to me and what did not.
We will talk about music (an integral part of our cinema), technical brilliances across multiple facets of film making, performances in lead and supporting categories (or any other special mentions), and of course the overall movie.
So keep watching this space for more….