Wednesday Watching Post: Your Favorite Hindi Movie of 2017 So Far?

I have a question for you!  Suggested on Monday by Niki.  And of course you can also just talk about what you have been reading/watching/thinking this week.

In general, I have had a very busy week!  I went to NAFA on Sunday night after watching Anbulla Rajnikanth that afternoon, watched Angamaly Diaries with my parents on Saturday, saw Munna Michael on Friday, did laundry on Thursday (that was exciting!).  And then Monday and Tuesday I just zoned out and watched brainless streaming stuff while blogging.

 

Now, here’s the question: What is your favorite Hindi movie of 2017 so far?  Not the best movie, but your favorite.  And Hindi only, because this related to what the expectations/pressures are on Jab Harry Met Sejal (at least, that’s why I am curious about your answers).

For me, it’s still Running Shaadi.  Great script, great cast, great performances, great movie.  Plus, to my taste.  Relationship based, strong female character, progressive politics, all of that.

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20 thoughts on “Wednesday Watching Post: Your Favorite Hindi Movie of 2017 So Far?

    • I think between Raabta and Phillauri, I would pick Raabta. But mostly because I like a happy ending. Phillauri was maybe a more cohesive film, the smaller scale helped it.

      On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 9:23 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • I think while Phillauri was tragic the ending provided some bittersweet closure. Raabta’s ending was so adorable with the scene at the Golden Temple.

        As for the rest of 2017, I still have high hopes for lots of films I haven’t been able to see yet (like Lipstick Under My Burka) and for many of the smaller rom-coms (both Ayushman’s seem like possible charmers). I’d be surprised if Jab Harry Met Sejal, A Gentleman, or Tiger Zinda Hai top my list at year’s end, though I enjoy all of them at some level. I tend to get too burned out on the big ones after all the hype and end up appreciating and remembering the smaller films the most.

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        • Of this year’s releases, I’ve seen 14 Hindi films this year, 1 Tamil, and 1 Malayalam. Not bad! If only I could keep up with my reading goal of 50 books this year or else I’ll lose my librarian cred.

          I’m reading Madhu Jain’s The Kapoors now and it’s delightful and educational.

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          • Now you are making me wonder if I have read 50 books yet this year. I don’t think so, but I also think I won’t let that bother me too much. Especially because holiday stress in December always pushes me to the romance novel section of the library, and you can knock 50 of those out in like a week and catch right up.

            On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 10:31 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Yeah, I have high hopes for all 3 of those big releases, but sometimes it feels like I have already seen so many posters and trailers and everything else that the anticipation was more of an experience than the actual movie.

          On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 10:29 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. I watch very few Hindi films in the theater, and actually have watched none so far this year. However, I did see three Hindi films, two at a festival, and one in another non-traditional way. I’ll mention all three, as all are worthwhile — Lipstick Under My Burkha, Newton, and Mukti Bhavan. LIpstick has now been released in India, and may find its way abroad, too. Newton, I think, is slated for release in India later, as is Mukti Bhavan. Or perhaps Mukti Bhavan has already released in India? Maybe. Out of these three, I will nominate Mukti Bhavan as my favorite. Adil Hussain won the National Award for his acting in this film, and he fully deserves it. I couldn’t even recognize him — it wasn’t till the end credits came up that I realized it was the guy who played Sridevi’s husband in English Vinglish.

    Getting to more mainstream films, I am looking forward to watching Toilet Ek Prem Katha and Padman later this year, and perhaps Tiger Zinda Hai.

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    • You are better than me about art films, I am so obsessive about seeing every new release in theaters (partly because I am spoiled by having a friend willing to go with me to all of them, good or bad) that it is making me miss art releases.

      Although I will of course be seeing Toilet and Padman and Tiger Zinda Hai.

      On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 9:51 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  2. In direct disobedience of the instructions for this post I’m gonna mention the industry whose films I’ve started watching in the last two or three years!

    Marathi films are really making their mark of late. Of which I’ve seen Sairat, Fandry, Court and Killa. Court ended up being India’s official Oscar nomination and Sairat of course is gonna be remade in Hindi by Dharma launching Sridevis daughter apparently.

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    • Sairat and Fandry were on Netflix last time a checked, which is also interesting, that Marathi films are beginning to be mainstreamed on streaming services.

      On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:18 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Read you saying somewhere that films on relationships driven by strong female character is to your taste in which case Sairat is right up that alley.

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          • Well I’ll neither confirm nor deny it :p but it’s definitely one of those 20% films that depict the 80% rustic India instead of the 80% films on the 20% cosmopolitan India

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          • I start watching Sairat 2 months ago, but I couldn’t stand protagonist’s voice and I put it on my “maybe later” list. Maybe I should give it another try now.

            After reading your question I checked my list of movies, and discovered I have seen only 2 2017 hindi movies : Running Shaadi and Hindi Medium. I liked the latter more.
            I still have to watch Mom, Raabta, Meri Pyaari Bindu and Phillauri.
            Looking forward to see: Jab Harry.., Toilet- Ek prem katha, Bareilly Ki Barfi and Simran.
            And I’m seriously thinking about watching Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha (guilty pleasure, Suneel Darshan movie) and Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai (this one because it seems so so BAD, even trailer looks terrible and I’m curious how bad it can be)

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          • Of the ones you haven’t watched, I would say Raabta was my favorite, I would put that first. Especially if you are looking for a slightly-less guilty pleasure kind of movie. But all of them are a good list!

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    • Oh, I saw the Marathi film Ventilator, too (produced by Priyanka Chopra). It was pretty good — a little too calculatedly “zany” characters, and the last five minutes were as over the top melodramatic as the best/worst Hindi commercial films from the 1950’s — but overall, a good film. I was pleased to see so many familiar actors from Hindi films (who usually play supporting roles), but unfortunately, I didn’t know all of their names. Biggest takeaway for me was how bad an actor Ashutosh Gowarikar was.

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  3. My favorite 2017 movie was Raees, because I liked it but possibly more importantly, its the only 2017 movie I’ve seen. Rangoon is also available to me, but I doubt it will change my ranking. Most looking forward to Hindi Medium, Begum Jaan, Toilet, Padman, Jab Harry Met Segal and also Jagga Jasoos sounds like the sort of movie everyone hates but me.

    Hoping none of the above gets embargoed in Japan which would mean I am unable to watch it on any (legal) streaming platform for literally a few more years. I didn’t get to see Barfi until two years ago, and PK only came out here last year and I still haven’t seen it. I really want to see Tamasha (I know, but I still want to see it) and it is still embargoed and I have no idea when I’ll be able to.

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      • Oh, WOW!! Just looked up the OSO musical in Japanese. It’s a Takarazuka musical, which means all the parts are played by women. It would be fascinating to see, but it is in Osaka and I’m not Here is the site where you can see Japanese women in costume as Dips and SRK: http://www.umegei.com/om-shanti-om/ . Here you can see them singing the song in Japanese (at about 1:45):

        About Raees, beats me. If it’s embargoed it means they are going to release it in theaters, in a very limited run, but I have no idea why they thought that the perfect moment to release Barfi was three years after it released everywhere else, but Lunchbox could be released the same year. It was actually released in Japan the same day as everywhere else, which is the first time that’s ever happened.

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