We continue to move sideways towards the final awards, the big awards for the films as a whole. But first, little bits of the films get their awards, soundtrack and character.
Shutu (A Death in the Gunj, Vikrant Massey)-1
Raees (Raees, Shahrukh Khan)-1
Bitti (Bareilly Ki Barfi, Kriti Sonam)-1
Harry (Jab Harry Met Sejal, Shahrukh Khan)-2
Sejal (Jab Harry Met Sejal, Anushka Sharma)-1
Najya (Secret Superstar, Maher Vij)-1
Insiya (Secret Superstar, Zaira Wasim)-1
Pritam Vidrohi (Bareilly Ki Barfi, Rajkummar Rao)-4
Sulu (Tumhari Sulu, Vidya Balan)-2
Sushila Mishra (Bareilly Ki Barfi, Seema Bhargava)-2
Vaidehi Trivedi (Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Alia Bhatt)-1
Do you notice something interesting about this list? A lot of them are in the same movies! It’s not just that there were good characters this year, it’s that there were good characters in the same movies as each other, interacting with each other.
The winner, by all counts, is clearly Bareilly Ki Barfi. Most number of votes for a single character, the indelible Pritam Vidrohi. But also votes for THREE separate characters!!!! Our hero, our heroine, and the mother.
But then we also have Secret Superstar and Jab Harry Met Sejal, both of them clearly two lead films, with two fascinating characters at their center, not just one. Perhaps this is the wave of the future, films not built around one powerful lead character, but rather two or three or more.
Our three that don’t fit the pattern are Tumhari Sulu, A Death in the Gunj, and Raees. I want to pull Raees away from the other two. A Death in the Gunj, which I haven’t seen, my impression is that the character stands out not because he is the only lead, but because he is just slightly more interesting than all the others. The cast alone tells me that, you don’t cast Tanuja (and she doesn’t agree to be in your film), unless you have something pretty darn interesting for her to do. Tumhari Sulu I have seen, and I can tell you that it was built around a brilliant actress at the center. Not a Star, but an actress. The story is limited to “Sulu” because that is the story they wanted to tell, and they cast an actress who could pull off all the complications of one character’s journey.
But Raees, Raees is a problem. Shahrukh turns in a brilliant performance, and has a complex fascinating character. But no one else does. Sure, he has good actors around him, but we don’t learn anything about their backstory, their motivation, anything to build their characters up to be the equal of his. This is definitely a solo turn. And not because that is what the story should naturally be, not because it was written to be a small character study, it is supposed to be Epic, and epics have more than one character.
Bareilly Ki Barfi-2
The fun one! Because I am going to put up all the songs, so you can make an informed decision/get your new playlist.
But first, a little discussion. Thank goodness JHMS won, I would have been truly shocked if it hadn’t. Not because it is beloved of my blog readers (which it is), but because it is a truly amazing soundtrack, far beyond anything else that came this year in terms of variety, imagination, and (most importantly to me) being built around the story of the film and the characters.
I’m pretty glad that A Gentleman made the list too, I somehow hadn’t thought of it until Niki reminded me. But it’s so good! And again, very much what the film is, fun and silly and catchy with no depth.
And then there’s Raees, a testimony to the ability of a big star film to really get a great soundtrack. Even if it isn’t a film that really should have a great soundtrack, why would a gangster crime drama have a love song and so on anyway?
And Bareilly Ki Barfi. Yet another element of a great film! Great characters, and great songs. I think you can all guess what will be on the Best and Favorite list tomorrow.
Now, songs!!!! All of them from all the movies, because after all the vote was for the whole soundtrack. Except for Jab Harry Met Sejal, because I already posted all those songs on this post when it won Editor’s Choice.
Starting with Raees, just like the year did:
Garba folk sounding song, “Udi Udi Jaye”
Memorable title song
Joyous success song
And the break out hit, the love song
Bareilly Ki Barfi time!!!! Tied for second place with Raees. The songs were unfortunately shortened in the film itself, but even the little bits of them that we got are memorable.
It was almost lost in the more spectacular options, but there is a lovely little love song buried in the middle.
And Ayushmann wrote and sang his own love song for the character too.
And the tiny little character theme that is hardly a whole song, but is perfect for establishing this unique character.
And then the two big joyous dance hits that perfectly captured the rough and ready big joyous feel of the song.
And now, my beloved A Gentleman!!!! That keeps things short and sweet in all ways, including the soundtrack. Only 5 songs, two of them not played in full during the movie. First, the happy sunny days song.
Then our club song, which is the first club song in ages I have actually wanted to dance to.
Then our lovely love song, which for once lets the music carry the scene, keeps things simple, just two people making a connection.
And then our end credits song, totally ridiculous and knows it.
And finally, the song that is my most played of 2017 (as my ipod keeps reminding me), the one that would be my favorite if “Radha” hadn’t also come out, “Bandook Meri Laila”