Finally, the post that puts it all together! The films as a whole, what was best and favorite and least favorite.
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This is such an interesting list! Most of them not widely promoted, no big massive hits, and no big star features with big star audiences. Or did they have stars? Up and coming hidden stars? Swara Bhaskar, Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rana Dagubbatti, Vidya Balan, Zaira Wasim, they are all over this list! The dedicated stage trained actors with unconventional looks, the women, the southern stars, all the flavors of people who are not considered “star” material by the mainstream industry.
The “best” film list will almost always be different from the mainstream hit list. Because quality is rare, and appreciation for it is rarer. That’s why I split the choices between “favorite” and “best”, so you could acknowledge the quality of a film while also acknowledging that it isn’t your favorite.
So what strikes me about this list is not Newton or Trapped or even Secret Superstar or Tumhari Sulu, but Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, The Ghazi Attack, and Bareilly Ki Barfi. These were movies that were high quality, but also approachable, were minor mainstream successes. This is a wonderful sign for the future of the industry, if more of these small excellent films are released directed at a wider audience.
(I almost forgot about this movie, thank you for reminding me! And, like Ittefaq, it was a small excellent film which Karan took over and quietly and perfectly released. I hope he keeps doing that, snapping up small clever films and giving them solid but not huge releases)
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Well this is interesting! The favorites are all across the board this year. A good sign, there really was something for everybody. But, again, it wasn’t in the big mainstream hits. The top films of the year, Judwaa 2 and Golmaal Again and Tiger Zinda Hai, are nowhere here. Raees is only there on a technicality, it was voted for by someone who only saw one Hindi film in 2017, that one film therefore becoming both her least and most favorite.
Even the more mainstream ones, they are the smaller films. Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Phillauri, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan again. These little ones were the films people really loved in 2017. The big films were too big, no personality, not something you could really love.
(So glad Shubh Mangal Saavdhan is getting so much love. I was really surprised by how good it was when I saw it in theaters)
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And another interesting list! Still a range of films on it, but notice that the biggies start showing up here more. Judwaa, Kaabil, Jagga Jasoos which flopped but had a massive release. The only show up on the “bad” lists, here and the “most disappointing”, not on the good ones.
But there is a variety beyond those films. There was no clear loser in 2017, just as there was no clear winner. The loses were spread out between stars, studios, all over the place. Which is good, in an odd way, since it means no one is taking the hit more than any other. And hopefully will inspire them all to do better. Especially Arjun Kapoor. People really really hated Half-Girlfriend. Almost makes me curious enough to watch it. Almost.
(Oo oo! They both like standing in the rain! MEANT TO BE!)
I’m a little confused (as usual). If I’m reading it right, two votes would determined a winner? The votes were so evenly distributed that only one or two entries got more than one vote? I think that’s well within the margin of error — and I’d call it a tie. And very interesting! You have a diverse group of readers with opinions all over the place.
I went for a straight majority, but in these categories, nothing had more than 2 votes, so it was pretty broad. And yes! A diverse group of readers with diverse opinions! Matched by diverse group of films released last year.
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 7:29 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:
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One thing interesting about ghazi attack I imagine is the target demo. Lots of men I know, ranging 30-85, went to see Ghazi and Dunkirk and maybe bahubali, and not necessarily any other (Hindi) film in 2017. I don’t know if that’s your experience as well. But I do feel this is a forgotten demo – the kind of men who aren’t interested in romances or humor or sex farce or action hero or marvel hero. It’s great if Indians could make 1-3 films a year like this.
Congratulations on completing the DCIB awards, Margaret!
Thank you for the congratulations!
And yes, I know what you mean about Ghazi. My brother-in-law is one of those people. He hasn’t seen Ghazi, but he would probably like it. He loved Don, Byomkesh Bakshy!, and Dhoni. I think of these movies as “process” films. They aren’t exactly mindless spectacle, but they are based more on solving problems and understanding situations than on messy relationship stuff. A treat for the intellect. Ghazi was different, and so was Dhoni, because it took that kind of intellectual consideration and applied it to an action and a sports film respectively, instead of to the heist or mystery films where they usually end up. But they felt the same to me. Thoughtful and challenging in a particular kind of way. For an audience that wants something a little meatier, but without big emotional moments.
Of course, as always, the key is to make sure this audience knows a movie they like is coming out, since they aren’t the types who will track a particular star or pay attention to the film news. Ghazi did a great job with its promotions, focusing on the process of making the film, the complications of building the set and so on, instead of on stuff like “See Taapsee’s powerful performance!” or “Rana-you loved him in Bahubali, now see him in this!”
This is also why I am excited about Race 3! Abbas-Mustan do such a great job combining the complicated plots that draw in your mind, with the occasional super catchy silly song sequence just for a relief.
On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 7:52 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote: