1. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
The sequel to the Baahubali series takes the country by storm with its suspenseful storyline and visually appealing screenplay. The film charts the destiny of the hero Amarendra Baahubali as the rightful ruler of the kingdom. The film also takes you back in time to reveal glimpses of Baahubali’s past while dwelling on the sweet love story of Baahubali and his lady love Devasena.
Despite all her efforts to get close to her stepdaughter, Devaki finds no reciprocation from Arya who continues to regard her stepmom with aloofness and dislike. But things soon take a turn when Arya is physically assaulted by goons. Sridevi’s last film saw an extraordinary performance by the superstar and is a must-watch for all her fans.
3. Hindi Medium
Irfan Khan starrer Hindi Medium deals with a very important theme- that of language issues and a couple’s struggles in getting their daughter admitted to an English medium school. As a result of their efforts, there is comic rigmarole that ensues in the process. Raj(Irfan) and his wife try several plays to clinch an admission in a school of their choice but later end up opening a Hindi medium school themselves.
Newton has a unique storyline and a theme here unexplored by Bollywood. It takes you right into the Naxal heartland, where an inexperienced government official Newton Kumar (Rajkumar Rao) is faced with the daunting challenge of conducting fair elections. How he manages to accomplish this seemingly impossible task forms the crux of this story. It’s a refreshing change from the usual glitz of Bollywood films and makes you reflect on several important issues.
5. Tumhari Sullu
A housewife-turned-RJ enjoys her new found freedom and establishes a new identity for herself as the popular Sullu. But her path is fraught with challenges as she has to now face an unsupportive husband and has to find new ways to manage both her household and her professional life. But she comes out triumphant. VidyaBalan’s soulful performance as Sullu brings her back into the reckoning.
6. Toilet Ek Prem Katha
Toilet Ek Prem Katha is a delightful comedy that deals with a serious issue in essence. A newlywed bride is displeased with the fact that there are no proper toilets in her husband’s house. The husband then sets out to fulfill her wish and encounters several hurdles along the way. At the very roots, he has to take on the larger society for its regressive ideas and values.
7. Sachin: A Billion Dreams
A docu-drama of the country’s cricketing superhero was sure to win the hearts of Indians. And Sachin: A Billion Dreams does wield the charm it had set out to.While parts of the film are dramatized to add to the entertainment quotient, the legend himself comes on screen now and then to narrate his story. The ups and downs of a megastar’s career are brought out unhindered
8. Secret Superstar
15-year-old Insia Malik goes through troubled waters as she witnesses her mother struggle in an abusive marriage. Despite all the hurdles, she relentlessly pursues her dream of becoming a singer and finds support in the form of a demanding music director Shakti Kumar, played by Aamir Khan. The story traces her journey towards her goals and leaves you with a highly inspired note.
9. Bareilly Ki Barfi
Bareilly ki Barfi is a delightful romantic comedy, that follows bubbly Bitti’s journey to find the love of her life, Pritam, an author whom she has never seen in real life. She falls in love with the author upon reading the books she reads by him and decides to find him at any cost. Rajkumar Rao as Pritam once again lives up to his reputation as a seasoned actor.
10. Lipstick Under my Burkha
The much-hyped film of 2017, is also one of the best for its bold take on a compelling issue of present times- that of repression of women and the voices to overcome it. A great entertainer, Lipstick Under my Burkha tells the story of four women trying hard to break the shackles of the societal norms that try to weigh them down, and having uninhibited fun along the way.