Here’s a look at a few Hindi films that made a mark this year
As with most years, the most stimulating cinema, for me, happened elsewhere—in the turmoil behind the tranquillity of Gurvinder Singh’s frames in Chauthi Koot (Punjabi) set in post Operation Bluestar Punjab, in the madness and disruptive power of love in Nagraj Manjule’s Sairat (Marathi), in the radical interpretation of motherhood in Bhaskar Hazarika’s Kothanodi (Assamese) and in the audacious, independent spirit of Sudhanshu Saria’s LOEV and Kranti Kanade’s CRD. Then there were two debuts that will hopefully find a release, and space in the 2017 top 10—Konkona Sen Sharma’s A Death In The Gun, a beautifully measured slice of family life and a haunting tale of tragic dissipation and Shanker Raman’s Gurgaon, about male entitlement and cultural flashpoints that define the NCR (national capital region).
In a year of sequels and biopics and of films built around the themes of feminism and patriotism, the first three (rather two and a half films) had me absorbed. The rest are selected in alphabetical order.