With more than half the year already behind us, we have been gifted with a mixed bag of silver screen offerings. As with any other year in filmmaking, certain upcoming releases find their way into the buzz circuit way before they’re even out. Whether it may very simply be the plot of a film, one compelling enough to get the public interested early on or whether it’s the return of a revered or promising film personality that gets the crowd excited, some films stand out from the clutter. And 2017 hasn’t been very different.
From winning accolades at film festivals, to controversial storylines and production struggles, here are 5 films that you should most definitely watch out for.
Directed by: Ashim Ahluwalia
Starring: Arjun Rampal, Aishwarya Rajesh
A true series of events brought to life on the big screen, narrates the never-before told story of an eccentric gangster, Arun Gawli from the underbelly of Central Mumbai and his attempts to enter politics after following a life of crime. This political thriller promises to delve into the cloaked layers of Mumbai Underworld over the course of four decades and will be in theatres on September 8th, 2017.
Directed by: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh
The period drama brings to life the writings of Padmavat, a fictionalised epic about Rani Padmavati, wife of the then ruler of Mewar, King Rawal Ratan Singh. At the heart of it, the story retells the unforgettable siege of Chittor fort, laid at the hands of Turkic ruler, Alauddin Khilji who seeks the queen of unmatched beauty. A historic epic of an unmatched grandeur, it is set to release on the 17th of November. Provenly, period dramas are a tough nut to crack in the Hindi film industry and Mr. Bhansali’s success run with the same, has definitely marked Padmavati to be on our watch-list.
Directed by: Anurag Kashyap and Aanand L Rai
Starring: Jimmy Shergill, Vineeth Kumar
Anurag Kashyap brings his rooted and raw storytelling skills to direct a fictional account of the famously entitled ‘Mike Tyson of Uttar Pradesh.’ Slated for a November 19th release, Mukkabaz is a sports political drama that revolves around an aspiring boxer from the northern state of UP and his tryst with romance as he sets out to become one of the greats in the world of boxing.
Directed by: Amit Masurkar
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathy
Having already done its rounds and gained wide recognition in film festivals around the world, Newton is a one-of-a-kind black comedy that attempts to subliminally parody the faults of political systems in place, set in present-day India from the point of a view of a government clerk on election duty in the naxal-occupied jungles of Central India.
Directed by: Bornilla Chatterjee
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra
Based on William Shakespeare’s tragic play titled, Titus Andronicus, this India-UK co-production attempts to adapt the themes of greed and patriarchy to the sensibilities of modern New Delhi, India. The Hungry is a revenge thriller told out of a dramatic setting in a lavish Indian wedding and is about to make its debut at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
Text Srishti Singh