2017 is almost at an end and on that note, if we look at the growth of the Indian Cinema Industry, it has inarguably been an overwhelming ride.

Even the young filmmakers have created a space out of the mainstream Bollywood arena and this has led to a tremendous increase in the quantity of Indie film productions. With easy access to digital media, these talented filmmakers are now willing to make a career out of the movies and exploring the power of the lens. As long as your script is on board and you have faith in your project, you’re just a mile away from your first Bollywood release. While most filmmakers are trying and testing new concepts and techniques, there are a few who know their job and they’re not ready to quit. Here’s our list of exceptional indie movies that churned out in 2017.

Anaarkali of Araah:  As the name suggests, the movie is a women-centric film directed by Avinash Das starring Swara Bhaskar, who plays the role lead role of a small-town erotic folk dancer from Bihar. After she gets harassed by a local politician, she seeks help from the policemen who instead make a mockery out of the situation. The rest of the story is driven by revenge and how the female lead takes a stand against the circumstances, proudly owning up to her own flaws, weaknesses and strengths. This fiesty film with a message is a must watch!

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Ashwathama: Directed by Pushpendra Singh, the film is about how young child deals with the murder of his mother by entering an imaginary realm. Ashwatthama beautifully talks about Ishvaku, the 9-year-old kid who gets sent to an uncle’s village to start a new life with his cousins after his mother’s death. The narrow line between reality and imaginations forms the crux of the movie.

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A Billion Colour Story: Directed by  Padmakumar Narasimhamurthy, The Billion Colour Story is a movie from the perspective of a child, with the Hindu-Muslim unity as the backdrop. A simple tale said through the eyes of an innocent child, the movie mentions all the real elements of the present day world like violence, division, racism and distrust and yet the desperate need for altruism and humanity. The movie reaffirms that the element to focus and to seek id goodness and it has its existence despite the utter chaos.

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CRD: Directed by National Award Winning Director, Kranti Kanade and Yuva Sahitya Akademi Award Winning Dramatist, Dharmakirti Sumant, CRD is a film humming to the fervent tunes of strong buzzing drama and romance. The narrative of the movie is so unique, that it makes a grim cross between theatre and cinema. The characters are more striking than the narrative, marking the spirit of competition between a fascist mentor and a young rebellious dramatist. CRD is something unheard of in Hindi cinema!

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Death in the Gunj: Written and directed by Konkona Sen Sharma, the movie features an ensemble cast of Kalki Koechlin, Ranvir Shorey, Vikrant Massey, Om Puri, Tillotama Shome, Tanuja, Gulshan Devaiah and Jim Sarbh. The film is set up in the 70s depicting the dynamics of a family and the temperament of a shy boy who uses denial as an escape to reality. The film progresses over a family trip, very subtly bringing forward the concepts of patriarchy and finally ending the vacation with an implosion.

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Lipstick Under My Burkha: Written and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava and produced by Prakash Jha, the movie is a dark comedy starring Konkona Sen Sharma, Ratna Pathak, Aahana Kumra and Plabita Borthakur in lead roles. The film speaks about sexuality and the conservative setup for women in the society. These women go on a quest to break free and find their independence.

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Mukti Bhawan: Mukti Bhawan is a movie directed by Shubhashish Bhutiani and produced by Sajida Sharma, Sanjay Bhutiani and Shubhashish Bhutiani. Starring actors like Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh, Navnindra Behl, and Anil K Rastogi in prime roles, the film is based on relationships and family. It talks about the lives and relationships that have the biggest influences in our understanding of life. The setup is strange and has very subtly expressed the dynamics of a father-son relationship.

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Newton: Directed by Amit V. Masurkar, Newton brings the vote casting scenario prevalent in the country. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the lead role, is an honest, hardworking government clerk who tries to make sure that voting is done fairly. However, the rest of the drama in the film is brought about by communists rebels leading to massive conflicts. The film established Amit Masurkar as a director after the film’s world premiere in the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and was India’s only entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.

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Poorna: Courage Has No Limit: Directed by Rahul Bose, Poorna is a story of a 13-year-old and her quest to climb the Everest, becoming the youngest ever to do so. The movie is based on the true story of Poorna Malavath of Pakala village from Nizamabad district of Telangana. Starring Aditi Inamdar and Rahul Bose himself, the movie was screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival 2017 where it got nominated for “30 Best Feature Films”. Belonging to a small district in Telangana, the young Adivasi girl, though tiny and timid, sets for herself a goal and accomplishes it, against the innumerable odds is no mean feat.

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Ribbon: Starring Kalki Koechlin and Sumeet Vyas, a married couple, face the challenges that are poured on them and struggle at large extents to overcome them. Debutant director, Rakhee Sandilya beautifully portrays the perks of facing unplanned parenthood, confronting joy and disappointment, together. Also voicing out gender discrimination quite subtly, the movie is a real take on life in modern times.

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Rukh: Directed by debutant director Atanu Mukherjee, the film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra and Adarsh Gourav. The movie portrays the journey of a young boy who copes with the sudden demise of his father. Whether it was a genuine car accident or a framed murder; the young boy embarks on a mission to find answers to. This journey throws light to all the things that he was oblivious to, hence pouring down bigger riddles.

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III Smoking Barrels: Directed by Sanjib Dey, the film has a multilingual plot and is about three criminals, three lives and three guns. The film is an anthology of multiple stories. The story is about a child, a boy and a man which basically correlates to the three stages of human life. III Smoking Barrels is a film that is set in the northeast and portrays drug peddling and armed conflicts.

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Teen Aur Adha: Teen Aur Aadha (Three And a Half) directed by Ukrainian director Daria Gai has a unique story-telling feature in which the entire plot revolves around a house in three different eras. The entire movie has been filmed in three long shots of 43 minutes each, having only three cuts. The movie depicts stories from the perspective of the walls of the house. The walls are an observer to all the strains and victories that encompass human life.

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The Hungry: Directed and written by Bornila Chatterjee, the film stars Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra and Antonio Aakeel. An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, the film is set up in Delhi and explores the role of the patriarchy and corruption in Indian politics and business. The Shakespearian tragedy has a bold modern edge and is worth a watch!

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Shehjar: Shehjar (Shade) is a film directed by Nikhil Allug and is about a Kashmiri family who relocates to Mumbai for an unknown purpose. The reason for their relocation is revealed in the later part. The family has a mission and to get to the city they use various transporting systems and when they arrive at Mumbai, they stay in a duplex apartment where their characters are revealed.

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