5) Lipstick Under My Burkha [July 21]
Any film that Pahlaj Nihalani and his sanskari cohort don’t want you to see automatically qualifies in our list of must-see films in the second half of 2017. But that’s not reason enough. Alankrita Shrivastava’s second feature has been gaining traction on the international festival circuit, picking up a host prizes on the way. Last count was 10. No wonder Ekta Kapoor has stepped on board to ensure that this female ensemble drama gets into cinemas.
6) Bareilly Ki Barfi [August 18]
Ashwini Iyer Tiwary’s first film, Nil Battey Sannata, about a fraught relationship between a determined single parent and her stubborn adolescent daughter was one of the more memorable films of 2015. For her second, Tiwary directs a romantic comedy starring Ayushmann Khurrana as a printing press owner, Rajkummar Rao as an author and Kriti Sanon as a girl grappling with traditions. Could be another small town-set wonder with strong characters and message.
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