New Delhi. The year 2017 will probably go down as one of the least productive years in Bollywood as far as box office performance is concerned.

Barring Baahubali 2, Golmaal Again and Tiger Zinda Hai, not many films managed to get the cash registers ringing. Several big stars, including Ranbir Kapoor and Shah Rukh Khan failed to strike gold at the box office. But at the end of the year, Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai set the box office on fire, crossing Rs.200 mark within a week.

However, few films that were made on shoe-string budgets succeeded in drawing attention and wide acclaim due to powerful content and fine performance. Here, we list five such movies of 2017 that you need to watch:

5. Gurgaon


 Gurgaon is a neo-noir movie, based on a dark and thrilling story. Directed by Shanker Raman, the film tells us about the mean and twisted story of a family living in Gurgaon. The film, in spite of its slow narration, does manage to pack a solid punch.

4. A Death in the Gunj

A Death in the Gunj

A Death in the Gunj marks the directorial debut of actress Konkana Sen Sharma. Backed by some brilliant characterisations and a masterful script that creates suspense with every passing second, the film keeps the viewers glued to their seats.

3. Mukti Bhawan

Mukti Bhawan

Directed by Subhashish Bhutiani, Mukti Bhawan can easily be counted as one of Bollywood’s best works this year. Apart from providing audience salvation from various mainstream Bollywood movies, it succeeds in portraying life and death from a new perspective. Mukti Bhawan is based on relationships and family and is packed with unassuming characters and humour.

2. Trapped


How difficult is to be locked in a apartment in a busy and bustling city like Mumbai and to find a way to freedom? Watch Trapped, directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, to get the answer. An exhilarating plot that is supported by an incredible performance by Rajkumar Rao keeps you hooked till end.

1. Newton


India’s official entry to the upcoming Academy Awards, Newton has been hailed as one of the finest films made in the country this year. Based on polling in an area affected by Maoist, it is a satire on India’s political system. Amit Masurkar directs the brilliant film and Rajkumar Rao’s terrific performance makes it hard to miss.