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catching up on 2017

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100 words or so on each of this year's Hindi releases I've seen but not written about elsewhere (Badrinath Ki DulhaniaMeri Pyaari Bindu,Jagga Jasoos, and Jab Harry Met Sejalhave their own posts). Chalo!

Haraamkhor

What a way to start Nawazuddin Siddiqui's crazy year. I also want to see lots more of Shweta Tripathi, whom I didn't even recognize here despite watching her in The Trip web series. No doubt this is an upsetting story, maybe made more so by its remarkably unremarkable setting, but it's also full of strands of love of different kinds, most notably the affection and genuine care from an adult unrelated to a child who desperately needs a strong outside perspective, even if she doesn't realize it.

OK Jaanu
I didn't love the original as much as many people did, and this remake demonstrates why: the original is sold entirely by the charisma of its leads. Put the same story in the hands of uncharismatic leads and you're left with no charm, no sweetn…