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Secret Superstar — the best film of 2017

Disclaimer: Secret Superstar is the best film of 2017 according to me. There are certainly good films such as Death in a Gunj (good film making), Kadwi Hawa (important social message), Toilet ek prem katha (commercial film with a social message), Qarib Qarib Singlle (good film making and realistic, my wife’s favorite film of the year), Newton (important political/social message), Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (film with a social message about a taboo topic), Hindi Medium (film with a social message), Ghazi Attack (technically well executed and patriotic film) and of course Baahubali: the conclusion. There were some other good entertaining films like Jolly LLB 2, Kaabil, Bareilly ki Barfi, Golmaal Returns and so on. Moreover, I haven’t watched some other good films of 2017 (Anarkali of Aarah, Poorna, Mom etc.)

Secret Superstar is the best film because of the following:

  1. Relevant theme: The most beautiful thing about this film is that it not only talks about themes relevant today, it also shows how the desire to do something for someone you love can bring out that courage in you that you never knew you had. The daughter shows courage and tries to take some chances to improve her mother’s life, and towards the end her mother does the same for her.

Padmaavat had an incredible box office performance worldwide after its delayed release due to controversies. And when I searched for its position in top grossing bollywood movies worldwide, its position was 10th which is quite good. What shocked me was Secret Superstar was in 4th position!!

How can a small budget (15 crore) movie with only one known actor (Aamir Khan) in supporting role and limited marketing be in 3rd position, behind Dangal and Secret Superstar! I’ll give you a hint before I reveal the reason. Dangal was a huge hit in India but couldn’t go beyond 700 crores even in worldwide collection. Then Baahubali: The conclusion released and took the box office by storm and had earned 1500 crore within few weeks and was the highest grossing bollywood movie ever worldwide. Then Aamir Khan productions did something incredible (maybe they had planned it in advance). They released Dangal in China. And from about 700 crores, Dangal became the highest grossing bollywood movie by grossing about 2100 crores, 30 times its budget!

Yes, you guessed it right. Aamir Khan released Secret Superstar in China and the film grossed… it grossed… I don’t think you’ll believe it, even I couldn’t believe it at first and had to rub my eyes and read it twice to confirm whether the figure was correct. Secret Superstar earned Rs. 750 crores in China alone! This means it had a return of investment of 3000% (Source: Wikipedia).

This proves that good films can also earn well when people see familiar faces (Zaira and Aamir) in the movie. That’s how Chinese box office miracle happened. That’s why I feel really angry when so called superstars work in shitty movies when they can easily make good movies themselves!

Kudos to Aamir Khan production team and the smartness of Aamir Khan in selecting the right scripts and the right cast and crew. :)

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Abhishek Sainani

An aspiring writer who often juggles between his inner world, his dream world, and the real world. Writes poetry, humorous observations and opinion pieces.