The English dictionary needs to invent new words to say “shit” because I’m tired of using this word to describe 2020. However awful this year has been, we’re thankful to Bollywood for somehow keeping us entertained throughout. These 10 movies made us forget our worries for a while and let us just enjoy.
Tanhaji: the Unsung Warrior
Not only is Tanhaji the highest grossing film in all of 2020, it’s also a movie that has pretty much everything packed into 2.5 hours: action, drama, history, romance, Kajol, and great costumes. Tanhaji, a Maratha warrior, is Shivaji Maharaj’s trusted lieutenant. When the Mughals invade and conquer Kondhana fort, he sets out to reclaim it for his king and country. If you haven’t watched it yet, watch and let us know what you think.
Just a slap, par nahi maar sakta. That’s right girls, 2020 and Tapsee show us that nobody — women or men — should have to take physical abuse from their partners under the pretence of ‘love’. Amrita, a young woman, leads a content life with her husband, Vikram. However, their happiness is shattered when he slaps her at an office party causing her to file for a divorce. This film asks us all to think of our own lives, the slaps we’ve either received or given or been witness to, and how to stand up for our own self esteem.
Chintu ka Birthday
A really pure, sweet, heartbreaking movie, Chintu ka Birthday might just be the best movie to come out of India this whole century. It’s a film that is so gentle and kind, set in a merciless world ridden with violence and war. It’s 2004 and the Tiwari family live in war-torn Baghdad, Iraq. But this particular day is an auspicious one; it’s Chintu ka Birthday. He’s turned 6 and finally hopes to have the birthday party that was promised to him for two years now. His family try their best to make this endeavour as successful as possible, but even a simple birthday party isn’t an easy feat in Baghdad. I won’t say more because you must watch this film. NOW.
Released at a time of peak lockdown, when movies were uncertain, Gulabo Sitabo was nothing like we’d ever seen before. Mirza, an old man, is always at war with his tenant Baankey as he wants him to evict his house but Baankey is hell-bent on staying. Here are Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in roles we’ve never watched before, and the Juhi Chaturvedi+Shoojit Sircar writer-director duo once again rocking the screens. This movies just proves why the Big B is unbeatable.
I mean, do I even have to say anything? I can’t, because I will bawl if I start. The nation lost the most loved Indian actor this year, but we’re glad we got to see him in one final film. Though Champak initially disapproves, he eventually does everything in his power while going through a series of hilarious mishaps to fulfil his daughter’s dream of going to London to study further. This movie is proof that Irrfan Khan could do anything: drama, tragedies, comedies, romances…everything. RIP to a great, great soul.
For obvious reasons.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana, Jitendra Kumar, Neena Kapoor, and Gajraj Rao, this movie was nothing short of badass. Gay couple Kartik and Aman face a long and difficult road to happiness as they battle opposition from Aman’s family. However, Kartik isn’t prepared to step back until he marries Aman. For the first time, a gay couple was given the spotlight in Hindi cinema. And then there were many other firsts throughout the film. Hilarious, a little preachy, well-acted with a terrific ensemble, SMZS is a joyride.
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
If there’s one inspiring movie from 2020, it has to be Gunjan Saxena. The life of Air Force pilot, Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian female pilot in combat. Gunjan Saxena retains its authenticity by keeping its story limited to the first female fighter pilot’s love for flying, and how that inspires her to fight do it all, from looking out at the sky to steering the plane that whizzes through it. And just like that plane, your hearts will soar while watching this movie.
Malti falls victim to an acid attack and is forced to go through the ordeal of a court procedure while trying to heal mentally. In the process, she decides to fight for justice for those like herself. Deepika Padukone starred in and produced Chhapaak and it’s an extremely urgent, necessary film that I think should be taught in every school. Watch Chhapaak. Educate boys. Stop blaming girls.
Trust Anurag Basu to make something super experimental, inventive and unique. From a resurfaced sex tape to a rogue suitcase of money, four wildly different stories overlap at the whims of fate, chance and one eccentric criminal. The star cast is also what brings an excellent script to life — Abhishek Bachchan, Rajkumar Rao, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra and others. Watch it on Netflix now!
What were your favourite 2020 films? Tell us in the comments below!