Tenet, Durgamati, and More: December 2020 Guide to new releases

The year might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean entertainment is over. We are all set to end 2020 with a bang, with explosive performances and amazing films and series to keep us busy the entire month. From Netflix’s first animated movie from India to Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, December is going to be a month worth every buck. 

1.  Bhaag Beanie Bhaag, Netflix 

Hailed as India’s answer to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Swara Bhaskar’s Bhaag Beanie Bhaag is a story of an aspiring stand up comedian. Fear of settling down prompts Beanie (Swara Bhaskar) to run away from her house to start her own career, but her attempt bombs. With the help of friends and help from unexpected places, Beanie starts to overcome her fear and live her life….Beanie style. With Dolly Singh and Varun Thakur in the mix, what’s not to love?

When: December 4

2. Bombay Rose, Netflix

After premièring at the Venice Film Festival last year, Bombay Rose will be available to stream on Netflix. Using traditional animation techniques, director Gitanjali Rao’s animated film boasts of a story about Bombay where stories mingle with dreams to give an experience unlike no other. The trailer is enough to convince you to give this masterpiece a try. 

When: December 4

3. Mank, Netflix

After Gone Girl, David Fincher returns with a story about Herman J. Mankiewicz, who wrote Citizen Kane, which is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Mank chronicles that time of his life, and his conflicts with Orson Welles. This monochrome film boasts a brilliant cast of Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins and Charles Dance – do we need any more reasons?

When: December 4

4. Mulan, Disney + Hotstar

The live-action reimagining of the original Mulan will soon be available to stream in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The story of a young woman who disguises herself as a man and takes her ailing father’s place in the Imperial Army is a Disney classic, and we cannot wait to see how the new compares to the old. 

When: December 4

5. Durgamati, Amazon Prime

After Chanchal Chauhan (Bhumi Pednekar) is persuaded to frame a politician, events in Durgamati take a mythical turn when the ghost of goddess Durga takes over Chanchal’s body. Based on G. Ashok’s 2018 Telugu-language film Bhaagamathie, this is one of the films to look out for.

When: December 11

6. Tenet

Tenet arrives in Indian theatres on December 4, but will be available on Blu-ray for those who don’t wish to take the risk of contracting COVID. The premise is intriguing, as is the case with every Christopher Nolan film, where the protagonist is out to save the world with one word as a clue – Tenet. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, and others, and is going to be a treat for the eyes. 

When: December 15

7. Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Netflix

Fans of Chadwick Boseman will revel in his final performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the story of 1920s Chicago, and the constant struggle of black recording artists. Exploring issues of race and art, and with Viola Davis in a lead role, this film is a must-watch. 

When: December 18

8. The Midnight Sky, Netflix 

A lonely scientist (George Clooney) must trek across the Arctic in an attempt to stop astronauts from returning to Earth, which is in the clutches of a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney’s sci-fi film is being described as Gravity meets The Revenant, but we’ll make our own judgment on this one. 

When: December 23

9. Coolie No. 1, Amazon Prime

David Dhawan is remaking his own film, with his son Varun Dhawan filing in Govinda’s shoes, and Sara Ali Khan taking over the role of Karisma Kapoor in the lead. We all know the story, we’ve all laughed at Govinda’s antics – the only thing left to see is how the remake with the new generation will make its place in our hearts.  

When: December 25

10. Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max

This Wonder Woman sequel is also coming to theatres, but those who prefer to watch it in the safety of their houses – HBO is your friend (well, an expensive friend). A highly anticipated movie, Wonder Woman will see Gal Gadot reprise her role as Wonder Woman, with Chris Pine, Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig in supporting roles. 

When: December 25

Which movies/ series are you most looking forward to? Do let us know!

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