2020 has adversely affected the lives of millions of people across the globe. Not only has it affected the jobs of many people but also taken away the lives of many over the last year. The Bollywood fraternity also lost some of its celebrities in 2020 and is yet to recover from that loss. The pandemic also shut down theatres across the country for the majority of the year, but many films continued to show why so many people love Bollywood and films as a whole. Here are the top 10 films in 2020.
Tanhaji - The Unsung Warrior
The first major blockbuster hit in 2020 was Ajay Devgn starring Tanhaji. Based on the biographical tale of the brave Marathi warrior against the evils of Mughals ruled by Saif Ali Khan’s character in the film. Tanhaji became an instant hit in Maharashtra and also succeeded in theatres across the nation. The film grossed over Rs. 350 crores at the Indian box office after releasing in the second week of January 2020.
Dil Bechara starring late actor Sushant Singh Rajput tells a heart-breaking story both in the film’s story as well as in real life. Right before the release of the film, actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his Bandra home. The actor committed suicide after battling depression. The news shocked lakhs of fans who followed the actor’s journey right through his days in Hindi television. Dil Bechara marks the last film in the actor’s career and was based on a book called The fault in our stars by John Green. The film is now streaming online on Disney plus Hotstar and broke many records in the process when it comes to a Hindi film that premiered on a digital medium.
Vidya Balan in the titular role of Shakuntala Devi is yet another surprise hit of 2020. The film is streaming online on Amazon Prime Video and tells the inspirational real-life story of the genius Shakuntala Devi. Devi was a maths genius and toured the world and was later called The human-computer. The film focuses both on her professional career as a mathematician as well as her personal life. One of the best parts of the films is her personal conflict with her daughter who felt left behind due to her mother’s immense focus on her career. The film also shed light on the life of Shakuntala Devi’s husband who was allegedly gay.
The year 2020 was full of films about strong women personalities both from real life and in fictional stories. Thappad starring Taapsee Pannu in the lead role tells the story of a single woman who stands up against her husband after he slaps her in a fit of anger at a party. The movie is streaming online on Amazon Prime Video. The film received widespread acclaim for its incredible attention to what many might consider a small problem but is faced by women all across the country frequently. The film also was a tight slap against the likes of films such as Kabir Singh starring Shahid Kapoor that released a year before Thappad.
Bulbbul was a surprise horror hit in 2020 starring Tripti Dimri, Paoli Dam and Avinash Tiwari. Bulbbul is streaming online on Netflix. The film was set in the British ruled Bengal province and sent a shiver down the spine of everyone who watched the film. The story is set around a story of child marriage and domestic violence. In the Netflix exclusive film, Tripti Dimri shines as the protagonist and captures every bit of the screen time that she occupies in the film.
Bollywood isn’t known for creating the best comedy films over the last few years. However, Saif Ali Khan starrer Jawaani Jaaneman quickly soared at the box office due to its brilliant story and full of life actors. The film follows the story of a 40-year-old playboy as played by Saif Ali Khan. The film takes a sudden turn when the playboy finds out that he has a daughter who is almost 20 years old already.
Starring Irrfan Khan Angrezi Medium is the sequel to the similarly titled Hindi Medium that came out a few years ago. Actor Irfan Khan passed away in 2020 after battling cancer over the years. Angrezi Medium movie is streaming online on Disney + Hotstar. The film stars the widely acclaimed actor in the role of a traditional Indian father who must travel to London to help out his only daughter as she embarks upon her journey of higher education in the island nation. Angrezi medium is true to its roots and witty until the very end making fun of both Hindi and English.
Bringing together some of the best actors from Bollywood, Gulabo Sitabo stars Amitabh Bachchan alongside Ayushmann Khurrana. Gulabo Sitabo movie is streaming online on Amazon Prime Video. This is the first time the two actors have come together for a film. The film tells the story of a neighbour and a landlord as they bicker over the land that they live on. The film focuses on materialistic wealth as its central point of focus as it questions the morality of both the characters in the film as well as that of the viewers.
Gunjan Saxena created much uproar when it was first released due to its representation of the Indian air force but after the filmmaker’s apologised for any negative representation, the film quickly rose in both its ratings and reviews. Gunjan Saxena movie streaming online on Netflix. The film starred Janhvi Kapoor in the lead role of the first Woman Indian Air Force pilot and also starred Pankaj Tripathi as the colonel in command of Gunjan Saxena who was an ace pilot.
Starring Deepika Padukone in her only film from 2020, Chhapaak is both an inspiring and heartbreaking story of survivors of acid attacks. The film is a biographical tale of Laxmi who in real life is also an acid attack survivor. Chhapaak movie is streaming online on Disney + Hotstar. Just like many others, Laxmi was attacked just because she refused to go out with a guy who asked her out. Chhapaak does not shy away from any of the brutal reality behind this evil in India and shows the entire journey of the survivor including bringing those who wronged her to justice.