It’s 2020. As we ease into the next decade, we hope that filmmakers introduce us to more complex themes, new narrative styles and compelling performances.
To begin with, there’s Deepika Padukone’s Chappak, a film that resonates with speaks talks to the current moment. We move on to more varied and interesting topics, from a gay couple to a biopic on a celebrated mathematician, finally ending the year with a big-ticket production by Aamir Khan.
Below is a list of this year’s most-awaited titles:
Chappak - Jan 10
Meghna Gulzar returns to direct this Deepika Padukone-starrer after the twin success of Raazi and Talvar. Inspired by true stories of acid attack survivors, the film looks compelling and relevant - given the rise of violent crimes against women - and it could just turn out be Padukone’s best performance
Untitled Imtiaz Ali Film - Feb 14
Imtiaz Ali reunites with Pritam and Irshad Kamil for a film that’s being quietly advertised as the sequel to Love Aaj Kal although Ali himself hasn’t said anything to clarify. Kartik Aaryan and Sara Ali Khan are paired up together in a film that one hopes will wash away our memories of Jab Harry Met Sejal.
Thappad - Feb 28
Brand new member of the woke filmmaker’s club, Anubhav Sinha, has already whipped out his next after Article 15, which features Taapsee Pannu. The film touches upon the topic of domestic abuse - as is evident from the title - and one hopes that the film will do a stellar job of reflecting the current conversation around #MeToo violence against women.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan - Feb 21
Well, sure there can be something like an Ayushmann Khurrana fatigue but maybe not just yet. After dealing with erectile dysfunction in the previous part, Khuranna and director Hitesh Kewalya will tackle the subject of homosexuality in the sequel, thus ensuring that there isn’t any social subject left which the Vicky Donor star hasn’t championed (Supporting protests would be nice, though).