The most exciting screen entertainment to look forward to in 2020

Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana in Gulabo Sitabo
HINDI

It was smaller films driven by ideas, rather than star-studded big productions, that defined 2019 for Hindi cinema. Compare the warm reception of a Dabangg 3. All indications point to people wanting more from Hindi filmmakers. A number of films poised for a 2020 release look like they could make the cut.

There are a few stories of women that will be told by women. First among them will be Meghna Gulzar’s London, Paris, New York. 

Every recent Kangana Ranaut film has been marked by her airing her poorly considered political views just before its release. Somehow, still, her performances on screen remain enjoyable. In Panga, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Ranaut will play the role of a woman who makes a comeback in the national kabaddi team after marriage. 

After his searing drama on caste violence, a lot will be expected from Anubhav Sinha’s next film, Mulk, will play the lead, alongside appearances by Ratna Pathak Shah and Tanvi Azmi among others. Not much is known about the film’s premise, although it is reported to examine man-woman relationships. 

If you agree that Tabu should be in every film made, then it will upset you to learn that she is only likely to appear in three films in 2020. One of them is Hindi Medium (2017). This one has been directed by Homi Adajania, and also stars Kareena Kapoor.

Anubhav Sinha’s next, Thappad, will feature Taapsee Pannu
Shoojit Sircar’s Shubh Mangal Saavdhan titled Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan. Directed by Aanand L Rai, the film intends to tell a story of same-sex love.

Irrfan will return to the screen with Angrezi Medium
A number of sports films are in the works. Toofan, six years after teaming up to make the Milkha Singh biopic.

Regular collaborators, director Hansal Mehta and actor Rajkummar Rao, will come together for Forrest Gump is led by Aamir Khan and directed by Advait Chauhan.

REGIONAL

Films from the southern states, which have always been interesting, have recently started finding audiences in other parts of the country. Malayalam cinema, in particular, has received much love.

Is Fahadh Faasil the best actor currently working in Indian cinema? There are very few who can achieve anything close to his post-doctoral understanding of the human face as a vessel for emotion. He will be seen in Ustad Hotel. 

Kangana Ranaut will appear in a trilingual biopic Vaanam Kottattum, a family drama about two generations written and produced by Mani Ratnam’s Madras Talkies, is another important release for early 2020.

Telugu star Vijay Deverakonda, known for romancing women in quite intense fashion on screen, will do so again in KGF: Chapter 2.

In West Bengal, a spin-off from the 2011 hit Dwitiyo Purush will retain several of the previous cast members including Parambrata Chatterjee and Raima Sen.

Back in 2008, when the comedy Natrang fame and Siddharth Jadhav, who is otherwise known for his comedy.

HOLLYWOOD

Predictably enough, Hollywood’s year is filled with films of the superhero and fantasy genres. The Eternals is about an immortal alien race tasked with defeating an evil race called Deviants. 

With nineties nostalgia being the other order of the day, Disney will continue to recast its old animated hits as live action films. No doubt encouraged by the very successful remakes of The Little Mermaid will be rebooted, too, with computer-generated and live action.

On Valentine’s Day, make an anti-romantic choice and watch Force Majeure, in which a couple on holiday survive an avalanche but have their relationship thrown into crisis. In an inspired bit of casting, the film features two geniuses of comedic acting, Julia Louis-Dreyfus alongside Will Ferrell. One can expect the humour to be goofier and less absurdist than the Swedish original.

After Spike Lee’s  Baby Driver, The Fault in Our Stars) will star alongside newcomer Rachel Zegler in it. Keep an eye out for an untitled Paul Thomas Anderson project which is also due next year.

INDIE AND WORLD

British director Joe Wright, of Atonement and Woman in the Window, with Hitchcock vibes about it. Amy Adams will play an agoraphobic woman who watches other people’s homes and ends up witnessing a crime. 

Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul during the filming of Memoria; Amy Adams in Woman in the Window
More adaptations are in the offing, including of the Agatha Christie bestseller about a crime of passion, Emma brought to life on screen by American indie filmmaker Autumn de Wilde with a mostly British cast of promising young actors. The brilliant comedian Miranda Hart is in it, too, which means laughs are guaranteed. 

A new Wes Anderson is upon us. The French Dispatch, Anderson’s usual suspects — Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody — will all make appearances although the film is led by Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan and Lea Seydoux.

The Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a festival favourite, is making his first English language film Memoria, backed by Chinese director Jia Zhangke as producer. The very international cast is led by American Tilda Swinton, Spanish actor Daniel Giménez Cacho and Jeanne Balibar of France.  

WEB ORIGINALS

Some of the best minds in cinema will continue to take their work to web platforms. Indian big screen directors moving to the web platform? Raj and DK with Lust Stories that Netflix released in 2018.

True crime’s popularity as a series genre is only growing. Budhia Singh: Born to Run.

No one makes social justice quite as riveting as Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us). His mitzvah.” It is being developed for Amazon Prime. 

In more social justice television, there is Mrs America, which will tell the story of the feminists who fought for the Equal Rights Amendment. Cate Blanchett will play the antagonist Phyllis Schlafy, a conservative who led the campaign to defeat the amendment. The Hulu show will likely stream in India too.



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