21 Bollywood Movies You Need to Watch – Best 2021 Bollywood Films – Cosmopolitan
IDK about you, but one of the things I miss most since the pandemic started is watching new movies in theaters. And though we might not be running to theaters to watch big blockbusters all together just yet, the film industry has still been working hard. And it’s not just Hollywood—Bollywood already has a bunch of awesome titles out this year.
From an Ava DuVernay co-produced social thriller to an Aamir Khan Forrest Gump adaptation, these are the 21 best Bollywood movies you need to see in 2021.
This Ava DuVernay co-produced movie is based on a New York Times bestseller of the same title. The White Tiger follows Balram (Adarsh Gourav), a man who comes from poverty and aspires to become a wealthy heir’s chauffeur. And a Parasite-esque turn of events paired with Balram’s street smarts and cunning cause things to get wild.
After her estranged writer mother falls into a coma, actress and single mom Anuradha (Kajol) reflects on their strained relationship and the choices she’s made as she deals with a rough patch between her and her own daughter Masha (Mithila Palkar).
Like the movie of the same title starring Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins’s 2015 novel. Mira (Parineeti Chopra) is a divorcée who, on her daily commute, fantasizes about a couple she sees through the train window. But one day, she sees something shocking happen. Soon, her trauma and personal life unravel.
Though this film premiered at the Mumbai Film Festival in 2019, it is now getting the theatrical release it deserves in 2021. Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi tells the story of Ramprasad’s (Naseeruddin Shah) family as they all gather under one roof to perform a 13-day ritual following his death. And in those 13 days, they have some realizations about their family.
Alcoholic professor John “JD” Durairaj (Joseph Vijay) falls out of favor with his colleagues and the school administration because of his popularity. He then becomes a teacher at a juvenile prison and goes head-to-head with Bhavani (Vijay Sethupathi)—a vengeful man with a troubled past—who takes advantage of the kids.
A young woman becomes widowed just five months after her wedding day, and while the death shocks her entire family, she is unable to grieve herself. After finding out she’s the sole beneficiary of her husband’s five million-rupee insurance policy, she goes on a journey to explore her new life…but also makes a discovery about who she married.
This movie tells the inspiring true story of professional badminton player Saina Nehwal and how she came to be one of the top players in her sport.
Two friends are hired to kidnap a bride as part of their village’s tradition, but then one of them falls in love with the abductee and the other falls for the spirit who ends up possessing her.
Ajeeb Daastaans is an anthology of four beautiful short films that look into the unexpected relationships—from a loveless marriage to a story of caste discrimination in the workplace.
Bestselling author Varun (Anmol Dhillon) and entertainment lawyer Sia (Jhataleka Malhotra) like each other enough but aren’t ready to commit to dating. So they form an agreement: They are only allowed to meet and be lovers on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Mimi (Kriti Sanon) is a beautiful and young aspiring actress from a small town. An American couple spots her during one of her performances and asks her to be the surrogate to their child for a large sum of money. She agrees, but things get super complicated when they later decide they no longer want the baby.
Amreek (Arjun Kapoor) wants to grant his grandmother’s last wish, which is to go to Lahore and visit the house that symbolized the love and life she and her husband made for themselves. When that plan fails, Amreek decides to literally bring the house to her.
Rani Kashyap (Taapsee Pannu) is under investigation for her husband’s murder. She speaks with the police and unveils the details of their rocky marriage, but while her stories are meant to lead them closer to the killer, they only seem to obscure the truth.
Suruli (Dhanush) is a gang member who travels to London to help an overseas crime lord take down their rival, and while he expects it to go smoothly, he ends up being forced to deal with moral dilemmas that he didn’t expect.
Bell Bottom is a fun ’80s-style spy movie, which actor Akshay Kumar says is inspired by true events. This espionage thriller is a total roller-coaster.
This upcoming Indian sports drama is a biopic that tells the story of the country’s phenomenal cricket team that won the 1983 World Cup.
Pharsua (Vineet Kumar Singh) is a villager from Jamua, and he becomes the first in his community to get his Indian resident ID card. But when the village priest tells him that this change of events will ultimately cause the death of his wife, he sets out to try and change things. But no one outside of his village will listen to him and hear his concerns.
This comedy-romance spotlights love during a time where the caste system persisted The protagonists in the movie defy the odds by pulling off a plot to fool their families and be together forever.
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This movie is an official remake of Hollywood’s 1994 classic Forrest Gump. It stars longtime Bollywood faves Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan, and it’s expected to premiere around Christmas this year.
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This musical drama is about a cross-cultural romance. Sara Ali Khan plays a young woman from Bihar, and co-star Dhanush plays a man from Madurai. Akshay Kumar plays another love interest to complete the love triangle.
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Phone Bhoot is a Bollywood horror-comedy-drama starring Katrina Kaif, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Ishaan Khatter as the lead trio. The whole plot to the movie hasn’t been revealed just yet, but it sure looks like it’ll have audiences laugh-crying all the way to the end credits.