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Top 20 Bollywood Movies To Watch in 2021

2020 was not a good year for anyone. However, movie producers perhaps received the most interest from this condition as people have stood in their homes watching movies. Bollywood movies have been a great part of the Cinema since the beginning. This industry is mostly known for its dances and some great storylines. Here, we have prepared a list of top Bollywood movies in 2021 that we think are worth watching at least once. We have tried to include as many genres as possible.

1 – Thappad


It was initially planned to release on 6 March of 2020 but then it was released in theaters on 28th February to avoid stimulants release with Baghii. Criticisms about this top Bollywood movie are not much and most of them are about the pace of this movie. The directory of this movie is brilliant and is praised by both the critics and viewers. This movie’s influence can be seen by the police’s posters of Help Line Number for reducing domestic violence.

Thappad is about a wife living with her husband and her mother in law. They are happy until a ceremony that she finds a problem with her mother in law. Afterward, the husband slaps her (Thappad) in front of the people in the ceremony and makes her feel ashamed. Then, she looks for her right with the help of other women.

IMDB: 6.9 Rotten Tomatoes: 93

2 – Panga


Panga is a family, drama, and sport-related movie that perfectly shows the power of women. It is filmed in 4 different cities including Pangi and Bhopal. Panga has received so many positive reviews and positive reactions from critics. This movie shows the facts of social lives and the hard efforts of mothers. You will not regret watching this movie.

Jaya is a young married woman and has a child. She is also a former athlete with many glories. After her child finds out about her past, asks her to work out again and reach her former position in the Indian national team. Now she has to work for her dreams and also her life.

IMDB: 6.8 Rotten Tomatoes: 94

3 – Tanhaji

Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan in  'Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior'.

This top Bollywood movie is an action, drama, and historic movie. So many Indian stars have a role in this movie including Ajay Devgan, Kajul, and Saif Ali Khan. Even if you don’t like these genres, it is still worth watching this movie when these stars are playing together. This movie shows some historic events with great action scenes along with lots of emotions. The 3D release of this movie added to its attraction even more.

Emperor of the Mongols wants to conquer India and expand his country. Shivaji is the king of Maratha and tries to hide this fact from his lieutenant Tanhaji since his son’s wedding is in near future. But When Tanhaji finds out, he sets out to stop the Mongols.

IMDB: 7.6 Rotten Tomatoes: 73

4 – Gunjan Saxena

Gunjan Saxena

The drama biography movie is based on the true story of the first female pilot in the Indian army and is directed by Sharan Sharma. Although he is a new director, Gunjan Saxena seems to be one of his best works till the end of his life. This Bollywood movie can be a very enjoyable movie watching if you like superhero background movies.

The first-ever woman to become one of the high-ranking officers in the Indian Air Force was Gunjan. She did this by tolerating so many pains and hard work. Watch and enjoy.

IMDB: 5.3 Rotten Tomatoes: 100

5 – Darbaan


A movie based on the Nobel winning story, written by Rabindra Nath Tagore. Although critics say that this movie does not show a wide perspective from the story, it is still one of the top movies, and people like it. Also, the script is well written and has portrayed a good Dram story. Great actors, lifting great stories.

The story follows the life of a caretaker. His social life is in trouble but has a tail of love. This is the story of the caretaker and his master.

IMDB:7.3 Rotten Tomatoes:

6 – Shakuntala Devi

This drama Bollywood movie is directed by Anu Menon. It is based on the life of Shakuntala, the genius Indian mathematician. Most Indian people may not recognize this genius and this top movie aims to let them get more familiar with her life. This movie is an entertaining Biography of this scientist.

Shakuntala’s family has understood her talent in mathematics and her father tends to use her talent in television shows. Shakuntala has to put away her normal life and start a new one as people start calling her the living computer.

IMDB: 6.1 Rotten Tomatoes: 78

7 – Dil Bechara

Dil Bechara

The Dil Bechara was released on 24th July and is based on The Fault in Our Stars novel. This movie will always be remembered as the last and perhaps the best play of Sushant Singh Rajput. This top movie tries to show true love along with all of its problems. Also, points to having hope in every situation in life. If you like emotional and romantic movies, this is something you should not miss.

Dil Bechara says the story of the emotional journey of two young people who have lost hope in love. A young girl with cancer and a young boy that has recently found out about his severe illness. These two meet each other at a supporting group and after that, they decide to spend their remaining time with each other and have fun.

IMDB: 7.9 Rotten Tomatoes: 67

8 – Malang


An action Bollywood movie that will keep you in your seat till the end. This movie will create many questions for you and you have to watch until the end to understand the full story. Edition, acting, and directory in this movie have done a great job to let you enjoy watching the movie. The ending is very unexpected and is one of the best scenes you will see in a movie as it completes the whole puzzle of the movie.

A criminal is out in society and is killing cops. He was once the man of himself, living alone and traveling through the world. He fell in love in his way but something happened and he is trying to get revenge from the cops now.

IMDB: 6.5 Rotten Tomatoes: 44

9 – Jawani Jaaneman

The most praised thing about this Bollywood movie is Saif Ali Khan’s play as it has received so much positive feedback from both critics and people. The great script with a greater play of Saif Ali Khan and his jokes will make you laugh and enjoy watching this movie. However, the comedy parts are more concentrated rather than the drama parts and this is the part that this movie is receiving criticizes.

Tia finds her dad Jazz (Saif Ali Khan) after about 20 years. Jazz, on the other hand, has a very irresponsible way of living as he acts like a 20 years old playboy in London. After he understands Tia is her daughter, he refuses to support her and asks her to go to her mom. But she stays close to him and their journey begins.

IMDB: 6.6 Rotten Tomatoes: 69

10 – Street Dancer

Street Dancer

This top movie is about a dance competition. It consists of so many hard tries and failings and tries to show the viewer that after every failure, they should try even harder for success. Street Dancer is filmed in both London and Panjab. The Filming and dancing are perfect and is the biggest movie in this genre as you will feel great joy when watching them. About 10 songs are used in this movie and they are very well synced with each other and have made this top movie.

Two dance groups from India and Pakistan are competing in London and as of their countries, they have a rivalry with each other. However, they eventually make a united team for the illegal immigrants of their countries and try to win the competition together to make enough money for bringing people back to their families.

IMDB: 3.5 Rotten Tomatoes:

11 – Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari

This comedy Bollywood movie will make you laugh every second of it. Its filming was stopped due to the epidemy several times but it didn’t stop the producers from making a top movie. This family movie is an enjoyable and laughable watching experience. The lines of the script are perfectly written to be funny and entertaining.

Suraj is the son of an imperial and religious family and is looking for a wife with a traditional family. But, one day he sees a girl and falls in love with her although she does not have any of his desired wife personalities. However, he still doesn’t know that the girl’s brother is his enemy.

IMDB: 5.7 Rotten Tomatoes: 44

12 – Angrezi Medium

Angrezi Medium

This movie is in the genre of comedy and drama and was released on 13th March 20. It is the sequel of 2017 Medium and stars Irrfan khan. It was digitally released due to the spread of the Corona Virus. Angrezi Medium contains many comedy scenes about a father trying to bring his daughter’s dream to reality. This Bollywood movie is a great choice for watching with family.

Irrfan khan plays the role of a father that has a young girl that dreams of living and studying abroad. She tries her best and eventually finds a chance through her school. At first, Champak (the Father) does not agree but he comes around and does everything in his power to fulfill her daughter’s dream.

IMDB: 7.3 Rotten Tomatoes: 46

13 – Ludo

ludo on netflix

Ludo follows four different stories through a city and connects them at one point in the movie. However, due to the great directory by Basu and the greater edition of this movie, it will not confuse you about the stories. This black comedy movie may not be like the usual Bollywood movies but the producers have shown great potential during the movie. Especially with the good flow of plot changing. However, it may be better not to watch this movie with family and children due to some scenes.

Four people with four different stories, the story of a sex tape, a suitcase full of money, a nurse, and a recently freed prisoner, follow their own story until they meet each other.

IMDB: 7.6 Rotten Tomatoes: 77

14 – Raat Akeli Hai

Raat Akeli Hai is one of the good tries of Bollywood for the genres of thriller and mystery solving as it keeps everything at a balanced level. The script is well written and will make you follow the movie to understand the full story. Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s play as the inspector of murder is one of the lighting points of this top movie. Every moment of this movie tells an interesting story about family relationships and so many other things. Worth watching if you like detective-style movies.

A politician is murdered and the case goes to inspector Jatil (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). He has to solve this case by searching every family member’s motivation and due to his bad luck, almost all of them have a motive to do so. The worst part is that this family has so many secrets.

IMDB: 7.3 Rotten Tomatoes: 100

15 – Lootcase


So many great Bollywood actors in a movie, usually mean we are watching a top movie. We have seen many movies about a case full of money, but Lootcase has something new to offer with its action-comedy style. Rajesh Krishnan’s first movie has so many stars including Kunal Khemu and Rasika Dugal. Watch this movie and laugh from the deep down and enjoy 2 hours of your life.

Nandan (Kunal Khemu) finds a case full of money outside of a hotel and takes it. He becomes very happy but doesn’t know his problems have just started as the suitcase belongs to a minister and thus, police, criminals, and people are looking for him.

IMDB: 7.6 Rotten Tomatoes: 57

16 – Chhalaang


A sports comedy-drama movie that Hansal Mehta directed. The movie has the potential to both confuse you and give you joy watching it as half of the movie is jumping from one situation to another and shows some different stories. Therefore, critics have not been so kind with Chhalaang, However, people have enjoyed watching it. if you have spare time, this movie can play a role in filling it.

Montu has found a job with the help of his father as a physical training instructor. Therefore, some staff believes he is not fit for the job and this triggers the competition between Montu and Mohan to coach a team of students in a competition, and the prize is staying at the school for the coaches.

IMDB: 6.4 Rotten Tomatoes:

17 – Love Aaj Kal

Love Aaj Kal

Love Aaj Kal is a drama romantic Bollywood was released on Valentine’s day and is written by Imtiaz Ali and he has focused on how to stay in love and what to do to maintain it rather than falling in love. Locations of this movie have been carefully chosen to be related to the main storyline. The directory and screenplay of this movie have received many praises from critics. It is a good movie and is worth watching for once at least.

A couple has a problem with showing their love to each other, although they truly love each other. They are separated by time and society and the movie shows their way of reaching each other.

IMDB: 5 Rotten Tomatoes: 20

18 – Shikara


This Drama romance Bollywood movie was released on 7th February and is based on a love story of an Indian couple in the rebellion of Kashmiri in the 90s and thus, Indian people’s migration. This movie combines a real story and a dreamy love story in an effort of making a top movie. Although many believe that this movie is a failure from a political perspective, people praise it for its beautiful show of romance. It is worth watching once.

A young boy named Shive, who is a poet, meets one of his fans and they fall in love and make a plan to get married. But after getting married, the political problem of Kashmiri’s Muslims and Hindus start. Now, Shiv has to save his family from these problems.

IMDB: 3.7 Rotten Tomatoes: 50

19 – Bulbbul

This top horrifying mystery Bollywood movie was released on 24th June and shows the genre of natural drama as well. Scary movie lovers will fall in love with Bulbbul as it contains so many exciting plots that are perfectly set. The actors in this movie have done a magnificent job as well as the story of the movie as it has received so much positive feedback and praises from both people and the critics.

A child bride gets married when she is only five years old. The movie goes forward in time and shows 20 years later where the groom is dead and the child’s brother is having problems. The child bride is now a woman full of pain.

IMDB: Rotten Tomatoes:

20 – AK vs AK

AK vs AK Movie Review

A movie, in a movie! The simplest version of Ak vs Ak. Everything that is written here will not be understood unless you watch this movie. The actors are playing a character in another movie which seems to be themselves. This movie has come a long way from the start in 2013 and being canceled in 2016 and starting the project again in 2019, shows that this movie has been a very rough project.

Two stars fight with each other, an actor and a director, the director kidnap the actor’s daughter to answer his disgrace. Afterward, the director makes a real movie in search of her dad for his daughter.

IMDB: 7 Rotten Tomatoes: 75

Final Words

It has been a very good year for Bollywood as they have released so many great movies as mentioned above. Hope you have found a movie worthy of your time and have enjoyed watching it. there are so many great movies that are not included in this list either they had bad scores or we have just simply missed them. We wish you enjoy watching them in this hard time due to this pandemic.



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