For all of us, the year 2020 has been a very unusual year. People were forced to restrict themselves to their homes. Throughout the year, we all had to deal with a variety of challenges. People have embraced various things like the ‘new normal’ as the year comes to a close, such as donning masks while leaving their homes, making hand sanitizers one’s best friend, and accepting the reality that our lives have become more virtual in nature than they were previously. Here are the top 5 best feminist movies of 2020.
1. Chhapaak: Through the eyes of one person, Chappak depicts the narrative of multiple acid attack victims. The film narrates the narrative of Malti (Deepika Padukone), whose life is turned upside down when her face is damaged by acid. Malti’s effort to reconstruct her life stood out in this tale. Vikrant Messey’s Amol, who plays the head of an NGO and has a warm spot for Malti, leads the supporting cast. He recognizes Malti for who she is, not just what she looks like, which is a unique characteristic in today’s environment.
2. Thappad: Thappad, a film featuring Tapsee Pannu as Amrita, the main protagonist, takes a radically different approach to domestic abuse than previous films had. The film’s female characters are what make it unique. Tanvi Azmi, who plays Amrita’s mother-in-law, is a woman on the lookout for her own identity. In contrast, Amrita’s mother, Ratna Pathak Shah, is suspicious of her daughter’s decision to leave her house after her husband slaps her.
3. Devi: If one assumes from the title that this film is about religion, they will be disappointed. Devi is a film that allows its audience to witness how women are treated in our culture. Women from many walks of life share a home, going about their daily routines and bickering with one another. The doorbell rings, interrupting the dialogue, and we begin to understand why these women are sharing a home.
4. Gulabo Sitabo: The film is set in Lucknow, and the primary character is a hundred-year-old haveli named Fatima Mahal, which is crumbling with age. Mirza (played by Amitabh Bachchan) and his tenants are constantly squabbling about the haveli. His 94-year-old wife Fatima Begum, on the other hand, owns the haveli. Mirza secretly wishes to one day become the only owner of the haveli and, as a result, impatiently awaits his wife’s death. Bankey (Ayushmann Khurrana), the so-called leader of the tenants and Mirza’s arch-enemy, is caught in the between.
5. Bulbbul: Bulbbul is set in the Bengal Presidency in the year 1800. Bulbbul, the main character, is shown dangling her feet from a treetop in the film’s opening scene. The scene then turns to a wedding when Bulbbul (Ruchi Mahajan, later Tripathi Damri), a child bride, is married to a considerably older zamindar, Indranil (Rahul Bose). Bulbbul quickly finds a confidant and companion in her brother-in-law Satya (Varun Paras Buddhadev and afterward Avinash Tiwari), who is her age. Indranil’s mentally challenged twin brother Mahendra (also played by Rahul Bose) and his wife Binodini are the other two important characters in the film (played by Paoli Dam).