It goes with out saying that the 12 months 2020 has been robust. With film theatres shut and productions halted, the leisure business was one of many worst hit by the pandemic.
The same old frenzy round first-day-first-shows, purple carpet occasions and even the ‘noticed right here’ photographs of celebs by paparazzi had been missed for nearly all the 12 months.
Bollywood, nevertheless, continued to make information, even with out a lot taking place on the large display screen. The 12 months was outlined by surprising deaths, probe into drug abuse within the movie business, social media clashes and heart-warming moments of a reel villain turning real-life hero (learn Sonu Sood).
Here’s a take a look at why Bollywood stayed within the information all year long.
Sushant Singh Rajput’s premature dying: The surprising dying of actor Sushant Singh Rajput will ceaselessly have a spot in Bollywood’s historical past—not simply because his suicide left followers and the business rattled, but in addition as a result of it opened a Pandora’s field of skeletons that lay hidden in Bollywood’s closet. Sushant was discovered useless in his Bandra residence on the night of June 14. At 34, the younger actor had a promising profession forward and was awaiting the discharge of his subsequent movie Dil Bechara, an official remake of the Hollywood movie The Fault in Our Stars. After the preliminary heartbreak a couple of star gone too quickly, Sushant’s dying changed into a nationwide frenzy with conspiracy theories flying hither-thither. Just a few days after his dying, star children like Alia Bhatt and Sonam Kapoor and filmmaker Karan Johar, too, had been on the receiving finish of immense social media hatred, and boycott campaigns for selling ‘nepotism’ and overlooking ‘outsiders’ like Sushant.
The nation remained hooked to new tit-bits of data and theories that may emerge on a regular basis, be it particulars of his private life, his relationships and even speculations about his psychological well being. Because the story developed, it additionally took a political hue with the state governments of Maharashtra and Bihar at loggerheads with one another over CBI probe into the actor’s dying.
Rhea Chakraborty and a ‘witch hunt’: The actress discovered a everlasting spot on Twitter’s trending checklist and was the topic of many prime-time debates on nationwide tv after the dying of her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. In what has been likened to a ‘witch-hunt’, Rhea, her brother Showik Chakraborty and her household had been hounded by the media and public for the actor’s dying. In his official grievance to the Patna Police, Sushant’s father named Rhea and accused her household of manipulating Sushant, misusing his funds and pushing him to take the acute step. An FIR was registered in opposition to Rhea, primarily based on the grievance. The authorized battle hogged nationwide limelight for months.
Drug raids: It took an actor’s suicide for regulation enforcement companies to open a probe into use of narcotic substances in Bollywood. After Sushant’s dying, the Narcotic Management Bureau (NCB) began a probe into drug use in Bollywood. This additionally resulted in arrests of Rhea, Showik and even Sushant’s home supervisor Samuel Miranda. The probe continued to be the most well liked information for months with A-listers like Deepika Padukone being summoned by the NCB. Sara Ali Khan, Arjun Rampal, and Shraddha Kapoor had been summoned. Comic Bharti Singh and her husband had been arrested.
The probe additionally spilled over into different movie industries with actresses being arrested in Sandalwood too.
‘Crew’ Kangana Ranaut: On the work entrance, the actress started the 12 months nicely with the discharge of sports activities drama Panga in January wherein she essayed a Kabbadi participant. However what went on for the remainder of the 12 months, was the actress taking over a ‘panga’ with just about everybody on social media. Kangana, who has by no means been one to mince phrases, is well-known for her tackle nepotism within the business. Kangana calling out Karan Johar because the ‘torchbearer of nepotism’ on his personal present, has been the stuff of legends.
With Sushant Singh’s dying, Kangana took on a extra highly effective avatar and fired tweets to ‘get him justice’. All by means of the 12 months, Kangana grabbed eyeballs along with her tweets, be it about Sushant, actresses Swara Bhasker and Taapsee Pannu, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, nationalism, nepotism and at the moment the farmer protests. Taking a dig at Kangana’s social media warfare, Kashyap instructed she take a number of extra folks alongside and head to tackle China. This triggered a confrontation between the filmmaker and Kangana.
Including a filmy contact, Kangana clashed with the Maharashtra authorities and locked horns with Shiv Sena chief Sanjay Raut on Twitter. She likened Mumbai to ‘Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’, a tweet that confronted huge criticism. The plot tightened with the BMC demolishing part of Kangana’s office-bungalow in Mumbai. It later grew to become a win for the actress, after the Bombay Excessive Court docket dominated in her favour and requested the BMC to offer compensation for the damages induced.
Sonu Sood, the ‘messiah’: Amid all of the negativity, Bollywood’s display screen villain Sonu Sood emerged a real-life hero for hundreds who struggled throughout the pandemic. After complete lockdown was introduced, the nation witnessed its biggest-ever migrant disaster. Sood, and his Ghar Bhejo marketing campaign, grew to become an emblem of hope for a lot of as he helped lakhs of stranded migrants attain their houses in villages and cities. He additionally organized particular flights to rescue Indian college students who had been stranded overseas. For his work, Sood was additionally chosen THE WEEK’s Man of The Yr. Sood’s reputation soared amid the pandemic, and social media dubbed him a superhero and his work triggered a plethora of memes, too. Talking to The Week, Sood mentioned the marketing campaign has modified him as an individual. “Individuals I despatched residence nonetheless ship me messages day-after-day. I deal with their kids’s schooling and medical wants. I believe now they’re part of my household and I imagine that I’ve a house in each a part of the nation,”he mentioned.
Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor’s deaths: In an 12 months marked by many distinguished deaths, Bollywood misplaced two extra display screen icons —Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. Irrfan was recognized with neuroendocrine tumour two years in the past and Kapoor was battling most cancers too. Irrfan and Kapoor’s passing got here back-to-back, and followers and the movie fraternity had been left heartbroken. Two of India’s best actors, nevertheless, didn’t get the becoming funerals they deserved as a result of nationwide lockdown that was in place throughout their deaths.
Stars testing optimistic for COVID-19: Singer Kanika Kapoor was the primary celeb within the nation to check optimistic for the novel coronavirus. Via the 12 months, many others examined optimistic—Neetu Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor and Kiara Advani. Nevertheless, it was Amitabh Bachchan testing COVID-positive that dominated nationwide headlines, and in addition discovered a spot in worldwide information too. Bachchan’s analysis sparked well being issues throughout the nation, however the 77-year-old beat the virus. Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and their daughter Aaradhya Bachchan had additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19.
Deepika Padukone at JNU, Diljit Dosanjh helps farmer protests: Deepika Padukone made a robust assertion simply by her silent presence on the Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) in January, to precise solidarity with college students who had been attacked by a mob. The incident created a stir throughout the nation, and left social media divided. Whereas many hailed her for being there, #boycottdeepika additionally trended on Twitter. Her go to got here at a time when most of Bollywood’s A-listers selected to remain silent on the anger throughout the nation in opposition to the CAA-NRC and the violence at JNU.
Punjabi singer-actor Dijit Dosanjh grew to become an in a single day social media hero after he took on Kangana Ranaut, that too, with tweets in shuddh-desi Punjabi. Dosanjh additionally joined farmers at Delhi’s Singhu border of their protest in opposition to three farm payments on December 5.
The Twitter battle began after Kangana misidentified a lady farmer from Punjab as Bilkis Bano, the octogenarian who made worldwide headlines throughout the anti-CAA protests at Shaheen Bagh. She retweeted the publish with photos of two aged girls, together with Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “identical Dadi” who featured in Time Journal was “out there in 100 rupees”. Dosanjh shared a BBC interview of the lady who Kangana had wrongly recognized and tweeted that her title is Mahinder Kaur. Within the vitriolic alternate that adopted, Kangana referred to as Diljit filmmaker Karan Johar’s “pet”, a bootlicker. Diljit hit again with becoming replies in Punjabi, which Twitterati had been very happy to translate into English for all those that had been keenly watching the Twitter spat. Bollywood actors Swara Bhasker, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi, Shruti Seth, Kubbra Sait additionally posted assist for Diljit.
Moreover these, Priyanka Chopra broke the web along with her Grammys purple carpet look in January, and Anushka Sharma and Kareena Kapoor introduced their pregnancies. The truth is, Virat Kohli’s tweet asserting Anushka’s being pregnant was declared probably the most appreciated tweet of 2020 in India. Bollywood additionally turned the OTT method, with many distinguished movies premiering on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video this 12 months.