Favourite Films of Lockdown
The year 2020 was something nobody had ever expected it would be. But when you have to be shut at home for over a year and do everything from home, that includes watching movies as well. I for one, watched a lot of movies this past year, almost more than double than I usually did in previous years. Because my attention span is pretty bad (I’m trying to improve it, read blog from Feb 6 if you want to know how), I generally prefer to watch movies instead of committing myself to long series. So, I watched movies that included both old movies that I hadn’t watched as well as new movies released at the time. And since theatres had been closed during the peak of the pandemic last summer, a lot of movies were released on OTT platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
In this blog I’m going to tell you about my top three movies from last year that were released on such OTT platforms.
Gulabo Sitabo- This Shoojit Sircar film released in April and I think was the first movie to be released after lockdown. Amitabh Bachchan and Ayushmann Khurrana’s landlord-tenant relationship is an absolute joy to watch. It’s a satire and the storyline is so witty that it will make you laugh but you’ll also pity the characters. Amitabh Bachchan’s Mirza steals the show.
Bulbbul- This one was a heartbreaking watch. Set in Bengal before independence, the movie follows a child bride and how she grows up to be a mysterious matriarch or a big mansion, while hiding dark secrets of her own. Tripti Dimri, who plays the protagonist, is brilliant. Her eyes are so expressive that it’s rare to see someone conveying so much just through their expressions. Beautiful, heartbreaking movie.
Ludo- I wrote an entire blog dedicated to this Anurag Basu roller coaster. I love this movie and I have watched it twice already. Ludo has everything a great contemporary film should have- drama, action, comedy, emotions coupled with great performances and a really awesome soundtrack.