Netflix had plenty of misfires this year, be it regarding the shows or the movies. Indian content-wise, Netflix is quite far in the race if compared to Amazon Prime. But, even after terrible misfires, there have been some movies that hit the bullseye. Let’s have a look at all the Indian films released on Netflix, this year and analyze which ones have been good, bad, and worse for Netflix. Grades are given according to the way films trended on Netflix.
- Ghost Stories ( Released on 1st January 2020)
The elite group of four masterclass directors of India – Anurag Kashyap, Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, and Zoya Akhtar who together directed the popular Lust Stories, came back to make horror stories of a different kind for Netflix. But, unfortunately except the one directed by Dibakar Banerjee, all the other films in the anthology failed terribly. All three of them looked as if they were short stories and they were forcefully tried to fit into the genre of horror.
- Guilty ( Released on 6th March, 2020)
Guilty starring Kiara Advani looked like a ripped-off desi version of 13 Reasons Why. It gathered mixed reviews but the momentum was more on the negative side. Still, it trended fairly on the streaming platform.
- Love Aaj Kal ( Released on 27th April, 2020)
Imtiaz Ali’s Valentine’s day gift gathered many negative reviews when it first released at the box office. But, after the second watch or when people discovered it on Netflix during the second month of lockdown, this film’s rating improved slightly as they realized that the film was still good plot-wise but it just needed better actors.
- Mrs. Serial Killer ( Released on 1st May 2020)
Jacqueline Fernandez’s Mrs. Serial Killer is one of the worst films to release in 2020. Manoj Bajpayee tries a lot to save the mess but the plot of the film is so terrible that no matter who comes on the screen, they are going to drown in the river of nonsensical twists and odd story. A disaster Netflix wants to forget at any cost.
- Kaamyaab ( Released on 3rd May 2020)
Kaamyaab initially was released at the box office on 6th March 2020. But due to the very low screen count, it only gathered appreciation from the critics but unfortunately, the film was unable to find a big audience in cinemas. Then when it released on Netflix, it gathered many positive reviews and a high amount of love from the audience.
- Malang ( Released on 15th May 2020)
Aditya Roy Kapur, Disha Patani, Kunal Khemu, and Anil Kapoor starer Malang came as a surprise miracle for Netflix. Initially, the film released at the box office on 6th February, 2020 and it didn’t gather much praise while its stay at the cinema. But, as soon as Malang released on Netflix, it became a huge surprise hit. The film started to trend so much that the director announced a sequel to it.
- Choked ( Released on 5th June, 2020)
Anurag Kashyap’s satire on demonetization, Choked starring Saiyami Kher and Roshan Matthew gathered an amazing response from the audience on Netflix. And this was 2020’s first Netflix Original Film that became a huge hit.
- Chaman Bahaar (Released on 19th June, 2020)
Jitendra Kumar’s Chaman Bahaar gathered average reviews but was immensely loved by the audience and was declared as a good mainstream entertainer.
- Bulbbul (Released on 24th June, 2020)
Bulbbul was again a surprise hit for Netflix. Plot-wise, the film didn’t have much meat but visually, it’s one of the most beautiful films ever made in Bollywood. It trended amazingly on Netflix.
- Door Ke Darshan ( Released on 27th July 2020)
Starring Mahir Gill and Manu Rishi Chaddha, Door Ke Darshan was a nostalgic break for the audience and it trended fairly on the streaming platform. Initially, the film was released on 28th February, 2020 but due to a low screen count, it wasn’t able to gather attention from the audience.
- Raat Akeli Hai ( Released on 31st July, 2020)
The Jodi of Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte came back with an amazing whodunnit-thriller which gathered a mind-blowing response from the audience.
- Gunjan Saxena ( Released on 12th August 2020)
Due to plenty of boycott movements launched on the film, Gunjan Saxena wasn’t able to find the expected response from the audience. Plot-wise as well, many found the film to be terribly executed. But, Pankaj Tripathi was declared the Best Father representation in recent times.
- Class of ’83 ( Released on 21st August 2020)
Bobby Deol’s Class of ’83 had all the elements to be an awesome cop-gangster thriller but from the second half, the film kinda got lost and wasn’t able to end on a satisfying note. As a result, it didn’t trend the way it created the buzz from its trailer.
- Serious Men ( Released on 2nd October 2020)
Nawazuddin single-handedly enriches the quality of content on Netflix. Serious Men was an amazing hit and gathered a tremendous response from the audience.
- Ginny Weds Sunny ( Released on 9th October, 2020)
Vikrant Massey’s first mainstream film didn’t have much substance. It gathered mostly negative reviews and trended low on Netflix.
- Kaali Khuhi ( Released on 30th October, 2020)
Shabana Azmi’s return to mainstream cinema looked visually stunning but the narrative and the execution was terrible. As a result, it didn’t trend in an expected manner.
- Ludo ( Released on 12 November, 2020)
Anurag Basu’s Ludo gathered amazing responses from both critics and audience and it trended splendidly throughout November.
- Torbaaz ( Released on 11th December, 2020)
Sanjay Dutt and Nargis Fakhri’s Torbaaz had good intentions but was executed terribly. As a result, it trended for a very low amount of time on Netflix.
- AK vs AK ( Technically released on 25th December, 2020)
Anil Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap’s AK vs AK is an outstanding meta cinema and is currently trending in an amazing manner on the streaming platform.
Overall, Netflix had plenty of flops but it also had some amazing hits this year. Netflix throughout the world is praised for its quality content. While it may have some tremendous foreign shows and films but it still has to do a lot of work on the quality of Indian content.
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