Best Bollywood Movies 2021

From Kaagaz and Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar to The White Tiger and Shershaah, here are our picks for the best Bollywood movies of 2021.

While the covid pandemic has slowed film releases worldwide, everyone is now looking at vaccination statistics as vaccinated countries begin to open up on a larger scale. However, it is almost certain that the situation in India will not return to pre-pandemic levels for at least another year. Unfortunately, this means that major Bollywood projects continue to be postponed – films like Gangubai Kathiawadi, which have a high revenue potential from theatrical releases, are now on hold.

However, this does not mean that life in Bollywood has halted; most films have chosen to go big as theatres slowly reopen. In any case, the pool of movies this year was much smaller than in previous years, but the few we have chosen for you are well worth your time and attention – here are the best bollywood movies of 2021.


When Bharat Lal applies for a loan, he discovers that he has been declared legally dead. One of his own allegedly bribed a bureaucrat to make his death certificate so he could inherit a small plot of land that rightfully belonged to Bharat Lal. Thus begins Bharat Lal’s battle to get the Indian bureaucracy to listen to his plight. Kaagaz, based on a true story, stars Pankaj Tripathi in the titular role and is unquestionably one of the best bollywood movies of 2021.

99 Songs

99 Songs, A.R. Rahman’s first production venture, was also co-written by the Indian music industry legend. The plot revolves around a singer-songwriter challenged to write 99 songs before marrying the girl of his dreams. While the film’s tone is noticeably different from that of most other Bollywood films, it was praised for its music and performances.

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar

Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor play two fugitives on the run due to unforeseen circumstances in this black comedy directed by Dibakar Banerjee. The film allows Parineeti to shine as the relentlessly self-made woman, while Arjun Kapoor’s character follows a more conventional path. Despite mixed reviews, the film is worth seeing and will not disappoint if you enjoy the genre.

Ramprasad ki Tehrvi

After the patriarch of the family, Ramprasad, dies, his entire family gathers under one roof for the next thirteen days to observe his last rites. During this period, each character embarks on their journey while bickering and bonding over family politics and shared memories. The film, directed by Seema Pahwa and based on her play, Pind Daan, is a treat with an outstanding cast.

The White Tiger

The White Tiger, based on Aravind Adiga’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, was one of the year’s first and most anticipated releases. The supporting actors, Rajkummar Rao and Priyanka Chopra do a commendable job (even if Rajkummar’s American accent may make you squirm), but the star of the show, without a doubt, is a new face, Adarsh Gaurav. 

Adarsh can bring authenticity to his portrayal of the bitter and cunning driver, Balram, that one would not expect from a relatively inexperienced actor. The film follows a bloody story of class struggle – the story of an ambitious servant who does not get what he deserves and must force it from his master’s hand. The White Tiger is, without a doubt, one of the best bollywood movies of 2021.


Shershah, a biographical war film starring Sidharth Malhotra, is based on (PVC) Param Vir Chakra awardee (India’s highest military decoration), late Captain Vikram Batra. It tells the story of Captain Batra, from his first posting in the army to his death in the Kargil War with Pakistan in 1999.

This war film has an IMDb rating of 8.7 out of 10. In addition to Siddharth, who plays Captain Batra, Kiara Advani plays his fiancee, Dimple Cheema. It is available on the Amazon Prime Video streaming service.

Sardar Udham 

It is a historical drama based on the life of Indian freedom fighter Sardar Udham Singh, who assassinated then-Lt. Gen. of Punjab Michael O’Dwyer retaliated for the horrific Jalianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.

It is available on Amazon Prime, an OTT platform. This critically acclaimed biographical drama has an IMDb rating of 8.9 out of 10. Shoojit Sircar, the director of Vicky Donor (2012) and Madras Cafe (2013), is in charge.


When an Indian woman agrees to be a surrogate for an American couple in exchange for financial assistance, her world is turned upside down when the couple refuses to accept the child. Mimi, starring Kriti Sanon and Pankaj Tripathi, had one of the most unusual plots in any Bollywood film this year.

Mimi, directed by Laxman Utekar, was released on July 26.

Despite critics calling the film’s plot “contrived,” it has an IMDb rating of 8/10. It is available on the streaming platforms Jio Cinema and Netflix. Maddock Films produce it in collaboration with Jio Studios.

Haseen Dillruba 

Haseen Dillruba is a pulpy crime thriller in which lead actress Taapsee Pannu plays Rani, a newly married woman trying to figure out her place in her husband’s home. Its appeal, however, comes from following the supporting characters that play her in-laws. Rani marries Rishabh because he appears to be a nice enough guy, especially given that the guy she was dating didn’t seem interested in a long-term commitment. Despite his mother’s protests that Rishabh is too intelligent for him, Rishabh marries Rani because he is smitten. But it takes more than a passing fancy to keep a marriage together, as Rani and Rishabh discover soon after the wedding. When a distant beefcake relative is involved, the relationship becomes toxic. Someone is killed. The plot revolves around who it is and how it happened. While the film is entertaining enough, and some may predict the plot twist, the standout performances by the actors playing Rishabh’s parents add to the comedy.


It is customary in Bagadpur for the person who wishes to marry the girl to kidnap her against her will. When Bhawra Pandey and Kattani Qureshi kidnap Roohi for their boss, she becomes possessed by a demon.


Through his previous films, Singham and Simmba, Rohit Shetty has refined his formula of car chases and cop drama. Singham, a 2011 Tamil film remake, starred Ajay Devgn as an honest cop who regularly breaks the law to uphold it.

Shetty’s films can be summarised as follows: Loha lohe ko kaat-ta hai (loosely translated, iron cuts iron). Given the level of corruption in the police force, justice is usually served by bending or ignoring the rules. Cops in Shetty’s universe would scoff at allegations of police brutality. Throw in some thrilling car chases, meme-worthy dialogue, and a dash of misogyny, and you’ve got a winning formula. Shetty revisited the same concept in Singham Returns (2014) and Simmba (2018), with actor Ranveer Singh playing a corrupt cop on a mission with unabashed glee.

With Akshay Kumar now playing the titular role, the stakes are even higher in Sooryavanshi. Stereotypes abound, chase scenes become increasingly elaborate, and the dialogue is bombastic.


Kabir Khan’s much-anticipated sports drama is powerful content with powerful performances; Kabir put the World Cup 1983 winning story on the big screen very beautifully, Ranveer Singh proved that he is one of the best actors of our generation, and the film releases on the occasion of Christmas (December 24), average at Box Office but worth watching This is a true treat for cricket and film fans. But, unfortunately, it has yet to be released on OTT.

Bell Bottom

The plot of Bell Bottom was based on several true events in the 1980s. These events defined the era, and the spy thriller will honor some of its heroes. Akshay Kumar has several films in the works, and this is one of them.

Regarding the rest of the cast, Vaani Kapoor will play the lead actress alongside Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta. The film was completed on September 30, 2020, and will be released on April 2, 2021.

Did you enjoy our list of the best bollywood movies of 2021? Which film did you enjoy the most this year? Please let us know in the comments!

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