The 9 Most Exciting Upcoming Movies in 2021

As cinemas cautiously open up, here are some of the movies headed to the silver screens that promise to be a visual treat, with stalwart filmmakers such as S.S Rajamouli, Ridley Scott, Wes Anderson and Sanjay Leela Bhansali at the helm. 

The one thing we have all really missed during the pandemic has been the magic of watching movies on the silver screen. And while this was a necessary measure to take in those times, cinemas are now cautiously opening up again keeping the necessary safety protocols in mind. It seems like the film industry— both in India and internationally—was just waiting for this day to come. Over the next couple of months, there is a lineup of much-awaited movies headed our way, and they all look impressive AF! Pedigreed star-casts, highly-acclaimed filmmakers and stunning visuals make each of these films, spanning across genres of science-fiction, musicals, drama and more, a must to add to your watch list. Read on to discover the upcoming films we can't wait to feast our eyes on.

Dune

This science-fiction adventure is based on the eponymous novel and stars Timothée Chalmet and Zendaya in the lead, along with a star-studded cast and crew. This is one of the most awaited films amongst sci-fi and fantasy buffs to be released in the last few years. Release Date: September 2021

Laal Singh Chaddha

Starring Amir Khan and Kareena Kapoor, the film is an Indian adaption of the novel (and the movie based on it) Forrest Gump. What makes it extremely exciting is the fact that it has been filmed in more than 100 locations across India. Release Date: December 2021

RRR

This upcoming Telugu-language period drama (it will be dubbed in Hindi as well) is being made by 'Bahubali' director S.S. Rajamouli, and it promises a stellar star cast and an equally grandiose scale. N.T. Rana Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and Olivia Morris are a part of the star-studded cast spanning multiple film industries. Release Date: October 2021

The French Dispatch

A romantic comedy and period drama by genius director Wes Anderson, The French Dispatch premiered to rave reviews at the Cannes film festival. We don't know what we are looking forward to the most, performances by Timothee Chalamet (the boy is on a roll!), Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Frances McDormand, Owen Wilson (excuse us while we catch our breath), Saorise Ronan and Elisabeth Moss, the promising storyline, or Wes Anderson's iconic cinematography that promises to be a visual treat. Release Date: Coming soon to India

Anette

Starring Adam Driver (who is the man to watch these days) and Marion Cotillard, this musical sits in a genre quite unlike any other. A dark fairytale, this one will enthral your senses from the get-go, much like director Leos Carax's films always promise to do. Release date: Coming soon to India

In The Heights

All hail the rise of the big-budget musical! Adapted from a book and Broadway musical of the same name, this story is set over the course of three days in the largely Dominican neighbourhood of Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan. Dreams, powerful ballads and breathtaking dance performances collide to take you on a sensory journey like no other. Release Date: August 2021

House of Gucci

Father, son and House of Gucci! Helmed by Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott, and boasting of a stellar star cast: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver (hi again!), Jared Leto (who looks unrecognisable), Al Pacino, Salma Hayek and Jeremy Irons, ‘House of Gucci’ will bring us a tale spanning three decades of love, betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately murder. The film revolves around the scandalous legacy of the Gucci fashion house and is filled with fashionable settings and campy costumes, bringing us the glamour and glitz of the 70s and 80s. They already buzz that the makers of this film have their sights firmly set on next year’s Academy Awards. Release Date: November 2021

Gangubai Kathiawadi

Gangubai Kathiawadi is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language biographical crime drama directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. The film stars Alia Bhatt, along with Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa playing Pivotal roles, Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi featured in an extended cameo appearance. The film follows the life of Gangubai Kothewali, a young girl sold into prostitution by her suitor, and how she becomes the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura. loosely based on a true story, this one promises some serious acting chops and breathtaking sets and costumes. Release Date: Undecided