Bollywood was gearing up for yet another year of blockbuster releases before the pandemic put a stop to it all. In 2019, movies like WarKabir Singh and URI: The Surgical Strike surpassed expectations and stood out as some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of the year. In 2020, the box office will have suffered a heavy blow due to the shutdown of theatres for many months. Even after theatres open, many superhit directors will be eager to release their films but will not risk the low turnout. Needless to say, the battle for the top spot is about to get more intense. It will still be an exciting time for Bollywood when these directors release their upcoming films.

Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty’s big ticket this year is the Akshay and Katrina starrer Sooryavanshi, which is set to join the director’s cop-verse (after Singham and Simmba). The movie was slated to hit theatres on the 27th of March, but has now been postponed indefinitely.

Kabir Khan

Kabir Khan’s ‘83 is expected to be the year’s biggest blockbuster. Starring Ranveer Singh, this sports drama traces Team India’s victory in the Cricket World Cup. The film was to release on the 10th of April, but the release is now in limbo. See the full cast list here.

Shoojit Sircar

Sircar is set to have two releases this year – Gulabo Sitabo starring Ayushmann Khurrana and Amitabh Bachchan and Sardar Udham Singh starring Vicky Kaushal. While the latter will hit theatres later in the year, Gulabo Sitabo will release on Amazon Prime on June 12.

David Dhawan

Daddy Dhawan is all set to bring back his classic comedy Coolie No. 1 with a remake starring his son Varun Dhawan in the lead role opposite Sara Ali Khan. The movie was supposed to hit theatres on the 1st of May but has now been pushed to an unrevealed date.

Hansal Mehta

After critically acclaimed films like Shahid, Citylights, Aligarh, and Omerta, Hansal Mehta is once again set to collaborate with Rajkummar Rao for Chhalaang. The movie was set to release at the end of January and was later pushed to mid-March, and then June. There is no word on the revised date of release yet.

Mahesh Bhatt

Bhatt takes the director’s chair after 20 years with the sequel to his 1991 romantic thriller SadakSadak 2 is set to star his daughters Pooja Bhatt and Alia Bhatt and was slated to release on the 10th of July. No word is out on its postponement yet.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Alia will be collaborating with Sanjay Leela Bhansali for the first time in Gangubai Kathiawadi, which is slated for a release on the 11th of September. Inshallah, meanwhile, stands canceled.

While you wait for these movies to release, know more about what your favorite Bollywood actors and actresses are doing this year too. Click here for 2020 movie releases you can stream online.