TOP 10 of INdian Cinema - 2020

In a survey to judge the best of Indian Cinema in the year 2020, the IFI requested 07 eminent Film Critics of India to recommend their choice of top 10 Indian films and top three performances by an actor male and female in order of preference. The choices listed by the Critics were given marks by IFI e.g. the film rated by the Critic as No. 1 got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 marks. A similar formula was applied to the Performances by the Actors as well. The objective was to create a country-wide consensus on the Best of Indian Cinema which has largely been achieved if one goes by the Final List. The Final results are as under:  

BEST FEATURE FILMS 2020

  1. ‘Eeb Allay Ooo’ (Hindi) directed by Prateek Vats 

  2. ‘Thappad’ (Hindi) directed by Anubhav Sinha 

  3. ‘Sir’ (Hindi) directed by Rohena Gera   

  4. ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’ (Malayalam) directed by Sachy  

  5. ‘C U Soon’ (Malayalam) directed by Mahesh Narayanan 

  6. ‘Bhonsle’ (Hindi) directed by Devashish Makhija 

  7. ‘Jallikattu’ (Malayalam) directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery 

  8. ‘The Disciple’ (Marathi) directed by Chaitanya Tamhane  

  9. ‘Biriyaani’ (Malayalam) directed by Sajin Baabu 

  10. ‘Borun Babur Bandhu’(Bengali) /’Chintu Ka Birthday’ (Hindi) directed by  Anik Dutta  and directed by Devanshu Singh respectively.

best actor 2020 (male)

1. Fahadh Fasil - Trance

2. Manoj Bajpayee - Bhonsle, jointly with Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Serious Men

best actor 2020 (FEmale)

1. Tilottama Shome - Sir

2. Tapsee Pannu- Thappad, jointly with Aishwarya Rajesh - Ka Pae Ranasingam

The survey invited top 07 Film Critics of the country through a rating mechanism where a film rated by the Critic at No. 1 spot got 10 marks while the one placed at No. 10 got 01 mark and so on. The Critics who participated in the Survey included Baradwaj Rangan, Tanul Thakur, Sachin Chate, M K Raghavendra, Chandi Mukherjee, Murtaza Ali Khan and Utpal Datta.

Participating Film Critics

BARADWAJ RANGAN
Baradwaj Rangan is an Indian film critic, writer, and formerly the deputy editor of The Hindu. He later became a senior editor of Film Companion. He won the National Film Award for Best Film Critic in 2006. He has also authored two books, worked as a screenwriter, and is a teacher at the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai.
MK RAGHAVENDRA
M.K. RAGHAVENDRA is a film critic, researcher, author and a founder-editor of the film journal Deep Focus. He received the National Award for the best film critic in 1997. He was awarded a two-year Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000-01 to research Indian popular film narrative and a Goethe Institut Fellowship in 2000 to study post-War German cinema.
UTPAL DATTA
Utpal Datta is a National Film Award-winning film critic. He has been associated with different magazines such as Bismoi, Rangghar, Roopkar. He is known primarily for his books, plays and radio shows. He has now directed an impressionistic 10-minute short film, “By-lane 2”, which is his first ever independent work as a director. The film is based on the works of Pabitra Kumar Deka.
SACHIN CHATE
Sachin Chate has been writing on cinema for 24 years. A Computer Technology graduate, he started writing for The Hitavada in Nagpur and after moving to Goa, he has been writing a weekly column for The Navhind Times, Goa. He has contributed to various magazines and national dailies and served on the Indian Panorama Jury at IFFI, 2017. He also teaches Film Appreciation in Goa. Sachin is also a radio jockey with All India Radio’s FM Rainbow since 1998.
TANUL THAKUR
Tanul Thakur is a National Award-winning film critic and journalist. A film critic for The Wire, he has written reviews, features and opinion pieces for, among other publications such as The Caravan, Mint, GQ, Yahoo! India, etc. His pieces and opinions on cinema, film criticism, and writing have been syndicated, quoted, and republished in The Times, Financial Times, Le Monde, Forbes, BBC News, Huffington Post, CNN and more.
MURTAZA ALI KHAN
Murtaza Ali Khan is a film critic / journalist based out of Delhi, India. He is a regular contributor to The Hindu, The Sunday Guardian, Newslaundry, etc. He has been a guest panelist on various television channels and also associated with radio. He also conducts workshops on screenwriting, film appreciation and digital filmmaking.
CHANDI MUKHERJEE
Chandi Mukherjee has been a journalist, film critic and film historian for the last four decades.
He has written for numerous Bengali dailies and magazines, including Aajkal, Ekdin, Sananda,
Anandalok, and Television. For his film criticism he has won BFJA Award, Rotary Puraskar and
Uttam Puraskar. Mukherjee has been a jury at the National Film Awards and also now served
as the President of Bengal Film Journalist’s Association (BFJA).
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