While this year will be remembered for the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, the number of controversies in Bollywood this year is also unprecedented. Rarely have such contrasts been seen in any one year before. There was a lockdown in the country, but there was no lock on the dispute. Controversies came out one after another. The role of social media in this was notable, where some of the controversies which came out also reached the court-court.
1. Deepika Padukone - JNU tour before the release of Chhapak
Deepika Padukone, who became the center of controversy earlier in the year, whose film Chhapak was released this year. In fact, Deepika visited the Jawaharlal Nehru University in January just before the film's release, where some students were sitting on a demonstration against the police. This visit of Deepika was well-received on social media. His film also hit the target. In particular, a character was accused of changing his name from Muslim to Hindu. However, this news proved to be incorrect. Hashtags were launched against Deepika's film on Twitter.
2. Kanika Kapoor - Bollywood's first Kovid-19 positive celebrity
The coronavirus outbreak began in the country in mid-March. When guidelines were issued to take precautions as a whole, Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor's Kovid-19 had created a ruckus. Kanika became the first Bollywood celebrity to become Corona. However, the problem was not Kanika's corona positive, but she was accused of partying instead of going to the quarantine after arriving from London, increasing the risk of spreading the coronavirus to about 300 people. The police report was also lodged by the Uttar Pradesh police against Kanika. Kanika was admitted to the Medical Institutes of Lucknow for several days before becoming negative.
3. Sushant Singh Rajput Death- Murder or Suicide?
The tragic demise of Sushant Singh Rajput was a shock to his millions of fans this year. However, due to the circumstances in which Sushant died, there was a lot of controversy about this. Its impact was also seen in Bollywood. Many celebrities appeared divided on the cause of Sushant's death. The battle for getting justice to Sushant gradually became bitter and the chief accused in the case got divided into celebrity camps with Sushant's girlfriend Riya Chakraborty. Karan Johar, Alia Bhatt, and all the celebrity kids came on the target of these controversies. Sushant's dead body was found at his residence on 14 June. CBI is investigating this.
4. Drug traps in Bollywood - many celebs targeted
After Sushant's death, the Enforcement Directorate received some old WhatsApp chats during the interrogation of Riya Chakraborty, based on which the drug angle was entered. Sushant's drug use came to light. As the Narcotics Control Bureau investigation progressed, drug peddlers were arrested and the names of several Bollywood celebs sprang up, who were questioned by the NCB. Arjun Rampal, Deepika Padukone, Sara Ali Khan, Rakulpreet, Shraddha Kapoor were questioned. Its echo was also heard in the Rajya Sabha when Jaya Bachchan attacked actor and MP Ravi Kishan over his statement of drug use in Bollywood.
5. Kangana Ranaut Vs BMC Vs Maharashtra Government Vs Diljit Dosanjh
Kangana Ranaut has been in a lot of controversies this year. After Sushant's death, Kangana raised the issue of nepotism through social media and blamed the familism and Bollywood factionalism behind her death. Kangana also targeted Karan Johar and the Bhatt family for this. Tweeted about Maharashtra Police and Government. Kangana was also in dispute over Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and the altercation with BMC. The BMC vandalized the Kangi office at Pali Hill following allegations of illegal construction. The case reached the Bombay High Court. At the same time, police reports were also filed against Kangana for her controversial tweets. Recently, Kangana was in the limelight for a Twitter war with Punjabi actor Diljit Dosanjh after making some controversial tweets about the farmer movement.
6. Anurag Kashyap accused of sexual harassment
Bollywood director Anurag Kashyap came into controversy when actress Payal Ghosh called him home and accused him of sexual misconduct. A police report has also been filed in this case and the investigation is on. However, Anurag strongly denied these allegations through his lawyer. This case was also heavily politicized.
7. Sonu Nigam made serious allegations against Bhushan Kumar
Celebrities were incarcerated in their homes during the lockdown in 2020. However, the dispute went freely. Sonu Nigam came into the limelight when Sonu accused T-series owner Bhushan Kumar of posting a video on Instagram during the ongoing Insider-Outsider debate in Bollywood after Sushant's death. These allegations caused a lot of controversy and Bhushan's wife Divya Khosla Kumar replied to this through a video on Instagram.
8. Mukesh Khanna's 'Mahabharat' about 'The Kapil Sharma Show'
Mukesh Khanna, who played Bhishma Pitamah in Mahabharata, also made great headlines this year. The seeds of this controversy were found when Gajendra Chauhan, Puneet Issar, etc., in The Star Cast of Mahabharata, reached The Kapil Sharma Show. Mukesh Khanna was not involved in this, due to which he wrote a post on social media. He described the show as inferior and said that men wear vulgar acts by wearing women's clothes. On this, Gajendra Chauhan said that Arjun was also wearing women's clothes in Mahabharata, then why did Mukesh Khanna work in Mahabharata. The battle of the two dominated social media and mainstream media for several days.
9. Gunjan Saxena - Questions on the scenes of The Kargil Girl
Gunjan Saxena - The Kargil Girl was released on Netflix due to the theater being closed in lockdown. It was a biopic of former flying officer Gunjan Saxena. The Air Force objected to certain scenes in the film, showing partial treatment of women officers. His fellow officers also gave statements about Gunjan Saxena's claims. The matter reached the Delhi High Court.
10. Akshay Kumar's film Laxmi's title causes a bomb explosion
There was a lot of ruckus about the title of Akshay Kumar's film on Disney Plus Hotstar. The title of the first film was Laxmi Bomb, which was raised in social media. Due to the objection to planting a bomb with Lakshmi, the title was just given to Lakshmi just before release. Mukesh Khanna also wrote a post on social media about this.