Headlines in 2019 were ruled by Bollywood. Films like Kabir Singh, Gully Boy Article and Super 30 not only performed exceedingly well at the box office, they also hit the headlines hard in 2019.
Uri: The Surgical Strike: 2019 was kicked off with Vicky Kaushal's Uri: The Surgical Strike. The film was based on the Indian Army's surgical strike on Pakistani soil in 2016. Uri got into a controversy because of dialogue in its trailer and the line had to be removed after the uproar.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi: Kangana Ranaut earned a lot of praise for her performance as Rani Laxmi Bai in Manikarnika. However, the film got into controversy over writing credits, actors quitting the move and Kangana's bold statements
Gully Boy: Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt based on the life of rappers Naezy and Divine, 'Gully Boy' was not only a box office success. The film also became India's official entry to Oscars. However, it failed to make the cut to nominations
Kabir Singh: A remake of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, Kabir Singh became the most successful film by Shahid Kapoor. The film received a lot of criticism for toxic masculinity and violence against women in a relationship. It continued to dominate the headlines for a long time.
Article 15: Ayushmann Khurrana starrer Article 15 made it to the headlines because of the raw portrayal of castism in our society. The film was reportedly based on the Badaun rape case.
Super 30: Super 30 made it to headlines because of #MeToo allegations against its director Vikas Bahl. Hrithik Roshan's look from the film was also criticized for painting him brown to look like Math Wizard Anand Kumar
Judgementall Hai Kya: Earlier titled Mental Hai Kya, makers of the film had to change the name after criticism from the Indian Psychiatric Society. If that was not enough. Hungarian visual artist Flora Borsi accused the makers of the film of plagiarism and called its posters a copy of her trademark style.
Saand Ki Aankh: Makers of Saand Ki Aaankh were criticized for casting two young leading ladies for the portrayal of 60-year-old women.
Bala: Makers of Bala were involved in a tussle with makers of Ujda Chaman over copyright issues. Bala was accused of copying Ujda Chaman's concept. The release date of the film was changed many times before the release.
Panipat: Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon's 'Panipat' ran into a controversy owing to its portrayal of Rajasthan and its emperor in the medieval times, Maharaja Surajmal Singh. Ultimately the makers had to edit out that particular portion.