Over the years, January has been considered “Jinxed” for Bollywood, with an exception of Baby [last year] & Race 2 . Despite the Holiday-mood hangover, movie lovers eagerly await the delightful offerings from Bollywood right from the beginning of the New-Year. 2015 was a year of content based Cinema. It was ,a sort of, continuation of 2014 with some strong female-oriented Movies being offered to us. The ones with Khan’s & Kapoor’s & Kumar’s [with the exception of Bajrangi Bhaijaan] did not leave much of an impression and left us wanting for more of “masala” which is normally attached & associated with them. We have reasons to cheer as “The Three Khan’s” have magnificent projects for us to relish as viewers this year. Likewise for the “Kumar’s” [the month of January offers “Airlift”] whereas the “Kapoor’s” have an entire Movie titled after them [Kapoor & Sons]. Out of almost a 100 plus movies releasing this year, I present my Wishlist of “Most” awaited ones. [Sports seems to be the favorite topic this year.]
1. Mohenjo Daro
The most “Illegaly” good-looking & Talented Actor Hrithik Roshan was missing in action last year but returns on screen this year with this Epic-Romance Film by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Co-starring Pooja Hegde, this periodic film is set in the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro[2600 BC]. Ashutosh takes us to the era of Indus Valley Civilization with this gigantic project. Expectations are high from the team after Jodha Akbar.
ShahRukh Khan fans have a “Double” reason to cheer themselves this year as “The King khan” arrives on screen as Fan & Raees. In the former, he plays Himself & his own fan; a young boy from Delhi [In a Double role]. With the help of 3D scanning & prosthetics, we will see him in a brand new Avatar along with Ileana D’Cruz & Vaani Kapur. Oscar Winning Make-up artist “Greg Cannon” has developed his appearance to present him like a younger Look-alike. In the latter, he plays a bootlegger based in Gujarat in 1980s. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan makes her debut in Bollywood with this one.
Wrestling is the latest field in sports being explored by the movie-makers as we have Salman Khan collaborating with the Yash Chopra banner for Sultan. It’s a Sports Drama with Randeep Hooda playing the role of his coach. Rumours have been suggesting the names of Deepika or Anushka playing the lead opposite him but the final announcement is yet to be received. Aamir Khan takes up Mukesh Tiwari’s biopical sports drama Dangal. He plays the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat who taught his daughters the game/technique of wrestling [Babita Kumari & Geeta Phogat are India’s 1st female wrestlers to win Gold & Silver at the Commonwealth Games in 2010]. Sakshi Tanwar plays the role of his wife. Both are training intensively for their respective roles.
The long awaited debut of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor along with Saiyami Kher will happen with Mirziya. Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra directs this contemporary love story inspired by the tale of Mirza-Sahiba. Gulzar has written the screenplay & the Movie is shot majorly in Ladakh. The trailor looks promising and so does the Young Kapoor lad who is all set to blaze the screens like his father & sister.
Based on Charles Dickens “Great Expectations”, Fitoor is directed by Abhishek Kapoor with Aditya Roy Kapoor, Katrina Kaif & Tabu [Rekha shot a few scenes for this prominent role but decided to quit] playing the lead roles. A fresh pairing raises the hopes for those who await spakling Love sagas.
6. Ki and Ka
A Romantic Comedy by R.Balki has Arjun Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor Khan playing the title roles of a young couple facing challenges of marriage. The Movie focuses on the gender roles placed upon men & women by the Indian society. Balki’s reputation assures “quality”; Kapoor Kids step out of their personal/family bonding, on to the silver screen.
A period-romance Film by Vishal Bhardwaj, starring Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut & Shahid Kapoor, Rangoon is a Casablanca type Love story set in the World War 2 period. Shahid’s bearded look for the film has already gone viral.
8. Kapoor and Sons
A Dharma production flick has youthful star-cast of Alia Bhatt, Sidhhartha Malhotra, Fawad Khan & Rishi Kapoor and is directed by Shakun Batra. Most likely Sanjay Dutt will return to screens with this one.
9. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
This Movie is in the limelight as Ranbir Kapoor pairs up with the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the first time on screen. Anushka Sharma & Fawad Khan feature in the supporting roles and Karan Johar takes his seat behind the camera. Undoubtedly, the most awaited feature film of this year [going by the reputation of the banner].
10. Udta Punjab
Shahid Kapoor & Kareena Kapoor Khan work together after the Blockbuster “Jab We Met”[sadly not paired opposite each other], along with Alia Bhatt & Diljit Dosanjh, the Punjabi Super-Star who marks his debut in Bollywood. The movie is based on the subject of substance abuse in Punjab.
This year we have Films based upon the Sport-stars of India like Azhar[based on the controversial life of Mohammad Azharuddin, with Emraan Hashmi playing the title role & Nargis Fakhri as Sangeeta Bijlani], M.S Dhoni:The Untold Story [a biopic based on the Cricket legend, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead & Kiara Advani as his wife] and A Biopic on Neerja Bhanot, Neerja [a real life hero & the youngest recipient of the Ashoka Chakra] played by Sonam Kapoor as well as the one on Sarabjit Singh,who was convicted of espionage in Pakistan, titled Sarabjit [Randeep Hooda & Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in lead roles]. We have sequels like Housefull 3, Rock On 2, Ghayal Once again, Force 2 & Jai Gangaajal and some interesting ones like Befikre[Ranveer Singh & Vani Kapoor], Dishoom[Varun Dhawan & John Abraham], Wazir[Amitabh Bachchan & Farhan Akhtar], Jagga Jasoos[ Katrina Kaif], Baar Baar Dekho[Katrina Kaif & Sidhhartha Malhotra], etc. There are small films like Haraamkhor [Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Shweta Tripathy] & Chalk And Duster [Juhi Chawla & Shabana Azmi] which look promising indeed. Happy Cinema Days to all movie buffs.