If there’s one reason why 2016 will remain a memorable year, it will be for the experiments tried by Bollywood actors and filmmakers at the theaters. While managing slapsticks, superstars like Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan delivered films with promising content.
As we turn the page to a new year, let’s see what Bollywood has in store for the cinefans us in 2017.
Raees vs Kaabil
Not a year goes by when Bollywood films do not face big box office clashes and the eventual controversies attached to it. While some publicly display friendly hugs with their competitors, others chose to take the lesser road travelled and open up inner discussions with the media. Director Rahul Dholakia’s action crime thriller Raees is one such film which is already set for a major face-off with Rakesh Roshan’s Kaabil. Rahul’s film features Shah Rukh Khan as Raees Alam who sells illegal liquor in one of the dry states of India, Gujarat. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actor Mahira Khan.
Only a maverick filmmaker like Rakesh Roshan can take the challenge of releasing his film alongside an SRK flick. His much awaited film stars son Hrithik Roshan. Kaabil is the story of a simpleton who is struck by a terrible tragedy. But nothing fails to stop him, not even the fact that he is blind. Both Kaabil and Raees are slated to release on January 25.
xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Following the footsteps of Kashibai, our Mastani is set to foray into Hollywood too. After Priyanka Chopra announced of making her big foot into the west, her Bajirao Mastani co-star Deepika Padukone followed suit with xXx: Return of Xander Cage. It marks the big international debut of Deepika opposite actor Vin Diesel. The action film directed by DJ Caruso also stars Donnie Yen, Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev and Rory McCann in key roles. It is the third film in the xXx franchise and is releasing first in India before any international screen, which is on January 14.
This is surely going to be a sample clash between Hollywood and Bollywood. While Deepika will arrive on Indian screens but with a Hollywood film, Bollywood will counter her with OK Jaanu. The film, an official remake of Mani Ratnam’s Tamil hit film O Kadhal Kanmani, brings back our Aashiqui 2 couple Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor onscreen. OK Jaanu releases on January 13, and is now officially the first film of the year. The film is directed by Shaad Ali, and has been produced by Mani Ratnam and Karan Johar. Will OK Jaanu stand the clash of xXx? Only one will emerge a winner. Or maybe two!
While xXx and OK Jaanu will fight it out majorly, there is a small yet powerful film which is looking to make way in the hearts of the Indian audiences too. 2015 movie Haraamkhor, after facing trouble with the CBFC, is finally releasing on January 13.
The film starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi, revolves around a romantic relationship between a married professor and his 14-year-old female student. Set in a small village of Gujarat, this unusual love story is packed with powerful performances.