2011 started with a bang with the Vidya Balan-Rani Mukerji starrer No One Killed Jessica. A women-centric film,it was based on the murder of model Jessica Lal and highlighted her sister Sabrina Lals fight for justice. The film made an impact at the box-office and both the critics and audience raved about Ranis and Vidyas performances.
Towards the end of the year,Vidya re-established herself as a successful actor with her bold avatar in The Dirty Picture that got the cash registers ringing. This trend seems to be holding strong in the new year too. In the first half of 2012,Vidya hopes to consolidate her dream run at the box-office with Sujoy Ghoshs Kahaani,a story about a pregnant NRI woman who comes to India in search of her lost husband.
With no well-known male lead,the film rests entirely on Vidyas shoulders. Madhur Bhandarkars Heroine,which will release mid September,will see Kareena Kapoor in the role of a fallen superstarquite a challenge for an actor who is in the prime of her career. Paired opposite Arjun Rampal,Heroine will see Kareena do what is probably her first real woman-centric role after the 2004 Chameli.
Two past Numero Unos of Hindi cinema,Sridevi Kapoor and Karisma Kapur,will make their long-awaited comebacks in 2012. Sridevi is the housewife protagonist in Gauri Shindes English Vinglish and Karisma stars in Vikram Bhatts Dangerous Ishq with Rajniesh Duggal as her co-star.
Clearly,these are reasons enough to believe that female-oriented cinema will thrive in the new year.
Whats hot: After portraying the gutsy Silk in The Dirty Picture,Vidya Balan goes serious as she plays the role of a pregnant woman,who comes down from London to hunt for her lost husband in Kolkata.
Ishq In Paris
Whats hot: An Indo-French project,it has Preity Zinta playing a half-Indian,half-French girl. The actress has learnt the foreign language to get her act right. The film is being produced by the actress herself,and will also star renowned French artistes.
Whats hot: Sridevi returns after the 1997 Judaai.The film is directed by debutant Gauri Shinde and produced by R. Balki. Amitabh Bachchan essays a cameo in the film. It was in 1992 that Sridevi and Amitabh had last teamed up for Khuda Gawah.
Whats hot: This hard-hitting film has Kareena Kapoor portraying the rise and fall of an actress. Her RA.One co-star,Arjun Rampal will be paired opposite her.
Whats hot: Karisma Kapur underwent training in martial arts for this film. She will perform heavy-duty action sequences for the first time. A period film spanning from 1498 till today,it has the actress playing five roles across five different lifetimes. This 3D venture has five leading men opposite her including model Rajniesh Duggal.