it for an unimaginable price. Sex on toast, she promises, even as she and actor Riteish Deshmukh prepare to flee the country to avoid the expected brickbats. Sachin Yardi, who writes and directs Part 2, has incorporated spoofs on blockbusters ranging from Devdas (2002) to Dostana (2008) to a super ‘kool’ sequel that, he insists, will make you feel super hot.
Jism 2 (Releasing August 3)
Nine years after she gave Bollywood ‘bad girl’ Bipasha Basu, producer Pooja Bhatt returns to direct the Jism sequel. Adult film star Sunny Leone steps in for Bipasha as Izna, the seductress, in a love triangle filmed in Sri Lanka and featuring Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh. Papa Mahesh Bhatt insists that Jism 2 isn’t all body but soul too. Not sure how many believe him as they wait for a Sunny Friday.
Raaz 3D (Releasing September 7)
Exactly a decade after they revealed the deadly secret that had threatened to bury Dino Morea, director Vikram Bhatt and a
‘ghostly’ Bipasha Basu will make a comeback with another Raaz film. Esha Gupta is the haunted one this time around. Emraan Hashmi, who stepped in for Dino in Part 2, stays on looking almost demented. The spirited audience is waiting for Vishesh Films’ hit franchise to move into the theatres.
Kamaal Dhamaal Malamaal (Releasing September 28)
In 2006, the Hollywood hit, Waking Ned Devine, made merry at the Indian box-office in its ‘desi’ adaptation, Malamaal Weekly. After looting the bank, literally, it’s surprising that it’s taken six years to bring back it back. This time, Nana Patekar has been roped in to keep veteran Om Puri and Paresh Rawal company, and Shreyas Talpade has replaced a busy Riteish Deshmukh. The setting remains rustic and the humour simplistic. Producer Percept and director Priyadarshan are confident of raking in the big bucks again with another nonsensical comic caper.
1920—The Evil Returns (Releasing October 5)
In 2008, Vikram Bhatt flagged off the horror franchise that revolved around a married couple living in a haunted mansion in the year 1920. It was filmed at Allerton Castle, England, which is reportedly haunted by the spirit of a carpenter who was killed by its billionaire owner. The eerie setting translated into a terrifying hit which returns to take us back in time with a resurrected Aftab Shivdasani and a double dose of Tia Bajpai. The Bhatts are certainly feeling evil this year.
Aashiqui 2 (Releasing December 7)
More from the Bhatts, though this time they are singing a familiar romantic tune. It’s a 22-year-late revival of Aashiqui (1990), without Rahul Roy, Anu Agarwal or Deepak Tijori (thank God!) who have been replaced by Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor (oh God!). At least we’ll get to hear ‘Nazar ke saamne, jigar ke paas’ and ‘Main duniya bhula doonga’ even if they will only play in the background. Mahesh Bhatt has passed on the
baton to director Mohit Suri and composers Nadeem-Shravan have been replaced by Jeet Ganguly. Let’s see if it’s another musical ‘jeet’ (victory).
Dabangg 2 (Releasing December 21)
Mr and Mrs Chulbul Panday are our Christmas gift this year as their story makes the transition from the small village to a big city. Along the way, director Abhinav Kashyap and actor Sonu Sood have been left behind. Prakash Raj is the new Singham, oops villain, while producer Arbaaz Khan takes on a double role as a director too. Who cares who’s hot and who’s not, as long as Salman, Sonakshi and item girl Malaika ‘Munni’ Khan are back with a bang!
Seven sequels coming up in 2013:
*Once Upon A Time Again