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Action returns to Bollywood

bollywood Updated: Dec 04, 2011 01:46 IST
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With three action hits this year so far, Bollywood is now toning up for more brawny outings

Agneepath
Release date: January 26, 2012
Hrithik Roshan gets into the shoes of Vijay Deenanath Chauhan in this modern retelling of the 1990 hit starring Amitabh Bachchan. The film, which has bagged rave reviews so far with its initial rushes, will see Roshan in hardcore action perhaps for the first time. It gets more lethal with Sanjay Dutt, who stars as the antagonist Kancha Cheena, sporting a beefed-up and bald look.

Don 2
Release date: December 23
Shah Rukh Khan returns as the most sought-after criminal in the sequel to the 2006 hit, Don. The film is touted to be more edgy and grungy then the original, and SRK will be seen at his evil best in the role of Don — breaking some bones with both brain and brawn.

Ghayal Returns
Release date: 2012 (date to be announced)
If you thought 1990 blockbuster, Ghayal, was lethal, this one gets more deadly. Sunny Deol is done with pulling out pumps and tube wells, and this time, he is planning to crush bones to ashes and stamp muscles to pulp with a newly acquired vengeance.

Khiladi 786
Release date: November 2012
Akshay Kumar is not stopping at his third innings with just Rowdy Rathore. The actor has another Khiladi series —Khiladi 786 — in his kitty that will go on floors next year. An action-comedy, it is touted to augment the presence of action genre in Bollywood, along with Akki’s image of an action hero.

Rowdy Rathore
Release date: June 15, 2012
Action-turned-comedy star Akshay Kumar is taking a U-turn with this flick, as a raw and edgy police officer. Sporting a moustache and beat-you-until-death attitude, the actor is hoping to bring back to the big screen his earlier magic. “It’s a deliberate decision to return to action. All my fans wanted it and even I wanted it to happen. I hope this is just a new beginning,” Kumar told us.

Action flicks this year
This year, three action movies has had hit the screens so far, out of which two have managed to set the cash registers ringing. While Ajay Devgn starrer Singham, that was made at a budget of R20 crore, raked in over R150 crore, Salman Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer Bodyguard, was made at R60 crore but took home over a whopping R250 crore. John Abraham’s action thriller, Force, that was made at R18 crore could not please the audience and got a thumbs down despite raw actions.

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