Which are the movies likely to have the audience’s adrenaline flowing in 2011? What does the new year have in store for the public? A lot of surprises, probably, an equal number of shocks. We list down films you should wait for in the new year.
Komal Nahta, Trade analyst and editor, Film Information
Which are the movies likely to have the audience’s adrenaline flowing in 2011? What does the new year have in store for the public? A lot of surprises, probably, an equal number of shocks. But there are some films which will be eagerly awaited, no matter what. It could be because of the people facing the cameras in those films or the people behind the cameras or merely the topics they tackle.
Saat Khoon Maaf: Vishal Bhardwaj’s films may often not make money at the box-office but his sheer genius as a filmmaker is enough to get one section of the audience (read, the classes) all excited. Yes, if it is Vishal, saat flops maaf. The January release is already the talk of the industry and the elite.
No One Killed Jessica: If this one is able to create even a fourth of the hysteria that the Jessica Lall murder case, on which it is based, created in India, it will be enough to set the cash registers ringing. It could also give the fading career of Rani Mukerji a boost. She plays an investigative journalist modelled on real-life journalist Barkha Dutt. Vidya Balan plays Jessica’s sister, Sabrina Lall in this UTV production.
Thank You: An Anees Bazmee film, this one stars Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol, Sonam Kapoor, Sunil Shetty and Celina Jaitley. It is making brisk progress so that it can be readied for release soon.
Aarakshan: Ajay Devgn may have walked out of Aarakshan but Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone still make this film on the reservation issue in India, an exciting proposal. Prakash Jha directs.
Dirty Picture: Don’t screw up your nose, this is just a tentative title. Milan Luthria and Ekta Kapoor join forces once again after their recent hit, Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, for a film inspired by the life of South’s sexy siren, Silk Smitha (to be played by Vidya Balan). The male lead could be either Ajay Devgn or Emraan Hashmi.
Rockstar: That’s what Ranbir Kapoor is. And that’s the title of his new film with Imtiaz Ali at the helm. Why, then, will it not rock at the box-office?
Rascals: David Dhawan, the original master of comedies, will be back after a long break with Sanjay Dutt and Ajay Devgn this time. Kangana Ranaut plays the leading lady of the two rascals, sorry, heroes. Sanjay Dutt is producing this film under his own banner.
Desi boyz: David Dhawan’s son, Rohit Dhawan, makes his foray into direction. The film stars Akshay Kumar, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone.
Yamla Pagla Deewana: If the three rough-and-tough Deols could make you cry in Apne, making you laugh should be a left-hand task for the father-sons trio. The first trailer of Samir Karnik’s film has been so well-received that the film was picked up by distributors immediately – and at fancy prices.
Delhi Belly: Never mind if Aamir Khan is not happy with Abhinay Deo’s version of Delhi Belly. He must have seen something in the film to have kept it on the backburner for more than a year rather than release it the way it was. After being done with Dhobi Ghat, Aamir plans to take up this Imran Khan starrer and give it that unmistakable AK stamp.
Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara: Zoya Akhtar may have delivered a dud in Luck By Chance but the girl’s very lucky. After all, her second film stars Hrithik Roshan, Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Katrina Kaif and Kalki Koechlin. And that’s not by chance.
Patiala House: Nikhil Advani’s film about a huge Indian family based in London. The February release will get the Bobby team back together. Yes, besides Akshay Kumar and Anushka Sharma, it stars Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.
Murder 2: Mahesh Bhatt’s sequel to his hit Murder, but minus Mallika Sherawat and director Anurag Basu. Emraan Hashmi will be paired with Jacqueline Fernandes in the second part to be directed by Mohit Suri.
Karan Johar’s untitled film:
The maverick filmmaker will introduce two new boys – Varun Dhawan (younger son of David Dhawan) and Siddharth Malhotra – in this young film which he himself will direct.
Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji: Neither an expose nor a satire, genres for which Madhur Bhandarkar is well-known, this one is a slice-of-life entertainer about three guys and how they react when three girls enter their lives.
Mausam: Pankaj Kapur, the actor for all seasons, has gone behind the camera for the first time. He is directing his son, Shahid Kapur, and Sonam.
Mere brother ki dulhan: Katrina Kaif, Imran Khan and Ali Zafar (of Tere Bin Laden) star in this Yash Chopra production being directed by debut-making Ali Abbas Zafar And no, actor Ali Zafar and director Ali Abbas Zafar are not brothers in real life.
Short Term Shaadi: This is the tentative title for a film which Karan Johar is producing with Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan.
Agent Vinod: Saif Ali Khan proved lucky in his first production venture, Love Aaj Kal. He is hoping box-office history repeats itself in his second outing as producer – this time with girlfriend Kareena as his leading lady.
Players: Abbas-Mustan are officially remaking The Italian Job with Bobby Deol, Abhishek Bachchan, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Bipasha Basu, Sonam Kapoor and Omi Vaidya.
Joker: Akshay Kumar plays the male lead in this 3D human drama which will be “on the lines of the Hollywood film, Life Is Beautiful, as Shirish Kunder’s filmmaker-choreographer wife, Farah Khan, puts it. Sonakshi Sinha is the female lead.
Haunted: India’s first 3D horror film and Vikram Bhatt’s most expensive project to date. It will re-launch Mithun Chakraborty’s son, Mimoh, under the name of Mahakshay Chakraborty, with new girl Tia Bajpai.
Agneepath: It would be interesting to see Hrithik Roshan in the remake of the original Agneepath, that too, for the same banner, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
Barfee: Anurag Basu’s film was earlier titled Silence. And Basu will break his silence after Kites with this film starring Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and probably, South actress Illeena.
Remake of Singham: This will be remade in Hindi by Rohit Shetty for Reliance Big Pictures. It will, of course, star Shetty’s favourite hero, Ajay Devgn, who, reportedly, has been paid Rs 11 crore for the action flick (more than double his market price). Insiders also say that Ajay left Rajkumar Santoshi’s Power (for which he was being paid Rs 5 crore) for this film, besides other problems with the makers.
Rohit Shetty’s untitled film: After making three Golmaal films for Shree Ashtavinayak, Rohit Shetty is making yet another comedy for them. It will release on Diwali, which seems to have become a lucky festival for Shetty. Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan join forces for this one.
Double Dhamaal: It’s the age of sequels and so we have another sequel by producer-director Indra Kumar and producer Ashok Thakeria.
Vipul Shah’s remake of Ka Kha Ka Kha: John Abraham flexes his muscles in this action flick directed by Nishikant Kamath (Mumbai Meri Jaan) for producer Vipul Shah. Genelia D’Souza is John’s unlikely heroine.
Housefull 2: Sajid Khan is planning the sequel to the first success story of 2010. He has finalised Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Ritesh Deshmukh, but will decide on the leading ladies later.
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Shah Rukh Khan
Ra.One: Nobody knows for sure the relevance of the title except that it is perhaps, the name of a video game in the film, but that doesn’t stop this Shah Rukh starrer from becoming one of the hottest films of the new year. Kareena Kapoor teams up with the superstar in the super-hero adventure.
Don 2: A sequel is always exciting – provided it is made after the first film proves itself at the ticket windows. So SRK’s Don 2 is bound to generate more heat than even Don did.
Dhobi Ghat: It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the name Aamir Khan today spells magic at the turnstiles. This one is not only produced by the ace Khan but also stars himself and is directed by his wife, Kiran Rao.
Untitled film with Reema Kagti: If Aamir has agreed to act in Reema’s film, there must be something in it. She has Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd. to her credit but expectations would be sky-high even if she were a newcomer. Aamir doesn’t become part of a project till he is sure.
Ready: Anees Bazmee’s record of hits may have been spoilt by No Problem but that won’t spell any problem for his Ready. Call it the Salman effect but the public is more than ready for Ready, never mind if he is paired with Asin once again (remember
Salman and Kareena team up in this remake of a Malayalam film, with the same director, Siddiqui. Salman’s bro-in- law, Atul Agnihotri, is the producer and the film will be Salman’s Eid offering in 2011.
From HT Brunch, December 26
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