Looking at the year gone by where the so-called small films – Vicky Donor, Paan Singh Tomar, Kahaani stood up against the likes of Housefull 2, Bol Bachchan and five more that raked in more than 100-crores at the box-office, one would think that 2013 would be unlike the past. While there is enough reason to believe that but like every New Year that is greeted by Bollywood, 2013 promises different while being same-same.
Too much of anything is bad and a good thing in excess could get worse but try telling that to filmmakers who are hell bent on making 2013 the year when the past would be revisited more than ever before. With Race 2, Aashiqui 2, Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, Once Upon a Time in Mumbaii 2, Saheb Biwi Aur Gansgter Returns, Shootout at Wadala, and Raagini MMS 2 the year is all set to become the one where sequels would rule the roost. And if the going were this good one would probably think why stop at two so there’s Krrish 3, Dhoom 3, as well as Murder 3 to inundate the senses. Krrish 3 should be ideally called Krrish 2, as it’s a follow-up to Krrish and if 3 is really the charm then shouldn’t it be called Koi Mil Gaya 3, which was actually the precursor to Krrish? In any case the film features Vivek Oberoi as the villain and also has Kangana Ranaut besides Hrithik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Dhoom 3 will be Aamir Khan’s next release and this time around he’s the baddie who in tandem with Katrina Kaif will keep Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra busy. Depending on how things work out Sujoy Ghosh might just attempt a sequel to Kahaani before his other project that, if rumor has it, features Amitabh Bachchan and Naseeruddin Shah together for the first time.
If sequel is the keyword for commercial Hindi cinema of 2013 then could ‘remake’, the original term for revisiting a good thing, be left behind? David Dhawan returns with his remake of Sai Pranjpye’s iconic comedy Chasme Buddoor with Ali Zafar, Siddharth and Divyendu Sharma, last seen in Pyaar Ka Punchnama. The remake has been co-written by Ms. Paranjpye and interestingly enough features Rishi Kapoor as Lallan Miyan, the neighborhood paanwala with a heart gold that was played by Saeed Jaffery in the original. Hopefully Paranjpye’s association with the project would not let it go the Golmaal way as it’s based in Goa and according to Ali Zafar is ‘young, over the top and adapted to modern times’, whatever that could mean.
2013 would also see the second films of three directors whose debuts stood out from the rest. Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan was lauded all across and his next film Lootera is partially based on O. Henry’s Last Leaf and has Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha. The man who created Chulbul Pandey and bestowed Salman Khan with a new nickname, Abhinav Kashyap has finally announced his next film. Featuring Ranbir Kapoor Besharam will release in the last quarter of 2013 and a lot would be expected from the other Kashyap who opted out of Danbangg 2. A few years ago when A Wednesday ended up becoming a smash hit the person most surprised was writer-director Neeraj Pandey. Pandey took five years to make a film but Special Chabbis, inspired by a real life crime where 26 men posed as CBI officials and raided a famous jewelry store in Bombay in 1987 and took off with lakhs, seems worth the wait. The film features Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpai, and Jimmy Shergill. Benoy Nambiar’s David with it’s unique three parallel stories of a character named David features Vikram, the acclaimed Southern superstar, along with Tabu and Neil Nitin Mukesh and if the trailer’s anything to go then this gangster-comedy is one to watch out for. Talking of trailers then nothing seems as exciting as Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, a biopic of Milkha Singh with Farhaan Akhtar transforming into the legendary sprinter. The usual merry mix of sequels, remakes along with a dash of that different kind of cinema and a little bit of Vishal Bhardwaj, trust him to come up with something as whacky as Matru Ki Bijli Ka.
Mandola (Imran Khan, Anushka Sharma and Pankaj Kapur along with Shabana Azmi and a talking pink cow) now…what’s not to look forward in 2013.
Gautam Chintamani is an award-winning writer/filmmaker with over a decade of experience across print and electronic mediums.
(The views expressed by the author are personal)
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