The year 2007 gave Bollywood a parting hit in Taare Zameen Par, Aamir Khan's directorial debut about a child with learning disability. The golden run is likely to continue in 2008 too with the New Year releases promising a bouquet of romance, thrillers and period dramas.
The first mega release of the year is Sahara One Motion Pictures' My Name Is Anthony Gonsalves. It will introduce newcomer Nikhil Dwivedi, who is already being billed as a Rs 1 crore star.
Directed by National Award winner E Niwas, the film boasts of three other National Award winners - Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher and Pawan Malhotra and has Amrita Rao as the leading lady. The actress is riding high on the success of Vivah.
In the same week, Halla Bol will mark the return of maverick director Rajkumar Santoshi, who was burrowing after Family, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, bit the dust.
This time Santoshi has teamed up two veterans - Pankaj Kapur and Ajay Devgan. The film, inspired by murdered theatre activist Safdar Hashmi, sends a social message. It urges people to raise their voice against injustice.
At the end of the first month of the year, Rohit Shetty of Golmaal - Fun Unlimited fame will serve another comic recipe garnished with thrills. Titled Sunday, the film stars Shetty's favourite actor Ajay Devgan, along with Irrfan Khan and Ayesha Takia.
<b1>In the second week of February, Ashutosh Gowariker's most awaited historical romance Jodhaa-Akbar was supposed to be unveiled but as per the latest reports, the film has now been shifted for an April release. Hrithik Roshan, Bollywood's superhero, will be seen romancing Aishwarya Rai as the Mughal emperor Akbar. Aishwarya plays Jodha.
The slick thriller Race will also be released in Feb. Directed by director duo Abbas-Mustan and produced by TIPS Films, the film boasts of an ensemble of stars, Saif Ali Khan, Akhshaye Khanna, Anil Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif and Sameera Reddy.
Another offering from the Tips stable in 2008 is Kismat Konnection, which has Shahid Kapur and Vidya Balan in the lead roles. Aziz Mirza has wielded the megaphone for the film.
The first half of the year will be dominated by Ajay Devgan, who will release his home production U, Me Aur Hum in April. Ajay stars with his wife Kajol in the movie.
In the same month, Harry Baweja's sci-fi Love Story 2050 which is also his son Harman's launch pad, will hit the marquee. Also, Yash Raj Films' first release of the year Tashan will open in 2008. Starring Saif and Kareena, the film is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya.
It will be followed by Ravi Chopra's production Bhootnath and Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar Raj, a sequel to Sarkar.
After the talked about Shootout In Lokhandwala and the innovative Dus Kahaniyan, Sanjay Gupta's White Feather Films will continue to tread the uncharted path in Pankh and Alibaug.
Bipasha Basu plays the female lead in Pankh, which also introduces Maradona Rebello and Sudipto Chattopadhyay.
2008 will also witness the release of Abhishek Bachchan's much-awaited film Drona and Akshay Kumar's Singh is King. Both films are being touted as the most-aniticipated films of 2008.