Clash of the Titans
Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan show their competitive side in The Zoya Factor
With exciting line-up of releases post Independence Day, Bollywood is set to stay on top of its game in 2019
Bollywood has churned out hit after hit in 2018, ranging from biopics like Sanju, to period films like Padmaavat, to comedy-dramas like Andhadhun and Badhaai Ho.
Bollywood kept spirits up with popular chick flicks like Veere Di Wedding, which was another box-office hit. This year's releases are just as exciting, from true-crime to die-hard action flicks to cute romantic comedies.
Sequels to popular films are coming out as well, seeing the return of stars like Rani Mukherjee and Salman Khan to beloved, fan-favourite roles. This Eid and Independence Day, Bollywood fans can be sure to see older stars return to the stage, as well as the debut of new faces.
One such Eid release is Batla House, a biopic about the controversial encounter that took place in 2008 in Jamia Nagar's Batla House in Delhi. Directed by Nikkhil Advani, the film places John Abraham in the shoes of Deputy Commissioner of Police P Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, the officer in charge of the whole operation.
The Zoya Factor, an adaptation of the novel of the same name, is a rom-com with a cricket setting, scheduled to premiere September 20. Starring Sonam Kapoor as 'Zoya' and Dulquer Salmaan as 'Nikhil', the two are pitted together when Zoya, an advertising executive, is declared to be the Indian cricket team's lucky charm, yet antagonised by Nikhil, who does not believe in luck. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, this unlikely rom-com is set to take the screen by storm.
Mardaani 2, a sequel to Rani Mukherjee's hit Mardaani in 2014, is reported to release in the fall of 2019. Produced by Aditya Chopra and directed by Gopi Puthran, Rani Mukherjee will face a new, 'merciless' villain in this sequel.
Housefull 4 is scheduled for a Diwali release this year, continuing the epic Housefull series. Produced by Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment and directed by Farhad Samji, this instalment reportedly revolves around the theme of reincarnation. The cast includes the much-loved Akshay Kumar, Bobby Deol and has brought in Nawazuddin Sidiqqui into the mix.
Another Eid release is Akshay Kumar's Mission Mangal, depicting the story of the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO) Mars Orbital Mission.
Siddharth Anand's War is destined to be a blockbuster hit, starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Schroff as the two leads, with Vani Kapoor playing the female lead. Set to hit the screen October 2, this action thriller is sure to have audience members on the edge of their seats, regardless of which side they may be rooting for.
Apart from having a thrilling story, the film is set to have stunning visuals and present a spectacle of effects, guaranteed to please avid cinema lovers and first-time movie goers alike.
Satellite Shankar, slated to release this September, revolves around a soldier's journey across India where he also discovers himself. Starring Sooraj Pancholi and Megha Akash, this patriotic endeavour shows life according to a soldier, and of the difficulties faced when one tries to discover oneself.
Pancholi is reported to have spent time in army camps in Amritsar and Pathankot to prepare his character. Directed by Irfan Khamal, this gritty film is sure to evoke feelings of wonder and pride.
Another favourite to return is Salman Khan's Dabangg 3, scheduled to release December 20. Directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Arbaaz Khan, Salman Khan is also launching his niece, Alizeh Agnihotri, in this franchise. Fans are excited to see Chulbul Pandey return to the big screen.
The Sky is Pink, scheduled to release October 11, stars Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akthar and Zaira Wasim, and brings Priyanka Chopra back into Bollywood's fold after a 2-year hiatus. The film is based on the life of Aisha Chaudhary, a motivational speaker who passed away due to pulmonary fibrosis. Priyanka and Farhan play the role of the parents, Aditi and Niren Chaudhary.
Clearly, Bollywood shows no sign of slowing down. The films slated for release this year continue to thrill and excite fans both at home and abroad. Projected to make even bigger strides and additions to the national economy, Bollywood (and its stars) have nowhere to go but up.
Megha Akash debuts in Satellite Shankar