After working with Amitabh Bachchan in Cheeni Kum (2007) and Paa (2009), renowned ad filmmaker and director R Balki will be back with Shaamitabh starring Amitabh and Dhanush this February. Mahesh Bhatt, Karan Johar, Anurag Basu, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Rajkumar Hirani, wife Gauri Shinde, Javed Akhtar, Boney Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor would be seen in brief roles in the film.
Ek Hasina Tha director Sriram Raghavan will swing into action with this thriller starring Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi, Yami Gautam next month. After playing fun, lighter roles in SOTY, Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya; Main Tera Hero, it will be interesting to see how Varun Dhawan melds into this aggressive, dark character.
Directed by Oscar-winning Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanovic, backed by Anurag Kashyap and starring Emraan Hashmi, Tigers is based on the true story of a salesman with an MNC in Pakistan. The film opened to much applause at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Director of the controversial and critically-acclaimed 2005 film Amu, Shonali Bose is back this time with Margarita, With A Straw, the only Indian film to win an award at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. Lead Kalki Koechlin plays a rebellious young writer affected by cerebral palsy.
Film critic Karan Anshuman is working on his debut directorial venture Bangistan, a comedy starring Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat, playing rival, blundering terrorists on a mission to change the world. Produced by Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment, the film releases in April.
The much-speculated Sanjay Leela Bhansali film announced way back in 2003 will finally see light of day this December starring Ram Leela cast - Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.
After the hugely successful Queen, director Vikas Bahl is now working on a destination wedding film, pairing Shahid Kapoor opposite Alia Bhatt. Produced by Kashyap's Phantom Films and Dharma Productions, Shaandaar will have Karan Johar play a cameo in the film.Bombay Velvet
Neo-noir period drama is being touted as the biggest collaboration of B'wood and H'wood (backed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle). It took Anurag Kashyap nine years to finally get this going. Some of it has been shot in Sri Lanka, to recreate the Bombay of the 50-60s. Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka will be see in lead roles, while Karan Johar will make his debut with it, in a negative role. Originally scheduled for release in 2014, the film will finally release in May this year.
The director-actor duo of the 2012 blockbuster Barfi will be seen again in Jagga Jasoos, another Ranbir Kapoor film that was scheduled for release last year. Anurag Basu had initially wanted Katrina to play Illeana’s part in Barfi. His dream pair and real-life lovers will finally be seen together in this one, after 5 years.
After a dry spell in 2014, Ranbir Kapoor will finally wind up the year with his fourth film releasing December (third film Roy releasing in February), opposite ex-beau Deepika Padukone and directed by Imtiaz Ali. And with him at the helm, this has to be one of my most awaited film of the year.
Be it as the carefree, boy-next-door Ishaan of Kai Po Che, confused lovesick Raghuram in Shuddh Desi Romance or the devoted lover Sarfaraz Yousuf in a brief role in pk, Sushant Singh Rajput has already proved he’s here to stay. He took home all debut awards in 2013. Taking a make-or-break leap into an unexplored territory, in his still-early filmy career, the actor is sure to up the ante with this Dibakar Banerjee film. Another award in the offing? ;-)
Another Dibakar Banerjee film (co-produced by Aditya Chopra) to watch out for this year is Titli, directed by Kanu Bahl (who co-wrote Love, Sex Aur Dhoka with Banerjee), starring Ranvir Shorey. Titli was the only Indian film selected to compete at the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival.
After the rib-tickling Vicky Donor and espionage thriller Madras Cafe, Shoojit Sircar will be back with a drama comedy Piku, which deals with a father-daughter relationship. Some bits of Piku, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Deepika Padukone, were shot 10 minutes from my house which is another reason I’m so excited about this one. It’s another story that I missed the shoot coz I only found out about it a day later :p
Dil Dhadakne Do
After Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Zoya Akhtar will be back with Dil Dhadakne Do, which revolves around a dysfunctional Punjabi family on a cruise trip, featuring an ensemble cast - Ranveer Singh, Anushka, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar & Anil Kapoor.
After the not-so Happy New Year, Shahrukh will be back this year in FAN, where he’ll play a double role - the superstar himself and his look-alike. Produced by Aditya Chopra, FAN has been directed by writer-director duo of Band Baaja Baraat - Maneesh Sharma and Habib Faisal. The film is slated for release August 14, 2015.
Did I miss something? Which films are you looking out for in 2015?
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