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10 Films we look forward to in 2016

2016 could be well stated as the year of new faces in Bollywood, with over a dozen actors being launched thru the year. But that doesn’t keep the stalwarts away.

After a long time, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan are working on bold scripts with movies like Fan, Raees, and Sultan.

Akshay Kumar and Sonam Kapoor are bringing inspiring stories of real-life heroes with Airlift and Neerja. 

Amitabh Bachchan & Farhan Akhtar team up for Wazir, a gripping thriller.

While Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan who did not have any releases in the year 2015 will be back with big-budget movies like Dangal and Mohenjo Daro. 

 

Our Top 5 for the year based on what we have heard, read, understood and believe are:

Airlift

Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur starrer Airlift is based on the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Akshay plays the role of Ranjit Katiyal, an Indian billionaire who plans an ambitious evacuation mission to rescue 170,000 Indians from Kuwait during the Iraq invasion. This film was shot in Ras Al Khaimah.

Release date: January 22

Neerja

Sonam Kapoor revisits the story of Pan Am flight air hostess Neerja Bhanot who fought to save the lives of 359 passengers on a hijacked plane at Karachi in 1986. This film will portray the extraordinary courage of Neerja who was eventually shot dead by terrorists.

Release date: February 18

Raees

After doing big budget movies with no substance, Shah Rukh Khan is dabbling in brave themes after a long time. We still remember what a great actor Shah Rukh is with movies like Chak De India, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Dil Se etc. This year he will act in Fan and Raees. Raees is a crime-thriller directed by Rahul Dholakia and is set 1980s Gujarat. Shah Rukh will enter the unexplored territory of a clever bootlegger whose business is highly challenged by a tough cop played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan makes her debut in Bollywood with Raees.

Release date: July 8 (Eid time)

Sultan

Salman Khan will essay the role of a wrestler from Haryana in Sultan. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar of Gunday fame, Salman has started shooting for this film. This sports drama might clash with Shah Rukh Khan's Raees.

Release: July 8 (Eid time)

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Much loved director Karan Johar's next directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a highly anticipated movie of 2016. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Pakistani actor Fawad Khan will feature in this film that deals with the tragic side of love. It is about complicated dynamics in love, and dealing with difficult matters of the heart. The film will be shot extensively in Vienna, London, New York, and other international cities.

Release date: October 28 (Diwali weekend)

Rocky Handsome 

Loosely based on the 2010 Korean thriller ‘The Man From Nowhere’, this John Abraham and Shruti Hassan starrer ‘Rocky Handsome’ will be an interesting watch for all the viewers. The movie tells the story of a man who takes revenge from the drug mafias after they take away an eight-year-old girl with whom he shares a special bond.

Release Date: 25 March, 2016

Jaaga Jasoos

This movie is a comedy drama that portrays the journey of a teenage detective who sets out to find his missing father. Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Govinda are in the leading roles in this film.

Release Date: June, 2016

Fitoor

Based on Charles Dickens’ historic novel ‘Great Expectations’, Fitoor will see Rekha, Tabu, Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor in the leading roles. It will be worth seeing how this movie can live up to the expectations of the audience.

Release Date: 12 February, 2016

Baahubali: The Conclusion

The first part surely left us all mesmerized and awestruck with the huge grandeur and amazing cinematography. But what was even more interesting was the concept of ending the movie at a mysterious point that made everyone go crazy to find out what is going to happen next. Slated to be released later in 2016, the second part is surely going to be one of the most sought-after movies of the year.

Release Date: Not Revealed

Mohenjo Daro

Period films always make our heart miss a beat, thanks to the grand and amazing cinematography and great plot. If you are still smitten with Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ‘Jodha Akbar’ starring Hrithik Roshan, then gear up as Ashutosh Gowarikar is all set to amaze us next year with one more historical account from the time of Indus Valley Civilization. The movie ‘Mohenjo Daro’ will see Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde in the lead and will unfold the discovery of the historic city.

Release Date: 12 August, 2016

Wazir

An unusual friendship between an ATS officer and a paralysed chess grandmaster will be an exciting thing to see. With Amitabh Bachchan and Farhan Akhtar in lead, this movie is an action thriller focusing on the conspiracy revolving around the main characters. 

Release Date: 7 January, 2016

Kung Fu Yoga

A cross-cultural and a multi lingual movie, this action thriller is filled with elements of suspense and will star Jackie Chan, Ileana D Cruz, Amyra Dastur, Aarif Rahman and Sonu Sood among others.

Release Date: Not Revealed

 

Fan

It would be interesting to see the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan become his own fan in this movie. This revolves around the journey of a fan, who is so obsessed with an actor and also looks like him, to India to meet him. With a promising and fresh cast including Ileana D Cruz and Vaani Kapoor, let’s see if Shah Rukh can impress all his fans with this movie.

Release Date: 15 April, 2016

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