If 2015 took entertainment to new levels, 2016 is set to exceed expectations. Block your dates for some thrilling action, romance, drama and more
While Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra will consolidate women-oriented space on screen, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan will be the sportsmen of the year. Here’s why 2016 is so special to Bollywood fans.
Among the most anticipated movies of 2016, there are at least five films based on sports. Salman Khan’s Sultan will have him play a 40-year-old wrestling champion from Haryana, Sultan Ali Khan. Aamir Khan will return to the screen after a break of almost two years as Mahavir Singh Phogat in Dangal, another wrestler from Haryana, who fights against odds to make his daughters world champions. The actor has been tight-lipped about themovie. Cricket, also an unofficial religion in this country, will be given a befitting tribute with two biopics on legendary skippers. Sushant Singh Rajput bats for India’s most successful captain MS Dhoni and will be directed by Neeraj Pandey (A Wednesday and Baby fame). The life of Mohammad Azharuddin, the former skipper, who fell from heights of stardom to rock bottom during the match-fixing scandal, will be explored by Emraan Hashmi. A reminder of Chak De India, Saala Khadoos is a story of a retired boxing coach training two girls for the championship. This time, R Madhavan will do a Shah Rukh Khan!
Deepika Padukone is going to give 2016 a miss. She has clarified that she is on a break this year
The trailer of Sonam Kapoor-starrer Neerja has set the ball rolling for women’s show this year. Kapoor is playing slain air hostess Neerja Bhanot who saved several hundred lives aboard a hijacked plane in ’80s. The movie will release next month. Priyanka Chopra gets tougher as a cop in Prakash Jha’s Jai Gangaajal. The lady is already flying high with the success of international show Quantico. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will debunk glamour for her role of Dalbir Kaur, sister of an Indian farmer Sarabjit Singh who was sentenced to death in Pakistan on charges of spying. The film is directed by Omung Kumar. Our favourite queen, Kangana Ranaut, is expected to impress again in Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon while Tabu may steal thunder in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor. Kareena Kapoor too comes back with Udta Punjab.
They pick up their magic brush once in a full moon and immortalise thecanvas. The most successful directors of our times, Aditya Chopra and Karan Johar, are slated to don director’s hat yet again this year. The KJo-kind of romance will come alive with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil that has a stellar cast of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor. For Befikre, Yash Raj Films has already confirmed Ranveer Singh in the lead role while Vaani Kapoor is being touted as his heroine in the film.
BACK IN ACTION
There are Dabanggs and Khiladis, and then there is Sunny Deol’s ‘dhai kilo ka hath’. It’s been a while since Deol created ‘Gadar’ on screen but he is back with bang this month, recreating his own iconic movie Ghayal. The trailer of Ghayal Once Again has already impressed his fans who have been eagerly waiting for his comeback!
DIVA ON A BREAK
She flattered us with her effortless take as a dotting daughter in Piku, estranged lover in Tamasha and flawless wife in Bajirao Mastani. But the reigning diva of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone, is going to give 2016 a miss. She has clarified that she is not doing any movie this year, be it Bollywood or Hollywood. Disappointed!
Hollywood Top Picks
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Dir: Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams
- Captain America: Civil War
Dir: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr
- The BFG
Dir: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement
- The Jungle Book
Dir: Jon Favreau
Cast: Lupita Nyongʼo, Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba
- Kung Fu Panda 3
Dir: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh
Cast: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman