Aishwarya Rai has a comeback film this year. Deepika Padukone is back with former lovebird Ranbir Kapoor for an Imtiaz Ali film and a Sanjay Leela Bhansali film with Ranveer Singh. We are curious which one will be the more smashing hit. The archetypal Paresh Rawal is back as Baburao. The second half of 2015 seems as promising as a rich gooey chocolate cake – it’s sweet and seeks to make you feel REAL good. We hope this cake has surprise fillings and manages to blow our mind even if for once or twice.
Take a look at our selection of Hindi releases that are destined for greatness – or ‘hit’ness, as it were – in 2015.
Bangistan (August 7)
Hindi satirical comedies are as sporadic as an Aamir Khan at an awards ceremony. Bangistan which stars Riteish Deshmukh and Pulkit Samrat as two rival, blundering terrorists is produced by moneybags Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani and hence seems like a great, fun watch you wouldn’t mind over the weekend. Watch Because: Did I say it’s a satire? Also, cameo by Jacqueline Fernandez.
Calendar Girls (August 7)
Madhur Bhandarkar is back to directing the genre he curated ever since he has entered the industry. Invariably the movie trailer reminds you of his previous works and to make it even worse has no big stars or even known stars for that matter. We expect to be surprised if not anything else. Watch Because: Loosely based on tainted business tycoon Vijay Mallya and his brainchild that is Kingfisher Calendar.
Brothers (August 14)
Karan Malhotra is back with his second film under Dharma Productions, Lionsgate Films and Endemol India. The plot gyrates around two estranged brothers whose entrance into a mixed martial arts tournament forces them to come to terms with their past and each other. Starring dandy Akshay Kumar, Siddharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez in the lead roles. Jackie Shroff and Shefali Shah form the supporting cast. Watch Because: Jackie Shroff seems to have quite the weighty role here and a likely comeback.
All Is Well (August 21)
Abhishek Bachchan is back and so is Asin with a rather interesting choice of a film. Supported by the brilliant Rishi Kapoor and Supriya Pathak. A drama venture by the director of Oh! My God, Umesh Shukla, the movie deals with another tricky and prickly issue much like his previous outing. Watch Because: Newfangled plot.
Phantom (August 28)
A political thriller starring Saif Ali Khan and Katrina Kaif produced by biggie Sajid Nadiadwala and directed by Kabir Khan. Loosely lifted from a book titled Mumbai Avengers which was about post 26/11 attacks and global terrorism. There’s no reason why this movie would efface itself. Watch Because: Possible riveting plot and an extensive underwater action sequence. And, Midas man Kabir Khan.
Welcome Back (September 4)
Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor are back and we hope, it’s with a bang. Paresh Rawal is back too and is joined by John Abraham and Shruti Hasaan. Tom Cruise references go great with Anil Kapoor so here’s one in that spirit – first Indian feature film to be shot at the taller than tall Burj Khalifa of Dubai. Watch Because: Some cheesy comic timing – not seen since Sajid Khan’s went kaput.
Hero (September 11)
Salman Khan and Subhash Ghai are launching two new kids on the block – the infamous Sooraj Pancholi and Suniel Shetty’s lovely daughter, Athiya Shetty in a remake of a 1983 musical hit. Obviously, there’s ton loads of cheesier-than-your-dominoes-pizza romance, great deal action and hundred shades of heroism. Watch Because: Who needs another reason?
Katti Batti (September 18)
Kangana Ranaut is back. Imran Khan is back with his semi-comeback. Nikhil Advani’s next directorial venture is not a millimetre short of being fun, fearless and so hot off the press. Telling the tale of a live-in relationship between a free-spirited girl and a reserved but sweet boy and everything that goes topsy-turvy between them.Watch Because: The trailer says you must –
Rocky Handsome (October 2)
An action-thriller film about a man who sets out to take vengeance against drug mafia after some unfortunate event occurs. Nishikant Kamat’s second outing this year after the much-anticipated Drishyam which is out this week. John Abraham is acting and also co-producing the film along with Azure entertainment. Shruti Hassan plays the female lead. Watch Because: Killer action-packed sequences plus John, the producer never fails.
Singh Is Bling (October 2)
Akshay Kumar hasn’t been swankier than his Happy Singh avatar. Now, don’t we love some seriously effervescent screen presence that embodies the cool genius that is Akshay Kumar? Rightly directed by Prabhudheva, this film should expectedly deliver a very entertaining watch. Watch Because: Singh Is King is an actual phrase.
Jazbaa (October 9)
Directed by controversy magnet and ‘Korean film expert’, Sanjay Gupta, Jazbaa reportedly is a drama thriller based on a lawyer’s story whose daughter is kept hostage while she is asked to fight a case for a man who has been charged of rape and five murders and win it within seven days. Blatantly stolen from a Korean film, the plot seems dramatic nonetheless. Watch Because: Ash is back in a fitter, meatier role.
Shaandaar (October 22)
Shaandaar seems like a film with a befitting title. Vikas Bahl is back after the epic blockbuster Queen and has roped in the newly-married Shahid Kapoor and vivacious Alia Bhatt. Shot extensively in Leeds, both the characters are apparently insomniacs who fall in love in the middle of a larger than-life wedding during long, sleepless nights. Quirky, we say. Watch Because: This on-screen pairing is nothing short of cute to the power of ten.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (November 12)
It would be enough to say that this film has Salman Khan in a double role. But for the sake of being elaborate, it’s a Sooraj Barjatya film which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Also, Himesh Reshammiya is back in business and this time is reproducing a song which is an odd 13 minutes long. Let’s see what other records this film ends up breaking. Watch Because: Homecoming of Salman to his 90’s image.
Ghayal Once Again (November 13)
Slated for a Diwali release and wrestling with a Salman Khan movie, is Sunny Deol’s Ghayal Once Again which marks the return of the iconic 90’s cult Ghayal which had some heavy duty action and Sunny Deol-ism. Directed by daddy Dharmendra and directed by the star himself, this looks like a treat which will be really festive. Watch Because: You can’t mess with this man.
Tamasha (November 27)
Everything about this film excites us. Ranbir and Deepika in an Imtiaz Ali which has AR Rahman compositions. A romantic film in full bloom and blossom, it narrates the story of a nomadic 30-year old man who loses himself because of societal conventions. Raw to be interesting enough, we think. Not to mention, it is shot in a myriad of stunning whereabouts. Watch Because: It’s a recipe for a blockbuster.
Bajirao Mastani (December 18)
A dream project of the mastermind Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bajirao Mastani narrates a historical romantic story of Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I and his two wives. Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra are here to probably showcase their best acting skills to date in this magnum opus. Trained extensively in everything right from traditional dance styles to martial art forms and dialects, they’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to this colossal film. Watch because: A Sanjay Leela Bhansali dream can never have any misgivings.
Dilwale (December 18)
Rohit Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan are back with another commercial biggie and this time SRK is casted opposite none other than Kajol Khan in an out-and-out romantic drama. Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon form the supporting cast of this film which definitely will have everyone hooked and booked. Watch Because: Reason no. 178
Hera Pheri 3 (December 18)
The third installment to the Hera Pheri series is touted to be their most high-scale production and stars Suniel Shetty and Paresh Rawal as their iconic selfs. Besties Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham are fresh additions to the lead cast – sadly, at the cost of Raju aka Akshay Kumar. Watch Because: No one gives a cult prequel a full-blown miss.