Midway through 2019 and we already have a profusion of blockbusters, super hits and hits to take home. This year has been a mixed blessing for Bollywood. While some films like Uri: The Surgial Strike, Gully Boy, Bharat and Kabir Singh have proved to be big hits, some other films that were expected to set the cash registers ringing proved to be dampeners – movies like Kalank and Student of the Year 2, in particular. So what can one expect in the second half of the year? Here is a comprehensive list of some of the most awaited films of the rest of 2019.
With political dramas like Aditya Dhar’s Uri and Anubhav Sinha’s Article 15 doing exceedingly well, Batla House should conquer greater peaks than any of the other August 15 releases. John Abraham stars in this Nikhil Advani film as a cop battling charges of a fake real-life encounter killing. Tense and topical, this is a bitter pill that the doctors prescribed.
Yet another flag-waving exercise for Akshay Kumar. How many times will he play the patriotic card without tripping over? This time he has a bevy of powerful actresses for company. The sheer joy of seeing Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu ,Sonkashi Sinha and Kriti Kulhari researching a mission to Mars is an invitation to Venus. Releasing on August 15.
Prabhas of Baahubali returns with one of the most expensive action films ever made. The action is slick and the audience is eager. It would be really surprising if Saaho didn’t cross the 100 crore collections on Day 1 when it releases on August 30.
No relation to Hema Malini. But then Ayushmann Khurrunna , like the legendary actress, is acquiring a reputation for being a hit machine. After touching the theme of untouchables and other caste victims in Article 15, Ayushmann is back with filming the dual yin and yang masculine and feminine aspects of the male personality in this Raj Shandilya directed taboo-breaker. Audacious and adventurous, that’s Ayushmann. Releasing September 13.
5.The Zoya Factor:
Sonam Kapoor, Malayalam star Dulquer Salman in a film adaptation of Anuja Chauhan’s novel about a relationship between an advertising executive and a cricketer. Sounds smooth. Could go far beyond the purported urban audience. It is directed by Abhishek Sharma who directed the surprise political hit Parmanu in 2018. Releasing September 20.
On the day of peace comes War, a Yash Raj film where Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff battle it out man to man, fist to fist. Siddharth Anand directs. Film opens on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2.
7.The Sky Is Pink:
Margarita With A Straw director Shonali Bose brings to the screen the heartrending real-life story of Aisha Chowdhary, who created a memorable life although detected with a fatal illness (pulmonary fibrosis). Zaira Wasim (in her farewell film) plays Aisha. Priyanka Chopra (in her last Bollywood appearance for now) plays the mother. Releasing 11 October.
8.House Full 4:
Huge successful franchise with Akshay Kumar this time spreading into two lifetimes opening on October 25.
Ayushman Khurrana plays a 30-year old man battling with baldness. No kidding! This could be the successful quirky comedy, the Badhaai Ho of 2019. Release on 22 November.
Prabhudheva directs Salman Khan in the third film delineating the exploits of cute cop Chulbul Pandey. Need anything more be said? Releasing 20 December.