15 Films To Watch Out For In 2019

A list of films that are likely to acquire ‘blockbuster’ status in the new year. Mark your calendars already!

URI - A Surgical Strike

Calling a spade a spade, declaring Pakistan a political enemy in a film about India’s surgical attack on Pakistan is not the kind of soft-focus approach one would expect in a  film sensitive film.  Uri tells it like it is. And that’s what makes it interesting.  Director Aditya Dhar has not made an apologetic namby-pamby film. This is the hardcore stuff, with Vicky Kaushal playing a soldier out to get blood. Khoon ka badla… Jai Hind! Release date: 11 January

Manikarnika: The Queen  Of  Jhansi

The very fact that this project had to go through a journey of struggle almost as enormous the one that the Queen Of Jhansi undertook, makes it an interesting project. With two directors, Krish Jagarlamudi and, ahem, Kangana Ranaut, the film could well be more hysterical than historical but still worth the wait. Release Date: 25 January.

Super  30

Bihar ’s world-renowned mathematician Anand Kumar is being played by Hrithik Roshan in his first true-life project. We can only hope he doesn’t do Krrish on the well-known maths wizard. Release date: To be announced.

Ek Ladki Ko Dekha  Toh Aisa Laga

Debutante director Shelley Chopra Dhar brings father Anil   Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja together for the first time. I am already a game. Release date 1  February.

Sonchiriya


Director Abhishek Choubey ’s raw real authentic drama takes us away from the filmy dacoit dramas into a credible view of violence in the Chambal Valley. This would be an interesting departure from the formula for the age-long genre of dacoit films. Sushant  Singh Rajput will face Manoj  Bajpai for the first time. Bajpai is not frazzled. But we hope to be dazzled. Release date: February 8.

Gully Boy

Zoya Akhtar’s trippy tale of street rappers brings together Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt for the first time. Need anything more be said? Release date: 14  February.

Badla

Sujoy Ghosh brings together the Pink pair Amitabh Bachchan and  Tapsee Pannu in what promises to be a   hard-hitting revenge drama replete with unforeseen twists and turns. Release date: 8 March

Kesari

Akshay Kumar returns this time to play Havaldar Ishar Singh in the Battle of  Saragarhi. The tale of untold valour and patriotism will connect viscerally with every Indian. This period drama directed by Anurag Singh brings Parineeti Chopra as Akshay’s daughter. Release date 21 March.

The Zoya Factor

With cricket at its background and the fresh-as-a-daisy pair of Sonam  Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salman in the lead and director Abhishek Sharma (who helmed last year’s surprise success Parmanu )  can this go wrong? Release date: 5 April.

Kalank

Director Karan Johar brings together Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt in the biggest multi starrer since  Karan  Johar’s  Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Release  date: 19 April

Bharat

Ali Abbas Zafar directs  Salman Khan in a film that tracks the life of an ordinary  Indian from  1947 to the present day.  Remains to be seen if Salman makes history this time. Release date: Eid.

Mission Mangal

Akshay Kumar goes into outer space. This time he is again navigated by a debutant director Jagat Shakti. He has for company some lovely leading ladies like Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu and Sonakshi Sinha. Way to go, Mr Kumar. Release date  15 August.

Batla House

Recreating the  Batla House terror encounter in 2018 director Nikhil Advani has  the newly-converted  patriotic  leading man  John Abraham  attempting an out-of-the-box film. Release date:  15 August.

Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff untitled  starrer

The  combats  between these two sinewy stars  prompts  me to suggest  the title Paisa Vasool  for this  actioner directed  by  Siddharth Anand to be released on October 2.

Varun Dhawan-Katrina  Kaif untitled starrer:

Remo D’Souza directs  this never-before pair  in a  dance face-off that promises  to blow the screen apart. Wow. Release date: 8 November.

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