2017 started with a bang for the Indian film industry, especially Bollywood and all the credit goes to the big star releases. There were some good performances including Raees, Kaabil, Jolly LLB 2, Mom and Jagga Jasoos. But, when it came to the box office collection, Baahubali 2 clearly sweeped off all the other films with its collection of over 500 crores in Hindi version. Although, there were big releases by Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan and Ranbir Kapoor, but none of them managed to make it to the Baahubali club. However, it’s not the time to get disheartened as there are at least seven big flicks lined up this year that are likely to become box office hits. Here is the list:
Jab Harry Met Sejal
Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer Jab Harry Met Sejal is one of the most awaited films of this year. This is the first time when Imtiaz Ali has directed SRK and Anushka Sharma. The makers of the film have already released mini trailers of Jab Harry Met Sejal and both the actors are looking amazing together, but quite different from the way they looked in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. In this film, SRK will be portraying the character of a Punjabi guide, while, bubbly Anushka will seen as a Gujarati lawyer. Releasing on August 4, the movie promises to be a roller coaster ride with lots of fun elements.
Toilet: Ek Prem Katha
Akshay Kumar will take over the Independence Day weekend with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. Apart from Akshay, the film will also portray Bhumi Pednekar in a different act. The actress, who shot to fame with her realistic portrayal of an overweight girl in small town India in the National Award winning 2015 film Dum Laga Ke Haisha, will be back to the big screen with Toilet: Ek Prem Katha after a a two-year hiatus. Slated to be released on August 11, the film highlights the importance of toilets and the problem of open defecation in India. The viewers will also see Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar pairing up for the first time.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui will be back as the lead actor in Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, an upcoming Indian action thriller film directed by Kushan Nandy. The film, scheduled to release on 25 August, 2017, will showcase Nawazuddin as a sharp shooter. Apart from Nawazuddin, the film will also star Bengali actress Bidita Bag in the lead role.
Kangana Ranaut-starrer Simran is scheduled to release on 15 September. Although, the last release of the National Award winning actress, Rangoon did not do well at the commercial circuits, but, Simran is likely to bring the best out of her. In the film, directed by Hansal Mehta, Kangana will be seen in a character of a quirky, cute and notorious housekeeper.
According to reports, Simran is based on Sandeep Kaur, who is an Indian serving her jail term in the US, due to her notorious bank heists. After engaging in gambling and losing a lot of money, Sandeep’s inability to pay off the debts resulted in her resorting to robbery.
After Sarbjit, director Omung Kumar will be back with his next Bollywood drama titled Bhoomi. The film will star Sanjay Dutt, Aditi Rao Hydari and Sidhant Gupta. ‘Bhoomi’ is an emotional and sensitive revenge drama that explores the relationship between a father and daughter. The film will release worldwide on 22 September, 2017.
November will see Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance Padmavati, starring Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Shahid Kapoor, a film that is reportedly the most expensive in the country with a budget of Rs180 crore. The film has been in the eye of the storm ever since the filmmaker started shooting for the film. Although, the shooting of the film was disrupted and vandalised almost twice, but the film has been scheduled to release on 17 November, 2017.
The film is a dramatized account of the 1303 siege of the Chittor fort in Rajasthan. Alauddin Khilji, the Turkish ruler of Delhi led the invasion, motivated by his desire to capture the beautiful queen Rani Padmini, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, the ruler of Mewar.
Tiger Zinda Hai
The year will end with Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to his 2012 superhit film, Ek Tha Tiger. The film, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the movie will bring back the hit pairing of Salman and Katrina Kaif and is expected to release on 22 December. According to reports, Salman is currently in Morocco for the shoot of the film with his leading lady, Katrina Kaif.