Bollywood promises a joyride in 2021

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By Times of India – Bollywood promises a joyride in 2021 Looks like what was lost in 2020 will be duly recovered this year, at least as far as the entertainment industry is concerned. With wholesome entertainers, tent pole dramas, horror comedies, remakes, and biopics, Bollywood seems keen to make it up to the audience who couldn’t go to the theatres last year by leaving them spoilt for choices. Giving an overview of the promising year ahead, trade expert Taran Adarsh shared, “I think the calendar looks very impressive, as and when the big films begin to invade the cinema halls, I think there’s going to be a heavy flow of big budget films coming this year. The moment the big films start coming to cinema halls, it is going to be a big big year. As to what genre will trend in 2021, it would be completely assorted and diverse as there is ‘Sooryavanshi’, ‘83 , ‘Radhe’, ‘Bell bottom’ and even ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’. So different kind of films will be released in theatres this year and it is going to be a great year for movies and movie buffs”.

Here’s a low-down on the upcoming releases:

REMAKES
Bollywood continues to look at other industries for inspiration with these films…

Film: Looop Lapeta

Remake of: German film ‘Run Lola Run’ (1998)

Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Tahir Raj Bhasin

Director: Aakash Bhatia

Narrative: The cult classic narrates the journey of a woman who needs to obtain 100,000 Deutschmarks in twenty minutes to save her boyfriend’s life.

Release Date: January 29, 2021

Film: Laal Singh Chaddha

Remake of: Hollywood film ‘Forrest Gump’ (1994)

Cast: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan

Director: Advait Chandan

Narrative: The film is the journey of a Sikh man who witnesses historic events in his life.

Release Date: Christmas 2021

Film: Jersey

Remake of: Telugu film ‘Jersey’ (2019)

Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur, Pankaj Kapur

Director: Gowtam Tinnanuri

Narrative: The film chronicles the struggle of a cricketer who had stopped playing 10 years ago, but now aims to return to the game for his son.

Release Date: 2021

BIOPICS
Real life narratives are going to rule the roost in 2021. Half a dozen biopics are lined up to hit screens this year and as trade expert Taran Adarsh points out such stories connect with the fans, “A film whose real life story finds a connect with the audience, where people identify with a story, with the characters, with the treatment, then the film will definitely succeed.” Fans will get to relive India’s World Cup winning moment in ’83 as Ranveer Singh steps into the shoes of Kapil Dev, while Kangana Ranaut will slip into the role of actress-turned-politician, Jayalalithaa for ‘Thalaivi’. Take a look at true stories waiting for their moment on the screen…

Film: ’83

Biopic on: Kapil Dev and the World Cup winning Indian cricket team

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Harrdy Sandhu, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Pankaj Tripathi, Boman Irani, Nishant Dahiya, Sahil Khattar and Amrita Puri

Director: Kabir Khan

Narrative: The sports drama chronicles the journey of the Indian Cricket Team which lifted the World Cup in 1983

Release Date: 2021

Film: Thalaivi

Biopic on: Jayalalithaa

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami, Prakash Raj

Director: AL Vijay

Narrative: The multilingual is based on the life of J Jayalalithaa, an actress-turned-politician who served multiple terms as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Maidaan

Biopic on: Syed Abdul Rahim

Cast: Ajay Devgn

Director: Amit Sharma

Narrative: This film explores the golden era of Indian football (1952–62) with Ajay Devgn essaying the role of football coach Syed Abdul Rahim.

Release Date: August 13, 2021

Film: Gangubai Kathiawadi

Biopic on: Gangubai Kathiawadi

Cast: Alia Bhatt

Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Narrative: The film is based on a chapter from Hussain Zaidi’s book and narrates the life of Gangubai Kathiawadi, a young girl who was sold into prostitution and goes on to become the madam of a brothel.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Shershaah

Biopic on: Captain Vikram Batra

Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Kiara Advani

Director: Vishnuvardhan

Narrative: The war drama is a biopic on the life of Captain Vikram Batra, who sacrificed his life fighting enemy forces during the Kargil War (1999).

Release Date: 2021

Film: Shabaash Mithu

Biopic on: Mithali Raj

Cast: Taapsee Pannu

Director: Rahul Dholakia

Narrative: This sports film will bring to life the real-life journey of renowned Indian cricketer Mithali Raj on screen.

Release Date: February 5, 2021

ACTION ENTERTAINERS
Kicks, punches, and some high-octane action is on offer as B-town heroes flex their muscles for their outings on the big screen…

Film: Sooryavanshi

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif

Director: Rohit Shetty

Narrative: A cop drama, this film features Akshay as DCP Veer Sooryavanshi, the chief of the Anti-Terrorism Squad.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Satyameva Jayate 2

Cast: John Abraham, Divya Khosla Kumar

Director: Milap Zaveri

Narrative: Packed with action scenes, the film is a sequel to the 2018 release ‘Satyameva Jayate’.

Release Date: May 12, 2021

Film: Radhe – Your Most Wanted Bhai

Cast: Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff

Director: Prabhudheva

Narrative: Salman Khan promises yet another action entertainer with ‘Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai’, which co-stars him with Disha Patani.

Release Date: May 12, 2021

Film: Bachchan Pandey

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Arshad Warsi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pankaj Tripathi

Director: Farhad Samji

Narrative: ‘Bachchan Pandey’ is inspired from the 2014 film ‘Veeram’ where the lead character, a villager, protects his and his fiancee’s families from the enemies of her father.

Release Date: 2021

HORROR COMEDIES
Bollywood continues to bank on the horror-comedy genre with three interesting films being spun on the same theme. All praise for the genre, Taran Adash shares, “The last installment of ‘Golmaal’ and ‘Stree’ were super hit at the box office. Horror and comedy are two diverse genres, but if merged very smartly, they can really work in a big way. And it’s a very difficult genre to actually merge. But it can really work wonders at the box office, which has been proved in the past.” A sequel to the much talked about ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’ is in the pipeline while two more ‘Bhoot’ movies have been announced for the year…

Film: Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

Cast: Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani

Director: Anees Bazmee

Narrative: ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is a stand-alone sequel to the 2007 hit ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa’. This ghost story will be set against the backdrop of a huge mansion.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Phone Bhoot

Cast: Siddhant Chaturvedi, Katrina Kaif, Ishaan Khatter

Director: Gurmmeet Singh

Narrative: The trio of Siddhant, Katrina, and Ishaan play ghostbusters in the horror-comedy drama.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Bhoot Police

Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam

Director: Pawan Kripalani

Narrative: In ‘Bhoot Police’, Saif and Ajrun play ghost hunter and promise a whole lot of thrills and chills.

Release Date: 2021

BIG TICKET RELEASES
Besides the entertainers, biopics and remakes, movie buffs are in for a treat as several big ticket films gear up to hit the screens in 2021! Sci-fi drama ‘Brahmastra’ might finally see the light of the day in 2021 while Akshay Kumar’s spy thriller ‘Bell Bottom’ is also eyeing a release in April…

Film: Bell Bottom

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Lara Dutta

Director: Ranjit Tiwari

Narrative: ‘Bell Bottom’ is a spy thriller based on true events and was one of the first films to be wrapped up during the lockdown.

Release Date: April 2, 2021

Film: Brahmastra

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Dimple Kapadia, Mouni Roy, AkkineniNagarjuna

Director: Ayan Mukerji

Narrative: ‘Brahmastra’ is the first film in the trilogy. Ranbir Kapoor, who can emit light from his hands, is on a quest to find the ultimate weapon, Brahmastra.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Badhaai Do

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Bhumi Pednekar

Director: Harshavardhan Kulkarni

Narrative: A sequel to the 2018 film ‘Badhaai Ho’, the comedy ‘Badhaai Do’ features Rajkummar as a cop and Bhumi as a PT teacher.

Release Date: 2021

Film: Raksha Bandhan

Cast: Akshay Kumar

Director: Aanand L Rai

Narrative: While announcing the film, Akshay Kumar had dedicated ‘Raksha Bandhan’ to his sister Alka Bhatia, who is also the debut presenter of the film that talks about the strong bond that a brother and sister share.

Release Date: November 5, 2021

Film: Cirkus

Cast: Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pooja Hegde, Varun Sharma

Director: Rohit Shetty

Narrative: ‘Cirkus’ is a take on William Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’, with a Rohit Shetty twist. As the name suggests, the film will be a family entertainer.

Release Date: 2021

BOX OFFICEWith a plethora of films awaiting release, it will be happy times at the box office. While it is difficult to predict figures, trade expert Komal Nahta observes that it is a promising year nonetheless. “There are several biggies releasing this year so once the vaccine comes and cases go down, I think box office will revive in a very big way. Mainly, we will get to see collections of the kind that were never seen earlier because the whole thirst for entertainment will translate into box office collections. It is almost a year since people have been to the theatres, so everyone is going to rush to cinema halls. We are in standby mode but it will be a promising year. Great times are ahead for the box office,” he said.

So, get, set and mark your calendars for the joyride which will be 2021 at the cinemas!

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