The Grand Revival
DIRECTOR: Karan Malhotra
CAST: Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra
PLOT: In this cult classic remake, young Vijay Chauhan grows up to be a don and takes on the crime lord who murdered his father. Hrithik Roshan will have to go through his very own path of fire to meet expectations.
In the Fast Lane
DIRECTOR: Dibakar Banerjee
CAST: Abhay Deol, Kalki Koechlin
PLOT: Shot in a record time of over 40 days, this one seems to be riding on the anti-corruption movement. A political thriller about the rise of the common man.
GANGS OF WASSEYPUR
DIRECTOR: Anurag Kashyap
CAST: Manoj Bajpai, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
PLOT: Revolving around the coal mine mafia in Dhanbad, Jharkhand, Kashyap’s new film is based on Surajbhan Singh, the Bihar politician convicted for murder.
Be a Joyrider
FERRARI KI SAWAARI
DIRECTOR: Rajesh Mapuskar
CAST: Sharman Joshi, Boman Irani
PLOT: We finally get Sharman Joshi in a lead role. The only hints we’ve got are that it’s a family comedy, has been shot on busy roads and is a joyride, pun fully intended.
The Sound of Silence
DIRECTOR: Anurag Basu
CAST: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra
PLOT: Romance, murder and mystery centring on a deaf man and a mentally challenged girl. Ranbir and Priyanka need to shed any vestiges of glamour to make us believe in them.
ROWDY RATHORE VS DABANGG 2
DIRECTOR: Prabhu Deva
CAST: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
PLOT: He’s been a thief, he’s been a cop and he’s done double roles. Now he does them all together. Nineties’ nostalgia vis-à-vis Akshay Kumar.
DIRECTOR: Arbaaz Khan
CAST: Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha
PLOT: All we know is that the action shifts from the hinterlands of UP to Mumbai. All the more room for bigger, badder adventures.
Top Secret Project
DIRECTOR: Reema Kagti
CAST: Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor
PLOT: Aamir Khan the cop is back. This movie is topping everyone’s wishlist. Backing him are Zoya Akhtar and the Farhan Akhtar-Ritesh Sidhwani team that gave us Dil Chahta Hai and Rock On!! So far so good.
Oh God! Please be Done Already
DIRECTOR: Sriram Raghavan
CAST: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
PLOT: The long-awaited detective story has kept us in suspense for quite a while. Come summer, we get to watch the real-life couple romance each other in this spy thriller.
True Story Bro
BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG
DIRECTOR: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
CAST: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor
PLOT: Milkha Singh made India’s presence felt at the Olympics. Farhan Akhtar plays ‘The Flying Sikh’ in this official biopic.
Because We Can’t Do Without Sallu
EK THA TIGER
DIRECTOR: Kabir Khan
CAST: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
PLOT: The director gave us Kabul Express and New York, and the actor gave us Ready and Bodyguard. So how does anyone predict Ek Tha Tiger’s plot? It’s got international espionage, stolen technology, crossborder romance and action that spans the globe.
MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN VS LIFE OF PI VS THE GREAT GATSBY
DIRECTOR: Deepa Mehta
CAST: Satya Bhabha, Shriya Saran
PLOT: Protagonist Saleem Sinai was born a telepath, at the exact moment of India’s Independence. Shot under wraps in Sri Lanka, this is the much-awaited adaptation of Salman Rushdie’s tale of a newly-liberated India.
LIFE OF PI
DIRECTOR: Ang Lee
CAST: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tobey Maguire
PLOT: Yann Martel’s surreal story of survival finds itself in the hands of Ang Lee. We know the man can give us brea thtaking visuals, but how does one tell the story of a boy adrift on a boat with a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Bengal Tiger?
THE GREAT GATSBY
DIRECTOR: Baz Luhrmann
CAST: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Amitabh Bachchan
PLOT: The story of Jay Gatsby’s life is a modern literary classic. F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel on the ‘roaring twenties’ in America has been adapted time and again for the big screen. But we’ll still watch it. If only to see DiCaprio and Bachchan share a frame.
Men and Machines
DIRECTOR: Kaushik Ganguly
CAST: Rahul Bose, Churni Ganguly
PLOT: The protagonist is a lost laptop that gets passed on to different people. That is how the movie explores its characters, including a blind writer played by Kaushik Ganguly himself. Pretty experimental.
CHITRANGADA: THE CROWNING WISH
DIRECTOR: Rituparno Ghosh
CAST: Rituparno Ghosh, Raima Sen
PLOT: Ghosh returns to acting as a choreographer who wants to stage Tagore’s Chitrangada, a story of a princess whose father wanted her to become a prince instead as he didn’t have a son to succeed him.
Man of Mystery
DIRECTOR: Anjan Dutta
CAST: Abir Chatterjee, Saswata Chattopadhyay
PLOT: Byomkesh fans rejoice. The Bengali detective is back and, we hope, in fine form. Fans have already started marking the days on their new calendars.
College Humour With a Moral
DIRECTOR: S Shankar
CAST: Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth
PLOT: This 3 Idiots remake looks enjoyable enough. It’ll be hard to replicate the success of its Hindi counterpart, but we’ve got our fingers crossed.
Rajinikanth in 3D
DIRECTOR: Soundarya Rajinikanth
CAST: Rajinikanth, Sneha
PLOT: Rajini romances two heroines in his 3D avatar. AR Rahman takes charge of the music. Need we say more?
The One With Kolaveri Di
DIRECTOR: Aishwarya Rajinikanth
CAST: Dhanush, Shruti Hassan
PLOT: To say the song is a hit would be an understatement. Let’s hope the same cards play for this romance.
Before He Was the Don
DIRECTOR: Chakri Toleti
CAST: Ajith Kumar, Parvathy Omanakuttan
PLOT: The prequel to the 2007 hit, Billa, this gangster thriller shows us how the ordinary David Billa became a dreaded don in the underworld.