It’s almost a wrap for 2015, and we can’t help but look back at what a great year it has been for Bollywood. From commercial hits like Tanu Weds Manu Returns, Dil Dhadakne Do, to intense and artsy films like Badlapur, Piku, and the more recentTamasha, 2015 has witnessed some never-seen-before kind of flicks. But if you think it was great, well, 2016 is just about to get better. Check out 29 Bollywood films coming your way in 2016, guaranteed to get you very, very excited!
1. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
There are a lot of things going for this flick. First of all, it’s got an amazing star cast. Ranbir Kapoor teams up with Aishwarya Rai for the first time ever, which should be quite interesting to see. But if that wasn’t enough, even Fawad Khan and Anushka Sharma are in on it. Also, Karan Johar returns to directing after three years, following Student Of The Year in 2012.
This Shahrukh Khan film has already created quite a lot of buzz around. Why? Simply because the movie has got a very novel plot. SRK plays his own fan in the movie. Sounds twisted, right? But that’s what the movie is about. In fact, people have been going gaga over Shahrukh’s look in this one, considering he looks like a different person entirely with the help of prosthetics.
This film definitely sounds like a big deal, as Aditya Chopra returns to film direction after seven long years! His last directorial venture was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi in 2008. Vani Kapoor, who last starred in Shuddh Desi Romance has been finalised as the female lead, and she couldn’t be more happy. Starring Ranveer as well, let’s see if Chopra can recreate the magic with this one!
This one has quite an interesting star cast – Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Nargis Fakhri, and John Abraham. Directed by Varun’s brother Rohit Dhawan, the film is said to have a ton of high octane bike stunts, for which bikes have been imported from Germany and London! Considering both John and Varun are bike lovers, looks like this film’s going to be a full-on Hindi-pichar style entertainer.
Looks like we have a good quality thriller coming our way in the form of Wazir. Starring Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan, one thing is for sure, we’re going to see some amazing acting talent in this one. The trailer for the movie is already out, and it promises to keep you on the edge of your seat!
Another movie that looks like a total treat for all Shahrukh Khan fans. Those who have seen the teaser would agree that the movie looks really interesting. Set in 1980s Gujarat, SRK plays a bootlegger in the film who is on the radar of a sharp cop played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Pakistani actress Mahira Khan makes her Bollywood debut with this one.
Don’t worry, 2016 has lots for Sallu Bhai fans as well, and it’s going to be pretty grand! Salman Khan is collaborating with Yash Raj Films with this one, and he plays a professional wrestler. Although rumours suggested Sanjay Dutt might play his coach, eventually Randeep Hooda has been cast to play the coach’s role. Buzz is that Salman Khan has been taking extensive wrestling training for this film.
The next Khan on the list, 2016 has lots in store of Aamir Khan fans as well! His sports biopic, Dangal, is all set to release in 2016. He plays wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, who trained his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat in wrestling in real life. TV actress Sakshi Tanwar plays Khan’s wife in this one, which of course, is her big break.
9. Mohenjo Daro
This one is Ashutosh Gowarikar’s ambitious project, and it stars Hrithik Roshan and South Indian actress Pooja Hegde. Of course, as the name suggests, the film has been set in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation that dates back to 2600 BC. With a huge ensemble cast, gigantic budget, and music by AR Rahman, this is one of those huge movies of 2016!
So what do we have here?! Sonam Kapoor’s hunk of a brother, Harshvardhan Kapoor debuts with this one, directed by Rakeysh Omorakash Mehra. It’s a contemporary take on the tragic Mirza-Sahiba love story, and also stars Saiyami Kher as the female lead. It’ll be interesting to see how the youngest of the Kapoor family turns out.
11. Jai Gangaajal
Prakash Jha is coming up with a sequel to Gangaajal in 2016, and unlike the first one that starred Ajay Devgn, this time it has Priyanka Chopra playing a cop in the lead. According to Jha, it’s the tale of a police-society relationship.
12. Ki And Ka
R. Balki’s contemporary story of a stay-at-home husband and a working woman will surely touch the lives of the urban Indians. This is the first time Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor have been paired together, and they look really good! The film explores gender roles in today’s urban society. That surely seems to be a novel theme, right?
This movie has created quite a lot of buzz, sometimes for good reasons, and sometimes, well, for not such good reasons! Directed by Abhishek Kapoor of Rock On fame, the film stars Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor. It’s supposed to be based on Charles Dicken’s novel, Great Expectations. Rekha was supposed to be essaying a prominent role in the movie, which she even shot for. But unfortunately, she decided to quit the film mid way, and Tabu was brought on board to replace her.
14. Jagga Jasoos
It’s been a while for this movie, that’s been getting delayed for all sorts of reasons. It was supposed to release in November 2015, but looks like this will eventually see the light of day in 2016. Directed by Anurag Basu, there have been a lot of rumours around the film, including that the film has been shelved altogether, and that Katrina and Anurag Basu have a lot of creative differences. After getting through so many hurdles, let’s see how the movie fares with the audience.
15. Chalk And Duster
Chalk And Duster tells the tale of two school teachers, played by Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi, who share a genuine love for teaching and imparting knowledge to their students. They both are pretty happy in their jobs until their school’s principal is changed to someone who makes life tough for them! The film explores the relationship between teachers and students in today’s changing times, and it looks like it should be an interesting watch.
16. Ghayal Once Again
All Sunny Paaji fans in the house, put your hands up! After a good 25 years, Sunny Deol is starring in 1990 film Ghayal‘s sequel, and people are pretty excited about it. Earlier, the film was supposed to release in November 2015, but exceeded its deadline. Now it’s all set to release in 2016. Of course, as expected, the movie is going to be an out and out action flick.
17. Kapoor And Sons
Another Dharma production flick all set to hit the screens in 2016, Kapoor And Sons has a stellar star cast – Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, and Rishi Kapoor. Most probably Sanjay Dutt too will return to Bollywood in this as well. Apparently Sidharth and Fawad play brothers in this film.
Tiger Shroff is teaming up with the petite Shraddha Kapoor for his second film,Baaghi. It’s touted as a romantic-action flick, where Tiger Shroff’s character will go to great lengths to fight for his love. If soppy romance is your thing, then this would definitely interest you.
19. Housefull 3
Sajid Nadiadwala is back with the third installment of the Housefull series, and just like always, we’re expecting a laugh riot with this one, although there’s been slight change in the star cast, since the last movie. As of now, there’s Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Nargis Fakhri, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Lisa Hayden. Phew!
20. Baar Baar Dekho
Starring Katrina Kaif and Sidharth Malhotra together for the first time, the movie is somewhat based on time travel. Well, we’d certainly like to see that happening in a Bollywood film. This is also the first time that Karan Johar’s Dharma Production is collaborating with Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment. It will be quite interesting to see what Sidharth’s pairing with Katrina Kaif looks like on the big screen.
Well, you can’t help but be excited for this one. This the first time that Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor are starring together in a film, you know, given their equation with Kareena Kapoor. Apart from that, what also works for the movie is the fact that it’s a period romantic drama flick, set during World War II. Buzz is also doing the rounds that Shahid has an intense lovemaking scene with Kangana Ranaut in the movie!
22. Udta Punjab
This movie has a lot going for it. First of all, this is the first time Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor are working together in a movie since their break up, even though they are not paired opposite each other. Punjabi cinema’s superstar Diljit Dosanjh marks his Bollywood debut with this one, and it stars Alia Bhatt as well. The film explores the theme of increasing drug abuse by the youth in the state of Punjab.
Based on the true story of an Indian farmer, Sarabjit, who was convicted of espionage and terrorism in Pakistan and sentenced to death, this film will tell his true tale. While Randeep Hooda plays Sarabjit, Aishwarya Rai will play his sister, who fights a long battle for his freedom. It’s being directed by Mary Kom director Omung Kumar, and seems to be a must watch kind of flick!
24. Rock On 2
All the music lovers out there, Rock On 2 will hit screens in 2016. While the old cast will reprise their roles sans Luke Kenny, Arjun Rampal and Shraddha Kapoor are the latest addition to the film’s cast. The musical drama flick looks really promising and the shooting has been going on full swing in Shillong.
Looks like 2016 is going to be the year of biopics! As the name suggests, this one is based on the controversial life of ex Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharuddin. He was embroiled in a match fixing scandal in 2000, and was banned for life by BCCI. Emraan Hashmi plays the lead role in the movie, while Nargis Fakhri plays Azharuddin’s (now ex) wife Sangeeta Bijlani.
26. M. S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
Another biopic based on a cricket legend, this one tells the tale of current Indian cricket team’s captain, MS Dhoni. While Sushant Singh Rajput plays the main lead, Kiara Advani plays the role of his wife Sakshi Dhoni. This movie has seen a lot of hurdles already, since it has been delayed a number of times. But the shooting has been going on in full swing now, and it’s sure to release in 2016.
One more biopic! But this time it’s on a real-life hero, rather than a sports legend. Sonam Kapoor plays the role of Neerja Bhanot, the brave-heart who lost her life in a plane hijack incident in 1986, and yet saved the lives of hundreds of passengers. She was also the youngest recipient of the Ashok Chakra. Those who have seen the film’s recently released trailer will vouch for the fact that this looks gripping and terrifying at the same time.
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shweta Tripathi, Haraamkhor is based on real life events. A school teacher falls in love with his teenage student and has an illicit relationship with her. The film was apparently shot within 16 days and has already won accolades in international film festivals. It’ll be released in India in 2016.
Starring Akshay Kumar and Nimrat Kaur, Airlift is also based on real life events. It draws its inspiration from the biggest evacuation of Indians in Kuwait in 1990. Akshay Kumar plays the role of Ranjit Katyal, powerful Indian businessman who, along with the help of the Indian government, carried out the rescue operation.