2012 spawned some unconventional surprises at the box-office. 2013 promises the same, maybe some more. With maestros like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Prakash Jha returning to the marquee. According to TOI, here's looking at the movies that are worth their wait in gold.
Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola:
In Vishal Bharadwaj's latest quirky drama Imran Khan plays Matru. Anushka Sharma plays Bijli and the fabulous rarely-seen actor Pankaj Kapoor plays Mandola. And yes, Shabana Azmi plays a politician who has the hots for Pankaj Kapoor. This one looks like something that Anurag Kashyap would love to do if only Vishal wasn't doing it before him.
Ideally sequels and sequels to sequels are a complete put-off, what with them relying more on nostalgia value than intrinsic merit. And many of them are completely unrelated. But Rakesh Roshan's next installment of the Krissh saga, scheduled for a Diwali release, promises to get only bigger brighter bouncier than the earlier installments. While Hrithik Roshan reprises the super-hero role Vivek Oberoi plays the super-villain. Producer-director Rakesh Roshan promises the stunts would take Indian cinema to the Hollywood level. Fingers crossed!
Two years after the under-valued Guzaarish master-creator Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns to his Gujarati roots for a Gujju rendering of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet with oodles of colours, vivacity and flamboyance. Bhansali admits for now he's done with films about physically and emotionally disabled characters.
Ram Leela is a happy, feisty and, ummmm, tasty take on a love tale that refuses to get wrinkled. Deepika Padukone as 'Leela' Juliet and Ranveer Singh as 'Ram' Romeo would take their promising careers to the next level with this eye-catching feast of music, dances and songs (composed by director Bhansali himself). The film also stars that supremely talented spunky siren Richa Chadha from Gangs Of Wasseypur and has been shot in Kutch. Expected to be released in July-August.
Kai Po Che:
Abhishek Kapoor who gave us that eminently watchable rock-steady-stadia drama Rock On, returns with an adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's novel 3 Mistakes Of My Life about the dreams aspirations and hopes of three youngsters in Gujarat. The film features three super-talented actors Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Rajkumar Yadav in career-making performances. Rajput has already been signed by Yashraj Films as the lead for their next film. He is being perceived as the star of 2013.
After the hard-hitting No One Killed Jessica Rajkumar Gupta gets together with Vidya Balan again, this time for a comedy about a lock-breaking thief and his flamboyant Punjabi wife, played by Emraan Hashmi and Vidya. As is his won't, Gupta is shooting the film on different locations of Mumbai including, in the monsoonal rains. Get set for a wet romp-com.
Telugu star Ramcharan Teja makes his Hindi debut in Amitabh Bachchan's career-defining role from the 1973 blockbuster of the same title. Director Apoorva Lakhia has completely revamped the original, changed the characterizations drastically. Sanjay Dutt's Sher Khan (played by Pran in the original), Priyanka Chopra's Mala (Jaya Bhaduri in the original) and Mahie Gill's Mona Darling (the overblown Bindu) are completely unrecognizable. That's the beauty of a remake, no?
Bhaag Farhan, Bhaag! Not one to run away from challenges ever since he took to acting in Rock On director-actor Farhan Akhtar went into the kind of intense preparation for his role of the Olympian runner that Shabana Azmi would approve of. If director Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra gets across the drama passion resilience and devotion of Paan Singh Tomar to the screen we'd have India's first definitive biopic on a sportsperson. A biopic on Mary Com featuring Priyanka Chopra is also on the anvil.
Tigmanshu Dhulia who last year ripped the box-office open with his brilliant Paan Singh Tomar is back with a tale of crime, commitment, compulsions and convictions in Uttar Pradesh. Saif Ali Khan plays the rustic outlaw and the underrated Jimmy Shergil is his partner in crime. The film promises to give us a humorous insight into the anatomy of small town outlawry without trivializing crime. That's Dhulia's forte.
The Dhoom franchise strikes again, this time bringing together the never-before jodi of Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif. Need we say any more? The third installment of the Dhoom series is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya whose only other film Tashan's only claim to fame is that it brought together Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Hopefully, this one will have a lot more to offer than just a platform for real-life liaisons. Katrina's action scenes and Aamir's full-on villainy should make this one a winner.