New Delhi, After losing close to Rs.700 crores (Rs.7 billion) in 2009, Bollywood has pinned many a hope on the coming year with a slew of films – Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol’s comeback as a pair, Salman Khan’s magnum opus, Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif in a political drama and Shahid Kapoor’s next where he shows off his eight-pack abs.
The year will start with actor Uday Chopra’s debut production venture “Pyaar Impossible”, which stars him and actress Priyanka Chopra. The film will hit theatres Jan 8.
While Uday plays a geek, Priyanka will be seen as the beauty every guy has his eyes on. Directed by Jugal Hansraj, “Pyaar Impossible” is a romantic comedy that shows how Uday and Priyanka come together by a twist of fate and love blooms amidst all odds.
“It was good so far. Now I am really waiting to see how public takes the film,” Uday had said.
A week after “Pyaar Impossible”, Shahid Kapoor will enthral fans with his dance moves in “Chance Pe Dance” Jan 15, where he teams up with Genelia D’Souza.
In the film helmed by Ken Ghosh, Shahid plays a struggling actor and had to really work on his body. He will sport an eight-pack abs in the film.
Next in line is Salman Khan’s magnum opus “Veer”, which releases Jan 22. Directed by Anil Sharma, it is a patriotic period film set in colonial India.
“Veer”, written by Salman himself, is about bravery, treachery and love and revolves around the much-maligned Pindaris, who preferred death to dishonour and fought to their last breath to save their land.
The much-talked about film features Salman in a never-seen-before avatar along with newcomer Zarine Khan. Former Miss UK Lisa Lazarus also plays a pivotal role in the movie that also stars Mithun Chakraborty, Jackie Shroff, Sohail Khan and Bharat Dabholkar.
February will see one of the most awaited films – Karan Johar’s “My Name Is Khan”. The movie, which is set to hit screens Feb 12, brings Shah Rukh and Kajol back together as an onscreen pair after eight years.
The story revolves around Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh) who suffers from Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. Rizwan falls in love with single mother Mandira (Kajol), who lives in San Francisco. Rizwan is detained by authorities at Los Angeles airport, mistaking his disability for ‘suspicious’ behaviour.
Feb 12 will see another big release in the form of “Teen Patti”. The film, a crime thriller, stars Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Hollywood veteran Ben Kingsley. Directed by Leena Yadav, “Teen Patti” also features R. Madhavan.
Next in line is Farhan Akhtar’s “Karthik Calling Karthik” that hits screens Feb 26. The film is a romantic thriller about the protagonist Karthik (Farhan Akhtar), whose life changes with the help of someone who also claims to be Karthik.
The film is directed and written by Vijay Lalwani and also stars Deepika Padukone, Ram Kapoor and Shefali Shah.
While April 9 will see Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar in Vipul Shah’s “Action Replay”, come May 28 and Prakash Jha’s “Rajneeti” will present Katrina Kaif in a completely different avatar along with Ranbir Kapoor.
Apart from these, the other films that will see a 2010 release include “Delhi Belly”, “Hook Ya Crook”, “Banda Yeh Bindaas Hai”, “Bum Bum Bole”, “Housefull”, “Anjana Anjani” and “Dulha Mil Jaayega”.