2017 looks like a fully booked year already, choc a block with upcoming Bollywood movie releases. The big stars reserving all the big holidays for their films. Of course, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar have at least a film if not more releasing in 2017. Shahrukh Khan has Raees and The Ring releasing during the year. Salman Khan too is hitting the cinemas big time in 2017 with two big releases during the year. First up is Kabir Khan’s Tubelight and he ends the year with Tiger Zinda Hai, if we are lucky there may be a Dabangg 3 as well. Bollywood’s hit machine Akshay Kumar has 3 releases during the year. For the Khiladi the year begins with Jolly LLB 2 from there we will travel with Akshay to Crack and Toilet Ek Prem Katha. Republic day, Eid, Diwali and Christmas all taken in 2017. Action, Comedy, Drama, a biopic and a Period Romance thrown in for good measure. Bollywood releases in 2017 look very promising in deed.
25th January 2017 (Republic Day weekend ) – Raees
Director Rahul Dholakia’s Raees stars Shahrukh Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in lead roles. The film is set in the early 80's and 90's Gujarat. Raees is the story of a bootlegger, Raees Aslam who builds an empire in Gujarat, where prohibition is imposed. It's a story about his rise and his relationships, which help the only him become the single most powerful man in the state. The only thorn in his side ACP Ghulam Patel, Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Where there are thorns there will be roses too Pakistani actress Mahira Khan plays Shahrukh Khan’s love interest. And lest we forget there is a super-hot item number “Laila Main Laila.” By Sunny Leone. Lots to look forward to from Raees this Republic day
25th January 2017 (Republic Day weekend ) - Kaabil
Sanjay Gupta’s next film Kaabil stars Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam, Ronit and Rohit Roy. Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, both visually impaired, love each other and start a life together. But darkness falls upon them. Off screen brothers Ronit and Rohit Roy, who play the bad guys assault Yami and Hrithik is out to take revenge using all the faculties in his command. Kabil is all set to clash with SRK’s Raees which means it will have to work doubly hard to bring in good business. We are hoping is that Hrithik manages to make an impact with this film as his last couple of films haven’t done too well at the box office.
10th February (Valentines Day) - Jolly LLB 2
2013 ‘s biggest sleeper hit was a small film called Jolly LLB. Directed by Subhash Kapoor the sequel Jolly LLB 2 stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Annu Kapoor. Like the first film Jolly LLB 2 is also a satire on the legal system in India and its lacunas. Akshay Kumar plays struggling advocate, Jagdishwar Mishra aka “Jolly” who aims to reach the top of the legal food chain. He meets his match in Anu Kapoor who is his opposing lawyer in an epic court room drama. Love blooms along the way for Akshay when he meets up with Huma Qureshi. Jolly LLB 2 is Akshay’s first of three films to be released in 2017 lots more from the power house of talent we say.
24th February - Rangoon
Vishal Bhardwaj post a hugely successful much acclaimed and awarded Haider returns to the silver screen in 2017 with Rangoon. Bhardwaj’s upcoming romantic drama that stars Shahid Kapoor Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan is set during World War II. It is believed to follow the concept of friends turned foes and it will be interesting to see the ‘battle of exes’ between Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor. With Kangana there for company there are bound to be some first rate performances from the trio.
March 10, 2017 (Holi Weekend) - Baadshaho
2016 saw the release of Ajay Devgn directorial epic Shivaay, made with a huge budget the film failed break the box office. In 2017 he is back in Milan Luthria’s Baadshaho. The multi-starrer also has Emraan Hashmi in a key role. We hear Baadshaho has a unique storyline, Ajay Devgn's character does not have much money, yet he fancies the high life with all its perks, hence the title of Baadshaho. In an interview recently Ajay said that Baadshaho is as entertaining as Luthria’s Once Upon A Time In Mumbai, a mixture of action, romance and drama. The film also stars Shruti Haasan and Lisa Haydon as female leads.
7th April - Jagga Jasoos
Ranbir kapoor’s labour of love, as the title suggests Jagga Jasoos is the adventures of a nerdy detective much like the Tin Tin’s of yore. After the much acclaimed Barfi, Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu collaborate once again for this Disney film. Joining them on the ride is a once in love now very reluctant Katrina Kaif. The film revolves around the life of a young detective, who sets out to find his missing father and the journey takes him on a life-changing adventure. Much like Jumanji and Night at the Museum the film will transport the audience up cliff down valley through jungle under water in one breathless adventure
25th June 2017 (Eid Holiday) - Tubelight
Kabir Khan's latest film along with Salman Khan Tubelight revolves around a mentally deficient character who falls in love with a Chinese girl Zhu Zhu. All in the backdrop of the 1962 Sino-Indian war. After delivering two back-to-back hits with Salman Khan - 2012's Ek Tha Tiger and 2015's Bajrangi Bhaijaan - much is expected from Kabir Salman third collaboration with bhai. Like all their earlier collaborations this too promises to be an out and out entertainer
4th August ( Rakksha Bandhan weekend) Secret Superstar
Aamir Khan is all set to create magic once again in 2017 after a blockbuster 2016 with Dangal. He returns in 2017 with Zaira Wasim – who plays the young Geeta Phogat in Dangal, for Secret Super star. It’s the story of a very talented young girl in small town India with music in her veins. She is a girl with a dream to become a musician that her father doesn’t approve of. She realizes her dream by wearing a hijab and taking to YouTube to secretly upload her songs. Aamir Khan blonde spikes and the attitude of a rockstar plays her mentor in the film.
11th August (Independence day ) Rahnuma (‘The Ring’)
Smash hit Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, ‘jodi’ is back, Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma next film for director Imtiaz Ali is Rahnuma or the Ring as it is popularly known earlier. Rahnuma will be a mature love story between a Punjabi tour-guide, Harinder Singh Nehra played by Shahrukh Khan and a Gujarati girl, Anushka Sharma. Given that director Imtiaz Ali has a firm grip on the love story genre this one too has much promise. What makes it even more interesting are reports that Rehnuma will release alongside Akshay Kumar’s Crack and that will make for a battle epic at the box office.
18th October (Diwali Holiday) 2.0
Enthiran or The Robot as it was rechristened in Hindi one of the highest-grossing films of 2010 has just been rebooted and returns with its 2.0 version. 2.0 my friend is the name of the film as well. 2.0 will bring back Superstar Rajinikanth’s avatar of Chitti back. As for the story line it’s a well-guarded secret but the big surprise in 2.0 is Akshay Kumar who will play the villain “Dr Richard” in the Sci-Fi film. Amy Jackson will essay the heroine’s role and A. R. Rahman yet again returns as music director for 2.0. The movie will be 2017’s big Diwali release that in its self along with Rajini Sir and Akshay makes it the biggest blockbuster of 2017
17th November Padmavati
Post the runaway success of his last film Bajirao Mastani Sanjay Leela Bhansali is back with his next magnum opus Padmavati. The film is lifted out of the pages of history and brought to life by the genius director. This period-drama is based on the 1303 AD siege of the Chittor fort in Rajasthan. Alauddin Khilji, Ranveer Singh’s character in the film, the Turkish ruler of Delhi led this invasion. According to history he was motivated by his desire to ensnare the beautiful queen Rani Padmini played by Deepika Padukone, the wife of Rana Rawal Ratan Singh, Shahid Kapoor character in Padmavati, the ruler of Mewar. Lavish sets, equisite costumes exceptional performances and haunting music is what we have come to expect from director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and we are sure Padmavati will be no different.
22nd December (Christmas Day) Tiger Zinda Hai
Come Christmas and the Tiger is all set to growl again Tiger Zinda Hai a sequel to the 2012 super hit Ek Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif will be directed by Sultan director, Ali Abbas Zafar and shot UAE and Abu Dhabi. The story is not been revealed but the very fact that Salman and Katrina will share screen space is something the audience will be looking forward to. An action romance this will be the big masala hit to close 2017.
Other Bollywood films to look out for in 2017 are Mom, Naam Shabaana, Bahubali 2, Badrinath Ki Dulhania, Kaabil, Golmaal 4 and Sarkar 3.