2016 has been an year for the small budget movies. With movies like Pink, Nil Batte Sannata, Aligarh, Waiting, Dhanak, M Cream and Parched, the previous statement is pretty valid. It can also be called a year of biopics with movies like Azhar, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, Anna, Budhiya Singh – Born to Run, Sarbjit, Aligarh and Neerja. There was also a set Eid release by Salman Bhai for the seventh time – Sultan.
Then there were movies that looked promising but failed to impress and this year also taught us that sequels are not always twice as fun as the prequels. There were movies like Kapoor & Sons and Fan, which were eagerly awaited and gems like Airlift and Udta Punjab. You can count Udta Punjab, along with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, in the category of the most controversial movies as well. On a whole, it has been an entertaining journey so far.
As we wait for releases like Befikre, Dangal and Kahaani 2 in the month of December, let's have a look at what 2017 has in store for us:
Whenever there is a film produced by Dharma Productions, it automatically becomes awaited. Directed by Shaad Ali, the movie stars Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor (the famous jodi of Aashiqi 2) and is set to release on the 13th of January.
Another film by the Greek god of Bollywood, this film is a different story of two blind people who fall in love with each other. Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the film stars Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, and is slated for release on 26th January.
This movie can easily be claimed as the most awaited film since its announcement. It shows a very new and different avatar of the Badhshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan. Directed by Rahul Dholakia, the film stars Shah Rukh Khan, Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. It set to release on the 26th of January as well.
The sequel of Jolly LLB starring Arshad Warsi and Boman Irani is set to release on the 10th of February 2017. The film stars Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi and Annu Kapoor.
After Haider, Vishal Bhardwaj's next venture is Rangoon is a period drama of the time of World War II. The film stars Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut and Shahid Kapoor. It will release on the 24th of February.
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Another anticipated sequel of the year 2017, Badrinath Ki Dulhania is a sequel to Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and stars Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan. Directed by Shashank Khaitan, the film is expected to release on 10th March.
After much delay, Jagga Jasoos is finally set to release on the 7th of April. Directed by Anurag Basu the film stars Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Adah Sharma. This is also expected to be a comeback film for Ranbir Kapoor.
Based on the novel Karachi, You're Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz, Noor stars Sonakshi Sinha as Noor, a Pakistani journalist-writer. The movie is directed by Sunhil Sippy and also stars Kanan Gill and Purab Kohli. It will release on the 7th of April.
After the action-packed Shivaay, Ajay Devgn will be back with another action thriller. Starring Emraan Hashmi, Ileana D'cruz, Vidyut Jammwal and Esha Gupta, the film is directed by Milan Lutharia. Baadshaho will release on 12th May 2017.
After 2 States, this is Chetan Bhagat's next novel-turned-movie, based on his novel of the same name. Releasing on the 19th of May, the film stars Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor and is directed by Mohit Suri.
This is another Eid release by Salman Bhai. After Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Kabir Khan and Salman Khan are collaborating again for this film. It stars Salman Khan along with Chinese actress Zhu Zhu and Sohail Khan, and is set to release on the 26th of June.
As the name suggests, the film is a tribute to the late king of pop, Michael Jackson. The film stars Tiger Shroff and Nawazuddin Siddiqui and is directed by Sabbir Khan. It is slated for release on the 7th of July.
After 20 years of the film Judwaa starring Salman Khan in a double role, director David Dhawan will be back with a sequel with son Varun Dhawan in a double role. The film is expected to release on the 29th of September.
Another sequel in the line-up, Aankhen 2 stars Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Arshad Warsi and Arjun Rampal. Directed by Anees Bazmee, the film is expected to release during Diwali 2017 – 19th October.
Golmaal Again is the fourth installment of the Golmaal series and will release on 19th October. Directed by Rohit Shetty the film will star the hit combination of Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi and Tusshar Kapoor, again.
Another period drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Padmavati is a dramatized version of the 1303 siege of Chittor Fort. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor. This will be the third movie together in a row for Deepika and Ranveer with SLB, and is set to release on the 17th of November.
Tiger Zinda Hai
The sequel of Ek The Tiger, Tiger Zinda Hai will doubtlessly be the most awaited sequel of the next year. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, this movie will bring together Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif on the screen after a long time. The film is slated for a 22nd December release.
There are also a few interesting unscheduled releases like Mom starring Sridevi and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, The Ring by Imtiaz Ali, Hera Pheri 3 and Simran starring Kangana Ranaut.