The new year seems to be promising for the film industry as it seems set to put major disappointments of 2016 behind. Some huge releases like “Raees”, “Jagga Jasoos” and the final part of “Baahubali” apart from the usual sequels, spin-offs and remakes are lined up in 2017.
Raees: Shah Rukh Khan, who had a mixed 2016 with “Fan” and “Dear Zindagi”, is returning to action in this Rahul Dholakia-directed drama. Also starring Pakistani actress Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the movie will hit the screens on January 25. SRK is playing a bootlegger who is involved in a cat and mouse game with a police officer in the movie and judging by the trailers, it looks like a crowd-pleaser.
Kaabil: Hrithik Roshan is hoping to put the debacle of “Mohenjo Daro” and his slug-fest with Kangana Ranaut behind with the Sanjay Gupta-directed thriller “Kaabil”. Hrithik plays a blind man out for revenge.The only hitch is that the movie will clash at the box office with “Raees”. The last box office battle did not go in Hrithik’s favour when Akshay Kumar’s “Rustom” edged out his “Mohenjo Daro”. Hrithik’s producer father had tried to avoid the clash this time by preponing the film’s release by a day but not one to be left behind, Shah Rukh too announced January 25 as his release date.
The Ring: SRK’s second release of 2017 is with Imtiaz Ali. Tentatively titled ‘The Ring’, the romance will see him opposite his “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” co-star Anushka Sharma.
Rangoon: Kangana Ranaut spent most of 2016 grabbing headlines for her tiff with Roshan but she seems keen to move forward in 2017 with “Rangoon”, releasing on February 24. Directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, the period love-triangle, whose poster was released on New Year’s day, will see Kangana in the role of an actress. The movie is equally important for Saif Ali Khan, who faced multiple flops recently. Shahid is also pinning his hope to recreate the “Kaminey” and “Haider” magic with Bhardwaj. It is Saif and Bhardwaj’s second collaboration after “Omkara”.
Jagga Jasoos: Ranbir Kapoor made a career comeback with “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” after “Bombay Velvet” disaster but in 2017 he will face the box office test with “Jagga Jasoos”.The actor reunites with his “Barfi” director Anurag Basu for the long-in-the-making movie, which also stars his former girlfriend Katrina Kaif. “Jagga Jasoos”, which also marks Ranbir’s production debut, is set to release on April 7.
Tubelight: Eid releases belong to Salman Khan and 2017 will be no different as the superstar, who has been delivering back-to-back blockbusters be it “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” or “Sultan”, returns with Kabir Khan’s “Tubelight”.Baahubali: The Conclusion: Fans will finally get the answer for one of the most burning movie questions: “Why did Katappa kill Baahubali?” with SS Rajamouli’s final chapter releasing in 2017.The first part, thanks to its stunning visual effects, resonated well with pan-Indian audience, making the second instalment a keenly anticipated release in India on April 28.