This month is bombarded with new releases from Bollywood. As per trade multiple releases every Friday is not beneficial for business but producers give deaf ears to the concern. For cine-lovers the options are plenty and they can beat the heat by booking tickets in the weekends.
So here’s their offering:-
Releasing on 6th May – As many as 3 films are releasing this week ranging from drama to thriller to horror
Late Rajesh Pillai made his mark in Malayalam film industry with “Traffic” which was based on true events. Now he is coming up with hindi remake of his own film. Set in Mumbai this film promises to be heartwarming thriller which revolves around Mumbai police racing against traffic and time to save a person who needs immediate heart-transplant. The trailer promises some gritty humane entertainment and boast of a brilliant ensemble of actors – Manoj Bajpei, Jimmy Shergill, Sachin Khedekar, Gitu Kidwani, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Divya Dutta, Parambrata Chatterjee, Divya Unni, Late Jishnu to name a few. Going by the cast this film indeed looks like a pan-India film 😉
Bollywood have seldom did justice to horror genre. Though they do boast of few hit franchise but are devoid of praiseworthy content. Most of the stereotypical horror films are targeted for audience in the B,C centers. Slightly polished when compared to its counterpart 1920 franchise boasts of some good production design and 1920 London remains true to it. The cinematography does give a spooky feeling as per the trailer but the content doesn’t reflect any innovation. Tinu Desai is making his debut with this one and we have to wait and see if he brings anything new in the platter. Also Sharman Joshi will try his luck in the horror genre along with Meera Chopra.
One Night Stand
Even the name promises something sleazy this Sunny Leone starrer looks different from her previous films. From the posters to the promos the makers doesn’t seem to sell the film with unnecessary skin shows. With model-turned-actress Jasmine D’souza making her debut as a director this film is written by Bhavani Iyer who had written the screenplay for Lootera, Black and Swami. Going by the trailer it seems that film would be a let-down because of weak acting but content-wise it might just be a pleasant surprise.
Our Pick: Traffic
Releasing on 13th May – Again as many as 3 films are releasing this Friday that ranges from biopic to political-thriller to family-drama.
One of the most successful yet controversial captains of Indian cricket team. Engulfed in controversy at professional as well as personal life, the material makes a perfect setting for a Bollywood potboiler. Going by the trailer one can ensure Emraan Hashmi is really looking the character. But, Tony D Souza’s handling of the subject looked cosmetic from the 2.5 mins trailer. One can’t deny that we get a glimpse of everything one wants to know of Azhar till the proceedings didn’t have the nuanced impact which MS Dhoni teaser had to offer. Some of the dialogues have the tacky 90s fill which I hope have been put in deliberately.
Still, this film will surely evoke interest due to people’s eagerness to learn more about Azhar.
Arvind Swamy surprised his fans as well as cine-goers with his villainous act in the Tamil flick “Thani Oruvan”. Now its time for him to make a comeback in Bollywood after 16 years. Though not a big film the trailer thus gives an impression that it will be smart film. This bittersweet coming of age story involving 14 year old protagonist and his 45 year old father might just be the surprise hit of this summer.
Buddha in a traffic jam
Facing troubles with getting a producer this controversial film is finally going to see the light of the day. This political thriller seems to carry a strong message while dealing with grave issues like naxalite, corruption, economic divide and goes deeper into problems of two India – the urban and rural. Thematically dark and brutal this film might find strong patronage in the multiplex. Going by his filmography this film looks like a paradigm shift for the director Vivek Agnihotri who had earlier made Hate Story, Chocolate and Dhan dhana dhan goal. It’s good to see he had able to persuade Pallavi Joshi who is returning after almost 2 decades.
Our Pick:- Honestly all the 3 looks interesting.
Releasing on 20th May – Again a biopic but this time it is the solo release of the week.
The film revolves around ordeal of an Indian farmer Sarbjit falsele imprisoned in Pakistan for 22 years and the heroic struggle of his sister Daljit. The trailer promises some oodles of melodrama, nationalistic sentiments and terrific performances, especially Randeep Hooda. An under-rated actor, he had always experimented with his looks and tried to play different characters. His expressions are painstakingly admiring as Sarbjit. Aishwarya Rai as his sister Daljit somewhat looks loud but then director Omung Kumar (who made Mary Kom) is not known for his subtle abilities. The film also has a fine actress Richa Chadda playing Sarabjit’s helpless wife but we are not sure about the length of his role.
Releasing on 27th May – Talking of business it is plain hara-kiri to release 4 films together in one Friday and hold on guys there’s yet another biopic in the list.
This psychological horror-thriller looks interesting and different. This film is about a girl suffering from acute agoraphobia thus trapped inside her own house. What happens when she witness some killer inside the house only or is it just a figment of her imagination? Whatever it might be she in a state whereby she can neither stay in nor go out.
A poignant and optimistic film on hope amidst adversities of life. With two of the finest actors of India cinema Naseeruddin Shah and Kalki Koechlin coming together one can only expect some fireworks and that’s visible in the incredible trailer. Rajat Kapoor is also there in a cameo.
Debutant Kaustav Narayan Neogi is coming with this film which had a bizarre trailer. Backed by Pooja Bhatt this film looks like a seductive thriller set in the backdrop of glamorous world of cabaret dancer. Nothing much had been reveled in the trailer. Supremely talented Richa Chadda is getting a chance to play a glamorous role and she seem to have done justice to it. (This might just get postponed)
When all though RGV had lost his touch he gave us the Kannada film based on the infamous dacoit Veerappan and the whole man-hunt to kill him. “Killing Veerappan” was critically acclaimed and accepted by audience as well. Now he is remaking it in hindi with the title “Veerappan”. Sandeep Bhardwaj will be re-playing the role of the notorious criminal in the hindi version as well. But somehow the editing and effects were more real in the Kannada version than the hindi one. The frame reminds of the last few RGV duds and then you get to see the ghutka baron Sachin Joshi playing an important character in the film. Well! Guess that will put off his wife Urvashi Sharma from watching this film.
Our Pick:- Phobia & Waiting