A still from Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Fan’
A still from Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Fan’

Ten Bollywood films to look forward to in 2016

From Shah Rukh Khan's Fan to Aamir Khan's Dangal, there's much to look forward to. A list of releases to watch out for in the coming months

New Delhi: Barely had audiences gotten over the avalanche of films that 2015 had to offer that the long list of high-profile releases for the new year is already out. From period sagas to two sports dramas on wrestling to the eternally adored romantic comedies, there’s much to look forward to. Here are 10 Bollywood films to watch out for in the coming months.

1. Fan: The Maneesh Sharma-directed film stars Shah Rukh Khan as both the superstar and his ardent fan. Built around Khan’s phenomenal stardom, the film launched its first teaser early this year and a longer second one on Khan’s birthday last month. Very little is known about the rest of the cast or the plot of the Yash Raj Films production, slated to release on 15 April 2016.

2. Rangoon: Starring Shahid Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Saif Ali Khan, this is a love triangle set against the backdrop of the Second World War. The historical romance directed by Vishal Bhardwaj is said to be a hardcore musical co-produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures and Sajid Nadiadwala. The film is tentatively set to release on 14 October 2016.

3. Neerja: Sonam Kapoor plays the lead role in this biopic on slain air hostess Neerja Bhanot who fought to save the lives of passengers on a Pan Am flight from Mumbai to New York hijacked at Karachi in 1986. Directed by reputed ad filmmaker Ram Madhvani, the Fox Star Studio production also features Shabana Azmi and will arrive in theatres on 19 February 2016.

4. Dangal: Aamir Khan returns to the screen with this sports drama based on the life of Haryanvi wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat produced by the Walt Disney Co. (India). The film directed by Nitesh Tiwari stars television actor Sakshi Tanwar as Khan’s wife and will release in Christmas of 2016, exactly two years after Khan’s last outing PK.

5. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Karan Johar dons the director’s hat after more than four years for this Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma-starrer. Shot extensively in London, Vienna, New York and other cities, it isn’t entirely clear if the film is a love triangle. Reportedly, the much-loved Fawad Khan will also make a brief appearance in the film.

6. Shivaay: Ajay Devgn turns director a second time for this action-drama that he co-produces along with Eros International. The film has been shot extensively around the world and stars Vir Das and Sayesha Saigal along with Devgn. It is slated for an October release around Diwali.

7. Mirzya: Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra attempts a contemporary retelling of the Mirza-Sahiban folk legend. Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan debuts with Saiyami Kher in this film that is said to play out entirely in verse. Mehra released a logo reveal teaser trailer a couple of weeks ago and the film will hit screens on 13 May 2016.

8. Mohenjo Daro: Ashutosh Gowariker and Hrithik Roshan come together for a second period film after Jodhaa Akbar. As the title suggests, the film produced by Disney India is set in the ancient city in the Indus Valley civilization. It features model Pooja Hegde along with Roshan and is slated for release on 12 August 2016.

9. Sultan: Salman Khan’s staple Eid release will be this sports drama produced by Yash Raj Films. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar of Gunday fame, Khan plays a wrestler in the film that will feature Randeep Hooda as his coach. The film is slated for release in July but is yet to begin shooting.

10. Raees: Shah Rukh Khan goes into unexplored territory with this crime-thriller directed by Rahul Dholakia set in 1980s Gujarat, during prohibition. The film also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui in an important role and marks the Bollywood debut of Pakistani actor Mahira Khan. Khan co-produces the movie scheduled for Eid along with Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment.