Films to watch out for in 2019

Some films scheduled to be released in 2019, were discussed and became controversial too in 2018. Some others made news for their pairing and debuts. A list of films to watch out for in 2019

Subhash K Jha

  • Uri: Calling a  spade a spade, declaring Pakistan a political enemy in a film about India’s surgical attack on Pakistan is not the kind of soft-focus approach one would expect in a film sensitive film.  Uri tells it like it is. And that’s what makes it interesting. Director Aditya Dhar has not made an apologetic namby-pamby film. This is the hardcore stuff, with Vicky Kaushal playing a soldier out to get blood. Khoon ka badla… Jai Hind! Release date: January 11.
  • Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi: The very fact that this project had to go through  a  journey of struggle almost as enormous the one that the Queen Of Jhansi undertook, makes it an interesting project . With two director Krish Jagarlamudi and, ahem, Kangana Ranaut the film could well be more hysterical than historical  but still worth the wait. Release Date: January 25.
  • Super 30: Bihar’s world-renowned mathematician Anand Kumar is being played by Hrithik Roshan in his first true-life project. We can only hope he doesn’t do Krish on  the well-known maths wizard. Release date: January 25.
  • Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga:  Debutante director Shelley Chopra Dhar brings  father Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja together for the first time. I am already game. Release date February 1.
  • Sonchiriya: Director Abhishek Choubey’s raw real authentic drama takes us away from the filmy dacoit dramas into a credible view of violence in the Chambal Valley. This  would be an interesting departure from the  formula  for the age-long genre  of dacoit films. Sushant  Singh Raput will face Manoj Bajpai for the first time. Bajpai  is not frazzled. But we hope to be dazzled. Release date: February 8.
  • Gully Boyz:  Zoya Akhtar trippy tale of street rappers brings together Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt for the first time. Need anything more be said? Release date: February 14.
  • Badla: Sujoy Ghosh brings together the Pink pair Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu in what  promises  to be a hardhitting revenge drama replete with  unforeseen twists and turns. Release date: March 8.
  • Kesari: Akshay Kumar returns this time to play Havaldar Ishar Singh in the Battle of  Saragarhi . The tale of untold valour and patriotism will connect viscerally with every Indian. This period drama directed by Anurag Singh brings Parineeti Chopra as Akshay’s daughter. Release date-- March 21.
  • The Zoya Factor: With cricket at its background and the fresh-as-a-daisy pair of Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salman in the lead and director Abhishek Sharma (who helmed last year’s surprise success Parmanu ) can this go wrong? Release date: April 5.
  • Kalank: Director Karan Johar brings together Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt in the biggest multi-starrer since Karan  Johar’s  Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Release  date: April 19.
  • Bharat: Ali Abbas Zafar directs Salman Khan in a film that tracks the life of an ordinary Indian from 1947 to the  present day. Remains to be seen if Salman makes history this time. Release date: Eid.
  • Mission Mangal: Akshay Kumar goes into outer space. This time he is again navigated by a debutant director Jagat Shakti. He has for company some lovely leading ladies like Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu and Sonakshi Sinha. Way to go, Mr Kumar. Release date-August 15.
  • Batla House: Recreating the Batla House terror encounter in 2018 director Nikhil Advani has  the newly-converted  patriotic leading man John Abraham attempting an out-of-the-box film. Release date: August 15.
  • Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer untitled: The combats between these two sinewy stars prompts me to suggest the title ‘Paisa Vasool’ for the actioner directed by Siddharth Anand to be released on October 2.
  • Varun Dhawan-Katrina Kaif starrer untitled : Remo D’Souza directs this never-before pair in a dance face-off that promises to blow the screen apart. Wow. Release date: November 8.

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