Bollywood industry is always looking for new ideas to turn into box office hits, and it is now the turn of the detective genre. It is not for nothing that filmmakers are working on multiple projects that are scheduled to reach cinemas next year.
The most expected film is probably Anurag Basu’s Jagga Jasoos. After the success of Barfi last year, the director and Ranbir Kapoor team up again, this time also as producers under a new banner called Picture Shuru Productions. The film has been described by its makers on the lines of “Sherlock Holmes meet Austin Powers”, a typical Bollywood mixture of action, comedy and music that will surely delight the audience. Although he recently turned 31, Kapoor will play the role of a teenager, together with Katrina Kaif as his girlfriend and Govinda as his step-father. Filming is scheduled to start this month.
Another project that has generated much interest is Bobby Jasoos. Directed by Samar Sheikh and co-produced by Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha, the film stars Vidya Balan as “India’s first lady detective”. The actress, who has delivered strong roles in the past, seems very interested in the James Bond-like story. As she told TOI, “I am thrilled to be lady James Bond. The film will mark the arrival of India’s first lady detective and I am quite happy to be a part of it”.
The list also includes Dibankar Banerjee’s project on Saradindu Bandopadhyay’s fictional detective Byomkesh Bakshy, which will feature new star Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role.