Films to watch out for this year…

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Okay my lovely film going junta. The strike between the producers and distributors finally ended… so we have films releasing like never before. A new release practically every week from now till the end of the year! So here is a quick snapshot of what to look forward to in the latter half of the year.

We have two films that have already made their mark at the cinema!

New York

Starring – John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Irfan Khan.
Director – Kabir Khan
Producer – Aditya Chopra, Aashish Singh
Music – Pritam
Release Date – 26th June 2009

Director Kabir Khan stated that New York was a story that covered a nine year period in the lives of three friends and is set against the political background of 9/11. A film that depicts a pre and post 9/11 world, New York has had the full support of the New York Film Commission and is releasing worldwide to critical acclaim We here at BollySpice said, “This one has “Must Watch” written all over it.”

Kambakkht Ishq

Starring – Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Arora
Director – Sabbir Khan
Producer – Sajid Nadiadwala
Music – Anu Malik
Release Date – 3rd July 2009

A remake of Tamil film Pammal K. SambandamKambakkht Ishq was slated for a 2008 release but was postponed due to extensive production work. Surrounded by curiosity due to the cameo performances in the film by Hollywood actors Sylvester Stallone, Denise Richards and Brandon Routh, Kambakkht Ishq is Kumar’s third release this year. It is in theaters now!

Here is what is coming soon to a theater near you!


Starring – Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kishan, Chitrashi Rawat, Rati Agnihotri
Director – Soham Shah
Producer – Shree Ashtavinayak Cine vision Ltd.
Music – Salim-Sulaiman
Release Date – 24th July 2009

Watch out for this action packed thriller were luck is a commodity and you are playing for you life! Heartthrob Imran and newcomer Shruti Hassan star together in what looks to be a summer blockbuster film!

Love Aaj Kal

Starring – Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Rahul Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Florence Brudnell- Bruce
Director – Imtiaz Ali
Producer – Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan
Music – Pritam
Release Date – 31st July 2009

Love Aaj Kal is Saif Ali Khan’s maiden voyage as producer and Imtiaz Ali’s third offering to the cinema going audience. It boasts the new jodi of Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone. The film is set in two different time periods with two different outlooks on love Love Aaj Kal should rank highly on the ‘must see’ list of every romantic film fan.

Life Partner

Starring – Govinda, Genelia D’Souza, Fardeen Khan, Tusshar Kapoor, Prachi Desai
Director – Rumi Jaffery
Producer – Abbas Mastan
Music – Pritam
Release Date – 14th August 2009

It is said that this film will make you laugh till you drop. Jaffery’s Life Partner is going to be marketed as a romantic comedy that takes a look at the various perspectives of marriage. With producers Abbas Mastan declaring the plot for Life Partner as brilliant, this is looking to be a summer release to watch out for.


Starring – Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amol Gupte
Director – Vishal Bharadwaj
Producer – Ronnie Screwwala
Music – Vishal Bharadwaj
Release Date – 14th August 2009

Omkara director Vishal Bharadwaj’s summer release has been in and out of the media spotlight for a while now. Initially it was a request from Bharadwaj to lead actor Shahid Kapoor to refrain from making public appearances that made the news, this was soon followed up with the rumoured link up between the lead actors Kapoor and Chopra. Whatever the rumours, here’s hoping that Vishal Bharadwaj can repeat his Omkara success with the darker comedy Kaminey.

Wanted Dead and Alive

Starring – Salman Khan, Ayesha Takia
Director – Prabhu Deva
Producer – Boney Kapoor
Music – Sajid Wajid
Release Date – 18th September 2009

Directed by noted choreographer turned director, Prabhu Deva Sundaram, Salman Khan and Ayesha Takia are cast as the lead pair in this Hindi film remake of Telugu film Pokiri. Ironically Takia was offered the role of the female lead in the original Telugu release but declined. Let’s hope that her decision to work in the Hindi release was right.

Dil Bole Hadippa!

Starring – Shahid Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee
Director – Anurag Singh
Producer – Aditya Chopra
Music – YRF Music
Release Date – 18th September 2009

YRF says that we will see Rani and Shahid as we never have before and that is certainly true for Rani since she will be playing a girl dressed up as a guy. Rani masquerades as Sikh who tries out and makes it onto a cricket team. The coach…you guessed it Shahid Kapoor. Will she and Shahid fall in love? Well it is a YRF production so bets are that that will definetly come true! We know we can’t wait to see Rani in this avatar!

What’s Your Rashee?

Starring – Harman Baweja, Priyanka Chopra
Director – Ashutosh Gowarikar
Producer – Ashutosh Gowarikar, Ronnie Screwwala
Music – Sohail Sen
Release Date – 25th September 2009

A film which deals with the traditions of arranged marriage, What’s Your Rashee? is Gowarikar’s first attempt at romantic comedy. With a plot that revolves around a young Guajarati man who is searching for Miss Right within a 10 day limit, this latest Gowarikar offering looks promising. Shot across 65 locations in Mumbai, Ashutosh Gowarikar has stated that he found shooting for this film more challenging than his previous effort Jodhaa Akbar. Releasing towards the latter part of the year, if you are an Ashutosh Gowarikar fan, this is defiantly one to watch out for.


Starring – Neil Nitin Mukesh, Mugdha Godse
Director – Madhur Bhandarkar
Producer –Sanjay Mehta
Music – Shamir Tandon, Sharib Sabri, Toshi Sabri
Release Date – 25th September 2009

We certainly cannot wait to see what Bhandarkar’s next is after the incredible Fashion. Like many of his films it has realness at it’s center. We look forward to seeing Neil take on this character and especially to see Mugdha shine in her second role!

Wake Up Sid

Starring – Konkona Sen Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Rahul Khanna, Anupam Kher
Director – Ayaan Mukerjee
Producer – Karan Johar
Music – Shankar – Ehsaan – Loy
Release Date – 2nd October 2009

Marking the end of the collaboration between Dharma Productions and Yash Raj Films, Wake Up Sid is the first film to be distributed by UTV Motion Pictures instead of Yash Raj Films. Set in Mumbai, Wake Up Sid is about a guy who falls in love with an older woman. Sitting in the directors chair for the first time after being an assistant with Ashutosh Gowarikar while shooting Swades and Karan Johar with Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, let’s keep our fingers crossed for Ayaan Mukerjee and Wake Up Sid.


Starring – Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty, Rahul Dev, Zayed Khan, Katrina Kaif, Lara Dutta,
Director – Anthony D’Souza
Producer – Dhilin Mehta
Music – A R Rehman
Release Date – 16th October 2009

A multi–star cast, a 125 crore budget, a guest appearance by Kylie Minogue and extensive shooting completed in the Bahamas. Not bad for a debutant director. Blue, like every Akshay Kuamr release, has got its fair share of media attention. Not only because of the item song performed by Kylie, but also because D’Souza is leading the way with India’s first ever under water film, where the cast are out to find the deepest darkest secrets hidden 250ft below in the ocean. A high octane flick that I can’t wait to check out.


Starring – Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh, Jacquline Fernandez
Director – Sujoy Ghosh
Producer – Eros International and Boundscript
Music – Vishal Shekhar
Release Date – 16th October 2009

Sujoy Ghosh’s most ambitious project was slated to be a December 2008 release, but with Aamir’s Ghajini releasing at the same time and a couple of other unforeseen circumstances Aladin was pushed to summer 2009. With Rohan Sippy walking away as producer, Aladin has had its fair share of problems. However, Aladin is special. Why? Well Eros International makes its foray into visual effects with their recently launched EyeQube Studios. The film also introduces Jacquline Fernandez and has songs sung by Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. This is one to look out for.

Main Aur Mrs Khanna

Starring – Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sohail Khan
Director – Prem Soni
Producer – Sohail Khan, Ronnie Screwwala
Music – Sajid Wajid
Release Date – 16th October 2009

Debutante director Prem Soni’s Main Aur Mrs Khanna revolves around the ‘extra martial affair’ theme. With sources suggesting cameo appearances by Shah Rukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Preity Zinta and extensive shooting done throughout Mumbai and Melbourne, let’s keep our fingers crossed for this first timer’s release.

London Dreams

Starring – Salman Khan, Ajay Devgan, Asin Thottumkal, Om Puri
Director – Vipul Shah
Producer – Aashin Shah
Music – A R Rehman
Release Date – 30th October 2009

London Dreams sees Khan and Devgan pair up after over a decade (yes it has been almost a decade since Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam). Still riding high on the success of last years biggest grosser Singh is Kinng, Vipul Shah’s London Dreams is a story bound by friendship and rock and a potential blockbuster for 2009. Let’s just hope the dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare.

De Dana Dan

Starring – Akshay Kumar, Suneil Shetty, Katrina Kaif, Neha Dhupia
Director – Priyadarshan
Producer – Maham Shah
Music – Pritam
Release Date – 27th November 2009

De Dana Dan was supposed to be the launch pad for South Actress Asin, but as the script became comprehensible, director Priyadarshan decided to cast Katrina Kaif saying she suited the role. An all out comedy, De Dana Dan is said to be a follow up and not a sequel to the Hera Pheri series. Already delayed twice, let’s hope this film releases soon.


Starring – Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut
Director – Anurag Basu
Producer – Rakesh Roshan
Music – Rajesh Roshan
Release Date – December 2009

After the recent screening at Cannes and all the recent press coverage surrounding this film, I don’t think I can say much else. Originally scheduled for a Diwali release it has now been pushed back to December! This is one date I and many many fans are looking forward to.

Three Idiots

Starring – Aamir Khan, R Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor. Boman Irani
Director – Rajkumari Hirani
Producer – Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Music – Shantanu Moitra
Release Date – 25th December 2009

Rumoured to be loosely based on Chetan bhagat’s ‘Five Point Someone’ this Christmas release was supposed to originally have Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. However due to date issues both had to decline the film. This is where Aamir Khan stepped in and Kareena Kapoor who had wanted to work with Aamir Khan for a while. Three Idiots will be their first film together – let’s see how the pair is welcomed as an on screen jodi by their audience.

Here are some films to keep your eye out for because we have not heard a release date yet!

Dulha Mil Gaya

Starring – Fardeen Khan, Sushmita Sen, Shah Rukh Khan
Director – Muddassar Aziz
Producer – Vivek Vaswani
Music – Lalit Pandit
Release Date – N/A

Dulha Mil Gaya is finally releasing!!!!!! Sometime….Directed by first timer Muddassar Aziz this film has been in and out of everyone’s minds for a while now (4 years to be precise from announcement to announcement). Producer Vivek Vaswani finally announced a release date but now it seems it has been moved once again, I guess we can all wait that little bit longer to see whether the saying ‘all good thing come to those who wait’ holds true.

Chatur Singh Two Star

Starring – Sanjay Dutt, Ameesha Patel, Suresh Menon, Anupam Kher, Gulshan Grover
Director – Ajay Chandok
Producer – Mohammed Aslam
Music – Sajid Wajid
Release Date – N/A

Playing a bumbling police officer on a mission to destroy himself, expect this Sanjay Dutt release to be a laugh–a–thon. Apparently inspired by the Pink Panther series this film will show Dutt performing antics that are hazardous to health and definitely likely to cause serious injury. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on release dates.

Milenge Milenge

Starring – Shahid Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Aarti Chhabria, Delnaz Paul
Director – Satish Kaushik
Producer – Boney Kapoor
Music – Himesh Reshammiya
Release Date – N/A

Inspired by 2001 Hollywood film Serendipity, Milenge Milenge was supposed to hit the silver screen in 2005, however due to financial issues and then casting issues, it was delayed several times. Nonetheless, with the announcement of dubbing being completed in February this film may just release this year.

Teen Patti

Starring – Sir Ben Kingsley, Amithabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, R Madhavan, Saira Mohan, Raima Sen
Director – Leena Yadav
Producer – Ambika Hinduja
Music – Salim Suliman
Release Date – N/A

Based on Hollywood blockbuster 21, Bachchan plays a professor who tutors five of his brightest prot

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