From ‘Sooryavanshi’ To ‘Laal Singh Chadda’, 7 Films Releasing In 2021 That Will Cure The 2020 Hangover
2021: The Year Of Hope
Bollywood, too, was hit by the pandemic. Several of the much-awaited films which were due to release this year were pushed to 2021 by their respective producers. We have prepared a comprehensive list of Bollywood films that are expected to release in 2021.
Whether these films will release on OTT (Over The Top content) platforms first or go for a direct theatre release (that is, if the new Covid strain remains in control), is not yet known. However, what is known for sure is that these films will keep the entertainment quotient high. Here they are:
Directed by Rohit Shetty, ‘Sooryavanshi’ will bring the film-maker’s rather ambitious cop story to life. The film marks Katrina Kaif’s return after a long hiatus as she plays the leading lady.
The film was expected to release on March 27 this year, but was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown. While the release date of the cop film hasn’t been finalised yet, trade analyst Taran Adarsh feels that the Akshay Kumar-starrer will be released in March 2021.
Based on India’s first World Cup win in 1983, the Kabir Khan-directorial was expected to release in April this year but was shelved due to the pandemic.
Since then, rumours mills on the Internet were running overtime and speculations are rife that the film might release on popular OTT platforms. However, the makers seem adamant on releasing the film in cinemas.
‘‘83’ marks the first time Padukone and Singh are coming together on screen after tying the knot in 2018.
Industry analysts predict that ‘’83’ could open in the first quarter of 2021. Several posters of Singh playing the legendary cricketer Kapil Dev have also been released as promotional material.
‘Laal Singh Chaddha’
Often called Bollywood’s ‘Mr. Perfectionist’, Aamir Khan’s last film’ Thugs of Hindostan’ failed to impress even his loyal fans. Come Christmas 2021, the megastar has the remake of Tom Hanks-starrer ‘Forrest Gump’ in store.
Shot across multiple locations and countries including Turkey, the film was slated to release this year but was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The film shows Khan in a new avatar of a Sikh man. The film wrapped up shooting in October. The leading lady Kareena Kapoor Khan said that shooting in the middle of the pandemic was risky but worth it.
All eyes on Christmas 2021? You bet!
After Karan Johar’s magnum opus ‘Kalank’ failed to impress the audience and critics back in 2019, the producer is all set to release ‘Brahmastra’, the first part of an ambitious trilogy which stars real-life couple Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor as the leading pair.
On March 6, 2019, the couple and director Ayan Mukherjee flew to Prayagraj for the unveiling of the Brahmastra logo. Around 150 drones lit up the sky to form the film's logo at Kumbh on Mahashivratri. The film was initially set to release in May 2020 but was pushed.
2020 did not see any release from megastar Salman Khan who is known for dropping his films on Eid.
‘Radhe’, which was supposed to release in cinemas on May 22, never saw light of the day due to Covid restrictions. Much like several other films, there were rumours that ‘Radhe’ might take the digital route but the producers have refuted the speculation and are eyeing an Eid 2021 release.
The film is a remake of a South Korean film ‘Veteran’ and stars Disha Patani, Randeep Hooda, Jacqueline Fernandez as well.
Khan wrapped up shooting for ‘Radhe’ on October 14 this year.
‘Thalaivi’, featuring Kangana Ranaut in the titular role, revolves around the life of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The Al Vijay-helmed movie, shot against an impressive budget, has a strong supporting cast that includes Prakash Raj and Arvind Swami.
Simultaneously shot in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages under the same title, filming began in November of 2019.
The film is expected to release in 2021.
‘Takht’, directed by film-maker Karan Johar, is a period drama that revolves around key incidents from the Mughal era. The magnum opus has a stellar cast headlined by Ranveer Singh, Vicky Kaushal and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
According to IMDb, Vicky Kaushal plays Aurangzeb and Ranveer plays his elder brother Dara, in this period drama about two warring brothers.