#AmitabhBachchan interacts with media people during the promotional of his new film “#Wazir,” in Kolkata, Dec. 27. (Press Trust of India)


For the first time in many years, Bollywood will witness some big-ticket releases with huge star-power all in the month of January, generally considered a ‘jinx’ for the industry, writes Justin Rao. (#Bollywood, #Siliconeer, @Siliconeer, #AmitabhBachchan, #Wazir, #FarhanAkhtar, #BigB, #Airlift, #AkshayKumar, #RajKumarHirani, #Shaitan, #VidhuVinodChopra, #BejoyNambiar, #Chauranga, #Onir, #SanjaySuri, #TannishthaChatterjee, #GhayalOnceAgain, #SunnyDeol, #AjayMehra, #JuhiChawla, #ChalknDuster, #DivyDutta, #ShabanaAzmi, #ZarinaWahab, #KyaKoolHainHum3, #Mastizaade, #SunnyLeone, #AftabShivdasani, #TussharKapoor, #RMadhavan, #SaalaKhadoos, #SudhaKongara, #RitikaSingh, #VirDas, #ArjunKapoor, #Tevar, #BipashaBasu, #Alone, #AyushmannKhurrana, #Hawaizaada, #SalmanKhan, #beinghuman, #JaiHo, #Race2, #MatruKiBijleeKaManDola, #Inkaar, #AkaashVani)


From megastar #AmitabhBachchan, action hero #SunnyDeol, superstar #AkshayKumar to filmmaker #RajkumarHirani, all are set to release their films in the first month of 2016, leading to many clashes at the box office.

The year will begin with “Wazir,” starring Bachchan and actor Farhan Akhtar. The high voltage drama-thriller is produced by filmmaker #VidhuVinodChopra and helmed by “Shaitan” director #BejoyNambiar.

#FarhanAkhtar performs at a live concert at #Coke Studio in Gurgaon, Dec. 27. (Press Trust of India)

#FarhanAkhtar performs at a live concert at #Coke Studio in Gurgaon, Dec. 27. (Press Trust of India)

“#Wazir” will clash with the social-drama “#Chauranga,” produced by Onir and starring actor #SanjaySuri, #TannishthaChatterjee among others.

It will be followed by “#GhayalOnceAgain,” releasing on January 15, which has been directed, written and produced by Deol. It is the sequel to the 1990 super-hit action drama “#Ghayal” and will mark the comeback of Deol who starred in the iconic role of amateur boxer Ajay Mehra.

The date will also mark the return of actress #JuhiChawla, who will make a come back after two years with “#ChalknDuster.” The film, which brings life of two teachers, also stars veteran actress #ShabanaAzmi, #ZarinaWahab and #DivyaDutta.

These two films will witness another clash at the box office with Akshay’s “Airlift” and the adult comedy “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3,” releasing on January 22.

Based on the evacuation of Indians based in Kuwait during the Iraq-Kuwait war, “Airlift” marks Akshay’s second consecutive release in January after his last year’s espionage-drama “Baby,” while “Kyaa Kool Hai Hum 3” is the third installment in the hugely popular adult-comedy series “#KyaaKoolHaiHum.”

It stars actors Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani among others.

The month will end with yet another adult-comedy clashing with a big-star film. Sunny Leone-starrer “Masdtizaade” and R. Madhavan’s “Saala Khadoos” will release on January 29.

Produced by Rajkumar Hirani, “Saala Khadoos” is a bilingual sports drama film helmed by debutant Sudha Kongara.

The film features Madhavan as a hard taskmaster boxing coach and also stars boxer Ritika Singh.

“Mastizaade” stars Leone in a double role and also features actor Tusshar Kapoor and Vir Das.

Sunny Leone performing at a live show in Dehradun, Dec. 27. (Press Trust of India)

Sunny Leone performing at a live show in Dehradun, Dec. 27. (Press Trust of India)

The year 2015 saw many releases in January too, from Arjun Kapoor’s “Tevar,” Bipasha Basu’s “Alone,” to Ayushmann Khurrana’s “Hawaizaada.” But it was only “Baby” which was successful.

In the past, few films have worked at the box office during January which is considered a lull period as viewers are still in the holiday mood.

In January 2014, it was only superstar Salman Khan’s “Jai Ho” that worked decently at the box office and was the solo big release.

While in 2013 it was “Race 2” which was successful among other releases like “Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Man Dola,” “Inkaar” and “Akaash Vani.”

With January, 2016 offering an attractive line up of films for the audiences, it will be interesting to see if the star-studded month can finally break the jinx and deliver good at the box office.