Salman Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez perform at a promotion of her upcoming movie Roy on Big Boss Season 8 in Lonavala. (Press Trust of India)
From Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s ambitious film Shamitabh and Ranbir Kapoor’s first ever period drama Bombay Velvet to Salman Khan’s Eid outing Bajrangi Bhaijan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan, the upcoming year will see a lot of big releases at the box-office.
If everything goes as planned, Big B will have three releases in 2015, starting from Shamitabh in which the megastar has reteamed with Paa director R. Balki. The film, to be released on Feb. 6, also stars Raanjhanaa actor Dhanush and will see Kamal Haasan’s younger daughter Akshara, making her acting debut.
Veteran actress Rekha is slated to make a guest appearance in the film, however, it is not clear whether she will share the screen space with Big B after Silsila in 1981.
Big B’s Piku is another big release this year. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the film brings Big B and actress Deepika Padukone together as father-daughter for the second time on screen after Aakarshan. The movie, extensively shot in Kolkata, has Irrfan as the third lead.
Big B is slated to have his third release in Wazir sometime next year. The Bejoy Nambiar-directed film stars him and Farhan Akhtar.
Salman will look to recreate success of Bodyguard with Kareena Kapoor Khan in Bajrangi Bhaijan, which is said to be a love story between a Brahmin woman and a Muslim man. Also starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, the movie is directed and co-produced by Kabir Khan. It releases on July 16.
The superstar’s return to Rajshri Productions after 16 years makes Prem Ratan Dhan Payo a film to watch out for in November this year. The fresh pairing of Salman and Sonam Kapoor, who is 20 years younger to him, should be interesting.
Anurag Kashyap’s most ambitious project Bombay Velvet is one of the biggest movies of 2015, not only for its budget but also for Ranbir’s return in a lead role after his forgettable Besharam in 2013. The actor was seen in cameo roles lately in Bhoothnath Returns and PK. He has an extended role in Roy.
Another much-anticipated period movie is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s romantic-drama Bajirao Mastani, where he repeats the pair of Deepika and Ranveer Singh after their blockbuster Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela in 2013. The film narrates the story of the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao I (Ranveer) and his second wife Mastani (Deepika). Actress Priyanka Chopra stars as Kashibai, the first wife of Baji Rao. Ranveer has reportedly gone bald for the movie, which will release next Christmas.
Giving tough competition to Bajirao Mastani will be Deepika-Ranbir Kapoor starrer Tamasha, which is directed by Imtiaz Ali and releasing around the same time.
Shah Rukh is again teaming up with Yash Raj Films in Fan and the superstar is planning to recreate the same magic, which he did during Jab Tak Hai Jaan in 2012.
Directed by Maneesh Sharma of Band Baja Baarat fame, Fan explores a fan’s love for his favorite actor. The big budget film’s leading lady is yet to be decided. It will release on Aug. 14. SRK is also working on Raees where his leading lady would be Pakistani actress Mahira Khan.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! stars Sushant Singh Rajput and is directed by Dibakar Banerjee. It is produced by Yash Raj Films and Dibakar Banerjee Productions.
2015 will also see the release of big budget comedies like Singh is Kinng sequel titled Singh Is Bling, starring Akshay Kumar and Heropanti actress Kriti Sanon. The film is directed by Prabhu Deva.
Comedy-drama Jagga Jasoos is awaited where Ranbir stars opposite Katrina Kaif. It would be their first film together in six years since they last worked together in Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani. Jagga Jasoos also stars Govinda.
Sequel to superhit 2007 comedy Welcome will be hitting the screens in 2015. Welcome Back features an ensemble cast that includes Nana Patekar and Anil Kapoor reprising their roles respectively from the prequel, along with Paresh Rawal. John Abraham and Shruti Haasan are new additions to the cast.