My movie-going rituals have died a slow, painful death since motherhood. Nobody approaches me anymore for maternity advice, and those who do, look at me weird when the wise words revolve around maximizing theater visits during pregnancy. With a three-year-old to account for, the measures are desperate. So, I have a 2017 calendar ready, for movies that I must score – yes already! Well, the multi-million dollar Bollywood clearly charts out its releases years in advance, enabling addicts (such as yours truly) to have a plan ready at the start of the year.
Here’s my top 12 must-watch, Bolly-flicks for 2017:
#1 OK Janu (Dir: Shaad Ali, Cast: Aditya Roy Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor)
This one almost did not make it to the list. But, you know – winter, mush, Rehmaan, Shaad Ali, the saccharine (alleged real-life) couple, and a tested plot (it’s a remake of the Mani Ratnam’s Tamil block-buster O Kadhal Kanmani) – the combo is hard to resist! I do have this underdog-crush going for the junior Roy-Kapoor. I cannot tell whether he is romantically sullen or plain dull – I find the enigma fascinating.
#2 A Death in the Gunj (Dir: Konkona Sen Sharma, Ensemble Cast)
This does release the same week as OK Janu. But, I will not miss the prodigal daughter’s directorial debut. It is a retro crime-thriller with Vikrant Massey, Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey, set in quaint McCluskieganj – it looks like a treat! I have very high hopes of the movie. So high, in fact, that they (my hopes) are experiencing slight vertigo.
#3 Raees (Dir: Rahul Dholakia, Cast: SRK, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan)
I am an SRK convert – from a love-struck teenager to an irked hater. Even when he is being semi-decent, and looking almost human, I hate every moment of his screen time. I am less awkward with exes, I swear. But, Raees is by Rahul Dholakia of Parzania fame, too much has been said about the movie already and Nawaz is a sure-shot performance. Mahira is dreamy, and I feel the rebel in me stirring a little. So, I am going (at the cost of giving the dishy Roshan a miss in Kaabil, that releases the same week
#4 Jolly LLB 2 (Dir: Subhash Kapoor, Cast: Akshay Kumar, Huma Qureshi)
Because, Jolly LLB 1. Enough said!
#5 Rangoon (Dir: Vishal Bharadwaj, Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut)
This can swing either way. Vishal is usually reliable, and the combo of him and Saif has been gripping in the past. It is a World War II drama, with Shahid in it. That makes me slightly panicky. But, we would have to risk it. The movie has been partly shot in Arunachal Pradesh, which is one very strong reason for my inclination to watch.
#6 Badrinath ki Dulhania (Dir: Shashank Khaitan, Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt)
Well, aren’t you super-intrigued? How many times can the same people want to make a wedding movie together? Granted, the nomenclature of the protagonist has changed from one unappetizing one to another. But, does that really leave enough room for making a whole new movie out of it? I must watch to find out. I have traded this for Sarkar 3, because enough with the Don Corleones now.