Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran: Based on the nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by the Indian Army at Pokhran in 1998, the film directed by Abhishek Sharma of Tere Bin Laden fame, stars John Abraham, Diana Penty and Boman Irani. The film is being produced by John, who terminted his contract with co-producers KriArj Entertainment over non-payment of dues and other issues, including the constant postponing of its release. It is now scheduled to release on 25th May
Raazi: Meghna Gulzar's upcoming directorial starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal in lead roles is a period drama, which is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat, about an Indian spy married to a Pakistani military officer during the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. It is being produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta and will hit screens on 11th May
PadMan: PadMan: This biopgrahical comedy-drama directed and written by R. Balki, starring Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and Radhika Apte, is based on on the short story The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land in Twinkle Khanna's book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads to rural women. Twinkle has also produced the film. It was released on 9th February this year and went on to be a critical and commercial success
Sanju: Ranbir Kapoor essays Sanjay Dutt in various stages of this life in this Rajkumar Hirani directorial slated to release on June 29. Hirani is co-producing the film with Vidhu Vinod Chopra and it stars Paresh Rawal as Sunil Dutt, Sonam Kapoor as Tina Munim, Dia Mirza as Maaanayata Dutt, Karishma Tanna as Madhuri Dixit, Jim Sarbh as Salman Khan, Vicky Kaushal as Kumar Gaurav and Boman Irani as Sanjay Gupta
Super 30: Hrithik Roshan portrays mathematician Anand Kumar in this Vikas Bahl directorial, which is based on Kumar's educational program Super 30. It also stars television actress Mrunal Thakur and Nandish Singh. Filming took place at Sambhar Lake Town and Kota, Rajasthan. It will release on 25th January, 2019
Gold: Reema Kagti's upcoming directorial starring Akshay Kumar, TV actress Mouni Roy (who makes her Bollywood debut with the film), Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh and Sunny Kaushal. It is a fictional story set on the backdrop of true incidents about India winning its first gold medal in hockey as a free nation in the 1948 Summer Olympics
'83: Ranveer Singh gears up to play former India cricket captain Kapil Dev in '83, which follows how, under newly-appointed captain Kapil Dev, the Indian cricket team defeated West Indies in the final of the World Cup in 1983. It tracks the coming-of-age of not just a cricketing team, but of a young nation in the eyes of the world. Kabir Khan's directorial venture will hit the screens on August 30, 2019
The Accidental Prime Minister: Veteran actor Anupam Kher will play former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in this political drama. The film is based on a book by Sanjaya Baru, a former media advisor to Manmohan Singh. It is directed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte, along with Hansal Mehta as the creative producer and also features Akshaye Khanna as Baru. The script of the film, produced by Bohra Bros, is written by Mayank Tewari. It is slated to release on December 21
Abhinav Bindra biopic: Anil Kapoor's son Harshvardhan Kapoor will recreate Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra's journey, which will trace Bindra's transition from adolescence to adulthood as he trains to be a professional shooter. Stationed in London, Kapoor has already begun prepping for the role — he is working on achieving a lean physique to portray the athlete during his teenage years
Kesari: The upcoming war drama based on the Battle of Saragarhi in which an army of 21 Sikhs fought against 10,000 Afghans in 1897, stars Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Siddhant Sharma, Ashwath Bhatt, Pawan Malhotra and Rana Ranbir. Directed by Anurag Singh, the film is produced by Karan Johar, Isha Ambani and Twinkle Khanna and is set to release on 22nd March, 2019
Omerta: Frequent collaborators Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta reunite in this biographical crime drama, which see Rajkummar essay Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, a British terrorist of Pakistani descent. Omerta explores the 1994 kidnappings of Westerners in India for which Omar was arrested and served time in prison and the plotting of murder of Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002 and is scheduled to release on 4th May
Padmaavat: Padmaavat: After dazzling audiences with Goliyon Ki Rasleela: Ram Leela and Bajirao Mastani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali's latest offering Padmaavat, an epic period drama, starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, was based on Malik Muhammad Jayasi's epic poem Padmavat. The film depicted real-life historical characters with Deepika portraying Rajput queen Rani Padmavati, Shahid her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer as Sultan Alauddin Khilji. It became the first film to enter the Rs 100 crore club this year after its release on 25th January
Paltan: JP Dutta's upcoming epic war drama, which stars Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Harshvardhan Rane, Siddhant Kapoor and Sonal Chauhan traces India's victory against China in the Nathu La and Cho La military clashes of 1967, that took place along the Sikkim border. A source from the trade reveals, "Paltan kicks off against the backdrop of the 1962 Indo-China war, but the Indo-China military clashes of 1967 forms the main crux of the story. It was a decisive victory by the Indian armed forces over the Chinese and that's what attracted JP to the plot"
Panipat: Ashutosh Gowariker is looking forward to his next film, Panipat, which is based on the Third Battle of Panipat. Starring Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Kapoor and Kriti Sanon, the ambitious project will go on floors by mid-2018. The high-octane action film, which is produced by Gowariker's wife, Sunita, and Rohit Shelatkar's company, Vision World, is scheduled to release on December 6, 2019
Raid: Starring Ajay Devgn, Ileana D'Cruz and Saurabh Shukla, Raid directed by Raj Kumar Gupta is inspired by the real life Income-tax raid that was conducted by the officers of the Income Tax Department under the leadership of a courageous and upright Indian Revenue Service officer in the 1980s. It released on 16th March and crossed over Rs 140 crore at the box-office
Bharat: Director Ali Abbas Zafar's upcoming film starring Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Sunil Grover is an official adaptation of 2014 South Korean film, "Ode to My Father" which depicted modern Korean history from the 1950s to the present day through the life of an ordinary man and events such as the Hungnam Evacuation during the 1950 Korean War, the government's decision to dispatch nurses and miners to West Germany in the '60s and the Vietnam War. Produced by Atul Agnihotri's Reel Life Production Pvt Ltd and Bhushan Kumar's T-Series the film is scheduled to release on Eid 2019
Sapna Didi: Deepika Padukone will be seen as gangster Sapna Didi in Vishal Bhardwaj's next directorial venture, which also stars Irrfan Khan. Produced by Prernaa Arora's Kriarj Entertainment, the film is an adaptation of S Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Filming is indefinitely on hiatus after Irrfan left to undergo treatment for neuroedocrine tumour abroad
Kedarnath: The Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan starrer revolves around the Uttarakhand floods of 2013. Almost a month after Kedarnath hit choppy waters due to the ugly fallout between director-producer Abhishek Kapoor and co-producer Prernaa Arora, it was reported that the two have buried the hatchet and are working towards resuming the shoot soon
Soorma: Directed by Shaad Ali, Soorma, a biographical sports drama tells the story of the international hockey player Sandeep Singh, played by Diljit Dosanjh, who was paralyzed and used a wheelchair for two years after an accidental gunshot injured him in 2006. It stars Diljit Dosanjh, Taapsee Pannu and Angad Bedi and will release on July 13th
Several current and upcoming film releases in this year and the next tackle real-life incidents and characters that are sure to draw audiences. Pokhran, Raazi, PadMan, Omerta, Kedarnath, the list is long. We take a look in pictures...
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