Much like last year, 2021 has been a rather muted year at the movies. And with most theaters still shut due to Covid, films are getting indefinitely postponed. While most producers have already taken to OTT, others are still waiting in the hope of riding it out and getting a theatre release. As fans of film, we can only wait in anticipation of experiencing them, preferably on the big screen. Most of these are films that were scheduled for last year. Hopefully, they’ll see light of day soon. Here are all the Bollywood movies we’re keeping our eyes peeled for in 2021, 2022:
Release Date: November 5, 2021
Director: Gowtam Tinnanuri
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Pankaj Kapoor
The sports drama starring Shahid Kapoor is a remake of the 2019 Telugu film of the same name. ‘Jersey’ is a story of a gifted but failed cricketer who’s making a comeback to the sport in his 30s. Set for a Diwali release, ‘Jersey’ also stars Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapur. Gowtam Tinnanuri, who also made the original Telugu film, is at the helm.
2. Gangubai Kathiawadi
Release: July 30, 2021
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Alia Bhatt
After reports of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Inshallah’ starring Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt being shelved in August, another film starring Alia Bhatt has been announced. Ajay Devgn will make a guest appearance in the film. He’ll be collaborating with Bhansali after 20 years post ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’.
Director: Rumi Jaffery
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi
Rumi Jaffrey’s mystery thriller starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi has long been delayed amid the Covid crisis. Bachchan play a lawyer alongside Hashmi who’ll be seen in the role of a business tycoon. The film also features Krystle D’Souza, Rhea Chakraborty, Siddhanth Kapoor and Annu Kapoor. The film doesn’t have a release date yet.
Release: July 16, 2021, Amazon Prime
Director: Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra
After ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ (2013), the sports drama ‘Toofan’ marks the second collaboration between Farhan Akhtar and Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra. Akhtar plays a national level boxer in the film, which also features Paresh Rawal and Mrunal Thakur.
5. Haseen Dilruba
Release: July 2, 2021
Director: Vinil Mathew
Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vikrant Massey
Vinil Mathew’s investigative thriller produced by Anand L Rai is slated for a Netflix release early next month. Starring Taapsee Pannu and Vikrant Massey, ‘Haseen Dilruba’ follows a woman who’s suspect in her husband’s murder.
Release: November-December 2021
Director: Ayan Mukerji
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan
Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy trilogy has whipped up much buzz, more so, for getting postponed time and again. Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Amitabh Bachchan, ‘Brahmastra’ is reported to release in the latter part of the year. The first film in the trilogy will include a cameo from Shah Rukh Khan. The second film in the trilogy will reportedly feature another male lead, who supposedly plays Ranbir Kapoor’s father in the film.
Release: Mid 2021
Director: Kabir Khan
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone
The Kapil Dev-biopic starring Ranveer Singh is based on the 1983 cricket World Cup and is scheduled for release mid 2021. Deepika Padukone will play his wife in the film, their first film together after marriage. Helmed by Kabir Khan, the film also features Tahir Raj Bhasin, Saqib Saleem, Ammy Virk, Jiiva, Sahil Khattar, Chirag Patil and Adinath Kothare.
8. Baiju Bawra
Release Date: Diwali 2022
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Cast: Not Announced
After ‘Gangubai Kathiawadi’ and ‘Heera Mandi’, a 10-part series for Netflix, Sanjay Leela Bhansali will commence work on ‘Baiju Bawra’, his dream project. A multi-starrer, big-ticket spectacle, the film draws inspiration from the 1952 classic musical romance ‘Baiju Bawra’.
Other notable films..
- Shahrukh Khan and Bhansali have, reportedly, come together to produce a film called ‘Izhaar’.
- Sriram Raghavan has, apparently, signed Saif Ali Khan for another thriller (after ‘Ek Haseena Thi’ and ‘Agent Vinod’).
- Hansal Mehta and Rajkummar Rao will be back with their fifth collaboration ‘Swagat Hain’ (after ‘Citylights’, ‘Shahid’, ‘Aligarh,’ ‘Omertà) set for release October 10, 2021.
- Priyanka Chopra and Mindy Kaling have teamed up for a wedding comedy.