The year offers a host of movies to look forward to. Here are our top picks
LOVE, SEX AUR DHOKHA
DIRECTOR > Dibakar Banerjee
The Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye! director never steers off the path less travelled. With this film, he aims to shock audiences with “bold” content inspired from the infamous DPS MMS scandal, but promises it’s about love as well.
KARTHIK CALLING KARTHIK
DIRECTOR > Vijay Lalwani
Farhan Akhtar’s third movie as an actor sees him play Karthik, a man obsessed with the Rubik’s Cube and in love with the leggy Ms Padukone. Things get interesting when the lovable loser’s life changes due to another Karthik entering the fray.
DIRECTOR > Abhishek Chaubey
Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi fighting over an unusually-cast femme fatale Vidya Balan should be enough reason to watch this Vishal Bhardwaj flick. Will the small-town seductress choose oldfashioned romance or pure lust? A gritty love story at its alternative best.
MY NAME IS KHAN
DIRECTOR > Karan Johar
It’s got Karan Johar directing Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol — the junta will crowd theatres just to see the “best friends” back in action. The fact that SRK plays an autistic individual trying to live a normal Islamic life in New York adds an extra edge.
DIRECTOR > Anurag Basu
Rumoured couple Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori will be hoping to recreate the magic of Kamal Haasan-starrer Ek Duje Ke Liye, where the lead pair fell in love despite their language barrier. The exotic locales of Mexico and Las Vegas should help Hrithik’s first movie in two years.
DIRECTOR > Prakash Jha
Who won’t want to gape at chocolate boy Ranbir Kapoor playing a character with grey shades and Katrina Kaif as a Sonia Gandhi-style politician? This dark thriller set in the Hindi heartland also aims to expose the underbelly of electoral politics.
DIRECTOR > Mani Ratnam
Who else but Mani Ratnam could have cast Abhishek and Aishwarya as mirror reflections of Ravana and Sita and making them fall in love? The bilingual flick, which has music by AR Rahman, could be another feather in the director’s cap.
DIRECTOR > Kiran Rao
Aamir Khan’s geeky cute wife directs her perfectionist husband as a painter in her debut. Prateik Babbar plays a dhobi who is the centre of the painter’s life. Say wot? You’ll have to see it to solve the mystery.
DIRECTOR > Sanjay Leela Bhansali
After Dhoom 2 and Jodha Akbar, Ash and Hrithik fall in love again — this time as a married nurse and a paraplegic patient. Expect Bhansali’s trademark dramatic soliloquies and a song sung by the lead pair!
DIRECTOR > Sriram Raghavan
Johnny Gaddar’s Sriram Raghavan directs Saifeena in a remake of the 70s thriller, with Chhote Nawab vying to be a desi Bond and sparring with his sexy girlfriend. Look forward to some snazzy action sequences and some over-the-top chemistry.