At 26, he explored the relationship between an older woman and a younger man in his coming-of-age debut Wake Up Sid. And that’s why we feel Ayan Mukerji’s second film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani — despite a promo which screams out yet another rom-com — will have a lot more up its sleeve. After all, it brings Ayan’s buddy Ranbir Kapoor and his ex Deepika Padukone together on screen for the first time after their messy 2009 break-up. Now “just friends”, the two have a crackling chemistry in the minute-long trailer. Also, Kalki Koechlin’s casting adds a spin, much like Konkona Sensharma’s did in Wake Up Sid. Will Yeh Jawaani be as hatke as Deb Mukherjee’s son’s debut? We will know on May 31.
abhinav singh kashyap
He entered the industry with a bang with Dabangg. The Salman Khan blockbuster that introduced Chulbul Pandey also gave Bollywood a new masala filmmaker in Abhinav Singh Kashyap. Differences with Brothers Khan meant that Anurag Kashyap’s younger brother found himself out of the sequel, but Abhinav is set to bounce back on October 2 with his second film Besharam. Starring Ranbir Kapoor as a tapori and introducing Pallavi Sharda, Besharam also has Rishi and Neetu Kapoor in important roles. Guess what? Salman Khan’s Mental, directed by brother Sohail, has also locked October 2 as its release date. Kashyap vs the Khans round 2?
Three years after giving romantic comedy a fresh twist with I Hate Luv Storys, Punit Malhotra is working on his second film, Gori Tere Pyaar Mein. Said to be based in a village, it brings together the Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu pair of Kareena Kapoor and Imran Khan. But not before it hit the gossip headlines with Shahid Kapoor walking out, followed by Punit’s rumoured girlfriend Sonam Kapoor! Well, something tells us Gori Tere Pyaar Mein will create as much buzz when it releases on November 15.
This is one curious case. In 2006, Delhi boy Saket Chaudhary gave us a ‘men are from Mars, women are from Venus’ rom-com about a commitment-phobic DJ and his bindaas girlfriend. The Rahul Bose-Mallika Sherawat-starrer Pyaar Ke Side Effects was a sleeper hit and has repeat value even today. Saket vanished thereafter, but seven years later he’s back with Shaadi Ke Side Effects. And a casting coup — Farhan Akhtar and Vidya Balan play man and wife in this December 6 release.
Few first-time filmmakers could have handled a rebellious teenager’s plight at the hands of a rogue dad as sensitively as Vikramaditya Motwane did in his debut film Udaan. The small film with a big heart won over critics and cinegoers, and was officially selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard category at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. On July 5, this one-time assistant to Anurag Kashyap and Sanjay Leela Bhansali returns with a Ranveer Singh-Sonakshi Sinha romance set in the Bengal of ’50s. Said to be partly inspired by the Henry short story The Last Leaf, the Lootera promo is a winner already, providing a peek into the world of Motwane we loved so much in Udaan.
vijay krishna acharya
The Tarantino fan’s debut film Tashan may be remembered more for a ‘spirited’ Kareena Kapoor, but Vijay Krishna Acharya has hit the big league with his second. The Yash Raj protege was hand-picked to direct Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Abhishek Bachchan in Dhoom:3 when Sanjay Gadhvi bowed out after helming the first two films in the action franchise. Little news has filtered out of the Dhoom:3 sets so far, but pictures of a lean Aamir Khan (he plays a gymnast in the film!) zipping around Chicago on a mean bike has piqued curiosity. D-day — or rather Dhoom day? December 25.
The man who wrote Rang De Basanti made a wishy-washy debut four years ago with the Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor terrorist drama Kurbaan but was lauded for not taking the conventional love story route for his first film. Now, Rensil D’Silva is eyeing a September 6 release for his second film. Titled Ungli,the Karan Johar production stars Emraan Hashmi, Kangana Ranaut and Randeep Hooda. The one roadblock? Sanjay Dutt — set to go to jail this month — features in the film which is only 30 per cent complete.
raj nidimoru & krishna D.K.
Their Bolly debut was the quirky but hardly-watched Kunal Khemu-Cyrus Broacha comedy 99, and so for Raj and DK — as they are popularly known — the hard-hitting Shor in the City two years ago was practically their first film. Now, the two are back with Go Goa Gone, a zombie comedy that is grabbing eyeballs with its first trailer that released last week. Starring Kunal Khemu, Vir Das and Saif Ali Khan with peroxide-tinted hair, Go Goa Gone hits screens on May 10.
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