Dedh ishqiya Released last Friday, Dedh Ishqiya may have two men (Naseeruddin Shah’s Khalujaan and Arshad Warsi’s Babban) wooing the women, but this Abhishek Chaubey film is essentially the story of the minds and hearts of Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit) and Munira (Huma Qureshi). The two femme fatales lead the men on, making them do their bidding. The film’s woman power also comes from its homoerotic overtones with more than a hint of an intimate relationship between Para and Munira.
Release date: January
Nagesh Kukunoor crafts a brave story of 13-year-old Lakshmi (Monali Thakur) who is forced into the flesh trade as a child, but musters enough courage to stand in a court of law and testify against those who had ruined her. Raw and hard-hitting, Lakshmi has won awards and appreciation worldwide and releases in our theatres sometime this month.
Release date: February 21
Alia Bhatt leaves her porcelain pretty world behind to play a gutsy girl who is kidnapped and tortured by a man, with whom she ends up forming a strong bond. The promo of the Imtiaz Ali film may have a lot of Randeep Hooda, but it’s Alia — dancing atop a truck or driving a tractor — who is the primary focus of this unconventional love story.
Release date: February 28
Kangana Ranaut is a riot in the promo of Queen, the story of a spunky but sheltered Delhi girl who is ditched by her husband on their honeymoon abroad. Undeterred, she decides to go on her own and embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. Directed by Chillar Party maker Vikas Bahl, Queen is set to “shatter a lot of stereotypes and show the resilience of a woman”. Way to go, girl!
Release date: March 7
This Women’s Day, celebrate the power of pink as Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla come together on screen for the first time in Calcutta boy Soumik Sen’s debut. A classic tale of good vs evil, Gulaab Gang has Madhuri in the role of a
self-styled vigilante while Juhi plays a scheming politician. The just-released promo — in which Madhuri impresses with her stunts and Juhi with her one-liners (we love how she says: ‘Main chhappad phaadke de sakti hoon aur chappal phaad ke bhi’) — is a hit already.
Hate story 2
Release date: March 14
Two years ago, Bollywood hit the A button in a hurry with Paoli Dam’s bold walk and talk in Hate Story. Now, TV actress Surveen Chawla is all set to call the shots in the Vishal Pandya-directed sequel — said to be a heady concoction of “sex and mind games” — in which she plays a go-getter who manipulates the men around her for gain.
Release date: Mid-2014
Olympic champ Mary Kom’s tale of guts and glory will come alive on celluloid with Omung Kumar’s Mary Kom. Slipping on the Manipuri boxer’s gloves is Priyanka Chopra who is pulling no punches to prep for the role — boxing training to learning Manipuri — to make her portrayal of a woman gaining a foothold in a male bastion as authentic as possible. About 50 per cent of the film — that PC calls “the story of every girl who has a dream” — has been shot.
Release date: End-2014
Her debut film Raja Ki Aayegi Baaraat had her take on the man she had married and in No One Killed Jessica, no one messed with her gutsy journalist. Now, Rani Mukerji is prepping hard to slip into the shoes of a tough cop in Pradeep Sarkar’s Mardaani. Said to be the “boldest film yet” from the Yash Raj stable, Rani — who has already met up with Mumbai’s top cops to understand her character better — will be seen doing a lot of action scenes in the film.
Release date: End-2014
In a year of detective films, Vidya Balan stars as super sleuth Bobby Jasoos in this Dia Mirza production that has just wrapped up a shooting schedule in Hyderabad. Directed by debutant Samar Sheikh, the first look of the film — with Vidya dressed as a beggar outside the Hyderabad railway station (above) — has already grabbed eyeballs. “I found the idea of a lady detective irresistible,” says Vidya. Hopefully, the audience will too!
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