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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 1.01.10

The new year comes with fresh ideas, raw talent and a whole lot of stars. t2 picks...

◄ My Name Is Khan (d. Karan Johar): Can Shah Rukh Khan do better than Aamir Khan? Will Karan Johar handle a sensitive subject better than Sanjay Leela Bhansali? Does the SRK-Kajol chemistry still sizzle? Get all these answers and more, once this mammoth movie opens in February.
2 Days, 2 Nights and A Morning (d. Sudhir Mishra): It’s being called a quasi-sequel to Mishra’s Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin, but honestly we will watch anything that brings together Irrfan Khan and Chitrangda Singh. Action Replayy (d. Vipul Shah): The last time Akshay and Ash came together, she took him for a royal ride (Khakee). This time, with Akki favourite Shah at the helm of affairs, we are hoping they take us on a joyride.
Aisha (d. Rajshree Ojha): We haven’t been hearing great things about this modern-day Emma adaptation, but how bad can it get with oddball hero Abhay Deol and pretty-as-a-picture Sonam Kapoor? Love Sex Aur Dhokha (d. Dibakar Banerjee): He wants to change the visual language of Bollywood with hidden cameras and fresh faces. Coming from the man who made Khosla Ka Ghosla and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, we are waiting for this version of Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape.
Raavan (d. Mani Ratnam): We put this on the list last year but now Mani has promised that his modern-day retelling of Ramayan will reach theatres this May. Will AbAsh score again after Guru? The world, led by Agarpara, will be watching. Love You Maa (d. Siddharth Malhotra): Karan Johar produces this (official) Stepmom remake with Kajol and Kareena playing Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts. Don’t dare leave home without those hankies (or maybe towels) for this one.
Karthik Calling Karthik (d. Vijay Lalwani): Any Farhan Akhtar project, whether he’s behind or in front of the camera, demands a dekko. After Rock On!! and Luck By Chance, the DCH and Don maker now tries his hand at a thriller with Deepika Padukone upping the oomph quotient. Anjaana Anjaani (d. Siddharth Anand): The it man opposite the it woman. What are the odds on Ranbir and Priyanka going from reel to real this year?
Kites (d. Anurag Basu): Will this film ever release? Well, with Rakesh Roshan getting an American distributor, it finally will. Will Hrithik make it in the international market? Will Barbara Mori be the next big thing? Well, let’s just wait and watch. Guzaarish (d. Sanjay Leela Bhansali): We had to cheat here with a Jodhaa Akbar picture because the Black man doesn’t even let a parinda fly out of his sets. But we are banking on SLB to rock 2010 with this much-awaited Hrithik-Ash drama. Chemistry, guaranteed.
I Hate Love Stories (d. Punit Malhotra): We don’t hate love stories and something tells us we sure won’t hate this one. After Kidnap and Luck, Imran is due for a big one and with Sonam for company, this looks a winner. Ishqiya (d. Abhishek Chaubey): A naughty Naseer competing with a rustic Arshad for a smouldering Vidya is the stuff wild Bollywood dreams are made of. Producer Vishal Bhardwaj is making it happen. We can’t wait.
Raajneeti (d. Prakash Jha): We pay to watch them individually. And here we have Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Ajay Devgn, Naseeruddin Shah and Nana Patekar in one film. We sure hope this ‘Mahabharata retold’, from the maker of Gangaajal, lives up to its starcast (and Gandhi-link hype). Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (d. Ashutosh Gowariker): He made Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan wear dhotis, to great effect. We expect nothing less from Ashu as he turns Abhishek Bachchan into Surya ‘Masterda’ Sen for a chapter from our freedom struggle based on Manini Chatterjee’s book.