Fan, Udta Punjab, Rangoon: Here are the most awaited Bollywood films of 2016

Swetha Ramakrishnan

Jan,02 2016 09:25 24 IST

If you thought 2015 was an explosive year for Bollywood, 2016 is going to be even more amazing. The list of films releasing this year is endless, but the levels of excitement only seem to be increasing.

On the one hand we have films like Fitoor, which sees a pairing that has never been on screen before (Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapoor), Sultan and Dangal, which sees superstars playing wrestlers, and on the other hand we have film such as Jai Gangajal, where we'll see Priyanka Chopra in a police avatar, and Befikre where we'll see Ranveer Singh looking like a normal man again.

Here's listing the 10 most awaited Bollywood films of 2016:



Shah Rukh Khan in Fan. Screengrab from Youtube.

Since the new year is about forgetting and moving on, let's put Dilwale behind us and get to the point. In Maneesh Sharma's Fan, Shah Rukh Khan plays a superstar, and his biggest fan. Apart from the obvious visual affects, this film seems to be promising, mostly because for once, we get to see SRK playing a non-romantic character.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil


An instagram photo of Karan Johar, Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Ranbir Kapoor. Anushka Sharma. Exotic European locales and Dharma Productions. What's there to not look forward to in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil? This will also be Karan Johar's most recent directorial project after Student of the Year and we're most excited to see how the casting with turn out. (This could also be Ranbir's ticket back into commercial cinema)



Before we heard that Sonam Kapoor was going to star in a biopic about the brave PanAM flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, we couldn't place the fashionista, urbane Sonam that we know into this character. However, the trailer of the film proved us wrong, and how. Sonam's muted, expressive performance as Neerja has definitely piqued our interest in the film.

Ki and Ka


Kareena Kapoor Khan and Arjun Kapoor. Image from IBN Live.

There aren't too many heroes that can match upto the swag of Kareena Kapoor. She's been paired opposite most leading male stars, and now in R Balki's next she stars opposite Arjun Kapoor. What is really interesting about Ki and Ka is that Kareena plays a fiesty working woman and Arjun plays a home husband. This should be fun to watch.

Udta Punjab


Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. Image from IBN Live.

Abhishek Chaubey's film on the drug issues in Punjab brings together Shahid Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor on screen after many years. Although they're not paired opposite each other and probably won't be seen together in one frame, Udta Punjab is still one of the highly awaited films of 2016. It also stars Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh.



Shahid Kapoor in his Rangoon avatar. Image from Twitter: @filmfare

A film directed by Vishal Bhardwaj based on World War 2, with Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kangana Ranaut. Enough said.

Kapoor and Sons


Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra. Image from IBN Live.

Shakun Batra's directorial next (after Ek Main Aur Ek Tu) has Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra abs and Fawad Khan. Malhotra and Khan play brothers in this film and it's a light-hearted comedy. The film also stars Rishi Kapoor. Looks like a fun, breezy film and who doesn't like one of those?

Gauri Shinde's untitled next


Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt. Image from IBN Live.

We know Shah Rukh Khan can romance anyone, but when it's Alia Bhatt on the other side, you have our attention. Reports have claimed that the two aren't pitted against one another and this film graphs Alia's characters various relationships.

Hindi remake of O Kadal Kanmani 


Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur. Image from IBN Live.

The hindi remake of Mani Ratnam's O Kadal Kanmani has Shraddha Kapoor and Aditya Roy Kapur and we have no doubt that the levels of intensity the original film has will be duly recreated with this cast (have you guys seen Aashiqui 2?).  The hindi version will be directed by Shaad Ali.



Poster of Raees.

And finally, the best for the last. Imagine Shah Rukh Khan playing a Muslim, Gujarati liquor baron? You can't right? Neither could we. But it's happening, and it may be clashing with Salman Khan's Sultan. Either way, this year is going to be the year of reinvention, where we see actors playing characters that they have never attempted in their character, and suffice it to say that Raees tops our list.

Published Date: Jan 02, 2016 09:25 AM | Updated Date: Jan 02, 2016 10:51 AM