It has almost been a year since the last big Bollywood star movie released in cinemas. Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor starrer, Baaghi 3 was the last film released in theaters, on March 6, 2020, before the covid-19 pandemic stopped the world including the entertainment industry. However, after the lockdown lifted and theaters reopened, movies such as Suraj Pe Mangal Bhari, and Indoo Ki Jawani released but they couldn't woo the audience due to the lack of star power and the fear of coronavirus.
Theater owners were (and still are) looking at Bollywood with a hopeful eye, while on the other hand, the filmmakers also wanted someone to take the first step before they go all guns blazing. And when things were looking dim, it was the Tamil film industry that paved the way for others to follow amid the fear of the virus. Thalapathy Vijay took a bold decision to release his action entertainer, Master in theaters, to provide a much-needed boost to the ailing Tamil film industry, and the rest, as they say, is history. Master
grossed over INR 220 crores worldwide despite the 50% seating capacity of cinemas and emerged as a big blockbuster.
Master filled enough confidence in the filmmakers of the different film industries which can be seen in the recent announcements. Over the past few days, Bollywood has made several mega announcements, outlining ambitious plans to release some of this year's most important projects in theatres, from next month to Diwali. While the first film, Roohi is yet to be released, these big announcements have created enough buzz to woo fans all over again.
From Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan to John Abraham to Ranveer Singh, several top stars will headline big-budgeted films that cumulatively cost hundreds of crores. The effort is clearly to instill confidence in the minds of an audience that is still hesitant to return to theatres, in the aftermath of Covid lockdown.
Filmmaker Vishnuvardhan, whose directorial 'Shershaah' starring Sidharth Malhorta and Kiara Advani is slated to hit the theatres on July 4, feels the good show of the Vijay-starrer Tamil release Master has encouraged Bollywood producers to take the step.
"I feel that the confidence in the industry has come a little late. It was just the matter of one person initiating. Life looks normal outside and, of course, with necessary precautions, everything can be done. The only problem that we were facing was the seating capacity issue but when 'Master' released, that fear went away", Vishnuvardhan said to IANS.
Here's the list of Bollywood films confirmed so far for release on the big screen -
From the makers of Stree, Roohi stars Rajkummar Rao, Janhvi Kapoor, and Varun Sharma.
TIME TO DANCE
Choreographer Stanley D'Costa's directorial debut starring Sooraj Pancholi, and Isabelle Kaif in her Bollywood debut.
SANDEEP AUR PINKY FARAAR
Dibakar Banerjee's film starring Parineeti Chopra and Arjun Kapoor.
Directed by Sanjay Gupta, Mumbai Saga is multistarrer gangster film led by John Abraham and Emraan Hashami
KOI JAANE NA
A T-Series production starring Kunal Kapoor, and Amayra Dastur
HAATHI MERE SAATHI
Shot simultaneously in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu starring Rana Daggubati in the lead role.
BUNTY AUR BABLI 2
Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukerji star alongside Sidhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh in the Varun V. Sharma directorial, a follow-up to the 2005 first film.
A mystery-thriller starring Amitabh Bachchan and Emraan Hashmi for the first time together.
The Prabhu Deva directorial starring Salman Khan
SATYAMEVA JAYATE 2
A sequel to the 2018 film, Satyameva Jayate 2 stars John Abraham and Divya Khosla Kumar in the lead role.
Akshay Kumar stars in the espionage thriller set in the eighties, with Vaani Kapoor, Lara Dutta, and Huma Qureshi. The film is directed by Ranjit M. Tiwari.
Kabir Khan's sports drama narrates the story of India's first World Cup win in 1983. Ranveer Singh stars as the underdog team's captain Kapil Dev.
Amitabh Bachchan stars in 'Sairat' maker Nagraj Manjule's film.
Ranbir Kapoor stars in Karan Malhotra's period action drama, with Sanjay Dutt and Vaani Kapoor.
A Hindi-Telugu bilingual movie starring Adivi Sesh, Saiee Manjrekar, and Sobhita Dhulipala
The Vishnuvardhan film is about the late Kargil war hero and Param Vir Chakra recipient Captain Vikram Batra, essayed by Sidharth Malhotra.
CHANDIGARH KARE AASHIQUI
Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor star in the Abhishek Kapoor-directed romantic drama.
A Pan India movie starring Prabha and Pooja Hegde and directed by Radha Krishna Kumar.
Based on a chapter of Hussain Zaidi's book Mafia Queens of Mumbai about Gangubai Kothewali, the madam of a brothel in Kamathipura, Gangubai Kathiawadi stars Alia Bhatt in the title role.
Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, and Nimrat Kaur star in Aanand L. Rai's film, a romantic drama with AR Rahman's music.
An action thriller film starring John Abraham, Rakul Preet Singh, and Jacqueline Fernandez.
Ranveer Singh stars in Divyang Thakkar's comedy with "Arjun Reddy" heroine Shalini Pandey.
A Hindi-Telugu movie starring Vijay Deverakonda and Ananya Pandey.
A horror-comedy starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Yami Gautam.
Anubhav Sinha directorial starring Ayushmann Khurrana in lead.
A spy thriller starring Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, and Divya Dutta.
Based on the golden era of Indian football (1952–62) in which Ajay Devgn is portraying the character of Syed Abdul Rahim who was coach of the Indian football team from 1950 until his death in 1963.
A Hindi remake of a Telugu movie of the same name, Jersey stars Shahid Kapoor and Mrunal Thakur in the lead roles.
Akshay Kumar stars in the Diwali release. The historical drama by Dr. Chandraprakash Dwivedi introduces ex-Miss India Manushi Chhillar in Bollywood.
BHOOL BHULAIYAA 2
A sequel to the 2005's hit movie, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 stars Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani, and Tabu.
LAL SINGH CHADDHA
An official Hindi adaptation of Classic "Forrest Gump", Lal Singh Chaddha stars Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
(January 26, 2022)
An action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Arshad Warsi.
EK VILLAIN 2
(February 11, 2022)
A sequel to 2014's hit, Ek Villain 2 stars John Abraham, Disha Patani, Arjun Kapoor, and Tara Sutaria.
(April 14, 2022)
From the makers of Stree and Roohi, Bhediya stars Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles.
(April 29, 2022)
Directed and produced by Ajay Devgan, Mayday stars Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, and Rakul Preet Singh.
(August 11, 2022)
Directed by Om Raut, Adipurush is an adaption of Ramayan starring Prabhas as Ram and Saif Ali Khan as Lankesh.
(September 30, 2022)
Siddharth Anand directorial starring Hrithik Roshan, and Deepika Padukone for the first time together.