Nautanki Saala (12th April 2013)
With Vicky Donor, not only has Ayushmann stamped his arrival in Bollywood but also made everyone excited about how he will fare in the coming years and which films he plans to sign. He signed this buddy comedy, directed by Rohan Sippy, which is a remake of the French cult classic ‘Afres Vous’. Nautanki Saala has us excited not only because it is the Indian take on such a big International hit but also because of Rohan Sippy’s track record with the buddy comedy genre – Bluffmaster was a fine film. Also, Abhishek Bachchan has a cameo in the film.

Ek Thi Daayan (18th April 2013)
Balaji is betting big with this film. Emraan Hashmi has been involved with the horror genre before (his Raaz films were rousing successes) but Ek Thi Daayan is looking unlike any horror film Hindi film audiences are accustomed to. The three leading ladies – Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin and Huma Qureshi, are all immensely talented. The trailer and poster have been met with highly enthusiastic response. Come 18th April, and the horror genre might have been reinvented by Bollywood once and for all.

Shootout At Wadala (1st May 2013)
The 2nd Balaji release in the list. The sequel to the hit ‘Shootout at Lokhandwala’, stars high pedigree actors like Manoj Bajpayee, Anil Kapoor, Ronit Roy. It also stars John Abraham, who is looking to reinvent himself again with this film. Priyanka Chopra and Sunny Leone, have appeared in an item song each. What gets us excited about ‘Shootout At Wadala’ is that it is based on a very highly rated best selling book – S Hussain Zaidi’s Dongri to Dubai. It will be interesting to see how Sanjay Gupta adapts the story on the big screen. We are surely looking forward to this one.

Gippi (10th May 2013)
When one of Bollywood’s biggest producers like Karan Johar decides to produce a small budget 4 crore film like Gippi, you automatically know there must be something very special about it. Gippi is a story of a 13 year old kid, played by Delhi girl Riya Vij. Ajay Mukherji’s assistant from ‘Wake Up Sid’, Sonam Nair, makes her debut as a director. The most interesting facet of Sonam directing Gippi is that she is the first lady debutante director to be launched by Dharma Productions. We think this could turn out to be one of the little gems of 2013.

Zanjeer (10th May 2013)
Zanjeer is one of Hindi cinema’s most iconic films and when Apoorva Lakhia decided to remake the film with Telugu Superstar, Ram Charan, he had us all excited. When actors like Priyanka Chopra and Sanjay Dutt were signed up, our interest in this film grew even further. We are looking forward to how Apoorva has adapted such an iconic story and what (if any) story angles has he added or subtracted from the film. Dealing with the story keeping today’s audiences in mind without hurting the sensibilities of the yesteryear film lovers is going to be the most difficult task for Lakhia. Either way, we are looking forward to Zanjeer.

 Aurangzeb (17th May 2013)
This film with be the second outing in Hindi cinema for both Arjun Kapoor and Prithivraj Sukumaran. Contrary to the title, this film is neither a period film nor is it about the Mughal ruler. This is supposed to be a remake of the 1978 film’ Trishul’, but we are not sure about that as hardly anything is known about this YRF backed film. Atul Sabharwal makes his debut as director with Aurangzeb. Rishi Kapoor and Jackie Shroff have important cameo roles to play. Also, Pakistani actor-singer Salman Agha’s daughter, Saasha Agha will make her debut in Bollywood with this film.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (31st May 2013)
This is THE biggie of the quarter. Ranbir Kapoor back after the huge success of ‘Barfi’ in a film directed by his best mate Ayan Mukherji (who directed the critically acclaimed Wake Up Sid before) with Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin. This film was shot all over North India and is the story of a travel host and is supposed to be a coming-of-age story showcasing love of today. Pritam scores the music and from what we’ve heard he has delivered another classic soundtrack after Barfi and Cocktail last year. Also, Madhuri Dixit will be seen in an item number in this film. And although the trailer wasn’t too impressive, we are up on our toes to see this film.

Fukrey (14th June 2013)
Pulkit Samrat’s debut film may have bombed badly but he showed tremendous potential to land a second film like this. This is a youth centric film, produced by Excel Entertainment, set in Delhi and boasts of quite a talented cast – Richa Chaddha, Manjot Singh, Ali Faizal, Vishakha Singh and Priya Anand. Mrigdeep Singh directs and Ram Sampath scores the music for this one. So in a nutshell – the cast, the music director, the director, the story, the setting has us excited for this one.

Raanjhnaa (28th June 2013)
The Kolaveri star Dhanush (Rajnikanth’s son-in-law for the ones who still don’t know him) makes his Bollywood debut in this Aanand L. Rai directed film. Aanand’s ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ was one of the best films of 2011 and we are hoping Raanjhnaa will be another classic love story. A.R. Rahman has scored the music, which also stars Sonam Kapoor and Abhay Deol along with Dhanush. The stills that have come out from the shooting of the film have us looking forward to this film with eager anticipation.

Ghanchakkar (28th June 2013)
Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan pair up again after the Blockbuster ‘The Dirty Picture’ in this Rajkumar Gupta directed film. Rajkumar has proved his credentials with his first two films, but it remains to be seen how he tackles the comedy genre. This is a fun thriller about the married life of a couple. UTV Motion Pictures and Amit Trivedi have been on fine streaks lately, and we don’t expect that to change with Ghanchakkar.

                 Tell us in the comments which upcoming Hindi film you are looking forward in 2013. Also, tell us about the films you think deserved to be on the list.



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