83, Master, No Time to Die, Tandav, Thalaivi, WandaVision: Noteworthy film and streaming releases in 2021

83, Master, No Time to Die, Tandav, Thalaivi, WandaVision: Noteworthy film and streaming releases in 2021

83, Master, No Time to Die, Tandav, Thalaivi, WandaVision: Noteworthy film and streaming releases in 2021

If you thought 2020 was a strange year for the cinema, get ready for the overwhelming 12 months of 2021. The pandemic-induced scarcity of films will be compensated this year as movie theaters are beginning to reopen under the scrutiny of social distancing norms.

Here are some of the biggest films to expect in 2021, from across the industries and where you’ll be able to watch them

(Also read on Firstpost: Production slowdown, hybrid releases, PR crises: How mainstream Bollywood coped with 'the year from hell')

Bollywood

83

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone in a still from 83 | Twitter

Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 chronicles India's first World Cup win under the captaincy of Kapil Dev in 1983. The film stars Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Harrdy Sandhu, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva, Saqib Saleem, Pankaj Tripathi among others. It was initially scheduled to release in April 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

83 is expected to release in 2021.

Sooryavanshi

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Akshay Kumar starrer action-drama Sooryavanshi is reportedly eyeing a theatrical release window between January and March 2021. Sooryavanshi is the fourth film in Shetty's cop universe after Ajay Devgn's Singham, Singham Returns, and Simmba, starring Singh. The film is presented by Reliance Entertainment and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez in association with Dharma Productions and Cape of Good Films.

Laal Singh Chaddha

Aamir Khan in a still from the film | Twitter

Laal Singh Chaddha, starring superstar Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan in lead roles, is an official remake of Tom Hanks' 1994 feature Forrest Gump. Directed by Advait Chandan, the film was scheduled to release during Christmas 2020 but has now been pushed to 2021.

Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai

Salman Khan in Radhe: The Most Wanted Bhai

Directed by Prabhudeva, Radhe stars Salman Khan, Disha Patani, Jackie Shroff and Randeep Hooda. The film was scheduled to hit Indian screens during Eid 2020 but was delayed in the wake of the ongoing health crisis. Khan recently clarified that Radhe will arrive in theatres on Eid 2021 provided the scenario is safe for people to come to cinema halls.

"We had made a commitment of Eid release last year and will give commitment for this Eid soon. If everything is clear, we will release it this Eid or it will release whenever it has to,” he told reporters.

Gangubai Kathiawadi

Alia Bhatt in a still from the film | Twitter

Alia Bhatt-starrer Gangubai Kathiawadi, directed by filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali, will arrive in cinema halls this year, the makers recently announced. The film has been adapted from one of the chapters of noted author Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai. It features Bhatt as Gangubai, one of the most powerful, loved and respected madams from Kamathipura during the 1960s.

Toofan

Farhan Akhtar in a still from the film | Twitter -@FarOutAkhtar

Toofan, featuring Farhan Akhtar in the lead, narrates the story of a boxer's life. The film also features Vijay Maurya, Mrunal Thakur, and Paresh Rawal in important roles. The film also marks the reunion of director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Akhar after 2013 release Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Initially slated to release in September 2020, the film has now been pushed to 2021.

Atrangi Re

Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush during the shoot of Atrangi Re | Twitter

Aanand L Rai's Atrangi Restarring Akshay Kumar, Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, went on floors in Varanasi in March 2020 but was halted due to the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown. The second schedule began in October with Khan and Dhanush resuming the shoot.

Atrangi Re is written by the director's long-time collaborator, Himanshu Sharma. It will feature music by AR Rahman with lyrics penned by Irshad Kamil.

Brahmastra

Alia Bhatt and Ranbir during the film's launch In a first of its kind launch - a swarm of drones lit up the sky to form the Brahmāstra logo.

Ayan Mukerji's long-standing project Brahmastra features an all-star cast including Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Mouni Roy, Nagarjuna and Dimple Kapadia. Produced by Dharma Productions, the film is touted to be a superhero fantasy story which was initially announced as a trilogy. Not much is known about the plot of the film yet. The film is expected to release in 2021.

Mukerji's magnum opus will release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.

Jersey

Jersey is the Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu blockbuster, that starred Nani in the lead role. Directed by Gowtam Tinnanauri, the film stars Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur. The team resumed the production in October 2020 and shot in various location in and around Dehradun and Chandigarh.

The film chronicles the story of a talented but failed cricketer, who decides to return to the field in his late 30s driven by the desire to represent the Indian cricket team and fulfil his son’s wish for a jersey as a gift.

Pathan

Shah Rukh Khan may not have officially announced his next movie project but early in January, the actor assured his fans that they will get to see him on the big screen this year.  Produced by YRF films, the film is tentatively titled Pathan and directed by  Siddharth Anand, who previously helmed the action blockbuster War.

Bob Biswas

Starring Abhishek Bachchan in the titular role, Bob Biswas was a breakout character in Sujoy Ghosh’s 2012 thriller Kahaani, fronted by Vidya Balan. Produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment along with Sujoy Ghosh’s Bound Script Production, the film went on floors in January 2020 but was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Directed by debutante Diya Annapurna Ghosh, Bob Biswas resumed shoot in Kolkata on 23 November and wrapped up on 9 December last year after filming for 43 days in the city, keeping in mind all the social distancing norms. The film is expected to be released mid next year.

Jayeshbhai Jordaar

Jayeshbhai Jordaar, directed by debutante filmmaker Divyang Thakkar, marks a reunion of Ranveer Singh and producer Maneesh Sharma, who gave the actor his first big break with the 2010 directorial Band Baaja Baaraat. The film was scheduled for October 2020 release but is now pushed.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui

Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui stars Ayushmann Khurrana, Vaani Kapoor. The film wrapped up its shot in Chandigarh amid the pandemic. The film is billed as a love story set in North India and will see Khurrana in the role of an athlete.

South

Malik

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Malik, which marks director Mahesh Narayanan's third collaboration with Fahadh Faasil after Take Off and the Amazon Prime Video-backed CU Soon is likely to release on 13 May, announced the director in an Instagram post.

Kurup

Kurup

Kurup, starring Dulquer Salmaan and Sobhita Dhulipala, will release in five Indian languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada. Directed by Sreenath Rajendran, the film is based on one of Kerala's notorious fugitives Sukumara Kurup. Salmaan plays the titular role, supported by Indrajith Sukumaran and Shine Tom Chacko.

The new poster announced that the makers are eyeing for a theatrical release in 2021.

The Priest

Directed by Jofin T Chacko and produced by Anto Joseph, Unnikrishnan B, V N Babu, The Priest marks the first collaboration between Mammootty and Manju Warrier. The film's first look and poster have already piqued curiosity among the viewers regarding the movie's storyline. It is expected to release soon.

Thuramukham