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Looking Into The Next Quarter

Friday, July 07, 2017
By Deepa Gahlot

The third quarter of 2017 begins with 'Mom' and the return of Sridevi, which is exciting for her legions of fans. There is also 'Guest In London' releasing, which is a test for Kartik Aryan.

The next three months have a glut of big releases—coming up next week is the much-delayed 'Jagga Jasoos', that remained in the news because of the waxing and waning of the relationship between its lead pair Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.

The film that created a censorship controversy for being “too ladies oriented”—'Lipstick Under My Burkha', directed by Alankrita Shrivastav, also releases in July after a round of festivals and needless delay in hitting the theatres in India.

Tiger Shroff channels his inner Michael Jackson playing a dancer in 'Munna Michael', while Arjun Kapoor appears in a double role in 'Mubarakan', with his uncle Anil Kapoor as a dumb Sardar (the promo has him asking, “Achha is baar Christmas pachees ko hai?”)

Tigmanshu Dhulia goes back in history to recreate the Indian National Army trials in 'Raag Desh', while Madhur Bhandarkar revisits the dark days of the Emergency with his 'Indu Sarkar', already stirring up some controversy.

After playing his own fan and a gangster, Shah Rukh returns to what he does best—romance—with Imtiaz Ali’s 'Jab Harry Met Sejal', opposite Anushka Sharma.

Akshay Kumar stars with Bhumi Pednekar in the socially relevant 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha'. Shraddha Kapoor plays a gangster in the biopic 'Haseena Parkar', with her real-life brother Siddhanth playing the character's sibling Dawood Ibrahim. A few weeks later, Arjun Rampal will appear on screen as Dagdi Chawl gangster Arun Gawli. Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi play gunslinging robbers in 'Baadshaho', set in the 70s. Kangana Ranaut plays a conwoman in 'Simran'.

The stars of offbeat cinema have new films lined up—Ayushmann Khurrana has 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and 'Shubh Mangal Savdhaan', Rajkummar Rao has 'Newton' and Nawazuddin Siddiqui has 'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz'.

Farhan Akhtar stars in a musical drama set in a jail in 'Lucknow Central', Sidharth Malhotra stars opposite Jaqueline Fernadez in a thriller titled, 'A Gentleman', and Saif Ali Khan appears in 'Kaalakaandi'. Sanjay Dutt’s comeback film, 'Bhoomi', is also expected to be out in September.

The quarter will end with the much-publicised 'Judwaa 2', a remake of David Dhawan’s old Salman Khan starrer, with Varun Dhawan playing a double role.

Even though the international stars Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone don’t have a release in the next three months, neither do Aamir and Salman Khan, there is still plenty to keep audiences happy.

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