MUMBAI: Two months of this year, July and September, would be unique in their own way. While July, termed as a lucrative month, will have releases of four big Bollywood films, the month will see releases of three big Hollywood films. September, on the other will release three big women centric films.
The Hollywood invasion in July starts with Sony Pictures Entertainment’s Amazing Spider-Man 3D, which releases on 3 July. Next in line is Fox Star Studios’s Ice Age 4: Continental Drift on 13 July and Warner Bros’s Dark Knight Rises on 20 July. All these Hollywood movies are likely to be released in 400-500 screens in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages, going by what was done when Titanic 3D released on 6 April.
Bollywood has lined up big releases that month. The list includes Golmaal remake Bol Bachchan on 3 July, UTV Motion Pictures’ Barfee and Deepika Padukone starrer Cocktail (both 13 July) and U, Me aur Mein on 27 July.
September, in contrast, will see three major releases of three top actresses. The process may have been triggered by successes of women centric films like Kahaani, The Dirty Picture and Ishqiya.
The first film to release would be UTV and Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine. The film revolves around female protagonist Kareena Kapoor, a struggler who wants to make it big in Bollywood. Her struggle and rise to stardom take the plot forward. The film looks set for box office as well as critical acclaim because of Bhandarkar’s prophecy in handling women centric scripts.
The film following next is Preity Zinta’s Ishk In Paris. The film features Zinta in a role of a strong headed lady who falls in love with a man but then how they handle complications of their lives and love in urban settings of Paris form the rest part of the story. The film seems to be an urban romantic drama that can work at box office.
And the last of the lot is Viacom18’s Rani Mukerji, Prithviraj-starrer Aiyya. The film is a quirky love story between a Marathi girl and a Tamil boy. The central theme of the film is about a woman who finds a man desirable because he smells good. The film is expected to do well at the box office.