1. Uri: Calling a spade a spade,declaring Pakistan a political enemy in a film about India’s surgical attack on Pakistan is not the kind of soft-focus approach one would expect in a film sensitive film. Uri tells it like it is. And that’s what makes it interesting. Director Aditya Dhar has not made an apologetic namby-pamby film. This is the hardcore stuff, with Vicky Kaushal playing a soldier out to get blood.Khoon ka badla… Jai Hind! Release date: 11 January
2. Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi: The very fact that this project had to go through a journey of struggle almost as enormous the one that the Queen OfJhansi undertook, makes it an interesting project . With two director KrishJagarlamudi and, ahem, Kangana Ranaut the film could well be more hysterical than historical but still worth the wait. Release Date: 25 January.
3. Super 30: Bihar’s world-renowned mathematician Anand Kumar is being played by Hrithik Roshan in his first true-life project.We can only hope he doesn’t do Krish on the well-known maths wizard.Release date: 25 January.
4. Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga: Debutante director Shelley Chopra Dhar brings father Anil Kapoor and daughter Sonam Kapoor Ahuja together for the first time.I am already game.Release date 1 February.
5. Sonchiriya: Director Abhishek Choubey’s raw real authentic drama takes us away from the filmy dacoit dramas into a credible view of violence in theChambal Valley. This would be an interesting departure from the formula for the age-long genre of dacoit films. Sushant Singh Raput will face Manoj Bajpai for the first time.Bajpai is not frazzled. But we hope to be dazzled. Release date: February 8.
6. Gully Boyz: Zoya Akhtar trippy tale of street rappers brings together RanveerSingh and Alia Bhatt for the first time. Need anything more be said? Release date: 14 February.
7. Badla: Sujoy Ghosh brings together the Pink pair Amitabh Bachchan and Tapsee Pannu in what promises to be a hardhitting revenge drama replete with unforeseen twists and turns. Release date: 8 March
8. Kesari: Akshay Kumar return this time to play Havaldar Ishar Singh in the Battle of Saragarhi . The tale of untold valour and patriotism will connect viscerally with every Indian .This period drama directed by Anurag Singh brings Parineeti Chopra as Akshay’s daughter.Release date 21 March.
9. The Zoya Factor: With cricket at its background and the fresh-as-a-daisy pair ofSonam Kapoor Ahuja and Dulquer Salman in the lead and director AbhishekSharma(who helmed last year’s surprise success Parmanu ) can this go wrong? Release date: 5 April.
10. Kalank: Director Karan Johar brings together Madhuri Dixit, SonakshiSinha,Varun Dhawan, Sanjay Dutt, Alia Bhatt in the biggest multistarrer since Karan Johar’s Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. Release date: 19 April
11. Bharat: Ali Abbas Zafar directs Salman Khan in a film that tracks the life of an ordinary Indian from 1947 to the present day. Remains to be seen if Salmanmakes history this time. Release date: Eid.
12. Mission Mangal: Akshay Kumar goes into outerspace . This time he is again navigated by a debutant director Jagat Shakti. He has for company some lovely leading ladies like Vidya Balan, Tapsee Pannu and Sonakshi Sinha.Way to go, MrKumar. Release date 15 August.
13. Batla House: Recreating the Batla House terror encounter in 2018 directorNikhil Advani has the newly-converted patriotic leading man John Abraham attemping an out-of-the-box film. Release date: 15 August.
14. Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff untitled starrer: The combats between these two sinewy stars prompts me to suggest the title Paisa Vasool for this actionerdirected by Siddharth Anand to be release on October 2.
15. Varun Dhawan-Katrina Kaif untitled starrer: Remo D’Souza directs this never-before pair in a dance face-off that promises to blow the screen apart.Wow. Release date: 8 November.