Movie theatres have a lot to smile about this month. There is a lineup of impressive big-banner Bollywood bonanzas ready to spin some profits into a recession-ridden entertainment industry. A look at the lineup
1.Top Gun Maverick: It’s already being hailed by critics the worldover as one of Tom Cruise’s most important films. In other words, an instant classic. 35 years after Top Gun created boxofffice history the sequel is here. In India the advance bookings opened three weeks ahead of the release date May 27. The aerial hijinks are said to be vastly superior to what we saw in the first Top Gun film. Would it feature any songs on a par with the band Berlin’s evergreen You Take My Break Away? The original song doresn’t feature in the sequel.
- Bhool Bhulaiya 2: On the other hand, the peppy Pritam peddle-pusher Hare ram hare krishna from the original Bhool Bhulaiya is very much part of the sequel.Quite easily and breezily the film of the Month, Bhoola Bhulaiya2 is expected to outperform the first part of the fear-jeer fusion Franchise, with Kartik Aaryan taking over from where Akshay Kumar left off. This time the helmer of the hectic hilarity is Anees Bazmi .He has done a chest-thumping job of setting the screen on fire with his ferociously funny fireworks. The films is expected to continue Kartik’s uninterrupted boxoffice success. The producers are already planning BB3 with the Kartik. Releasing May 20
- Dhaakad: In this original espionage action-thriller Kangana Ranaut, the one-woman-army returns with a mission to destroy a drug trafficker played by Arjun Rampal. Arjun had earlier played the archvillain opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Ra.One.The crackling synergy of the warring duo should see the film through, although Bhool Bhulaiya2 is bound to give it a tough time at the boxoffice. Releasing on May 20.
- Anek: A film by Anubhav Sinha has come to signify something much more than entertainment.Something far more enduring and impactful. Sinha and Ayushmann Khurrana had earlier teamed up for the masterpiece Article 15 in 2019. This time the director-actor combination takes us to the North-East to explore the politics of isolation.Releasing on May 27.
5.Sarkaru Vaari Paata : In spite of the mixed reviews it’s a blockuster .Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu returns with a tailormade family entertainer.This time he takes on corruption and redtapism in the banking system while making sure he takes time off to romance the very beautiful Keerthy Suresh who last week scored a resounding success with in Tamil with Saani Kaayidham on Amazon Prime Video. But let’s not beat around the bush: it is Mahesh Babu audiences will flock to see in this full-on entertainer and Mahesh says this is as much a pan-India film as as any Bollywood film. “It is time we stopped creating these false demarcation lines between regional and national films,” says Mahesh . Copy that.