It has been a delightful year for Hindi cinema so far! And the excitement only grows as Bollywood gears up to amaze us with an interesting lineup of films in the coming months. From inspiring biopics like SRI to uproarious family comedies like The Great Indian Family and poignant tales of valour like The Great Indian Rescue and Tejas to a heartwarming romantic film Dono — this season offers an enthralling array of emotions and experiences in entertainment. So, block your dates for these silver-screen wonders now.
Release date: September 15, 2023
Directed by: Tushar Hiranandani
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Alaya F, Jyotika, Sharad Kelkar, Ravi Singh
Following a fabulous performance in the recently released webseries ‘Guns & Gulaabs,’ versatile actor Rajkummar Rao is all set to grace the screen again, this time in the eagerly awaited biopic — SRI. Helmed by director Tushar Hiranandani, SRI delves into the remarkable life of industrialist Srikanth Bholla, who didn’t let his visual impairment come in the way of his vision and founded Bollant Industries. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the titular role, said, “It's indeed a privilege to play such an inspiring persona who has been through a lot of hardships and despite that has risen like a phoenix!” With such an inspiring story supported by Rao’s exceptional acting chops, SRI promises to be a cinematic experience that can’t be missed.
THE GREAT INDIAN FAMILY
Release Date: September 22, 2023
Directed by: Vijay Krishna Acharya
Starring: Vicky Kaushal, Manushi Chhillar, Manoj Pahwa, Kumud Mishra
Get ready to fall off your seats with laughter as The Great Indian Family gears up for release. Headlined by the charming Vicky Kaushal, The Great Indian Family promises to be one crazy rollercoaster ride, which is packed with truckloads of quirks and chaos. In a teaser that was dropped recently, we got a sneak peek into the delightful mayhem that awaits us on the silver screen. Picture this: Vicky Kaushal passionately talking about the beauty of family... until he is shedding tears over his family's craziness and even refers to them as a bunch of ‘snakes.’ While the plot is well-guarded by the makers, Manushi Chhillar, the film’s leading lady, playfully teased on social media. She wrote, “This family is one of a kind! Come along with your family to meet #TheGreatIndianFamily in cinemas on 22nd September.” Seems like this joyride is about to take family drama to a whole new level.
THE GREAT INDIAN RESCUE
Release Date: October 5, 2023
Directed by: Tinu Suresh Desai
Starring: Akshay Kumar, Parineeti Chopra, Suniel Shetty
There is quite a lot of excitement around this upcoming survival thriller, and rightfully so. Drawing inspiration from the real-life story of Raniganj Coalfields, wherein 64 miners were trapped in West Bengal, The Great Indian Rescue narrates the gripping tale of the rescue mission, where mining engineer Jaswant Singh's risked his own life to save the trapped miners. Akshay Kumar, who has earlier played real-life heroes in several films like ‘Airlift’ and ‘PadMan’, will be seen playing Sardar Jaswant Singh Gill in the movie. The film also stars Parineeti Chopra and Suniel Shetty in pivotal roles. Speaking about her part in the film, Parineeti enthusiastically shared in an interview, “I play his (Kumar’s) wife, and I’ve done ‘Kesari’ (2019) with him before, so I always told him ‘whenever you’re doing a film dates are not a problem, I’m just going to come,’ because I have so much fun shooting with him.” Well, with an inspiring storyline and an ensemble cast of this calibre, The Great Indian Rescue is sure to captivate your hearts.
Release Date: October 5, 2023
Directed by: Avnish Barjatya
Starring: Rajveer Deol, Paloma Dhillon
After entertaining us with iconic romantic dramas like Maine Pyar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Koun, Vivaah, and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, Rajshri Productions is all set to bring yet another saga of love — Dono. The film marks the debut of Sunny Deol’s younger son Rajveer Deol and Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Paloma Dhillon, furthermore, Dono is also filmmaker Suraj Barjatya’s son Avnish’s directorial debut. Set against the vibrant backdrop of a big fat Indian destination wedding, the film unfolds a heartwarming tale of two strangers — Dev (Rajveer) and Meghna (Paloma), who meet during the wedding. Sharing the excitement about his son’s debut, Sunny Deol shared on his social media - “Welcoming back the innocence of love with two strangers who have one destination. A new journey unfolds in cinemas soon!” With all the tropes of Rajshri's legacy and the promise of a heartwarming narrative, Dono shall sweep audiences off their feet.
Release date: October 20, 2023
Directed by: Sarvesh Mewara
Starring: Kangana Ranaut
Another film eagerly awaited film is Kangana Ranaut’s ambitious project Tejas. Inspired by the landmark event of 2016, when the Indian Air Force became the country`s first defence force to induct women into combat roles, Tejas is the story of a daring and fierce fighter pilot. The film’s protagonist — Kangana Ranaut, who plays a Sikh soldier in the film, said in a statement, “Tejas is an exhilarating story where I have the privilege of playing an air force pilot. I am honoured to be a part of a film that celebrates these brave men and women in uniform who make immense sacrifices in the line of duty everyday. Our film celebrates the armed forces and its heroes.” The movie also promises to take the audience through some of the most challenging combat missions IAF forces undertook in their effort to keep India safe. With all this, Tejas goes to top of the must-watch list.