Upcoming Bollywood films 2019: Uri, Gully Boy, Bharat and others

The year 2018 was a good one for the Hindi film industry. And now, Bollywood is all set to step into 2019 with a bang as it offers an interesting line up of films.
The year 2018 was a good one for the Hindi film industry. Small budget films from different genres like Stree, Badhaai Ho, Raazi, Mulk and Andhadhun held the top spot. The audience rejected star vehicles Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero and made their preference for good content loud and clear. Ranveer Singh’s Simmba gave the year a perfect ending. And now, Bollywood is all set to step into 2019 with a bang as it offers an interesting line up of films.

After ruling 2018 with films like Raazi, Sanju, Lust Stories and Manmarziyaan, Vicky Kaushal is all set to impress cinephiles in his all-new avatar of an army officer in Aditya Dhar’s military drama Uri.

The film, also starring Yami Gautam and Paresh Rawal, is based on the 2016 surgical strikes on Pakistan, after the Uri Base Camp in Jammu & Kashmir was attacked. The official synopsis of the movie reads, “A defining moment in India’s military history. A moment that paved a path to a new, stronger India. Presenting URI.”Based on a book of the same name by Sanjaya Baru, The Accidental Prime Minister chronicles the political life of former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh. The film has Anupam Kher essaying the role of Singh and Akshaye Khanna will be seen as Baru. The trailer of the film showed a dramatised version of Singh’s encounters with former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. It also ruffled a few feathers as it delved deep into the internal politics of the Congress party. The film is helmed by debutant Vijay Ratnakar Gutte.

The Soumik Sen directorial, starring Emraan Hashmi in the lead role, is about the scams that take place in the Indian education system. Emraan plays the role of a scamster who has a team of toppers writing exams for other candidates seeking admission in reputed educational institutions.

Kangana Ranaut’s much-awaited historical drama Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is all set to arrive in theaters on January 25 after much delay. Kangana plays the role of feisty Rani Laxmi Bai who takes on the East India Company. The movie marks the directorial debut of Kangana and also Bollywood debut of TV actor Ankita Lokhande. The synopsis of the film reads, “She fought for freedom 160 years ago. She fought with her head held high, She fought till she dropped, Yet, never gave up her pride, her motherland, her beloved, Jhansi! It’s time to salute India’s greatest warrior queen!”

Nawazuddin Siddiqui essays the role of the late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray in the biopic titled Thackeray. Also starring Amrita Rao, the film has been directed by Abhijit Panse.

Bringing to screen the father-daughter duo of Anil Kapoor and Sonam Kapoor together for the first time, Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga promises to be the ‘unexpected romance of the year.’ From the trailer, it appears that Sonam plays a homosexual character in the movie. Also starring Juhi Chawla and Rajkummar Rao, the movie is directed by Shelly Chopra Dhar and is backed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.

The primary plot of this Abhishek Chaubey (Udta Punjab and Dedh Ishqiya fame) film deals with the dacoits of central India and the film will attempt to give a glimpse into their lives. A voice-over in the teaser of the film informs the viewers that the dacoits are on the lookout for a ‘golden bird’ (Son Chiriya). The movie’s cast includes names like Sushant Singh Rajput, Bhumi Pednekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey and Ashutosh Rana among others. It has been shot in Chambal and Mumbai.