So, we’re in the countdown towards the end of 2017 (wasn’t it like, 2012 just yesterday?), and once again, a new year beckons us. We hope you had a great year thus far, because the film fraternity certainly didn’t. Reigning amidst the hundreds of controversies, only a few films managed to add some glam at the box office this year, Hollywood and Bollywood inclusive. But hey, at least we came to know that Katappa ne Baahubali ko kyu maara! Sure, the box office may have been left high and dry this year, but 2018 promises to be a bang! With Marvel having 5 releases lined up, and DC just 1 (thank God!), angrezi fans are assured of a legen-dary schedule awaiting them. But why leave the desi maniacs out? Bollywood promises no less, with some unique content finally making its way to the mainstream cinema. As a cinephile, it’s time for you to circle these dates on your calendar, for you do NOT want to miss out on any of the movies we have meticulously picked out for you! Here, take a look –
⇒ The Marvel Mania
Marvel is all set to have a gala of a year, with 5 big releases lined up over 2018. It will have 3 different super-hero universes out to do what they do best – entertain!
You may check out their trailers here –
While the trailers of the rest haven’t been released as yet, expect them to be out in a few months’ time. One hell of a ride this year for Marvel fans. Brace yourself!
⇒ Fifty Shades Freed
Release Date: 9th February
Time to get naughty, for the third time! Mr. Grey will see you again now (vice versa, actually), and things are as bold as they can get (and as much as Indian Sanskriti can allow). It is the third and final movie of the series based on EL James’ Fifty Shades Trilogy novels, and it has a now-married Christian and Ana about to embark on the most beautiful journey of their lives. Only, fate has entirely different plans altogether and threatens to disrupt their life forever. Even as the plot unfolds, the mandatory sensuous scenes up the oomph factor that has garnered the attention of fans all over the world.
PS – Nice idea for a date with your better half, we say. Don’t you think? 😉
⇒ The Nun
Release Date: 13th July
Fans of the popular horror movie franchise “The Conjuring” have more spooky stuff headed their way in 2018. How many of you remember the horrifying, uglier-than-thou nun Valak from The Conjuring 2? This spin-off is based on the tale of that nun, and promises to be a scare-fest as good as the previous ones. Wuss-hearted ones, keep the Hanuman Chalisa’s and the Crosses ready. While the rest, grab some popcorn and head away for some good ghost-busting!
⇒ Mission Impossible 6
Release Date: 27th July
Your mission, and you SHOULD choose to accept it, is to watch Tom Cruise reprise his most famous role for the sixth time, as the charming yet killer of an agent Ethan Hunt, in the next movie of one of the most successful franchises ever. Although the plot has not been revealed yet, we don’t really need that to go grab the tickets already, do we? Nonetheless, the makers have already assured us of a movie bigger and better than any before, by roping in Henry Cavill, the Superman of the 21st century. And there always is the extremely beautiful Rebecca Ferguson ready to charm the boys like she did in MI – 5. Can’t wait for this one…
⇒Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
Release Date: 16th November
Harry Potter fans, and by that, I mean everyone (because obviously!), has another reason to cheer. For, there’s another spin-off headed our way in late 2018 – the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Here comes Fantastic Beast: The Crimes of Grindelwald, with none other than ourrrgghh (read ahead to understand the relevance of this pun!) favourite Mr. Sparrow – Johny Depp playing the role of the evil wizard that duels with Albus Dumbledore, played by Jude Law. Whosoever thought the magic had ended with The Deathly Hallows in 2011, surely did not know that it had in fact, just begun.
Remember, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to watch HP stuff!
Release Date: 26th January
Move over Batman and Superman, the new-age, Indian superhero is here! Trust Mr. Khiladi to rock a movie on a topic that is too taboo to be discussed even in most friend circles. Akshay Kumar plays the reel-life version of a real-life superhero Arunachalam Muruganantham who took on society’s inhibitions for his wife and as an extension, all other woman, by creating low-cost sanitary pads. By doing so, not only did he provide an essential hygiene solution, but also created employment opportunities for thousands of women by handing over the manufacturing process to them.
Now is the time to shed all taboo around a process so natural, and make the women in your life understand that you’re there for them. Hail the new superhero!
⇒Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran
Release Date: 23rd February
If you’re a history buff, you would know exactly what Pokhran stands for, in Indian history. For the lesser informed ones, Pokhran was the place where the India’s first ever nuclear bomb was successfully tested. The movie , with John Abraham and Diana Penty in the lead, seeks to bring forth a story to the masses that hardly anyone knows about. The hard work of the scientists, the army, the government… it’s time to know it all! Unique, and after John’s acting in Madras Cafe, promises to be entertaining!
Release Date: 27th April
Yenna Rascala! It is time for the Thalla! Rajnikant’s lovelorn robot Chitti is back. Only, much bigger (as if this was possible), with Akshay Kumar joining the ranks as the new monstrous villain. If the poster is anything to go by, be prepared for never-seen-before VFX, at a cost also never seen before – a mind-boggling 400 crore. That’s right, this is the estimated production cost of the movie. This is also the first ever Bollywood movie to be directly shot in 3D. The only thing that we are left wondering is – how many days will be announced as Holiday in Tamil Nadu?
Release Date: 15th August
Balbir Singh Dosanjh. How many of you have heard this name before? What if we told you, that he was considered the best Indian Hockey Player, after Major Dhyan Chand? It’s a shame the people don’t know the story of the man who gave their country 3 OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS! Produced by Farhan Akhtar and starring the Khiladi of a different kind, Mr. Dependable Akshay Kumar as the lead, Gold is a biopic of the great man who left behind a legacy a whole sport cherishes even after 70 years. What better to give you the patriotic feels on the nation’s Independence Day itself?
⇒Thugs Of Hindostan
Release Date: 7th November
Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is back with another historical movie. Thugs of Hindostan is a period movie in the 19th Century, based on the novel Confessions of a Thug by Phillip Meadows Taylor. It is about a gang of thugs, that threatened to usurp the British rule in the then-Hindostan. The movie also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, and Aamir’s latest muse Fatima Sana Shaikh. Diwali 2018 is set…
⇒Student Of The Year 2
Release Date: Unknown
The ladies’ latest, chiselled heart-throb Tiger Shroff is coming soon, in the sequel to the hit Student of The Year that gifted 3 wonderful actors to Indian cinema. Not much is known about the movie, including the release date, but if the first movie was anything to go by, this one too should be a mass entertainer. More details to be out soon. Keep updated!
Here you go, the stage is set for 2018 to come and enthrall all cinema viewers. We don’t know how your life will shape up, or how good/bad things might get, but we know one thing with certainty – cinema has your back this year. And your hearts too!