Sneak peek: Big Bollywood releases in 2010
Mumbai: 2009 may not have been a great year for Bollywood but 2010 surely looks promising with some big films lined up for release.
Karan Johar's My Name Is Khan reportedly sold to Fox Studios for Rs 100 crore brings back the hit pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, who were last seen in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham in 2001. What's more, it doesn't start with letter "K" and promises to be different from what Karan has done so far. With 9/11 acting as a backdrop, My Name Is Khan is the story of Rizwan Khan who is out on a journey to meet the President of America.
Also making a comeback is team Guru - Mani Ratnam, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai - who bring us Raavan scheduled for a mid-2010 release. The film is reportedly a modern take on Ramayan where Ravan's charm overshadows Ram's.
Taking its title from Mahendra Sandhu's 70's thriller Agent Vinod, Sriram Raghavan promises a mix of Bond and bourne with this Saif Ali Khan-Kareena Kapoor starrer. At an estimated budget of Rs 40 crore expect a fast-paced edge of the seat thriller shot across the globe. Agent Vinod will also be Saif's second home production.
The only big political drama lined up for 2010 is Prakash Jha's Rajneeti starring Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Manoj Bajpai. After the success of Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, the stakes are high on this one where both Ranbir and Katrina play non-glamorous roles.
Hrithik Roshan starrer and long-in-the-making Rs 60-crore film Kites will finally see the light of the day by April next year. This is Anurag Basu's first big budget action thriller which also marks the debut of Mexican beauty Barbara Mori. An international version of the film is currently being cut by Hollywood director Bret Ratner.
Hrithik will also be seen in an intense love story in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Guzaarish in which he plays a paraplegic. Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, the casting coup is his pairing with Aishwarya Rai. The couple has previously shared great chemistry and box office success with Dhoom 2 and Jodhaa Akbar.
Other than these biggies, some of the out of the box projects to watch out for are - producer Aamir Khan's Delhi Belly and Peepli Live, Dibakar Bannerjee's experimental digital film Love Sex Aur Dhokha, Bachchan and Ben Kingsley starrer Teen Patti, Ram Gopal Varma's gangster drama Rakta Charitra, Vishal Bhardwaj's production Ishqiya and Farhan Akhtar-Deepika Padukone starrer Kartik Calling Kartik.