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Bollywood's holiday calendar for 2017!

January 11, 2017 09:49 IST

Over the last few years, holiday film releases have gained more importance.

The 2017 movie release calendar is out, and filmmakers have picked the major festival/ holiday time to release their films.

Here's a look.

 

Lohri
OK Jaanu and xXx: The Return of Xander Cage
Release date: January 13

IMAGE: Shraddha Kapoor and  Aditya Roy Kapur in OK Jaanu. Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage

Since the first festival of the year Lohri falls on a Friday, Karan Johar made sure to block the date for his romcom OK Jaanu.

With the film, Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor would like to move on from Fitoor and Rock On 2 respectively.

Meanwhile, Vin Diesel and Deepika Padukone's xXx: The Return of Xander Cage has been announced for January 14, a week before its international release.

 

 

Republic Day
Raees and Kaabil
Release date: January 25

IMAGE: Yami Gautam and Hrithik Roshan in Kaabil. Mahira Khan and Shah Rukh Khan in Raees.

The biggest clash of 2017 will be between Raees and Kaabil; both films are vying for the long weekend for Republic Day on Thursday.

Since the film is releasing on Wednesday, the films will get five days to make moolah right at the onset. Since it is a national holiday, expect some major records to be set.

 

 

Holi
Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Release date: March 10

IMAGE: Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in Badrinath Ki Dulhania. Photograph: Varun Dhawan/Instagram

Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya will add to the colours on the Holi weekend.

The film, starring Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt, gains a good four-day weekend, as Holi falls on Monday.

Producer Karan Johar may have another winner on his hands, just by setting his release date right! 

 

Good Friday
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
Release date: April 14

IMAGE: Rana Daggubatti in Baahubali 2 - The Conclusion. Photograph: Rana Daggubati/ Instagram

But Karan Johar's biggest production this year is Telugu film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which releases on the Good Friday holiday weekend. The film is as big as it gets and deserves all the space it can possibly have.

No wonder, there isn't any Hindi film releasing on this date as even its dubbed version is keenly awaited.  

 

Eid
Tubelight
Release date: June 23

IMAGE: Salman Khan in Tubelight. Photograph: Kabir Khan/Instagram.

Salman Khan loves to release his movies during Eid and this year will be no different.

His film Tubelight, directed by Kabir Khan, will release during this period.

The film is all set to break more records, as Eid falls on Monday. If the film is well made and accepted by the audience, the euphoria will be felt over the next weekend as well! 

 

Raksha Bandhan
Bhoomi and Secret Superstar
Release date: August 4

IMAGE: Aamir Khan in Secret Superstar

Raksha Bandhan is a holiday in certain parts of the country, and Bhoomi as well as Secret Superstar will aim at making the most of it.

Though the two films are releasing on the same day, their content is very different.

While Bhoomi is a revenge drama and will see Sanjay Dutt back on the big screen after a long time, Secret Superstar is about a 14-year-old girl who wants to become a singer and stars Aamir Khan in a cameo.

 

Janmashtmi/ Independence Day
Shah Rukh-Imtiaz-Anushka's next
Release date: 
August 11

IMAGE: Shah Rukh Khan and Anushka Sharma in Imtiaz Ali's next film. Photograph: Shah Rukh Khan/Twitter

One of the best weekends in 2017 is the one that falls around Janmashtmi (Monday) and Independence Day (Tuesday). It gives the Friday release a good weekend of five days.

It's no wonder that Shah Rukh Khan is aiming for that slot with his next yet-untitled film with director Imtiaz Ali and co-star Anushka Sharma. 

 

Ganesh Chaturthi
Reloaded
Release date: 25 August

IMAGE: Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez on the sets of Reloaded. Photograph: Sidharth Malhotra/Instagram

Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez have booked Ganesh Chaturthi holiday for the release of their film Reloaded. In a way, they are lucky that no other major film is eyeing this date as yet. 

 

Bakr Eid
Baadshaho
Release date: September 1

IMAGE: Baadshaho director Milan Luthria with Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi and Esha Gupta. Photograph: Ajay Devgan/Instagram

Ajay Devgn has booked his slot early in the holiday season with Baadshaho. The holiday falls on Saturday and that would give director Milan Luthria's film good momentum right into the weekend.

With Emraan Hashmi joining hands with the team again after Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai, there is good hype already building around the film. 

 

Dussehra/ Gandhi Jayanti
Judwaa 2
Release date: September 29

IMAGE: Taapsee Pannu, Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez. Photograph: Varun Dhawan/Twitter

With Varun Dhawan stepping into Salman's double role and David Dhawan pairing up with Sajid Nadiadwala yet again 20 years after the original Judwaa, one expects nothing less than double the fun.

The release date is fantastic, with Dussehra on Saturday and Gandhi Jayanti on Monday. That gives the film a weekend of almost five days!

 

 

Diwali
2.0
Release date: October 19

IMAGE: Rajnikanth and Akshay Kumar on the poster of 2.0

Diwali falls on Thursday this year, making it a perfect day to release a film.

And that's why Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar have already booked their slot for Diwali.

Expect a lot of firecrackers.

 

Christmas
Tiger Zinda Hai
Release date: December 21

IMAGE: The poster of Salman Khan's Tiger Zinda Hai

Though the Christmas break is synonymous with Aamir Khan, 2017 will be an exception, as the holiday has been reserved by Salman Khan.

His Tiger Zinda Hai arrives on Christmas and the film has a lot to gain since it will enjoy an excellent weekend of five days. Moreover, the holiday season continues right into the New Year and hence Ali Abbas Zafar's sequel to Ek Tha Tiger has a lot to gain.