10 upcoming Bollywood films that may surprise us this year
Could this be the year of sleeper hits? Find out.
It has been a while since small films with relative newcomers did well at the box office.
However, with a lineup of interesting films set for release this year, we may witness a change soon.
Here's looking at 10 upcoming films that could turn into sleeper hits this year!
Amol Gupte's well received directorial debut Stanley Ka Dabba didn't receive much love at the box office owing to limited promotion and marketing.
It could all change with his second film Hawaa Hawaai which has been produced by Fox Star Studios and has garnered praise from critics.
With son Partho Gupte as the protagonist and Saqib Saleem (of Mere Dad Ki Maruti fame) joining the show, Amol may have a winner on his hands.
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Image: Saqib Saleem and Partho Gupte in Hawaa Hawaai
Release date: May 23
Sajid Nadiadwala films generally back big budget films.
He may be launching two rank newcomers -- Tiger Shroff and Kriti Sanon -- in his new production Heropanti, but the presentation and packaging could rival any contemprary big budget film.
Director Sabbir Khan promises a full-on 'boy meets girl' romance replete with music, drama and action.
Image: Kriti Sanon and Tiger Shroff in Heropanti
Release date: May 30
The Bhatts claim that Hansal Mehta-helmed Citylights will be nothing like anything they have made before.
Rajkummar Rao, who recently won the National Award for Shahid, plays the lead role along with debutante actress Patralekha.
The film is inspired from the highly acclaimed British-Filipino film Metro Manila -- UK's entry to the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.
Image: Patralekha and Rajkummar Rao in Citylights
Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi>
Release date: May 30
One wouldn't expect a comedy from the makers of serious films like Shaitan and David.
But that's what we get when Bejoy Nambiar joins hands with Ekta Kapoor to produce Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi.
With newcomer Siddharth Gupta playing Kuku Mathur, and costar Simran Kaur Mundi ( of Jo Hum Chahein fame), this could be a feel-good offering.
Image: Siddharth Gupta and Simran Kaur Mundi in Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi
Release date: June 6
One promo that really looks impressive is that of Filmistaan.
The film has already won the National Award for Best Film and now UTV has taken it under its wing.
Newcomer Sharib Hashmi is the leading man in this unusually riotous affair which chronicles the tale of a 'filmi keeda' trapped in Pakistan with terrorists.
Image: Movie poster of Filmistaan
Release date: June 13
With a big name like Akshay Kumar producing the film, the expectations are really high from Fugly.
Director Kabir Sadanand has roped in four absolute newcomers who get into a crazy situation on the roads of Delhi.
The promo has made an impression and the momentum is picking up.
Lekar Hum Deewana Dil >
Release date: July 4
The film boasts of reputed names like Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Lulla (Eros) and Dinesh Vijan as producers.
A musical by A R Rahman, it will launch Kareena Kapoor's cousin Armaan Jain in the lead along with Deeksha Sheth.
The director, Arif Ali, younger brother of Highway director Imtiaz Ali, is also a newcomer.
Image: Armaan Jain and Deeksha Seth in Lekar Hum Deewana Dil
Release date: July 4 (expected)
Pizza, produced by Bejoy Nambiar, is a remake of the hit 2012 Tamil film of the same name.
It's made for the mulitplex audience with its big city setting.
Pizza also marks the acting comeback of Akshay Oberoi who had given an impressive performance in Isi Life Mein, though the film had not done well.
Image: Movie poster of Pizza
Release date: July (expected)
Though Rekha is not the box office star she was in the 1970s and 80s, her role in this film, directed by Indra Kumar, could be a big draw.
Super Nani is the coming-of-age tale of sorts of a grandmother who redefines herself as a glamorous diva with help from her grandson, played by Sharman Joshi.