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Bollywood goes back in time

By Joginder Tuteja
April 02, 2019 12:13 IST
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10 PERIOD movies, coming up.

Period films, it appears, are the toast of the season.

After Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi and Kesari fared well at the box office, many such films are queuing up for release this year.

Joginder Tuteja takes a look at the period movies, coming up.


Romeo Akbar Walter
Release date: April 5

Photograph: Kind courtesy John Abraham/Instagram

John Abraham will go back in time to bring his 1971 spy drama Romeo Akbar Walter on screen.

John will be seen in multiple avatars in the espionage thriller directed by Robbie Grewal, which takes him all the way to Pakistan.


Release date: April 17

One of the biggest multi-starrers this year, Kalank sees Karan Johar and Sajid Nadiadwala collaborate on a period drama, starring Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit Nene and Aditya Roy Kapur.

The love story goes right back to the 1940s.


Release date: June 5

Photograph: Kind courtesy Salman Khan/Instagram

Salman Khan goes back in time as Director Ali Abbas Zafar captures the period era as well as contemporary times.

One waits to see what the Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai team have to offer with this biggie, all set to arrive on Eid.


Housefull 4
Release date: October 25

Photograph: Kind courtesy Bobby Deol/Instagram

Believe it or not, Housefull 4 has a major chunk set in a period era!

This multi-starrer, front-lined by Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Bobby Deol and Rana Daggubati, has all the actors play double roles as the film oscillates between current times and the past.

It is Producer Sajid Nadiadwala's most expensive movie.


Release date: December 6

Photograph: Kind courtesy Ashutosh Gowariker/Instagram

Ashutosh Gowariker has made several stories set in earlier periods and his latest Panipat is no different.

The director of Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Mohenjo Daro is completing the shoot of his Arjun Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt and Kriti Sanon starrer, which takes viewers to the historic Battle of Panipat.


Release date: December 2019

Photograph: Kind courtesy Ayan Mukerji/Instagram

A fantasy-fictional tale that apparently inter-links the modern and the mythological, Brahmastra is Karan Johar's biggest production. The three-part series will be directed by Ayan Mukerji.

There is huge curiosity about this Ranbir Kapoor-Alia Bhatt-Amitabh Bachchan-Mouni Roy-Nagarjuna biggie.


Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior
Release date: January 10, 2020

Photograph: Kind courtesy Ajay Devgn/Instagram

Ajay Devgn's Taanaji - The Unsung Warrior will be the first major release of 2020.

The movie showcases the life of this unsung warrior of glorious Indian history who fought for his people, his soil and his king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Director Om Raut directs it.


Release date: April 10, 2020

Photograph: Kind courtesy Kabir Khan/Instagram

Every Indian cricket fan knows about India's historic World Cup victory on June 25, 1983.

It will be interesting to see how Director Kabir Khan collaborates with Ranveer Singh, playing then skipper Kapil Dev and brings that momentous triumph alive on screen.


Release date: Eid 2020

Shamshera is reportedly set in the 19th century.

The film, which stars the real Sanju and the reel Sanju together for the first time, is apparently about a dacoit tribe which fights for independence against the British.


Release date: May 2020

Photograph: Kind courtesy Dharma Productions/Instagram

From Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham to Takht, this is indeed a major transition for Karan Johar as he steps into the Mughal era, no less.

One can't wait to see what he will bring on screen with a star cast of Ranveer Singh, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Janhvi Kapoor and Anil Kapoor.

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