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What's in a NAME, Bollywood?

January 20, 2022 12:22 IST
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So what's in a name? Quite a lot, according to Bollywood!

There are many movies coming up titled after their protagonist.

Joginder Tuteja lists them for us:



Based on the many tales of Prithviraj Chauhan's courage, the Akshay Kumar-starrer was supposed to release in 2020.

If things had stayed as per plan, he would have been welcomed on screen this Republic Day, but the pandemic intervened.

Directed by Chandraprakash Dwivedi, the film marks Miss World 2017 Manushi Chillar's Bollywood debut.


Shabaash Mithu

Women's cricket legend Mithali Raj's life story is all set to be told in the biopic, Shabaash Mithu.

This will be Taapsee Pannu's next sports-based movie after Rashmi Rocket.


Gangubai Kathiawadi

Gangubai Kathiawadi is about a woman who ran an underworld empire in Bombay decades ago. Alia Bhatt takes up the title role.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film will release on February 18, pandemic willing.


Jayeshbhai Jordaar

Photograph: Kind courtesy Ranveer Singh/Instagram

Ranveer Singh will be seen in a comedy next, Jayeshbhai Jordaar.

Arjun Reddy actress Shalini Pandey makes her Bollywood debut in Jayeshbhai Jordaar.


Bachchan Pandey

Akshay Kumar plays Bachchan Pandey in an action comedy directed by Farhad Samji (Housefull 4).

This remake of the Tamil hit Veeram also features Arshad Warsi.



Ranbir Kapoor stars in a dacoit movie named after his character, Shamshera.

This period film has Sanjay Dutt as the antagonist.



Photograph: Kind courtesy Alaya F/Instagram

Kartik Aaryan plays Freddy in this romantic thriller, directed by Shashanka Ghosh.

Alaya F will be seen opposite him.


Rocketry - The Nambi Effect

R Madhavan plays Dr S Nambi Narayanan in this real life story about the ISRO scientist who was charged with espionage before being acquitted of all charges.

Madhavan also makes his directorial debut with this film.


Laal Singh Chaddha

Aamir Khan returns after Thugs of Hindostan with Laal Singh Chaddha, the desi version of Forrest Gump.

For an actor who has time and again transformed into the character he is playing, one can expect a bravura performance all over again.

Kareena Kapoor gives him company here.


Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway

IMAGE: Rani Mukerji with Producers Nikkhil Advani and Madhu Bhojwani. Photograph: Kind courtesy Emmay Entertainment/Instagram

Rani Mukherji turns Mrs Chatterjee for Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway where she takes on the Scandinavian country to win custody of her children.

Based on a real life incident, this Nikkhil Advani film is ready for release.


Sam Bahadur

Photograph: Kind courtesy Vicky Kaushal/Instagram

General Sam Manekshaw led the Indian Army during the 1971 War.

Vicky Kaushal plays the military legend in Meghna Gulzar's Sam Bahadur, as the general -- he was later elevated to field marshal after the war -- was hailed by his Gorkha troops.

The actor-director reunite for this patriotic film after Raazi.


Govinda Naam Mera

Vicky picks a totally different zone for Govinda Naam Mera.

A Karan Johar production which features Kiara Advani and Bhumi Pednekar as the leading ladies, this fun ride is directed by Shashank Khaitan.


Vikram Vedha

Photograph: Kind courtesy Hrithik Roshan/Instagram

Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan turn Vikram and Vedha respectively for Vikram Vedha, the remake of the namesake Tamil film.

It will be an intense outing for both actors as they enact contemporary characters based on classic tales from the past.


Mr And Mrs Mahi

Photograph: Kind courtesy Rajkummar Rao/Instagram

If the buzz is to be believed, Mr And Mrs Mahi is based on Sakshi and Mahendra Singh Dhoni's love story.

Rajkummar Rao and Janhvi Kapoor come together again after Roohi for this feel-good film from Dharma Productions.


Good Luck Jerry

Photograph: Kind courtesy Janhvi Kapoor/Instagram

Janhvi Kapoor has a number of films coming up where she plays the titular character.

Good Luck Jerry is among them, and is produced by Aanand L Rai.

A black comedy crime film, this one presents Janhvi in a different light from her last release, Roohi.



Photograph: Kind courtesy Janhvi Kapoor/Instagram

The Malayalam thriller Helen is being remade in Hindi with Janhvi Kapoor, and one expects the actress to do justice to the part.

The original had Anna Ben give a very believable performance.

The original director Mathukutty Xavier returns to helm the remake, which co-stars Sunny Kaushal and Manoj Pahwa.


Ganapath - Part 1

2022 will come to a close with Ganapath - Part 1 where Tiger Shroff turns Ganapath.

A futuristic film with the actor playing a tapori boxer, this one is currently on the floors.

Tiger will then move on to Rambo, another film where he plays the title role.

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