Upcoming Bollywood Movies of 2016 and 2017

Upcoming Bollywood Movies: The face of Bollywood has been in a constant state of flux throughout the last decade. The Hindi film industry has introduced a variety of new faces and names who have gone on to make a big mark, not only in Indian cinema but abroad as well. While it still churns out a healthy dose of masala on a regular basis to rope in profit, an amazing array of directors, actors and producers have come together in collaboration to bring movies that are starkly different in flavour. In the near future too, Bollywood has lined up a blend that promises to cater to both popular tastes and those who look for something different. Here in this article we will be focussing on some of the most anticipated upcoming Bollywood movies of 2016-17, the films which are expected to create a legacy in the Indian movie industry.

One steadily emerging theme in Bollywood at present is the empowerment of women. Women-centric films have a purpose to serve in today’s context with society becoming more and more aware of the consequences of sexual discrimination. Among the upcoming Bollywood films of 2016 and 2017, there are a few (Akira, Dear Zindagi, Dangal, Kahaani 2) that would make significant additions to the thematic genre. All of these films have female-centric storylines and some, like Akira, even belong to the action-drama genre.

In terms of upcoming action films too, Bollywood has plenty on offer, ranging from Akira and Mirzya (which will be an interesting film to watch out for owing to its complex narrative switching between present and past times), to Shivaay (some claim the Ajay Devgn film will be an Indian version of Liam Neeson’s Taken; we aren’t very convinced). With some of the industry’s best producers backing these films, they will be sure to grab eyeballs.

Choices abound in the romance/ rom-com genre as well. Fans can watch out for films like Baar Baar Dekho (which brings a new pairing to the big screen), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (a K-Jo production featuring an all-star cast), Befikre (with yet another new pairing) and of course, Badrinath Ki Dulhania (a film that brings together Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan’s crackling chemistry for the third time).

Having said all this, some of the films that truly stand out among the upcoming Hindi movies are the ones which have raised expectations beyond limits. Early 2017 will see two of the biggest, most anticipated releases for obvious reasons. Raees will see Shah Rukh Khan in an anti-hero persona and Hrithik Roshan’s home production Kaabil has already made headlines for signing a huge satellite deal. Other films, that discerning fans are really looking forward to, are the Amitabh Bachchan starrer Shoojit Sircar film Pink, Farhan Akhtar’s rock and roll extravaganza Rock On!!2, Neeraj Pandey’s biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story which needs no explanation, Vishal Bhardwaj’s most expensive film till date Rangoon,  a period drama, and Phillauri, which has a known face from Hollywood alongside Anushka Sharma.

Upcoming Bollywood Movies (Hindi) of 2016-17 (Exclusive List)

Here is a comprehensive list of the best upcoming Bollywood movies with their release dates that we can expect to see in 2016 and 2017.

1. Akira (September 2016)

Directed By: AR Murugadoss
Cast:  Sonakshi Sinha, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anurag Kashyap Amit Sadh, Raai Laxmi, Urmila Mahanta, Atul Kulkarni
Produced By: AR Murugadoss, Fox Star Studios
Expected Release Date: 2 September 2016

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Akira is an action drama which is an official Hindi language remake of the Tamil film Mouna Guru (2011). The film recounts the journey of a girl who is not afraid to fight back. Sonakshi will be seen in the role of an action diva for the first time in the film the story of which has been set in Mumbai and Rajasthan. Renowned director Anurag Kashyap will be playing a police officer in the film with Konkona Sen  Sharma as his assistant. Sonakshi has undergone immense training in order to portray the central role. The music of the film has been created by Vishal-Shekhar. You can watch the trailer here.

2. Baar Baar Dekho (September 2016)

Directed By: Nitya Mehra
Cast: Katrina Kaif, Siddharth Malhotra
Producer: Excel Entertainment (co-produced by Dharma Productions)
Expected Release Date:  9 September 2016

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Baar Baar Dekho is a romantic comedy film that will be a celebration of love, as co-producer Karan Johar puts it. This film ticks a whole box of firsts. To start off, it will be the first time that we will collaboration between Katrina Kaif and Siddharth Malhotra. Another big first is that it marks the directorial debut of Nitya Mehra, who has projects like Life of Pi and The Reluctant Fundamentalist under her belt. Siddharth Malhotra has revealed in interviews that the film will follow a love story spanning across years. If reports are to be believed, the film will trace a couple’s journey as they go from 18 to 60 years old, through the technique of flashbacks and forward jumps in the narrative. The film has been in production since August 2015 and has been shot across international locations. It is surely one of the most anticipated upcoming Bollywood Movies of 2016.

3. Pink (September 2016)

Directed by: Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari
Produced By: Shoojit Sircar
Expected Release Date: 16 September 2016

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Pink is said to be a social thriller and it marks the entry of national award winning director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury into the Hindi film industry. There was a lot of speculation over the proceedings of the film and it was originally thought to be titled Eve until Amitabh Bachchan busted that myth by confirming the title of the film as Pink. The film has been in production since March 8, 2016, which is celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day. From the looks of it, the film is being shot predominantly in Delhi.

4. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (September 2016)

Directed by:  Neeraj Pandey
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher
Produced By: Arun Pandey, Fox Star Studios
Expected Release Date: 30 September 2016

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The name in the title needs no introduction. Sushant Singh Rajput essays the role of the Indian cricket sensation Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with Kiara Advani plays the role of his wife, Sakshi Singh Rawat. The film will include many little-known facts about Dhoni’s life alongside the ones that are known throughout the world. Characters like cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar, Saurav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh will also find representation in the Neeraj Pandey film. Music in the film has been scored by Amaal Mallik and Sanjoy Chowdhury. It is surely going to be one of the best upcoming Hindi Movies of 2016 in sposrts drama section. Watch the teaser here.

5. Mirzya (October 2016)

Directed By: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Cast:  Harshvardhan Kapoor , Saiyami Kher, Om Puri
Produced By:  Rohit Khattar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, P.S. Bharathi, Rajiv Tandon
Expected Release Date: 7 October 2016

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This film is an epic action romance based on the legend of Mirzya-Sahiban set against contemporary days. It has been set in rural Rajasthan and the present day narrative will be interspersed with flashes of dramatised folklore. It stars debutant Harshvardhan Kapoor, veteran actor Anil Kapoor’s son as the male lead and Saiyami Kher as the female lead. The music of the film has been scored by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. Mirzya is no doubt one of the most exciting upcoming Bolywood Movies of this current running year. Watch the trailer here.

6. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (October 2016)

Directed By: Karan Johar
Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan
Produced By: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar
Expected Release Date: 28 October 2016

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This one is expected to be a big release going by the names associated with it. With an all-star cast, it will be a romance drama. The idea of the film reportedly came to Karan Johar when he was abroad and he signed on the leading stars almost immediately. Production began in September 2015 and the film has been shot in international locations like London and Paris and Vienna. The music for the film has been scored by Pritam.

7. Shivaay (October 2016)

Directed by: Ajay Devgn
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sayyeshaa Saigal, Ali Kazmi, Vir Das
Produced By: Ajay Devgn
Expected Release Date: 28 October 2016

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Ajay Devgn’s next venture will be an action packed experience for moviegoers and it will target the Diwali weekend audience along with Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. The film has seen much hype and Devgn has gone all out with the publicity by sharing on-location photos and videos. Much of the film has been shot abroad and Devgn has shared videos of shooting action sequences in the Balkan Range of Bulgaria and judging by them, the actor seems to have done all the action sequences himself, without the aid of a body double. The lead actress in the film, Sayyeshaa Saigal, hails from a line of renowned actors; she is related to Saira Banu. The plot of the film has been kept tightly under wraps and that had fired rumours from it being based on Amish’s The Immortals of Meluha to Liam Neeson’s cult film, Taken. All we know is that Shivaay is the name of the lead male character of the film, to be portrayed by Devgn. Shivaay is also supposed to star Salman Khan in a cameo role.  The music of the film has been scored by Mithoon. This upcoming Bollywood Movies of Ajay Devgn is surely gonna create some box office records in upcoming months.

8. Rock On!! 2 (November 2016)

Directed By: Sujaat Saudagar
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal, Purab Kohli, Shraddha Kapoor, Prachi Desai, Shashank Arora, Shahana Goswami
Produced By: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
Expected Release Date: 11 November 2016

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The sequel to the 2008 film Rock On! which gained immense popularity among fans, this will see Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Purab Kohli reprising their roles as musicians along with Prachi Desai, who had played Akhtar’s wife in the first film. The film, like its predecessor, promises to celebrate music, though in a different avatar this time around. The film has been shot majorly in Shillong, Meghalaya. Akhtar said in January this year that the film will be as much about regional conflicts as personal ones, and the area in focus will be the North-East as it fulfils the twin necessity of being huge on the rock and roll scene as well as being the seat of many political disputes. The film will also feature regional bands as well as songs in regional languages. The music of this film will be one to watch out for. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Pentagram are the two biggies responsible for scoring the music. Actress Shraddha Kapoor is also supposed to be lending her voice to the film’s soundtrack.

9. Dear Zindagi (November 2016)

Directed By: Gauri Shinde
Cast:  Alia Bhatt, Shah Rukh Khan, Ali Zafar, Aditya Roy Kapoor, Kunal Kapoor, Angad Bedi
Produced By: Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, R Balki
Expected Release Date:  25 November 2016

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Seems like this one will be one refreshing film to come out of the Bollywood stables rolling out one generic film after the other. In that sense, many of the new releases seem to be promising on that front. For many, the involvement of King Khan is enough to be drawn to the theatre, but those banking on him being the lead will be disappointed. It has been reported that Alia Bhatt will be the leading actor in the film, and contrary to prior speculations, SRK will not be romancing her in the Gauri Shinde film. In fact, he will appear in a supporting role as a life coach to Alia Bhatt’s character; and though it will be short, it will be consequential.  The film is also grabbing attention for the fact that it seems Alia will be romancing not one, but four men in the film. Whatever be the case, the film will be centred around her. Gauri Shinde’s first directorial venture English Vinglish was a daring and different film which received appraisal from critics and viewers alike and brought back Sridevi after a long break from acting. We are expecting nothing less from this star-studded affair that promises to be an experience. Music for the film has been scored by Amit Trivedi. Dear Zindagi will share its release date with Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani 2, and both the movies are one of the most-awiated upcoming Bollywood Movies of present year.

10. Kahaani 2 (November 2016)

Directed By: Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Vidya Balan, Arjun Rampal
Produced By: Sujoy Ghosh, Jayantilal Gada
Expected Release Date: 25 November 2016

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A sequel to the thriller film Kahaani (2012), this one features Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal in the lead roles. Production for the film began in March 2016 and the story has been penned written by director Sujoy Ghosh. The first film was shot majorly in Kolkata and upheld a side of the city that was previously ignored in national and international representations. Kahaani had satisfied audience’s expectations for a great thriller with a twist, and we hope to see no less from its sequel.

11. Befikre (December 2016)

Directed By: Aditya Chopra
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Vaani Kapoor
Produced By: Aditya Chopra
Expected Release Date: 9 December 2016

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This will mark the comeback of Aditya Chopra as a director. His last directorial venture was eight years ago with the film Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. The lead actors were announced in October 2015. Though according to rumours Ranveer Singh had been facing scheduling conflicts due to signing Zoya Akhtar’s next film, everyone has huge expectations from this Yash Raj film. Music for the film which has largely been shot in France has been scored by Javed Akhtar and Vishal-Shekhar. Befikre is the hottest upcoming Bollywood Hindi Movies of 2016 for sure.

12. Dangal (December 2016)

Directed By: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra
Produced By: Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Expected Release Date:  23 December 2016

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Aamir Khan’s next film is a sports-drama film based on the life on real life wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat from Haryana who trained his daughters to be the first female wrestlers from India to win medals at the Commonwealth Games. According to the makers, Dangal will be unlike the slew of sports films to come out of Bollywood owing to a major difference in its storyline that is centred around the empowerment of women. Dangal is the native name of the sport in India. A few days earlier, Salman Khan had said that he had advised Aamir to not go for a ripped look for an authentic experience, and we have heard that Aamir has amped up the body fat for the same purposes. Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra are to play Phogat’s daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari respectively. Small screen actress Sakshi Tanwar has been signed on to play Phogat’s wife, Daya Kaur. The film has been shot across locations in Punjab and Haryana. The music for the film has been done by Pritam and Amitabh Bhattacharya has penned the lyrics.

13. Raees (January 2017)

Directed By: Rahul Dholakia
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan,  Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Mahira Khan
Produced By: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, Gauri Khan
Expected Release Date: 26 January 2017

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Undoubtedly one of the biggest releases among the upcoming Bollywood Movies slated for next year, this film is inspired by the life of criminal Abdul Latif and follows the story of a bootlegger by the name of Raees Khan, a character that has been played by Shah Rukh Khan. Nawazuddin Siddiqui plays the role of a police officer in pursuit of Raees. The film will also have an appearance by Sunny Leone  in a song. Production for the film began in April last year and it has been shot primarily in Gujarat. The film has faced some controversial situations as it has received a legal notice by Latif’s son for making a film on his life without any permission. This film is expected to be one of the biggest releases of 2017, even though it is to share its opening day with Sanjay Gupta’s Kaabil. The music of the film has been scored by Ram Sampath. Watch the teaser here.

14. Kaabil (January 2017)

Directed By: Sanjay Gupta
Cast:  Hrithik Roshan, Yami Gautam
Produced By: Rakesh Roshan
Expected Release Date: 26 January 2017
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Hrithik Roshan’s home production, like SRK’s Raees, is expected to be one of the big releases of next year and it will reach theatres on the same day as Raees, with both films trying to draw in a major number of audiences on the Republic Day weekend .  The film stars Yami Gautam as the film’s lead actress while Ronit and Rohit Roy plays antagonists. Satellite rights of the film were sold for a whopping sum of INR 45 crore even before filming began. Oscar winner Resul Pookutty will reportedly be helming the film’s sound design while music will be scored by Rajesh Roshan. It is by far the most enthrillating upcoming Bollywood Movies of 2017.

15. Rangoon (February 2017)

Directed By: Vishal Bhardwaj
Cast:  Saif Ali Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Shahid Kapoor
Produced By:  Sajid Nadiadwala, Vishal Bhardwaj, Rekha Bhardwaj, Siddharth Roy Kapoor
Expected Release Date: 24 February 2017

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The Haider director’s next film will be a historical romance drama set in the Burmese city of Rangoon. Touted to be the most expensive project ever undertaken by Bhardwaj, the film is set in the 1940s against the backdrop of WWII where a lot of Indians lost their lives owing to the clash between Indian soldiers fighting in the British army and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army in Rangoon. The film was in production from November last year to May of this year. There have been rumours that the film will have another important female character other than the one portrayed by Ranaut. Bhardwaj has said that this project is extremely close to his heart and he had been planning for it ever since he made Omkara ten years back. The actors have reportedly had to do a lot of research for their characters and Bhardwaj said he was very happy with the results. Interestingly, the film releases a day before Shahid Kapoor’s birthday.

16.  Badrinath Ki Dulhania (March 2017)

Directed By: Shashank Khaitan
Cast:  Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt
Produced By: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Expected Release Date: 10 March 2017

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The second film in a franchise that started with the 2014 hit Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania will belong to the romantic drama genre. This film will pair Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan for the third time after Student of the Year and Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania. Though people assumed that the film would be a sequel to the first film in the franchise, Alia Bhatt went on to bust any such notions by confirming that the film will have a completely different story from Humpty Sharma. It will not be in any way a continuation and the two actors will not be reprising their roles from the first film. The only common feature will be the fact that it will be a love story, she added. Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania portrayed the endearing love story between a spunky Ambala girl and a happy-go-lucky Delhi boy that audiences enjoyed immensely. We hope this one will be as captivating.

17. Phillauri (March 2017)

Directed By: Anshai Lal
Cast:  Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh, Suraj Sharma, Mehreen Pirzada
Produced By:  Anushka Sharma, Karnesh Sharma
Expected Release Date: 31 March 2017

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Phillauri, a romantic comedy film, is named after the residents of Phillaur town in Punjab, who are known as Phillauris. This film will mark the second Bollywood film of actor Diljit Dosanjh after Udta Punjab. Suraj Sharma of Life of Pi fame will also feature in the film. The film which wrapped up its shooting around June this year is presently in post production. The film has been written by Anvita Dutt and has been directed by newcomer Anshai Lal.

18. Half Girlfriend (April 2017)

Directed By: Mohit Suri
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Amy Jackson, Seema Biswas, Vikrant Massey
Produced By:  Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Mohit Suri, Chetan Bhagat
Expected Release Date: 28 April 2017
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The Bolly adaptation of the popular Chetan Bhagat novel brings actors Arjun Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor for the first time as an on screen couple. Author Chetan Bhagat is also a producer of the upcoming Hindi film. For the adaptation, both Arjun and Shraddha have been reportedly sweating it out by taking intensive lessons in basketball in order to faithfully portray the charcters Madhav Jha and Riya Somani. The film will follow the life of a Bihari boy from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi who falls in love with a rich girl. Both have one thing in common- their love for basketball. The film is being shot across locations like New York, Delhi and Bihar. The music of the film will feature songs by Rishi Rich. Shraddha Kapoor will also be singing for the film.

19. Baadshaho (May 2017)

Directed By: Milan Luthria
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Emraan Hashmi, Rahul Verma, Ileana D’Cruz, Vidyut Jammwal, Esha Gupta
Produced By: Bhushan Kumar, Krishnan Kumar, Milan Luthria
Expected Release Date: 12 May 2017

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The Dirty Picture and Once Upon a Time in Mumbai maker’s upcoming release will be a thriller set in the Emergency era of the 1970s.The film will reportedly go on floors in August with a 15-day schedule in Mumbai, followed by a two-month schedule in Rajasthan. Luthria is collaborating with a foreign action director for Baadshaho and its music includes Rajasthani folk with a funky twist, composed by Ankit Tiwari. It is among the list of best upcoming Hindi movies of 2017 for sure.

20. Tubelight (June 2017)

Directed By: Kabir Khan
Cast: Salman Khan, Sohail Khan, Tim Lawrence
Produced By: Salman Khan
Expected Release Date: Eid 2017

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After Bajrangi Bahijaan, Kabir Khan is reported to have started working on his next big release with brothers Salman Khan and Sohail Khan. The two have been cast together in a film for the first time  since the 2009 dud Main Aurr Mrs Khanna. The film is currently being shot in Ladakh and it will reportedly star Salman Khan in a never-before-seen role. Tubelight is a period film with 1962’s Indo-Chinese war as the backdrop against which Salman is rumoured to play a man-child, an act that will evoke a mix of emotion and humour. We totally get where the title of the film comes from. The film was originally rumoured to star Deepika Padukone opposite Salman, but it has later been suggested that it will star a Chinese actress as Salman’s leading lady.

This is all for now. But be sure that we will have regular updates regarding all the upcoming Bollywood Movies of 2016-17 for you. So if you are interested in upcoming Hindi Movies and their release dates then feel free to check this page regularly.

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