The 6 most eagerly awaited Bollywood films of 2022

Written By: Subhash K Jha

While 2020 was a near-blank in the movie theatres, 2021 showed a gradual revival of the movie-theatre business with  Rohit Shetty’s 'Sooryavanshi', and especially 'Spiderman No Way Home' bringing the audience back into theatres. 2022 has an impressive lineup of potentially explosive blockbusters.  Here are the ones that are likely to bring audiences back in the first half of the year.

Gangubai Kathiawadi

Because it’s Sanjay Leela Bhansali. This means something extraordinary. This  time Bhansali moves out of his comfort zone.Abandoning the epic opulence of 'Devdas', 'Bajirao Mastani' and 'Padmaavat' he has  carved a no-flab slinky and sinewy gangster  epic which is  not dark and dingy but actually great fun to watch. Alia Bhatt’s career will move to the  next level with this. Don’t expect Rajamouli’s RRR to do anything for her career. 



SS Rajamouli…. Baahubali !!!  Do we need to say anything more? This will be the 'Spiderman No Way Home' of  2022, although on the minus side, Ramcharan Teja and NTR Jr,  the two lads  looming over the lush stunts, have a  zero market in the cow belt. But then, who knew Prabhas before 'Baahubali'? Rajamouli’s trademark grandeur and incredible  storytelling prowess are the two heroes of this breathlessly awaited  film.



Ranbir Kapoor returns to the screen after a hiatus of almost three years. Was he missed? We shall soon know. Is  he convincing as a ferocious dacoit, a role that his  super-talented Dad Rishi Kapoor would  never  have touched with a bargepole? We shall soon know. Will director Karan Malhotra make a hash of it the way he did  with the remake of 'Agneepath'?Why is 'Shamshera' in my list  of the  most awaited films of the year?  Because I am told it is not a routine dacoit drama like 'Mera Gaon Mera Desh' or 'Mujhe Jeene Do'. It is raw and real. And  there are no galloping horses. Because the Chambal Valley never had any horses. 


Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2

Kartik Aaryan is on a winning streak. He steps into Anees Bazmi’s crazy crazy world with hilarious results. Trust me, this will be the funniest film of the year. For one, Anees’ film is as far removed from Priyadarshan’s 'Bhool Bhulaiya' from 2007 as humanly possible. I am fully confident this is going to be the laughter tank of 2022.


Laal Singh Chadha

Because it is Aamir Khan. And because it is Aamir Khan doing a Tom Hanks in 'Forrest Gump'. I have always thought of Aamir as India’s Hanks,and that’s a huge compliment. Like Hanks, Aamir seldom errs in the selection  of his  films and roles. 'Laal Singh Chadha' has Aamir reliving the entire history of India,from the Partition in 1947 to the fall of the Babri Masjid. Salman Khan attempted something  similar in Bharat and failed. That’s where this Khan steps in.



According to me  Ajay Devgn is the top most box office draw of Bollywood in present times. In 'Maidaan' he plays the legendary football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. All the football matches are  played with real footballers from the worldover. The director is Amit Sharma who made the ground-breaking 'Badhaai Ho' in 2019. Sharma is one of the brightest directorial talents of the post-Bhansali generation. This film will do what Kabir Khan’s ’83 couldn’t do to the sports genre. 

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