This is going to be a good year for audiences who are interested in seeing new pairs on-screen. While Anushka Sharma pairs up with Aamir Khan in one film, Bombay Velvet has her opposite rising superstar Ranbir Kapoor. One film old Alia Bhatt also has two interesting pairings this year with Arjun Kapoor (in 2 States) and the much older Randeep Hooda (in Highway). Two of the most accomplished actors of this generation—Vidya Balan and Farhan Akhtar—come together for the breezy romcom Shaddi Ke Side/Effects. Interestingly, this year two actress at the top of their game—Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra will be seen with actors junior to them. Priyanka will be seen with Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Gunday, the Kapoor lad is paired with Deepika in Finding Franny Fernandes.
Bollywood has often been accused of being largely a man’s domain with its actresses being offered mostly glamour roles. But in 2014, a slew of heroine-oriented films are expected to hit theatres. After the fantastic Dedh Ishqiya, Madhuri Dixit will be seen as a social crusader to takes up violence to protect the rights women in Gulab Gang. Based on the life of Sampat Pal, a real-life crusader from Bundelkand region, the film has Juhi Chawla playing her conniving adversary. Vidya, who has been a pioneer in redefining the role of women, will be seen in the title role of Bobby Jasoos. Bollywood hasn’t seen a female detective in a lead role before. There is also Kangna Ranaut’s Queen and Priyanka’s Mary Kom biopic. More power to these ladies!
In the next 12 months, Bollywood also has literary characters by Shakespeare to Chetan Bhagat being brought to celluloid in films like Haider and 2 States. There is also a strong trend towards multistarrers with films like Raju Hirani’s PK and Farah Khan’s Happy New Year leading the way. From the fabulous Dedh Ishiqya to Singham 2 and Welcome Back, the trend of sequels will continue in 2014.