14 Most Anticipated Indian Films yet to come in 2014

So first 2 months of 2014 have passed & we had some amazing films to our company like Dedh Ishqiya, Miss Lovely, Highway & Kamal Swaroop’s cult classic Om Dar-B-Dar. We even had nausea inducing & cringe worthy masala entertainers like Yaariyaan, Jai Ho & Gunday to counteract that. With Queen getting immense critical acclaim from every front, surely 2014 looks like a great year & there is more yet to come. There are many such films yet to release in coming months of 2014 that have managed to create curiosity or buzz for them with their unique theme or star cast. So here’s a list of 14 Most Anticipated Indian Films yet to come in 2014 -

14. Peddlers
Director – Vasan Bala
Cast – Gulshan Deviah, Nimrat Kaur, Siddharth Menon & Kriti Malhotra

Vasan Bala’s debut was showcased at Cannes in 2012 but struggled to get theatrical release as no distributors wanted to invest in this tale of drugs, lust & Bombay’s portrayal as a ghost city.

13. NH 10
Director – Navdeep Singh
Cast – Anushka Sharma & Neil Bhoopalam

After stellar debut in Manorama Six Feet Under (2006), Navdeep Singh faced disappointment when his most ambitious project Rock The Shaadi – A Big Fat Punjabi Wedding meets zombie apocalypse starring Abhay Deol & Genelia D’souza was shelved. Finally he is filming his next which is a horror thriller about a road trip gone wrong. Anushka has co-produced this with Anurag Kashyap.

12. Monsoon Shootout
Director – Amit Kumar
Cast – Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Verma, Tanishtha Chatterjee & Neeraj Kabi

Amit Kumar’s Monsoon Shootout too was screened at Cannes 2013 & received extremely positive reviews. It narrates a story of a cop struggling to make a decision of killing a notorious gangster in the heavy rains of Mumbai.

11. Filmistaan
Director – Nitin Kakkar
Cast – Sharib Hashmi & Kumud Mishra

After impressing critics over various International film festivals & winning National Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi (2012), Nitin Kakkar’s Filmistaan finally gets a theatrical release. It is a satirical story of bollywood buff & wannabe actor getting abducted by an Islamic terrorist group while shooting for film in desert areas of Rajasthan.

10. Finding Fanny Fernandes
Director – Homi Adajania
Cast – Deepika Padukone, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Arjun Kapoor & Pankaj Kapur

After his mind blowing neo-noir debut Being Cyrus (2005), Homi disappointed with his sappy romance in Cocktail (2012). But with a dysfunctional Goan family on a road trip, Homi is back in action with this quirky film. Produced by Saif Ali Khan & that’s what you call an outstanding star cast. DP is on a roll!!!

9. City Lights
Director – Hansal Mehta
Cast – Rajkumar Rao, Patralekha & Geetanjali Thapa

Official remake of Oscar nominated British film Metro Manila (2013), City Lights marks second collaboration between Hansal Mehta & Rajkumar Rao who gave one of the finest biopic in Indian cinema, Shahid (2013). Produced by Mahesh Bhatt.

8. Katiyabaaz (Powerless)
Director – Deepti Kakkar & Fahad Mustafa
Cast – Real people

After commercial success of extremely hilarious satire Supermen Of Malegaon (2012), comedy-documentaries are slowly but gradually gaining their foothold in Bollywood. Based on long power cuts in Kanpur, Katiyabaaz traces the story of a man who supplies illegal electricity while local government’s angst and search for him. Best part of this documentary is that it offers stories from both perspectives. Music by Indian Ocean.

7. Ugly
Director – Anurag Kashyap
Cast – Ronit Roy, Vineet Kumar, Tejaswini Kolhapure, Rahul Bhatt & Siddhant Kapoor

The biggest disappointment of 2013 was no release of Anurag Kashyap’s dark thriller Ugly. A simple child kidnapping gets more complex as true & ugly faces of people are revealed. Hope Censor Board understands and gets away with those anti-smoking watermarks. And boy! Ronit Roy looks like a badass!!

6. Haider
Director – Vishal Bhardwaj
Cast – Shahid Kapur, Irrfan, Kay Kay Menon, Tabu & Shraddha Kapoor

VB completes his trilogy of Shakespeare adaption by adapting his Hamlet into Haider set in ‘90s Kashmir. Hope this film brings back the hero Shahid Kapur actually was (Kaminey, Jab We Met). Also it marks VB’s collaboration with his hit Maqbool pair – Irrfan & Tabu. Gulzar’s lyrics & VB’s music. Simply waiting.

5. Tumbaad
Director – Rahi Anil Barve
Cast – Sohum Shah

Anand Gandhi after tasting critical & commercial success with Ship Of Theseus is back but this time as a producer. With almost same crew as that of SOT (Pankaj Kumar as DOP & Sohum Shah in lead) Tumbaad is a period horror thriller set in pre & post independence era of Pune. For me the genre of Period Horror Thriller itself is so luring. Plus Rahi Anil Barve made an ultra dark disturbing B&W short film Maanjha which was praised by many including Danny Boyle for its unsettling theme.

4. Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
Director – Dibakar Banerjee
Cast – Sushant Singh Rajput, Anand Tiwari & Sohum Shah

Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s famous Bengali detective Byomkesh Bakshi is set to be revived in Bollywood by Dibakar Banerjee. Being filmed as a series, Detective Byomkesh Bakshy (first part in so-called series) will showcase young 20-something Byomkesh (Sushant Singh Rajput) solving crimes in 1940 Calcutta with his trusted assistant Ajit (Anand Tiwari). Very much similar to Sherlock Holmes series, movie will also have a super intelligent villain trying to wage war in British occupied India. Looks damn promising and yes it is being co-produced by YRF.

3. P.K.
Director – Rajkumar Hirani
Cast – Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani & Sanjay Dutt

A Rajkumar Hirani film is just not a film it is a subject for any budding filmmaker to understand how films are made, how characters are written, how editing is done & how humour is mixed superbly with narrative. Hirani has himself created a genre for himself with feel good yet intellectual films like Munnabhai Series & 3 Idiots. Teaming up yet again with Aamir Khan, Hirani’s P.K. is a religious satire on self styled god men in our country co-written by superbly talented Abhijat Joshi. Do you still need a reason to watch this one?

2. Bombay Velvet
Director – Anurag Kashyap
Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar, Kay Kay Menon & Raveena Tandon

Based on Gyan Prakash’s book Mumbai Fables, Bombay Velvet is a neo-noir drama thriller set in ‘50s & ‘60s Bombay showcasing how Bombay transformed into a metropolis. The most interesting thing is that Ranbir Kapoor plays Street Boxer; Anushka & Raveena play Jazz singers while Karan Johar plays an egoistic Parsi Businessman (main antagonist). Also Kashyap reunites with his Dev.D team – Amit Trivedi (Music), Amitabh Bhattacharya (Lyrics) & Rajeev Ravi (DOP). Christmas 2014 will be exciting to wait for.

1. Qissa – The Tale of a Lonely Ghost
Director – Anup Singh
Cast – Irrfan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome & Rasika Duggal

Undoubtedly the most awaited film of the year is Anup Singh’s Qissa set in 1947 partitioned Punjab. It is a story of a man who raises his youngest daughter as a son. Irrfan’s power packed performance, dark theme of confused sexuality, partition, political turmoil & women oppression are reason enough to watch this Punjabi-hindi film. This film was awarded with Netpac Award for best Asian film at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Hope you liked the list. Feel free to comment about your most awaited/anticipated film yet to release in 2014.


{ Amogh Rathore } at: March 17, 2014 at 1:01 AM said...

No happy new year? Are you kidding me?

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 17, 2014 at 1:06 AM said...

I am more interested in Indie sensible films & not commercial masala entertainers. So Happy New Year doesn't feature here. May be you can have it in your list. I did like OSO.

{ Ashish } at: March 17, 2014 at 1:32 AM said...

Qissa,Haider,Detective Byomkesh Bakshi ke tenative release dates bataiye please.

{ Sameer } at: March 17, 2014 at 1:51 AM said...

Really an interesting list and I would prefer to watch this kind of movie

{ Anurag Verma } at: March 17, 2014 at 2:10 AM said...

Happy new year wtf go get a life mr amogh or better watch pogo

{ Anurag Verma } at: March 17, 2014 at 2:10 AM said...

Happy new year wtf go get a life mr amogh or better watch pogo

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 17, 2014 at 2:31 AM said...

@ashish - Qissa may release in couple of months, Haider is slated for September release while Detective Byomkesh Bakshy in December.

{ Yogesh Pant } at: March 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM said...

Awesome list dude .. thanks for compiling. Can't wait enough :)

{ tmk asif } at: March 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM said...

srk bhul gaya

{ tmk asif } at: March 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM said...

happy new year n raes bhul gaya

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 17, 2014 at 11:27 AM said...

@tmk asif - Raes toh Eid 2015 release hai aur Happy New Year ke liye upar jawaab diya hai.

{ nambiar } at: March 18, 2014 at 9:26 AM said...

Jal seems to be a promising one too. I think its having April release

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 18, 2014 at 9:51 AM said...

Yes it looked promising but I had already compiled the list by the time came across it. There may be several such films coming up in near future. It's great that someone knows about it. :)

{ SalWoman Khan } at: March 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM said...

NO Happy New Year...Ignorant low life SRK Hater spotted.........

{ SalWoman Khan } at: March 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM said...

These are ppl who think they understand cinema,when in reality they are nothing but a wannabe american Indians who think they are highly intelligent creatures by watching movies which even other ppl watch without showing off...nobody cares for ur list...must be an aamir khan fan,aamir himself can't act and only gives one expression that is eyebrows up in every second scene.........

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 18, 2014 at 11:28 AM said...

@SalWoman Khan - I am not an ignorant low life SRK hater. He was a great actor. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Swades, Chak De India, OSO & Darr were his best works. Just that his film doesn't feature here is because of late his acting is not up to the par & Chennai Express was way to pedestrian & Farah Khan has given awful TMK in past. So expectations are low. And yeah am not even Aamir Khan fan. He was dumbfuck in Dhoom 3 & only reason P.K. features here is because of Rajkumar Hirani. And I don't think anyone hated Munnabhai series or 3 Idiots. So if you think we are wannabe American Indians & watch surreal & arty films than that's our choice. You find happiness in watching Khan's films, go ahead have a great time watching his kind of cinema. No one here is shoving their opinions up your ass.

Everyone has their opinions & choices. Try respecting them.

{ rahul singh } at: March 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM said...

80% OF movies will dissappear without any trace like MH370!

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM said...

@rahul singh - Considering the kind of applause Ship of Theseus, Lunchbox & Shahid got last year, I don't think so.

{ Tushar } at: March 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM said...
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{ Tushar } at: March 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM said...

I more or less agree to the list. But one movie that should be at least in the top 5 and is strangely completely missing is Kanu Behl's "Titli". It was in the Screenwriter's lab and won some award at Film Bazaar.

{ Jay Dhruv } at: March 19, 2014 at 12:32 PM said...

@tushar - Yeah I know about that movie but don't know much if it's plot. So couldn't include here. Titli is produced by Dibakar Banerjee & YRF. Will be even waiting for it. It was there in NFDC's Screenwriter Lab. :)

{ Debarpan Sinha Roy } at: August 16, 2014 at 12:19 PM said...
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{ Debarpan Sinha Roy } at: August 16, 2014 at 12:21 PM said...

Can anyone tell me a way to watch these movies? I am neither able to find any link to watch it online nor any torrent to download. Sounds like the majority junta is oblivious about these awesome movies and there ain't any such hullabaloo like the so called block busters, where a link appears the next day a film releases...alas!
Any aid will be appreciated.

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