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From 83 to Ram Setu: Every Hindi film that will arrive in theatres this year and in 2022

The announcement pertaining to the reopening of cinema halls in Maharashtra has spurred producers into revealing the release dates of long-awaited projects.

The Cinestaan Team

The beleaguered Hindi film industry has heaved a collective sigh of relief now that theatres in the all-crucial state of Maharashtra will be reopened after 22 October. The shutters have been down since April this year when the deadly second wave of COVID-19 hit the nation.

Now that the green signal has been given, a mad dash to reach audiences has been prompted and big banners like Yash Raj Films and Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment have unveiled their lineup for this year and the next.

Here’s a comprehensive list of projects to look forward to:

Bunty Aur Babli 2 — 19 November

Directed by Varun Sharma, the sequel to the 2005 crime caper was set to be released in June 2020. Due to the first wave of the pandemic, it was later added to Yash Raj Films' slate for 2021 and readied for release in April. Now, the Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvari Wagh and Saif Ali Khan-starrer will hit the screens on 19 November.

The makers revealed their plans on social media, as part of the flurry of film releases that were announced in wake of the news about the reopening of cinema halls in Maharashtra.

Satyameva Jayate 2 — 26 November

Another sequel that will finally make its way to the movie houses is Milap Zaveri's Satyameva Jayate 2. Starring John Abraham, the film was initially scheduled for a theatrical release on 2 October 2020. The lockdown ensured that the makers had no choice but to move dates.

It later set up a clash with Salman Khan's Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai (2021) in the Eid weekend of 2021. Even when Salman Khan opted for a direct-to-digital release for his action film, the makers of Satyameva Jayate 2 stayed patient. Now, the film is scheduled for a theatrical release on 26 November.

Tadap — 3 December

Sajid Nadiadwala's launch vehicle for Suniel Shetty's son, Ahan, has been waiting to see the light of day since 2020. The film was expected to arrive in theatres on 24 September, before being shifted to 3 December 2021.

Now, the film will be released on 3 December. Featuring Ahan and Tara Sutaria, the film has been helmed by Milan Luthria.

Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui — 10 December

While the film was announced and completed in the lockdown, director Abhishek Kapoor could not find a way to release his Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui. Slotted for a 9 July 2021 release, the project was hampered by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.

With the opening up of theatres, a pumped-up Ayushmann Khurrana shared the announcement of his romance drama with Vaani Kapoor. The film will arrive in the last month of the year, on 10 December.

83 — 25 December

Ranveer Singh's much-anticipated sports drama 83, which revolves around the Indian cricket team's maiden World Cup triumph in 1983, has zeroed in on the vacant spot of Christmas 2021.

The spot was earlier occupied by Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha. The film will see Singh portray Kapil Dev while Deepika Padukone will play his wife, Romi Dev. Directed by Kabir Khan, 83 was set to be released in April 2020, but it was moved to June 2021 due to the first wave of the pandemic. But the makers had to again change their plans after the second wave of coronavirus and now it will finally make its way to theatres on 25 December in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.

Jersey — 31 December

Continuing the theme of cricket fever in cinema halls, Shahid Kapoor's awaited Jersey will hit the screens on New Year's Eve, just a week after the release of 83.

The official remake of Telugu hit Jersey (2019), which tells a story of a failed cricketer who decides to return to the pitch in his late thirties to fulfil his son's wish, was initially slated for a theatrical release in August 2020. The date makers later shifted their sights to Diwali 2021, which now has been captured Akshay Kumar's Sooryavanshi. The drama has been directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, who helmed the original film.

Gangubai Kathiawadi - 6 January 2022

Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Gangubai Kathiawadi, starring Alia Bhatt, reunites the director with the star after the shelved Inshallah. Announced way back in 2019, the film was scheduled for a theatrical release in September 2020. With the pandemic delays and lockdown, it was pushed to July 2021. However, both times the dreaded pandemic laid waste to the producer's plans.

With the lockdown on theatres finally lifted, Bhansali Productions announced the new release date on 6 January 2022. Bhatt plays the young madam of a Mumbai brothel in the period film. Ajay Devgn joins the film in special appearance.

Prithviraj — 21 January 2022

Making way for Sooryavanshi, Akshay Kumar's period epic Prithviraj has now moved to 21 January 2022.

The historical film which marks the acting debut of Miss World Manushi Chhilar was scheduled for a Diwali 2021 release. Directed by filmmaker Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, the film also stars Sanjay Dutt and Sonu Sood.

Attack - 26 January 2022

After missing out on two Independence Days in 2020 and 2021, the John Abraham-starrer Attack is now all set to hit the theatres on the 2022 Republic Day (26 January).

Directed by the first timer Lakshya Raj Anand and produced by Jayantilal Gada's Pen Movies, Attack is an out-and-out action film. The story is about a group of people taken hostage by the baddies. John plays the rescuer who is determined to foil the plans of the wrongdoers.

Laal Singh Chaddha — 14 February 2022

Aamir Khan's Laal Singh Chaddha has moved back from its earlier announced December release to Valentine’s Day 2022.

The Advait Chandan film, an official remake of Tom Hanks’s Forrest Gump (1994), was scheduled to be released on Christmas 2021 but has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The film also stars Telugu actor Naga Chaitanya, who is making his debut in Hindi cinema, and Kareena Kapoor Khan.

Jayeshbhai Jordaar — 25 February 2022

Directed by Divyang Thakkar, Jayeshbhai Jordaar was earlier supposed to be released on 2 October 2020 and was later pushed to 27 August 2021 because of the second COVID-19 wave. The film will now arrive in theatres on 25 February 2022.

The film will see Ranveer Singh play the titular character of Jayeshbhai. He is an unlikely hero who ends up achieving something extraordinary when faced with a threatening situation. He also believes in equality between men and women.

Bachchan Pandey — 4 March 2022

The Akshay Kumar-starrer Bachchan Pandey was earlier expected to clash with Laal Singh Chadha on Christmas 2020 but this was averted due to the intervention of Aamir Khan. With the arrival of COVID-19, the film, obviously, got delayed and was then supposed to be out on Republic Day 2022. The film will now see the light of day on 4 March 2022.

Directed by Farhad Samji and also starring Kriti Sanon, the film will see Akshay play the titular character, who is a gangster. Interestingly, the actor also played one Bachchan Pandey in Tashan (2008), although it was a completely different character.

Shamshera — 18 March 2022

The Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt-starrer Shamshera was scheduled to be released on 31 July 2020 but later moved to 25 June 2021. However, COVID-19 had other plans. Produced by Yash Raj Films, the movie will now be out on 18 March 2022.

Directed by Karan Malhotra, the film, in the words of Ranbir, is a departure from the coming-of-age lover boy roles he has done and is more aspirational in nature.

Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 — 25 March 2022

The Kartik Aaryan and Kiara Advani-starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 was earlier scheduled to be released on 31 July 2020 but was later pushed to 19 November 2021 because of delays owing to the pandemic.

This is the second film in the franchise after the Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan-starrer Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007). While the 2007 movie was directed by Priyadarshan, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which is also a horror-comedy, will be helmed by Anees Bazmee.

Mayday — 29 April 2022

The makers of Ajay Devgn’s third film as a director have stuck to the original release date, which was announced this January. Starring Devgn as a pilot, the action-drama also stars Amitabh Bachchan, Rakul Preet Singh, Angira Dhar and Boman Irani as the owner of an airline.

Devgn's last feature Bhuj: The Pride of India (2021) was premiered on Disney+ Hotstar. Filming for Mayday began in Hyderabad, Telangana last December, and the producer-director announced that it will make its way to the big screen on 29 April.

Heropanti 2 - 29 April 2022

The sequel to Tiger Shroff’s debut film has acquired a new release date of 29 April 2022, going up against Devgn's Mayday. The action thriller, starring Shroff and Tara Sutaria, was due to be released first on 16 July, then later on 3 December, but has been pushed back by producer Sajid Nadiadwala to accommodate another home production Tadap (2021) which introduces Suniel Shetty’s son Ahan. Sutaria also stars opposite the newcomer.

Directed by Ahmed Khan, Heropanti 2 features music by AR Rahman. The team is currently in London, England shooting for the action thriller. Nawazuddin Siddiqui has joined the cast as the antagonist.

Maidaan - 3 June 2022

The Ajay Devgn period film, which was supposed to release on Dussehra, 15 October this year. But the COVID-19 delays due to the lockdowns, coupled with the destruction of the outdoor set by cyclone Tauktae in May, made it impossible for the film to release this year.

Devgn plays Syed Abdul Rahim, the first national football team coach of independent India who brought the highest successes to the sport till date. Directed by Amit Ravindernath Sharma and produced by Boney Kapoor, Maidaan stars Priyamani as Rahim's wife, Gajraj Rao and Rudranil Ghosh.

Ek Villain Returns - 8 July 2022

The sequel to Ek Villain (2014) finally arrives in theatres on 8 July 2022. Starring John Abraham, Arjun Kapoor, Disha Patani, and Tara Sutaria, the Mohit Suri film has seen some cast changes and several delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Produced by T-Series and Balaji Motion Pictures, Ek Villain Returns was originally supposed to be released on 11 February 2022, but has now moved to July, preventing a clash with Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha (2022). The film has been the first to claim the Eid holiday in July.

Rakshabandhan — 11 August 2022

Shooting for the Aanand L Rai film, which was announced last year, was completed this August. The filmmaker and star Akshay Kumar have reunited after Atrangi Re, the release date of which is yet to be announced. Akshay has nabbed the Independence Day holiday once again and the upcoming film is expected to clash with Prabhas’s Adipurush (2022).

Rakshabandhan, which also stars Bhumi Pednekar, features actresses Sahejmeen Kaur, Deepika Khanna, Sadia Khateeb and Smrithi Srikanth as Akshay Kumar’s sisters. The drama has been co-written by Himanshu Sharma and Kanika Dhillon.

Ram Setu — Diwali 2022

Not content with his seizure of the long Independence Day weekend, Akshay Kumar has laid claim to the lucrative Diwali weekend in October next year. Directed by Abhishek Sharma, the film also stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Nushrratt Bharuccha.

Co-produced by Cape of Good Films, Abundantia Entertainment, Lyca Productions and Amazon Prime India, the film was shot in Ayodhya earlier this year but faced a shutdown when Akshay tested positive for COVID-19. The actor plays an archaeologist in the film.