Hyderabad: The pandemic has changed the palate of Indian audiences and in 2022 filmmakers will have to do all they can to meet their need for unconventional, thought-provoking and dynamic entertainment that defies language and regional barriers.
Here are some films that could achieve this with their offbeat themes and new approach to storytelling:
The biographical crime drama, directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, is produced by him along with Jayantilal Gada. Based on a true story featured in S Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘Mafia Queens of Mumbai’, it tells how a young girl is transformed by circumstances into the steely and ruthless Gangubai, who becomes the queen of Kamathipura’s red light district. The film, which is also dubbed in Telugu, will open on February 18 and will feature Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Indira Tiwari and Seema Pahwa, as well as Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi in extended cameos.
Laal Singh Chaddha
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How would an autistic man filter history, relationships, personal challenges, and life-changing events? “Laal Singh Chaddha,” a comedy-drama directed by Advait Chandan and starring Aamir Khan in the lead role, will answer that question on April 14. An official adaptation of Tom Hanks’ 1994 starring “Forrest Gump”, and based on the screenplay written by Eric Roth and Atul Kulkarni, the film also stars Kareena Kapoor and Naga Chaitanya and is truly a pan-Indian story, having was filmed in over 100 locations across the country.
Yodlee Films has already carved out quite a niche for itself on OTT platforms with multilingual contemporary stories and is now creating content for the big screen that promises to push the boundaries even further in 2022. “Zombivli”, the first horror comedy of Marathi Cinema with Zombies, is one such film. The film about a young married couple living in one of Mumbai’s busiest suburbs, imagines a zombie-induced havoc that confuses us and makes us laugh at the extraordinary circumstances. “Zombivli” is directed by Aditya Sarpotdar and stars Amey Wagh, Vaidehi Parshurami and Lalit Prabhakar.
“RRR” was supposed to hit theaters on January 7 in Telugu with the Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and even foreign language dubbed versions but was postponed with the increase in Covid cases. Manufacturers are obviously not just keen to go pan-Indian, but global. In keeping with its scale, the film will be released in IMAX, 3D and Dolby Cinema. The period action drama, set in 1920, is directed by SS Rajamouli and produced by DVV Danayya of DVV Entertainments. It stars NT Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt and Olivia Morris while Samuthirakani, Alison Doody, Ray Stevenson and Shriya Saran play supporting roles.
To create cinema of intent that also captures the attention of a diverse audience, Yodlee Films has joined us to produce the Malayalam film ‘Padavettu’. According to the makers, the film “depicts the relentless pursuit of the secular, oppressed section of society that is in a constant struggle and fights to reclaim its unique identity and rightful place in a world meant for all.” Co-produced by Sunny Wayne, the film is directed by Liju Krishna and stars famous Malayalam star Nivin Pauly, Aditi Balan and Manju Warrier.
The first pan-Indian film for Telugu idol Vijay Deverakonda, the bilingual sports drama has Bollywood diva Ananya Panday, and also has global appeal, as the makers have teamed up with boxing legend Mike Tyson for a central role in the movie. Directed by Puri Jagannadh, it is produced by Karan Johar, Charmme Kaur, Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar and Puri Jagannadh under the banners of Dharma Productions and Puri Connects.