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Ajay DevganLooking forward to Bollywood in 2008
31st Dec 2007  22.20 IST
By Aparajita Ghosh  

Hindi film industry will keep its stride to greater milestones in year 2008.

Year 2007 saw Bollywood filmmakers attempting to break the shackles of the past, defy the set stereotypes and dabble in experimentation. Some of these experiments may have failed but what is laudable is the newfound spirit to make different and better films. This spirit is likely to continue next year.

January will be the month of actor Ajay Devgan . The first big release of the year would be Rajkumar Santoshi's Halla Bol , a film that tackles a socially relevant subject. This would be followed by another Devgan-starrer Sunday , a comedy starring a host of talented actors. Later in the year, we would also see Devgan making his directorial debut in U Me Aur Hum which has him pairing with wife Kajol .

In February will come the film we all have been waiting for long - Jodhaa Akbar , starring Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai . In March, Hrithik may shoot for an item number in his dad's production venture Krazy 4 . Later in the year, if his injured knee is fully healed, Hrithik will begin shooting for another home production to be directed by Anurag Basu .

The first half of the year will also see Saif Ali Khan in two films - Race with Bipasha Basu and Tashan with Kareena Kapoor. The actor will also shoot for Kunal Kohli's next film for Yashraj banner with Rani Mukherjee .

Speaking of Yashraj, Bipasha will be seen playing the leading lady of newcomer Ranbir Kapoor in another production of the banner to be directed by Siddharth Anand .

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in a number of superhuman roles in flicks - Aladdin in which he plays a genie, Bhootnath in which he plays a ghost, God Tussi Great Ho in which he plays god. And there is also Ram Gopal Varma's Sarkar Raj which brings Amitabh, Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai together again after the Kajrare song. This time the three Bachchans would be seen in neatly etched roles.

The junior Bachchan will be seen in a superhero flick called Drona , which is presently in production stages. Abhi has already begun shooting Rakeysh Mehra's Dilli 6 with Sonam Kapoor . He will also make a special appearance in director Apoorva Lakhia's film Mission Istanbul which has Vivek Oberoi in main role.

After Abhishek and Vivek, it is natural to jump to Salman Khan who will have quite an eventful 2008 with Boney Kapoor's thriller Wanted Dead And Alive , 'God Tussi Great Ho', Hello (cameo appearance), Subhash Ghai's Main Yuvraj with Katrina Kaif and a home production Main Aur Mrs Khanna with Kareena Kapoor .

Compared to 2007, which saw her in one film ( Jab We Met ), 2008 will be a busy year for Bebo. She will be seen playing a suspicious housewife in Golmaal Returns , a fearless bimbo in 'Tashan' and a high society girl in Kambakht Ishq opposite Akshay.

Akshay Kumar , the darling of masses, will take a break from comedy in 'Tashan'. He will also shoot for an action thriller called 'Chandni Chowk To China'. Akki will return to comedy in Singh Is King and to romance in 'Kambakht Ishq'. But the most unusual film he will be seen in 2008 will be Nagesh Kukunoor's supernatural thriller Eight By Ten , said to be inspired from Manoj Night Shyamalan's 'The Sixth Sense'.

Nagesh directs another mainstream star John Abraham in a celluloid drama called Aashayein - a story of a reckless gambler who discovers that he has few days left to live. John will also shoot for Deepa Mehta's film Luna in early 2008.

Aamir Khan , who had a terrific ending of 2007 with Taare Zameen Par , will be seen in the Hindi remake of Tamil hit Ghajini . He will also produce a campus romance called Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and an English film called Delhi Belly . The actor might also do a film with Rajkumar Hirani .

Among other stars, Priyanka Chopra will be seen in Love Story 2050 with beau Harman Baweja . Vidya Balan pairs with Shahid Kapur in Lucky Charm . Sanjay Dutt will be seen in Easy Monthly Installment and might begin the next film in the Munnbhai series. Sanju will also launch his own production house in 2008.

And last but not the least, Shah Rukh Khan , who claims to be "jobless" nowadays, is expected to sign a number of films early next year.

Ajay Devgan
Halla Bol
U Me Aur Hum
Jodhaa Akbar
Hrithik Roshan
Aishwarya Rai
Krazy 4
Anurag Basu
Saif Ali Khan
Bipasha Basu
Rani Mukherjee
Ranbir Kapoor
Siddharth Anand
Amitabh Bachchan
God Tussi Great Ho
Sarkar Raj
Abhishek Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai
Dilli 6
Sonam Kapoor
Mission Istanbul
Vivek Oberoi
Salman Khan
Wanted Dead And Alive
Main Yuvraj
Katrina Kaif
Main Aur Mrs Khanna
Kareena Kapoor
Jab We Met
Golmaal Returns
Kambakht Ishq
Akshay Kumar
Singh Is King
Eight By Ten
John Abraham
Aamir Khan
Taare Zameen Par
Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na
Delhi Belly
Rajkumar Hirani
Priyanka Chopra
Love Story 2050
Harman Baweja
Vidya Balan
Shahid Kapur
Lucky Charm
Sanjay Dutt
Easy Monthly Installment
Shah Rukh Khan

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