A look into the most popular Bollywood movies this January, plus a peek at movies fans of Bollywood have to look forward to this year. (Photo by Shlag on Unsplash)

Many movie lovers anticipate the forthcoming Bollywood films with great hope every year. In India, where cinema is as significant as religion, people are always ready to go to cinemas and see their favorite actors performing action or romantic scenes on the big screen. In December 2023, the audience showed great enthusiasm towards Bollywood. Famous actors such as Hrithik Roshan and Deepika Padukone are set to thrill audiences on screen. In January 2024, Bollywood is all geared up for a brilliant display of talent. Let’s look at the titles to add to your watchlist this January:

  1. Merry Christmas

Release Date: January 12

The movie Merry Christmas, which was eagerly awaited and planned for a 2023 release, got postponed. On social media platforms, the audience displayed intense curiosity about when it will come out next. The excitement for Merry Christmas began to grow from the moment it was announced by renowned director Sriram Raghavan. Known as an expert in black comedy, Sriram still enjoyed the success of his previous film, Andhadhun, featuring Ayushamann Khurrana and Rashika Apte in key roles. 

The story of Merry Christmas successfully maintains the characteristic feel of Sriram Raghavan. The movie revolves around a date that unexpectedly turns out to be on the darker side. The cast includes the very skilled Vijay Sethupathi, warmly welcomed by Hindi film viewers following his fantastic performance in the hit film Jawaan. Be prepared for unexpected turns as Vijay Sethupathi is paired with stunning Katrina Kaif, who looks captivating. 

The background music brings a special feel to the movie, and the story keeps you fully engaged consistently. The movie has got high rankings on IMDb and has already collected much affection and backing from the viewers.

  1. Main Atal Hoon

Release Date: January 19

The highly anticipated political drama, Main Atal Hoon, stars Pankaj Tripathi as the former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Pankaj Tripathi rose to fame with his mesmerizing performances in Gangs of Wasseypur and the Amazon web series Mirzapur. He is hardly recognizable in the movie and makes for a perfect choice as Atal Bihari Vajpayee. 

The way he has picked up the mannerisms of our former Prime Minister has earned him a lot of adulation from fans on social media. The movie is directed by Ravi Jadhav and promises to treat viewers with a detailed view of the former PM’s personal and professional life.

  1. Fighter

Release Date: January 25

Surely, Fighter is one of the most awaited and exciting films of 2024, not only for January. Siddharth Anand, a very successful director, helms it. This film is expected to bring great revenue at the box office this coming January. The movie includes Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor. Karan Singh Grover, a well-known personality in the TV sector, also plays an essential role in this film. 

In 2014, Siddharth Anand collaborated with the Greek God of Bollywood for Bang Bang. The audience loved the director-actor duo back then and is expecting something bigger this new year. With Pathaan’s massive success, Siddharth is optimistic that Fighter will also find its audience. Hrithik plays the role of Samsher Pathania, a Squadron Leader who goes by the call sign Patty. 

The trailer has some never seen before in Bollywood sequences where Hrithik showcases his skills as a fighter pilot. The VFX is impressive, and the background score sets the stage for a perfect Republic Day actioner.

What Bollywood Movies Are On The Cards for 2024?

Apart from these titles, Bollywood is set to rule the year with some exciting releases to hit theatres in 2024. Here’s a list of some of them to have you prepared –

  1. Singham Again

Release Date: August 15

The Singham franchise is an emotional experience for fans of Bollywood cinema. The Rohit Shetty-created adrenaline-pumping universe has given us some pleasant memories all these years. In 2024, Singham Again is set to hit the cinema halls as Deepika Padukone will be seen wearing the Khaki uniform in the 2024 version. 

Deepika has shown her action prowess with Pathaan, and fans are eagerly waiting to see what else she can bring to the screen under the supervision of the master action director Rohit Shetty. Deepika is said to be playing the role of Ajay Devgn’s sister in Singham Again, and she will have Ranveer Singh and the gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan to give her company in the film.

  1. Stree 2

Release Date: August 30

The film that created roars in 2018 is set to return this year, promising more terror. The film will retain the original cast of Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, who sizzled in the first part. ‘O stree, kal aana’ became a famous catchphrase back in 2018, showing the amount of love the film received. The sequel is set after six years and promises some unexpected turns filled with horror.

  1. Bhool Bhulaiya 3

Release Date: Diwali 2024

Undoubtedly one of the most entertaining and horrifying films ever made in Bollywood, Bhool Bhulaiya reserves a special place in the hearts of fans with unforgettable performances from Akshay Kumar in his prime and the talented Vidya Balan. The movie’s success spins a sequel in 2022, with Kartik Aaryan in the lead. This year, Rooh Baba (Kartik Aaryan) is set to return to the Bhawanigarh Mansion again. Be ready for another spooky encounter.

Bollywood Fans are in for a Treat

As always, fans of Bollywood movies always have plenty to look forward to. The movie industry in India produces over 1,500 movies per year, which is double the number of films that come out of Hollywood. Keep your eyes open for more Bollywood movie reviews coming to Filmzie!

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