Film: I Hate Luv Stories
USP: Fresh Imran Khan-Sonam Kapoor-Sammir Dattani triangle set in the film industry
Verdict: Producer Karan Johar gave us remarkable directorial talent in 2009. He better deliver this year too.
Film: Love You Maa (tentative title)
USP: In this remake of the Susan Sarandon-Julia Roberts tearjerker, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor get together to enact one of the most powerful pairs of screen queens seen in recent times.
Verdict: The story of a dying wife/mother adopting her husband’s second wife should have the women in the audience sobbing the film to success.
Film: Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai
USP: Like Anees Bazmee, Zaveri comes from the domain of the written word, therefore knows exactly how to punctuate his narrative.
Verdict: It’s a film about an ET coming down to earth. Krissh worked.
Film: Dhobi Ghat
USP: Mrs. Aamir Khan gets to direct her illustrious husband. The promising Prateik is also in the cast.
Verdict: Kiran is the only female director of 2010. She had better deliver.
Film: Allah Ke Bande
USP: His hard-hitting film starring Sharman (Idiot) Joshi and Naseeruddin Shah is being touted as the desi City Of God. Kabir who plays one of the leads has earlier made The Awakening which nobody saw.
Verdict: Films about crime, no matter how brilliant, don’t appeal to a wide section of moviegoers.
Film: Delhi Belly
USP: An Aamir Khan production, featuring his star-nephew Imran Khan is an offer no one can resist.
Verdict: The film is stuck since apparently producer Aamir Khan wants to re-shoot and re-edit the material. PS. Delhi Belly is a Ranbir reject.
Film: Road To Sangam
USP: Rai brings no glamorous baggage to his imagination. Like Ram Gopal Varma, Rai grew up watching films in a video library. It’s the love for cinema that drives him forward.
Verdict: With seasoned actors like Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Pavan Malhotra, the road seems well paved.
USP: Much talked-about for its explicit verbal content and Vidya Balan’s come-hither seduction act, Chaubey has been trained under the exponent of expletives Vishal Bhardwaj.
Verdict: The hard- talk puts off women and children
Also coming in 2010 Kookie Gulati (Prince It’s Showtime), Shawn Aranha (Hide N Seek), Deven Khote (Phillum City), Vijay Lalwani (Karthik Calling Karthik), John Owen (Peter Gaya Kaam Se).