Mission Mangal - Preview: Keeping the audience’s interest in a story, the climax of which is well-known and not too distant memory is challenging. Let’s see how this pans out, despite the tiresome male lead cast.
Batla House - Preview: John Abraham is a police officer fighting against the system. Again. Wonder if the film is very far from the uninspiring trailer.
Jabariya Jodi - Preview: Rom-coms are welcome, but Jabariya Jodi seems like it will have a strong “more of the same” flavour. Here’s hoping to be proven wrong.
Judgementall Hai Kya - Preview: Still, don’t like the title. But, the trailer points to a decent thriller-comedy. Hope it is not at the expense of the mentally unwell.
Super 30 - Preview: Something about the trailer is disturbing other than what seems like a forced act by Hrithik Roshan. Even so, a story based on a real life when the real person is supposedly involved in the making has chances to engage, or at least entertain.
Kabir Singh - Preview: Will the film be as intense as the trailer is at first glance? If yes, will it become a bit too much? Yes, in short, Kabir Singh seems like it could be an absorbing experience.
Game Over - Preview: What a dilemma. A genre I am not a big fan of – horror. An actress I am quite fond of – Tapsee Pannu. It shall be watched, with heart in mouth and crawl under skin.
Bharat - Preview: Waiting to watch and confirm that we get exactly what we expect from a Salman Khan film. Yes, that could mean different things for different people.
India's Most Wanted - Preview: On the surface sounds like any other spy thriller in which the day is won only and only because of the hero’s single-minded devotion to duty, nation, and so on. The hope lies in the name of the director, though.
Student Of The Year 2 - Preview: The skin has changed—director, actors, etc.—the bones and flesh seem to be the same. Is there any point in hoping for something deeper to be different? Who knows, maybe we will get actors with Alia Bhatt’s calibre from this one too.
Romeo Akbar Walter - Preview: Yet another “tired of India-Pakistan war films” comment on yet another India-Pakistan war film. Slightly intrigued by the three roles though.
Kesari - Preview: Another true-life, war-time story that we ought to know, with a promise of good cinematography and compelling action. Yet, another film that seems like it feeds on the ‘kill them’ sentiment, with a promise of heavy-handed dialogue and heavier delivery.
Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota - Preview: In an attempt to be different and self-aware, the trailers actually comes across as a tad self-conscious and insecure. Even so, the spoof-y feel makes me want to give it a shot with a hope for some intelligent satire.
Milan Talkies - Preview: Hmmm...now why would Tigmanshu Dhulia make a regular ol’ love story? Maybe the answer is just, “who knows!? ¯_(ツ)_/¯” But I am still curious, “Why?”
Badla - Preview: oooooh! The trailer has enough to get us excited. The possibility of an engaging thriller with Sujoy Ghosh in control. The promise of great performances who rarely go wrong.
Sonchiriya - Preview: Interesting times these are when you roll your eyes at not only, “yet another film set deep in political issues?” but also, “another film with the emergency as its background?” or “another film with rebels as main characters?” Hopefully, it will be a good one because it is under the able hands of Abhishek Chaubey.
Total Dhamaal - Preview: That there is a slapstick on the cards after quite a long time is surely a good sign! Hopefully, there will be some great laughs amidst what clearly is intentionally nonsensical.
Gully Boy - Preview: The trailer is so exciting that one has to be extra careful with expectation management.
The Fakir Of Venice - Preview: Just the kind of quirky humour needed to relieve us from all the propaganda films we have been subjected to of late. Hope it sticks to the promise of the trailer.
Simmba - Preview: The year is likely to close with a film of repeats. Corrupt cop turns good: repeat. Ranveer Singh’s performance: repeat. Sara Ali Khan’s performance: repeat too from what it looks like.
Zero - Preview: The trailer gives a strong vibe of star power doing injustice to the good that a story could do.
Thugs of Hindostan - Preview: For a trailer that reminds us of other movies more than keeping us in awe of its own vision, Thugs of Hindostan manages to create intrigue. Hopefully, the feature length will retain interest for itself without fatiguing us with ‘inspirations’.
Baazaar - Preview: A thriller in a business setting which looks slick. Really hoping the one-upmanship is a battle of wits and does not turn out to be a damp squib.
Namaste England - Preview: What seems like a frothy rom-com, might just make a relevant commentary on a woman’s career-family dilemma after marriage.
Badhaai Ho - Preview: The concept is too hilarious to not look forward to. Will the execution fall flat? Especially considering the trailer indicates so.
Helicopter Eela - Preview: Kajol in college. That could send jitters down your spine or bring fond memories. Will her shrill voice drown down the exciting concept? Here’s hoping not.
Dhadak - Preview: Why would we want another Sairaat? Is there such a dearth of stories that we have to make another love story amidst familial wars? Trailer squashes any hope of a “different” narrative style.
Sanju - Preview: A trailer that makes you as sceptical about the film as much as it makes you look forward to it.
Avengers: Infinity War - Preview: Infinity War has too many characters in too little time. Strong feeling that this one might fall flat. Still, here’s hoping the Russos can pull through like they have before.
Hichki - Preview: The trailer certainly grabs your attention, even if it raises flags as it moves along. Will ‘different’ transgress into cliché and patronising? Here’s hoping not.
Raid - Preview: The director is the star attraction. Of course, there’s the star too, but we’ve seen him do this way too many times. Hope director holds ground for something new!
Pari - Preview: Oh dear, looks like we do have a horror films on the cards. Might be a good one too. Even more reason for me to not look forward to it. hides
Aiyaary - Preview: Aiyaary sounds and looks like a page right out of Neeraj Pandey’s book. What then will he do differently this time to catch us by surprise?
Pad Man - Preview: You want different? Here, take different. Portraying the real-life work of a sensitive man. Star power might overpower the real work done. Here’s hoping not.
Padmaavat - Preview: Spent hard-earned ₹709 for one ticket of the preview show. Not worried if it’s money well-spent because I’ve promised myself that whether or not I like it, I’ll watch it 2 more times in theater. You know, just because.
Mukkabaaz - Preview: Excited that we have an Anurag Kashyap film, after what seems like ages. Underwhelmed by the trailer though.
Indu Sarkar - Preview: Looking forward to an intense drama. Will it add a much-needed lesson or even a sub-subject in text books, “Modern Indian History”?
Jagga Jasoos - Preview: Musical? Animation? Live action? Detective story? Comedy? Romance? Empathy for stutterer? Jagga Jasoos looks like it is all of the above and more. Hopefully, it hasn't covered everything it has, in the trailer.
Mom - Preview: Seems intense, with Sridevi playing out a mother's concern. Hope it's a thriller more than about a mom's angst.
Pappu can't dance saala - Preview: Light or romantic comedies about people coming from the middle-class seem like they were from ages ago. From the age of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. From the synopsis, Pappu Can't Dance Saala looks like a modern-day version of those stories.
Dedh Ishqiya - Preview: The year might just start out on a positive note. With a cast like this, the one thing you can look forward to is ace-class performances. You get lovely glimpses in the official trailer itself.
Cocktail - Preview: Another rom-com, another drama. Another film aiming at looking young despite having a 40+ year-old in the lead being balanced off by pretty thin things - one boisterous, one meek. Yet, the romance and film lover in me is looking forward to it.
Bol Bachchan - Preview: After murdering the title of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's Golmaal, Rohit Shetty is now out to tear to pieces the film itself by re-making it. Having to get over this crime and judge Bol Bachchan for what it is, is going to be one difficult task.
Teri Meri Kahaani - Preview: Another romantic saga, another musical, another festival of colors. Another chance for Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to try on different attires from different era and make the clothes look pretty. But also another chance that we might have decent drama to watch.
Toonpur ka superhero - Preview: Munni vs. Sheila isn't enough? We have a Loveena vs. Katrina, in a kids' animated film, no less. Is the idea to develop our kids into thinking it ain't a movie till it has an item number in it?!
Tezz - Preview: Except for the basic questions - like how will they justify the darkness of a gray character in the main lead and will the journey towards that justification involve enough tug and war between good and evil - nothing in Tezz seems to be extraordinary. Yet the basic questions by themselves are intriguing enough.
Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi - Preview: A very low key promotion tells you very little about Life Ki Toh Lag Gayi. I love watching movies that I don't know much about, the experience is pretty cool. On the other hand though, the one promo that the film does have doesn't seem too promising. Oh well, let's just wait and watch then.
Vicky Donor - Preview: If the trailer is anything to go by Vicky Donor looks like a fun ride and insightful too. The kind of insight that will be subtle for the willing to take and the oblivious to ignore yet enjoy. Having seen the entire team's interviews, it looks like a bunch of people who's work I'd appreciate. What do you think?
Hate Story - Preview: Another low budget, barely marketed film. Even so, it's remarkable that the sizzling trailer became viral. Sex, does indeed sell then. We can imagine what the film will have in that department from the trailer, question is what will hold those erotic scenes together? Or will it just be what it looks like - near-porn, even if it is intentionally so?
Bittoo Boss - Preview: New faces are always exciting, but somehow Bittoo Boss' lead pair has given me the creeps ever since I saw it's first trailer in the theater. Hopefully, some good, simple humor will sail us through what looks like a rom-com.
Housefull 2 - Preview: Sajid Khan leading a pack of 'the dirty dozen' - it couldn't get any more chaotic than that. I'm sure all of us are expecting an extremely loud, obnoxious, intermittently offensive with the intention of being funny, caricatures for characters, and a couple of hearty laughs. It's just that some of us enjoy this brand of humor and some of us don't. Another category of people who must be really looking forward to Housefull 2 are the Akshay Kumar fans. While I personally don't look forward to any of this, I must admit that I liked the first episode of this series a little more than I had expected. So here's going in to the theater with fingers crossed.
Dil to Bacha Hai Ji - Preview: A Madhur Bhandarkar film that is not an expose. Or will it expose that elusive emotion - love? Looks like a decent entertainer. We'll know better soon-soon.
Dhobi Ghat - Preview: Yet another film about Mumbai? Yet another boy meets girl only times 3 this time? Naah...any film which is associated with Aamir Khan is supposed to have a bit more. Hoping that the impressive promo will translate into a film that goes beyond. We'll know soon enough.