Looks like this Independence Day is going to be an interesting one. Firstly, Raksha Bandhan falls on the same day this year and secondly, movie buffs are going to be spoilt for choice, since there is an interesting lineup of both Bollywood and Hollywood films releasing on 15 August this year.
While Shraddha Kapoor and Prabhas starrer Saaho which was originally scheduled to release on 15 August has been postponed to 30 August, there are two Bollywood films releasing on that day. Among the Bollywood films that are set to release on Independence day are;
Mission Mangal starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Nithya Menen, Kirti Kulhari, Sonakshi Sinha and Sharman Joshi, directed by Jagan Shakti, is about the successful 2013 mission, also known as Mangalyaan. The film will premiere at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) on Independence Day.
Batla House starring John Abraham is about the Batla House encounter officially known as Operation Batla House, that took place in 2008, against Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists in Batla House locality in Jamia Nagar, Delhi. Two terrorists were killed while two others were arrested,and an encounter specialist and Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was martyred during the incident. The film also stars Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishan and Nora Fatehi among others.
Interestingly last year too on Independence Day, it was Akshay Kumar against John Abraham at the box office! John’s Satyameva Jayate clashed with Akshay’s Gold on 15 August Last year. When Akshay was questioned about the same during the promotions of Mission Mangal, he said, “ I’d like to repeat what John said; ‘Make some noise for the desi boys!’ Jokes apart, there are so many weeks in a year and only 52 Fridays so what else can we do but release two or three films the same Friday. Also we are friends! We should just go along with it.”
But this year, it’s not just Akshay and John who will be competing with one another but they have Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt joining the competition too. Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt will also be releasing in India on Independence Day this year. The film has an ensemble cast and multiple storylines and is a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.
That’s not all the much awaited sequel of Netflix’s popular series Sacred Games starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Kalki Koechlin, Pankaj Tripathi, Ranvir Shorey, Surveen Chawla, Luke Kenny and Jatin Sarna is releasing on 15th August too.
What’s your pick?