Bollywood 2012-13: Which are the exciting movies to watch?

We have an interesting list of films from one of the leading production houses in India. Take your pick

Viacom 18 Motion Pictures has an impressive line-up of films this year and the next. While three of the company’s films have already released – the superhit Kahaani, and the very average Blood Money and Bittoo Boss – Viacom has two releases in May 2012. Ram Gopal Varma’s Department toplining Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt and Rana Daggubati releases on May 18 along with What-the-Fish starring Dimple Kapadia and, quite simply, a fish.

The first part of Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur releases June 22, which is Viacom’s only project in the month. It stars Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shabana Azmi, Reemma Sen and Piyush Mishra. This is followed by the much awaited remake of Sai Paranjpye’s Chashme Baddoor on July 27, this time directed by one-time comedy king David Dhawan who needs to reclaim his throne. The film’s cast includes Ali Zafar, Tapsee Pannu, Siddharth, Rishi Kapoor and Divyendu Sharma. Exactly a month later is Sudhir Mishra’s Inkaar (working title) with Chitrangda Singh and Arjun Rampal in the lead. The Rani Mukerji-Prithviraj-starrer Aiyaa, helmed by Sachin Kudalkar, is aimed for September, although a date has not been finalised.

Akshay Kumar, one of Viacom’s fave actors, will be seen in the production house’s October release titled Oh My God!!! The film is based on the Gujarati play Krishan vs Kanhaiya. But it’s the Diwali (November) bonanza Son of Sardaar that is likely to be the biggest. The remake of Telugu flick Maryada Ramanna, it stars Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, among others. Akshay also acts in the thriller Special 26 that might have either a December 2012 or a January 2013 release. The undated films of the production house this year are Michael and Golu Pappu.

But it’s Viacom’s 2013 projects – only three announced as of now – that promise to be more engaging than 2012’s. These are: Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet starring Ranbir Kapoor, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag with Farhan Akhtar in the lead, and Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns with Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Shergill and Irrfan.

Will Viacom 18 Motion Pictures give other studios a run for their money with these films? Tell us.