Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket and Shabaash Mithu to Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Darlings, women take the lead in many new films. Here’s the full list.
Movie theatres are back in business and the Hindi film industry couldn’t be more thrilled. While many production houses turned to OTT as the novel coronavirus pandemic confined us to our homes, things are finally getting back on track. In fact, after the Maharashtra government announced reopening of cinemas in the state, makers of big-ticket Bollywood films started announcing release dates of much-anticipated movies. From Akshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi to Ranveer Singh’s 83, Bollywood Calendar 2021-2022 has something for everyone.
The 2021-2022 calendar also has many films that are driven by strong female leads. From Taapsee Pannu’s Rashmi Rocket and Shabaash Mithu to Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi and Darlings, we have a list of upcoming films centered on powerful women – fictional and real.
TAAPSEE PANNU’S RASHMI ROCKET
Taapsee Pannu-starrer Rashmi Rocket premiered on Zee5 on October 15. Directed by Akarsh Khurana, the sports drama also stars Abhishek Banerjee and Priyanshu Painyuli. The film narrates the story of a small-town girl Rashmi, who aspires to be an athlete. She follows her dreams and becomes a national-level fast-runner, but her glory is hindered when she is asked to undergo gender tests. Rashmi Rocket is produced by Ronnie Screwvala, Neha Anand and Pranjal.
ALIA BHATT’S GANGUBAI KATHIAWADI
Gangubai Kathiawadi is a biographical crime drama based on Hussain Zaidi’s book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and produced by Jayantilal Gada, the film also stars Ajay Devgn and Shantanu Maheshwari. The upcoming film narrates the story of a woman named Ganga, played by Alia Bhatt, who becomes a madame named Gangubai in the red light area of Kamathipura. The story shows how she rose to power, fighting one challenge after another. Gangubai Kathiawadi is set to release in theatres on January 6, 2022.
PRIYANKA CHOPRA, KATRINA KAIF AND ALIA BHATT’S JEE LE ZARA
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt will come together for Jee Le Zara. Directed by actor Farhan Akhtar, the film is written by him, Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. After Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the next road-trip movie, Jee Le Zara, will have the girls taking out the car. About time, right?
TAAPSEE PANNU’S SHABAASH MITHU
Taapsee Pannu will be seen essaying the role of cricketer Mithali Raj in her upcoming film, Shabaash Mithu. Directed by Srijit Mukherjee, it is produced by Ajit Andhare. Mithali is the only former cricketer to lead the Indian Women’s Cricket team in two World Cups, in the years 2005 and 2017. She announced her retirement from cricket in 2019, after completing 20 years in the game. The biopic, Shabaash Mithu, aims to bring her life and struggles to the big screen.