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From Spider-Man: No Way Home to Thalaivi, biggest upcoming releases of 2021
Pratishruti Ganguly
Sep 02, 2021

How does the final quarter of the year look like with respect to the release calendar? Here’s a look at the films that you should be most excited about.

The King's Man
If you are a fan of slick espionage thrillers, The King’s Man is sure to whet your appetite. The third movie in the Kingsman film series, the film serves as a prequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The film, set during World War I, traces the origins of the “first independent intelligence agency” and the one man tasked with the responsibility to stop the war that threatens to wipe out millions. Much like the previous movies, Matthew Vaughn’s forthcoming directorial marries style with substance with utmost ease, as Ralph Fiennes kicks butts to the chirpy soundtrack of Kalinka Malinka. The film also stars Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom Hollander, Harris Dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon Hounsou, and Charles Dance and is scheduled to release on December 22, 2021.
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Kangana Ranaut’s highly anticipated take on the life and times of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Thalaivii, is slated to release on 10 September. The multilingual drama traces Jayalalithaa’s journey from acting to politics, and stars Ranaut in the titular role. As seen in the trailer, the movie aims to spotlight the challenges of being the only woman in a profession largely occupied by men. The movie is directed by Vijay from a screenplay penned by The Dirty Picture and Baahubali writers Rajat Arora and KV Vijayendra Prasad, respectively.
Continuing with the line-up of biopics that have populated the cinemascape in the past few years, Maidaan is also a biographical drama based on the life of the famed football coach Syed Abdul Rahim. The film will witness Ajay Devgn taking on the role of Rahim, dubbed as the father of modern Indian football who served as the coach and manager of the team from 1950 up until his death in 1963. Not much details are available on the plot of the film, except that it deals with the golden age of football, and has been directed by Badhaai Ho! director Amit Ravindernath Sharma. Priyamani, who most recently appeared in Amazon Prime Video’s spy thriller series The Family Man, will also be a part of the film. It is slated for a 15 October theatrical debut in India.
Laal Singh Chaddha
If remakes are the name of the game, then 2021 has another one under its belt. Laal Singh Chaddha is the Hindi-language adaptation of the 1994 American classic Forrest Gump. The movie features Aamir Khan in the role memorialised by Tom Hanks in the 1994 original. Apart from Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Naga Chaitanya also star in key roles in the movie, the latter making his Hindi movie debut with the film. The film, like the original, is about the journey of a man from his childhood through adulthood against the backdrop of India’s history. The movie, reports say, have been shot in over a 100 locations across the country, including Chandigarh, Kolkata, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. The film has been in gestation for over two decades, with Atul Kulkarni, who has co-written the script, spending over 10 years developing the script. Another 10 years were spent in acquiring the rights to the film, say reports.
Rohit Shetty films have come to assume the tag of tentpole, event movies in India, and Cirkus looks no different. The film stars Ranveer Singh in double roles, a first for the actor, and stars Jacqueline Fernandez and Pooja Hedge in the lead. Other actors who are a part of the star cast are Varun Sharma, Siddhartha Jadhav, Johnny Lever and Sanjay Mishra. Cirkus marks the third collaboration between Shetty and Singh, after Simmba and Sooryavanshi, both part of the former’s cop franchise. According to reports, Cirkus is a modern-day take on William Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. However, this is not the first ever Hindi movie adaptation of the Shakespeare classic. Angoor, Gulzar’s 1982 directorial featuring Sanjeev Kapoor and Deven Verma in the lead, was also inspired by the play.
Jersey Hindi
Shahid Kapoor, who last appeared on the big screen in Kabir Singh (2019), is all set to lead yet another Hindi language remake of the Telugu movie after Arjun Reddy. Jersey, the remake of the 2019 Telugu sports drama of the same name, stars Kapoor in the role of a cricketer, alongside Mrunal Thakur and father Pankaj Kapur. The movie is about a cricketer in his mid-thirties who intends to return to the profession after a gap of a decade and represent his country on national and international levels. Gowtam Tinnamuri, who directed the Telugu original, will also steer the Bollywood adaptation as well. The original film starred Nani in the primary role, and the performance earned the actor a place in many critics’ diaries of best performances of the decade. The movie is supposed to release on 5 November this year.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
If reports are to be believed, the recent trailer of Spider-Man: No Way Home has broken records to become the most watched trailer on YouTube within 24 hours, besting Avengers: Endgame. The trailer teased the return of Doctor Octopus, and that Doctor Strange will now be the new mentor of the teenage superhero. The movie is situated after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, which means Peter Parker’s identity is no longer a secret. This upends his life and requests Doctor Strange to turn back time and wipe his true identity from public memory. Needless to say, the process does not quite go as planned, and Parker is forced to confront his past in mysterious ways. Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jon Favreau all reprise their MCU characters — Spider-Man, MJ, Strange and Happy, respectively. The movie will hit the screens on 17 December in the US.
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After Netflix’s The Crown dipped its toes into the many struggles of the Princess of Wales in the show’s fourth season, actress Kristen Stewart will step into the shoes of Diana in Pablo Larrain’s next. Spencer, slated to release on 5 November in the US, is posed to be a dramatic account of the later years of Princess Diana, her crumbling marriage with Prince Charles and her subsequent departure from the Royal family. The movie, starring Jack Farthing as Charles, is set in 1991, the year she decides to split with her husband. It is also going to have its world premiere on 3 September at the Venice International Film Festival, after which it will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from 9 to 18 September.

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