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Bollywood: Ready for a starry storm?

By HT

New Delhi, June 12 -- The box office may have taken a backseat in the first half of the year thanks to the Great Indian General Elections, but now that they are over, Bollywood is set to unleash its real action.

A host of A-listers will be seen in big banner flicks starting July, and the lineup only heats up in later months.    

While Shah Rukh Khan will be seen in Farah Khan's next after Chennai Express last year, Aamir Khan, who was last seen in Dhoom:3 (2013), will be back with a Rajkumar Hirani film.

The list also includes actor Hrithik Roshan, whose Knight and Day remake is scheduled for an October release, and Ajay Devgn, who will next be seen in the second installment of Rohit Shetty's cop flick.

As for top female stars, Kareena Kapoor Khan (last seen in Gori Tere Pyaar Mein), Katrina Kaif (last seen in Dhoom:3) and Deepika Padukone (last seen in Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela), among others, will add fire to the big screen.    

Trade experts say now is when Bollywood's time really starts. "The first half is over and the real action begins post interval. We have the big-ticket films finally showing up. Aamir, Shah Rukh, Hrithik, John Abraham (Anees Bazmee directorial), Shahid Kapoor (Vishal Bharadwaj's next), Deepika, Katrina and Rani (Pradeep Sarkar's next) all makes the second half look exciting. Asli picture abhi baki hai mere dost!" says trade analyst Atul Mohan.    

Industry expert Komal Nahta feels the festivities will only add to the action. "People are waiting to see their favourite stars, and it is finally going to happen. Also, there's Diwali, Eid and Christmas, with big releases lined up for each. I'm hopeful of great business."    

However, Bollywood analyst Taran Adarsh feels that big names may not be enough to make a mark. "Only star power cannot guarantee any film's success. The films that have a great script will rake in the moolah. Let's just wait and watch."

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