No big Bollywood releases early next year!

By Hindustan Times

It’s no big New Year for Bollywood. The first quarter of 2013 will see very few big banner releases as producers prefer to keep them for holidays and festivals, and industry experts say this may in turn help small but strong films hit the jackpot.

There are around 22 films expected to release in January-March next year, but the only big-ticket ones are Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2 (January 25) starring Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham and Deepika Padukone, Vishal Bhardwaj’s Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola (January 11) featuring Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma and Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala remake (March 29), starring Ajay Devgn. The not-so-big ones include ABCD - Any Body Can Dance, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster, Table No. 21, Inkaar, Mumbai Mirror and Nautanki Saala.

“Only about Rs. 200 crore is riding on the first