Top 10 anticipated summer blockbusters!

By Hindustan Times

Brace yourself for full on entertainment dose from Bollywood as well as Hollywood this summer.

Suspense, romance, action, drama and comedy - you name it and B-Town has it all this summer. While Karisma will make her comeback in B-Town with Dangerous Ishhq, Big B will be seen as gangster-turned politician in Department. Khiladi Kumar will return to action with Rowdy Rathore and Rockstar Ranbir will play the challenging role of a deaf-mute person in Barfi!

On the Hollywood front, sci-fi films, superhero stories and action-adventures will dominate the screen space. Twilight's Kristen Stewart will be seen as Snow White (Snow White and the Huntsman), Christian Bale will reprise his role for the last time as Batman (The Dark Knight Rises) and Sylvester Stallone will be back in his action avatar (The Expendables 2). Kids will also get their share of animated films like Madagascar 3 and Brave.

Top 10 Bollywood summer releases:

Dangerous Ishhq
Star cast: Karisma Kapoor, Rajneesh Duggal, Jimmy Shergill, Divya Dutta
Director: Vikram Bhatt
Genre: Romance/Thriller
USP: Dangerous Ishhq marks the comeback of Karisma Kapoor, who was on a sabbatical post the birth of her second child.
Plot: The film will span over five centuries beginning from the 15th century. Karisma will be seen in 5 different roles spanning over five generations. The story revolves around Karisma's fiancé being kidnapped by an enemy who has been chasing her through generations. To save her beloved from the clutches of her enemy she has to unravel her past lives.
Release date: May 11

Ishaqzaade
Star cast: Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra
Director: Habib Faisal
Genre: Romance/Drama
USP: The flick stars debutant Arjun Kapoor, Boney Kapoor's son opposite Priyanka Chopra's cousin Parineeti Chopra.
Plot: Rising from the ashes of hooliganism and small town clan wars, comes the love story of a passion ignited by hatred. It revolves around two people who are born to hate but destined to love.
Release date: May 11

Department
Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Rana Daggubati
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Genre: Action/Crime
USP: The deadly combo of Ram Gopal Verma and Amitabh Bachchan will be back.
Plot: Alarmed at the hitherto unseen escalation in underworld criminal activities, some top officials of police hold a secret meeting in which they take a decision to create a new unit which is unofficially referred to as Department. It revolves around a terrifying power struggle within the bowels of the mother of all powers - the police 'Department'.
Release date: May 18

Rowdy Rathore
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Prabhu Deva
Genre: Action
USP: The film marks Akshay Kumar's return to action.
Plot: The story is about a small conman who charms every ladies heart in a blink. But when he actually falls in love, a six-year-old girl enters his life who inexplicably believes him to be her father.
Release date: August 10

Shanghai
Star cast: Abhay Deol, Emraan Hashmi, Kalki Koechlin, Prosenjit Chatterjee
Director: Dibakar Banerjee
Genre: Political/Thriller
USP: Dibakar Banerjee's fourth film after hits like Khosla Ka Ghosla, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Love Sex aur Dhokha.
Plot: The movie is based on a book titled Z by Vassilis Vassilikos, which itself was adapted into the famous Academy Award-winning film Z. In a bustling Indian city gearing up for the latest celebrated political elections, 4 individuals find themselves tied up into a gruesome game of crime and politics.
Release date: June 8

Teri Meri Kahaani
Star cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra
Director: Kunal Kohli
Genre: Romance/Drama
USP: After Kaminey, rumoured ex-flames Shahid-Priyanka will reunite onscreen.
Plot: The premise is set between 1910, 1960, and 2012. Shahid and Priyanka will be seen in three different avatars in each time period.
Release date: June 22

Bol Bachchan
Star cast: Ajay Devgan, Abhishek Bachchan, Asin Thottumkal, Prachi Desai
Director: Rohit Shetty
Genre: Comedy
USP: After hit Golmaal series, Shetty will be directing Bol Bachchan, which is inspired by the 1979 comic flick, Gol Maal.
Plot: Abhishek Bachchan is expected to play the role of Ram Prasad, essayed by Amol Palekar in the original and Ajay Devgn will be seen as Bhawani Shankar (Utpal Dutt).
Release date: July 6

Barfi!
Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Ileana D'Cruz
Director: Anurag Basu
Genre: Romance/Comedy
USP: Rockstar Ranbir will be back in a challenging role of a deaf-mute person.
Plot: Barfi! is the story of three young people who learn that love can neither be defined nor contained by society's norms of normal and abnormal.
Release date: July 13

Ek Tha Tiger
Star cast: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif
Director: Kabir Khan
Genre: Romance/Thriller
USP: It will be interesting to see former lovebirds Salman-Katrina romancing onscreen once again.
Plot: A college scientist is suspected of selling missile technology secrets to Pakistan. The Indian government sends a secret agent, code named Tiger to find out about the professor's activities. Tiger falls in love with the professor's caretaker Zoya and together they embark on a roller-coaster journey.
Release date: August 17

Joker
Star cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
Director: Shirish Kunder
Genre: Adventure/Thriller/Sci-fi
USP: It will be the fourth Hindi film to be released in both 2D and 3D formats after Haunted 3D, RA.One and Don 2.
Plot: In 1947 when the maps of India and Pakistan were being drawn, the village of Paglapur (which housed the largest mental asylum in the region) didn't find a place in either country. The asylum inmates broke loose, drove away the villagers and established their own republic. And that's how it stayed for the next 60 years! The film begins when a couple find themselves on the road to Paglapur.
Release date: August 31

Top 10 Hollywood summer releases:

Star cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
Director: Rupert Sanders
Genre: Action/Adventure/Drama
USP: After a vampire in Twilight, Kristen Stewart will be seen as Snow White.
Plot: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman who ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Release date: June 8 (India)

Prometheus
Star cast: Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender
Director: Ridley Scott
Genre: Action/Horror/Sci-Fi
USP: It's conceived as a prequel to Scott's 1979 science fiction horror film Alien.
Plot: Set in the late 21st century, the story follows the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they explore an advanced alien civilization in search of the origins of humanity.
Release date: June 8 (India)

Madagascar 3
Star cast: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, Sacha Baron Cohen
Director: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon
Genre: Animation/Adventure/Comedy
USP: Third installment in 3D from the Madagascar series.
Plot: Alex, Marty, Gloria and Melman are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.
Release date: June 2012 8 (USA)

Brave
Star cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Director: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman, Steve Purcell
Genre: Animation/Action/Adventure
USP: Who wouldn't want to see an adventurous tale of a cute but brave princess.
Plot: Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.
Release date: June 22 (USA)

G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Star cast: Channing Tatum, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park
Director: Jon M Chu
Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
USP: Expectations are high from the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Plot: The G.I. Joes are not only fighting their mortal enemy Cobra, they are forced to contend with threats from within the government that jeopardize their very existence.
Release date: June 29 (USA)

The Amazing Spider-Man
Star cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Director: Marc Webb
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
USP: It's the fourth installment of the successful comic superhero franchise and features our desi star Irrfan
Plot: Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father's former partner.
Release date: July 3

The Dark Knight Rises
Star cast: Christopher Nolan
Director: Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman
Genre: Action/Crime/Drama
USP: Christian Bale reprises his role for the last time as Batman in Nolan's last tale in his Batman trilogy
Plot: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
Release date: July 20 (India)

Bourne Legacy
Star cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton
Director: Tony Gilroy
Genre: Action/Adventure/Thriller
USP: With Matt Damon on hiatus from this franchise, the fourth installment based on Robert Ludlum's novels is much-awaited.
Plot: A story centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum's novels.
Release date: August 3 (USA)

Star cast: Colin Farrell, Bokeem Woodbine, Bryan Cranston
Director: Len Wiseman
Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Reason: In this remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1990 hit, Colin Farrell stars as a factory worker.
Plot: As the nation states Euromerica and New Shanghai vie for supremacy, a factory worker begins to suspect that he's a spy, though he is unaware which side of the fight he's on.
Release date: August 3 (USA)

The Expendables 2
Star cast: Sylvester Stallone, Liam Hemsworth, Randy Couture
Director: Simon West
Genre: Action/ Adventure/Thriller
Reason: The film stars classic action hero Sylvester Stallone.
Plot: Mr Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.
Release date: August 17 (USA)

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