Upcoming comedy capers in Bollywood

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By Hindustan Times

After a year packed with action and style, Bollywood now offers a list of comedy films in the coming months. So tickle your humorous side with these upcoming comedy capers. Here's a look:

Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola
Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma will be seen in a funny avatar in Vishal Bhardwaj's Matru Ki Bijli Ka Mandola. Touted as a comedy film, Matru... presents Imran Khan in an all-new rugged avatar.

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana, the film is about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry’s man friday, Matru (Imran Khan).

The film will also see Arya Babbar and Shabana Azmi in supporting roles.

Imran Khan was initially very nervous about the role as the character was very tough for him and he thought he had made a big mistake taking it up. "During the first script reading of the film, I was unable to say the Haryanvi dialogues. It was not easy, I felt I made a big mistake and I should back out," he said.

"The role is different. It required a lot of preparation for almost two and a half months. I have always felt that the more we rehearse, the better we perform," Imran added.

All of Bhardwaj's films have strong female characters and the director seems to have maintained the same with his heroine Anushka Sharma as well.

Talking about being paired with Imran for the first time, Anushka said that she never thought they would look like the way they do.

"This is the first time we are working together. I never thought we would look like this. But Imran has looked the hottest in the film," Anushka said.

Release date: January 11, 2013

Ghanchakkar
After The Dirty Picture, Vidya Balan And Emraan Hashmi will be seen for the second time together on the big screen but this time in different roles. Ghanchakkar is a crazy, quirky rollercoaster suspense ride that will surprise, shock and entertain the audience at every turn. The film revolves around the character Sanju which is played by Emraan Hashmi.

After a series of intense roles, actor Vidya Balan will show her funny side in director Raj Kumar Gupta’s Ghanchakkar. Gupta reveals that Vidya will play a quirky Punjabi woman in the film. “Her character will be completely different from what she has played so far,” he says.

Produced by UTV Motion Pictures, Ghanchakkar is a comic thriller. The film stars Emraan Hashmi as a lazy man with a taste for the finer things in life, and Vidya as his ambitious wife, a woman with her own notions about the world. After making a bad decision, the couple encounters two thugs, one with a bad illness and the other with a bad attitude.

Audiences will see a voluptuous Vidya Balan again in the film.

“Vidya wanted to lose weight and go back to her normal body size after the release of TDP. She felt people would associate her only with particular kind of roles. But Raj Kumar was clear that he doesn’t Vidya to cut the flab and communicated the same to her,” said an insider.

It took Vidya time to agree to do the film, adds the director. “But our admiration for each other helped me make her understand how much I’m looking forward to her playing the character, which is why she finally agreed to do the film,” said Gupta.

Ghanchakkar is a departure from the usual even for Gupta. His last two films, Aamir (2008) and No One Killed Jessica, were inspiring stories that he wanted to tell. “It wasn’t a conscious decision to do a comedy film, but as a filmmaker, I want to explore different genres,” says Gupta. “Parves Sheikh and I have written the script together. I wanted a co-writer to help me do justice to the material which is not innate to me.”

Release date: June 21, 2013

Phata Poster Nikhla Hero is an upcoming Bollywood romantic comedy film starring Shahid Kapoor and Ileana D'Cruz. Ileana will be seen in a light role after her intense character in Barfi!

The film, tentatively titled Phata Poster Nikla Hero is a Bollywood masala entertainer. The film is to be directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, who has given hits like Ghayal, Andaz Apna Apna, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani.. The film will be produced by Ramesh Taurani's Tips Films.

"We have signed Ileana for our film. She is perfect for the role. She is a brilliant actress. We have seen her work down south," Taurani told PTI.

"I can't talk about the role that Ileana and Shahid will be playing in the film," he said.

Talking about Phata Poster Nikla Hero, Taurani said, "This film is a full-fledged masala entertainer with elements of romance and action. It is an original story and not a remake."

Release date: August 23, 2013

Besharam
Ranbir Kapoor will surprise us yet again! The actor will be seen in a comic role in Abhinav Kashyap's Besharam.

The director is out with a very colourful first look of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Besharam. The Kapoor lad is seen in a rustic avatar, wearing a yellow printed shirt and sitting in the boot space of a pink car.

The tagline, Na Samman Ka Moh, Na Apmaan Ka Bhay, suggests Ranbir will be seen in a bindass role.

Ranbir will sport a macho look in this film. "He will need to put on some muscle as he will be shooting quite a few fighting sequences," Pradeep Bhatia, the actor's trainer, from Elixir Fitness, Andheri, Mumbai told HT Cafe.

Pallavi Sharda will be seen opposite Ranbir Kapoor.

Ranbir is also expected to share the screen with his dad Rishi Kapoor and mom Neetu Singh.

Release date: October 2, 2013

Chennai Express
One is Bollywood's uncrowned king of romance, known to strike a pose on streets while singing for the woman he's wooing. The other is famous for making masala action films, where the hero gets down and dirty, beats up a dozen baddies and makes cars fly.

So what can you expect when Shah Rukh Khan (his last release, the Rs. 100 cr grosser, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, reaffirmed his romantic hero status) and director Rohit Shetty come together?

It seems, next year, SRK will don a completely new avatar. The actor's next is Rohit Shetty's action film, Chennai Express, in which he stars opposite Deepika Padukone. Rohit, part of whose fame rests on being the director of Ajay Devgn-starrer Singham (2011), is all set to make SRK perform stunts like he never has before.

A source close to Chennai Express says, "Rohit's films are popular for the action scenes. Whether they are comedies, like the Golmaal series, or they involve hand-to-hand combat, like Singham did, they have masala action, and Chennai Express will be no different. Audiences would never have imagined SRK performing stunts of this sort." Hard as it may be, try to picture SRK in Singham or Rowdy Rathore.

This is the first time both SRK and Deepika are working with Rohit Shetty. King Khan seems happy with the experience as he tweeted, "CE: Good shoot, good people, good vibes, good fun. Everyone feels, it's sad the schedule is coming to an end. But v will be bak! Reddy..Steddy.."

Release date: April 2013

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