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Even as the New Year begins on Monday, filmmakers across industries are gearing up for some major releases in 2018. 
 
From Salman Khan’s debut in a negative character with Race 3 to Shah Rukh Khan’s film with Anand L Rai and Aamir Khan’s Thugs of Hindostan, Amitabh Bachchan’s 102 Not Out and Akshay Kumar’s Padman, almost all stars have announced the release dates of their 2018 offerings.
 
Major films releasing in 2018
 
Jan-March: January begins with Saif Ali Khan’s quirky Kaalakandi, followed by a box office clash of Padman and Neeraj Pandey’s Aiyaary on Republic Day. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati (now titled Padmavat) will most likely see a February release, and Sudhir Mishra’s Daasdev will also hit theatres in same month. 
 
John Abraham’s Parmanu, Anushka Sharma’s Pari and Rani Mukherjee’s Hichki will also release in February. The major release in March will be Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic, starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role.
 
April-June: April will see two major releases - Shoojit Sircar’s October, starring Varun Dhawan, and Kangana Ranaut’s ambitious project, Manikarnika. Alia Bhatt’s Raazi and Sonam Kapoor-Kareena Kapoor-starrer Veere Di Wedding will hit the theatres in May. Salman’s Race 3 and Aishwarya Rai’s Fanne Khan will release in June.
 
July-Sept: Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter’s Dhadak will hit the theatres in July. Dibakar Banerjee’s Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and Akshay Kumar’s Gold will release in August. Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan’s Sui Dhaaga will release in September.
 
Oct-Dec: October is likely to see the release of Vishal Bhardwaj’s film based on Catherine Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy’s book, ‘The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight’. Aamir’s Thugs of Hindostan and Hrithik Roshan’s Super 30 will hit the theatres in November while Sara Ali Khan’s debut film, Kedarnath, is set for a December 2018 release.
 
Our recommendations:
 
Rohit Vats
 
October: Shoojit Sircar has had four releases so far as director: Yahaan, Vicky Donor, Madras Cafe and Piku. These films are proof enough of his latent potential. At present, there are few directors who can blend practicality and idealism better than Sircar.
 
His next film, October, which features Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu, is going to be a love story set in the mountains. It’s up to Sircar to challenge Dhawan to go beyond what he did in Badlapur - where he really showed potential. October will release in April.
 
Thugs Of Hindostan: Aamir Khan is probably the biggest showman in Bollywood right now. With Dangal, he has redefined himself, and to some extent, the kind of content superstars should aim at.
 
In Thugs Of Hindostan, he is collaborating with Amitabh Bachchan. Can it get any bigger than this? The stills that have so far been released from director Vijay Krishna Acharya’s upcoming film suggest how beautiful can it be.
 
Jyoti Sharma Bawa
 
Padmavat: This film has gone beyond being a Sanjay Leela Bhansali spectacle, it has become a precedent. As the film drops an ‘i’ and becomes Padmavat, it is yet to be seen if the various bans and fatwas - or whatever its kosher right-wing equivalent is in India - will be rolled back.
 
The film has established that film industry and creativity can take a beating if the mob is against it. What does it mean for the future? No saying Sexy and Durga in the same breath, no making films on Hindu queens - real or imaginary, and definitely nothing to do with sexuality. Stick to sanskaars and hagiographies, please.
 
Sweta Kaushal
 
Daasdev: Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra has given us sensitive films like Khoya Khoya Chand, Inkaar and Hazaron Khwahishein Aisi. With his upcoming film being touted as a ‘reverse’ take on Sarat Chandra’s Devdas, expectations are high.
 
The film, set in the hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh, is a love saga amidst political upheavals. Starring Richa Chadha, Rahul Bhat and Aditi Rao Hydari, Daasdev is a romantic thriller that talks about addiction of power and love. Daasdev is also written by Mishra, the same person who began his tinsletown journey co-writing the best political satire in Hindi cinema - Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron. 
 
Dutt biopic: Filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani is making a biopic on his dear friend and actor Sanjay Dutt. Given Dutt’s life, which has been more of a roller-coaster ride, and Hirani’s expertise in marrying social messages with entertainment, here’s a complete package on offer.
 
Ranbir Kapoor, one of the finest actors of his generation, plays Dutt while he has Anushka Sharma, Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal and Sonam Kapoor for company in the movie. Stills leaked from the sets have already raised hopes of Ranbir looking exactly like Sanju Baba in his various stages of life.