Upcoming Indian Blockbusters: H2 2023

Shah Rukh Khan’s Jawan leads the list of upcoming Indian blockbusters releasing in the second half of 2023


Indian cinema is experiencing a remarkable resurgence in 2023, recapturing the pre-pandemic excitement with a captivating lineup of titles.

One standout release in the first half of the year was Pathaan (Hindi), featuring the charismatic Shah Rukh Khan, emerging as the most popular Indian movie of the year to date. Additionally, other noteworthy box office successes include Adipurush (Hindi and Telugu), Ponniyin Selvan: Part Two (Tamil), Waltair Veerayya (Telugu), and Romancham (Malayalam).

As we venture into the second half of 2023, the Indian Box Office keeps its promise of an exhilarating lineup of major tentpoles. Already scoring success both domestically and internationally are Rocky Aur Rani Kii Prem Kahaani (Hindi) and Bro (Telugu). Audiences can also eagerly anticipate the upcoming releases of OMG 2 (Hindi), starring Akshay Kumar, Jailer (Tamil), featuring the legendary Rajnikant, and King of Kotha (Malayalam), starring Dulquer Salman, all set to hit the big screen in August 2023.

As for September 2023 and beyond, here are the most anticipated Indian blockbusters scheduled for release:


Jawan (Hindi)

Release Date: 7 September 2023
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Deepika Padukone


Salaar (Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam)

Release Date: 28 September 2023
Stars: Prabhas, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Tinu Anand, Shruthy Hassan


Leo (Tamil)

Release Date: 19 October 2023
Stars: Joseph Vijay, Anurag Kashyap, Sanjay Dutt


Ganapath: Part 1 (Hindi)

Release Date: 20 October 2023
Stars: Tiger Shroff, Himanshu Jaykar, Kriti Sanon


Tiger 3 (Hindi)

Release Date: 10 November 2023
Stars: Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Emraan Hashmi


Animal (Hindi)

Release Date: 1 December 2023
Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Triptii Dimri, Anil Kapoor


Pushpa: The Rule Part 2 (Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Tamil, and Malayalam)

Release Date: 15 December 2023
Stars: Allu Arjun, Fahadh Faasil, Rashmika Mandanna


Yodha (Hindi)

Release Date: 15 December 2023
Stars: Sidharth Malhotra, Disha Patani, Raashi Khanna


Dunki (Hindi)

Release Date: 22 December 2023
Stars: Shah Rukh Khan, Taapsee Pannu, Boman Irani


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*Movie release dates are subject to change



Source: IMDb, Google




Indian Language Movies Are Underrated

Indian language movies have come a long way over the last few years!


From their initial standard three hour long flicks featuring action-packed drama, tears, catchy and sing-along songs, extravagant dancing and colourful traditional costumes – being produced solely for domestic consumption, to having varied time lengths dictated by their content, and witnessed across the globe in countries such as United States, Canada, Australia, Taiwan, China, Russia, Turkey – in either their original form with subtitles or dubbed versions of its original form.


Movies from India are no longer restricted to Bollywood which produces movies solely in the national language (Hindi). India, in line with the varied languages and dialects in the country, is also home to other powerhouse movie industries such as:

Bollywood – Mumbai-based Hindi language film industry, India

Pollywood – Punjabi language film industry in India and Pakistan

Bhojiwood – Film industry of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India in Bhojpuri language

Chhollywood – Chhattisgarhi language film industry based in Chhattisgarh, India

Tollywood – Bengali film industry in West Bengal, India/Telugu film industry in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana

Kollywood – Tamil language film industry, based in Chennai, India./Nepal’s film industry

Mollywood – Malayalam film industry in Kerala, India

Sandalwood – Kannada language film industry in Karnataka, India.

Jollywood – Assamese language film industry in Guwahati, Assam

Ollywood – Film industry of Orissa, India in Oriya language


The Indian-film industry also comprises of globally recognized actors and actresses who are passionately dedicated to provide the best of their skills and talent to the industry:



Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif

Bollywood Actors and Actresses



Rajinikanth, Vijay, Ajith Kumar and Nayanthara



Mahesh Babu, Prabhas, Anushka Shetty and Rakul Preet Singh


As a result of these film stars having huge fan-followings from around the world, they too have helped attract large audiences to watch Indian movie releases in cinema.


A recent report by PWC indicates that Bollywood is set to become the third largest cinema market in the world.


In recent years, there have been numerous Indian language movies that have done relatively well at the worldwide box office:



Bollywood movies easily make up the second largest watched language in the UAE – with some blockbusters raking in 300,000 plus admissions. Other Indian language movies – which include Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu, have also gained massive popularity and acceptance in accordance with Hindi movies.


Below is analysis conducted by Motivate Val Morgan on Indian language movie releases across the Middle East in 2018:













In October 2019, Motivate Val Morgan – in collaboration with Murdoch University Dubai, also conducted cinema research in the UAE in the form of questionnaires and video interviews at VOX Cinemas – City Centre Deira and Burjuman (two prominent locations for Asian movie audiences).


The objective of this research project was to understand cinemagoing habits of Asian audiences and measure the effectiveness of cinema advertising alongside Indian language movies..












As the research above indicates:


Here’s a line-up of Indian language movies scheduled to release over the months ahead:

December 2019

Pati Patni Aur Woh (Hindi)


Panipat (Hindi)


Mardaani 2 (Hindi)


Good Newwz (Hindi)


Mamangam (Malayalam)



January 2020

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior (Hindi)


Darbar (Tamil)


Ala Vaikunthapurramloo (Telugu)


Sarileru Neekevvaru (Telugu)


Street Dancer 3D (Hindi)


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Sources: Wikipedia, WARC, MVM Analysis, MVM Research and IMDb

The Much Anticipated ‘Race 3’ Trailer is Here!

The much-awaited first trailer for the upcoming Eid release Race 3 – starring Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor, hit the web last week and the response has been tremendous!

Ace choreographer turned director Remo D’Souza helms the edgy and glamorous action thriller where Anil Kapoor is a business tycoon (who will do anything to save his portfolio), Daisy Shah and Saqib Saleem play his children, and Salman Khan is the “blue eyed boy” in the family. Jacqueline Fernandez features in action sequences and so does Bobby Deol (who appears to be Anil Kapoor’s rival in business).

The latest instalment of the Race movie was extensively filmed in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi. The adrenaline packed stunts and bombastic dialogues take place against the backdrop of some of Abu Dhabi’s snazziest locations – including Yas Viceroy and Liwa Desert.

“Our shoot went seamlessly thanks to the incredible support of organisations such as twofour54, Abu Dhabi Film Commission and, of course, the UAE Armed Forces, without whom we would never have been able to create such high-octane action sequences,” said Remo D’Souza in a statement.

Race 3 will be the fifth Bollywood-feature film to be shot in Abu Dhabi after Baby, Dishoom, Bang Bang! and Tiger Zinda Hai.

Soon after the release of the trailer, Twitterati went no holds barred reacting to how awesome the upcoming film looked. And not just fans, when it comes to Salman Khan, Bollywood doesn’t hold back emotions either.

From Bollywood divas Sonam Kapoor and Diana Penty, to singers Mika Singh and Baadshah, all chimed in to rave about the trailer and extend their good wishes to their ‘bhai’.


Watch the trailer below:


The blockbuster is scheduled to release across cinemas in the UAE, Oman, Qatar and Bahrain on 14th June 2018.

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Sources: Gulf News (Tabloid), ndtv.com and timesnownews.com

A Crucial Sequence for ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ was Filmed in Abu Dhabi

From filming in the cold weather of Austria to the hot climate of Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi, director Ali Abbas Zafar says the upcoming Bollywood blockbuster Tiger Zinda Hai has been shot in extremely challenging weather conditions.

A crucial sequence in the action-thriller, starring superstar Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, was shot in the Liwa desert in Abu Dhabi. The recorded temperature on the days they shot was 50-degrees Celsius, a statement said.

Tiger Zinda Hai required a certain scale of desert in the film and Liwa provided that. Temperatures were soaring and as we shot action sequences with a moving car here, the conditions were extremely challenging,” said Ali Abbas Zafar.

Zafar added that the film’s unit stood by the local vision and that “the local crew in Abu Dhabi were also very supportive.”

Tiger Zinda Hai – slated for release on December 21 in UAE, is a sequel to the 2012 spy-thriller Ek Tha Tiger.

Zafar also praised Hollywood stunt director Tom Struthers who has choreographed the action sequences for the film.


Tiger Zinda Hai Shoot in Abu Dhabi


Tom Struthers is known for his work in films such as The Dark Knight and Inception.

“Tom is a master of high-octane action sequences and for Tiger Zinda Hai, his brief was to create action that is both larger than life and yet, realistic. He has delivered sequences that will stay with audiences for a long time,” said Zafar.

The team shot a schedule in Abu Dhabi, which featured choppers, jets, army vehicles and heavy artillery from the army.


Tiger Zinda Hai Shoot in Abu Dhabi


Tiger Zinda Hai Shoot in Abu Dhabi


“We had to create a lot of explosions for the film. We’ve blown up fifteen vehicles, of which four are moving vehicles. One of them was a 40-tonne truck which made a lot of noise when it blew up. What was difficult to make, actually feels beautiful to watch now,” said Struthers.

He added that the action in the Bollywood film is on par with that in any other film he has done in the past.

Watch the trailer below:



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Source – Gulf News (Tabloid)