srk-kajolFrom Shree 420 to Mughal-E-Azam to Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Hindi films’ love for romance is well-known. Here’s a dekko at the love stories lined up for release this year

My Name Is Khan
Featuring: This week’s release is amongst one of 2010’s biggest film. My Name Is Khan is directed by King of Romance, Karan Johar and co-produced by Johar with Shah Rukh Khan.
Watch out for: In the movie, Shah Rukh suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, a type of autism. A Muslim, he falls in love with a Hindu woman Mandira, played by Kajol, who is also a single mother living in San Francisco. The 9/11 terror attacks and how it affects their relationship and lives is the theme of the movie, which brings back the super-hit pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol on screen after a long gap in an unconventional love story.
Release Date: February 12, 2010

Featuring: Hrithik Roshan plays a salsa teacher. Kangna Ranaut is a rich girl and is shown as Hrithik’s dance student. The story is set in Las Vegas.
Watch out for: Kites is about an Indian boy’s romantic affair with a Latin girl and their predicament as they do not understand each other’s language. This Anurag Basu-directed movie also marks the debut of Mexican actress Barbara Mori.
Expected Release: Kites is tentatively scheduled to release in May 2010.

I Hate Luv Stories
Featuring: I Hate Luv Stories is produced by Karan Johar, whose raison d’etre for making most of his films is romance. This Punit Malhotra-directed movie has teenage heart-throbs Imran Khan and Sonam Kapoor in the lead. Sameer Dattani also plays an important role in the movie.
Watch out for: The unusually-titled movie is actually a love story. The debutante director is celebrated fashion designer Manish Malhotra’s nephew.
Expected release: May 2010

Production No 37
Featuring: Pradeep Sarkar, director of opulent romances such as Parineeta and Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, has now teamed up Deepika Padukone and Neil Nitin Mukesh.
Watch out for: Both the actors are said to have extremely challenging roles to play in this love story set in the gritty streets of Mumbai. According to sources, Neil plays a biker who performs dangerous stunts.
Expected release: It is produced by Aditya Chopra and is set for a December 2010 release.

Featuring: Abbas Tyrewala’s next directorial venture after the surprise hit Jaane Tu …Ya Jaane Na features John Abraham and Abbas’ wife Pakhi in lead roles.
Watch out for: A R Rahman’s music punctuates through the movie, which is mostly laced with telephonic conversations and John has to do with emoting through his voice.
Expected release: July 2010, to coincide with Jaane Tu ..Ya Jaane Na’s release date.

Anjaana Anjaani
Featuring: This forthcoming Siddharth Anand flick will bring together Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, currently among the hottest romantic pair of Bollywood, for the first time.
Watch Out For: The story of two strangers, Anjaana Anjaani will also see Ranbir make his singing debut. With Anand’s repertoire of films such as Salaam Namaste and Bachna Ae Haseeno, one can expect healthy dollops of candy floss romance in the movie. The maker and stars are currently shooting the movie in New York.
Expected Release: Last quarter of 2010

Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai
Featuring: Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez return after Aladin in this tale of inter-planetary love directed by scriptwriter-turned-director Milap Zaveri.
Watch out for: Romance between an alien Jacqueline and earthling Riteish. It is a romantic comedy with a lot of science-fiction elements and special effects thrown in.
Expected release: April 2, 2010

Break Ke Baad
Featuring: Imran Khan and Deepika Padukone come together in Kunal Kohli’s first independent production being directed by Danish Aslam.
Watch out for: Break Ke Baad is about a couple, Imran and Deepika, who break up and want to get back together. Sharmila Tagore plays Deepika’s mother in the movie which is set in Delhi and a foreign location.
Expected release: October 2010

Featuring: Sonam Kapoor plays the title- role of Aisha, who is wooed by three men while Abhay Deol plays the male lead. The film is being produced by her sister Rhea Kapoor under father Anil Kapoor’s banner
Watch out for: The perils of misconstrued romance come alive in this remake of Jane Austen’s classic novel Emma.
Expected Release: Aisha is expected to release in July this year.

Priyanko Sarkar, Screen India

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