With big re­leases lined up in the last quar­ter of 2015, trade ex­perts have high ex­pec­ta­tions from Bol­ly­wood

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This year, so far, Bol­ly­wood has wit­nessed more flops than hits. But, as we en­ter the last quar­ter of 2015, film trade ex­perts are hope­ful. “All is not lost,” says Taran Adarsh, trade an­a­lyst, adding, “We have two big fes­ti­vals com­ing up — Di­wali and Christ­mas.”

Ac­cord­ing to in­dus­try in­sid­ers, the up­com­ing fes­tive pe­riod is ex­pected to make up for all the duds that Bol­ly­wood has de­liv­ered in the last nine months. Af­ter all, the big­gest stars are all set to hit the big screen. The films that will re­lease this year in­clude Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Sal­man Khan and Sonam Kapoor), Dil­wale (Shah Rukh Khan and Ka­jol), Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani (Ran­veer Singh, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Cho­pra), Ta­masha (Ran­bir Kapoor and Deepika) and Shan­daar (Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt).

Also, ex­hibitor Ak­shaye Rathi re­veals that even though the year didn’t start on an overtly en­thu­si­as­tic note, there were a few big sur­prises in store for ev­ery­one, in the form of Baby, Bad­la­pur and Dum Laga Ke Haisha. Things, how­ever, changed for the bet­ter post May. “The in­dus­try picked up, and a good bunch of films — Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan, Bahubali, Dr­ishyam and Tanu Weds Manu Re­turns (TWMR) — raked in the moolah. “The last quar­ter of the year will pos­si­bly earn the high­est amount for the film in­dus­try,” says Rathi.

Mean­while, in­dus­try ex­perts also feel that even when it comes to the con­tent, things have changed for the bet­ter. “Com­pared to last year, the qual­ity of our con­tent has im­proved. For ex­am­ple, Bahubali, for me, was a game changer. Usu­ally, we toss around only five-six sto­ries. But things are chang­ing… like Tal­var has been do­ing very well,” says Adarsh.

L to R: Stills from Phan­tom, Singh is Bli­ing and Piku; Stills from Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (top) and Ba­ji­rao Mas­tani (above) are set to re­lease

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