March usually brings a festive line-up of big Hindi film releases in time for the Holi celebrations, and this year is no exception.
Also notable is the fact that the Maharashtra government announced the easing the Covid restrictions on Wednesday, including permission to operate cinema halls with 100% occupancy. The announcement comes shortly before the release of films such as Akshay Kumar’s Bachchan Pandey and Amitabh Bachchan’s Jhund.
Silverscreen India has curated a list of Hindi movies you can catch in theatres this March.
Jhund – March 4
This Amitabh Bachchan-starrer, written and directed by Nagraj Manjule, is based on the life of retired sports teacher, Vijay Barse, who founded an NGO called ‘Slum Soccer’. He builds and coaches a football team comprised of street kids, and keeps them off drugs and crime by doing so.
Toolsidas Junior – March 4
Written and directed by Mridul Mahendra, this Sanjay Dutt-starrer is the last film featuring late actor Rajiv Kapoor. It features Kapoor as Toolsidas, an ace snooker player who proclaims that “he only plays for his son” and features Varun Buddhadev as ‘Toolsidas Junior’. Dutt plays the role of former snooker champion Mohammad Salam, who helps Junior in fulfilling his father’s dream after he loses an important match to his arch-rival. The film is inspired by true events and is set in Calcutta in 1994.
The Kashmir Files – March 11
Directed by Vivek Agnihotri, this film features an ensemble cast comprising of actors Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar, Pallavi Joshi, Prakash Belawadi, Puneet Issar, and Atul Srivastava, among others. The story is based on video interviews of the first generation members of the Kashmiri Pandit community who migrated out of the Kashmir valley in the 1990s.
Bachchan Pandey – March 18
This Farhad Samji directorial, originally slated for a Christmas 2020 release, is finally hitting theatres on March 18. The film stars Akshay Kumar and Kriti Sanon in the lead, along with Pankaj Tripathi and Jacqueline Fernandez in supporting roles. A remake of the 2014 Tamil film Jigarthanda, the story revolves around a budding director trying to research a ruthless gangster in order to make a film on the underworld.