Beat the summer heat this year by heading straight to your nearest theatre. On offer in Bollywood are big ticket releases, which are as different as chalk and cheese, like ‘Dum Maaro Dum’, ‘Chalo Dilli’, ‘Ready’, ‘Luv Ka The End’, ‘Double Dhamaal’, ‘Ragini MMS’ etc. From Hollywood, Wizards, pirates and superheroes will invade Indian shores this summer. Superstars of Tollywood and Kollywood are bringing their best to the table. Nagarjuna, Allu Arjun, Naga Chaitanya, Jeeva, Jayam Ravi, Vikram, Tarun, Silambarasan, Mahesh Babu, Arya ,Vishal ,Siddharth, Bharath and Rana Daggubati all have releases lined up for the summer showdown.

A sneak peek at the Bollywood, Hollywood, Tamil, Telugu movies scheduled for release this summer, with images from  Bollywood Hungama, Filmysouth, Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and sourced from India Syndicate, Filmysouth.

Dum Maro Dum: After a hattrick of flops (‘Raavan’, ‘Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey’ and ‘Game’), Abhishek Bachchan is back as the hard-boiled cop taking on the Goan drug mafia in ‘Dum Maaro Dum’. The thriller cum slice-of-life film set in Goa also stars Aditya Pancholi, Bipasha Basu, Rana Daggubati and Prateik Babbar. ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ will be released on April 22.

Zokkomon: Darsheel Safary, of ‘Taare Zameen Par’ fame, returns to the Bollywood screen as a superhero in the action adventure film, ‘Zokkomon’. Another highlight of ‘Zokkomon’ is Anupam Kher’s double role as an evil uncle and a scientist called Magic. The movie will be released on April 22.

Shor In The City: Finally, some relief from Tusshar Kapoor’s buffoonery (Read ‘Golmaal’ series). Tusshar plays a gangster in ‘Shor In The City’, which revolves around three loosely interconnected stories set in the midst of the noise and grime of Mumbai during the Ganpati festival. ‘Shor In The City’, also starring Preeti Desai, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Nikhil Dwivedi, will be released on April 28.

Chalo Dilli: ‘Chalo Dilli’ is the story of the most unlikely of travel companions, a corporate honcho (Lara Dutta) and a podgy, loud ‘Ladies Cut-piece’ merchant (Vinay Pathak), on a road trip from Mumbai to New Delhi. Along the way, the duo experience real India and encounter a series of characters that leave a mark on their life forever. ‘Chalo Dilli’ will be released on April 29.

Naughty @ 40: Bollywood has its very own ‘The 40 Year Old Virgin’ in the Govinda starrer, ‘Naughty @ 40’. Directed by Jagmohan Mundhra, the film is about a 40-year-old man who arrives from London to India to find a suitable match for himself. ‘Naughty @ 40’ will be released on April 29.

Luv Ka The End: Y-Films, the youth films division of Yash Raj Films, will make its debut in Bollywood with ‘Luv Ka The End’. The movie, which is an “axe the ex-boyfriend” drama, starring Shraddha Kapoor, Taaha Shah and Shenaz Treasuryvala, promises to be a breath of fresh air. ‘Luv Ka The End’ will be released on May 6.

Ragini MMS:Inspired by the ingenuity and technique of supernatural horror film ‘Paranormal Activity’, Ekta Kapoor presents a twisted voyeuristic tale, ‘Ragini MMS’. “Ragini MMS’ is India’s first ever film that captures paranormal on camera. The film is not just horror but will have a lot of love and sex too. Though the concept reminds one of ‘Paranormal Activity’, both the films are not even distantly similar,” says producer Sidhartha M Jain. The movie will be released on May 13.

Ready: After the mega hit ‘Dabangg’, Salman Khan will return to Bollywood with Anees Bazmee’s comedy flick ‘Ready’. The movie revolves around Prem (Salman Khan) and Sanjanna (Asin), who fall in love amidst a twisted plot of greedy uncles who want to gulp down Sanjanna’s family inheritance and Prem’s crazy family, who always form a part of their only son’s plans. The movie will be released on June 3.

Double Dhamaal: Directed by Indra Kumar, the sequel to the 2007 hit ‘Dhamaal’ stars Sanjay Dutt, Arshad Warsi, Jaaved Jaaferi, Riteish Deshmukh, Ashish Chowdhry and Kangna Ranaut. Mallika Sherawat will be seen in a sizzling item number – “Jalebi Bai..” in ‘Double Dhamaal’. The movie will be released on June 10.

180: ‘180’, directed by ad maker Jayendra, stars Siddharth, Nithya Menon and Priya Anand. Touted as a coming-of-age film, ‘180’ has music composed by Sarath and boasts of excellent cinematography by Balasubramaniem.

Mr. Perfect: ‘Mr. Perfect’, is a romantic family entertainer, starring Prabhas, Tapasee Pannu, Kajal Agarwal and Prakash Raj.  “Our hero believes that being perfect doesn`t mean to be decent in a way and to be liked by all. But, one should be what one really is. Everybody likes this concept, except for one girl. Whether the hero changes his concept or is he influenced by the girl`s attitude, forms the crux.” says producer Dil Raju.

KO/ Rangam: ‘KO’ is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. After making it to the A-list of directors with ‘Kana Kanden’ and ‘Ayan’, Cinematographer-turned-director K V Anand returns with ‘Ko’. Starring Jeeva, Ajmal, Karthika, Prakash Raj and Piaa, the thriller revolves around the life of a photo journalist. ‘KO’ has already generated enough buzz to command a bilingual release with the Telugu film titled ‘Rangam’.

Vaanam: A remake of 2010’s Telugu superhit ‘Vedam’, this film revolves around five central characters all of whom come from different walks of life with different stories to tell. The film weaves their stories together. The Tamil version stars Silambarasan, Bharath, Prakash Raj, Anushka Shetty and Sonia Agarwal.

Nenu Naa Rakshasi: Puri Jagannadh returns to screen with the love story of a professional killer, in ‘Nenu Naa Rakshasi’. Apart from Rana Daggubati and Ileana D’Cruz, ‘NNR’ has Hottie Mumaith Khan and Bollywood actor Abhimanyu Singh playing important roles.

Engeyum Kadhal: Director Prabhu Deva’s next venture after 2009’s Bollywood superhit ‘Wanted’ is the long delayed ‘Engeyum Kadhal’. The film, which stars Jayam Ravi, was supposed to be the Tamil debut of Hansika Motwani but ‘Mappillai’ took that credit.

Deiva Thirumagan: Kollywood superstar Vikram has been away from the limelight for a long time now. His last release ‘Raavanan’, where he shared screen space with Aishwarya, brought him accolades but the actor took to hibernation. He has surfaced again, with a new look. In ‘Deiva Thirumagan’, Chiyaan Vikram plays the role of an autistic man. The film, which seems to be an inspired take on Sean Penn’s ‘I am Sam’, also features Anushka Shetty, Amala Paul and Nassar in prominent roles. Directed by A.L. Vijay, ‘DTM’ is set for a May release.

Badhrinaadh: Allu Arjun’s ‘Badhrinaadh’ will be the biggest summer release of Tollywood. Set in the holy town of Badhrinaadh, it is the story of an “Indian Samurai”, played by Allu Arjun. Director V V Vinayak’s epic will also see Tamannaah and Prakash Raj play major characters. Rumors have it that Bollywood heartthrob Imran Khan may make a special appearance in the movie.

Dookudu: ‘Dookudu’ is an action-romantic entertainer with Mahesh Babu playing the role of a police informer and Samantha playing his love interest. The movie also stars Abhimanyu Singh, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood, Brahmanandam, Sayaji Shinde, Nassar and Vennela Kishore.

O My Friend: After ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu’, Siddharth and Shruti Haasan will appear together in ‘O My Friend’. The movie had run into serious trouble when leading lady Amrita Rao walked out of the film, early this year.

100% Love: ‘100% Love’ offers a different take on college life, love, friendship and education. Naga Chaitanya and Tamannaah will star in this romantic comedy.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 2: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint head back to Hogwarts one last time for the final showdown between good and evil wizards with ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’. The adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s finale to her fantasy series was split into two films, the first leaving off with last fall’s cliffhanger involving the death match between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and dark Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). Radcliffe provides a refresher in case anyone has forgotten where things stand. There are two concepts that you have to understand. There are seven Horcruxes that we’re tracking down. They’re pieces of Voldemort’s soul that we’re going to kill. I’m looking for them, and there are the three Deathly Hallows. Voldemort’s looking for those, and it’s a race to see who can get to which ones first.”

Transformers: Dark of The Moon: ‘Dark of the Moon’ reunites ‘Transformers’ star Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay as an event out of Earth’s past touches off a new round in the struggle between two warring robot races. Megan Fox, who co-starred in the franchise’s first two movies, is gone this time, but other returning cast members include John Turturro and Tyrese Gibson.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: After wrapping up the original story line in a trilogy, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ returns in a stand-alone story that sends Depp’s Jack Sparrow on a hunt for the fountain of youth. ‘On Stranger Tides’ co-stars Penelope Cruz and Ian McShane, with Geoffrey Rush back as Jack’s old nemesis Barbossa. Director Rob Marshall jumped right in on the sword fights and other action in ‘On Stranger Tides’, saying the song-and-dance moves he crafted in such musicals as ‘Chicago’ and ‘Nine’ were good training ground.

Captain America: The First Avenger: Superheroes are everywhere this summer, with the stars of ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ making solo debuts before joining the all-star lineup of summer 2012’s ‘The Avengers’. That ensemble tale will feature Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson from the ‘Iron Man’ franchise along with Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk.

‘Captain America’ stars Chris Evans, padding his superhero resume after co-starring as the Human Torch in the ‘Fantastic Four’ flicks. Evans’ Steve Rogers is a 98-pound weakling who volunteers for a military program that bulks him up into super-soldier Captain America, leading a team of heroes battling arch-villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving).

Thor: ‘Thor’ casts the Norse god of thunder into exile among puny humans on Earth, where he hooks up with a team of scientists (Natalie Portman among them) and joins the fight against a bad guy from his own realm. In his fall, Thor has lost much of his power, including the ability to wield his mighty hammer. “He’s not quite worthy at that point of possessing it,” said Chris Hemsworth, the Australian actor who landed the role of Thor. “We see Thor as a cocky, brash young warrior who needs to learn some humility, so he’s sent to Earth. It’s his exploration of how he fits into the world.”

Green Lantern: While Thor is sent down to the minors, the hero of ‘Green Lantern’ is called up from Earth to join a league of galactic peacekeepers. Ryan Reynolds stars as an ordinary guy who gains superpowers from a ring bestowed by a dying alien. As the first human to join the Green Lantern Corps — essentially, interstellar cops on the beat — his character becomes the key to stopping an evil force. But he encounters a little alien bigotry along the way.

X-Men: First Class: ‘X-Men: First Class’ features James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the future Professor X and Magneto — superpowered mutants who start as allies but end up deadly enemies in their quest to find a place for their freak-of-nature kinsmen. Another prequel, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’, has James Franco and Freida Pinto leading the human cast as research into simian intelligence puts the world under new management.

Cowboys & Aliens: Interspecies conflict comes to the Old West, too, in ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ as amysterious gunslinger (Daniel Craig) and a cattle baron (Harrison Ford) put together a posse of townsfolk, outlaws and Apache Indians to go after bad guys from space in 1873. ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ director Jon Favreau, who made ‘Iron Man’ and its sequel, said the hit Western ‘True Grit’ and the Wild West animated comedy ‘Rango’ were nice lead-ins after a long dry spell for the genre. “The Western, that may have been the aspect of the film that made the studio the most cautious when it was first green-lighted. Now, it’s turned into the aspect that makes it more original and stand out from the crowd,” Favreau said. “The fun comes from the mash-up of genres.”

Super 8: Director Abrams created his own mash-up with ‘Super 8’, combining two projects he had been developing: A story inspired by his boyhood filmmaking endeavours and a sci-fi adventure about a train that derails while carrying an alien presence from Area 51. The teen filmmaker idea had good characters but lacked plot punch, Abrams said.”It needed something to sort of elevate it out of the realm of pure drama into some kind of spectacle, at least for me to want to direct it,” Abrams said.

Other action highlights in the Summer of 2011: ‘Fright Night’: The remake of the 1980s horror comedy stars Colin Farrell as a newcomer targeting the kid next door (Anton Yelchin), who has discovered his neighbour’s a vampire. ’30 Minutes or Less’: Jesse Eisenberg stars in an action comedy about a pizza delivery guy abducted by crooks and forced to rob a bank. ‘Conan the Barbarian’: The new take on the ancient warrior has Conan (Jason Momoa) on a personal vendetta that turns into a heroic mission against supernatural evil. ‘Priest’: A warrior priest (Paul Bettany) in a world besieged by vampires sets out to rescue his abducted niece before the blood-suckers make her one of their own.

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