Akshay Kumar, who has been entertaining fans since decades with his films, is currently going through a rough patch as he failed to deliver a hit in 2022.
He gave Bollywood its first post-COVID hit with Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi last year and everyone was expecting a lot from him this year.
The superstar featured in a total of five movies - Bachchhan Paandey, Samrat Prithviraj, Raksha Bandhan, Cuttputlli, and Ram Setu. While Cuttputlli was an OTT release, all of his theatrical releases failed to make a mark at the box office.
After a flop 2022, Akshay Kumar is now all set to make a strong comeback in 2023 with six releases. Yes, you read that right! Let's look at his upcoming projects which are slated to release next year.
The official Hindi remake of hit Malayalam film Driving License, Selfiee is being directed by Raj Mehta. Besides Akshay, the movie also features Emraan Hashmi, Diana Penty, and Nushrratt Bharuccha in the lead roles. While there was a buzz that Selfiee will have an OTT release, the Khiladi star recently revealed that the comedy-drama will release in theatres. It is slated to hit the theatres on February 24, 2023.
While Akshay Kumar played the role of Lord Krishna in the 2012 satirical comedy-drama OMG: Oh My God, he'll be seen as Lord Shiva in its sequel. Besides Akshay, the hit film starred Paresh Rawal. However, OMG 2 features Pankaj Tripathi and Yami Gautam in pivotal roles. Reportedly, it revolves around the education system in India. The makers are yet to announce its release date, but is is likely to release in the first half of 2023.
Soorarai Pottru Remake
It'll be Akshay second South remake in 2023 after Selfiee. Suriya and Aparna Balamurali's Tamil film Soorarai Pottru was released in 2020 and was a huge success. In the Hindi remake, Radhika Madan is playing the female lead opposite Akshay. Again, the makers haven't yet decided any release date but it'll release next year.
Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, Capsule Gill features Akshay in the role of Jaswant Singh Gill, an additional chief mining engineer who made headlines for rescuing people in Raniganj, West Negal in 1989 when a coal mine was flooded. After Kesari, the film marks Akshay's big screen reunion with Parineeti Chopra.
Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Saat
Akshay will be seen playing the role of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Helmed by Mahesh Manjrekar, Vedat Marathe Veer Daudale Saat marks superstar's debut in the Marathi film industry. Recently, the makers unveiled Akshay's first look from the project. However, he got trolled as people thought that he's not the right choice for the part. While there has been reports that he's doing just a cameo in the film, the makers are yet to confirm the same. It is slated to release on Dilwali next year.
Bade Miyan Chote Miyan
Also featuring Tiger Shroff, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan is being helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Touted as the biggest action entertainer, the much-awaited film isn't the remake of the 1998 hit with the same name starring Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda. Reportedly, the actioner got a little postponed and will go on floors in the first quarter of 2023. Most probably, it'll hit the theatres towards the end of next year.