The pandemic has slowed down a bit Bollywood versions. Just like Hollywood, the Hindi film industry has taken a hit with most movies released on streaming platforms. With things finally getting back to normal, the great theater of Bollywood is back. And this month will see huge releases. Everything from genre films about ghosts and werewolves to coming-of-age films with characters of all ages. November is busy! So read on for the most anticipated Bollywood movies of November 2022.
Phone Bhoot: A Ghostbusters-style horror comedy
Pairing one of Bollywood’s greatest talents with two up-and-coming new actors is a tried-and-true formula. But put them all in a new comedy horror that kind of riffs on ghost hunters? Genius! The Phone Bhoot trailer is spectacular as a strange accident sees two friends (Ishaan Khattar and Sidhant Chaturvedi) see dead people. Oh, those references keep coming. Confused about what to do, a lovely ghost (Katrina Kaif) appears with an idea: to start a ghost hunting business.
What follows looks like a hilarious comedy where two hapless buddies team up with a ghost to battle other ghosts. But the larger story sees a villain they also have to face. Kaif headlining this film already makes it a must-see. But combine two of Bollywood’s hottest new stars doing self-deprecating comedy, Jackie Shroff as the scene-chewing villain, and it’s sure to be a fun watch.
Phone Booth will be released on November 4.
Double XL: A coming-of-age story about positive body image
Body image issues are real. Probably more in Bollywood where we have heard many stories about actresses being forced to “slim down” or lose weight. Sometimes even contractually obliged to do so. So when a film tackles this subject, with two charming actresses in the main roles, you have to stand up and pay attention. Double XL is a coming-of-age comedy starring Sonakshi Sinha and Huma Qureshi as two women who have encountered obstacles in their lives due to the way society thinks they should look. Taking control of the narrative, the two women embark on a journey to break stereotypes and promote positive body image. It’s also pretty cool that Sinha and Qureshi themselves have dealt with this issue in the industry.
Double XL is released on November 4.
Mili: A New Bollywood Film Released November 2022
Superstar Jhanvi Kapoor continues her string of short films with her in the lead role. Mili sounds like a harrowing story of isolation and survival. When a young woman finds herself trapped in an industrial freezer at her part-time job, for everyone, she’s missing. As she tries to survive in the freezing cold, her friends and family go crazy trying to find her, turning over every rock. Mili looks like a little movie, but definitely causes anxiety and claustrophobia for anyone struggling with these issues. The performances promise to be sumptuous. Although, as with many Bollywood trailers, I wonder what part of the movie was spoiled in the trailer.
Mili is released on November 4.
Uunchai: another coming-of-age story, but about old people
Uunchai is a group of 4 senior friends full of life. When one of them dies, the other 3 decide to honor his memory by fulfilling his dream of climbing Mount Everest. Without experience and due to their age, the odds seem against them. I’m a sucker for inspirational underdog movies of physical feats. So count on me for this one. The film features a massive cast of legendary Bollywood icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Anupam Kher and Boman Irani. With a cameo appearance in a supporting role by Parineeti Chopra. Hollywood audiences will know her as Priyanka Chopra Jonas‘ cousin. The film is also the return as director of Sooraj Bharjatya, a renowned director of classic Bollywood family films.
Uunchai is released on November 11.
Drishyam 2 is a November 2022 Bollywood film which is a sequel
Drishyam 2 is a direct sequel to the highly successful Drishyam from 2015. This movie itself was a remake of other South Indian movies of the same name. The film was a tense thriller about how an accident completely upended the life of a small-town family.
The Drishyam 2 trailer seems to directly continue the story of the first film. But, that’s the weird part. It sounds almost exactly like the same story, building on the inciting incident from the first film. Which, I thought he solved the movie first. So I’m interested to see what they do differently, if anything. The trailer seems to focus on the same plot points, but in a different way with newer characters, but still the same family. I guess we’ll see soon.
Drishyam.2 is released on November 18.
Monica O My Darling looks like an interesting thriller?
The only Bollywood movie of November 2022 that we know very little about is Monica O My Darling. The teaser features shades of a spy thriller, but also a kind of crime movie with neo-noir allure. The blurring appears to be intentional, as we’re less than a month away from its release, and still without an official trailer.
But the selling point of this new Original Netflix is the featured cast. netflix favorite Radhika Apt (Vikram Veda) is in there, sporting a tapori-style dialect that’s different from what we usually see her in. Huma Qureshi’s second outing of the month has her trying to poison or attack the main hero. Speaking of which, the ever-talented Raj Kummar Rao is the man everyone seems to be trying to talk to? Or kill? Guess we’ll find out when the movie hits Netflix.
Monica O My Darling is out November 11.
Bhediya is a werewolf story that seems to pay homage to the classics
One of the most interesting Bollywood movies of November 2022 is Bhediya. With the great Bollywood star Varun Dhawan (Kalank), the film looks like your typical werewolf film. The only difference being that this one is also a horror comedy. Which is a nice surprise. The trailer throws in this plot twist pretty well. While some scenes seem to pay homage to other iconic movies like An American werewolf in ParisOverall, Bhediya looks like a lot of fun. And not just for the free shots of a shirtless Varun Dhawan. Which almost always guarantees the box office success of his films.
Bhediya is released on November 25.
These are all the big Bollywood movies in November 2022 that I’m most looking forward to. Let me know in the comments which movie you’re excited for. Or if I missed one you were expecting.