2013 seems to be the year of remakes and sequels in Bollywood as a number of production houses are planning to bank on the popularity of their hit films by releasing their next instalments.
Beginning with Race 2 and Murder 3, the year will have some of the much-awaited sequels as well as remakes like Chashme Baddoor and Zanjeer.
The year is set to end with big budgeted sequels like Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3, but others such as Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2 and Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster Returns will hit screens much ahead.
With an ensemble star cast and the promise of the same thrill that Race had offered in 2008, its sequel is set to release on January 25. Anil Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan are reprising their roles from the previous film while Deepika Padukone, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ameesha Patel are new additions to the cast. Bipasha Basu will reprise her role of Sonia in a special appearance.
Emraan Hashmi is not a part of the third installment in the Murder series. The film, starring Randeep Hooda and Aditi Rao Hydari, will release on February 15.
Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns will hit theatres on March 8 with Irrfan Khan and Soha Ali Khan as new additions.
Two sequels are set to release in May - Shootout at Wadala and Aashiqui 2. The former is the sequel to underworld drama Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007), while Aashiqui 2 is a revisit to the hit 1990 film starring Rahul Roy and Anu Agarwal. The new film has Aditya Roy Kapur and Shraddha Kapoor as the lead pair.
The Deol family will return with Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 in June, while the sequel to Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai is set to hit screens in August. The film has a new star cast comprising Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan and Sonakshi Sinha.
Horror film Ragini MMS will have its second installment in October.
The Hrithik Roshan-starrer Krrish 3 is set to release in November, while Aamir Khan will be seen taking on as the baddie in action-thiller Dhoom 3 in December.
In case of remakes, Ajay Devgn-starrer Himmatwala, directed by Sajid Khan, will release on March 29. Shooting for the remake of Amitabh Bachchan starrer Zanjeer is currently on and the film will hit screens on April 12.
David Dhawan's remake of hit comedy Chashme Baddoor is also slated for an April release.
Other much-hyped films include Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola in January, directed by Pankaj Kapur, starring Imran Khan and Anushka Sharma. It is releasing on the same day as Kamal Haasan's big budget action thriller Vishwaroop.
Inkaar, Sudhir Mishra's take on sexual harassment at the workplace, will release in January as well.
Asha Bhosle's acting debut Maee, will see the light of day in February, so will Akshay Kumar starrer Special Chabbis, Abhishek Kapoor's adaptation of Chetan Bhagat's 'Three Mistakes of My Life' in Kai Po Che and Prabhudeva starrer dance film Any Body Can Dance, besides others.
Ramgopal Varam's film on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks will release in March. Films like I, Me Aur Main, Aatma and Mere Dad Ki Maruti will also release the same month.
Emraan Hashmi-starrer Ek Thi Daayan will release in April, Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani will release in May.
Much-hyped films like Emraan Hashmi-Vidya Balan starrer Ghanchakkar, Raanjhnaa starring Dhanush and Sonam Kapoor are slated for a June release, while Milkha Singh's biopic Bhaag Milkha Bhaag starring Farhan Akhtar as the athlete will release the next month.
Satyagraha, yet another multi-starrer political drama from Prakash Jha, is aiming at an Independence Day release.
Madhuri Dixit is expected to make a comeback to the silver screen with two films - Ishqiya sequel Dedh Ishqiya and Gulab Gang.
Shah Rukh Khan's Chennai Cafe, John Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe, Saif Ali Khan starrer Bullet Raja, Preity Zinta's Ishqk In Paris, Ranbir Kapoor starrer Bombay Velvet and Besharam are also expected to hit the screens in 2013.