The race is on...

The race is on...

The race to the 100-crore club and beyond will get more exciting in 2014 with Aamir, Shah Rukh and Salman Khan battling it out at the box office even as a crop of up-and-coming actors and their films are set to challenge the Khan reign in Bollywood. January’s most anticipated film is Jai Ho, which will mark Salman’s return to the big screen after a gap of one year. Slated for January 24 release, Jai Ho will see him play the role of a common man with a lot of muscle power. The actor is releasing his second film 'Kick' on July 27 this year.

Aamir ended 2013 with Dhoom 3 and looks set to have another great year in 2014. He has teamed up with his '3 Idiots' director Raj Kumar Hirani for 'PK'. The story of the film has been kept under tight wraps but it seems that Hirani, who has had a fail-proof directing record so far with Munnabhai films and '3 Idiots', is taking on godmen in his next, which will release on June 6.

Shah Rukh is also in the race with two films. After the triumphant journey of 'Chennai Express' at the box office, SRK is back with his friend Farah Khan with the aptly titled 'Happy New Year'. SRK recently revealed that he will star in Yash Raj Films’ 'Fan'. 

The Khan rule for over two decades is facing fierce challenge from newcomers like Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Sushant Singh Rajput.

Ranbir is climbing the charts as the new heartthrob in Bollywood. In 2014, he has re-teamed with his Barfi! director Anurag Basu for Jagga Jasoos besides his role in Anurag Kashyap’s period saga 'Bombay Velvet'.

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor will be seen romancing Priyanka Chopra in Ali Abbas Zafar’s Gunday. Based on the coal mafia in Kolkata of the 70s, the story of two gangsters is a tribute to Yash Chopra’s 1979 Amitabh Bachchan starrer Kaala Pathar. The film will release on February 14.

Another rising Bollywood star Sushant Singh Rajput will play the role of Byomkesh Bakshi in Dibakar Banerjee’s period adaptation of Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay’s famous character. 

 Last year was a mixed one for Hrithik Roshan. While his outing as a superhero in Krrish 3 won at the box office, Hrithik had to suffer ill health and separation from wife Suzanne. Hrithik will enter the box office race in 2014 with Sidharth Anand’s Bang Bang. Starring Katrina Kaif, the film faced delays due to Hrithik’s head injury and surgery but is now slated to release on October 2. He is also re-teaming with Kareena Kapoor and his Agneepath director Karan Malhotra for Shudhi. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is reviving his act of a friendly ghost in Bhootnath Returns.

Choreographer-turned-director Prabhu Deva is hoping for a better result this year with Ajay Devgan starrer 'Action Jackson'. After 'Chennai Express', Rohit Shetty is bringing Devgan starrer Singham 2.

Akshay Kumar has two releases this year– 'It's Entertainment' and 'Holiday'. 

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