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Whether it’s advance planning strategy, or just a case of unavoidable delays, the list of films that will release in the first quarter of 2014 already seems clear. And though Bollywood tends to see the first quarter of any year as a lean business period, that notion might soon be shattered. Here’s a look at the top stars and their big-ticket 2014 releases.

Shah Rukh Khan
Happy New Year, directed by Farah Khan, will be wrapped up by October-November. “I plan to release my film four months after I finish shooting,” says Farah.

Salman Khan
Salman seems immune to bad release periods. His action-thriller Kick, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, will be wrapped up by the end of the year. “It’s too early for me to talk about release dates,” says Sajid, though insiders say that it’s likely to meet the first quarter deadline.

Aamir Khan
The Aamir-starrer P.K., directed by Rajkumar Hirani, is confirmed to release in 2014. Hirani remained unavailable for a comment, but insiders say the exact release date will be decided after a meeting with Aamir. The shooting will start in January 2013, but the film is likely to release in January or February 2014.

Akshay Kumar
It’s not all about the Khans. Akshay’s remake of the Tamil hit, Thuppakki, will hit theatres around the same time. “It will open in January,” says an insider. Ghajini director AR Murugadoss will direct the film.

Sources also claim that the Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif starrer Knight And Day remake will release during this period.

What the trade feels
About the first quarter jinx, trade analyst Vinod Mirani says, “July-August and Diwali are considered the best periods for business, but it remains to be seen how the first quarter of 2014 goes.” Exhibitor and distributor Akshaye Rathi says, “Of late, this period has provided hits like Yamla Pagla Deewana and Agneepath; but the first quarter of 2014 will probably be the biggest.” Mirani says, “If you look at the pattern, the release on the first Friday of the year fails.
Else, it’s fine.”

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