While there are a number of movies releasing over the next several months, such as Akshay Kumar starrer Chandni Chowk to China, Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini, Shahrukh Khan's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Salman Khan starrer Wanted, none is quite like Drona which introduces Abhishek Bachchan in the title role of in and as Drona. The 45 crore mega action-adventure is the most awaited release this Dusshehra/Eid on October 2 and could go long ways in reshaping box office this year.
Going into flashback, in the year late 1985, Amitabh Bachchan rode in on a horse-carriage in Manmohan Desai starrer MARD and despite being critcially panned, box office records were shattered when Mard released across the country in 1985.
Almost a generation later, Abhishek Bachchan is setting out to take control of the box office once more with a modernized incarnation of the action-adventure with a barrage of modern technology at his disposal.
However special effects and hyped leading men don't always guarantee even so much an opening let alone box office glory, as was proven when the 'improved Hrithik Roshan' Harman Baweja's mega budget Love Story 2050 failed to evoke even a respectable response at the box office.
Fortunes looks to be different for Drona however as it promises to set new standards in the action-adventure genre while giving the new generation of Bollywood fans a glimpse of the heydays of the lethal Manmohan Desai-Amitabh Bachchan cinema of Mard and Coolie, which were landmark blockbusters of their decade.
Says a source, "Many people are doubting the film after the debacle of Love Story 2050, but watch out for Abhishek Bachchan now. He's very good as Dron. The public will love him in this film."
Drona tells the tale of a foreign raised non-chalant NRI student who comes to discover the uniqueness of his identity, the history of his people, and his true calling; thus setting off an adventure back to reclaim the ancient legacy of his people in India.
Parts of Drona were shot in Central Europe, not far from where Abhishek Bachchan himself grew up and attended school in his younger years.
Drona stars Abhishek and real-life mother Jaya Bachchan. The heroine of Drona is Priyanka Chopra. It is set for a massive release across India in between Dussehra and Eid on October 2nd.