Indu Sarkar, Mubarakan, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets: Know your releases
There are four huge releases in Bollywood this week to counter two releases from Hollywood.
There's a lot to choose from in Bollywood — right from the light-hearted comedy Mubarakan to the historical Indu Sarkar, patriotic Raag Desh to the rom-com Baaraat Company.
Sci-fi fantasy film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the chief contender from Hollywood this week.
What's it about: Twin cousin brothers Karan and Charan (played by Arjun Kapoor) are poles apart: while Charan was raised in Punjab, Karan has a more modern upbringing in the UK. Will their uncle (played by Anil Kapoor) help them get married to the love of their lives even with their disapproving families?
Who's in it: Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz and Athiya Shetty
Why it may work: If light, frothy, 'leave-your-sense-of-logic' at home comedies are your thing, this one is definitely for you.
Who wouldn't want to watch a comedy film after a hectic work week?
What's it about: Madhur Bhandarkar's next is about the Indian emergency of 1975.
Who's in it: Kirti Kulhari, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Anupam Kher.
Why it may work: Whether the audience was interested in the subject of India's emergency of 1975 is questionable, but thanks to Pahlaj Nihalani and CBFC's histrionics with the film, people will surely flock to the theaters to see what the commotion was about.
What's it about: Imaan Singh aka 'Immu' takes over his ailing grandfather's business of weddings: it's their job to make sure weddings go as planned. They stop runaway grooms, ex-lovers from sabotaging a would-be happy marriage.
But will things go as planned when Immu follows in love with the bride-to-be?
Who's in it: Ranveer Kumar, Sandeepa Dhar, Vishal Karwal and Anurita Jha.
Why it may work: Who doesn't love a good old fashioned Bollywood masala rom-com? Also the cast is fresh — which means the audience has a lot of new talent to look forward to.
What's it about: National Award winning Director Tigmanshu Dhulia brings us the story of three officers from India National Army (set up by Subhash Chandra Bose) who are on trial for treason. An ailing lawyer helps them face the consequence of their courage during World War II.
Who's in it: Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah, Kenneth Desai
Why it may work: A good patriotic story never goes wrong with our audience — and since Raag Desh is based on the real Red Fort trials of 1945, history buffs will be lining up for this as well.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
What's it about: Adapted from a french graphic novel of the same name, the film takes us to 28th century where different species inhabit the universe peacefully.
Who's in it: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Rihanna
Why it may work: The film has beautiful visual effects that depict aliens, other planets and you see brilliant shots of out of space. It that's not enough, see it if you are a fan of Rihanna.
What's it about: A young tourist, Clare, who is holidaying in Berlin alone, is taken hostage by the man she has a whirlwind romance with. But as days, weeks turn into months it looks like she might be there permanently. Will she be able to escape?
Who's in it: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Emma Bading
Why it may work: Teresa Palmer's brilliance in the horror/thriller genre is unprecedented and though the plot might seem like a really old one, indie film director Cate Shortland is likely to give a brilliant take to it.