Naam Shabana, The Salesman, Power Rangers, Poorna: This week's releases
Bollywood releases from this week is dominated by Naam Shabana starring Taapsee Pannu, while Hollywood has four releases spread across different genres. The Oscar winning Iranian film The Salesman will tower over them all. Here's a list of all the films releasing this week:
What's it about: A spin-off of Neeraj Pandey's 2015 action thriller Baby, the film explores the back story of secret agent Shabana.
Who's in it: Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Bajpayee, Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Prithviraj, Danny Danzongpa.
Why it may work: The success of Baby and the intrigue that Shabana's character added to that film. A pool of talented supporting actors like Bajpayee, Kumar and Kher.
Naam Shabana is directed by Shivam Nair.
Poorna: Courage Has No Limit
What's it about: A biopic of Malavath Purna, the youngest person to climb Mount Everest, it explores the background, struggles and triumphs of her life.
Who's in it: Aditi Inamdar, Rahul Bose, Manoj Kumar.
Why it may work: An inspiring story that may benefit from the trend of offering biopics on the silver screen. Bose may add both nuance and face value to the film.
Poorna is directed by Rahul Bose.
A Dog’s Purpose
What's it about: A devoted dog discovers the meaning of its own existence through the lives of the humans it teaches to laugh and love. Reincarnated as multiple canines over the course of five decades, the lovable pooch develops an unbreakable bond with a kindred spirit named Ethan.
Who's in it: Josh Gad, Bryce Gheisar
Why it may work: If you are a dog lover, this film is for you.
A Dog’s Purpose is directed by Lasse Hallström
The Boss Baby
What's it about: A suit-wearing briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his seven-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Who's in it: The voice cast includes Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel, Miles Bakshi and Lisa Kudrow.
Why it may work: If you are in the mood for a light, fun comedy, this film is the perfect choice for you.
The Boss Baby is directed by Tom McGrath.
What's it about: The winner of the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category at this year's Oscars is about a couple living in Iran. The wife is assaulted while performing Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman along with her husband at their new home. Her husband gets consumed by his quest to find the attacker, even though she objects to his actions.
Who's in it: Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini
Why it may work: People will be lining up to find out why the film won the Best Film in the foreign language category.
The Salesman is directed by Ashgar Farhadi.
What's it about: A group of high-school students, who are infused with unique superpowers,harness their abilities in order to save the world.
Who's in it: Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Elizabeth Banks, Ludi Lin and Becky G.
Why it may work: Comic book fan boys will tune in to see it for the sake of nostalgia.
Power Rangers is directed by Dean Israelite.