Sonakshi Sinha packs a punch in Akira, Jackie Chan's back in Skiptrace: Know your releases
What's it about: With A R Murgadoss' next Akira, Sonakshi is her own saviour. The trailer shows her packing a solid punch and executing some serious action stunts that one would normally associate with male actors in commerical potboilers.
It immediately got everyone's attention, and the reason is that the original Tamil film Mouna Guru has a male protagonist. Sonakshi Sinha spent a large part of her career playing the damsel in distress. Apart from the gutsy dialogue from her debut film Dabangg, 'Thapad se darr nahi lagta sa'ab, pyaar se lagta hai (I'm not scared of voilence, but of love)' most of her roles have seen her playing second fiddle to the main heroes (Rowdy Rathore, R.. Rajkummar and Dabangg 2 to name a few).
What may work: This is Sonakshi's first film that relies heavily on her performance. And we know she's a good actress.
What's it about: Island City connects three stories, two black comedies and a tragi-comic tale of love showing an ever-changing city in a time of uneasy transition.
The film follows three comic-dramatic stories set in Mumbai. The first is about a diligent office worker who wins the office 'Fun Committee Award', which entitles him to a whole day full of fun. He is most reluctant to leave the safety of his cubicle but he has to. Prescribed fun modules have to be completed and non-compliance is not an option.
The second story begins with a domineering head-of-the-family, Anil, who is on life support. Seeking some relief, his family decides to buy a TV, which Anil had banned. Now every night the family plugs into a popular soap whose hero, Purshottam, is a man ideal in every way and they are smitten.
The third one centers on Aarti, whose repetitive existence is slowly making her more and more mechanical and numb. Deep inside ferments a disconnect and unease that she is unable to articulate to anyone. Then one day there arrives a most intimate letter and everything changes.
What may work: The cast, which includes Vinay Pathak, Tannistha Chatterjee, Samir Kocchar, Ashwin Mushran among others
Sunshine Music Tours and Travels
What's it about: This is a road movie that revolves around two young boys who are chasing their dreams. They take a journey from Kashmir to Goa along with several strangers. The poster of film reminds one of Little Miss Sunshine
What may work: You can never get enough of a good road trip film. With Percept Pictures producing this one, and it being shot in Delhi, Goa and Kashmir, Sundhine Music Tours and Travels may just be a visual treat
What it's about: Three small-time thieves, in a quest to make a better life for themselves, make a grave mistake: they try and burglarise the house of a blind war veteran (Stephen Lang), who locks them in his house and tries to finish them off.
The trailer has you rooting for the thieves and the thieved in equal measure. The cast includes Jane Levy, the star of TV series Surburbia, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto. Stephen Lang, who has starred in films like Conan The Barbarian and Avatar, plays the visually challenged war veteran.
What may work for it: This is director Fede Alvarez's second film after Evil Dead in 2013. If slasher films are your thing, Don’t Breathe is your pick for the weekend.
What’s it About: The film is a throwback to Chan's previous films like Rush Hour (1998) and Shanghai Noon (2000), which had Chan teaming up with American comedians to create an unusual bromance. The film has Jackie Chan playing a straight laced detective who has to reel in an American conman (played by Johnny Knoxville) with an affinity for casinos in Hong Kong. The duo gets entangled in a mob fight and trouble ensues.
The creator of the stunt show Jackass, Johnny Knoxville, teams up with martial arts expert Jackie Chan. Fan Bingbing, one of the highest paid actors in the world according to Forbes, makes an appearance.
What may work: The easy back and forth between Chan and Knoxville make the film really worth watching.
What's it about: This Malayalam film is based on the life story of a nun who faced a brutal incident in her life. It is said to deal with the animal-like impulses that reside in every human being. The film is written and directed by Sohan Seenulal. The cast includes Aparna Nair, Vishnu Unnikrishnan, Anoop Ramesh, Sumith Samudra
What may work: The raw and real feel of the film gives it a fresh look.
What's it about: Directed by debutant Prasath Murugesan, the Tamil film Kidari is an action film based in a rural setting. The film follows the adventures of the local ruffian Kidari and his love story. The cast includes Sasikumar and Nikhila Vimal
What's it about: The bi-lingual film made in Telugu and Malayalam, follows the life of Anand, who after completing his studies begins working at his uncle's garage. The back story of his uncle and how Anand takes on the people who affected him forms the narrative. Directed by Koratala Siva, the film comes packed with an environmental message. The cast includes N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Mohanlal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen