Jabariya Jodi, Nerkonda Paarvai, Manmadhudu 2, Kurukshetra, Dora and the Lost City: Know Your Releases
From Jabariya Jodi, Nerkonda Parvaai to Bring the Soul, cinegoers will be spoilt for choice this week with a bevy of releases in Hindi, English, and South Indian languages.
This week, cinephiles will have a bevy of films to choose from, as films from several genres and languages are hitting the big screens across the country all on the same day. However, there are no major Bollywood releases this week, except for Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malhotra's Jabariya Jodi and Pranaam. The Hollywood releases include Dora and the Lost City, BTS's Bring the Soul: The Movie, and Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Viewers would be spoilt for choice with the list of South films releasing this week, that include Ajith's hotly-awaited Nerkonda Paarvai, Nagarjuna-starrer Manmadhudu 2, and Malayalam movie Ambili, among others.
What's it about: A contract kidnapper who abducts grooms demanding dowries and gets them married to their brides falls in love with childhood sweetheart Babli, but refuses to marry her citing commitment issues.
Who's in it: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Aparshakti Khurana, Ruslaan Mumtaz, Chandan Roy Sanyal, and Neeraj Sood
Why it may work: Jabariya Jodi is a comedic take on the practice of abduction of grooms (pakadwa vivah) prevalent in Bihar. Moreover, Sidharth and Parineeti, who wove magic in their first outing together, Hasee Toh Phasee, return for a second time with his film.
What's it about: An aspiring IAS officer is forced to become a gangster in dire circumstances
Who's in it: Rajeev Khandelwal, Atul Kulkarni, Abhimanyu Singh, Sameksha, Vikram Gokhale
Why it may work: Rajeev Khandelwal, best known for films like Aamir and Table No 21, is all set to return to the silver screen with this Sanjiv Jaiswal directorial.
What's it about: Guillermo del Toro's Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is based on the 1981 horror anthology series of the same name by Alvin Schwartz, a staple of children’s libraries and childhood nightmares.
Who's in it: Zoe Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams, Dean Norris, Gil Bellows, Lorraine Toussaint, Austin Zajur, Natalie Ganzhorn.
Why it may work: Inspired by a variety of older folk stories and urban legends about everything from wicked scarecrows to vengeful ghosts, The American Library Association lists Schwartz's anthology as the most challenged book of the 1990s, with parents wanting it pulled from the shelves for its violence — as well as the chilling horror. With a premise so promising, the film may witness a record number of footfalls.
What's it about: Dora, now a teenager, sticks out like a sore thumb when she is enrolled in a city high school. However, things soon become worse for her when her parents are kidnapped. Accompanied by her motley group of friends, Dora resolves to save her parents and uncover the mystery of a lost Inca civilization.
Who's in it: Isabela Moner, Eugenio Derbez, Micke Moreno, Nicholas Coombe, Madeleine Madden, Michael Peña and Eva Longoria
Why it may work: Despite receiving underwhelming reviews from critics, the film might successfully tap on audience nostalgia, introducing them to a grown-up Dora with grown-up problems
What's it about: The film finds K-pop ensemble Bangtan Sonyeondan aka BTS at the end of their Love Yourself tour in Europe, when the global icons had held concerts across multiple cities globally.
Who's in it: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook
Why it may work: Bring the Soul: The Movie is the third film from BTS following the record-breaking release of Burn the Stage the Movie in 2018, which reached a box office of $18.5 million, cementing itself as the highest-grossing global event cinema release of all time, and BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul in 2019, which brought fans together again to celebrate the most sought-after concert of 2018.
What's it about: An ageing lawyer takes on the case of three women after they are sexually harassed by a group of men who come from an influential background.
Who's in it: Ajith, Shraddha Srinath, Abhirami Venkatachalam, and Andrea Tariang
Why it may work: An official Tamil remake of Bollywood blockbuster Pink, Nerkonda Paarvai has Thala Ajith and Shraddha Srinath's star powers driving this film.
What's it about: A young woman suffering from a speech impediment lives alone in a mansion. Things start going awry when she finds herself stranded in the house haunted by a series of ghastly murders.
Who's in it: Nayanthara, Bhumika Chawla, Prathap Pothen, Rohini Hattangadi
Why it may work: Starring Nayanthara in the lead role, Kolaiyuthir Kaalam is the official Tamil remake of 2016 film, Hush.
What's it about: A middle-aged bachelor, Sam, is instructed to find a bride by his mother within three months. He meets a young woman, Avantika and falls in love. But the only problem is that there is a whopping two-decade age-gap between the two.
Who's in it: Nagarjuna Akkineni, Rakul Preet Singh, Nassar, Rao Ramesh, Vennela Kishore, Lakshmi, Jhansi, Devadarshini, and Nishanthi
Why it may work: Manmadhudu 2 is the sequel to Akkineni Nagarjuna's blockbuster 2002 romantic comedy Manmandhudu, and sees Rakul Preet and Nagarjuna share the screen for the first time.
What's it about: From the teaser, it seems that Malayalam film Ambili focuses on Soubin Shahir's simpleton Ambili, who spreads joy among people with his no-holds-barred dancing.
Who's in it: Soubin Shahir, Naveen Nazim, and Tanvi Ram
Why it may work: Ambili is John Paul George’s second film after his 2016 movie Guppy, which featured Tovino Thomas in the lead.
What's it about: Kalki is a cop drama set in a village called Nanjamkode. It has been directed by Praveen Prabharam, and stars Thomas as a police officer
Who's in it: Tovino Thomas, Samyuktha Menon, Sudheesh, Saiju Kurup, Harish Uthaman, Shivajith Padmanabhan, and Vini Vishwa Lal
Why it may work: The film will be a treat for Thomas, who will see the Ennu Ninte Moideen star in his action avatar.
What's it about: Kannada film Kurukshetra, based on the epic poem Gadhayuddha by Ranna, derived from the Mahabharata, revolves around the Kaurava king Duryodhana. It narrates the events of the Kurukshetra war from the perspective of Duryodhana.
Who's in it: Darshan, Ambareesh, V Ravichandran, P Ravishankar, Arjun Sarja, Sneha, Meghana Raj, Sonu Sood, Danish Akhtar Saifi, Nikhil Kumar, Srinivasa Murthy, Srinath, and Shashikumar
Why it may work: Kurukshetra, which will be released across 3,000 theatres in India, will have the widest release for any Kannada film. Moreover, the big-budget action extravaganza also stars Sonu Sood, which may draw Hindi-speaking audiences, from beyond the South Indian states.
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