Nana to direct again?
Before the release of Ab Tak Chhappan 2 last week, Nana Patekar had spoken of his plans to helm the third part in this encounter cop story. He has previously directed Prahaar in 1991. But it remains to be seen if he changes his mind about Ab Tak Chhappan 3, given the poor response to the sequel. After 40 years in the industry, the former commercial artist-turned-actor (he used to work at an advertising agency) is still keeping busy. Not only is he acting in and producing Marathi film Natasamrat, directed by Mahesh Manjrekar, he is also a part of Hindi films Welcome Back and a remake of a South film to be directed by Prakash Raj.
Hit the road
Anushka Sharma has donned the hat of producer and lead actor in NH10, a movie about a road trip that turns into a nightmare. This woman-in-peril story (releasing next week) sees the return of Navdeep Singh to the director’s seat eight years after his wonderful debut film, the noir thriller, Manorama Six Feet Under. Also starring Neil Bhoopalam and Darshan Kumar, NH10 is the story of a young upper middle class couple on a weekend getaway until they get embroiled in a seemingly normal altercation. It’s the story of the woman’s fight back, as “two different worlds meet uneasily, unhappily,” says Singh who feels road trips are a metaphor for life, danger, growth and freedom. “You have to step out of your comfort zone and are thrown into unfamiliar territory where you have to rely on your companion and the people you encounter,” he adds. It will also be interesting to see Anushka Sharma in more earthy and gritty situations after seeing her as the bubbly girl in PK and before the release of Bombay Velvet.
It takes stars falling ill for epidemics to become front-page and page 3 news. First it was the information that filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, his wife and son had all been diagnosed with and were being treated for swine flu. This would be a huge setback for Chopra, who was promoting his upcoming Broken Horses. A few days later came a press release revealing that fashionista and film star Sonam Kapoor had to be flown out of Rajkot, where she was shooting with Salman Khan for Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, and brought to Mumbai for treatment for the same illness. It’s just a matter of time before we see stories with small time celebrities and Bollywood B-listers sharing their advice on how to keep swine flu at bay. (But one hopes not.)
Debutant director Manu Warrier’s heartfelt and honest independent drama, Coffee Bloom, releases today. Starring Arjun Mathur, Sughanda Garg and Mohan Kapoor, it’s the story of a troubled young man’s journey back to his roots as he seeks redemption and is forced to let go of his past baggage. Events unfold on a coffee plantation in Coorg where Dev is reacquainted with a former lost love, Anika. While Mathur was recently seen in another indie film, Fireflies, he remains best recognised for his roles in Luck By Chance and Ankur Arora Murder Case. He and co-star Garg were also part of My Name is Khan. Garg is probably best remembered as one of the gang of friends in Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. She also played a pivotal role in Santosh Sivan’s Ceylon. Coincidentally, her next film is titled Jugni,
which means firefly.
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi
Badlapur is a revenge saga revolving around Raghu (Dhawan) who waits 15 years to avenge the murder of his wife (Yami Gautam) and child. The tagline ‘Don’t miss the beginning’ rings true literally, as the first few minutes of the film are critical and terrifically portrayed. Coming from a master storyteller, it has amazing performances by the actors and excellent cinematography. Solid moments and a gripping storyline make it something you cannot miss.
Director: Damien Chazelle
Cast: JK Simmons, Miles Teller
Andrew Neyman (Teller), an ambitious jazz drummer at the Shaffer Conservatory in New York, is chosen as the core drummer of conductor Terence Fletcher’s (Simmons) studio band. His love for the art form soon turns into obsession with Fletcher’s extreme methods of instruction pushing him to his limits and later to insanity. An intense drama that’s splendidly executed. Watch out for Simmons’ portrayal of Fletcher, that completely justifies his Oscar win. — TI
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Colin Firth, Michael Caine
Classy espionage is back thanks to director Vaughn, in this film about Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a young troublemaker who finds himself being groomed to be a spy. He is to partner an English operative codenamed Galahad (Colin Firth) in his missions.
But after a rough start, Eggsy proves himself strong and even helps restrain a twisted tech genius. Sexy suits, British humour and slick action make this a
— Team Indulge