Friday, June 17
Red 2 (Thriller/ Action), HBO, 11.14 pm
Cast: Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Neal McDonough
Sequel to the 2010 action comedy, Red, it sees Frank Moses (Willis), a retired CIA agent, wanting to lead a quiet life. But his plans to settle down are thwarted when he discovers that assailants are still pursuing him. To make matters worse, a couple of rogue government officials, including Jack Horton (McDonough), are determined to extract sensitive information from him regarding a Cold War nuclear deal gone bad. With both the US and Russian agencies, along with a hired contract killer, on his trail, Moses must prove his innocence. The cast sees Anthony Hopkins and Catherine Zeta-Jones reuniting on screen after The Mask of Zorro.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (Drama/Action),
Star Gold HD, 7 pm
Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Six-year-old Shahida gets separated from her mother when on a train back to Pakistan. Stranded in India, the mute girl chances upon Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi (Khan). An ardent devotee of the god Hanuman, Chaturvedi is determined to keep her safe and convinces Dayanand—Chaturvedi’s wrestling coach and soon-to-be father in law—to take her in. But the real challenge begins when he attempts to get her back to her country without valid papers and identification. Emraan Hashmi was initially considered to play Chand Nawab, the Pakistani journalist, whose role finally went to Siddiqui.
Saturday, June 18
Golmaal 3 (Drama/Comedy), Star Gold, 1.25 pm
Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Ratna Pathak Shah, Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi,
Tusshar Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, Kunal Khemu, Shreyas Talpade
Pritam (Chakraborty), an ageing bus driver, is smitten by his neighbour and colleague Geetha (Pathak). But Pritam’s children Madhav (Warsi), Laxman (Khemu) and Lucky (Tusshar), hate Geetha’s two sons, Gopal (Devgn) and Laxman (Talpade) —who operate a water sports shop by the beach and are plotting to beat them in business. Meanwhile, Pritam and Geetha get married with the support of Daboo (Kapoor), one of Gopal’s business partners. Post marriage, the two rival sibling gangs are forced to move into a single house. Will they be able to co-exist? Kareena has referred to her role as Daboo as a unique one in her career, given the character’s tomboyish nature.
Far From The Madding Crowd (Romance),
Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge
An adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel, the story follows a fiercely independent woman named Bathsheba Everdene (Mulligan). After rejecting several suitors—including Gabriel Oak (Schoenaerts), a sheep herder, and a wealthy neighbour named William Boldwood—Everdene finally falls for Sergeant Frank Troy (Sturridge), who’s already engaged to Fannie Robin. Unaware of his wayward past and debts, Bathsheba marries Troy only to find out that her future is set on a downward spiral. One of the most popular stories to get translated into cinema, Thomas Vinterberg’s adaptation marks the novel’s fourth appearance on screen.
Sunday, June 19
Rosewater (Drama/ Biography), 9 pm, MN Plus HD
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia, Dimitri Leonidas
Adapted from the memoir, Then They Came for Me, by Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (Bernal), the film chronicles the violence in Iran during the country’s presidential elections and the ways in which dissent was suppressed. Based on Bahari’s satirical interview and sketch on the popular show, Daily Show, he is identified as an American spy and arrested by the Iranian authorities. Rooted in his experiences at the Evin prison, where he is detained and tortured for four months, the protagonist calls his memoir Rosewater as the smell of flavoured water is all he could distinguish as he goes through the trials blindfolded. The film marks Jon Stewart’s directorial debut.
Furious 7 (Crime/ Thriller), Sony Pix, 9 pm
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson,
Jason Statham, Kurt Russell Trying to get a hang of normal life, Dominic Dom Toretto (Diesel) and his crew are back in the United States and keeping a low profile. But their most recent crime involving Owen Shaw comes back to haunt them, with Shaw’s brother Deckard (Statham) hell bent on taking revenge. With members of his team, including Hobbs (Johnson), severely injured, Dom is forced to dig up Deckard’s profile. A special forces assassin gone rogue, he continues to pursue Dom while a team led by Mr Nobody (Russell) offers to assist Dom in exchange for a digital tracking programme named the God’s Eye. Will Dom be able to stop Deckard? Paul Walker’s brothers, Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, acted in the film as his doubles post the actor’s death.