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    Shandaar (Romance/Comedy),
    UTV Movies, 8 pm
    Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Alia Bhatt
    Alia (Bhatt), an insomniac, is the adopted daughter of Bipin Arora (Pankaj Kapur). Though the Arora clan is not very kind to Alia, Bipin and his daughter Isha (Sanah Kapoor) adore the girl. Soon Ishaa��s marriage is fixed with Robin Fundwani (Vikas Arora), in a bid to improve their financial condition with the alliance. On the way to the wedding, Aroraa��s car is rammed by a motorcycle driven by Jagjinder Joginder aka JJ (Kapur), who is the event manager for Ishaa��s wedding. During the wedding, JJ and Alia are drawn to each other, especially when it is discovered that JJ is an insomniac too. While they find their peace, Fundwani manages to break Ishaa��s heart. The film was previously titled Return Gift.

    2Karthik Calling Karthik (Drama/Thiller), Star Gold HD, 11.05 pm
    Cast: Farhan Akthar, Deepika Padukone
    Leading a dull dreary corporate life in a construction company, Karthik (Akthar) finds his life change when he starts receiving phone calls from a mysterious caller who ends up giving him advice on how to overcome difficult moments. He also manages to win the heart of his co-worker Shonali Mukherjee (Padukone), again thanks to the callera��s help. But trouble starts when Karthik informs Shonali and a psychiatrist about the caller, who then becomes aggressive in his approach and threatens to bring Karthika��s life down, the same way he brought it up. Karthik loses his job, Shonali leaves him, and things go down hill. While the filma��s music was composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, the background score was given by MIDIval Punditz and Karsh Kale.

    3The Tuxedo
    (Comedy/Action),
    Zee Studio, 9 pm
    Cast: Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt
    Jimmay Tong (Chan) is a taxi driver with a reputation for driving fast. He is noticed by Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs) who, impressed by his driving skills and his personality, makes Tong his personal chauffeur. But Tong has no idea that Devlin is a spy, and when the former ends up in a coma after an assassination attempt by Dietrich Banninga��s (Ritchie Coster), Tong gets hold of his mastera��s case files and his watch, which controls a special tuxedo. Once worn, it gives to the wearer special powers, like martial arts skills and speed. Can Tong stop Banning from committing more atrocities? This was the first lead collaboration between Hewitt and Chan.

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    Action Jackson (Action/Comedy),
    Star Gold, 7 pm
    Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam
    Vishi (Devgn) is a kind-hearted crook who will do anything for money. He falls in love with Khushi (Sinha), an HR executive, who has a soft spot for him, too. However, Vishia��s life changes when he gets into a brawl with a local gang. They retaliate, by cornering him elsewhere and beating him up. But in reality, they beat up Jai (Devgn), a professional assassin and Vishia��s look-alike, who is in India after things went sour with a Bangkok-based don. Vishi and Jai come face-to-face and team up to defeat the don. This is the first movie in which Prabhu Deva and Devgn pair up.

    2IP Man: Legend of the Grandmaster
    (Action), Pix, 9 pm
    Cast: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung
    IP Man, a Wing Chun master, and his family migrate to British-occupied Hong Kong in the early 1950s. There IP Man (Yen) opens a martial arts school. He is challenged by a young man, Wong Leung (Xiaoming Huang), but easily defeats him. Soon Wong and his gang become IP Mana��s first disciples. Later, when the head of the coalition of Hong Konga��s martial arts clubs is beaten to death by the star boxer, Twister (Darren Shahlavi), at a British boxing competition, the Chinese are united in their shock. Can IP Man avenge Hunga��s death? The martial arts sequences were choreographed by actor Sammo Hung, who did the same for the prequel.

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      Action Jackson (Action/Comedy),
      Star Gold, 7 pm
      Cast: Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha, Yami Gautam
      Vishi (Devgn) is a kind-hearted crook who will do anything for money. He falls in love with Khushi (Sinha), an HR executive, who has a soft spot for him, too. However, Vishia��s life changes when he gets into a brawl with a local gang. They retaliate, by cornering him elsewhere and beating him up. But in reality, they beat up Jai (Devgn), a professional assassin and Vishia��s look-alike, who is in India after things went sour with a Bangkok-based don. Vishi and Jai come face-to-face and team up to defeat the don. This is the first movie in which Prabhu Deva and Devgn pair up.

      2IP Man: Legend of the Grandmaster
      (Action), Pix, 9 pm
      Cast: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung
      IP Man, a Wing Chun master, and his family migrate to British-occupied Hong Kong in the early 1950s. There IP Man (Yen) opens a martial arts school. He is challenged by a young man, Wong Leung (Xiaoming Huang), but easily defeats him. Soon Wong and his gang become IP Mana��s first disciples. Later, when the head of the coalition of Hong Konga��s martial arts clubs is beaten to death by the star boxer, Twister (Darren Shahlavi), at a British boxing competition, the Chinese are united in their shock. Can IP Man avenge Hunga��s death? The martial arts sequences were choreographed by actor Sammo Hung, who did the same for the prequel.

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      BSF: Indiaa��s First Line of Defence, National Geographic Channel, Tuesday, 8 pm
      Get an insight into the lives of valiant heroes of Border Security Force in this Republic Day special documentary. From the deserts of Rajasthan and Kutch, to the marshy islands of Sunderbans and the icy glaciers of Kashmir, the crew has captured every aspect of their difficult job.

      2Talwar, Star Gold, Tuesday, 8 pm
      Tune in to director Meghna Gulzara��s retelling of the 2008 Noida double murder case, involving a teenage girl and an older, male servant. It offers three contradictory accounts of the case, making her doctor-parents look guilty, innocent or a victim of media trial. It also exposes incompetence of our criminal justice system.

      3Shamitabh, &Pictures, Tuesday, 5 pm
      Watch Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush K Raja in R Balkia��s film. It follows Amitabh Sinha, an alcoholic, and Danish, a deaf-mute, who come together in tinsel town through a twist of fate. However, ego clashes soon force them apart. The film shines the spotlight on jealousy among actors, and their greed for stardom.

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        BSF: Indiaa��s First Line of Defence, National Geographic Channel, Tuesday, 8 pm
        Get an insight into the lives of valiant heroes of Border Security Force in this Republic Day special documentary. From the deserts of Rajasthan and Kutch, to the marshy islands of Sunderbans and the icy glaciers of Kashmir, the crew has captured every aspect of their difficult job.

        2Talwar, Star Gold, Tuesday, 8 pm
        Tune in to director Meghna Gulzara��s retelling of the 2008 Noida double murder case, involving a teenage girl and an older, male servant. It offers three contradictory accounts of the case, making her doctor-parents look guilty, innocent or a victim of media trial. It also exposes incompetence of our criminal justice system.

        3Shamitabh, &Pictures, Tuesday, 5 pm
        Watch Amitabh Bachchan and Dhanush K Raja in R Balkia��s film. It follows Amitabh Sinha, an alcoholic, and Danish, a deaf-mute, who come together in tinsel town through a twist of fate. However, ego clashes soon force them apart. The film shines the spotlight on jealousy among actors, and their greed for stardom.

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          Actor Channing Tatuma��s first outing in an animated feature is now on TV. Plus, what to expect from Hail, Caesar!

          LAST week at the Golden Globes, actor Channing Tatum along with Jonah Hill presented the first award of the ceremony, and attempted a peculiar skit on Leonardo DiCaprioa��s The Revenant.
          The act may have been off target but Tatuma��s next release Hail, Caesar! promises to deliver the goods. This ensemble-comedy directed by four-time Oscar winners Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen sees Tatum slide and dance on a table in the trailer. The 35-year-old, whose venture into production with the Magic Mike series is an obvious commercial success, is also ready to back and play Gambit, which is based on the X-Men series.

          THE BOOK OF LIFEAs a tribute
          A romantic, Tatum recently drew attention with his adoring messages about his wife on Instagram. Incidentally, the actora��s Golden Globe nominated animation movie Book of Life has its television premier slated for 9 pm tomorrow on Star Movies Select HD. He lends his voice to the character Joaquin, the hero of San Angels, who passionately pursues Mariaa��s (Zoe Saldana) heart in the film.
          We asked him if he had done something special for his sweetheart as well. a�?I danced with my wife for an entire three months before we actually started to date. And, wea��ve been together for almost 10 years,a�? says the American producer.

          Book of Life premiers tomorrow at 9 pm, on Star Movies Select HD

          a�� Seema Rajpal

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            Director David O Russell on the women who inspired Joy and the truth about Jennifer Lawrence

            DAVID O Russella��s Joy bagged Jennifer Lawrence her third Best Actress award at the Golden Globes recently. The hat-trick was all the more special as her earlier wins were for Russella��s movies too. Based on the real life character of entrepreneur Joy Mangano, Joy is the story of struggle and success of a woman inventor. The Oscar-nominated director gives us an insight into his actors and talks about what Joy means to him.

            2What was it about this story that intrigued and excited you?
            This is a very unlikely success story about a woman making it happen in business on her own. For me, it changes everything to have men in the film who are real, generous and humble enough to be there as part of Joya��s story. As Joy says at the beginning when she is a little girl, she does not need a prince.

            Can you discuss your working relationship with Jennifer Lawrence?
            She was 20 years old when we met and worked together (on Silver Linings Playbook). I watched how that girl who liked to be true to her spirit, who was completely unpredictable and free and alive, channeled all that into acting in a true way, without over-thinking anything. This time, I saw her become a leader in a way on the set and ita��s just been very beautiful watching her.

            Who were your inspirations for Joy?
            Therea��s my mother. There is also Lillian Vernon, the entrepreneur who created the first mail order catalogue in the a��50s and a��60s. But I would say about roughly half the film, give or take, is based on true incidents from Joy Manganoa��s life.

            EE British Academy Film Awards - Press RoomCan you discuss Robert De Niroa��s role? He is hilarious in this film. There is a great scene in which hea��s telling his daughter she should not marry Tony a�� on her actual wedding day!
            Yes, it happened to Joy (Mangano). She said as they walked down the aisle, her father said that. De Niro plays someone who loves his daughter and would do anything for her, yet makes blunders that get in his own way, which is exactly what Joya��s own father has been like in her life.

            You were shooting in the middleA�of winter in Boston. Did it createA�difficulties?
            They had the biggest snowfall in 80 years in Boston and we used it. We had to manufacture snow, but there was also real snow everywhere. It was great for usa��but everybody else couldna��t get to work!
            Joy is scheduled toA�release today.

            a�� Team Indulge

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              Singer Ali Zafar speaks about the two favourite topics in India a�� cricket and music a�� and his upcoming movies

              Actor, composer, singer and performer, Ali Zafar is thrilled with his recent connect to cricket. a�?As a child, I wanted to be a cricketer, and I have played a lot of cricket in my life. I am ecstatic when something related to cricket happens. Thata��s why I think ita��s going be very exciting being part of the PSL,a�? says the Kill Dil star, referring to his performance last month at Lahore for the launch of Pakistan Super League (PSL). Zafar sang the theme song Khel Ke Dikha Denge Aaj, which he not only penned but composed as well. Getting ready for the opening ceremony of the PSL in 2Dubai next month, where Zafar will share stage with international musician Sean Paul, the musician says, a�?We have already started brain storming and working on our performance. Get ready for a lot of surprises.a�?
              Having recently concluded 50 concerts in 60 days, the 35-year-old loves performing live and says, a�?I wanted to connect with the people in interior parts of Pakistan, the smaller cities.

              3 The kind of love and response we get and the way crowds remember your songs is always special.a�? The actor who debuted with Tere Bin Laden, is currently working on his own album, which will strike a special note with poetry aficionados. a�?So far Ia��ve penned most of the lyrics and used poetry by some respected poets from history, whose names I cana��t share now,a�? answers the Pakistan-based musician even before we can probe. The trailer of Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive was out this Tuesday and Zafar wants us to look out for his cameo, which he assures, is bound to amaze. A Hindi film with a star-studded ensemble cast and a Pakistani feature is also in line.
              Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive releases on February 19.

              a��Seema Rajpal

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                The Hateful Eight
                Director: Quentin Tarantino
                Cast: Kurt Russell, Samuel L Jackson, Michael Madsen
                The movie is Quentin Tarantinoa��s eighth film, and while ita��s certainly not his weakest effort, it is also far from his best. Two hours and 45 minutes is much too long for what transpires in this snowy dramatic mystery. The violence is bloody, and is as compelling as the mystery surrounding the characters. The film of course has Tarantinoa��s style of storytelling, but it does get a bit tiring to go through an ordeal that seems far too long.
                a�� Team Indulge

                2Chalk na�� Duster
                Director: Jayant Gilatar
                Cast: Shabana Azmi, Juhi
                Chawla, Divya Dutta
                Set in a public school, it tells the story of senior teachers, Vidya Sawant (Azmi) and Jyoti Thakur (Chawla), who take immense pride in what they do. But things change as new management comes on board, with the hope to make the school presentable for rich families. The film has its heart in the right place, as it tries to address the state of the Indian education system, but the sloppy execution is slightly disappointing. Watch it for Azmi and Chawla as they shine right through.
                a�� Team Indulge

                3Rajini Murugan
                Director: Ponram
                Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Keerthi Suresh
                Unpretentious in its scripting and narrative style, unabashed in its intention of providing the audience some fun-time, the film keeps one engaged for the most part. The gags flow in quick succession as the plot progresses, the lines sparkling. Sivakarthikeyan is eminently watchable as Murugan the actora��s exuberance infectious. Soory matches him step to step, in their wacky acts. Ita��s a speedy first half, with some slackening moments in the second. A fun film and an unabashed commercial entertainer, it is ideal festival fare.

                a�� Malini Mannath

                4The 33
                Director: Patricia Riggen
                Cast: Antonio Banderas,
                Rodrigo Santoro
                Based on a true incident, The 33 narrates the story of a group of miners trapped in the San Jose Mine, Chile. When their own company deserts them, the government steps in to help.
                Did you know: To lend authenticity to scenes, director Riggen shot inside real mines like the ones in Colombia.

                 

                5Airlift
                Director: Raja Krishna Menon
                Cast: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Purab Kohli
                Director Menon tries to portray the evacuation of Kuwait-based Indians during the 1990 Iraq-Kuwait war. In the movie, Kumar plays the role of a businessman who puts his own life at risk to save his countrymen.
                Did you know: Rubbishing comparisons drawn between the 2013 Hollywood movie Argon and Airlift, Kumar recently said that this is a movie all Indians should be proud of.

                6Kya Kool Hain Hum 3
                Director: Umesh Ghadge
                Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Aftab Shivdasani, Mandana Karimi
                Touted as Indiaa��s first porn-com, this movie is part of the Kya Kool Hain Hum series. Both Kapoor and Shivdasani essay the role of porn stars having the time of their lives until Kapoora��s girlfriend brings marriage into the picture.
                Did you know:A� The censor board passed the movie after 34 cuts.
                a�� Team Indulge

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                  Leone on going nerdy for an upcoming role, challenging new scripts and plans for a production house.

                  orn Karenjit Kaur Vohra, the Canadian Penthouse Pet of the Year 2003 is best known by her stage name, Sunny Leone. The 35-year-old former adult film star, who determinedly reinvented herself as a Bollywood actor, is ready with her next film. Mastizaade (releasing January 29) is her first film in a double role. She is trending at the moment for how she graciously handled her interviewer Bhupendra Chaubeya��s line of questioning on CNN IBN. I am left nothing but impressed by this forthright woman who has no qualms about her past, but is enjoying a present she could never have dreamed of.

                  2What attracted you to Mastizaade?
                  Milap Zaveri (director) said he wanted me to do the double roles of Laila and Lily. When I first read the script I really liked Lilya��s character. The double role was definitely something that attracted me to the film because everybody has seen me wear a bikini and be really sexy and do all these types of things, but to be able to play someone whoa��s a little clumsy and a little nerdy and not as glamorous as her sister was interesting.

                  The filma��s promos have received polarized reactions: from millions of YouTube hits to those who are appalled by its crass humour and sexual jokes. How do you respond to this?
                  The easiest response, which makes the most sense to me is, a�?just dona��t watch the filma��. Thata��s the nice thing about where we live: you have a choice to watch a movie like this or dona��t and this movie is for adults only. It is adult humour.

                  Are you getting a variety of scripts or is there a tendency towards typecasting Sunny Leone?
                  There have been a lot of films in the adult genre and some horror films, like Ragini MMS 2, but a couple of the next films Ia��m a part of are in a completely different space, and wea��re going to see how people like that. Is there sex appeal and glamour a�� all of that and above a�� yes, of course. But in the next couple of movies wea��ll find out if people like seeing me in a different way. One is called One Night Stand which obviously sounds like everything else, but ita��s not. Ita��s more on a serious tone of a movie. Therea��s Beimaan Love which is an underdog story about a young girla��s rise and fall and how she gets back up again. I have also set up my own production company with my husband and hopefully this year we will develop a story that I really want to work on.

                  a��Udita Jhunjhunwala

                   

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