Friday, September 11
Who Am I?,
(Action/Comedy), HBO, 9 pm
Cast: Jackie Chan, Michelle Ferre, Mirai Yamamoto
Jackie (Chan), a member of the Special Force Unit, is assigned to kidnap scientists working on a volatile meteorite compound in the jungles of South Africa. But his chopper crashes during the mission, killing his team, while he survives but suffers from amnesia. The natives who find him start calling him Who Am I as that is his constant query. Will he regain his memory and track down the organisation who had hired him? The song played during the end credits is performed by Chan himself.
Heroine, (Drama), &Pictures, 11.17 pm
Cast: Kareena Kapoor Khan,
Mahi Arora (Kapoor Khan) is a
renowned heroine who is in a
relationship with a married man,
actor Aryan (Rampal). Things get sour when Mahi becomes too possessive and even interrupts an intimate scene that Aryan is shooting for a movie. Later
when Aryan’s wife insults her at a party, Mahi confronts Aryan — but Aryan
being fed up with her nagging, throws
her out of the car. The incident sends
her into deep depression and soon it
takes a toll on her professional life.
Was this the end of her film career? Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was
initially chosen to play Mahi.
Friday, September 11
Blade: Trinity, (Action),
Movies Now, 6.45 pm
Cast: Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds
After Blade (Snipes) is falsely framed for the murder of a vampire, he is captured by the FBI but not before seeing his mentor Abraham Whistler getting killed in the chaos. He is later rescued by Hannibal King (Reynolds) and Abigail Whistler (Biel), who belong to the group of vampire hunters called Nightstalkers. Elsewhere, the vampire Danic Talos has teamed up with Drake, the genetic father of vampires, to kill Blade. Colin Farrel was given the role of Hannibal King, but turned it down.
Zero Dark Thirty (History/Thriller),
Sony Pix, 9 pm
Cast: Jessica Chastain,
Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt
This action-thriller is based on how the US Army carried out the manhunt operation of the most wanted terrorist in the world, Osama Bin Laden, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Maya (Chastain), a US Central Intelligence Agency officer dedicatedly works towards gathering all possible information that will prove instrumental in locating Bin Laden. The movie was originally about the unsuccessful decade-long manhunt for Bin Laden. The screenplay was completely re-written after he was killed.
Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge,
(Comedy), Movies OK, 2.50 pm
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Paresh Rawal, Konkona Sen Sharma
Mistaking Puneet (Devgn) to be his nephew, Lambodar (Rawal) settles down at the Mumbai flat in which Puneet lives with his wife Munmun (Sen Sharma). The couple extends their hospitality to him but soon starts regretting their decision as he interferes with their personal and professional lives, Puneet is fired from his job and Munmun is on the verge of losing hers. Their attempts at getting him to leave lead to hilarious situations. Do they succeed finally? This is a remake of the Hollywood movie, You, Me and Dupree.
I Am Legend, (Sci-Fi/Thriller), WB, 9 pm
Cast: Will Smith, Alice Braga
A genetically re-engineered measles virus turns lethal and starts mutating people into fierce nocturnal creatures known as Darkseekers who are extremely vulnerable to sunlight. Three years after the outbreak, US Army virologist Lieutenant Colonel Robert Neville (Smith) lives in isolation in New York City, with the rest of the people in the city either dead or mutated. Finding himself to be immune, he tries using his own blood to reverse the effects of the virus and find a cure. But at what cost? The film was given the go-ahead without even a script.
Saturday, September 12
Despicable Me 2,
(Animation/Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig,
Former super-villain Gru (Carell) is now leading a quiet life as a businessman with his three children, Margo, Edith and Agnes. Elsewhere a potent mutagen called the PX-41 has been stolen from a secret laboratory in the Arctic Circle. The Anti-Villain League then contacts Gru to help them find the one behind the theft. With the help of AVL agent Lucy Wilde (Wiig), Gru embarks on the mission to find El Macho, a super-villain purported to be dead whom Gru believes is still alive and is supposedly aiming to use the mutagen on Gru’s minions. Al Pacino was set to do the voiceover for Eduardo but dropped out.
Survivor (Action/Crime), HBO, 1 pm
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Milla Jovovich,
Robert Forste, Roger Rees
A Foreign Service officer, Kate Abbott (Jovovich) works for the American Embassy in London, screening visa applications. Suspicious about scientists travelling to the US, she catches hold of one suspect but her immediate boss Bill Talbot (Forster) dismisses her suspicions. As she tries investigating further, she is framed for a terrorist bombing. While her life is under threat and her professional life is in shambles, she must also dodge a top assassin, Nash (Brosnan). As she tries to clear her name and stop a large-scale terrorist attack set for New Year’s Eve in Times Square, Abbott finds herself in a race against time. This was Rees’ final film before his death on July 10, 2015 at the age of 71.
Sunday, September 13
J.Edgar, (Biography/Crime), MN+ HD, 11.15 pm
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ed Westwick, Naomi Watts
J Edgar Hoover, (DiCaprio) head of FBI, in his later years decides to tell his story to a writer known as Agent Smith (Westwick) to chronicle the origin of the FBI. He starts with the Palmer Raids in 1919 when the then Attorney General A Mitchell Palmer suffered an assassination attempt. That’s when Hoover realised the importance of criminal science during investigations. Palmer sets up a new anti-radical division and puts Hoover in charge.Soon he cracks a number of high-profile cases like the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, John Dillinger and so on. Even as the FBI crime lab gets started, Hoover’s personal life is shaken after taking the young lawyer Clyde Tolson into his team. Judi Dench had broken a toe while shooting an earlier movie but kept it a secret to avoid getting replaced.
Maze Runner, (Sci-Fi/Mystery),
Star Movies, 1 and 9 pm
Cast: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
When Thomas (O’Brien) wakes up in an elevator with his memory lost, he is led by other similar boys to a mysterious society called Glade, which is surrounded by an ever changing labyrinth. For three years, around 60 existing inhabitants have been trying to find a way out of the maze. Being the last male to enter the Glade, Thomas is designated as a Runner assigned to find escape routes. Meanwhile the first ever girl, Teresa (Scodelario), enters the Glade. Can Thomas and his group find an escape route?
The film was shot in just 42 days.
Black Mirror, Colors Infinity,
September 12-13, 12 pm
Catch three back-to-back episodes of the Emmy Award-winning series this weekend. The sci-fi series explores our inevitable dependency on technology — from our TVs and personal computers to smartphones and what happens if these gadgets were to take over our lives one day. It is created and written by Charlie Brooker.
9/11: After The Towers Fell, Discovery Channel,
September 11, 5 pm
The documentary by Ellen Harder revisits the search and rescue mission that followed the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers in America. In its 45 minutes of runtime, it also highlights personal accounts of people who were directly affected by the tragedy and how they have moved on in life.
Bliss: Cappadocia, Turkey,
Travel XP, September , 6 pm
The travelogue takes you to the Republic of Turkey, its historical sites, seaside resorts and rugged landscapes. It also offers a glimpse of Turkish hospitality, its cuisine and cultural festivals. The highlight of the episode will be centrally-located Cappadocia, which is a popular destination for hot air balloon rides.
The Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, National Geographic Channel, September 11, 7 pm
Learn how Abu Dhabi’s Capital Gate broke into the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘World’s Furthest Leaning Manmade Tower’, by outdoing Italy’s Leaning Tower of Pisa. The documentary tells you how engineers and architects achieved the gravity-defying18 degree-lean with this 35-storey skyscraper.
Imagine Your Korea,
NDTV Good Times, Sunday, 3 pm
Get ready to explore Korea this Sunday. The five-hour series will give a low-down on what you can get up to here and the hottest trends to explore. From its skyscrapers, theme parks, fish markets, the capital city of Seoul to the bustling shops at Busan, Korea has a lot to offer.
Yonex Japan Open,
Star Sports HD 2, Friday, 8.30 am
Catch the quarterfinal of the Japan Open, which is part of the Badminton World Federation Super series. India’s favourite Saina Nehwal will be seen in action as will other stars like Carolina Marin, Wang Shixian and Li Xuerui.