Manjhi: The Mountain Man
Director: Ketan Mehta
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Tigmanshu Dhulia
The film retells the life story of Dashrath Manjhi (Siddiqui), a poor labourer from the village of Gehlaur in Bihar. His happy life hits rock-bottom when his wife (Apte) dies due to the lack of basic medical facilities as the villagers need to go around a mountain to get to the hospital. Broken by the loss of his wife, Manjhi decides to carve a road through the mountain, with just a hammer and a chisel. Watch the film for Siddiqui’s heart-felt performance.
Director: Joel Edgerton
Cast: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Simon (Bateman) and Robyn Callen (Hall) move to LA in pursuit of a better life. Gordon Moseley (Edgerton), a schoolmate of Simon, bumps into him and follows it up with frequent meetings. One day, the couple discovers a horrifying secret in Moseley’s home, making them wonder if Simon is as simple as he seems. Actor Edgerton’s directorial debut is a notch above the regular psychological fare and is quite engaging. —TI
Director: Josh Trank
Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
When Victor Von Doom (Kebbell) and Reed Richards (Teller) team up to explore the possibilities of inter-galactic travel, they don’t reckon on its success at first. They get transported to an unknown planet which saps energy and while Richards, his friend Ben Grimm (Bell), Johnny (Jordan) and Sue Storm (Mara) gain superhuman powers, Doom is left behind on the planet. Years later, he returns to destroy the Earth and the other four must prevent him from doing so. Weak plot and unconvincing action sequences make this one quite a Marvel disappointment.