Director: Hansal Mehta
Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Rajkummar Rao
Aligarh tells the story of professor Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras (Bajpai) who was expelled from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) after he was videotaped having sex with another man in his room. While Siras sued AMU in the Allahabad High Court, and was successful, he was found dead in his flat soon after. The film poignantly tells us how homophobia can slowly destroy a human life. Bajpai lives up to the role, as does Rao who plays Deepu, a journalist who interviews Siras. A must-see.
Director: Alejandro G Iñárritu
Cast:Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy
DiCaprio didn’t win an Oscar for nothing. The film traces the life of famous explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio). Glass, who helps a group of fur trappers through the wilderness of America, is brutally attacked by a bear. While his group leaves him to die, Glass puts his survival instincts to use to find his way back home. He then tracks down John Fitzgerald (Hardy), the fur trapper who abandoned him. The film is intense, profound and beautiful. Don’t miss it.
Gods of Egypt
Director: Alex Proyas
Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler
Set (Butler), the god of darkness, wants the throne of Egypt. And therefore he takes it, and turns it into one big mess. Enters Bek (Thwaites) who wants to rescue mankind, and his true love. He partners with the powerful Horus (Coster-Waldau), and war begins. There is nothing in the film that will teach you about Egypt, or about mythology, and it borders on being comic. The question is why an actor like Butler would consent to such a project. Don’t waste your time on it.