Director: Shoojit Sircar
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Irrfan Khan
A quirky comedy centred around Bashkor Banerjee (Bachchan), his bowel movements and his daughter Piku (Padukone), this is a must-see. The father introduces Piku to her suitors as ‘financially and sexually independent’, and she is as rude and indifferent as he portrays her to be. Throw in Rana (Khan), a confused yet involved taxi driver who has to take the duo from Delhi to Kolkata, and you have a charming plot with a surprise performance by Padukone who all but steals the show from the two male veterans.
Playing it Cool
Director: Justin Reardon
Cast: K Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Ioan Gruffudd
There is neither rom nor com in Playing it Cool. Evans plays a screenwriter who needs to finish a love story—but can’t do it until he falls in love himself. And that’s when he meets Michelle Monaghan, who is already engaged. It’s hard to make sense of the script and it can easily be slotted under the 500 Days of Summer category. The movie lacks substance and has borrowed a lot from other films that have done a better job with this genre.
Director: N Anand
Cast: Vijay Antony, Sushma Raj
The narration may slacken at times, and the film’s length can be a downer (157 minutes), but the comedy—both situational and verbal—works for the most part. Antony and Raj fit in suitably as the warring lawyers. But it’s the supporting actors, Pasupathi and Bhaskar, who are the scene stealers. Stronger in content than in style, the film strikes the right chord for the most part, and is one of the better comic capers to appear in recent times.