Twisted, Z Cafe, Thursday, 10 pm
Premiering in India, this American drama thriller has an Indian protagonist, Danny Desai (Avan Jogia), who returns after five years in juvenile detention for murdering his aunt. Now 16 years old, he must cope with jeering peers and re-connect with old friends as he tries to prove his innocence in the murder of a classmate who seemed to know why he killed his aunt.
National Geographic Channel,
Friday, 3 pm
A documentary that looks at the underbelly of Bollywood stardom, Sunset Bollywood tells the stories of three one-hit stars who fell off the top almost as fast as they got there. Following Rahul Roy, Kumar Gaurav and Bhagyashree, it shows you the highs and lows of the film industry.
It Happens Only In India
Fox Life, Friday, 6 pm
TV actor-host Sugandha Garg takes you to remote parts of the country to reveal its diverse culture. From illogical beliefs to urban legends, Garg shows you India’s true madness. In this evening’s episode, in Patiala in Punjab, she visits a temple that feeds dogs, a sardar who wears a five-kilo turban, and understands the Patiala peg.
Revealed: The Line Of Control
Discovery Channel, Friday, 9 pm
This exclusive premiere in celebration of Independence Day takes the viewer across the 740 km Line Of Control that separates India and Pakistan. Travelling with Indian soldiers and military personnel, the programme shows what it takes to keep the boundary secure and the logistics of managing the diverse terrain that moves from plain to forest, before
Comedy Central, Monday, 6.30 pm
The BAFTA-award winning show about four sixth form students in England is narrated through the character of Will McKenzie (Simon Bird), who has been shifted from private school and tries to get acquainted with public school. The upcoming episode marks the end of the first season with the end of Will’s first term at Rudge Park Comprehensive. A failed
declaration of love and the beginning
Yeh Mera India, Animal Planet
Every night, 8 pm
Go on a journey around India, from the Himalayas to the Ganges and across the unexplored terrains of the North East in this new show starting August 15. Celebrating India’s independence, the line-up of shows includes Wildest India, Odisha’s Wetlands, Nagarahole – Tales, Creatures Of The Great Rains, Ladakh:
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
(Sci-fi / Action), Z Studio, 9 pm
Cast: Peter Cullen, Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Josh Duhamel
The film revolves around Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen), leader of the Autobots, and their war against the evil Decepticons, led by Megatron. The Autobots help the US government to prevent problems across the world, but the Decepticons make it their mission to banish their enemies from the face of the Earth and take over the planet, making humans their slaves. Even as the Autobots are determined to overpower and outsmart their foes, will they be successful?
About 532 cars were destroyed in the making of this film.
Friday, August 15
Bobby Jasoos (Comedy / Drama), Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Vidya Balan, Ali Fazal, Supriya Pathak, Kiran Kumar, Arjan Bajwa ,Bobby (Vidya Balan) is an amateur detective. Starting with small scale projects like helping Tasawur (Ali Fazal) put a stop to the marriage proposals he keeps receiving, she soon gets a big break when NRI, Anees Khan (Kiran Kumar), seeks her assistance to locate two girls. When she successfully completes Khan’s assignment, he asks her to locate a boy, too. But is she aiding him in criminal activities? She can answer that only by investigating Khan himself. Balan was in character, disguised as a beggar, when a passerby actually gave her money and shouted at her for begging instead of working for it.
(Horror / Suspense), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
When Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger Perron (Ron Livingston) move into a ramshackle house with their five daughters in Harrisville, Rhode Island, they have no clue what they are in for. Haunted by a witch who killed herself after sacrificing her baby daughter in the premises, their troubles force them to contact Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), renowned paranormal investigators, to help them out. But how many more lives will be lost before they put an end to the evil spirit? Based on the case files of the real Lorraine Warren, a paranormal investigator, the plot is exactly what happened to the Perrons during their decade-long stay there.
Saturday, August 16
HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Naomi Watts, Naveen
Andrews, Cas Anvar
This biopic tells the story of Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) and tries to capture the last two years of her life—from when she divorces Prince Charles (Laurence Belcher) and meets Dodi Fayed (Cas Anvar), before crashing at the Pont Alma Tunnel, in Paris. The film’s posters were hung near the tunnel’s entrance, but were removed after an uproar about it being insensitive.
Juno (Comedy / Drama),
Romedy Now, 10.45 am
Cast: Ellen Page, Michael
Cera, Jennifer Garner
After Juno MacGuff (Ellen Page) discovers she is pregnant, she considers getting an abortion. She then changes her mind and decides to give the baby up for adoption. She meets Mark (Jason Bateman) and Vanessa Loring (Jennifer Garner) and seals the deal. However, she has doubts about her baby’s soon-to-be-parents as Mark seems to be rather noncommittal. The original title of the film was Junebug, but it was changed so it would not be mistaken with Amy Adams’ Junebug (2005).
Dreamgirls (Musical / Drama),
HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson
Effie White (Jennifer Hudson), along with Deena Jones (Beyoncé) and Lorell Robinson (Anika Noni Rose), take on Curtis (Jamie Foxx) as the manager of their band, The Dreamettes. Effie falls in love with the smooth-talking man, but he makes Deena the lead singer and renames the group, leaving Effie pregnant and lost. After a time jump, we find Effie is impoverished while Deena is married to Curtis and is famous. In 2007, the BAFTA that Hudson won (which she couldn’t collect), went missing for a few months, until it was traced and awarded to her on the Graham Norton Show.
Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Ram Kapoor
Ashok (Saif Ali Khan) and Kumar (Riteish Deshmukh) are best friends. Ashok’s father has been in a coma for the last six years, and his uncle (Ram Kapoor) wants to get rid of Ashok and take over his property. During a board meeting, spiked drinks land Ashok and Kumar in a mental asylum because of their erratic behaviour. Then fate brings two look-alikes there. All three lead actors play a triple role for the first time in this film.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Fantasy Action), Movies Now, 9 pm
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Marton Csokas, Robin McLeavy
Abraham Lincoln (Benjamin Walker) lives in Indiana with his parents, at a plantation owned by Jack Barts (Marton Csokas). There he befriends an African boy, but does the folly of stopping Barts from beating him. That night, Barts kills his mother and Lincoln vows revenge. Later, he discovers Barts is a vampire. The scene where Walker is seen working at his desk while his son plays with his toys is based on an actual photograph of President John F Kennedy and his son.
Sunday, August 17
Moneyball (Sports / Biopic), WB, 4.42 pm
Cast: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Pratt, Casey Bond
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the coach of the New York Yankees, must radically change his strategy for the season as his top players are leaving or retiring. But he is under financial restraints (thanks to athletics manager, Art Howe, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman). He then grudgingly brings on Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), a Yale economics graduate and whiz who finds numbers more accurate than passion, and so debunks the scout system. So Beane gives in and with Brand’s help buys down-and-out pitcher Chad Bradford (Casey Bond) and former catcher Scott Hatteberg (Chris Pratt). Will the number game work? When Steven Soderbergh left the project, it took Pitt five years to get it going again.
The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
(Fantasy / Adventure), Sony Pix, 1 and 8 pm
Cast: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman,
Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom
It begins with Bilbo Baggins’ (Martin Freeman) journey with Gandalf (Ian McKellan) and the Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) on their quest to reclaim the Kingdom of Erebor. Bilbo is also carrying the mysterious One Ring, without knowing its true powers. When he drops it accidently, he realises the evil influence it has on the wearer. But can he use it to defeat the mighty Smaug? Legolas, played by Orlando Bloom, is not part of Tolkien’s book, but director Peter Jackson created the inclusion to build a father-son relationship between Legolas and his father, Thranduil.