Sonam Kapoor romances not one but three men in this week’s other release, Dolly Ki Doli. As a con artist who enchants men, marries them and then dupes them, Kapoor gets to go head-to-head with Pulkit Samrat as Robin Singh, Rajkummar Rao as Sonu Sehrawat and Varun Sharma as Manjot Singh Chadda. The question is, who manages to steal the heart of the thief? Now, Kapoor’s penchant for haute couture and all things sartorial is well known, so after playing a royal misfit in outlandish costumes in Khoobsurat, she has a bona fide reason for numerous bridal costumes and a variety of disguises as Dolly. It seems that she actually went through 16 different bridal costumes (Catholic, Maharashtrian, South Indian, Gujarati, Muslim, etc) for one sequence alone. Directed by Abhishek Dogra, the film was shot in Nasik, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bhor (Pune district). Besides the item number featuring Malaika Arora Khan, look out for a cameo by Saif Ali Khan.
Director Neeraj Pandey’s third film—following A Wednesday and Special 26—is the action-thriller Baby, which is releasing today. The film has been promoted in a number of ways, including as a Bollywood film without songs (except one promotional one). Another angle was to keep the significance of the title under wraps,until recently. Well, it’s quite simple really: Baby is the codename for the black operation that Akshay Kumar and his handpicked team are a part of. Since the operation is in its infancy, it’s referred to as Baby! Shot in Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Kathmandu and India, Baby is high on action and, going by the trailer, high on violence and bloodshed, too. Kumar plays Ajay, a hotshot counter-intelligence agent. His co-stars include Pakistani actor Rashid Naz as Maulana Abdul Rahman—mastermind and founder of one of a the deadliest fundamentalist terror groups. Anupam Kher is Shuklaji, the tech support of the undercover unit. Rana Daggubati is Jai, the muscles of the unit, while Danny Denzongpa plays Firoz, strategist and head of the undercover division.
Umrika goes to America
This weekend, Prashant Nair’s second feature film, Umrika, will have its world premiere in the prestigious Sundance Film Festival’s World Dramatic Competition section. The drama stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi) and Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel). Nair’s first film was Delhi in A Day. The Hindi language film Umrika is set in a village in India in the mid-80s. When his brother’s letters from America suddenly stop, and he is feared missing, Rama goes to find him while at the same time writing letters on behalf of his brother to shelter his mother from heartbreak. The film also stars Prateik Babbar, Adil Hussain and Amit Sial, among others.
Director: James Marsh
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
The story of Stephen Hawking’s (Redmayne) relationship with his first wife Jane (Jones), the film follows the pair from their days as Cambridge students in the 1960s. While Hawking’s diagnosis with motor neuron disease came early in their courtship, we see how their love helped the physicist to build his career. Heartbreaking for showing the toll that caring for a loved one can take, this one’s worth the hype it has generated.
The Imitation Game
Director: Morten Tyldum
Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley
Abrasive and emotionally stunted Alan Turing, a genius mathematician, and cryptanalyst is hired by the British military to decode Germany’s Enigma machine in World War II. While his peers stick to what they know, Turing decides to build a machine, that could help decipher the code. Brilliant acting by Cumberbatch makes this a must-watch. —TI
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes
This biographical war drama takes you into the troubled mind and life of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle. His accuracy on the battlefield not only earns him the name of Legend, but turns him into one too. The film documents his trauma of not being able to save more lives and how war makes him distant from his family. Eastwood brilliantly directs this gory yet engaging film, while Cooper hits the perfect balance of macho soldier and emotional husband and father. Worth heading to the cinema to see.