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    300: Rise of an Empire

    Saving Mr Banks (Biopic / Drama),
    Star Movies HD, 6.28 pm
    Cast: Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks
    When Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) daughters beg him to make a film on their favourite book, Mary Poppins, he promises them he would. But that is before he realises how much of a stuck-up writer PL Travers (Emma Thompson) is. In his quest to obtain the rights, he has to tackle the uncompromising writer who has no intention of letting her beloved nanny’s story get told badly. So she insists on making the script and being consulted at every step of the making. Despite pulling out all the stops—which includes the Sherman Brothers’ music—Travers is not willing to budge. Hanks is actually a distant cousin of Walt Disney, the character he plays in the film.

    300: Rise of an Empire (Action / Adventure), HBO, 9 pm
    Cast: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey
    Based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel, Xerxes, this saga takes you into the action where Greek general Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) kills king Darius, which his son Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) witnesses. Egged on by Artemisia (Eva Green), a vengeful commander of the Persian navy, the mortal-turned-god Xerxes goes on a war path to kill Themistocles—who is attempting to unite all of Greece by leading the charge against the looming Persian navy. Queen Gorgo of Sparta (Lena Heady), Leonidas’s widow (from 300), hopes to unite Greece in the attack, but may not reach the shores in time. Santoro had to spend six hours in the make-up chair every day to morph into Xerxes. He read stories of Herodotus (Greek historian) to help him get into character.

    Holiday (Action / Thriller), Zee Cinema HD, 8 pm
    Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha
    Virat Bakshi (Akshay Kumar) is a captain in the Indian army. On a hard-earned holiday in Mumbai, his parents get him to meet prospective brides. One of them is Saiba Thapar (Sonakshi Sinha), who he rejects at first but then falls for. However, things start to go wrong when Bakshi realises there may be terrorists in the city, trying to bomb it. Matters go downhill when he finds out that a police officer might be involved. The film is a remake of the Tamil film, Thupakki (2012). Zakir Hussain is the only actor reprising his role, as the Joint Defense Secretary of India and terrorist Alvin D’Souza.

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