Friday, December 12
Playing Mona Lisa (Comedy), MGM, 7 pm
Cast: Alicia Witt, Ivan Sergei, Marlo Thomas, Elliott Gould
Claire Goldstein (Alicia Witt) is a 23-year-old pianist whose life crumbles when she gets rejected by a music school, her boyfriend dumps her and an earthquake forces her to move back with her dysfunctional family. To add to the drama, her elder sister is getting married, her mother is trying to initiate her into a cult, her friends are trying to find her a man (Ivan Sergei) and her music teacher wants to get her auditions. The script was originally written for a ballerina, but since Witt knew how to pay piano, she asked for the change and the filmmakers obliged.
Kites (Romance / Drama),
Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Barbara Mori, Kangana Ranaut
Jai (Hrithik Roshan), a dance teacher, has a rather unorthodox side business. A resident of Las Vegas, he gets married to women who need a green card. With an eye on her wealth, Jai wants to marry Gina (Kangana Ranaut) for real, but then bumps into Linda (Barbara Mori), who he had helped get a green card, and things get complicated. On discovering that Linda is to marry Gina’s vicious brother, they make a run for it. Originally supposed to star Sonam Kapoor, she rejected the film because it was too “steamy”.
Rumor Has it (Romance),
Romedy Now, 11 pm
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Mark Ruffalo, Kevin Costner
When Sarah Huttinger (Jennifer Aniston) learns that her mother went to Cabo, San Lucas, a week before her wedding and spent time with an ex-lover, she tracks him down to find out if he is her real father. When the two meet, he admits to the affair but tells her that he can’t be her father due to an injury that rendered him impotent. One thing leads to another and the two have a one-night stand. Anne Bancroft was initially cast to play Sarah’s grandmother but when she passed away, they signed on Katherine Richelieu.
V For Vendetta
(Crime / Thriller), WB, 3.06 pm
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman
Based on the novel by Alan Moore, the film is set in Britain, ruled by a fascist and totalitarian government. V (Hugo Weaving), a caped skillful vigilante, happens to chance upon a young woman, Evey (Natalie Portman), being harassed by the secret police and rescues her from their clutches. The two become allies and vow to take down their corrupt rulers. Thorough background checks were conducted on every actor and technician who carried weapons in the Parliament Square shots.
Saturday, December 13
Daawat-e-Ishq (Comedy / Romance), Sony Max, 8 pm
Cast: Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra, Anupam Kher
Convent educated Gulrez (Parineeti Chopra) spends her days working as a shoe sales girl in a mall, but dreams of a sophisticated partner who will whisk her away. Rejected by multiple grooms who only seem interested in a big dowry, Gulrez starts to lose faith, and hatches a plan of her own. She’ll find and marry a man, and then lodge a dowry case against him and use the money to build her own life in the US. But is chef Tariq Haidar (Aditya Roy Kapur), a man who has never made an enemy in his life, the right target for the plan? Chopra received formal training from actress Elahe Hiptoola to get the perfect Hyderabadi accent.
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
(Fantasy / Horror), HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare
Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) come of age in a film that goes beyond the fairy tale — where the siblings escape from the clutches of the witch in the gingerbread house. Now, as adults, they are renowned witch hunters. When 11 children go missing from the same village, they are called in to investigate, but uncover more than they are prepared for. With the blood moon approaching in three days, and dark witch Muriel planning to use the children in a spell, the pair must fight against the clock to save the day. Although the fictional siblings are close
in age, Gemma Arterton is actually 15 years younger than her on-screen brother, Jeremy Renner.
Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya
(Comedy / Romance), UTV, 4.37 pm
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Shukla
The desire to obtain a designer gown to wear at her wedding to an NRI doctor drives Kavya (Alia Bhatt) to Delhi. There she meets and befriends Humpty Sharma (Varun Dhawan), the happy-go-lucky son of a bookseller on the Delhi University campus. Humpty falls head over heels for Kavya, and although he realises that she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings, he cooks up a plan to ensure she gets the lehenga she wants. While the plan goes off perfectly, Humpty and Kavya’s relationship gets a little complicated. Producer Karan Johar said that he saw the movie as an
ode to the classic film, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
The Raid 2 (Action),
Sony Pix, 1 pm and 9 pm
Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, Tio Pakusadewo
The film takes off where The Raid: Redemption ended and sees rookie Jakarta cop, Rama (Iko Uwais), fight to take down corrupt police officials and criminals of the underworld. But now, the larger and more dangerous gangs are gunning for him and his family. So he goes undercover as a criminal and climbs the hierarchy only to find that he cannot trust even the police anymore. Fighting fire with fire, Rama puts his own life on the line to clean up the city. The final fight in the kitchen took 10 days to film and has over 196 shots, making it director Gareth Evan’s favourite fight sequence ever.
Sunday, December 14
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Mystery / Thriller),
HBO Defined, 7.35 pm
Cast: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, written by Stieg Larsson, it tells the story of journalist Mikael Blomkvist’s (Daniel Craig) investigation to find out what happened to a woman named Harriet, from the wealthy Henrik Vanger’s family, who disappeared 40 years earlier. He enlists the help of computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara), who comes with a dark back story as well. When Blomkvist uncovers a notebook containing a list of names and numbers that no one has been able to decipher, Salander realises it is linked to a series of murders in the 40s. The film was released on December 20 (2011), the same date the book begins in chapter one.
Movies OK, 8.12 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mithun Chakraborty
Akhil Lokande (Akshay Kumar) is in love with Saakshi (Tamannaah Bhatia), but her father (Mithun Chakraborty) will agree to them getting married only if he gets more money. There is a big twist when Akhil finds out that he is adopted and that he is the son of a billionaire. He goes to Bangkok only to find that his real father has died and his `3,000 crore will go to anyone who can prove that they are related to Pannalal Johri. Meanwhile, the entire wealth is in the name of the dog, Entertainment. The film was originally called Entertainment, but Amol Gupte had already registered it for a film of his own. So they called it It’s Entertainment. But at the last minute, Gupte made a friendly donation of the copyright, reverting it to Entertainment.