Friday, February 6
The Lucky One (Romance / Drama), Romedy Now, 12.55 pm
Cast: Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Jay R Ferguson, Blythe Danner
On duty in Iraq, US Marine Logan Thibault (Zac Efron) is the sole survivor of an explosion that kills everyone else—thanks to a photograph on the ground that makes him walk away. The photograph turns out to be of a young woman, with the words ‘Keep safe X’ written across the back. Dubbing her his guardian angel, Logan sets out to locate the woman when he returns to the US. However, this turns out to be more difficult than he first anticipated. The lead role was written specifically
for Ryan Gosling.
The Waiting Room (Thriller / Crime), Star Gold, 11.25pm
Cast: Raj Singh Chaudhary, Radhika Apte, Sandeep Kulkarni, Prateeksha Lonkar
Four passengers are stranded at a deserted railway station due to a heavy downpour. Among them is young Tina (Radhika Apte), who learns that a serial killer is on the loose in the area. With the others— a couple, Ganshyam (Sandeep Kulkarni) and Reema (Prateeksha Lonkar), and a single man, Karan (Raj Singh Chaudhary)—alerted to this, fear adds to the mystery and intrigue of the strange night. The female actors’ roles were cut down to reduce the duration of the film.
Oblivion (Science / Fiction),
Star Movies HD, 11.30 pm
Cast: Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Olga Kurylenko
It’s 2077. Jack Harper (Tom Cruise) is a security repairman stationed on a desolate Earth as part of a huge operation to harvest vital resources in order to help life go on—following a decades-long war and the threat of aliens. With his mission almost complete, he comes across a beautiful stranger, who changes the game completely and who makes him question his life and the world around him. A life-sized bubble ship was created for the movie, in consultation with Cruise, who is a licensed pilot.
The Bachelor (Romance / Comedy),
HBO Defined, 9.40 am
Cast: Chris O’Donnell, Renee Zellweger, Mariah Carey
Jimmie (Chris O’Donell) is the grandson of an eccentric millionaire. When he suddenly expires, Jimmie stands to inherit all his money—but on the condition that he is married before 6.05 pm on his 30th birthday. With his birthday just 24 hours away, he proposes to his long-term girlfriend (Renee Zellweger). But she refuses on the grounds of him wanting to marry her only for the money. In desperation, he approaches all his exes. The brides chasing the bachelor at the end of the film are actually men in drag.
Saturday, February 7
(Adventure/Drama), MGM, 5.30 pm
Cast: Christopher Reeve, Rosanna Arquette, Jack Warden
Adapted from Ernest K Gann’s book of the same name, The Aviator opens with flight instructor Edgar (Christopher Reeve) training young pilots in the art of landing. When one of his charges crashes the plane, Edgar survives, but the guilt eats at him and he refuses to fly with other people again. Fast forward 10 years, and Edgar is coerced into taking the outspoken Tillie (Rosanna Arquette) as a passenger. But this flight, too, doesn’t go to plan. The pair, now stuck on a remote island and threatened by wolves, has to fight it out. While the film is set in the US, it was actually filmed near Rijeka, in what is now Croatia.
Finding Fanny (Comedy/Romance), Star Gold HD, 9 pm
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor,
A sleepy village in the heart of Goa, Pocolim is a place where nothing out of the ordinary ever happens. But one day, the retired village postman Ferdie (Naseeruddin Shah) finds a letter slipped under his door, and realises that it is the (undelivered) love note he had penned in his youth to proclaim his affection for Stefanie ‘Fanny’ Fernandes (Anjali Patil). He had always thought she had rejected him. Realising that she never saw the letter, and deciding that late is better than never, he sets out with a motley crew of friends to find out what happened to Fanny. The screenplay was written while writer Homi Adajania was staying in a Goan village called Salvador do Mundo.
The Business Man (Comedy/Crime), &Pictures, 8 pm
Cast: Mahesh Babu, Kajal
Aggarwal, Prakash Raj
After the Mumbai police announces that the city mafia has been eradicated, Surya (Mahesh Babu) lands in the country with a plan to become a don with a difference. Recruiting criminals, gangsters and even politicians, he starts to assemble his group—forming a country-wide network that collects ‘tax’ from the local population on his behalf—and in the process, falls in love with the police commissioner’s daughter, Chitra (Kajal Aggarwal). Though he comes across as a crook, people are forced to re-assess his character when he starts using the tax to reduce crime and establish a welfare state. Shruti Haasan was originally cast as the film’s heroine, but was later replaced by Kajal Aggarwal.
Sunday, February 8
Captain America: The First Avenger
(Action / Adventure), Sony Pix, 9 pm
Cast: Chris Evans, Hayley
Atwell, Hugo Weaving
Set during World War II, the film tells the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a weak and sickly man from Brooklyn. When he fails to stop a man named the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), the head of weapons for Adolf Hitler, Rogers signs up with scientist and millionaire Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and his secret agent, Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), to be a part of an experimental programme that will him into a super soldier. If the experiment works, Rogers will have to stop Red Skull from misusing an artifact called the Tesseract—a limitless energy source. Evans, who was eventually paid $300,000 to play the title role, actually declined the part thrice before agreeing.
The Bling Ring (Crime / Satire),
HBO Defined, 5.10 pm
Cast: Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, Israel
Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Julien
Marc (Israel Broussard) is new to Agoura Hills, a town in California, and is quickly befriended by fame-obsessed Rebecca Ahn (Katie Chang). At a party, she introduces him to her habit of thieving from people’s cars and taking their valuables.
Rebecca’s equally odd friends—Nicki (Emma Watson), her adopted sister Sam (Taissa Farmiga) and Chloe (Claire Julien)—are privy to this game. They make a life of researching celebrities and
robbing their homes when they are not in town. In fact, after partying with Kirsten Dunst and Paris Hilton, they burgle the celebrities’
homes, too. But how long can
they avoid getting caught? Dunst’s role as herself was actually unscripted. It was improvised when she landed on set to
meet director Sofia Coppola.
Inside Llewyn Davis (Comedy / Drama), Star Movies HD, 6.48 pm
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake
The film follows a week in the life of Llewyn Davis, a fictional folk singer struggling to make it in the music business. While his talent is undeniable, it is the struggle to balance music and life that is the focus. When he is invited by his friend Jim (Justin Timberlake) to join his band, Llewyn does so for $200, without royalties. But things get complicated when Jim’s wife Jean (Carey Mulligan) admits that she may be pregnant with Llewyn’s baby. The film then traces his tribulations as a singer and how he brings his anger to the stage. The Inside Llewyn Davis album cover is based on the cover of the album Inside Dave Van Ronk. Ronk is the singer whose memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, sparked the film.