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    Friday:

    Act of Valour (Action / Drama),
    HBO Defined, 4.50 pm
    Cast: Roselyn Sánchez, Nestor Serrano, Emilio Rivera Centred on a group of US Navy SEALs, the film is a fictionalised retelling of real operations. While trying to locate a CIA operative kidnapped by a drug smuggler, the highly-skilled team inadvertently stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens national security. With a mission to save the country, the group has to also deal with a fanatic terrorist bent on declaring jihad on America. In accordance with the conditions set by the US government, the real identities of the SEALs are not revealed in the film.

    The Thing Called Love (Drama / Romance), HBO Hits, 9.35 am
    Cast: Samantha Mathis, Sandra Bullock, Dermot Mulroney Aspiring singer-songwriter Miranda Presley (Samantha Mathis) moves to Nashville to try and make it big in the music scene. She gets a gig at the Bluebird Cafe and, while there, makes friends with a group of struggling musicians. The friends, including Linda Lue Linden (Sandra Bullock) soon become inseparable, while Kyle Davidson (Dermot Mulroney) and James Wright (River Phoenix) begin to show an interest in Miranda. Bullock co-wrote and performed Heaven Knocked On My Door.

    The Dark Knight Rises (Action),
    Movies Now, 9 pm
    Cast: Christian Bale,
    Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway
    It is eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy. Batman (Christian Bale) seems to have vanished, after shouldering the blame for the death of district attorney Harvey Dent. With the arrival of the enigmatic cat burglar, Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), there is a crisis— she robs from Bruce Wayne but the stolen object reaches the wrong hands. However, it is the arrival of the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) that brings Batman out of his self-imposed exile. Hardy had to wear three-inch lifts to make his character appear as tall as his co-stars.

    The Landlord (Comedy),
    MGM Channel, 12:05 pm
    Cast: Beau Bridges, Diana Sands, Pearl Bailey, Lee Grant
    Nearing his 30th birthday, aristocrat Elgar Winthrop Enders (Beau Bridges), decides to leave his parent’s home and buy an apartment in a black ghetto in New York. His initial plan is to evict the black residents. However, after befriending Fanny (Diana Sands) and Marge (Pearl Bailey), and seemingly falling in love with Lanie (Marki Bey), he abandons the idea. But Elgar’s transition into a liberal is far from easy, especially when he ends up having an affair with Fanny. The film was Hal Ashby’s first as a director.

    Saturday:

    Jai Ho (Action / Drama),
    Star Gold, 8 pm
    Cast: Salman Khan,
    Daisy Shah, Tabu, Sana Khan
    The central character, Jai (Salman Khan), is a suspended army officer who dares to stand up to the unjust and the powerful. Unknowingly, Jai invites the wrath of one of the most influential local politicians, Dashrath Singh (Danny Denzongpa), when he attempts to set him on the right path. But instead, Singh makes it his mission to destroy Jai and those who help the do-gooder. Instead of targeting Jai himself, he plays dirty by first trying to intimidate his family. He plans ‘an accident’ involving Jai’s mother and then goes after his sister (Tabu), too. But Jai is not intimidated and musters up his strength to attack Singh. Will that be enough or will the corrupt politician eventually gain the upper hand? The film is the remake of a 2006 Telugu film, Stalin, starring Chiranjeevi and Trisha.

    Need for Speed (Action/Thriller),
    Star Movies HD, 11 pm
    Cast: Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper
    Framed by an ex-partner and fresh from prison, a financially struggling custom-car builder and street racer, Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), joins a cross-country race with revenge on his mind. He re-acquires the fastest car his workshop ever built and sets off to race, as a way of
    avenging his friend’s death at the hands of a rival racer (Dominic Cooper). This story is about love, redemption and revenge—all mixed together. Every stunt in the movie is real except for the crashes, where they used body kits to have the most authentic scenes.

    One Day (Drama,Romance), Romedy Now, 4 pm
    Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess, Patricia Clarkson
    Meeting in college, Dexter (Jim Sturgess) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have a one-night stand. They fall for each other, but neither is ready to commit. For the next 20 years, their paths cross time and again—between bad relationships, failed start-ups, loss and joy. Emma struggles with her self-confidence, while Dexter deals with drugs and alcohol. Following Dexter’s divorce, the two are drawn together again. But for how long? The screenplay was featured in the 2010 Blacklist (a list of most-liked but unmade scripts) before it was made into a film the next year.

    Sunday:

    Now You See Me (Mystery), HBO, 4.36 pm
    Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman
    After receiving an intriguing summons, which play on their individual fortes, four street magicians (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Isla Fisher) find themselves performing together as The Four Horsemen—sponsored by the insurance magnate Arthur Tressler. At their debut show, they create a stir by teleporting a man to a bank vault in Paris and then causing the money to rain down on the audience in LA. But when FBI agent Dylan Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) realises the money from the bank is actually missing, he and the Interpol must team up to find evidence against the Horsemen. Filming for the sequel began in December 2014, with Daniel Radcliffe playing a lead role.

    Super Nani (Drama), Zee Cinema, 12 pm
    Cast: Rekha, Randhir Kapoor, Sharman Joshi
    The movie revolves around Bharti (Rekha), a housewife and grandmother who enjoys looking after her family. But problems arise when she feels she is treated like a maid and is taken for granted by her family, including her husband. However, things take a turn when Bharti’s grandson, Mann (Sharman Joshi), comes to stay with them and turns their world upside down.Thanks to him, Bharti starts signing modelling contracts and becomes a celebrity who receives an award, too. But her family still struggles to put aside their wicked ways. The film is based on a Gujrati play titled Baa Ae Maari Boundary.

    Killing Season (Action / Thriller),
    HBO Hits, 8 pm
    Cast: Robert De Niro, John Travolta
    Set in present time Belgrade, in Serbia, a former Scorpions (the Serbian paramilitary unit) soldier, Emil Kova (John Travolta), gets information about an American veteran and NATO representitive, Colonel Benjamin Ford (Robert De Niro). Ford, now a recluse, has retreated to the Appalachian Mountains to stay out of the public eye. Clearly out for revenge, Kovac disguises himself as a European tourist on a hunting trip and tracks down Ford. They hit it off well, until Kovac reveals his true identity and they realise they’d fought each other during the Bosnia War. Will they be able to get over their past? Originally called Shrapnel, the film was to star Nicholas Cage and Travolta in a reunion of Face Off, with director John McTiernan helming it.

    Our Pick

    Pure Sin, Food Food, Friday, 7 pm
    Premiering on April 18, this show is all about making the perfect dessert. Chef Shipra Khanna will also explain the scenarios that would be complemented by her desserts. Learn to make pan rasmalai, steamed semolina cakes, multi-flavoured cupcakes and badam ka halwa in the first episode.

    24, AXN India,
    Monday to Friday, 10 pm
    This show narrates the life of Jack Bauer, a counter-terrorism officer. In the latest episode of season one, Bauer’s wife and daughter are taken by a terrorist organisation, who want to kill one of the US presidential candidates, David Palmer, and let Bauer take the fall. Meanwhile, the Counter Terrorism Cell in Los Angeles is trying to help Bauer solve the case. Will he be able to pull it off?

    West Indies vs England,
    Star Sports, April 14, 7.30 pm
    After a dismal performance in the Wolrd Cup, England will look to revive their form in the series against West Indies starting this week. The first test match is set to take place on April 14 and all eyes will be on players Chris Gayle and Darren Bravo.

    Mega Factories, National Geographic Channel, Monday to Friday, 7.30 pm
    This show walks you through the biggest factories and machine manufacturing units across the globe. While the latest episode will take you behind Tata’s Nano—how the cars’ engines, wheels and other components are manufactured and put together—the next one will be about Ducati and the machines that help in the making of the super bike.

    Atletico Madrid vs Real Madrid, April 15, Ten Sports, 12.15 am
    The quarter-final round of the UEFA Champions League couldn’t have asked for a better start than a Madrid derby. Atlético host Real at the Calderon and will look to inflict more damage than they already have on the defending champion this season. Juventus face Monaco in the other match of the day. Do not miss PSG vs Barcelona tomorrow.

    In Search of the King Cobra,
    Animal Planet, Friday, 6 pm
    In this show, Austin Stevens, the renowned wildlifer travels across countries like Africa, Australia and Asia in search of king cobras. In the latest episode, he visits the forests of South India—like the Western Ghats and the forests of the Deccan Plateau—to find the most interesting of the hooded reptiles.

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