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    Friday, 14th August

    Creature 3D (Horror/Sci-Fi), Star Gold, 5 pm
    Cast: Bipasha Basu, Imran Abbas, Mukul Dev
    Ahana Dutt (Bipasha Basu) opens a forest lodge in Himachal Pradesh, but it soon comes under attack by an unknown monster. It disappears after killing a couple and a hotel cook. Around this time, Karan Malhotra (Imran Abbas) checks in and falls in love with Dutt. But their love story is put on pause when the monster strikes again. Meanwhile, Professor Sadanand (Mukul Dev), a zoologist, advises them to approach Dr Moga, whose father had killed a similar monster earlier. This is Basu’s seventh horror film.

    Kill Bill: Vol 1 (Action), HBO, 6.52 pm
    Cast: Uma Thurman, David Carradine, Daryl Hannah
    Bill (David Carradine) is the leader of the Deadly Viper Assasination Squad. After he makes The Bride (Uma Thurman) pregnant, the latter flees to Texas to live a normal life. On her wedding day, Bill and his squad kill her husband and try to kill her, too. But she survives and ends up in a coma. When she wakes up four years later, to realise that her child is gone, she sets out to avenge her enemies— armed with a blade given to her by acclaimed blade maker, Hattori Hanzo. The film’s script and her role was a birthday present to Thurman by director Quentin Tarantino.

    John Tucker Must Die (Romance/Comedy), Romedy Now, 11 pm
    Cast: Jesse Metcalfe,
    Ashanti, Arielle Kebbel
    John Tucker (Jesse Metcalfe) is dating three girls at once —Carrie (Arielle Kebbel), Heather (Ashanti) and Beth (Sophia Bush). But when he is caught red-handed by the new girl in school, Kate (Britanny Snow), little does he know what lies in store. Knowing how it feels to be treated by boys like John, Kate joins hands with the other three and plans to teach him a lesson. However, Kate soon realises she might be falling for John herself. The film was shot during actual class hours in an existing school.

    Inglourious Basterds (Adventure/Drama), Star Movies Select, 6 pm
    Cast: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth
    Shoshanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the horror of watching her parents die at the hands of Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Years later, she meets German war hero Fredrick Zoller, who takes a liking to her. Sensing an opportunity, she makes him arrange a movie premiere at the theatre she runs, and invite the entire contingent of Nazi officers, including Landa, with the intention of killing them all. But things get tense when anti-Nazi group Basterds, led by Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt), also hatch plans to kill the Nazis. This is Tarantino’s highest grossing movie after Pulp Fiction.

    Saturday, 15th August 

    Lucy (Sci-Fi/ Action), Star Movies, 9 pm
    Cast: Scarlett Johansson,
    Morgan Freeman, Min-sik Choi With a powerful synthetic drug, CPH4, hidden in her body, Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) must transport it to Europe on the orders of the drug lord, Mr Jang (Min-sik Choi). However, when one of her captors kicks her in the abdomen, the drug is released into her system and enhances her mental and physical abilities, allowing her to escape captivity. With Mr Jang in hot pursuit, Lucy takes the help of Samuel Norman (Morgan Freeman), an expert in brain capacity, to help her stabilise her body before she succumbs to the drug. The script took almost nine years to be finalised.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Action/Comedy), HBO, 9 pm
    Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner
    While investigating criminal activities by the Foot Clan and their leader Shredder, April O’Neil (Megan Fox), a TV news reporter, witnesses an ongoing cargo raid by the group. But the operation is sabotaged by a vigilante who leaves behind a symbol that April notices. After she is rescued from a hostage situation by the same vigilante and his three brothers, she realises they are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Together with her cameraman, she offers to help the group overthrow Shredder’s hold over the city. The movie released on the 30th anniversary of the parent comic strip.

    The Grand Budapest Hotel (Drama), Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Tony Revolori, F Murray Abraham, Jude Law
    Set against the backdrop of a beautiful pastel-coloured hotel, Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H (Ralph Fiennes), a legendary concierge. He teams up with Zero Moustafa, a lobby boy (Tony Revolori) who becomes his most trusted friend. The story (told part in present and part in flashback) involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune. And the accused is Gustave. Together with Zero, he must clear his name and find who the real perpetrators are. The entire cast stayed in Hotel Borse, in Görlitz, Germany, which is used to portray the Grand Budapest Hotel, to speed up the filming process.

    Sunday, 16th August

    Bhaag Milka Bhaag (Biography), Star Gold HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor
    Based on his memoirs, this biopic follows the life and career of Indian athlete and Olympian, Milkha Singh or the ‘Flying Sikh.’ Forced to flee his village in Punjab during the Partition, Singh (Farhan Akhtar) loses his parents and ends up living with his sister in a refugee camp in Delhi. He soon joins the army, where he is given the opportunity to try out for the Indian Olympic team. Smashing the national record, he attends the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. But it’s not all smooth sailing for Singh, who has to overcome the painful memories of his childhood in order to succeed.Akshay Kumar was offered the title role, but he turned it down.

    Ek Villain (Crime/Action), Star Gold HD, 5.05 pm
    Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Shraddha Kapoor,
    Meher Acharya Dar
    When Guru Pratap Singh’s (Sidharth Malhotra) wife, Aisha Verma, is murdered, he is almost on the brink of going on a killing spree to avenge her. The police tries to give him a target for his anger by pointing the finger at his former boss, the gangster Caesar (Remo Fernandes). However, Guru soon realises the hardened criminal may not be the real killer. Meanwhile, Rakesh (Riteish Deshmukh), an unsuccessful man with a dominating wife, is revealed to have a dangerous alter ego. This is director Mohit Suri’s second consecutive movie, after Aashiqui 2, to enter the `100 crore club.

    Tevar (Action/Romance), Rishtey, 6 pm

    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
    Kabbadi player Pintoo (Arjun Kapoor) goes to Mathura for training, where he ends up saving Radhika (Sonakshi Sinha) from the advances of a vile faction leader, Gajender Singh. When he finds out that Singh killed Radhika’s brother, he also takes up the responsibility of her safety—by hiding her in his house. But fate throws a spanner into the works. Singh asks Pintoo’s father, superintendent of police Shukla (Raj Babbar), to locate Radhika. Will Pintoo be able to keep Radhika safe? This is a remake of a Telugu movie titled Okkadu.

    Our Pick:

    India’s Next Top Model,
    MTV, August 16, 7 pm
    The fifth episode of the show will bring plenty of drama and tears, plus make-overs of course. Judge Lisa Haydon assigns different themes to the girls for their shoot and they must live up to them with confidence. Judged by ace photographer Atul Kasbekar, this is the girls’ first tryst with miniature shoots.

    Operation Everest,
    NDTV Prime, August 15, 1 pm and 9 pm
    On a mission to clean Mount Everest, a team of officers and soldiers of the Indian army climb the tallest mountain, along with a camera team. But when their plans are spoiled by the devastating Nepal earthquake, the documentary turns into a tale of survival—with 22 climbers trapped in an avalanche and the army mounting a rescue operation. Watch as Major Ranveer Singh Jamwal and his team share their journey, going from summiteers to saviours.

    Yeh Mera India,
    Animal Planet, August 15, 8 pm
    Yeh Mera India celebrates the diversity in the animal kingdom. The month-long programme will feature endangered animals like the elephant, the guar (Indian bison) and the Nilgiri tahr in their natural habitat and show how they are exposed to the dangers of urban development, habitat destruction and poaching. Plus, interviews with conservationists like Valmik Thapar and Niall McCann.

    Live Another Day,
    AXN, Saturday and Sunday, 12 pm
    This Independence Day, AXN is holding a special rerun of 24: Live Another Day. In the series, Jack Bauer, a federal fugitive, breaks free and comes out in the open to foil a terror attack in London. In this mission, he is assisted by a tainted CIA officer and a software genius, who help him dodge the army of CIA agents.

    Sugar Stars,
    Fox Life HD, Friday, 10.30 pm
    Bakers and business partners Elle, Caspar, Yolanda and Antonella create dessert tables for various occasions — weddings, birthdays and other celebrations. In this episode, they are tasked with creating an Italian dessert feast. Expect fondant spaghetti, cake meatballs and more.

    East India Company – Its Rise and Fall, BBC World News, Saturday, 2.40 pm
    Take a trip through history in Dan Snow’s The East India Company – Its Rise and Fall. Chronicling the arrival of the British 400 years ago, the show dips into the letters and diaries of the early British invaders who set up their businesses in the country, to paint a picture of the East India Company’s life story.

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