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    Friday, September 25

    Jackie Chan’s First Strike (Action), HBO , 9 pm
    Cast: Jackie Chan, Jackson Liu, Nonna Grishayeva
    Chan Ka-kui (Chan), a Hong Kong police detective, teams up with the CIA to follow a woman called Natasha (Grishayeva ) who is believed to be delivering money to a terrorist. Her arrest leads Ka-kui to terrorist Jackson Tsui (Liu), who is trying to obtain a nuclear warhead from a Russian mob. He tries to follow Tsui, but is unsuccessful. As Ka-kui tries to resolve the case, he soon realises that the real culprit is someone else. This movie was not originally a part of the Police Story franchise.

    Captain Phillips (Action/Drama), MN+ HD , 9 pm
    Cast: Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi
    Based on a true story, the film finds Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), captain of the unarmed cargo freighter Maersk Alabama, pitted against Somali pirates. Despite his best attempts, the pirates board the ship—but only after Phillips sends his crew into hiding. Soon the pirate leader, Abduwali Muse (Barkhad Abdi), is captured by the ship’s crew when he goes below deck to try and find where they are hiding. Though Phillips tries bargaining with Muse, the pirates turn the tables on him. Will the US Navy reach in time to save Phillips’ life? The film was the acting debut for all the Somali actors in the movie.

    Ready, (Romance/Action) Star Gold, 8 pm
    Cast: Salman Khan, Asin
    The wealthy Kapoors want their son Prem (Khan) to marry US-based Pooja Malhotra. But when he is sent to pick her up at the airport, he deliberately goes to a different terminal. However, once there, he meets Sanjana Singh (Asin) who is fleeing her own wedding and, after overhearing Prem talking about ditching Pooja, decides to pose as the girl. Needless to say, trouble soon finds the two as Sanjana’s family is on the lookout for her.
    The film is a remake of a Telugu film by the same name.

    Tevar (Romance/Action), UTV Movies, 2.05 am
    Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Manoj Bajpayee
    A kabaddi player, Pintoo (Kapoor) goes to Mathura for training, where he ends up saving Radhika (Sinha) from the advances of a vile faction leader, Gajender Singh. Once he finds out that Singh had killed Radhika’s brother, he takes up the responsibility of her safety and hides her in his house. But fate has something else in store, as Pintoo’s father, SP Shukla (Raj Babbar), is the police officer assigned by Singh to locate Radhika. Can Pintoo manage to evade the police and keep Radhika safe? This is a remake of a Telugu movie titled Okkadu.

    Saturday, September 26:

    The Hundred Foot Journey (Comedy/Drama),
    Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
    Cast: Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Charlotte Le Bon
    Fleeing from the political violence in India, Papa Kadam (Puri) and his family, including his son Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal), travel across Europe before ending in France where an act of kindness by Marguerite (Le Bon) inspires Papa to set up an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai in the village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val. That puts him in direct competition with Madame Mallory’s (Mirren) established restaurant, Le Saule Pleureur. With a rivalry inevitable, can the spicy, loud Indian restaurant compete with the Michelin-starred, fine dining counterpart? AR Rahman composed the music for the movie.

    The Love Punch (Romance/Comedy), Romedy Now, 9 pm
    Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson
    Richard (Brosnan) and Kate (Thompson) are a divorced couple who everyone, including their neighbour Jerry (Timothy Spall), wants to see get back together. Richard is about to retire and even sells his company when he realises that the person whom he sold it to is a corrupt French businessman Vincent, who initiates an investigation and gets his company’s finances frozen—including his retirement money. Determined to find Vincent, Richard takes Kate’s help to find the fraudulent businessman, and the duo end up travelling through Europe on a roller-coaster of adventures. Tim Smith was initially cast as Jerry, but later opted out.

    Golmaal 3 (Action/Comedy), Star Gold, 2.10 pm
    Cast: Mithun Chakraborty, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor
    An elderly bus driver, Pritam (Chakraborty) has three sons—Madhav (Arshad Warsi), Laxman (Kunal Khemu) and Lucky (Tushar Kapoor) ­— who are always trying to fox people. When they open a water sports stall next to one owned by brothers Laxman (Shreyas Talpade) and Gopal (Devgn) and their partner Daboo (Kapoor), rivalry ensues. To sort out the problem, Pritam goes to meet Gopal’s mother, only to realise she is his old college sweetheart.
    With their romance rekindled, the families are thrown together, with hilarious results. The film won the Filmfare
    Award for Best Scene of the Year.

    Sunday, September 27:

    Thor (Action), Sony Pix, 9 pm
    Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman,
    Tom Hiddleston
    Thor (Hemsworth) is about to ascend to the throne of Asgard when he is interrupted by an attack by the Frost Giants, who try to take back their artefact, the Casket of Ancient Winters. Against his father Odin’s (Anthony Hopkins) order, Thor goes to fight the Giants along with his brother Loki (Hiddleston). The fierce battle ends only when Odin intervenes. As punishment, Thor is exiled to Earth as a mortal, where he falls for Jane Foster (Portman). Meanwhile, Loki usurps the throne of Asgard. Will Thor sacrifice his love for Jane and try to stop Loki? The final choice for the role of Thor came down to Chris Hemswroth and his brother Liam Hemsworth.

    Bombay Velvet (Drama), Movies OK, 8 pm
    Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Karan Johar
    Balraj (Kapoor) is a street fighter who falls in love with a jazz singer Rosie (Sharma). Balraj believes that in order to win her heart he must become wealthy first. Meanwhile, Kaizad Khambatta (Johar) recruits Balraj to run his club called the Bombay Velvet, which is also a centre for illegal activities. Chasing them is reporter Jimmy Mistri, who is trying to get the scoop on their criminal activities and has a past with Rosie that he hopes to use to his advantage. Will Rosie betray Balraj? Johar charged only `11 for this movie, directed by Anurag Kashyap.

    Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm

    Cast: Ben Stiller,  Robin Williams, Owen Wilson
    Larry Daley (Stiller) is the night manager at the American Museum of Natural History, where a new exhibit is going to be unveiled. Larry possesses the Tablet of Ahkmenrah, a magical device responsible for making the museum exhibits, including Theodore Roosevelt (Robin Williams), come to life every night. With the magic of the Tablet corroding, Larry’s learns from Ahkmenrah that only his father, the Pharaoh, can tell him how to prolong its life. With the Pharoah in a London museum, Larry must head there to solve the mystery. This is the final movie to feature Robin Williams.

    Our Pick:

    XP Guide: Mysore,travelxp HD, Friday, 5.30 pm
    This time, the XP Guide team takes you to Mysore, which translates to the ‘Abode of Mahisa.’ Also popular as the Palace City of India, it boasts grand palaces like the Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal and Jagan Mohan Palace. The episode will also explore the city’s culture and cuisines.

    Doctor Who, FX, Friday, 9 pm
    In the episodeThe Snowman: Part 1, of British science fiction show Doctor Who, the Doctor along with his friends Amy and Rory Pond are confined to a planetary prison and must find an escape route with the help of Oswin— the sole survivor of the starship Alaska, which crashed on the planet—who has been there for a year awaiting rescue and making soufflés to pass the time.

    The Whispers, Z Cafe, Saturday, 2 pm
    When an invisible force, Drill begins to manipulate innocent children into doing unlawful acts and facilitating evil, a few adults must do whatever they can to save them. In this episode of the sci-fi drama, FBI agent Claire has a talk with a few children who have been contacted by Drill, while Wes, a defence department operative, stumbles upon a startling secret.

    The Voice, AXN India, Saturday, 8 pm
    Premiering tomorrow, season nine begins with a fresh round of auditions. Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Chase Kerby and Tulsa-based duo Jubal Lee Young and Amanda Preslar are among those featured in the auditions. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton is recognised as the coach who has won the most number of times in the history of The Voice—he’s won four out of the eight seasons.

    Mr Robot, Colors Infinity, Saturdays, 9 pm
    Catch three back-to-back episodes of the award-winning technology thriller this weekend. Elliot Alderson, a young cyber-security engineer, is hired by a mysterious anarchist, Mr Robot, to work with his team of hackers, called fsociety. In the episode, fsociety will attempt to hack Steel Mountain, the most secure data facility in America.

    India’s Next Top Model, MTV, Sunday, 7 pm
    The finale of India’s Next Top Model sees the top three sashay down the ramp at the Lakme India Fashion Week. Watch them rock the catwalk, interact with the paparazzi and also find out who is crowned the winner.

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