Friday, December 18
Star Gold HD, 4.55 pm
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri
The story revolves around a musician, Jordon (Kapoor), who
is oddly untouched by his fame. Back in his college days, he was Janardhan Jhakar—chasing his dreams of stardom and in love
with Heer (Fakhri), a popular college girl. His carefree days end when Heer moves away and he is thrown out of his home due to a misunderstanding. Finding refuge in a dargah, he rediscovers his passion for music and is noticed by Ustad Jameel Khan (Shammi Kapoor), a well known musician, who decides to promote him. Things get complicated when his musical journey takes him to Prague where he meets a married Heer. This was Shammi Kapoor’s last performance in a feature film, before his demise in 2011.
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies (Fantasy/Action), Pix HD, 3.03 pm
Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen
Dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch) is on a rampage as Erebor, the treasure-filled mountain, has been breached. He breathes fire over Laketown and kills many before Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans) shoots him down. Meanwhile, the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Freeman) and his company of dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain, worried that the treasures of the mountain will fall into the wrong hands. The greed for the dragon’s hoard is irresistible and armies of orcs descend on Erebor, while dwarves, elves and men try to fend them off. Of all the six Middle-Earth movies directed by Peter Jackson, this one has the shortest running time—two hours and 24 minutes.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
(Sci-Fi/Action), Zee Studio, 9 pm
Cast: Shia LeBeouf,
Josh Duhamel, John Turturro
In 1961, a Cybertronian spacecraft had landed on the far side of the moon. After NASA detected the crash, then President John F Kennedy (Brett Stimely) had allowed a mission to put a man on the moon to unravel the spacecraft’s secrets. In the present day, the Autobots and Decepticons race to learn the secrets of the spacecraft—which is believed to have on board an invention that could end the war between the two. Sam Witwicky (LaBeouf) once again helps his robot friends. Despite mixed reviews, the movie was the second highest grossing movie in 2011, and is now the 10th highest grossing film of all time.
Saturday, December 19
Cocktail (Romance/Comedy), B4U Movies, 3 pm
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty
A newly-married Meera (Penty) finds herself stranded in London after she discovers that her husband Kunal (Randeep Hooda) married her for her money. She befriends Gautam (Khan) at the airport, but spurns him when he tries asking her out. She then meets Veronica (Padukone), who helps her out by letting her stay in her house. They meet Gautam again at a nightclub. He soon gets involved with Veronica and moves in with them—a situation Meera initially dislikes. However, she soon warms to him and the three become best friends. But will their friendship be able to withstand the complications of love? Imran Khan was originally chosen to play Khan’s character.
2012 (Sci-Fi), Movies Now HD, 9 pm
Cast: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet
Time is running out for geophysicist Adrian Helmsley (Ejiofor) who, after consulting with a doctor friend in India and visiting the deepest copper mine in the world, finds that the Earth’s core is rapidly heating up. He collects the evidence and tries to warn the US president, only to realise that the government has no intention of warning the public of the inevitable end of the world. Instead, they are building arks to transport well-to-do families. Elsewhere, Jackson Curtis (Cusack) is desperately trying to save his estranged wife and children, when fate brings him to Helmsley. Will they survive the end? Director Roland Emmerich, a big fan of 50 Cent, reversed the rapper’s real name, Curtis Jackson, for his lead character.
I Origins (Sci-Fi/Drama), Star Movies Select HD, 9 pm
Cast: Michael Pitt, Brit Marling
Ian Gray (Pitt), a graduate student, is researching the evolution of the human eye with his partner Karen (Marling). He wants to prove that eyes did not just appear as creationists claim, but evolved. Gray falls in love with Sofi (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) whom he meets at a Halloween party and becomes fascinated with her eyes. They plan to get married, but Sofi is killed in an accident, pushing Gray into depression. He later marries Karen and they continue with their research. But now they have a mystery to solve: how their son’s eyes can resemble those of a person who died before he was conceived. The number 11 is a recurring theme in the movie, with even the running time of the movie adding up to 11.
Sunday, December 20
The Taking of Pelham 123 (Action/Drama), WB, 10.47 pm
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Travolta
Four armed men hijack a New York subway train. During negotiations, the leader, Ryder (Travolta), asks Walter Garber (Washington), the dispatcher in charge of the subway line, for $10 million in an hour—or he threatens to kill hostages. Ryder also reveals he knows about Garber’s ongoing investigation for bribery. As tempers flare will a solution be found? Based on a novel by the same name, the title is derived from the train’s radio call sign.
Taxi No. 9211 (Drama), Star Gold HD, 5.50 pm
Cast: John Abraham, Nana Patekar
Raghav Shastri (Patekar) has anger issues that gets in the way of his career. Though he works as a taxi driver, he tells his wife he works in an insurance company. Elsewhere, Jai Mittal’s (Abraham) wealthy father bequeaths his property and business to a friend. Jai takes the matter to the court. On the day of the hearing, he takes Raghav’s taxi, but they get into an accident. Unfortunately, Jai drops the key to the vault, where he claims his father’s original will is kept, and now Raghav has the key to his future. This is a remake of the Hollywood movie Changing Lanes.
(Comedy), UTV Movies, 11 pm
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor
After he doesn’t come home one night, Gopal’s (Devgn) wife Ekta (Kapoor) suspects him of having an affair. But he had spent the night on his friend’s yacht with Meera, a young woman he had saved from some goons. To cover it up, Gopal cooks up a story about meeting a friend named Anthony Gonsalves. When Ekta doesn’t believe him, he makes the plot murkier by asking Laxman Prasad, a man who had come into his office for an interview, to impersonate Gonsalves. Everything goes well until a dead body is found where Gopal had saved Meera. This is a remake of the 1989 Marathi movie Pheka Pheki.
The A-Team (Action), Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson,
After a mission to recover currency printing plates in Iraq ends with their commanding officer being killed and the plates stolen, four US army rangers, Hannibal (Neeson), Face (Cooper), BA (Quinton Rampage Jackson), and Murdoch (Sharlto Copley), are court martialed. A person who claims to be a CIA agent breaks them out of prison and says he knows the location of the stolen plates. But whose mission are they really on? By the end of the shoot, Cooper could reload his M4 rifle in under four seconds.