Friday, January 1
ABCD: Anybody Can Dance
(Drama/Dance), UTV Movies, 5 pm
Cast: Prabhu Deva, Remo D’Souza
Being India’s best dancer could not guarantee Vishnu (Deva) a permanent place as choreographer in the Jehangir Dance Company. After his friend and manager, Jehangir Khan (Kay Kay Menon), abuses his position to win a dance competition, Vishnu decides to leave the group and head to Mumbai. But on the night of his departure, he spots a group of dancers performing during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Impressed by their talent, he decides to take them under his wing and train them for the same dance competition where his former group won under controversial circumstances. The dancers in the show were selected from the reality competition, Dance India Dance.
Highway (Drama), Star Gold HD, 11.40 am
Cast: Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda
On the eve of her wedding, Veera (Bhatt) is kidnapped by Mahabir Bhati (Hooda) and his men. When they realise that she is the daughter of a rich businessman who has links with the government, they panic. However, Bhati decides to stick to the plan and, travel to different cities to escape the police. During the journey, Veera finds a sense of freedom that she has never felt before in her life, and actually starts to feel safe despite being a captive. But with the cops hot on their trail, how long can she escape her real life? The movie is based on an episode (with the same name) from the TV anthology series, Rishtey, on Zee TV.
(Biography), HBO, 1.46 pm
Cast: Julia Roberts
Erin Brockovich (Roberts) is an unemployed mother of three who gets a job at a lawyer’s office. There she comes across the files of a real-estate case regarding Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) offer to purchase the home of a resident in Hinkley, California. When she investigates further, she finds that the town’s residents have been plagued with cases of tumors, apparently caused by the PG&E’s toxic chromium leaking into the groundwater. Brockovich manages to sign up 634 plaintiffs, along with the resident whose house was going to be purchased, but PG&E is ready to play dirty. Based on a true story, the movie won Roberts the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Saturday, January 2
UTV Movies, 8.30 am
Cast: Dhanush, Sonam Kapoor
A small-town Brahmin boy, Kundan (Dhanush), falls in love with Zoya Haider (Kapoor), a Muslim girl. Though she rejects his declaration of love initially, she later falls for him. However, after Zoya moves away and enrols at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, she falls in love with a student leader, Akram Zaidi (Abhay Deol). On returning home, she forgets all about Kundan’s love and, instead, asks him to convince her family to let her marry Akram. Initially, Shahid Kapoor and Sonakshi Sinha were signed on as the lead pair.
Die Hard 4.0 (Action), Movies Now, 9 pm
Cast: Bruce Willis,
NYPD detective John McClane (Willis) is back in action, after the FBI requests him to investigate a case involving the organisation’s Cyber Security Division. Top computer hackers are being assassinated by a cyber-terrorist, Thomas Gabriel (Olyphant). McClane is asked to bring hacker Matt Farrell (Justin Long) to safety as it appears he knows what Gabriel is up to. They realise that by hacking into government and commercial computers, Gabriel intends to bring the stock market crashing. This is the only Die Hard movie to take place over the course of more than a day.
The Brothers Grimm
(Adventure/Fantasy), HBO, 12.19 pm
Cast: Heath Ledger, Matt Damon Con artistes Jake Grimm (Ledger) and Will Grimm (Damon) make money by pretending to fight evil itches and monsters. But when they are arrested by Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) and general Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce), they are given a chance to redeem themselves by investigating the disappearance of 10 young girls. To solve the case, they must face the evil Mirror Queen, who has abducted the girls to use them in sacrifice that will help her retain her youthfulness. Both the lead actors were cast in opposite roles, but they requested for a switch.
Singham Returns (Action), Star Gold, 7 pm
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor
After one of his team members is found dead with large bags of money, Bajirao Singham is transferred to Mumbai. There, while trying to unearth the truth behind the murder, he comes across Satyaraj Chander aka Babaji (Amole Gupte), a key suspect. Meanwhile, Babaji, who has connections with politicians, kills an opposing candidate, Guruji (Anupam Kher). Along with his childhood friend and love, Avni (Kapoor), Singham vows to avenge Guruji’s death. The movie was simultaneously made in Marathi.
Sunday, January 3
The Man In The Iron Mask
(Adventure/Drama), HBO, 5.38 pm
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons
In 1968, Queen Anne of France gives birth to twins, but very few knew about the younger one, who is hidden away. Twenty two years later, the older brother becomes King Loius XIV of France, and turns out to be an irresponsible ruler who leads his country into ruin. Of the four musketeers who served the king’s father, only one, D’Artagnan, still faithfully serves him. But when one of their sons is forced into battle, where he dies, and the king takes advantage of his widow, the musketeers realise they must stop him. Could the twin, who has been locked away with an iron mask over his head, help them? Alexandre Dumas, the author of the book on which the movie is based, took inspiration from a historical account of a mysterious prisoner in the Bastille who was forced to wear a leather mask.
Josh (Action), Zee Action , 4.40 pm
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai
Max Dias (Khan) and Prakash Sharma (Sharad Kapoor) are rival gang leaders in Goa. When Prakash’s younger brother Rahul Sharma (Chandrachur Singh), who studies in Mumbai, comes visiting, he falls in love with Shirley (Rai). Little does he know that Shirley is Max’s twin sister and, of course, the brother does not approve of the relationship. This leads to an escalation of violence between the gangs. The movie is a remake of the West Side Story.
Guardians of the Galaxy
(Sci-Fi/Action), Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker After stealing an orb from Earth—which has the power to destroy whole planets—Peter Quill (Pratt), a space adventurer, is being hunted by Ronan (Pace) who covets it, too. Quill creates a team, Guardians of the Galaxy, to keep the orb safe, and save the galaxy from the wrath of Ronan and his men. Things get complex when Yondu (Rooker) another space pirate joins the chase. It is the third highest-grossing film in the Marvel cinematic universe, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
The X-Files – Essential Collection,
FX and FX HD, Monday-Friday, 11 pm
Here’s exciting news for fans of X-Files. In a special series, franchise creator Chris Carter has curated 20 defining episodes from the series that premiered way back in 1993. The sci-fi drama follows the lives of two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, who investigate unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena.
Artsnight: Will Gompertz,
BBC World News, Saturday, 11 am
In this episode, BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz will interact with art connoisseurs and delve into the thriving international art market. He will also discuss the need for better regulations for the market and catch up with Delfina Entrecanales, who has been nurturing artists for 40 years.
TLC India, Saturday, 6.30 pm
Chef Barry Vera travels to the Imperial city of Fez, regarded as Morocco’s capital of fine food and culture. It is quite a strange neighbourhood—with streets that have no names and donkeys wearing tyres. It also boasts the world’s oldest university, the University of Karueein.
Animal Planet, Friday, 9 pm
Extreme angler and biologist Jeremy Wade will investigate his most disturbing case yet, in Face Ripper. It’s about a man who had his face ripped off in a remote Bolivian river. As part of the series, Wade travels around the globe in search of the most fearsome freshwater killers, as well as stories about people who attacked these predators.
How Do They Do It?,
Discovery Channel, Sunday, 4.30 pm
Episode three (season 11) will take viewers through the process of turning raw seaweed into the wrapping used for sushi. Later, you will also get to see how beer bottles that last for 15 years are made, and how surfers keep themselves safe from sharks.
MasterChef US Junior,
Star World Premiere HD, Saturday, 8 pm
Watch young chefs take on the ‘Out of this World’ challenge—where they are asked to create a heavenly cheese dish to impress the judges. Whoever passes the test will move to the next round, an elimination that will put their filleting skills to the test.