Friday, January 1
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.
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.
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.