Friday, July 8
The Fault in Our Stars (Romance/ Drama),
Star Movies Select, 11 pm
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Willem Dafoe
Teenagers Hazel Grace (Woodley) and Augustus Waters (Elgort), meet at a cancer support group. Their mutual interest for reading, leads to Hazel lending An Imperial Affliction, to Augustus, a book about a girl named Anna, who lives with leukemia. Augustus is upset as the book ends abruptly and learns that the author Peter Houten (Dafoe) had moved to Amsterdam. Augustus surprises Hazel with tickets to Amsterdam. A trip to discover the ending of the book – turns out to be more complicated than that. Shailene Woodley had to cut her waist-long hair for the role, which she donated to a local hospital that made wigs for children living
Brahman Naman (Comedy), Netflix India
Cast: Shashank Arora, Tanmay Dhanania, Chaitanya Varad
Set in Bengaluru in the 80s, the nerdy Naman (Arora) is the head of his college quiz team. With fellow team mates Ajay (Dhanania) and Ramu (Varad), he spends his days drinking, discussing sex and lusting after Rita, one of the prettiest girls in college—though he is unable to summon the courage to approach her. Selected for the nationals, Naman and his team head to Kolkata where he meets Naina, a participant from Chennai, who is the perfect match for his intellect. But the boys have more than just the quiz competition on their minds. Brahman Naman closely follows the stream of American teen sex comedies set in the 80s.
Saturday, July 9
Tammy (Comedy), WB, 11.20 pm
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon
Tammy Banks (McCarthy), a tardy fast food employee, is fired from her job. Returning home, she finds her husband sharing a romantic meal with a neighbour. Depressed, she tries to take off in her grandmother Pearl’s (Sarandon) car, but ends up taking her along after learning that Pearl has cash on her. The duo head to Niagara Falls—one of Pearl’s childhood wishes. En route, they meet father and son, Earl Tillman and Bobby. While Earl falls for Pearl, Bobby is smitten with Tammy. But their romance is short lived as the next day Tammy has to find a way to bail her grandmother out of jail. Though playing grandmother-granddaughter, McCarthy and Sarandon only have a 24-year age difference.
Mistress America (Drama/ Comedy), Hotstar
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke, Heather Lind
Tracy Fishko (Kirke) has a hard time fitting in at her college. After being rejected by her crush, Tracy’s mother suggests she befriend her soon-to-be step sister Brooke (Gerwig). Spending a night with her, Tracy develops a bond with Brooke, who reveals that she is opening a restaurant named Mom’s—to honour her deceased mother. But the restaurant, financed by Brooke’s boyfriend, goes under, after he breaks things off with her. With mounting debt, the girls try to rope in a friend, while Tracy and Brooke’s parents’ wedding hit a rough patch. Gerwig, also the co-writer of the movie, graduated from Barnard College, the same college Tracy attends in the movie.
Sunday, July 10
Fan (Thriller), Sony Max, 8 pm
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Waluscha de Sousa,
Gaurav Chadana (Khan), a fan of actor Aryan Khanna (also played by Khan), is obsessed with the star. He also happens to look like him. When Sid, another actor, openly criticises his idol, Chadana loses his cool. He threatens Sid and extracts an apology on camera, which he uploads on the internet. However, Aryan is not impressed by the act and Chadana is eventually arrested and imprisoned. Beaten up in prison and snubbed by the actor whom he had held dear all his life, he now wants revenge. Greg Cannom, the makeup artist who worked in Pirates of the Caribbean and Titanic, helped transform
Khan into a 20-year-old.
Singh is Bling (Action/Comedy), Zee Action, 9 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Amy Jackson, Lara Dutta
Raftaar Singh (Kumar) is a free-spirited young man. Worried about his careless ways, his father sends him to Goa, to work with his friend Kripal Singh. Meanwhile, Sara Rana (Jackson) arrives in Goa from Romania after fleeing from a mob boss, Mark, who wants to marry her. Raftaar, who is put in charge of protecting Sara, struggles to communicate with her as he cannot speak English. Mark and his men close in on Sara and try to abduct her. Though he saves her, Raftaar soon finds out that there is more to Sara than what meets the eye. Scenes that showed the kada being used as a weapon and the burning of a turban was objected to by the Sikh community, and were removed.