Friday, July 15
Two States (Romance/Comedy),
Star Gold HD, 7.50 pm
Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Revathy
Based on Chetan Baghat’s novel of the same name, the film revolves around the love story of a Punjabi boy and a Tamil Brahmin girl, and plays on the cultural and regional diversity of the country. Management students Krish Malhotra (Kapoor) and Ananya Swaminathan (Bhatt) fall in love at IIM Ahmedabad. After graduation, they introduce their respective families to each other, only to find that Krish’s loud mother and Ananya’s reserved parents find their alliance unacceptable. As the young pair frantically tries to convince them, other issues crop up. Priyanka Chopra was initially considered for the role of Ananya Swaminathan.
Fantastic Four (Sci-Fi), Star Movies HD, 9 pm
Cast: Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell
Having successfully created a teleporting programme titled Quantum Gate, five young researchers—Reed Richards (Teller), Sue Storm (Mara), Johnny Storm (Jordan), Ben Grimm (Bell) and Victor Von Doom (Kebbell)—want a chance to try it out. Denied formal permission, they embark on an unsanctioned mission to Planet Zero, a world filled with alien substances. But their presence there causes the ground to collapse and they are forced to withdraw without Doom. Soon they realise that their genetics have been altered on a molecular level, giving them superhuman powers. The uniforms of the team are inspired by containment suit designs.
Saturday, July 16
Holidays (Horror/ Comedy), Netflix India
Cast: Ava Acres, Petra Wright, Mark Steger
A collection of seven short horror films compiled into one, Holidays showcases supernatural occurrences centered on various celebrations, including Valentine’s Day and Saint Patrick’s Day. At The Devil’s Door, the Easter-related segment in the movie, directed by Nicholas McCarthy, explores the state of confusion faced by a little girl (Acres) who hears conflicting stories about Jesus Christ and the Easter Bunny. The film showcases her being driven to the point of delirium as her home is haunted by a half-naked bunny-man (Steger). Real-life couple, Seth Green and Clare Grant, play a married couple in the Christmas segment.
Jazbaa (Crime/Thriller), Zee Cinema, 8.30 pm
Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Irrfan Khan, Shabana Azmi
Anuradha Verma (Rai), a prominent criminal lawyer in Mumbai, finds her life turned upside down when her daughter is abducted by a convict. In an attempt to rescue her child, Verma is dragged into defending a murderer. With the assailants closely following her every move, she is bullied into lying to the police and the court as she desperately tries to win the case. But her search for evidence soon leads Verma on to a new path strewn with questions of right and wrong. Jazbaa is inspired
by a Korean movie titled Seven Days.
?Goosebumps (Fantasy/Thriller), Sony Pix, 1 pm?
Cast: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, Odeya Rush
When Zach Cooper (Minnette) moves to Delaware with his mother, he befriends Hannah (Rush), the girl who lives next door. But her overprotective father, Shivers (Black), constantly tells Cooper to stay away from them. Despite being warned several times, Cooper decides to break into their house to unveil the mystery and ends up in the midst of several Goosebumps manuscripts (an American children’s horror fiction series by RL Stine). By the time Cooper realises that Shivers is the author of the books, he inadvertently ends up releasing the monsters in the books. Can Shivers send them back to where they belong? The movie was scripted with suggestions from the real RL Stine himself.
Spy (Action/Comedy), Star Movies, 9 pm
Cast: Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne
A desk-bound CIA agent, Susan Cooper (Mccarthy), suddenly finds herself in the middle of an agency operation, as her superior Bradley Fine (Law) gets shot during an encounter with arms dealers Tihomir Boyanov and Rayna (Byrne). With crucial information—including the identities of top officials—now available to the enemies, CIA is forced to send Cooper to Paris on an undercover mission to track down Rayna. While most of her senior officials feel Cooper is the wrong choice, her best friend Nancy volunteers to become her right hand as she chases leads across Europe, in a series of hilarious incidents. Spy also marks the Hollywood debut of Nargis Fakhri, in a cameo role.