Cheeni Kum (Comedy/Drama), Star Gold HD, 7 pm
Cast: Tabu, Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal
When 34-year-old Nina Verma (Tabu) visits 64-year-old London-based chef Buddhadev Gupta’s (Bachchan) restaurant for the first time, they start off on the wrong foot—with her not liking his Hyderabadi zafrani pulao. During their attempts to prove who makes the better pulao, the two fall in love and decide to get married, despite their age difference. However, obtaining Nina’s father’s blessings becomes a daunting task, especially after he decides to protest their alliance by going on a fast to the death. All the music tracks in the film are recycled versions of South Indian composer Ilayaraja’s Tamil and Kannada songs.
XOXO (Music/Drama), Netflix
Cast: Sarah Hyland, Hayley Kiyoko, Ione Skye
Ethan, a young DJ, accidentally lands a chance to perform at the biggest EDM festival, XOXO. Owing to the viral publicity of his tracks online, he is signed on by the organisers two days before the actual event. A coming-of-age movie, it sees Ethan’s life getting entangled with five other 20-something music lovers, including Krystal (Hyland) and Shanney (Kiyoko), when they all meet for a single night loaded with romance and drama. XOXO’s soundtrack includes Make Me Feel by Grammy-nominated
electronic music artistes, Galantis and
East & Young.
The Social Network, (Drama/Biography),
Star Movies Select HD, 10.50 pm
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer,
The Social Network chronicles the inception and growth of the online networking community, Facebook. Documenting its growth from the infamous Facemash—a platform created by Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) that rated the attractiveness of women students in Harvard—the movie explores the dark realities behind Facebook as it becomes a multinational organisation. Burdened with controversies but growing popular by the day, Zuckerberg struggles as his company is sued over intellectual property rights by the Winklevoss twins (Hammer)—who had wanted him to work on Harvard Connection, a networking site for the college students. The film is adapted from the book, The Accidental Billionaires.
Only God Forgives (Drama/ Thriller), HBO Hits, 6.24 pm
Cast: Ryan Gosling,Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Julian (Gosling) is an undercover drug dealer posing as a Muay Thai practitioner in Thailand. When his brother, Billy, is killed by a local named Choi, for raping his daughter, he does not react because he believes Billy deserved the punishment. However, their mother, Crystal, doesn’t agree and in an attempt to avenge her son, ventures out into the streets of the city to find Choi. The murder mystery gets more complicated as she delves deeper into the issue. Gosling underwent rigorous Muay Thai training with master, Kiu Puk, to
prepare for the role.
Holiday (Action/Thriller), &Pictures, 8 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sonakshi Sinha, Freddy Daruwala
Virat Bakshi (Kumar), an army officer, comes to his hometown Mumbai on vacation. His parents are determined to get him married while there, but he is on the brink of falling in love with Saiba Thapar (Sinha), a professional boxer. Then a chance encounter with a petty criminal changes the purpose of his vacation. He gets information about a terrorist organisation that’s planning a series of bomb blasts across the city using sleeper agents. While trying to avert the situation, he inadvertently exposes his close family members to the terrorists. Holiday is the remake of the Tamil blockbuster, Thuppakki, starring Vijay.
Minions (Comedy), Sony Pix, 1 pm and 9 pm
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
After the accidental death of their former master, Napoleon, minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are now on the prowl to find a new leader. Having discovered a super villains’ convention in Orlando, the trio makes their way to Florida, determined to get themselves a competent and evil master. With Scarlet Overkill (Bullock), the first female super-villain, taking an interest in them, the minions get onboard a secret plan to take over the world, starting with stealing the crown of Queen Elizabeth II. Will they succeed? Apart from directing the movie, Pierre Coffin has given voice to all the minions
featured in the film.