Friday, September 2
50/50 (Comedy/ Drama) HBO hits, 7.20 pm
Cast: Joseph Levitt,
Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick
Young radio journalist, Adam (Levitt), is diagnosed with a spinal tumour. Doctors tell him that his treatment has a 50-50 chance of succeeding. His mother wants to move in, to take care of him, but he rejects her offer. He also breaks up with his girlfriend after learning that she is cheating on him. His only source of support and comfort is his best friend, Kyle (Rogen), who shaves his head to show solidarity. Meanwhile, Adam’s life gets more complicated when he realises the treatment isn’t working and a risky surgery is his only hope. The movie closely resembles 50/50’s screenwriter Will Reiser’s battle with cancer.
EK Villain (Romance/ Thriller),
Movies OK, 5.05 pm
Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Riteish Deshmukh, Shraddha Kapoor
After relinquishing a life of crime and violence, ex-hitman Guru (Malhotra) has settled down with his wife, Aisha (Kapoor). But he finds himself back in the game when Aisha is brutally killed. Initially, Guru blames his past rivals, but then he learns about a serial killer, Rakesh (Deshmukh), who targets women who have belittled him. When Rakesh feels that his identity might be revealed, he tries to harm Aisha’s father. Meanwhile, Guru tries to find out why the murderer set out on his bloody path. EK Villain is inspired from the 2010 Korean movie, I Saw the Devil.
Saturday, September 3
Austenland (Romance/ Comedy), Romedy Now, 7 pm
Cast: Keri Russell, Jane Seymour, Bret McKenzie
Jane (Russell), an American woman, is obsessed with a BBC serial on Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice. To find her ‘perfect gentleman’, she checks into Austenland, an expensive Austen-themed resort in England, where life has been recreated to mirror the 19th century—complete with imaginary names, period clothes and no technology. While there, Jane feels sidelined by the wealthy guests. But soon her snobbishness and aspirations take a nose dive when she finds herself falling for the charms of Martin (McKenzie), the chauffeur. West Wycombe Park, a 45-acre mansion in Buckinghamshire, built in 1740, was used as the Austenland resort.
Dhanak (Drama), Netflix
Cast: Hetal Gadda, Krrish Chhabria, Vipin Sharma
In Rajasthan, 10-year-old Pari (Gada) walks her visually-impaired younger brother, Chotu (Chhabria), to school every day. The duo, being fans of Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan, recite movie plots of the stars on their walk to school. Chancing upon a poster—of Shah Rukh Khan campaigning for eye donations—Pari assures Chotu that he will be able to see by his next birthday. She writes to the actor asking for help, but doesn’t get any response. Then she learns that he is in another town filming a movie and the duo attempt a 300-kilometre road trip to meet him. The movie won the Grand Prix for Best Children’s Film, and Special Mention for the Best Feature Film, at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Pan (Action/ Fantasy), HBO, 1 pm
Cast: Levi Miller, Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund
Peter (Miller), an inmate of a London orphanage, is given away to pirates after he is caught stealing food from the matron, Mother Barnabas (Kathy Burke). Aboard the ship of notorious pirate Blackbeard (Jackman), he is taken to Neverland, a magical place with no space-time dimensions and where no one ages. When Peter insults Blackbeard’s men, he is forced to walk the plank, only to escape, flying, while Blackbeard is convinced of the prophecy that he will meet his end at the hands of a flying boy. But soon Peter has to deal
with his real past. Thousands of kids were screened from the UK, USA, Australia and Canada to play Peter Pan before Levi Miller was found.
Housefull 3 (Comedy), Star Gold, 1 pm
Cast: Akshay Kumar, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani
Batook (Irani), a wealthy father of three, bars his daughters from having romantic relationships as he claims their family is cursed and prone to bad luck if they get married. But the girls secretively have boyfriends and try to coerce their father to change his decision. To play on his sympathies, two of the men pretend to be blind and mute, while the third resorts to a wheelchair. However, Batook maintains his stance. Soon it is revealed that a 12-year-old secret, involving an underworld don, could be what is troubling him. Kumar’s character, portrayed with a split personality, is inspired by Edward Norton’s role in Fight Club.