Friday, November 18
American Sniper (Drama/Action), WB, 12.33 pm
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner
A biographic post-war drama set parallel to the Iraq war and allied crisis, the film follows the life of Chris Kyle (Cooper), a navy SEAL. Growing up in Texas, Kyle’s life is entwined with cowboys and ranches until he signs up for SEAL training, post the US embassy bombings (1998). But nothing prepares him for his assignments in Iraq, where he is thrown into a moral conundrum as his targets include women and children. With the horrors of his wartime memories haunting him, will he succeed in returning to a normal life? American Sniper marks the first collaboration between Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood.
Bodyguard (Action/Romance), Star Gold, 9 pm
Cast: Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Raj Babbar
Lovely Singh (Khan), a happy-go-lucky man, is hired by Sartaj Rana (Babbar), a successful politician, to protect his daughter, Divya (Kapoor), from goons who might have a score to settle with him. But Singh’s stringent rules prove to be rather daunting for Divya and her best friend, Maya. They decide to distract Singh with a phone prank—where Divya pretends to be a besotted girl, Chhaya, who is trying to woo him. But when Singh really falls in love with the imaginary Chhaya, Divya realises the joke has gone too far. Shatrughan Sinha was initially approached for the
role of Rana.
Saturday, November 19
Mercy (Mystery/Horror), Star Movies Action, 5 pm
Cast: Frances O’Connor, Shirley Knight, Chandler Riggs
George (Riggs), a little boy growing up with his brother and mum, adores his grandmother, Mercy (Knight). Kind and loving, Mercy plays an instrumental role in supporting the family, until one fateful day, when she falls down and suffers a stroke. When several strange incidents take place in and around their house in the following days, George decides to investigate along with his brother. But what they discover scares and startles them—a side to their loving grandmother they’d never known. The film is adapted from Stephen King’s short story, Gramma.
The Innocents (Drama/Mystery), Netflix
Cast: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza
Mathilde Beaulieu (Lou de Laâge), a young medical student associated with the French Red Cross, arrives in Poland as part of a medical mission in 1945. While busy tending to the war survivors in the region, she is approached by a Polish nun, who pleads with her to visit the monastery. With no knowledge of the local language, Beaulieu is unable to grasp the gravity of the situation, but decides to help anyway. Soon she realises that the Polish monastery she’s been led to is filled with pregnant nuns. Adele Haenel was initially approached to
play the role of Mathilde Beaulieu.
Sunday, November 20
The Walk (Drama/Thriller), Sony Le Plex, 1 pm and 9 pm
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon
Philippe Petit (Gordon-Levitt) is a struggling street performer in France who earns his living with his tightrope walking acts. When he comes across pictures of the (erstwhile) World Trade Centre for the first time, he makes it his life’s mission to find a chance to do his wire act between the towers. Though he’s laughed at as crazy by his family and friends, two artistes, Annie (Le Bon) and Jean-Louis (Sibony), support him and help him practice. Even as more people start believing in him, he knows his dream act is fraught with danger. Inspired by the real life of Philippe Petit (who attempted the same on August 7, 1974), Levitt was trained by Petit himself for the movie.
Banjo (Drama/Music), Zee Cinema HD, 8.30 pm
Cast: Poornima Ahire, Riteish Deshmukh, Nargis Fakhri
Taraat (Deshmukh), a minor league sound recordist and banjo player in Mumbai, strongly feels that the musical instrument isn’t receiving the fame it deserves. Dedicating himself to this cause, Taraat records a tune at the Lord Ganesha festival and shares it with Christina (Fakhri), a friend who’s living abroad. Inspired by his composition, Christina comes to Mumbai to help him and his band get into the major league. But it’s not as easy she’d imagined. Director Ravi Jadhav’s first directorial endeavour, Banjo’s theme is inspired by a Marathi film.