Sholay (Action / Comedy), Zee Cinema, 8 pm
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini
In Ramesh Sippy’s classic film, police officer Thakur Baldev Singh (Sanjeev Kumar) is driven to despair after his extended family is murdered by the notorious bandit Gabbar Singh. He decides to enlist the help of small-time thieves Jai (Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra), challenging them to bring in Singh alive. With some great dialogues, iconic characters and well-scripted scenes, Sholay is considered to be one of the greatest Bollywood movies of all time. It was even ranked first in the British Film Institute’s poll of Top 10 Indian Films.
The Raven (Crime/ Thriller), HBO Hits, 11.05 pm
Cast: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans
Set in early 19th century Baltimore, the film sees Edgar Allen Poe’s detective stories coming to life in graphic fashion. A serial killer is on the loose, using Poe’s fictional work as his inspiration. Poe (Cusack) teams up with the detective on the case, but the killer always seems to be a step ahead. Things take a dramatic turn when Poe’s lover becomes entangled in both the fictional and actual proceedings. The first trailer for the film was released on October 7, 2011, exactly 112 years after Poe’s own mysterious death.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
(Comedy/ Drama), Romedy Now, 3.50 pm
Cast: Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel
An eclectic group of retired professionals from the UK make their way to a supposedly luxury hotel in Rajasthan. But, instead, what they find is something that falls far short of its advertisements. Despite hotelier Sonny’s (Dev Patel) attempts to upgrade his shabby place, he never really succeeds. However, eventually each of the pensioners is charmed by the country and the people. Unusually, almost all of the lead actors in the movie are in their 60s and 70s, and old friends Maggie Smith and Judy Dench, who were both 77 when the film was released, star alongside each other.