In Pursuit of Excellence,
CNN IBN Saturday, 6.30 pm
This weekend, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw takes the hot seat on Vijay Amritraj’s show, In Pursuit of Excellence. The founder of India’s leading biotechnology enterprise, Biocon Limited—who is also known as the country’s wealthiest self-made woman—opens up about her journey and what inspired her on her road to success.
Breaking Bad, FX, Weekdays, 11 pm
After the murder of meth distributor Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), the first episode of season five of this multi-award winning drama series sees another signature flash-forward, this time to Walter White’s (Bryan Cranston) 52nd birthday a year later. This evening sees new alliances being formed as Walt and his partner Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) plan to resume cooking meth.
India Bike Week 2014
Fox Life, Friday, 9.30 pm
Spanning the week-long affair that is the IBW, the channel exclusively documents the behind-the-scenes action of this high-octane event that took place in Goa in January this year. From rides through unchartered terrain to cage-fighting and a showcase of the newest bike models, the show brings you the very best of the event.
The Reader (Drama), Sony Pix, 6.30 pm
Cast: Ralph Fiennes,
Kate Winslet, David Kros
When 15-year-old Michael (David Kros) falls ill, Hanna (Kate Winslet) helps him. They soon start a relationship—punctuated by Michael reading classics to her. Then she suddenly leaves town. Eight years on, Michael, a lawyer (played by Ralph Fiennes), discovers his former lover is on trial for killing Jewish women. Both the producers of the film, Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack, died before the film was released.
Emperor (Mystery / Drama)
HBO Defined, 10 pm
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones,
Post World War II, Brigadier General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox) is comissioned by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) to investigate Emperor Hirohito of Japan—to understand his role in the war and whether he should be tried as a war criminal. Jones apparently researched the real General MacArthur and is said to have pondered about his relationship with his family before getting into character.
Force of Execution
(Action / Crime), HBO Hits, 8 pm
Cast: Steven Seagal, Danny Trejo,
Ving Rhames, Noel Gugliemi
The film revolves around Alexander (Steven Seagal), an old-school criminal warlord. Torn between wanting to do the right thing by putting a stop to his unlawful activities and ending a legacy he so painstakingly built, Alexander finds that when a new gangster, Iceman (Ving Rhames) uses his contacts to get to the top, he must do something to stop him. This is the fourth collaboration between Seagal and director Keoni Waxman. Their earlier projects include The Keeper, A Dangerous Man and Maximum Conviction.
West Side Story
(Romance / Drama), MGM, 12.30 pm
Cast: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno,
Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the musical follows two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks in Manhattan, and the havoc they create. When Tony Wyzek (Richard Beymer) of the Jets falls in love with Maria Nunez (Natalie Wood), the sister of the leader of the Sharks, the Puerto Rican gang, all hell breaks loose. But is their love strong enough to survive the petty but dangerous rivalry? Actors of the rival gangs were asked to play pranks on each other off the sets to bring out their
emotions in the film.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist
(Political drama/ Thriller), Sony Pix, 9 pm
Cast: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev
Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland
When professor Anse Rainer is kidnapped by Islamic militants, the suspicion falls on her colleague Changez Khan (Riz Ahmed). Interviewed by Bobby Lincoln (Liev Schreiber), a journalist and undercover CIA informant, to get some leads on her whereabouts, Khan recounts the history of the struggle and injustice he has faced in America. As his story unfolds, Lincoln starts to form stereotypes of his own, but will he be proven wrong? During the Venice Film Festival, director Mira Nair said she hopes the film reflects that “modern Pakistan is nothing like what you read in the papers.”