September is here, and so is the mesmerizing season of autumn – ‘tis the rare season when hot and cold beverages are equally inviting! Try the best of drinks and food the season has to offer at Sangam Courtyard and pair it with the best movies Bollywood has to offer this week.
A must see, this is a movie that does the impossible combination of horror and comedy to perfection! Stree, directed by Amar Kaushik and starring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, is based on the real-life myth of the ghost of an angry woman stalks men during a festive period. This legend is simply called “Stree”, who calls out to men when they are alone and sweep them away leaving their clothes behind. A tailor in Chanderi, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) falls head over heels with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) who only appears during festival season but her frequent disappearing acts makes his friends suspicious and they start believing that she could be the infamous Stree who is haunting the city. Check out the trailer if you need more convincing – the film promises to be an entertainment riot!
Earning critical reviews the world over, Searching tells the story of a father trying to find his missing daughter by combing through clues in her online world. It is a chilling, absorbing story of how we are all more connected and more isolated in this digitally connected world than ever before, and it just won’t let you go. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and is still being talked about as one of the most thrilling and genre-bending movies in 2018. The first American movie directed by an Asian-American (Aneesh Chaganty), the film has stellar performances from lead stars John Cho, who earlier played the role of Harold in the Harold and Kumar film series, and Debra Messing of “Will and Grace” fame.
Yamla Pagla Diwana, Phir Se
The third installment of the ‘Yamla Pagla Diwana’ film series, but this time it features a whole new story with a new group of zany characters by our favorite Deol boys. The story revolves around Puran (Sunny) a small-time Ayurveda doctor who has a magic drug for all ailments. While Puran is a well-respected man, his brother Kaala (Bobby) is a happy-go-lucky 40-year-old bachelor who dreams of a life in Canada. When a pharma company dupes Puran, steals his magic drug formula and patents it, they seek their squatting tenant-cum-lawyer Parmar’s (Dharmendra) help to fight their case in the court. Crazy dialogues, Bollywood action sequences, and the familiar comic timings of this cast is comfortable cinematic experience this week.
If you haven’t caught this movie yet, now is your chance! A fictionalized version of the true story of independent India’s first gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, ‘Gold’ has received popular acclaim and has set the record for the 4th highest opening day collections in 2018. Inspired by true events and people, the film begins in 1936, when India made big impact in world hockey and won its third consecutive gold at the Berlin Olympics. With stellar performances from a wonderful cast and the magic of Akshay Kumar in the lead role, the film is high on grit and emotion as a handful of Indians put their personal differences aside to make the country proud.
Happy Phir Bhaag Jayegi
Like its prequel ‘Happy Bhaag Jayegi’, ‘Happy Phirr Bhaag Jayegi’ brings the story of chaos resulting from mistaken identities to the international scene in true Bollywood style. Jimmy Shergil is a must-watch as he plays the rakish politician from Punjab, Daman Singh Baaga, delivering a volley of jabs at India’s neighbors with his trademark poker face. Piyush Mishra plays his Pakistani partner-in-crime with an endearing chemistry, Sonakshi Sinha shines as the feisty victim of a botched kidnapping, and singer Jassie Gill who has serious acting skills as an Indian expatriate gets dragged into the whole mess. A classic Bollywood comedy, this one won’t disappoint.