This Week’s Blockbusters | Sangam Courtyard

With the movie line up at Sangam Courtyard this week, it’s a cinephile’s heaven! There is something here for everyone, no matter what kind of movies you enjoy. Take your movie watching experience to the next level in style and comfort with a screening of the latest films and finest dining Delhi has to offer at Sangam Courtyard! This week’s roster is a tough one, with many much awaited and critically acclaimed movies that are box office hits, so get ready to make multiple plans with friends and family if you don’t want to miss out.

Manmarziyan

After films like the iconic Gangs of Wasseypur series, no one would have expected Anurag Kashyap to make a rom-com, and especially not one which has been hailed as one of the best romantic comedies to come out of Bollywood in a long time.  Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal in a quirky love triangle, Manmarziyan is a new-age love story with Facebook friend requests and Tinder conversations but also has the charm and depth of an old-school love saga. Critics who have seen the movie in special screenings have unanimously given it rave reviews, calling it “brilliant and unorthodox”, “different from typical love stories”, “a sweet intense movie definitely worth your time”, and “it is a tale that encourages you to dream on, no matter what!” Manmarziyan released this Friday, and it’s a must watch for all die-hard romantics out there.

Love Sonia

Love Sonia is a hard-hitting film based on events that trace the heart-wrenching realities and despair of India’s sex trade, and although it features appearances from Hollywood stars like Demi Moore and Mark Duplass, it is debutante Mrunal Thakur who is unforgettable as the titular Sonia. When her broke and hungry father sells his other daughter to a money lender, Sonia leaves the safety of her village in a daring attempt to find and rescue her sister. The movie takes a dark turn when she herself gets trapped in the sex trade, and you can see how her indomitable spirit is abused, bent and broken as we experience her captivity at the hands of an unscrupulous, cynical brothel owner, played by Manoj Vajpayee, and share her pain as she, along with many other girls abandoned by the desperation of their families, is trafficked to places like Hong Kong and the US as sex slaves. Director Tabrez Noorani, who has worked with NGOs that rescue girls forced into prostitution, brings his real-life insights to the screen in a hard-hitting look at this human tragedy of epic proportions.

The Predator

Even if you haven’t watched the original Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer featuring the alien hunter from hell who stalks unsuspecting humans as its trophy, Shane Black’s reinvention of the iconic series is still right up your alley. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species. When a young boy accidentally triggers their return to Earth, only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and a disgruntled science teacher can prevent the end of the human race. For an older generation, the movie is a walk down a fantastic memory lane which is strewn with blood and gore and the indomitable human spirit as we watched Arnold Shwarzenegger lash out from the depths of his despair to demolish this seemingly indestructible beast with the most primitive weapons; for newer generations, it’ll be an introduction to genre establishing franchise that will make you want to revisit the older classics!

The Nun

Can’t get past the chills and scares of the epic horror movie The Conjuring? The Nun, a sequel to The Conjuring 2 and the fifth installment in The Conjuring Universe series, is here to give you more of the real-life cases of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators extraordinaire. The movie takes place in 1952, before the Annabelle and Conjuring movies, when the Vatican calls upon an experienced exorcist, Father Burke and a young, idealistic aspiring nun, Sister Irene to investigate the strange suicide of a nun in Romania. They are asked to spend the night at the abbey but strange things start happening almost immediately and soon it becomes apparent that an evil that has lived in the abbey has been released. Our heroes must find the key to sealing it up again before it’s too late. Get ready to go back to the horrifying, chilling, addictive world of The Conjuring Universe!

Stree

The surprise hit of the season, this experimental comedy remains the must watch this month! Stree, 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 and revolves around a talented tailor in Chanderi, Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) who falls head over heels with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor). But she only appears during the festival season and her frequent disappearing acts make his friends suspect that she could be the infamous Stree who is haunting the city. If you haven’t seen it yet, catch it before it is too late!

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