This week’s blockbusters – Sangam Courtyard
India’s busiest festival time is around the corner, and with winter slowly creeping in, it is time to say goodbye to both the intense heat and crazy rains for this year. It is the time when all of us become a little lazy, happy to languidly let the days pass us by. Let the passing of seasons trickle down to your daily life, whether it is swapping cold drinks for hot, curling up on the sofa to quiet moment of appreciation for the magical weather coming our way, or connecting with family and friends for cozy get-togethers out on town. Be spoilt for choice with the best cuisines and latest movies at Sangam Courtyard this week as you catch up and reconnect over coffee, drinks and a show.
With Salman Khan leading the creation of this movie, how can you expect anything less than a blockbuster? This Friday, Salman Khan Films is bringing to the theaters ‘Loveratri’, a romantic-to-the-bone love story showcasing the debut of his brother-in-law Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain. The film revolves around the festival of Navratri, when Sushrut (Aayush Sharma), a happy go lucky chap who runs Garba classes, meets Michelle (Warina Hussain), a young and beautiful Indian girl who is extremely bright and focused on her career. Their love blossoms over food, conversations, travel, and heart touching moments during the 9 days of the festival. When Michelle returns to the UK due to a misunderstanding, Sushrut, who has never travelled outside Gujarat, decides to go to UK to rekindle their relationship. Although the movie is already earning great reviews from celebrities on twitter, it is the beautiful songs in the film that are creating the most buzz with superhit songs like Chogada, Dholida and Akh Lad Jave featuring on the chartbuster lists since their release. All in all, a quintessential Bollywood romantic treat.
On the opposite end of the Bollywood spectrum, Andhadhun is a much awaited romantic black comedy that has got every review, without exception, raving about its plot, pace and actors! Directed by the master of thrillers, Sriram Raghavan of Ek Hasina Thi, Johnny Gaddar and Badlapur fame, and with pitch perfect, superb performances from Ayushmaan Khurrana, Tabu and Radhika Apte, it is no surprise that audiences cannot get enough of its glorious keep-‘em-guessing plotlines, characters and twists and turns! Residing in Pune, Aakash (Aayushmann Khurrana) a blind pianist is privy to an aftermath of a murder. His conscience urges him to report the crime he has technically not ‘witnessed’, but is there more to him than meets the eye? While Huffington post has called Andhadhun “the best Bollywood movie of 2018”, the Indian Express reviews have one tip for the audience: “do not step out, do not look away, and stay right till the end.” Grab tickets for the first show you can, because Andhadhun promised to be an cinematic experience you will not forget any time soon.
Sui Dhaaga – Made in India
“Sui Dhaaga – Made In India” is a heartwarming story of pride and self-reliance, which finds its roots in the heart of India and reflects the passion that runs through the veins of every single Indian. Taking the message of “Made in India” forward, the film modestly tries to bring back our traditional art forms and handicrafts in focus. The film is helmed by the National Award-winning producer-director duo of Maneesh Sharma and Sharat Katariya (Dum Laga Ke Haisha) and features Varun Dhawan and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. Through the hero and his wife, the film talks about the need of social entrepreneurship as a tool for social and economic development of our artisans, living their life in the margins due to the changing times. Set in a small town in India, the film encapsulates the journey of an honest man from a humble background who pursues his passion, overcoming all odds and soon finds himself on the cover of an international magazine with the world taking note and appreciating his talent. A clean family entertainer, the film emphasizes virtues like honesty, self respect and community living.
Are you in the mood for an action packed 3D adventure? Grab your glasses as one of Marvel’s most enigmatic, complex and badass characters comes to the big screen in 3D style, starring Academy Award® nominated actor Tom Hardy as the lethal protector Venom. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the film’s tag line is “The world has enough superheroes” and true to its word, Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is a man who, after bonding with the symbiote Venom (most people will remember it from Spiderman 3), is torn between wreaking havoc and saving the world. More importantly, for die-hard comic-aficionados, Venom is the first film in Sony’s efforts to establish its Marvel Universe.
The Tamil film is a refreshingly fresh romantic trip down the memory lane with outstanding performances by its charming lead pair – Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha. Cameraman turned director Prem Kumar offers stunning visuals and soothing music to turn the movie into a heartwarming experience. The film packs on nostalgia as it is tells the story of high school sweethearts, Ram (Vijay Sethupathi) and Janu (Trisha) who are meeting up after 22 years, at a ’96 batch reunion. The rekindling of the old sparks sets the tone for a very simple yet straightforward story told with a lot of passion and some beautifully crafted scenes. Ilayaraja’s hit music from the 1980s and 90s, which has been used at multiple points in the film, transports audience deeply into the innocence and novelty of that time. Music composer Govind Vasantha has composed a beautiful score for the movie, and the movie soundtrack is being hailed as one of the best music albums in Tamil this year. If you like romance, 96 is pure magic!