This week we have some romantic entertainers, some thrills and horror on the India Box Office. The releases this Friday:
Picture this – A 23 year old young flight purser bravely withstands 17 hours of hijack by four terrorists in a Pan Am flight at the Karachi airport. She eventually saves 359 lives but loses her own. This is the story of Neerja Bhanot, the senior flight purser in Pan Am flight 73 which was to take off on September 5th, 1986.
Directed by Ram Madhvani, the film brings to life the forgotten story of the brave girl who could have saved her life anytime but chose to stay back and take responsibility of those onboard. We see Sonam Kapoor as Neerja Bhanot, Shabana Azmi as Rama Bhanot, Yogendra Tikku as Harish Bhanot and Shekhar Ravijani as Jaideep.
Neerja is also India’s youngest and first woman recipient of the highest civilian honour, the Ashoka Chakra. The USA government also recognized her bravery along with Pakistan who gave her the prestigious Tamgha-e-Insaaniyat Award.
During the making of the film a whole set of the Pan Am flight was created. There were 200 passengers on board and along with the other crew who worked for 16 hours a day to get the perfect shot. Many celebrities like Anil Kapoor, Aamir Khan, Vidya Balan and Raju Hirani visited and encouraged the cast and crew and paid tribute to Neerja.
“Mohabbat ki mandi mein risk hi risk, to bhaiya kar liya humne bhi Direct Ishk.” On the streets of Banaras love blooms and a beautiful girl has to choose between, a local goon with guns and gunmen and a suave corporate from Mumbai who promises her the world. Both fall in love with her … is it possible to gauge who loves her more?
Directed by Rajiv S Ruia, Direct Ishq is another love story which signifies that love is not easily available. One must fight the villan, the hero/heroes and many times your own self. The film features Rajniesh Duggal, Nidhi Subbaiah, Arjun Bijlani and Farrukh Jaffar.
Girish Kumar, whom we first saw in Ramaiya Vastavaiya, is back in Loveshuda with Navneet Dhillion in a love story … with a twist. The groom drinks too much in his bachelor party and ends up in bed with a girl whom he does not recognize. The trailer calls it Epic Shit… and yes it is exactly that. Now he has to choose between the girl he ended up with or the girl he was to marry in the first place.
Directed by Vaibhav Misra, the film features Girish Kumar, Navneet Dhillion, Tisca Chopra, Naveen Kasturia, Sachin Khedekar and Farida Dadi. The movie has a song which has become very popular “Aaj phir peene ki tammana hai,” whose tune is like a remix of the original song from the film ‘Guide’.
A carefree young girl wants to live her life with freedom but that is the last thing she finds. Directed by Sameer Sippy, Ishq Forever is the story of Ria and Aryan, who fall in love but live in restrictions as Ria’s father becomes the PM and hence her life is in danger. Will love win this battle or will the power of the game take over her life?
The film features newcomer Krishna Chaturvedi along with Ruhi (who is known for her role in Madhur Bhandarkar’s Calender Girls) Lisa Ray, Javed Jaffery and Chetan Pandit in the main roles.
A real life story about the team ‘Spotlight’ of The Boston Globe’ newspaper that exposed a hideous scam of child abuse by Roman Catholic priests. Directed by Tom McCarthy, this biographical film is based on a series of stories by the team Spotlight and all the dangers and investigations they have to go through in the process.
The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci and Liev Schreiber.
Pride Prejudice and Zombies:
If you love blood sucking Zombie horror stories then this is the movie for you. Directed by Burr Steers and stars Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston and Bella Heathcote. After the black plague the dead begin to rise looking for human flesh and they spare none. The film is based on a 2009 novel which is on lines of the 1813 novel by Jane Austen ‘Pride and Prejudice’.
An action packed weekend on the box office this Friday. What will be your choice? Last week’s Fitoor is out of the halls and soon Sanam Re will also go which leaves a lot of theatre space for this weeks releases. Till next week… Ciao!