In the cinema of the week, we have following releases, this Friday:
‘Kabali’, ‘Madaari’, ‘M Cream’, the 13th film in the Star Trek series ‘Star Trek Beyond’ and ‘Lights Out’.
Rajnikanth opens the week with Tamil/Hindi drama in his latest venture. Written and directed by Pa. Ranjith, the film stars the super star as the title character. Taiwanese actor Winston Chao and Radhika Apte star in other pivotal roles. Before Independence, many Tamils from South India were sent to Malaysia as labourers. Rajni fights this oppression. After a lengthy imprisonment, he is more determined than ever to fight for his people.
Irrfan Khan shows the anger, pain and guilt of a common man in this thriller. He is ably supported by Jimmy Sheirgill and Tushar Dalvi. And there begins a race between the powerless and powerful. Directed by Drishyam fame Nishikant Kamat, the movie is released clashing with Rajnikanth’s Kabali. That itself gives it a bold Thumbs Up from over a billion Indians who suffer daily and feel subjugated while the mighty and rich control the system. It is said the story is based on true events.
A mythical drug drives youngsters to the Himalayas for which they take a road trip in this adventure comedy. Chasing phantoms in fancy suits, a generation is shown on a war with itself. Last month’s Udta Punjab also took audience on a high while M Cream does some stoning too. Find out if the youngsters are on their way to rebellion or to the Himalayas, for peace. The film was screened at the Rhode Island International Film Festival where it received the Grand Prize for Best Feature Film. Since then it has continued to travel to several international film festivals garnering both accolades and critical acclaim.
This is a supernatural horror film, directed by David F. Sandberg, and starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello. It is based on Sandberg’s short film of the same name and features Lotta Losten, who starred in the short. See if you could be afraid of what lives in the dark! It has already being branded as one of the most inventive horror movies. So, will it be a near masterpiece? One thing is sure, Lights Out is the brilliantly scary, surprisingly divisive movie you need to see. Well, keep a light with you at all times.
Star Trek Beyond
From director Justin Lin comes this Action Adventure English/Hindi, starring Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin and Karl Urban, based on the series Star Trek. Beyond marks one of the final film appearances of Yelchin, who died in a car accident a month before its release. Find out if Star Trek Beyond, flies high and fast with an extra dose of action, this summer.
…until then, ciao.