This year monsoon doesn’t have any effect on the Bollywood releases. After this week’s three films, next week is set to release three more.
Starring Sonam Kapoor, South Indian star Dhanush (remember Kolavari di?) making his Bollywood debut and Abhay Deol, the film is set in the historic city of Banaras, East UP. Directed by Anand L Rai, the film is all about young love and the emotional surge surrounding us that makes an innocent cupid stuck boy, a man with his own mind. The romantic film revolves around Kundan, a God fearing, son of Pandit, raised as a Shiv Bhakt, who falls in love with Zoya, an innocent girl with mischief dancing in her eyes. The film is a journey of Kundan who has been in love with Zoya since childhood. Zoya never takes 13 years old Kundan’s love seriously and falls in love with Akram (Abhay Deol) years later, while away at Delhi. Once back in Banaras, she asks Kundan’s help in uniting her with her love, unaware of the smitten lad’s feelings. Thus unfolds a myriad of events in Kundan’s life engulfing in emotional and political twists which change him forever.
The music of Raanjhanaa is infectious and is already climbing the chart-busters list, which is a given as A.R. Rehman is the man behind the melodies. The film should do a good business in the first week. But a major hurdle is the blockbuster Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, which shows no signs of slowing down, and Man of Steel which will steal a large part of Raanjhanaa’s target audience.
Shortcut Romeo is a romantic thriller and a remake of Ganeshan’s 2006 Tamil film Thiruttu Payale. The film has Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead role with Puja Gupta as his love interest and Ameesha Patel in a negative role for the first time (interesting!). Suraj (Neil) is a good for nothing young chap who sits around all day giving attitude. One day he witnesses and records a couple making out, only to discover that the woman in the video is none other than Monica (Ameesha Patel) a rich businessman’s wife, having an extramarital affair. He jumps at the opportunity to blackmail Monica and provide for himself a lifetime of luxury. Thus unfolds the game of cat and mouse where Monica doesn’t give up in trying to get rid of the leech.
The film is directed by Susi Ganeshan, the director of the original film. The film might do an average business maybe even a little below. If you are bored and have seen all the films running in the theatre, you might wanna go and watch Shortcut Romeo.
Directed by Ashu Trikha, Enemmy is a cop action drama with Mithun Chakraborty and Sunil Shetty in lead roles. The film revolves around the exploits of four dare-devil CID officers who are the last resort for any problem because of their track record of working unconventionally, but getting the desired results. The story is the same old clash between Mumbai and Mafia. Interestingly, Mithun’s son Mahakshay/Mimoh is also a part of this foursome (what the hell!).
The producers of the film will be lucky to recover their invested money.
“Amongst these three films, Raanjhanaa have at least a fighting chance of making an impact at the box office, considering the odds they are up against.”
Two more films releasing this week in India are Hollywood flicks, World War Z and Monster University.
World War Z
Guess what ‘Z’ in World War Z stands for? Zombies! Yes, World War Z is a zombie movie, but unlike its predecessors, WWZ is a serious film with a strong script. This action movie is set in near future when the world is suddenly infested with Zombies. The task of uncovering the truth behind the reason where normal people just change into brain dead live people eating creatures, fall on the shoulders of a retired United Nations troubleshooter Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt).
Directed by Marc Forster, the film is a serious action flick. The film should be a good watch, provided there is no overdose of carnage.
Between all the action and romance and drama, a sole kid’s animation films being released this weekend is Monster University. The film is a sequel, rather a prequel of Monsters Inc. where monsters scared human children to generate energy from their scream. This film goes way back to the top scarier team Sully and Mike’s college days, when they were not so chummy. Sully is the popular monster, a born scarer and Mike a nerdy monster whose sole purpose in life is to become the best scarer, and no place better to get an education for that very purpose, but Monster University. The story tells the tale of how sworn enemies at sight, Sully and Mike work out their personal issues and work towards a common goal only to become the greatest friends ever.
Pixar’s films are always hearty and fit for all ages. Not only kids, but adults enjoy their movies as well. This is a must watch film for all those who love animation, have seen/missed Monsters Inc. and those who want to add a little color and smile in their lives.
To know about these films’ fates, check this space out coming weekend.