This weekend sees the release of highly anticipated films: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Guzaarish and the first part of what is possibly the last Harry Potter film. But if those don’t pique your interest, here is our list of some other films to unwind with.
One of the much awaited releases of the year, this Bhansali film brings back the on-screen pair of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan in a tale straddling the realm of love and magic. Roshan plays a famous magician who falls prey to an accident that leaves him paraplegic.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0926084/)
The wizard’s tale clambers towards an end, but not before treating us to another rollercoaster through fantasia. Harry tries to find the Horcruxes in order to end the supremacy of Voldemort, and stumbles upon three of the most powerful magical objects in the world of wizardry, The Deathly Hallows.
Written by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, one of the beacons of the Iranian cinematic revolution, with his daughter Samira, who also directs the film, Blackboards is the story of a group of teachers travelling on the Iran-Iraq border looking for students to teach.
Tere Bin Laden (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1629391/)
5.20pm, Star Gold
This film got rave reviews and considerable audience attention despite its low budget and zero star quotient. An ambitious reporter, who wants to make it big in the US, creates a fake Osama Bin Laden video featuring a Osama Bin Laden lookalike. But things go horribly wrong.
Dead Ringers (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094964/)
11pm, World Movies
David Cronenberg’s cinema constantly attempts at critiquing society through the means of the subversive. This film sees twin gynaecologists, played by Jeremy Irons, fall for the same woman and the fallout of their passion.
Ginny aur Johnny (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452236/)
8pm, Zee Classic
Yes, Mehmood as director and actor in this film about and for children, and in a way, the child in all of us. The film makes up for all its flaws with a strong emotional quotient and Mehmood’s relationship with the little girl. Remember the song Mutakudi kavadi hada?
Observe and Report (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1197628/)
Seth Rogen plays a security guy at a mall obsessed with catching hold of a serial flasher terrorizing the shoppers with his obscene behaviour. Rogen’s almost maniacal commitment to his duty suffers a blow when a police detective takes up the case. This leads to a confrontation between the two as they search for the common enemy.
Director Anton Corbijn’s maiden feature sees Sam Riley portray the enigmatic Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. One of the best British films of the last decade, it follows Curtis’ life through its labyrinth of troubles and ends with his suicide at the young age of 23.
7pm, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Winner of an Oscar for Best Original Song, this indie is about two musicians who discover each other one day in Ireland and unspool their individual lives in front of each other through the medium of song. A delight.
The Parliament Library of India
7pm, India International Centre, New Delhi
This is a film about the Parliament Library of India, which was designed by Raj Rewal. Discussions will precede the film.
The Commitments (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101605/)
7pm, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
Alan Parker adapts the first instalment of Roddy Doyle’s Barrytown Trilogy about the Rabbitte film for the screen. As the young Rabbitte sets up a soul music band and starts becoming known, internal strife begins to grow in the area.
El Brigadista (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0075785/)
4.30pm, Instituto Cervantes, New Delhi
The film deals with the life of a teacher who is sent to teach in and around the Bay of Pigs during the early years of the Cuban Revolution. It is the story of his struggles to overcome the resistance from the youth and the suspicion of the people.