This weekend at the movies

This weekend at the movies
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First Published: Thu, Sep 30 2010. 09 17 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Sep 30 2010. 09 17 PM IST
THEATRICAL PICKS
Endhiran: The Robot (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1305797/)
It’s finally here—the much-awaited Rajinikanth starrer expected to see box-office records tumbling. Directed by S. Shankar, Endhiran is also touted as the most expensive Indian film ever made. The film tells the tale of a gifted scientist who creates an equally gifted robot. Once the robot ventures into the real world, a series of unexpected events are set in motion.
Anjaana Anjaani (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1499201/)
This romantic comedy from Sajid Nadiadwala’s kitty brings together Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. Two strangers who share the common burden of failure, disappointment and even attempted suicide. As the tale unfolds, they travel together from New York to Las Vegas to make it big—and discover love.
SCREENING PICKS
2 October
Chandra—A Stellar Light
The show commemorates the centenary celebrations of Nobel laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar.
1.30pm and 4pm, Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi
Watch these three screenings as part of Part of Bhoomi—The Earth Festival at the India International Centre, New Delhi
Jhing Chik Jhing (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1587683/)
11.30am
Nitin Nandan has directed this Marathi film about a boy’s efforts to save his family’s land from moneylenders.
Do Bigha Zameen (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045693/)
2pm
This Bimal Roy classic depicts the struggles of a farmer trying to save his land from falling into the clutches of landlords. The film addresses the corruption rampant within post-independent rural India and the travails of a rural migrant as he tries to pay off his debts.
Niyamgiri—The Forest Speaks
4pm
This film by Surya Dash takes up the contentious issue of Niyamgiri and the displacement of the tribals that can ensue once their ancestral land is handed out to mining corporations. The screening will also be followed by a discussion on the issue with Dash.
TV PICKS
2 October
Gandhi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083987/)
1.15pm, Sony Pix
A whiff of nostalgia, not to forget the history lesson you’ll get while coursing through Attenborough’s sweeping bio-epic about the life and times of the Mahatma.
The Band’s Visit (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1032856/)
5pm, World Movies
Set in the contentious tract of land in West Asia, Eran Kolirin’s comedy-drama follows a band of members of the Egyptian police force as they travel to Israel to perform at the inauguration of an Arab centre. They end up in the wrong town, with no one to lead them towards their destination.
Bandh Darwaza (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259877/)
8.30pm, Zee Action
Coming from the Ramsay stable that reigned unchallenged in the Indian horror genre for well over a decade, this take on the iconic character of Dracula, like most other Ramsay films, has been panned for its cheap thrills and vulgarity. However, in addition to being immensely watchable for its kitsch value, it offers a peek into the psyche of the commercial film-makers of the time.
3 October
Topkapi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058672/)
2.30pm, MGM
Jules Dassin directs this caper that sees a group of robbers hold up a Turkish museum to steal a bejewelled dagger. Credited with giving birth to the heist caper genre, peppered with laughs and amusing sequences, it set off a long line of spin-offs and awful rip-offs trying to replicate its success.
Karthik Calling Karthik (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1373156/)
5.30pm, Imagine
This urban thriller stars Farhan Akhtar in the role of a coy loner in love with the most gorgeous woman in office. His life seems doomed to remain unnoticed till he suddenly receives a mysterious phone call from someone who promises to change his life. Watch the drama unfold in front of your eyes.
Ek Chalis ki Last Local (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0995718/)
3pm, DD National
Abhay Deol stars in this well-made film about two people who the last local train for the night, a seemingly trivial incident that changes their lives.
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First Published: Thu, Sep 30 2010. 09 17 PM IST