The weekend at the movies

The weekend at the movies

Kiran Rao’s much-awaited Dhobi Ghat, shot in guerrilla style, and Mike Leigh’s Another Year, which delves into the life of an old British couple. These, along with a host of good films on TV, should ensure a good weekend for all cineastes.

Theatrical Picks

Dhobi Ghat

Kiran Rao’s directorial debut combines the stories of four people—painter Aamir Khan, photographer Monica Dogra, the new bride Kriti Malhotra and the dhobi (washerman) Prateik—whose lives intersect, each leaving a deep impression on the other. The film has been shot as a docu-drama, weaving multiple tales into a single narrative.

Another Year

Veteran British film-maker Mike Leigh returns with another masterpiece that has received rave reviews across the festival spectrum. The director delves into his favourite milieu—the British family—and emerges with a story of an old married couple who are visited by friends and family over the course of a year. Many of these visitors have some degree of unhappiness or confusion in their lives.

TV Picks


Sweeney Todd

11.10pm, WB

Maverick film-maker Tim Burton adapts Stephen Sondheim’s iconic Broadway production for the big screen, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in the lead roles. The musical is the tale of a barber who teams up with his landlady to commit horrible crimes.


9pm, World Movies

Polish auteur Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Bleu, the first instalment of his trilogy based on the French Revolution, follows the life of a composer’s wife, Juliette Binoche, who is trying to come to terms with the loss of her family in a car crash.

Memoirs of a Geisha

4.55pm, Zee Studio

Rob Marshall’s lavish adaptation of the eponymous book that chronicles the rise of a village woman to the position of one of the top geishas in Japan.



8pm, Zee Classic

Kishore Kumar teams up with Sunil Dutt in this classic comic tale of love and tradition. As famous for its music as for its comedy, the film deals with Dutt’s attempts to woo Saira Banu.

Phas Gaye re Obama

9pm, Star One

The film is set against the backdrop of the global recession in the US. A wealthy NRI (Rajat Kapoor) loses all his money and returns to his village to sell his ancestral mansion. The local goons kidnap him, thinking they’ll get a very good ransom, only to find out that they’ve been duped. What follows is a series of “fortunate" and comical events.

The Death of Mr Lazarescu

6.15pm, Lumiere Movies

This debut Romanian film by Cristi Puiu garnered a lot of critical acclaim in addition to scores of awards for its insight into the bureaucratic character of the medical system.

Screening Picks


New Delhi

I was Born, But…

6.30pm, India Habitat Centre

One of Ozu’s most lauded films, it is the tale of two brothers who are a part of a local children’s gang, and their father, a clerk, who is always out to please his boss in the hope of getting promoted. The children are mortified when they see how their father behaves in front of his boss.




10am, Cinemax Versova, Andheri (West)

Anton Corbijn’s debut biopic on the life of Ian Curtis—the lead singer-songwriter of Joy Division—and his demise at a young age is remarkable for the sensitivity with which it deals with rock culture and the troubled life of the icon.