A still from ‘Chauthi Koot’
A still from ‘Chauthi Koot’

A Friday full of films

There are 10 films releasing this super Friday for movie-goers. Here's our round up

As many as 10 films releases this Friday, 5 August. A critically acclaimed Punjabi art house film, seven Hindi films of varied subjects with middling-to-low production values, an American comic book movie and a Hollywood spy-thriller franchisee—the week, in a way, is a snapshot of the movie business in India. While Chauthi Koot is likely to attract the serious cinegoers, the two English movies are likely to have a better run at the box office than the low-key Hindi releases. The unusually large number of little known Hindi films can be seen as a domino effect of the two big films next week— Rustom and Mohenjo Daro —that have locked themselves a slot for an extended weekend run owing to Independence Day being on a Monday.

Punjabi

Chauthi Koot: Three stories converge in Gurvinder Singh’s sensuous portrayal of paranoia and dilemmas of Punjab of 1984, torn between Indian Army and Sikh separatists.

Hindi

Budhia Singh: Born to Run: The most promising of the Hindi releases, Budhia Singh: Born to Run is about the eponymous 5 year old prodigy—described as “India’s Forrest Gump" in the trailers—who became the youngest to run a marathon in the world. Manoj Bajpai plays Biranchi Das, his persistent and controversial coach who was later accused of financial fraud.

The Legend of Michael Mishra: Arshad Warsi stars in the title role, a roguishly charming gangster and a local legend of sorts in this small town comedy. There is Boman Irani and Aditi Rao Hydari in supporting roles.

Fever: Rajeev Khandelwal plays a lone mercenary in this perplexingly titled film who loses his memory after an accident. Set in a snowy Europe, with a lot of scenes of women in bikini and sad sufi-rock songs, it seems to follow the bizarre rules of a “Bollywood thriller".

Hai Apna Dil Toh Awara: Yesteryear actor-director Joy Mukherjee’s son Monjoy Joy Mukerji makes his directorial debut in this film about three troubled married couples who go on to resolve their issues in a holiday in a hill station.

Moods of Crime: A psychology teacher who has casual sexual relations with his student to a story of crime and murder, this erotica-meets-psychological thriller features unknown actors, including ex-Roadie Ayaz Ahmed.

Babuji Ek Ticket Bambai: With Rajpal Yadav as the most recognisable face, the film set in Bihar is about the plight of commercially sexually exploited woman and big city dreams.

Purab Ki Aawaz : Set during the Quit India Movement, the film is about the Assamese freedom fighter Kanaklata Barua who rebelled against the British. She was shot dead trying to hoist the tricolour when she was only 17.

English

Jason Bourne : The fifth instalment of the Bourne franchise marks the return of Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, the former CIA assassin suffering from amnesia to uncover a sinister network of hacking and surveillance.

Suicide Squad: DC Comics teams up its deadliest anti-heroes to fight a top-secret mission assigned by the US Government.

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