The lousy lazy summer is at an end and most of us are eagerly waiting for the petrichor to signal the beginning of monsoon. With the garma garam bhajiyas and tea, you may wish to snuggle in your blanket and watch a movie on your 50” screen… but how about you put on your rain jacket and grab one of those trendy umbrellas that are sure to flood the market (pun intended), and head to the nearest theatre to watch these must-awaited films?
• Te3n | 10th June
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Riding on her success of the last couple of years is Vidya Balan, along with Amitabh Bachchan and the dark horse of Bollywood, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta who directed Bachchan in the intense TV drama, Yudh. The thriller is about Angel, Bachchan’s granddaughter, who mysteriously disappears as a child. Shift to 8 years later, another young girl disappears. From the trailer, we know that Balan will play the tough cop and Siddiqui is a priest? Whatever roles they may play we are assured of a stellar performance on all fronts. Watch out for the much-talked about song in Bachchan’s iconic voice that will soothe your soul.
• The Conjuring: The Enfield Poltergeist| 10th June
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If the first instalment of The Conjuring made us freak out about every unexplained bruise we had on our body, we don’t know the extent to which the sequel will frighten us. This time, we will see the paranormal investigator couple, Ed & Lorraine Warren (when will they learn?!?!?), embark on a mission to settle the nasty poltergeist at Enfield, England. Make sure you get a large popcorn tub when you watch the film, just in case you need to hide behind it. BOO!
• Now You See Me 2 | 10th June
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With a star cast as magical as the story, you know you are in for a massive Hollywood treat. The Four Horseman are recruited forcibly this time to pull off, perhaps, the biggest illusion in the history of illusions. Will the Robin hood-esque men be able to clear their names this time? Or will the baddie, played by our very own ‘Boy Who Lived’ Daniel Radcliffe, get away with it? Perhaps you could find that out on the same day as you find out the fate of Ed & Lorraine!
• Dhanak | 17th June
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It’s a Nagesh Kukunoor film. There will be tears. There will be joy. There will be magic. There will be poignancy. And yes, there will be kid protagonists. Showcased to international audiences at international Film Festivals, Dhanak is the recipient of several accolades already. Set in a rustic village of Rajasthan, the film follows the unconditional relationship shared between Pari and Chotu, a brother-sister duo who live with their aunt and uncle. Chotu can’t see, and with the pure faith and belief that any child has, Pari promises her younger brother that she will get him his eyesight back before he turns 9. To know how what happens, grab a few tissues for your soon-to-be teary eyes and head to the theatres this June 17th.
• Udta Punjab | 17th June
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Apart from the obvious reason of watching Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor sharing screen space again, you need to catch this film for its sheer audacity. A take on the whole youth’s drug scene in one of the most affluent states in India – Punjab – the film was written by the man who’s known for his sharp direction and screenplay- Abhishek Chaubey. Alia Bhatt and Diljit Dosanjh are the other two protagonists of the film. You can be rest assured to have some witty dialogue, few curses bleeped out that are sure to create a political uproar.
Book your tickets as soon as the virtual windows open so that you don’t have to bear any spoilers!