“Blackmail” Starring Irrfan Khan, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta, Arunoday Singh, Omi Vaidya; directed by Abhinay Deo; music by Amit Trivedi, Divine, Guru Randhawa and Baadshah.
The director of the spy thriller “Force 2” and the comedy “Delhi Belly,” for which he won the Filmfare award for best debut director in 2011, delivers this dark comedy featuring an ensemble cast. The versatile Irrfan Khan plays a middle-aged married man named Dev and Kirti Kulhari portrays his wife Reena. Dev’s seemingly boring routine life takes an unexpected turn after he finds out his wife is having an affair. Choosing an unpredictable way to deal with that discovery, Dev decides to blackmail the other man for money. Unfortunately for him, the plan goes awry in a most crazy way. Watch for Urmila Matondkar, who makes a special appearance in the item song “Bewafa beauty.” Khan had revealed in March he was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor and would be starting treatment. Along with his many fans, we wish him well.
“October” Starring Varun Dhawan, Banita Sandhu, Gitanjali Rao; directed by Shoojit Sircar; music by Shantanu Moitra.
The successful director of “Pink,” “Piku,” “Madras Café” and “Vicky Donor” takes on a different genre with “October.” Varun Dhawan stars as Dan, a young hotel management student working for a five-star hotel as part of its management trainee program. Banita Sandhu makes her debut as Shiuli, a fellow trainee at the hotel. They and several friends share their everyday ups and downs. Career-focused Dan’s life is disoriented after Shiuli meets with a traumatic accident and the first thing she says upon regaining consciousness is his name. Dan and Shiuli's lives forge together in an unusual bond, unlike most 21-year-olds. The emotional connection between them goes through a transformation and leads to an awakening. The makers say “October” is not a love story, but rather a story about love.
“Baazaar” Starring Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Chitrangada Singh, Rohan Mehra; directed by Gauravv K. Chawla; music by Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi.
Produced and written by Nikkhil Advani, who directed the hit “Kal Ho Na Ho,” this drama is set against the high-stakes backdrop of the Mumbai stock market. Saif Ali Khan plays a ruthless street smart businessman, the antagonist. Khan reportedly took Gujarati lessons for this role. Yesteryear actor Vinod Mehra’s son, Rohan Mehra, makes his debut as the hero. Reports say Khan appreciates playing well-written powerful characters, even if they are negative. Chitrangada Singh plays his wife Mandira. Last seen in “Padman,” Radhika Apte plays an ambitious financial analyst. Plot details are scarce; the makers say it’s a story of ambition, revenge, friendship and passion. But more than anything, a story of a city of dreams called Mumbai.