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“Chhichhore” Starring Sushant Singh Rajput, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Naveen Polishetty, Tushar Pandey, Saharsh Kumar Shukla, Prateik Babbar; directed by Nitesh Tiwari; music by Pritam.
The director of “Bhoothnath Returns” and “Dangal” takes us to the world of seven friends during their college days. This coming-of-age drama is full of all the exuberance and fun college life is known for. Sushant Singh Rajput and Shraddha Kapoor star as Anni and Maya, students at an engineering school. They are joined by several interesting characters: Sexa, Derek, Mummy, Acid, and Bevda – each one as unique as his name. Together, the group shares several hilarious and masti-filled times one experiences in college and become friends for life. The story then transitions from the past to the present, where each actor plays an older version of their characters, who then come together for a reunion they never imagined. Director Nitesh Tiwari, a graduate of IIT Bombay who discovered a love for writing, likely drew on some of his own memories. His directorial debut in 2011, “Chillar Party,” which he also wrote, won the National Award.
“Dream Girl” Starring Ayushmann Khurana, Nushrat Bharucha, Annu Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Abhishek Bannerjee, Manjot Singh, Nidhi Bisht, Rajesh Sharma, Raj Bhansali; directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa; music by Meet Bros.
Known for picking unique roles, Ayushmann Khurana’s string of hits continues after last year’s “Andhadhun” and “Badhaai Ho.” The talented Khurana plays Lokesh Bisht in this comedy of errors set in Mathura, which features a crackling ensemble cast. Lokesh can recite dialogues in a girl’s voice and portrays Sita and Draupadi on stage. Annu Kapoor stars as his father. Lokesh lands a job at a call center, where he must change his name to Pooja and answer as a female. When he voices Pooja, everybody is taken with the mesmerizing speech, from the local cop to his girlfriend’s brother. Dream Girl Pooja is the object of their infatuation, which leads to a series of unusual, crazy situations. Nushrat Bharucha, who we loved in “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety,” plays the object of Lokesh’s affections. Khurana says his radio background came in handy to modulate his voice to sound like a woman. He calls this masala entertainer his most commercial to date. The songs are sure to add to the fun, including a redo of the Marathi classic “Dhagala lagli kala.”
“Batla House” Starring John Abraham, Mrunal Thakur, Ravi Kishen, Manish Chaudhari, Rajesh Sharma; directed by Nikkhil Advani; music by Rochak Kohli, Tanishk Bagchi, Ankit Tiwari.
This action thriller is inspired by the true events after a series of bomb blasts from September 2008 and the aftermath of an operation to capture suspected Indian Mujahedeen terrorists at Batla House in Delhi. During the controversial encounter, two suspects were killed in the shootout and two arrested, while one escaped. The capable John Abraham stars as police officer Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, who leads the raid. The encounter raises questions and criticism across the nation and also public protests. An investigation ensues to determine if it was it a cover-up or a real victory for the Delhi police? Yadav struggles with his duties and must prove what actually took place. Last seen with Hrithik Roshan in “Super 30,” Mrunal Thakur plays Nandita, Yadav’s wife. The movie was shot across Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Lucknow and Nepal.
“Mission Mangal” Starring Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha, Nithya Menen, Sharman Joshi, Kirti Kulhari; directed by Jagan Shakti; music by Amit Trivedi.
This directorial debut from Jagan Shakti is based on real scientists at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) who worked on the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) launched in 2013, India's first interplanetary expedition. Featuring a stellar cast, it tells the incredible story of mission director, Rakesh Dhawan, played by Akshay Kumar and project head, Tara Shinde, played by Vidya Balan. They lead a team of scientists, including several women, who overcome personal challenges to serve as the brains behind this great mission, the launch of India’s first satellite to Mars. The film is about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and inspiring generations to dream big. While the story is true, several women scientists were essential to the mission’s success, the characters here are fictionalized and names changed. This director’s sister is a scientist at ISRO. Shakti credits her for inspiration and help in speaking to the launch team. He began the script while working as assistant to R. Balki on “Padman.” Shakti hopes stories like this will motivate and inspire the youth.