This week, there’s something for everyone – on your TV and on the big screen. There’s drama, romance, comedy, music, and mystery. Gehraiyaan, on Amazon Prime Video, is the big highlight of the weekend. Not far behind is Badhaai Do, which hit theaters. Death on the Nile, based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie, is also available in theaters. If you prefer to stay at home, The Sky is Everywhere on Apple TV+ and Snowdrop on Disney+ Hotstar are other good choices – the latter mainly for understanding the fuss around controversy.
Gehraiyaan: Amazon Prime Video
Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Dhairya Karwa lead this relationship drama directed by Shakun Batra. The film follows the story of a young woman Alisha (Deepika) whose six-year relationship with Karan (Dhairya) becomes monotonous and she falls in love with her cousin’s (Ananya) fiancé Zain (Siddhant). Shakun Batra attempted to explore the complexities of modern relationships in film. Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film a 2-star review and wrote, “The quartet of Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Dhairya Karwa should have been a thrilling mess, but the film doesn’t do not go. deep enough.”
Read Gehraiyaan’s review here.
Badhaai Do: in cinemas
The central theme of Rajkummar Rao and Bhumi Pednekar’s latest album, Badhaai Do, is a marriage of lavender. It is a marriage of convenience where a man and a woman, who are homosexual, marry. It has Rao playing a police inspector and Pednekar is seen as a physical education teacher. Shubhra Gupta, in her review of the film, wrote, “Badhaai Do falls into the same trap as films to which ‘brave subjects’ are drawn. Once it’s out, it begins to develop cold feet and wraps its crucial core under layers of heavy humor and the annoying uproar of a shared family we’ve seen time and time again.
Read the Badhaai Do review here.
Death on the Nile: in the cinema
Death on the Nile by Kenneth Branagh has finally hit theaters. An adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, it stars actors Kenneth Branagh, Gal Gadot, Ali Fazal, Dawn French, Armie Hammer, Emma Mackey, Letitia Wright and Russell Brand. The film features Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in the midst of a murder investigation in an exotic location – a cruise the length of the river in Egypt.
Read the Death on the Nile review here.
Mahaan: Amazon Prime Video
Mahaan by director Karthik Subbaraj marks the first collaboration between actor Vikram and his son Dhruv. The film’s official synopsis reads, “Mahaan is the story of a man who wanders away from his family in search of personal freedom and wealth. However, as he achieves his ambitions, the He also misses his son’s presence in his life. Having achieved his dream of becoming a billionaire, does life give him a second chance to be a father? Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com called the film a “drama Spicy Action” and gave it a 3.5 star rating.
Read Mahaan’s review here.
The sky is everywhere: Apple TV Plus
Based on a Jandy Nelson novel of the same name, the Apple TV Plus movie stars Cherry Jones, Grace Kaufman, and Jason Segel in the lead roles. The novel tells the story of a teenage Lennie (Kaufman), whose world turns upside down after the death of her older sister Bailey. She tries to get out of the big loss and in her journey she accidentally falls in love. The film is directed by Josephine Decker and written by Jandy Nelson. Rohan Naahar of Indianexpress.com called the film “a visually ambitious charmer”.
Read The Sky is Everywhere review here.
Snowdrops: Disney Plus Hotstar
The political drama Snowdrop, after creating an uproar for its content, has started streaming on Disney Plus Hotstar. Starring Jisoo and Jung Hae-in of Blackpink, the show is set against the backdrop of 1987, the time when Korean citizens protested and called for an end to the authoritarian government. It revolves around Jung Hae-in’s Im Soo-ho, a North Korean spy, and Jisoo’s Young-ro, a college student. Jisoo hides him in his dorm considering him a pro-democracy activist.
Read Snowdrop’s first impression here.
Freedom Fight: SonyLIV
The five-part anthology film is directed by Jeo Baby, Kunjila Mascillamani, Akhil Anilkumar, Jithin Issac Thomas and Francies Louis. It features a host of actors including Rajisha Vijayan, Srinda, Kabani, Rohini, Joju George, Unni Lalu, Sidhartha Siva among others. According to Jeo Baby, the anthology is “about the freedom of humans or an individual’s right to freedom”.
Read the Freedom Fight review here.
FIR: In cinemas
Actor Vishnu Vishal stars in the mystery thriller, FIR, directed by debutant Manu Anand, hit theaters on Friday. The film has Vishnu as a young Muslim man named Irfan Ahmed who is accidentally arrested by the police looking for a terrorist named Abubakar Abdullah. Actor Gautham Menon leads the agency behind the mission to catch the feared terrorist. Apart from Vishnu and Gautham, the film also stars Manjima Mohan, Raiza Wilson, Reba Monica John, Gaurav Narayanan and Gautham Vasudev Menon in key roles.
Read FIR’s review here.