Check out the top picks for the week to keep yourself entertained
This week, the audience will be spoiled for choice with a variety of titles spanning genres, languages, and platforms. While Bollywood reigns supreme with the release of two major films, Bunty Aur Babli 2 and Dhamaka, Kristen Stewart's portrayal of Princess Diana in Spencer is also capturing hearts.
In Bunty Aur Babli 2, Rani Mukerji reprises her role as Babli from the first film. Bunty is played by Saif Ali Khan, who replaces Abhishek Bachchan in the film. Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sharvari Wagh have joined the cast as newcomers. Kartik Aaryan's Dhamaka, on the other hand, is his first film in almost two years. Ram Madhvani directed this newsroom thriller, which was shot in ten days shortly after the lockdown was lifted last year.
Here's a list of top options to keep an eye on before you make your decision.
Bunty Aur Babli 2 – In theatres
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The crime drama, starring Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Sharvari, pits the original cons against the current generation of Bunty and Babli. Despite the pandemic, trade expert and producer Girish Johar told indianexpress.com that he was certain the second film will have a 'good' opening weekend. Shalini Langer, a film critic awarded it a 2.5-star rating. "The film comes alive in parts," she noted in her review. Especially between Saif and Rani, who is attempting to reignite the old Bunty-Babli chemistry; between the two Bunty's and Babis as they try to outsmart one other; and between the lines as the plot unexpectedly deviates into political area."
Dhamaka – Netflix
Dhamaka, starring Kartik Aaryan, is directed by Ram Madhvani, who previously directed Aarya. Kartik plays a news anchor who will go to any length to reclaim his prime time anchoring spot and increase his channel's TRPs. When a bomber contacts him during a live radio show, though, his world is turned upside down. He tells him to summon a minister and tell him to apologize for an act that has left his family in shambles, or he will detonate a bomb on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai. Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Subhash, and Vikas Kumar also star in the film. "Everything that happens on screen feels contrived and improbable," wrote Shubhra Gupta.
Spencer – In theatres
Princess Diana is played by Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart in director Pablo Larrain's feature film Spencer. The film depicts three traumatic days in Diana's life during the Christmas of 1991, when she and her family spent at Sandringham, a well-known royal tradition, and how they forever impacted the direction of her life, ultimately leading to her death. "Over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day, Diana realizes that her marriage is breaking down and that she does not want to be the future queen," according to the official synopsis.
In addition to Jack Farthing, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, and Sally Hawkins, Spencer stars Jack Farthing, Timothy Spall, Sean Harris, and Sally Hawkins. "Shot sensitively and stunningly by director Lorrain (Jackie), it is soaked with melancholy and a developing sense of dread about a young woman on the edge," Shalini Langer said in her review.
Tiger King Season 2 – Netflix
Tiger King 2 is a five-episode sequel to the successful docuseries Tiger King, which premiered in 2020. It moves Joe Exotic's narrative forward. He's now serving time in federal prison after being found guilty of animal cruelty and recruiting someone to murder Carole Baskin. The series' directors, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, are back at the helm.
Gangistan – Spotify
Pratik Gandhi, Saiyami Kher, and Dayashankar Pandey have partnered up for Spotify's Gangistan podcast, which focuses on Mumbai's gang battles. "There's a slapdash, exposition-heavy tone to the script that even an actor of Gandhi's calibre can't finesse," wrote Rohan Naahar in his review. Meanwhile, Saiyami Kher spends more time explaining the episodes than participating in the plot."
Haqeeqat – ZEE5
Haqeeqat, released in 1964, is thought to be the first full-length Hindi war film produced in India. The film is explicitly dedicated to Jawaharlal Nehru, as indicated in the opening titles, so you know that this is the version that does not entertain any ideas regarding the administration's disastrous decisions or the army's lack of resources and manpower while in conflict. Despite these constraints, filmmaker Chetan Anand created Haqeeqat as a tribute to warriors who fought to the bitter end, even when faced with impossible tasks.