A look at movies releasing this Friday

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 21, 2014 19:20 IST

Rani Mukerji's Mardaani locks horns with Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables 3 this week. Also in fray are Mad About Dance, Katiyabaaz and Life is Beautiful. Read this before you book your tickets...



Genre: Thriller

Director: Pradeep Sarkar

Cast: Rani Mukerji, Jisshu Sengupta, Tahir Bhasin, Sanjay Taneja

Synopsis: Shivani Shivaji Roy (Rani Mukerji) is a senior inspector of the crime branch. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and little niece, Meera. An astute cop, Shivani is a pro at ­unmasking criminals. She takes on a case that changes her life. Pyari, a teenage girl, who is like a daughter to her, is kidnapped by the human ­trafficking mafia and smuggled out of the city. The mafia calls Shivani to know what she desires, so that she stops chasing them. Shivani asks for Pyari to be freed. But the mafia refuses her demand, as Pyari has seen too much. Shivani challenges to catch them in 30 days!

MAD about dance


Genre: Dance/Drama

Director: Saahil Prem

Cast: Saahil Prem, Amrit Maghera

Synopsis: A dance film in its soul, it revolves around the youth, their dreams, anxieties, and ­disappointments. The film is based in the quaint, beautiful ­university town of Sheffield and brings to light the stories of Asian students who leave their country to study abroad, their struggles with ­racism, discrimination at ­dancing, heartbreaks, trials and triumphs. However, a national dance-off competition is coming up and these young people have tied their hopes on to it.

The Expendables 3


Genre: Action-AdventureDirector: Patrick Hughes

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Dolph Lundgren

Synopsis: Barney (Stallone) and his remaining team now ­confront Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), the guy who co-­founded The Expendables years ago with Barney. In the course of time, Stonebanks became a cruel arms trader, and thus, someone whom Barney thought he was supposed to kill. After escaping death on one occasion earlier, Stonebanks is now ­making it his mission to end The Expendables. But Barney has different plans — recruiting younger and more advanced ­people to The Expendables team.

Life Is Beautiful


Genre: Romantic-Comedy

Director: Manoj Amarnani

Cast: Manoj Amarnani, Anokhi Dalvi, Raj Zutshi

Nancy Brunetta, Parth Naik

Synopsis: This is a story of a guy, Raj, who works in Toronto. When his ­application for Canadian residency is rejected, he plans to marry a total stranger, Pia. They both hate each other, but Pia is anyhow forced to move in with him, as his spouse. A love-hate ­relation blossoms between the two, till Linda arrives in Raj’s life and changes everything.



Genre: Documentary-Drama

Director: Deepti Kakkar, Fahad Mustafa

Synopsis: The city of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh suffers from power cuts that lasts up to 15 hours. Loha, a 28-year-old ­electrician, is a Robin Hood figure who steals electricity and charges the rich to provide free connections in impoverished ­neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, Ritu, the new female electricity chief of the state, is ­working on a mission to eliminate powerlessness. However, with the Indian summer settling in, the ­electricity issue takes on ­colossal proportions. People take to the streets, resorting to violence. Thus both parties come to terms with India’s energy crises.

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