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A look at the movies releasing today

bollywood Updated: Dec 17, 2010 02:24 IST
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Tron
Genre: Sci-fi/Action
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Cast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen

Synopsis:
Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), a rebellious 27-year-old, is haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges), a man once known as the world’s leading video-game developer. When Sam investigates a strange signal sent from the old Flynn’s Arcade — a signal that could only come from his father — he finds himself pulled into a digital world where Kevin has been trapped for 20 years.

With the help of the fearless warrior Quorra (Olivia Wilde), father and son embark on a life-and-death journey across a visually-stunning cyber universe — a universe created by Kevin that has become far more advanced with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons, landscapes and a ruthless villain who will stop at nothing to prevent their escape.

332 Mumbai To India
Genre:
Thriller
Director: Mahesh Pandey
Cast: Ali Asgar, Chetan Pandit, Vijay Mishra, Sharbani Mukherjee

Synopsis:
332 is about the North Indian v/s Mumbaikar issue that shook Mumbai. Several people were beaten on Kalyan railway station, and it led to public agitation all over Mumbai. Rickshaws and taxis were broken down and Mumbaikars wanted UPites to be driven out of Mumbai. This forms the backdrop of the story.

The story begins when a young boy Rahul Raj, hijacks bus number 332, which plies between Andheri and Kurla. From that point, one is taken into the lives of several characters, and the problems that each encounters during that day. They include Mahesh, a UPite who has been born and brought up in Mumbai and doesn’t consider himself an outsider in Mumbai, an auto rickshaw driver, Ismail, who belongs to neither of the community, and is very poor but poses as a happy man who takes life as it comes. His philosophy is to keep himself ready for everything. The third set of characters is that of Devesh and Pallavi, who are in love. Then, there are Sanju, Santosh and Govind, studying in Benaras Hindu Vishwavidalaya. The story shows how the city has a heart, in spite of all the bitterness.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger
Genre: Drama
Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Gemma Jones, Pauline Collins, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas, Naomi Watts, Freida Pinto, Josh Brolin

Synopsis:
The film follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window.

konkana senMirch

Genre:
Social / Comedy

Director: Vinay Shukla

Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Mahie Gill, Shahana Goswami, Konkona Sen Sharma, Raima Sen, Arunoday Singh, Rajpal Yadav, Boman Irani, Sushant Singh, Prem Chopra, Saurabh Shukla, Tisca Chopra, Ila Arun



Synopsis:
Maanav is a struggling film-maker who is unwilling to compromise on the script he has written. His girlfriend Ruchi, a successful film editor, arranges for him to meet Nitin, a film producer. Nitin likes the script, but is not very sure of its commercial prospects. Maanav then suggests a story from the Panchtantra, A woman is caught red-handed with her lover by her husband and yet, she manages to wriggle out of it scot-free! Nitin loves the story, but finds it too short for a feature film.



Maanav then creates three more stories based on the same premise. Mirch itself echoes this structure, with four stories mingling with the main narrative. The message is simple — if you have your wits about you, you can salvage even the most impossible situation. At a deeper level, Mirch is about the gender equality in relationship, and at a still deeper level, it is about how an artist finds creative freedom in today’s mercantile world.

Kaalo
Genre:
Horror
Director: Wilson Louis
Cast: Swini Khara, Aditya Srivastav, Paintal

Synopsis:
Kaalo was a witch who lived in Kulbhata during the 18th century. She was killed and buried by angry villagers for sacrificing young girls to satisfy her greed for immortality, but her fear lived on. Years later, villagers spoke of Kaalo’s sightings yet again. They claimed she was even more angry and dangerous, and she was back to finish what she left incomplete. Kulbhata was vacated overnight by scared villagers.All roads leading to Kulbhata were sealed by horrifying tales of Kaalo killing anyone who dared to enter the village, until a bus carrying eleven passengers on its way to Kuldevi had to pass through Kulbhata.

One of the passengers on the bus was a twelve-year-old girl named Shona (played by Swini Khara of Cheeni Kum), who was travelling alone to spend her vacation at her grandmother’s house in the neighbouring village.

Shona was clever, witty and cheerful. She soon became the life of the journey. Everyone loved her endearing manners. Especially the reclusive and reticent Sameer, who was travelling with a bag loaded with gun powder to blast a small hillock which would give way to a water canal for his drought-hit village.

Badly disfigured and thirsty for blood, Kaalo could smell the girl from miles away, and headed straight for the bus. She would kill everyone who came in her way. When the passengers realised they were staring into death, everything changed. From being the life of the journey, Shona became their very reason for dying. Everyone wanted her out of the bus. Some even used her as a bait to lure Kaalo away. But, one man stood up to Shona. For Sameer, it didn’t matter if Kaalo was a creature or a witch. All he knew was that he has to protect Shona, and time was running out!

Payback
Genre: Thriller
Director: Sachin P. Karande
Cast: Munish Khan, Sara Khan, Gulshan Grover, Zakir Hussain, Mukesh Tiwari

Synopsis:
Kunal, is a simple, peace loving man, who loves Ishita, an independent girl in her mid 20’s and who works as a freelance interior designer. One night, Kunal meets with a fatal accident. While he lies in a pool of blood, no passerby cares to stop and attend to him. Kunal, still conscious, is losing hope, when Raghu stops to help him. Raghu admits Kunal into a hospital and disappears in thin air. Doctor tells Kunal that if Raghu hadn’t admitted Kunal on time, anything could’ve happened. For Kunal, Raghu is an angel.

Three months pass, as Kunal recuperates from the injuries. Suddenly one day, outside of Kunal’s building, Kunal meets Raghu and offers tea to him. The next night, when Raghu appears at Kunal’s doorstep with a bullet shot in his shoulder, Kunal impulsively decides to help him out. But as the night progresses, Kunal comes to know that Raghu might have been a savior for him but is actually an assassin.

Now he faces a moral dilemma. But when things get dangerous and Ishita is also dragged into it, Kunal is forced to make a decision — how far he will go to repay Raghu’s debt? Whose life will he choose to save — Raghu or Ishita?

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