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A look at the movies releasing today

bollywood Updated: Aug 05, 2011 16:46 IST

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Action, horror, drama and a social satire - an interesting variety of movies are releasing this Friday. I Am Kalam, Chala Mussaddi Office Office and Rise of The Planet of The Apes are among the films hitting theatres today.

I Am Kalam

Genre: Drama

Director: Nila Madhab Panda

Stars: Harsh Mayar, Gulshan Grover and Pitobash

Synopsis: A boy named Chhotu’s peasant village is ruined by drought, so his mother drops him at his uncle Bhati’s place, who runs a tea stand at the city outskirts. A clever boy, Chottu calls himself Kalam after the self-made former Indian president, and soon outsmarts uncle's adult assistant and makes friends with the loneliest boy in the palace,who is a prince of his age. The film celebrates the survival of human spirit against overwhelming odds and highlights the need for underprivileged children’s education. The film, aims at inspiring the poor to educate their children.

FreidaChala Mussaddi Office Office

Genre: Social satire

Director: Rajiv Mehra

Stars: Pankaj Kapoor, Deven Bhojani, Manoj Pahwa, Sanjay Mishra, Hemant Pandey and Asawari Joshi

Synopsis: Actor Pankaj Kapoor reprises his famous television role of ‘an ordinary man’ Mussaddi Lal Tripathi, with the film. The movie takes off from where the television serial left off and has typical sarkari characters. School master Mussaddi has recently lost his wife and travels to sacred places with her ashes. But when he comes back he faces several problems regarding his pension and other daily issues. After he fails to get justice from the country’s judicial system and corrupt administrative system, he decides to take law into his own hands and revolts against the system. But will he get justice?

Rise of The Planet of The Apes

Genre: Action

Director: Rupert Wyatt

Stars: James Franco, Andy

Serkis, Freida Pinto, Brian Cox

and Tom Felton

Synopsis: Will Rodman is a

scientist, currently residing in San Francisco, who is working on a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by performing tests on apes. The first test subject is a chimpanzee named Caesar, whose parents had been captured in Africa.

Rodman’s "cure" genetically modifies Caesar’s way of thinking to create a new breed of ape with human-like intelligence. Caesar learns unbelievably well, but human authority orders him to be locked up. However, he eventually proves smart enough to escape from his cage and releases an airborne strain of the cure among thousands of other apes (the ones that are caged with him), increasing their intelligence, like Caesar.

Thousands of apes begin to foment a revolution. Soon, war breaks out between humans and apes. Rodman may be the only one able to stop them before the ape revolution ends with the apes succeeding, humanity being driven to extinction, and apes becoming the most dominant species on Earth.

Genre: Horror
Director: Karan Razdan
Stars: Anupam Kher, Karan Razdan, Atul kulkarni, Satish Kaushik, Ila Arun
Synopsis: Ramsharan, a boatman, is captured on high seas by the Mujahideen and the men working under him are killed. Azaan Khan, leader of the Jihadis,wants to get to India and kill innocent people. Soon Ramsharan is shot dead by Azaan. Ramsharan’s family in the village, consisting of his father, mother, wife and daughter Muskaan, grieve his death. Soon, a spirit begins to haunt Muskaan But why is it happening? The whole village takes on a haunted look. Peer Jammatuddin Shah baba tries to exorcise the spirit but fails. Soon the spirit attacks the family and all hell breaks loose.