The sequel to Abhishek Chaubey's Ishqiya and Robert De Niro's Grudge Match hit theatres on Friday. Yaariyan, The Legend of Hercules and Inside Llewyn Davis are some other releases.
Director: Abhishek Chaubey
Cast: Madhuri Dixit, Naseeruddin Shah, Arshad Warsi, Huma Qureshi, Vijay Raaz
Synopsis: Taking off from the first film, Ishqiya, Khalujaan (Naseeruddin Shah) and Babban (Arshad Warsi) go on a poetic journey underlined with revenge, drama and deception. The begum (Madhuri Dixit) of Mahmudabad is hosting a festival of poetry and music in her mansion, and the country’s best poets are in town. Khalujaan, posing as the Nawaab of Chandpur, is participating as a poet in the festival. He is not there merely to show off his poetic wares but to impress the widowed begum who, as the grapevine suggests, is scouting for a husband - preferably a poet. Babban arrives in Mahmudabad to take Khalujaan back to their old life, but his plans change the moment he sets his eyes on begum’s maid and confidante, Munira alias Muniya (Huma Qureshi), a brash and sensuous young woman. Incidentally, Muniya too has plans of her own. She leaves the palace every now and then in a disguise to meet gangsters in dark alleys. The palace is rife with intrigue; the shayari is dropped for the guns, daring chases and hidden intentions. The film tracks how love triumphs in the end, even if the players of the story do not.
Director: Peter Segal
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Ireland Baldwin, Kevin Hart and Mason Mackie
Synopsis: Two retired boxers decide to settle a long-standing beef by heading back into the ring. Back in the day, Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp were two biggest bruisers in the Pittsburgh boxing scene. Their fierce rivalry drawing nationwide attention, Razor and The Kid were deadlocked for the title of overall champion when the former announced his retirement just before the decisive 1983 match. Three decades later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr lures them back into the ring for the fight that everyone has been waiting for.
Director: Divya Khosla Kumar
Cast: Devanshu Sharma, Evelyn Sharma, Nicole Faria, Serah Singh, Shreyas Pardiwalla, Rakul Preet Singh, Himansh Kohli
Synopsis: Yaariyan is a contemporary young film that takes audiences through the trials and tribulations of the best years of their life. Set in a boarding school of Sikkim, the film tracks the story of a gang of five friends who are exploring the best moments of their lives in college, experiencing different relationships and learning new values every day. The film is about different characters, their bonding, their friendship, their problems, their mistakes and their relationships. It is about their ‘yaarian’, during the good and the bad, the thick and the thin.
The Legend of Hercules
Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss and Scott Adkins
Synopsis: In Ancient Greece 1200 BC, a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king and restore peace to a land in hardship. But this prince, Hercules, knows nothing of his real identity or his destiny. He desires only one thing: the love of Hebe, Princess of Crete, who has been promised to his own brother.
When Hercules learns of his greater purpose, he must choose: to flee with his true love or to fulfill his destiny and become the true hero of his time. The story behind one of the greatest myths is revealed in this action-packed film — a tale of love, sacrifice and the strength of the human spirit.
Inside Llewyn Davis
Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman
Synopsis: LLewyn Davis is at crossroads. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles —some of them of his own making. Living at the mercy of both friends and strangers, scraping up what work he can find, Llewyn’s misadventures take him from the basket-houses of the Village to an empty Chicago club — on an odyssey to audition for a music mogul — and back again. The film is brimming with music performed by Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan (who plays Llewyn’s married Village friends), as well as Marcus Mumford and Punch Brothers.
The film is infused with the transportive sound of another time and place. It represents the Coen Brothers’ fourth collaboration with multiple Grammy and Academy award-winning music producer T Bone Burnett. Marcus Mumford is an associate music producer on the film.