A look at the movies releasing today

Bollywood will get a taste of off beat genre this Friday as Anu Menon's London Paris New York and Tigmanshu Dhulia's Paan Singh Tomar's hits theatres today. For Hollywood lovers can treat on Meryl Streep's The Iron Lady.
Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2012 12:04 PM IST

Bollywood will get a taste of off beat genre this Friday as Anu Menon's London Paris New York and Tigmanshu Dhulia's Paan Singh Tomar's hits theatres today. For Hollywood lovers can treat on Meryl Streep's The Iron Lady.

London Paris New York
: Romance, drama
Cast: Ali Zafar, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Anu Menon
Synopsis: Twenties are often the most significant and also the most tumultous times in our lives. The film aims to capture this angst of the twenties, the most dramatic period of a person’s life — when we have to find a career, we have our first significant relationship and most importantly, it is the time when we form our identity in the world. The film centres on two people — Lalitha and Nikhil.

Lalitha is a middle-class south Indian girl, who is on her way to New York to study politics with full scholarship, and Nikhil is a rich Punjabi boy, who goes to study filmmaking in London on his fathers’ money.

The two decide to hang out together one evening in London and find that they are completely drawn to each other even as their future lies on separate continents. The film follows their personal journey and their complicated love story as they meet in London, Paris and then New York for one night over a period of eight years.

The film is in three chapters and each chapter will be shot in a manner that mirrors the mental state of Nikhil and Lalitha. The three bridges on the three rivers — Thames, Seine and Hudson —are the witness to the three states of love between these two.

Paan Singh Tomar
Genre: Drama
Cast: Irrfan Khan, Mahi Gill,
Vipin Sharma, Imran Hasnee and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Synopsis: The film is based on the true story of a runner who turned into a rebel. It is a story of a simple farmer, a loyal soldier and a champion athlete, who became one of India’s most dreaded dacoits. Paan Singh is a small-town lad who goes on to win the steeplechase at the Indian National Games for seven consecutive years.He breaks the national record, a feat that was unsurpassed for next 10 years. A series of life-changing events, however, force Singh to give up athletics, pick up the gun and become the scourge of the now-infamous Chambal valley.The film traces his gritty and often tumultous journey through the heart of India’s gangland, Chambal.

The Iron Lady
Genre: Political drama
Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent and Richard E Grant
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Synopsis: The film, for which Meryl Streep recently won the Oscar for Best Actress, is an intimate biographical portrait of Margaret Thatcher, the first and only female prime minister of The United Kingdom. The film traces different phases in Thatcher’s life, from her early days as a politician to her rise to power as the British PM, when she stuck to her principles through the poll tax strikes, the Falklands war and the privatisation of much of the British state. Regarded by many as one of 20th century’s most influential women, Thatcher broke through the barriers of gender and class to be heard in a largely male-dominated world.

Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close
Genre: Drama
Cast: Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and Thomas Horn
Director: Stephen Daldry
Synopsis: The story is about a boy, Oskar, who is convinced that his father, who died in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001, has left a final message for him hidden somewhere in New York. Feeling disconnected from his grieving mother, and driven by a relentlessly active mind, Oskar begins searching the city for the lock that fits a mysterious key he found in his father’s closet.

Diary Of A Butterfly
Genre: Drama
Cast: Udita Goswami, Nassar Abdulla, Rati Agnihotri, Sofia Hayat
Director: Vinod Mukhi
Synopsis: The film is the story about a girl named Gul, who comes to Mumbai from Jaipur to pursue her dreams. When she is leaving, her mother gives her a diary and tells her to record her day-to-day activities in it. Initially, she takes the diary as a joke, but later starts valuing it a lot.

Will You Marry Me?
Genre: Romantic-comedy
Cast: Shreyas Talpade, Rajeev Khandelwal, Muzamil Ibrahim, Mugdha Godse, Celina Jaitley
Director: Aditya V Datt
Synopsis: The film revolves around three friends — Aarav, Rajveer and Nikhil — who love their bachelorhood. One day, they place a bet that whoever decides to marry first will lose a huge amount in shares that were contributed by them. All is well until Nikhil decides to marry the love of his life, Anjali.

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