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Phoonk 2 and Paathshala are going to battle it out at the BO. Different genres but the films have one thing in common – RGV and Shahid are both hungry for a hit. Will this be their lucky day. The numbers will tell. Also releasing today...

entertainment Updated: Apr 15, 2010 18:56 IST
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PaathshalaPhoonk 2 and Paathshala are going to battle it out at the BO. Different genres but the films have one thing in common - RGV and Shahid are both hungry for a hit. Will this be their lucky day. The numbers will tell. Also releasing today are Jean-Claude Van Damme's Universal Soldier Regeneration and Bruce Willis' CopOut.

Film: Paathshaala
Genre: Social/ Comedy
Director: Milind Ukey
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Ayesha Takia Azmi, Sushant Singh, Saurabh Shukla
Synopsis: Rahul Prakash Udyavar (Shahid Kapoor) is a new English teacher at Saraswati Vidya Mandir. Though he strikes instant rapport with students and teachers alike, he realises that there is something amiss in the school. His doubts prove true when he realises that the school manager, Sharma (Saurabh Shukla) makes many monetary obligations compulsory on the parents in the name of extracurricular activities. He goes to the extent of punishing the students inhumanly when the unjustified demands are not fulfilled by the parents.

When Rahul unifies the teachers (Ayesha Takia Azmi, Sushant Singh, Kurush Deboo) against the atrocities of school management, school principal Aditya Sahay (Nana Patekar) defends the management’s decision. This comes as a shocker to the teachers as Sahay is known for his reputation as an educationist. The situation becomes graver when school management becomes overambitious with its growth and involves media planners in the extracurricular activities.

This demands the involvement of students in TV reality shows and many other media PR activities used for building up the school image in public which starts reflecting on the students’ stress levels. The pressure on young minds increases incredibly leading to unexpected and grim consequences. Caught in the web of commercialisation and rebellion, the school soon becomes a subject of national debate.

Film: Phoonk 2
Genre: Horror
Director: Milind Gadagkar
Cast: Sudeep, Amruta Khanvilkar, Ahsaas Chanana, Raksha, Neeru Singh
Synopsis: Phoonk ended with the killing of Madhu, the woman who casts a black magic spell on Rajiv’s daughter Raksha. Phoonk 2 begins with Madhu’s ghost returning from the grave to seek revenge on the family. On bagging a new construction project, Rajiv moves with his family to a new place. Raksha and Rohan begin exploring the new place and the surroundings — the lonely beach and the woods — behind the house.

The terror begins when the siblings find a doll in the woods. And soon begins an unending round of gruesome murders, visions, ghostly voices, and unsettling incidents. Manja, the only man whom Rajiv could turn to in such as situation, meets a gruesome death at the hands of Madhu’s ghost.

Will the family survive these incidents or will they be driven to death? Terrorised by the demonic force, will Rajiv give in to the ghost? This is the choice that Rajiv has to make.

Film: Universal Soldier Regeneration
Genre: Action
Director: John Hyams
Cast: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrew Scott
Synopsis: With stolen top-secret technology, terrorists have created a next-generation Universal Soldier — an elite fighter genetically altered into a programmable killing machine. With this ‘UniSol’ (former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei ‘The Pit Bull’ Arlovski) leading the way, they seize the crippled Chernobyl nuclear reactor, threatening to unleash a lethal radioactive cloud.

The only one who can stop them is Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), a UniSol who’ been decommissioned for years. Reactivated and retrained, Deveraux must make a full-out assault on the heavily armed fortress. But inside, he’ll discover not one but two of these virtually indestructible warriors. Andrew Scott (Dolph Lundgren), Deveraux’s vicious UniSol enemy from the original Universal Soldier, has been secretly reanimated and upgraded.

Now, these elite fighters are locked, loaded and programmed to kill; and the fate of millions hinges on this high-action showdown.

Film: CopOut
Genre: Action
Director: Kevin Smith
Cast: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Paul Hodges
Synopsis: A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it’s his only hope to pay for his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.

Film: How To Train Your Dragon
Genre: Animation
Director: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Cast (voices): Jay Baruche, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrerag
Synopsis: Long ago, up North on the Island of Berk, a young Viking named Hiccup wants to join his town’s fight against raiding dragons. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can’t bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species.

First Published: Apr 15, 2010 18:48 IST