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Movies hitting theatres today

Anusha Rizvi's social satire Peepli Live, Rajeev Virani thriller Help, Sylvester Stallone's action packed film The Expendables, Adam Sandler starrer Grown Ups and Jay Roach's comic Dinner for Schmucks hits theatres today.

entertainment Updated: Aug 12, 2010 20:37 IST
Hindustan Times

Preview: Peepli Live

Genre: Social

Director: Anusha Rizvi

Cast: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghuveer Yadav, Malaika Shenoy, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Shalini Vatsa, Farrukh Jaffer, Vishal O Sharma, Naseruddin Shah, Aamir Bashir

Synopsis: Natha, a poor farmer from Peepli village in the heart of rural India is about to lose his plot of land due to an unpaid government loan. A quick fix to the problem is the very same government’s program that aids the families of indebted farmers who have committed suicide.

Peepli LiveAs a means of survival Farmer Natha can choose to die!!! His brother is happy to push him towards this unique ‘honour’ but Natha is reluctant. Local elections are around the corner and what might have been another unnoticed event turns into a ‘cause celebre’ with everyone wanting a piece of the action. Political bigwigs, high-ranking bureaucrats, local henchmen and the ever-zealous media descend upon sleepy Peepli to stake their claim.

The question on everyone’s lips — “Will he or Won’t he?” As the mania escalates what will be the fate of Farmer Natha; nobody seems to care how he really feels.

Preview: Help
Genre: Thriller
Director: Rajeev Virani
Cast: Bobby Deol, Mugdha Godse, Sophia Handa, Shreyas Talpade

Synopsis: Protagonist Vic (Deol) is a successful horror film director in Bollywood and is married to Pia (Mugdha). Pia and Vic are going through a difficult time in their marriage and in the midst of these troubled times they have to suddenly rush to Mauritius to take care of Pia’s ailing father. On landing in Mauritius and going back to Pia’s old family home Pia is confronted by her distant past which she has not had to face since she left Mauritius as a 5 year old child.

Little do they know that there’s something in this house. Something ancient and dark that remains hidden and silent. When Pia finds out that she is pregnant this darkly vicious spirit possesses Pia and starts to brutally kill the people close to her.

Vic has only 36 hours to discover the dark and terrifying truth behind Pia’s family history of murderous madness and break the curse that has been put on them by a third mysterious other.

Preview: The Expendables
Genre: Action
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Giselle Itié, Mickey Rourke, Dolph Lundgren, Steve Austin, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Synopsis: When the mysterious Church offers Barney Ross (Stallone) a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on a mission: overthrow General Gaza, the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people.

On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney meets his contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin).

When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started.

Preview: Grown Ups
Genre: Comedy
Director: Dennis Dugan
Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, Salma Hayek, Colin Quinn

Synopsis: In 1978, five friends win their junior high basketball championship. During the celebration, their coach “Buzzer” (Blake Clark) encourages them to live their lives in a similar way to how they played the game. 30 years later, the five friends have since separated. When they learn that their coach has died, they all return to New England with their families for the funeral.

Lenny rents the lake house for the 4th of July weekend for his friends to stay at. With various turns of events, this little escapade brings forth an all new meaning to the lives of these five friends and even their families.

Preview: Dinner for Schmucks
Genre: Comedy
Director: Jay Roach
Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis,

Synopsis: Tim (Rudd) is a rising executive who “succeeds” in finding the perfect guest, IRS employee Barry (Carell), for his boss’s monthly event, a so-called “dinner for idiots,” which offers certain advantages to the exec who shows up with the biggest buffoon.

First Published: Aug 12, 2010 20:18 IST