‘Love Again’: Priyanka In A Rom-Com
Priyanka Chopra Jonas stars in an upcoming Hollywood film ‘Love Again’ along with Sam Heughan as well as Celine Dion who debuts multiple new songs. The romantic comedy opens in theaters on May 12.
‘Polite Society’: Action Comedy
Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on January 21, ‘Polite Society’ is a merry mash-up of sisterly affection, parental disappointment, and bold action. Written and directed by Nida Manzoor, it follows martial artist-in-training Ria Khan who believes she must save her older sister Lena from her impending marriage and attempts to pull off a wedding heist in the name of independence and sisterhood. The film stars Priya Kansara, Ritu Arya, Nimra Bucha, Akshay Khanna, Seraphina Beh and Ella Bruccoleri.
What if Gandhi had survived? Director Rajkumar Santoshi delivers a powerful new historical drama. With music from Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, the film revolves around the fictional world where Mahatma Gandhi survives the attack and later meets Nathuram Godse in prison, the conversation leads to a fiery debate between them. It releases in cinemas across North America on January 26, Republic Day.
The film is a spooky comedy directed by Gurmmeet Singh and produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani. It stars Katrina Kaif as a ghost and Ishaan Khatter and Siddhant Chaturvedi as ghostbusters. Jackie Shroff and Sheeba Chaddha play supporting roles.
The film’s director Siddharth Anand said the idea of dropping the teaser was to celebrate Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday with his countless fans across the globe. The visually stunning action extravaganza, which also stars Deepika Padukone and John Abraham in pivotal roles and Salman Khan in a cameo, is part of producer-director Aditya Chopra’s spy universe.
‘Four Samosas’: A Diaspora Love Letter
Set entirely in LA’s “Little India” in a world of sari places, curry restaurants, Indian amateur-dramatic groups and South-Asian revolutionaries, the film is a love letter to all the “Little India’s” around the world. It stars Venk Potula (Veep) along with Sonal Shah (The High Note), Sharmita Bhattacharya (Grown-ish), Nirvan Patnaik, Karan Soni (Deadpool), Summer Bishil (Under the Silver Lake), and Meera Simhan (Hello I Must Be Going). It is Executive Produced by actor and rapper Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts, The Mindy Project)
‘Ponniyan Selvan’: A Promising Spectacle
The Mani Ratnam directorial helmed by Aishwarya Rai is set to release in theaters on September 30 in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. It is based on the historical fiction novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy on the life and times of the great emperor Rajaraja Chola I. The film also stars Vikram, Trisha, Karthi, Jayram Ravi and Prakash Raj among others.
‘Vikram Vedha’ : Action-Packed Face-Off
This is an official Hindi remake of a Tamil film with the same title, which starred R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. Full of twists and turns, it is about a tough cop Vikram (Saif Ali Khan) chasing a dreaded gangster Vedha (Hrithik Roshan). What unfolds is a cat-and-mouse chase, where Vedha – a master storyteller helps Vikram peel back layers through a series of stories leading to thought-provoking moral ambiguities.
‘Laal Singh Chaddha’: A Comedy Drama
Directed by Advait Chandan from a screenplay by Eric Roth and Atul Kulkarni, this Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom18 Studios production, is a remake of the 1994 ‘Forrest Gump.’ In the Bollywood version, events in India’s history unfold through the perspective of Laal Singh Chaddha, a man who has a great understanding of emotions.
‘Shamshera’: An Action Entertainer
The trailer reveals a closely guarded secret that Ranbir Kapoor is playing the father, Shamshera, and the son, Balli, in this revenge spectacle. Kapoor was only approached to play Balli but he convinced producer Aditya Chopra and film-maker Karan Malhotra to trust him with the character of Shamshera too. This is the story of a man who became a slave, a slave who became a leader and then a legend for his tribe.
‘Brahmastra’: Awaited Spectacle
Director Ayan Mukerji says, “I believe Brahmāstra is the kind of film that the country would feel really proud of. It touches on our roots; celebrates our rich culture and it takes us forward with our technology. The film is proudly Indian and Imaginative and bringing together some of Pan-India’s most renowned names was a dream come true!”
‘Nikamma’ An Action Comedy
This remake of a Telugu film marks the comeback of Shilpa Shetty into films after a sabbatical of 14 years. It also stars Abhimanyu Dassani, and Shirley Setia.
‘Jayeshbhai Jordaar’ Funny and Timely
A comedy-drama written and directed by Divyang Thakkar, and produced by Aditya Chopra and Maneesh Sharma under Yash Raj Films. Superstar Ranveer Singh plays as a Gujarati man who believes in equal rights for men and women.
‘I am His Voice’ Sensitizing the Viewer
Parents devote their entire life nurturing their children. But…what if the child is differently-abled and has to deal with the world…? What if society ignores them, or if friends and family members fail to recognize them? What if they are unable to learn to lead an independent, simple life? This inspiring documentary uses unscripted footage.
‘BRAHMĀSTRA’ Epic Storytelling
It is a 3-part film franchise and a new original cinematic universe inspired by deeply rooted concepts and tales in Indian mythology but set in the modern world visualized with cutting edge technology.
‘Jersey’ Heart Tugging Sports Drama
A heartwarming story starring Shahid Kapoor, Mrunal Thakur and Pankaj Kapoor, ‘Jersey’ is about a 36-year-old cricketer named Arjun who is aiming to play for the Indian national team to fulfill his son’s desire for a jersey.
‘Dasvi’ Tickles the Funny Bone
The Abhishek Bachchan-starrer ‘Dasvi’ is garnering a lot of buzz. The social comedy is about the uneducated, salt of the earth politician Ganga Ram Chaudhary who now needs to pass the 10th grade. Directed by Tushar Jalota, starring Bachchan, Yami Gautam and Nimrat Kaur, it will stream on Netflix from Apr.7
‘Attack – Part 1’ Unleashes John As Super-Soldier
The film helmed by Lakshya Raj Anand will take the audience to a world where future wars will be fought on technology and artificial intelligence. The film showcases John Abraham as a super-soldier who has modified his body through cybernetic processes.
‘Jalsa’ an Edge of the Seat Thriller
The film teaser shows stars Vidya Balan and Shefali Shah and teleports the audience to an intense world full of thrills. It presents a tale narrated through the life of a celebrated journalist and her cook. Also features an ensemble of actors like Manav Kaul, Rohini Hattangadi and Iqbal Khan.
‘Pathaan’ Teaser Breaks Internet
Yash Raj Films will release this high-octane spy thriller, directed by Siddharth Anand, on Jan. 25, 2023 (Republic Day Week). A teaser through a specially shot date announcement video that has no film footage whatsoever, teases a glimpse of SRK’s much-discussed ‘Pathaan’ look. The film also has Deepika Padukone and John Abraham.
‘Jhund’ a Real Life Human Drama
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Jhund,’ directed by Nagraj Popatrao Manjule will release on Mar.4. The movie centers around the formation of a soccer team, by a motivated professor, with kids from city slums.
Sindhi Americans Make ‘Long Walk for Freedom…’
The Sindhi Foundation headquartered in Washington, D.C., is set to release a documentary ‘Long Walk for Freedom from 2021’ at the beginning of April. It follows Sindhi American activists Fati Gul and Sufi Laghari as they walk 350-miles from New York City to Washington D.C., hosting rallies, visiting politicians, and raising awareness for the Sindhi cause via social media. As a young man, Sufi fled Pakistan and sought asylum in the US after being abducted and tortured by authorities. Fati sacrificed her ability to go back to Sindh by choosing to join Sufi in his cause. Through their experiences, viewers learn about the sacrifices the two have made to do this work, about the weight of that sacrifice on a marriage and on one’s mental health, and about the work itself.
Bachchhan Paandey a Holi Release
Starring Akshay Kumar, Kriti Sanon, Arshad Warsi, Jacqueline Fernandez, Pankaj Tripathi, Abhimanyu Singh, Sanjay Mishra and Prateik Babbar ‘Bachchhan Paandey’ takes audiences through the heartland of India. Akshay Kumar is in a never-seen-before, menacing avatar. Samji Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment’s ‘Bachchhan Paandey’ is directed by Farhad and will be in theater on Mar. 18, on Holi.
New Show From Ekta Kapoor
Television czarina Ekta Kapoor has a new show coming up, ‘Appnapan – Badalte Rishton Ka Bandhan’. The main leads are Rajshree Thakur and Cezanne Khan. A family drama, it revolves around the separated couple with four children. The show will be airing soon on Sony Entertainment Television.
Madhuri Makes Digital Debut with Fame Game
The trailer of the Madhuri Dixit Nene-starrer web show ‘The Fame Game’ has been launched. The suspenseful family drama follows the story of actress Anamika Anand (played by Madhuri), who one fine day goes missing. The investigation that follows her sudden disappearance, uncovers the messy truth behind her perfect life and family.
Madhuri makes her digital debut along with Sanjay Kapoor, Manav Kaul, Suhasini Mulay, Muskkaan Jaferi, Lakshvir Saran and Rajshri Deshpande. ‘The Fame Game’ will be available to stream on Netflix from Feb.25.
Oscar Nominated Documentary: Lunana A Yak in The Classroom
A disillusioned schoolteacher is transferred to the most remote school in the world, cut off from modern life deep in the Himalayan glaciers. In a classroom with no electricity or even a blackboard, he finds himself with only a yak and a song that echoes through the mountains.
Starring: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung
Directed by: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Starring Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor. Directed by Shakun Batra.
Amazon presents Viacom18 Studios & Dharma Productions film in association with Jouska Films.
Alisha Khanna, 30, ambitious, now finds herself at a crossroads in life. Her six year long relationship has grown monotonous, her career seems to be hitting a lot of roadblocks and just when she had begun to accept this reality as unchangeable, her life is usurped by the arrival of her cousin, Tia and her fiancé, Zain, with whom she bonds over a troubled past and a common wish to break from its confines. The story charts the journey of Alisha and Zain, as they confront the ghost of their past on the path they take to avoid it.
Gangubai Kathiawadi | Official Trailer| Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn
Sophia Ali Joins Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in “Uncharted”
India-West Staff Reporter
LOS ANGELES, CA – “Uncharted” is an upcoming American action-adventure film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay by Rafe Lee Judkins, Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, based on the video game series of the same name developed by Naughty Dog.
Following her lead role in the award-winning comedy “India Sweets and Spices,” Sophia Ali returns to the big screen starring along with Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg in the film, which releases exclusively in theaters on Feb. 18.
Ali is the lead actress of this globe-trotting film from Sony Pictures and plays Chloe Frazer, a treasure hunter in a race to find a $5 billion fortune.
The film stars Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as his mentor Victor Sullivan, with Tati Gabrielle and Antonio Banderas in supporting roles.