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Queen Elizabeth

Malayalam | Romance | Rating: PG13

Directed by M Padmakumar, the film stars Meera Jasmine and Narain in the lead. The film marks the reunion of Meera and Narain — their last movie together was Minnaminnikoottam in 2008. Queen Elizabeth also stars Shweta Menon, Ramesh Pisharody, VK Prakash, Shyamaprasad, Johny Antony, Mallika Sukumaran and Jude Anthany Joseph, among others. The film, when it was released in theatres in December, received mixed reviews.

The Kerala Story

Hindi | Drama | Rating: A

The movie, helmed by Sudipto Sen and produced by Vipul Amrutlal Shah, was mired in controversy ahead of its theatrical release. The Kerala Story is about women from Kerala who become victims of radicalisation and are made to join ISIS. It is about three girls played by Adah Sharma), Yogita Bihani and Siddhi Idnani, whom their roommate manipulates in the name of love. The first half is about manipulation; the second half is about radicalisation. 

Khichdi 2: Mission Paanthukistan

Hindi | Comedy | Rating: U

 Khichdi 2: Mission Paanthukistan today. Khichdi 2 is the follow-up to Khichdi: The Movie (2010) about the Parekh family. In the sequel, the Parekh family goes on an adventure to save the world, with the main man, Praful, playing a double role, serving as an emperor of a fictional country, Paanthukistan. Khichdi first premiered as a TV series in 2002 on Star Plus. The second season, Instant Khichdi, aired in 2004 on Star One. The show was made into a movie in 2010.

Now, more than 13 years later, the makers have returned with Khichdi 2. Khichdi 2 stars Supriya Pathak, Rajeev Mehta, Anang Desai, Vandana Pathak, Jamnadas Majethia, Kirti Kulhari, Anant Vidhaat Sharma, Reyaansh Vir Chaddha, and Flora Saini. There are cameos by Farah Khan and Pratik Gandhi. It is written and directed by Aatish Kapadia.

Lantrani

Hindi | Drama | Rating: U

This is an anthology. It involves three national award-winning filmmakers, Gurvinder Singh, Kaushik Ganguly, and Bhaskar Hazarika. They have helmed three independent films — Darna Mana Hai, Hud Hud Dabang, and Sanitized Samachar — all under the umbrella of Lantrani. The films feature Johnny Lever, Jitendra Kumar, Jisshu Sengupta, the  Malayalam actress Nimisha Sajayan and the well-known Bhojpuri actor Sanjay Mahanand. The stories are inspired by the different segments of small towns and rural worlds where people take absurd measures to survive.

Sam Bahadur

Hindi | Biopic | Rating: U

The biographical war drama showcases the life of Sam Manekshaw, India’s first Field Marshal. It chronicles Manekshaw’s career, from his early days as a cadet in 1934 to his role in the 1971 Indo-Pakistani War, the Burma campaign during World War II, and the 1962 Sino-Indian War. It also explores his personal life and his marriage. Vicky Kaushal plays the eponymous role. Sanya Malhotra, Fatima Sana Sheikh and Neeraj Kabi play other important characters.

Ajay Gadu

Telugu | Action | Rating: UA

Ajay Gadu is said to be an action romance. The male lead is Ajay Kumar Kathurvar and is paired opposite two female leads – Shweta Mehta and Bhanusri. Besides playing the lead role, Ajay has also produced the film along with Chandana Koppisetti under Ajay Kumar Productions. The team behind the production house also gets the directorial credit for the project. Abhai Naveen, Jayasri Rachakonda play other important roles in Ajay Gadu. The film has four music composers – Karthik Kodakandla, Manizena, Sumanth Babu and Pratheik.

Tejas

Hindi | Action | Rating: U

Kangana Ranaut takes on the lead role of Indian Air Force pilot Tejas Gill, on a mission to save hostages from Pakistan. Billed as India’s first air action film, Tejas takes the audience on a patriotic ride. Directed by Sarwesh Mewara, the action thriller also features Anshul Chauhan, Varun Mitra, and Ashish Vidyarthi in supporting roles. The movie had an average run in its theatrical run.

Dono

Hindi | Romance | Rating: UA

Dono marks the debut of Sunny Deol’s son Rajveer Deol, and Poonam Dhillon’s daughter Palom Dhillon. It’s also the directorial debut of Avnish Barjatya, son of veteran filmmaker Sooraj Barjatya. Apart from Rajveer Deol and Paloma Dhillon, the film also stars Kanika Kapur, Rohan Khurana, Aditya Nanda, Manik Papneja, and others in significant supporting roles. 

The story takes place during a destination wedding and focuses on the lead pair who attend the function on the back of some personal relationship issues.

Safed

Hindi | Drama | Rating: A

Safed is about an unconventional love between a widow and a ‘hijra’. The film showcases the victims of social oppression and how the lead duo find solace and redemption in each other. 

The film stars Meera Chopra, Abhay Verma, Barkha Bisht, Chhaya Kadam, and Jameel Khan.  Sandeep Singh makes his debut as a director. The film also stars Barkha Bisht, Jameel Khan and Chhaya Kadam in pivotal roles.

Vishwak

Telugu | Action | Rating: UA

The story is about an idealistic youngster who wants to do something for the country through his work and startup. But he faces problems, and his dad wants him to work abroad. Caught between the two, the youngster understands life and his country. The story deals with the stress, struggles, depression & unemployment of the youth. And how educated NRIs can also help in the growth & development of the nation. The film stars Ajay Kumar Kathurvar, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha, and Likith Chennamaneni. Venu Mulkala directs the film.

Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai

Hindi | Legal Drama | Rating: PG13

Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai is based on the case against a highly influential godman who was sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl studying in his school. The Hindi courtroom drama is based on the true story of a lawyer’s long battle.

The film written by Deepak Kingrani is directed by Apoorv Singh Karki. The film, which is a direct OTT release, stars Manoj Bajpayee as the lead and also features Surya Mohan Kulshrestha, Adrija Singh, Jai Hind Kumar, Durga Sharma, Vipin Sharma, Abhijeet Lahiri, Vivek Tandon, and Balaji Lakshminarasimhan.

Taj: Reign of Revenge Season 2

Hindi | Historical | Rating: PG13

The saga of conflicts within the Mughal empire and the dynamics between emperor Akbar and his two sons is back for the second season. This season the focus is on the battle for the throne. The eight-part series star Naseeruddin Shah as emperor Akbar, Dharmendra as Shaikh Salim Chisti, Shubham Kumar Mehra as Prince Daniyal, Sandhya Mridul as Queen Jodha Bai, Zareena Wahab as Queen Salima, Queen Ruqaiya Begum as Padma Damodaran, Rahul Bose as Mirza Hakim. The series is directed by: Vibhu Puri.

Fireflies: Parth Aur Jugnu

Hindi | Fantasy | Rating: U

Fireflies: Parth aur Jugnu explores themes like morality, mythology and mysticism as two young unlikely friends journey to protect a magical tree in a haunted forest. Directed by National Awardee Hemant Gaba, this project has roped in renowned mythologist and author Devdutt Pattanaik as the script consultant and American comic book writer who has worked extensively with DC and Marvel, Ron Marz as the script doctor.

The show banks on cutting-edge CGI shots and much of the show is filmed in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. The series stars Meet Mukhi, Aekam Binjwe, Madhoo Shah, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Luke Kenny, Akshat Singh, Zoya Afroz, Varun Kapoor, Harshit Bhojwani, Anaya Shivan, Riva Arora, Rahul Singh, and Hitesh Dave in key roles.

Vyavastha 

Telugu | Legal Drama | Rating: U

This web series is a legal drama, which as a genre, is getting popular in India. The story revolves around two advocates, one with a stammering problem but idealistic and the other is a senior advocate and money-minded.

Karthik Rathnam and Sampath Raj play the two characters, respectively. Hebah Patel plays a woman who is accused of murder. A part of the story is set in a law college. The series is helmed by Oy-fame director Anand Ranga and produced by Pattabhi Chilukuri. Anil Bhandari is the cinematographer of the series.

U-Turn

Hindi | Thriller I Rating: 18TC

Produced by Ektaa Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures, this thriller is directed by first-time filmmaker Arif Khan. The Hindi-language movie is a remake of a Kannada thriller of the same title that featured actress Shraddha Srinath in the lead.

The original 2016 movie revolved around the death of motorists who broke a traffic rule at a flyover and the subsequent cracking down on the culprit by an intern journalist and police inspector duo. The film stars Alaya F, Priyanshu Painyuli, Aashim Gulati, Rajesh Sharma, Shreedhar Dubey, Sahil Takhi and Apoorva Suman.

Balakumar Kuppuswamy
Balakumar Kuppuswamy

An engineer-turned-journalist, K Balakumar’s career began in print publications as a sports writer. That also opened doors for other journalistic avenues like films, music, finance, technology and politics, which nobody can escape in India. After 30 yrs in mainstream journalism, now a freelancer for various digital publications.

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