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Dear MayaMOM” Starring Sridevi, Akshaye Khanna, Adnan Siddiqui, Sajal Ali, Nawazuddin Siddiqui; directed by Ravi Udyawar; music by A.R. Rahman.

We haven’t seen her on screen since 2012’s “English Vinglish.” This suspenseful thriller is Sridevi’s 300th movie in her 50th year in films. She plays Devki, a loving wife and mother of two daughters with a seemingly happy family. Arya played by Sajal Ali is the elder daughter; there’s a sense of some emotional disconnect between mother and daughter. An unfortunate incident widens the gap between Arya and Devki. In the trailer, the mother asks, if wrong and very wrong were your only choices, what would you chose? Akshaye Khanna plays a police investigator. Nawazuddin Siddiqui looks creepy and almost unrecognizable in his role. The makers say “MOM” shows the journey of a mother as she fights between two wrongs, all to protect her daughter and family. With music by A.R. Rahman, the mystery holds much promise.


Jagga Jasoos” Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Sayani Gupta; directed by Anurag Basu; music by Pritam.

Director Anurag Basu’s last film “Barfi” was a critical and popular hit, which also featured Ranbir Kapoor. Expectations are high for this much-awaited romantic musical comedy. Kapoor plays the title role of a bright quirky young detective who is on a quest to find his missing father. Joining him on this grand adventure is Shruti, played by Katrina Kaif. Shot in the beautiful locations of Cape Town, South Africa, Thailand, and Morocco among others, this family entertainer is one to watch with the kids. Govinda is featured in a cameo. Director Basu says Pritam’s music is a great strength for his movies; the soundtrack features whimsical songs like “Galti se Mistake” and “Ullu Ka Pattha,” and the soulful “Jhumritalaiyya.”


Mubarakan” Starring Anil Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Illeana D’Cruz, Neha Sharma, Athiya Shetty; directed by Anees Bazmee; music by Amaal Mallik, Rishi Rich.

Anil Kapoor and his nephew Arjun Kapoor come together for this comedy from the director of “Welcome” and “No Entry.” Arjun plays two roles, Karan and Charan, identical twins, with diverse personalities. Karan has grown up in London while Charan in Punjab. Karan is street-smart and flamboyant while Charan is simple and idealistic. Karan is in love with Sweety, played by Illeana D’Cruz. Problems arise after the family arranges Karan’s wedding to Binkle (Athiya Shetty) who hails from a wealthy London family. Karan convinces them to make the alliance with Charan instead. Both families are happy, except Charan, because he wants to marry someone a girl named Nafisa. Enter Anil Kapoor as uncle Kartar Singh Bajwa, the genius with a solution. The eccentric uncle has a plan to save the day for both nephews. His inventive ideas lead to confusion for all involved. The makers promise many laughs.

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