hindi MOVIE PREVIEWs
“Jai Gangaajal” Starring Priyanka Chopra, Ninad Kamath, Manav Kaul, Rahul Bhat, Prakash Jha, Vega Tamotia; directed by Prakash Jha; music by Salim-Sulaiman.
From the director of “Raajneeti” and “Satyagraha,” this police drama features a female officer as its protagonist. Whether it’s in Hollywood or Hindi cinema, Priyanka Chopra is unstoppable, from “Quantico” to “Bajirao Mastani,” and soon the new “Baywatch” movie. Here, she stars as Abha Mathur, the first female Superintendent of Police of Bankipur district who fights for justice in a male-dominated place. The movie features a strong supporting cast and tackles issues of corruption and equality. Rahul Bhat plays Pawan Kumar, an IIT graduate living abroad. He returns to his village in India where he becomes the voice of the local farmers after seeing their many troubles. MLA Babloo Pandey is the local politician SP Mathur must confront. Ninad Kamath is Dabloo Pandey, the MLA’s brother and land Mafioso. Director Prakash Jha makes his acting debut as a shady policeman. Vega Tamotia plays Sunita, a farmer's daughter who refuses the MLA’s demands to sell their land. Of course, no cop drama would be complete without action and the director has said the scenes are realistic and Chopra has done all the action herself.
“Kapoor and Sons” Starring Sidharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt, Fawad Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Ratna Pathak, Rajat Kapoor; directed by Shakun Batra; music by Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Arko, Tanishk Bagchi.
This Karan Johar production tells the story of two estranged brothers who return home to see their elderly grandfather, played by Rishi Kapoor, after he has a heart attack. Fawad Khan plays Rahul Kapoor, who seems to be doing well professionally, living in London, and also planning to pursue architecture and writing. His younger brother Arjun, played by Sidharth Malhotra is also an aspiring writer living in New Jersey and struggling to make ends meet. Upon arrival home in Coonoor, they discover their little family isn’t as perfect as they had imagined. Their parents played by Ratna Pathak and Rajat Kapoor are quarreling over finances, marriage and more. The brothers have their own battles with the parents and each other. One night, at a friend’s party, Arjun meets an attractive, flamboyant, girl, Tia, played by Alia Bhatt. Arjun instantly strikes a chord with her. Rahul meets Tia as well, regarding a prospective business deal. As family secrets begin to unravel and misunderstandings grow, Rahul and Arjun both fall in love with the same girl. As the story unfolds, we learn the characters have their share of mistakes and bad decisions. The family members who seem perfect aren’t necessarily so, and the ones who seem imperfect have had their reasons. The makers call it a “rollercoaster of laughs, tears and emotions, a dramedy with soul.”