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"Meri Pyaari Bindu” Starring Parineeti Chopra, Ayushmann Khurrana, Aparajita Adhya; directed by Akshay Roy; music by Sachin-Jigar.

This romantic comedy from Yash Raj productions tells the story of a novelist, Abhimanyu Roy, played by Ayushmann Khurrana, struggling with writer’s block. Since returning home to Kolkata, he’s been working on an old-fashioned love story… for three long years. The cause of this setback is Bindu, played by Parineeti Chopra. Abhi doesn’t know how to contain her bubbly, larger than life, persona into his book. A budding singer herself, Bindu was that infectious joyful song, you can’t get out of your head. Where should he begin their story? Then he finds an old audio cassette of their favorite songs. Abhi goes down memory lane as each tune takes him from one escapade to the next, from past to present. When he finally faces reality, the novel starts writing itself. But there is another surprise that changes the ending of Abhi’s book and his life. We have to watch to find out how. Hopes are high for the film. The trailers released as chapters of Abhi and Bindu’s story and were a treat to watch, partly because each of the classic hit songs on their mix tape is delightful. The lead pair displays a lively chemistry and both Khurrana and Chopra have sung for the original soundtrack.

Hindi Medium” Starring Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Deepak Dobriyal; directed by Saket Chaudhary; music by Sachin-Jigar.

“Hindi Medium” tells the story about a middle-class couple’s struggle to get their daughter admitted to a topnotch English medium school. Society has led them to view English as more of a class than just a language. One where being fluent proves your worth. Pakistani actress Saba Qamar makes her Bollywood debut opposite Irrfan Khan, whose performance is sure to be stellar. She comes from an English-speaking background and he does not. He says, “My life is Hindi but my wife is English.” They play Raj and Mita, parents from Chandi Chowk who are willing to do whatever it takes to secure their daughter’s future. And that struggle, including multiple makeovers, takes them through some humorous situations. Amrita Singh makes a special appearance as a school principal. The makers say the subject is very relevant and that regardless of the parent’s background, they want the best education for the children. Atif Aslam fans will be excited to hear a new melody by the soulful singer.

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