Bollywood Movie Calendar: September 2014

As we come back to campus for another semester, we’re relatively free (not talking about you 3rd years!), at least till all the work we keep pending catches up with us. The best time therefore for movie (Read: Bollywood) crazy people like me to watch all the guilt free movies they can. Now August hasn’t really been a good month for Bollywood fans, I mean do you really have an option when your options are Kick, Its Entertainment and Singham Returns, but September seems hopeful! I write this post to preview what is to come in September, for Bollywood lovers.

September 5th

Priyanka Chopra starring as 'Mary Kom'.

Priyanka Chopra in and as ‘Mary Kom’.

Mary Kom : If you haven’t guessed it yet, this is a biopic on the life of boxer Mary Kom, a  6 time world champion and a bronze medallist in the Summer Olympics. It came into controversy from the day of the release of the first look for the choice of Priyanka Chopra to play the lead role instead of someone from the North East. But leaving aside the controversy( or not,we’ll talk about this soon), the trailer seems impactful and if nothing, at least worth a watch. After all, if we try to erase Priyanka Chopra’s music career from our mind, her acting skills are always worth a watch. The music is decent as well, so I definitely recommend it for a weekend watch.

 

 

'Finding Fanny'

‘Finding Fanny’

September 12th

Finding Fanny: A stellar star cast comprising of Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Pankaj Kapur, Deepika Padukone and Arjun Kapoor (okay the last name doesn’t really scream stellar but look at the others!), and a brilliant director in Homi Adjania (Being Cyrus, Cocktail) speaks for itself when it comes to this movie. If that doesn’t convince you, the quirky and adorable trailer surely will. A story set in Goa about the search of 5 dysfunctional characters for the love of Pankaj Kapur’s life, Fanny, it promises to be interesting, to say the least. The trailer shows Homi Adjania in his element, back from his commercial stint in Cocktail, and manages to interest us in the characters from the get go. I recommend it for a Thursday watch at the very least, and especially for those who dislike the usual Bollywood masala fare.

September 19th

'Daawat-e-Ishq': The latest under the Yash Raj Banner.

‘Daawat-e-Ishq’: The latest under the Yash Raj Banner.

Daawat-e-Ishq: Orginally supposed to release alongside Mary Kom on September 5th, the release date for the same has been shifted, purportedly because of their new marketing strategy, but most likely to avoid a direct competition for ticket sales with Mary Kom. Starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Parineeti Chopra, the movie seems to be a generic romantic comedy from the trailer. The music is forgettable, and there doesn’t seem to be much of a story. But, having said that, Parineeti Chopra is usually fun to watch, and Habib Faisal’s last work, Ishaqzaade was a good watch. I recommend it for fans of Parineeti Chopra and Aditya Roy Kapur, but that’s about it. I suggest waiting for it to come on TV.

 

 

'Khoobsurat' is a remake of the 1980 Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic.

‘Khoobsurat’ is a remake of the 1980 Hrishikesh Mukherjee classic.

Khoobsurat: A remake of the original Khoobsurat starring Rekha, Rakesh Roshan and Dina Pathak, this one stars Sonam Kapoor, Fawad Khan and Ratna Pathak Shah. Having watched the original innumerable times in my childhood (those who haven’t had a chance to watch it, please do, you won’t be disappointed), the movie seems blasphemous, to say the least. However, the trailer promises good performances from Ratna Pathak Shah (the daughter of the original matriarch) and Kirron Kher, and eye candy in the form of Fawad Khan. The music is not the greatest, but isn’t awful either. Sonam Kapoor seems annoying in the trailer, and considering that she is the protagonist, it seems a pretty good reason not to watch the movie. I recommend it if you have absolutely nothing to do that weekend, and have a basic tolerance level for Sonam Kapoor’s cackle.

 

There are a few movies I have not added to the list, such as Vikram Bhatt’s Creature 3D (does ANYONE want to watch that) and Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly (release date not really final),but these are the major movies lined up for September.

Happy watching!

 

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