Chennai Express seems to have all the ingredients of a blockbuster: a funny yet action-packed storyline and a power cast comprising the sultry Deepika Padukone and (almost) everyone’s favourite Shahrukh Khan. Even though the movie isn’t out for another week, Shahrukh Khan fans are already calling it a winner. But we’ll be the judge of that in our review next month. The movie begins with Rahul—no guesses on who’s playing the part—as a bachelor from North India who lives with his grandparents. He is unmarried because his over possessive grandfather cannot live without him. Trying to break free, he decides to go on an adventure but boards the wrong train and meets Meena (Padukone), who, with her heavy southern Indian accent and a penchant for causing havoc, catches his eye. The two end up in Meena’s home town in Komban village and all hell breaks loose when Rahul meets Meena’s overprotective father Durgeshwara (Sathyaraj).
Directed by Rohit Shetty
Starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj
Music by Vishal-Shekhar
In theatres August 8th
Satyagraha: Democracy Under Fire
Satyagraha is a film about the uprising of the middle class against corrupt governance. The film begins with Manav Raghavendra (Ajay Devgn), a successful entrepreneur who wants to get into politics but whose goal is obstructed by a dishonest politician, played by Manoj Bajpai. Unhappy with the current state of affairs and determined to make a change, Raghavendra decides to join hands with a Gandhi reincarnate, played by Amitabh Bachchan. Alongside fearless political news reporter Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) and an activist (Arjun Rampal), they form a coalition that snowballs into a nationwide movement.
Directed by Prakash Jha | Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai
Music by Salim-Sulaiman and Indian Ocean | In theatres August 23rd
Once Upon ay Time in Mumbaai Dobaara
This period gangster piece once again rides on the current Bollywood obsession with notorious criminal Dawood Ibrahim. A sequel to the 2010 film of the same name, the film curiously features an entirely different cast. Akshay Kumar takes his shot at playing Ibrahim, copying his trademark moustache and sunglasses. The film starts off with Shoaib Khan (Kumar)—who assassinated his mentor and took over his criminal empire in the previous film—invited to toss the coin in a formal cricket match between India and Pakistan. The criminal lives a flashy lifestyle and believes that the only way to rule over his subjects is by creating fear in their hearts. When another gangster, Aslam (Imran Khan), rises in opposition, the two get tangled in a battle over territory and, of course, the love of beautiful up-and-coming actress Jasmine Mirza, played by Sonakshi Sinha.
Directed by Milan Luthria | Starring Akshay Kumar, Imran Khan, Sonakshi Sinha |Music by Pritam | In theatres August 15th
Published in Masala Lite magazine, August 2013