A comedy revolving around three married men. A matchmaking drama set in Lucknow. An action thriller. A live-action adaptation of a popular Disney princess. All these and more promise an entertaining weekend at the cinemas this weekend.
The Little Mermaid (English)
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Cast: Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, Jonah Hauer-King, Javier Bardem and Daveed Diggs
Ariel (Halle Bailey), the youngest daughter of King Triton (Javier Bardem), is a free-spirited young mermaid. Adventurous by nature, Ariel wants to find out more about the world. As she visits the surface, she encounters the handsome Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) and falls in love with him. Eager to experience life on land, she strikes a deal with an evil sea witch, Ursula (Melissa McCarthy), but it changes the course of her life. Daveed Diggs has lent his voice for the crab Sebastian in The Little Mermaid.
About My Father (English)
Directed by: Laura Terruso
Cast: Sebastian Maniscalco, Robert De Niro and Leslie Bibb
Loosely based on his life, About My Father follows the story of an Italian immigrant’s son, Sebastian (playing himself), who falls in love with American girl Ellie (Leslie Bibb). He convinces his father Salvo (Robert De Niro) to spend a weekend with his girlfriend and her family. Despite their best efforts, the get-together turns into a clash of cultures. However, Sebastian and his father come closer to each other more than ever and realise the true meaning of a family during the weekend holiday.
Beau is Afraid (English)
Directed by: Ari Aster
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Patti LuPone, Amy Ryan, Nathan Lane, Kylie Rogers and Parker Posey
Beau Wassermann (Joaquin Phoenix), the son of wealthy businesswoman Mona (Patti LuPone), grows up to become a meek and paranoid man. Upon the death of his mother, he embarks on a life-altering journey to attend her funeral, confronting his fears on the way. Beau meets a married couple (Amy Ryan and Nathan Lane) who want to keep him captive in their home. Their daughter Toni (Kylie Rogers) dies by suicide in front of him, prompting Beau to escape into the woods. Even after he manages to reach his estate, there are surprises in store for him.
Jogira Sa Ra Ra Ra (Hindi)
Directed by: Kushan Nandy
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neha Sharma, Sanjay Mishra and Mahaakshay Chakraborty
Set in Lucknow, Jogira Sara Ra Ra revolves around Jogi Pratap, the owner of a matchmaking and wedding planning company. Despite his profession, Jogi has no interest in getting married himself. One of his clients, Dimple (Neha Sharma), keeps sabotaging the rishtas that Jogi fetches for her because she doesn’t want to get married. Instead, she plots her own kidnapping to avoid a wedding. Matters take a turn for the worse when Jogi eventually decides to get married to Dimple to save his reputation as a matchmaker.
Directed by: Shravan Tiwari
Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Abhimanyu Singh, Indraneil Sengupta and Raza Murad.
Mumbai mafia don Nawab (Raza Murad) is suffering from blood cancer and has only a few days to live. With the reins of the Mumbai underworld now up for grabs, a bloody succession battle follows. Javed (Jimmy Sheirgill) and Kader (Abhimanyu Singh) join hands to take on the challengers to Murad’s empire even as a cop (Indraneil Sengupta) is tailing them to bring the underworld syndicate to justice.
Abar Bibaho Obhijaan (Bengali)
Directed by: Soumik Haldar
Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Ankush Hazra, Rudranil Ghosh, Saurav Das, Sohini Sarkar, Priyanka Sarkar and Nusraat Faria
Rajat (Rudranil Ghosh), Anupam (Ankush Hazra) and Gansha (Anirban Bhattacharya) lie to their wives (played respectively by Sohini Sarkar, Nusraat Faria and Priyanka Sarkar) for a trip to Thailand. As luck would have it, the trio foment trouble on foreign shores and get embroiled in a financial scandal. Rajat must get married to a foreigner in order to extricate themselves. Unbeknown to them, their wives also arrive in Thailand. What follows is a laugh riot.