Banner: RSVP Movies, Guy in the Sky Pictures
Producer: Ronnie Screwala, Pragya Kapoor, Abhishek Kapoor, Abhishek Nayyar
Director: Abhishek Kapoor
Cast: Sushant Singh Rajput, Sara Ali Khan, Nitish Bharadwaj etc.
Story: It’s a story of a wealthy Hindu girl, Mukku, who takes a pilgrimage to the historic Keda
rnath Temple in the Uttarakhand Mountains she soon meets and falls in love with Mansoor, a humble Muslim boy, who becomes her guide.
Review:The direction is hardly appealing. Performance by Sushant Singh Rajput and Sara Ali Khan is very decent. Also it’s an outdated thought because today there are no takers for Hindu Muslim love story. Overall the poor promotion and also the slow pace of story will burn the hole in the maker’s pocket.
The Possession of Hannah Grace
Banner: Screen Gems, Broken Road Productions
Producer: Todd Garner, Sean Robins
Director: Diederik Van Rooijen
Cast: Shay Mitchell, Grey Damon. Kirby Johnson, Stana Katic
Story: Megan Reed (Shay Mitchell) is an ex-cop left service because of an incident in which her colleague was shot by a criminal as she froze. Thanks to one of her friends Lisa Roberts (Stana Katic), a nurse at a hospital, she gets a job in the graveyard shift of a hospital as the in-charge of a morgue. Thinks begin to happen when a badly cut up corpse of Hannah Grace is deposited at the morgue.
Review: The film starts promisingly but quickly slides into a standard ‘scary’ drama employing familiar screenplay elements and tricks of the horror genre. It has no genuine scary moments and thus the film falls flat. It’s technically well made. The performances are routine.
Verdict: It may not find much traction at the Indian box office.
BEN IS BACK (English)
Director: Peter Hedges
Story: The story revolves around Ben who Burns in serious trouble, returns home to his family on Christmas Eve.
Review: Peter Hedges failed to impress the audience in this troubled teen movie. The thriller-ish action almost derails the family issues that had been playing out in the film up to that point, with the dog feeling like an occasionally distracting canine McGuffin.
Mortal Engines (English)
Director: Christian Rivers
Cast: Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide, Stephen Lang
Story: Tom is a young Londoner who has only ever lived inside his travelling hometown, and his feet have never touched grass, mud or land. His first taste of the outside comes quite abruptly.
Review: It is a wonderfully designed Steampunk world, intricately crafted and brimming with social and political subtext. But debutant director Christian Rivers’ talents lie squarely in how he unleashes visual spectacle, and not in telling an emotionally engaging story.
Mumbai Pune Mumbai 3 (Marathi)
Banner & Producer: Mirah Entertainments Pvt Ltd
Director: Satish Rajwade
Cast: Mukta Barve, Swapnil Joshi etc.
Story: The third part of the Mumbai-Pune-Mumbai franchise picks up from where the second one left off. The story revolves around their life after marriage and how their ‘well-planned’ life suffers a setback, albeit a welcome one, after they learn that they are going to be parents.
Review: Despite a plain and simple story, MPM3 holds your attention. In fact, you can predict the plot but there’s hardly a boring patch in the film. There are two prominent reasons behind this, first being the cast and second being director Satish Rajwade’s observant execution which many parents would find relatable.
Banner/Producer: Priyanka Chopra
Director: Paakhi A. Tyrewala
Star Cast: Shika Gurung, Anmol Limbu, Sujoy Rai, Rupa Tamang
Story: When violence tears apart a remote village in the Indo-Nepal border, its residents are forced to flee. Among the displaced villagers is a couple and their 3 young children, but circumstances force the family to drift apart. Now on their own, the resilient children – Pranav, Amrita and their eight-month-old baby brother Bishal – embark on a journey of survival.
Review: Film didn’t perform well at thebox-office. But there is an expectation from the makers that they may recover making cost through word of mouth publicity.