This weekend promises remarkable performances on the big and small screen. Ayushman Khurana, Raveena Tandon, Sushmita Sen and Sandra Bullock lead the cast of Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, Aranyak, Aarya 2 and The Unforgivable respectively. For an overall effort, West Side Story and Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam are the ones to watch.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui: At the cinema
Manu (Ayushmann Khurrana) falls in love with Zumba trainer Maanvi (Vaani Kapoor) but things change when she tells him that she is a trans woman. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui explores the issue of gender identity in a comic way. Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film a 2.5 star rating and wrote in her review: “The film takes a path that no mainstream Bollywood film has dared, and yet it is strangely generic. “
Read Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’s review here.
Raveena Tandon made her digital debut with Aranyak, director of Vinay Waikul. She plays the role of harassed local cop, Kasturi Dogra, who teams up with Angad (Parambrata Chatterjee) to solve the case of the murder of a young tourist. As the two struggle to solve the case, old skeletons are unearthed and a forgotten myth is resurrected. The murder mystery also stars Ashutosh Rana, Meghna Malik, Indraneil Sengupta, and Zakir Hussain. If you are a fan of Raveena and have been waiting to watch her on screen, you can stream Aranyak on Netflix.
Read Aranyak’s review here.
Aarya 2: Disney Plus Hotstar
The first season of Sushmita Sen’s digital debut, Aarya, was a huge success. And now, the second season of Ram Madhvani’s show has wowed critics. Once again, Sen’s Aarya Sareen is back to protect her children and family at all costs, even if that means facing the drug mafia and getting her hands dirty. Indian Express reviewer Shubhra Gupta is already waiting for season three after watching season two. In her review, she wrote: “The real star of this season is Sen, the woman who is ‘just a working mom’ doing her thing. She overcomes our skepticism that she can’t rise. above her desire to look perfect at all times, and her dialogue delivery that can tend towards practiced similitude, and gets dirty.
Read Aarya 2’s review here.
The unforgivable: Netflix
Director Nora Fingscheidt The Unforgiveable stars American sweetheart Sandra Bullock as a matriarchal figure. She plays a woman who tries to rebuild her life after spending a long time in prison for a heinous crime. But it becomes difficult for him to find a place in a society that refuses to forget his past. In his review, Rohan Naahar of Indianexpress.com wrote: “The unforgivable kind of undermines itself and, in a weird way, makes fun of its own title. Of course, Ruth can be forgiven. Especially after experiencing the twist that the movie ends with. It should be noted, at this point, that Fingscheidt and his team of writers – Peter Craig, Hillary Seitz and Courtenay Miles – have retained that “twist” from the original British miniseries the film is based on. The wise decision would have been to modify it.
Read the review of The Unpardonable here.
West Side Story: In the movies
West Side Story by Steven Spielberg is an adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The plot revolves around two rival gangs belonging to two different ethnic groups, the American White Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Tony d’Ansel Elgort, member of the American Jets and Maria de Rachel Zegler, member of the Sharks and sister of Sharks leader Bernardo, fall in love. Shalini Langer of the Indian Express says Spielberg put a “modern twist on timeless history.” She wrote in her review: “In the divisions, tensions, uncertainties and silences of Steven Spielberg’s film, as much as in some of his songs, we notice our own worlds and realities.
Read the West Side Story review here.
Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam: ZEE5
West Side Story by Steven Spielberg is an adaptation of the famous Broadway musical of the same name by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. The plot revolves around two rival gangs belonging to two different ethnic groups, the American White Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Tony d’Ansel Elgort, member of American Jets, and Maria de Rachel Zegler, member of the Sharks and sister of Sharks leader Bernardo, fall in love. Shalini Langer of the Indian Express says Spielberg gave a “modern twist to timeless history.” She wrote in her review: “In the divisions, tensions, uncertainties and silences of Steven Spielberg’s film, as much as in some of his songs, we notice our own worlds and realities.
Read Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam’s review here.
Aar Paar: Amazon Prime Video
The romantic comedy Aar Paar stars Guru Dutt, Shyama and Shakila. The film features timeless melodies including “Sun Sun Sun Sun Zalima”, “Babuji Dheere Chalna”, “Ye Lo Main Haari Piya” and “Mohabbat Kar Lo Jee Bhar Lo”. In his weekly column Bollywood rewind, Sampada Sharma of indianexpress.com wrote, “Aar Paar is a unique movie that could be categorized as ‘Dark Comic’ – a thriller thriller with tons of light moments. It’s one of those simple movies that can put a smile on your face.