Not sure what to watch this weekend? Here’s a list of titles that would be worth your time.
The Empire: Disney Plus Hotstar
Set in the Mughal era, Mitakshara Kumar directorial The Empire is a visual extravaganza.
The Empire stars Kunal Kapoor, Dino Morea, Shabana Azmi, Drashti Dhami, Aditya Seal, and Rahul Dev. But its eight episodes feel a bit too much to take at one go.
However, this show could be a mildly exciting choice for those interested in history, given you get past the first couple of episodes.
Chehre: In cinemas
Rumy Jafry directorial Chehre stars Amitabh Bachchan, Annu Kapoor, Krystle D’Souza, Drithiman Chakroborthy, Raghubir Yadav, Siddhanth Kapoor and Rhea Chakraborty.
From the trailer, the film appeared to be an intriguing thriller with a strong star cast, but maybe the trailer was the best thing about the movie.
In her review, The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta called the movie’s plot “undercooked” and “stodgy”. Still, you can go and watch Chehre cherish once again the experience of watching a film on the 70 mm screen.
The Witcher Nightmare of the Wolf: Netflix
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is an animated movie that serves as the origin story of Geralt of Rivia’s grizzled mentor, Vesemir.
According to indianexpress.com’s Kshitij Rawat, “The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf is a win.
It features superb storytelling, is based on a script full of twists, is meaningful with moral dilemmas for its hero, and has great action and voice performances.
Irrespective of whether you have seen the original series, you will enjoy this one.”
What If? Episode 3: Disney Plus Hotstar
The third episode of What If…? is all about the founder of the all-powerful Avengers, and former director of S.H.I.E.L.D, Agent Nick Fury, voiced by Samuel L Jackson.
Indianexpress.com’s Anvita Singh, in her review of the episode, wrote, “On the whole, episode three is entertaining, but it feels too hurried on multiple occasions, which doesn’t give a chance to the viewer to sink their teeth into the show.”
Written and directed by Rathindran R Prasad, Boomika is an eco-horror thriller starring Aishwarya Rajesh, Vidhu, Pavel Navageethan, Madhuri, Surya Ganapathy, Ayaan Abhishek and Avantika Vandanapu.
It is a decent watch for those who have been waiting to experience a full-length, terror-inducing horror film.
The Green Knight: In Cinemas
The official synopsis of The Green Knight reads, “An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend.
‘The Green Knight’ tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless and headstrong nephew, who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight, a gigantic emerald-skinned stranger and tester of men.
Gawain contends with ghosts, giants, thieves, and schemers in what becomes a deeper journey to define his character and prove his worth in the eyes of his family and kingdom by facing the ultimate challenger.”
Inglorious Basterds: Netflix
Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 film Inglorious Basterds stars some of the most prominent names of American and European cinema.
The famous movie is entirely a figment of Tarantino’s imagination, in which the film’s charismatic heroine kills Hitler.
Now, that is one daring leap of fantasy for the filmmaker. It’s a story where the heroine avenges her past and rescues her future while plotting the death of Adolf Hitler.
If that doesn’t qualify as a fable of epic proportions, then what does?
Director Ganesh Vinayakan’s Thaen revolves around a tribal community that is not ready to give up on its native village in exchange for a comfortable life in an urban settlement.
The decision of the community’s people saves the jungles from falling into the hands of greedy corporates and criminal government officials.
However, the determination of the handful of tribal people to protect the natural ecosystem that has fed and nurtured them for generations comes at a cost.
Recommending the film, indianexpress.com’s Manoj Kumar R wrote, “Thaen puts several issues in perspective.
Especially India’s staggering digital divide and how it keeps a massive population of the country from accessing vital and urgent resources of the government.”