Thu, Mar 19, 2009

Four films based on different themes and subjects are going to release this Friday.

Leading the pack is Nandita Das ’s directorial debut Firaaq , a movie set just a month after the Gujarat riots of 2002. Starring Naseeruddin Shah , Shahana Goswami , Sanjay Suri , Tisca Chopra , Deepti Naval and Paresh Rawal , ‘Firaaq’ traces the emotional journey of ordinary people - some who were victims of the riots, some perpetrators, some who chose to watch silently, and some who are baying for revenge. As an ensemble film, it follows multiple narratives that are at some times interconnected and at times discreet, yet all are united by their emotional context.

While ‘Firaaq’ is doubtlessly a serious film, those in the mood for something light can catch the Vinay Pathak - Gul Panag starrer Straight . The film has Pathak playing an introvert who’s never had any intimacy with women. He runs a restaurant in London and is tired of being laughed at by people. His life changes when he hires a beautiful cashier (Gul Panag) who helps him come out of the closet but also sparks new fears in him – that he might be Gay.

Directed by Parvati Balagopalan, ‘Straight’ also stars Anuj Choudhury, Siddharth Makkar, Rasik Dave, Ketaki Dave, Achla Sachdev.
Another lighthearted tragic-comic movie to release this Friday is Barah Aana . The film tells the story of three friends – a driver (Naseeruddin Shah), a watchman ( Vijay Raaz ), and a waiter (Arjun Mathur). The three live struggling lives until the watchman stumbles upon a way to make quick money. Thereon begins a chain of events that leads the three friends into the direction none had wanted to take.

The fourth film to release is a rom-com starring Aftab Shivdasani , Aamna Sharif , Linda Arsenio and Kulbhushan Kharbanda . Titled Aloo Chaat , the movie promises oodles of fun. At its centre are three characters – an NRI (Aftab) visiting his family in Delhi. He loves Aamna, another NRI who’s desi at heart. Linda plays an American citizen looking to settle in India.

‘Aloo Chaat’ tells the story of a young man who ties the knot with a girl of his choice but faces opposition from his family.