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Dunki (UAE cinemas): Are you in the mood for an entertaining film that deals with a dense issue with a deft hand? If yes, then Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Dunki’, directed by Raj Kumar Hirani, is a great place to start. Unauthorised cross-border migrant crossings may be a grim issue, but trust the Munnabhai series director Hirani to humanise them with an emotionally-charged plot.’ He gives a face and voice to all those all-or-nothing desperate souls who would go to any lengths for a better life in a foreign land without reducing it to didactic, statistic-driven drivel. Vicky Kaushal, in an extended cameo shines bright. While Khan has the tendency to over-act in several scenes, Taapsee Pannu holds her own a lot better. Their chemistry as a romantic pair might not be potent, but they grow on you. Their desperate bid to reach the United Kingdom from their village Punjab without valid travel documents make for an interesting one-time watch.
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Neru (UAE cinemas): Director Jeethu Joseph and Malayalam’s top star Mohanlal re-unite for a legal thriller with ‘Neru’. Their collaborations like their hit Drishyam franchise have always been a big hit, and ‘Neru’ is no different. The movie tackles the issue of consent and violence against women in a sensitive and sensible manner. The courtroom procedural about a veteran lawyer (Mohanlal) taking on a case of a blind woman who is raped forms the spine of the film. Watch this for good performances from its stellar cast including Priyamani and Anaswara Rajan.
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Salaar (UAE cinemas): South Indian titans Prithviraj and Prabhas fuel this narrative on brotherhood, revenge, and rebellion. Director Prashanth Neel does a neat job of re-creating a dystopian city called Khansar. Big battles, epic set pieces and stunt spectacles make this a perfect cinematic concoction.
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Koffee with Karan (Disney+): Many unknown truths tumble out during the latest episode of Koffee with Karan that sees actor Ajay Devgn and filmmaker Rohit Shetty on the hot seat. Did you, for instance, know that Devgn’s dad, Veeru Devgan, was once a gangster on the mean streets of Mumbai before he went on to became an acclaimed action director? No? Okay, we aren’t spilling any more beans…. Tune in to watch the rest.
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Sam Bahadur (UAE cinemas): This Meghna Gulzar directorial may not have been all about the sound and fury that ‘Animal’ generated, but it has, in its own quiet way, created a more dignified buzz. Sam‘s career in the army spanned over four decades and five wars and he was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal. Manekshaw, fondly called ‘Sam Bahadur,’ led the Indian Army to victory in the 1971 Indo-Pak war, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. To make his feats known, a special screening of the Vicky Kaushal-starrer was organised for parliamentarians, Defence Officers, armed forces Veterans, and their families by Union Minister of State for Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar in Delhi recently.
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Thriller 40 (OSN): 'Thriller 40' is one of the best documentaries to have been made on pop sensation Michael Jackson. The title is a nod to the 40th-anniversary edition reissue of Thriller (1982), his sixth album. According to The Associated Press, the documentary is a deep examination of Jackson’s record that changed pop music forever, with commentary from Mary J Blige, Usher, Mark Ronson, Maxwell, will.i.am, Brooke Shields and others, and directed by the influential cultural critic, Nelson George.
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Migration (UAE cinemas): If your little ones have been insisting on a holiday that just couldn’t materialise, here’s the next best thing: Take them on a journey with a family of ducks. The birds decide to explore beyond their narrow world in New England and eye the far-off Jamaica. Instead, they end up in big, bold world of New York City. Cheer along with them as they make the most of their adventure.
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