This weekend, movie lovers will be spoiled for choice as numerous movies and shows of various genres and languages have been released in theaters and on streaming platforms. While there are Runway 34, Heropanti 2, and Acharya for fans of masala artists, Gaslit and Tokyo Vice are good options for those looking to witness something meaningful from the comfort of their own home.
Runway 34: In cinemas
Ajay Devgn and Amitabh Bachchan led by Runway 34 is a courtroom drama in which Bachchan’s character of attorney Narayan Vidant interrogates Devgn Captain Vikrant Khanna when he is accused of endangering the lives of his occupants. Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film a 2.5 star rating. In her review, she wrote, “Ajay Devgn manages to deliver a fairly effective pre-interval part despite its not-so-chic and scheming parts; but the film falls apart as the second half’s curse approaches.”
Read our Runway 34 review here.
Heroopanti 2: In cinemas
The second movie in the Heropanti series, starring Tiger Shroff, Tara Sutaria and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, was released in theaters on Friday. In the film, Nawazuddin plays the role of a cyber-crime mastermind who wants to hack Indians’ bank accounts and steal their savings. But, Tiger is on a mission to save people’s hard-earned money. But this outdated plot could not convince film critics. Shubra Gupta gave the film a one star rating. She wrote in her review, “This movie has no plot. It’s basically a set-piece series that shows Tiger Shroff dancing, dancing, and dancing, while not cutting into groups of baddies.”
Read our Heropanti 2 review here.
Acharya: At the cinema
Telugu drama led by actor Chiranjeevi and his son Ram Charan. It also stars Kajal Aggarwal, Pooja Hegde and Sonu Sood in pivotal roles. The events of the film take place in the town of Temples, known for its peace and harmony. But few bad men disturb the serenity of the city and here enters our hero (Ram Charan) who will not let the whole town suffer because of a few bad people. And even when he fails, Acharya (Shirangevi) enters. Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com described the film as a snooze fest. “The writing is so poor that even the cast’s massive stardom feels inadequate to elevate this movie. It’s a snooze celebration,” he wrote in his review.
Read Acharya’s review here.
Tokyo Vice: Lionsgate Play
The HBO series is based on Jake Edelstein’s non-fiction book of the same name. It stars actor Ansel Elgort as Adelstein, an American journalist who joins the Tokyo Police to expose corruption. Indianexpress.com’s Rohan Nahar gave the show a 3-star rating and wrote in his review, “Despite the noticeable drop in quality after Michael Mann’s excellent first episode, the thick new HBO Max is still above the comparable crime drama out there.”
Read the Tokyo Vice review here.
Offer: Voot Select
The limited series revolves around the making of The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola. Rohan Nahar of Indianexpress.com thinks the series is “betraying the legacy” of an iconic movie. He wrote in his review of the series, “Unfocused, wildly airy and unnecessarily exciting, Paramount’s new self-congratulatory series about making The Godfather is something you could easily turn down.”
Read review of the show here.
Gaslit: Lionsgate Play
Gaslit, an anthology series based on the award-winning podcast Slow Burn and centered around the infamous scandal that brought down the Nixon presidency in 1974, is led by Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. Rohan Nahar described the series as “very entertaining” with his 4-star rating. He wrote, “While television producers stumble upon themselves to offer feminist readings of past events, Gaslit displays his progress in a tongue-in-cheek style that does not temper the sinister undertones of his fact-based story.”
Read Gaslit’s review here.
Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal: In cinemas
The basic premise of Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal revolves around two modern women (Nayanthara and Samantha Ruth Prabhu) fighting each other over a non-conformist and confused man (Vijay Sethupathi). Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com described the movie as a “huge mess”. He wrote in his review, “Vignesh Shivan’s latest romantic comedy Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal is a complete misstep. It offers very little but requires a lot of generosity from the audience to forgive Vignesh’s string of misjudgments in what appears to be a quick work on a movie.”
Read Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kadhal review here.