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Weekend Watch: ‘E – The Movie’, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ And ‘Viceroy’s House’

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Compared to last week’s hoard of big ticket releases including Toilet – Ek Prem Katha, Taramani, VIP 2, et al, this week’s releases dull in comparison. With no major releases, especially in Tamil, we take a look at three releases — Malayalam movie E- The Movie, Hindi movie Bareilly Ki Barfi, and English-Hindi bilingual Viceroy’s House. 

E – The Movie

E marks Gautami Tadimala’s return to Malayalam cinema. The film is about how a mysterious event from the past comes to haunt Malathi Menon (Gautami) and unveils a secret. The film stars mostly newcomers.

Speaking at a Facebook chat live event, the actress said that the film is about human relationships – such as a mother’s love for her child, friendship, the beginning of a relationship, and the end of a relationship. 

The film has music by Rahul Raj and is being bankrolled by Amin Surani and Sangeeth Sivan production. Directed by Kukku Surendran, E is based on writer Rohan Bajaj’s novel, The Unknown

Bareilly Ki Barfi

Coming from Nil Battey Sannata‘s director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari comes romantic-comedy Bareilly Ki Barfi starring Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao, and Ayushmann Khurrana. The story revolves around three people — Chirag, Pritam and Bitti played by Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkumar Rao and Kriti Sanon respectively set in Uttar Pradesh. 

The director, speaking about her film, highlighted that the equation between Bitti (Kriti’s character) and her mother is a very interesting element of the narration, as it is a reflection of her personal relationship with her mother. “She keeps asking why am I ordering food from outside and not eating ‘ghar ka khaana’? Why am I buying so much ration if I am not cooking in the house? There is some special equation between a mother and a daughter and I love that. In this film, you get to see such equation between Bitti and her mother,” she tells IANS

The film is written by Dangal director Nitish Tiwari and has music composed by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu. 

Viceroy’s House

Gurinder Chadha’s Viceroy’s House (Partition: 1947 in Hindi) is a British-Indian historical drama starring Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal, Huma Qureshi, and Michael Gambon. The film gives audience a peek inside the life of the Viceroy’s House in 1947 during the Partition of India.

Lord Mountbatten (Hugh Bonneville) is dispatched, along with his wife Edwina (Gillian Anderson), to New Delhi to oversee the country’s transition from British rule to Independence. Taking his place in the Viceroy’s House, Mountbatten arrives hopeful for a peaceful transference of power. However, things go awry with the events leading up to the Partition. The film also draws parallel story-lines focusing on two staffs in the house falling in love.

Chadha in an interview said that her film is about India’s Partition of 1947, far from ignoring the freedom struggle, instead celebrating it. “I made Viceroy’s House so that this key moment in our shared British-Asian history – the 70th anniversary of the Independence of India and the birth of Pakistan – would not be lost. The events of 1947 are largely forgotten in the UK, and they were and continue to be of huge importance,” she said.

The film’s music is by Oscar winner AR Rahman and even has late actor Om Puri in a minor role.

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