A new week and new releases. Unfortunately, like last week, the same doesn’t apply to Tamil Nadu owing to the strike called in protest against double taxation.
With no Tamil films this week, the three major releases are Raju Gari Gadhi 2, Victoria & Abdul, and Kaattu.
Raju Gari Gadhi 2 (Telugu)
A horror-comedy directed by Ohmkar, the film stars Nagarjuna Akkineni, Samantha Akkineni, Seerat Kapoor in the lead roles with a special appearance from Kajal Aggarwal. The film is a sequel to the Telugu film that released in 2015.
Nagarjuna will reprise his role as the mentalist Rudra. Samantha will be playing the role of a law student named Amrutha and a ghost of the same name. The film essentially revolves around a group of tourists vacationing at an island resort where they feel some paranormal presence. They seek Rudra’s help to understand the problem. Music is by S Thaman.
Victoria & Abdul (English)
The film is a biographical comedy-drama film, directed by Stephen Frears and written by Lee Hall. The film is based on the book of same name by Shrabani Basu, and on the real-life relationship between Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and her Indian Muslim servant Abdul Karim.
The film stars Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Michael Gambon, Tim Pigott-Smith, and others. The film debuted at No.2 at the UK box-office, with the movie grossing $4.7m in one weekend. Music is by Thomas Newman.
Directed by Arun Kumar Aravind, the film stars Asif Ali, Murali Gopy, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Manasa Radhakrishnan, Unny Rajan P Dev and others. It sets to explore short stories of veteran writer/filmmaker P Padmarajan, with a rustic setting tracing back to the 70s.
The film marks Varalaxmi’s second Malayalam film, after last year’s Kasaba. Music is by Deepak Dev, best known for his work in Urumi.