Friday, May 23 will see the release of three Indian and one foreign release, giving a huge relief to IPL-struck Indians and the box-office will vie for the best collection in every region this weekend.
Ironic though, all the Indian films see second generations playing lead roles, Jackie Shroff’s son Tiger is the lead character in Heropanti with daredevil stunts has been the talk of Bollywood while in the south, Tamil hero Rajinikanth’s animation film Kochadaiiyaan will storm the theatres against all the odds to create records. In Hyderabad, another cinema-centric city, the Akkineni family drama ‘Manam’ will hit screens throughout the state of Andhra Pradesh and Nizam area, besides many neighbouring states like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Kochadaiiyaan, directed by Rajinikanth’s younger daughter Soundarya R. Ashwin, is the country’s first 3D animated photo-realistic motion capture film, a new experiment that might make Rajinikanth evergreen character in the minds of Tamil viewers and Telugu, Hindi and Bhojpuri viewers too get to enjoy the film.
Apart from Rajinikanth, Telugu film ‘Manam’ will feature the late actor Nageswara Rao in his last film, alongside his son Akkineni Nagarjuna and grandson Naga Chaitanya. The family drama of three generations takes cue from the English film “Back to Future” and recreates re-birth phenomenon.
But theatres will be equally crowded with X-Men, the seventh film in the X-Men series directed by Bryan Singer and the film has been a big crowd-puller throughout the last decade in India too.
X-Men stars include Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart.