February marks the release of four eagerly anticipated Bollywood titles at Ster-Kinekor theatres in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng: ABCD launches at The Zone (Rosebank) and Gateway (Durban) on 08 February, while Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story and Murder 3 will both be released at Ster-Kinekor Gateway on Valentine’s Day, 14 February. Kai Po Che! is due for release on 22 February at Ster-Kinekor Gateway.
ABCD (Any Body Can Dance) : From the land that gave the world the word ‘drama’, and where drama and dance are inextricably linked, Ster-Kinekor Theatres brings you India’s first 3D dance masterpiece by Indian dance-master Remo D’Souza – of Dance India Dance fame.
ABCD is scheduled for release on 08 February at The Zone in Rosebank and Gateway (Durban), to coincide with its international release in India. With the latest technology in its cinemas, lovers of Bollywood films can truly appreciate D’Souza’s efforts in this much anticipated film.
Bollywood is drama, Bollywood is dance: everyone knows that. So who to choose for the lead role of a pulsating, cutting-edge movie that sets a benchmark for others to follow? D’Souza said there was only one name – Prabhu Deva. D’Souza has confirmed that he is already working on a sequel to ABCD that will again feature Deva in the lead role.
A national icon in India where he stands out as the judge in the TV reality show, Jhalak Dikhla Jaa, D’Souza believes ABCD will revolutionise the dance-movie genre and will catapult Deva to international stardom.
And, Deva does not disappoint in this role. He plays Saresh Kalangutkar, a dancer who has risen to the top of his profession and is then unceremoniously ejected from his lofty perch at the head of his swish dance academy in Mumbai by an unscrupulous business partner. The humiliating tumble almost kills him, because dance is more than just a passion for Saresh – it is the reason he lives. Broken past the point of despair, Saresh prepares to leave his beloved Mumbai forever.
But the night before his departure, he stumbles across a group of street dancers whose passion and love for dance mesmerises him and sets him on a path of self-discovery and accomplishment when he decides to take the desperate group under his wing as they prepare for the upcoming Ganpati Dance Battle, and turn them into India’s best dance squad.
The results are spectacular, producing jaw-dropping dance sequences that come alive in a way that can only be fully appreciated on Ster-Kinekor’s big screens. Don’t miss ABCD – at The Zone in Rosebank and Gateway (Durban), from 08 February.
Murder 3: Bollywood’s love affair with South Africa steps up a gear when, on Valentine’s Day (14 February), Ster-Kinekor premieres the latest thriller in the popular Bhatt brothers’ Murder series, Murder 3. It releases on 14 February at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban. Be sure to book early if you want seats on opening night, as this could make for the perfect Valentine’s Day meal-and-a-movie evening.
Mahesh Bhatt has decided to jettison Emraan Hashmi, who played the male lead in his two previous Murder movies. Instead, Murder 3 is a two-heroine-one-hero story, starring Randeep Hooda as wildlife photographer Vikram who falls for lounge waitress Nisha (Sara Loren, who has changed her stage name from Mona Lizza) and takes her to live with him in his palatial-but-spooky mansion. Nisha soon discovers all is not as it seems; the house is as mysterious as the man who built it.
Vikram is still trying to come to terms with the mysterious disappearance of his previous girlfriend, Roshni (Aditi Rao Hydari) and the plot twists and turns as it heads to a thrilling climax. This being a Mahesh Bhatt movie, there are plenty of sizzling love scenes and a play on the nature of frustrated romance and relationships.
Interestingly, the film was shot predominantly in Cape Town, with scene-setters filmed in Goa, India.
Bhatt has built his reputation on bringing tense thrillers that keep his audience on the edge of their seats – Murder 3 is no exception. Strong women who triumph over the odds is also one of Bhatt’s trademarks, so you can expect a lot from his heroine duo.
But, will love and good triumph in the end? Don’t be too sure. Murder 3 is a must-see if you are a fan of this genre. Don’t miss it at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban from 14 February.
Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story
Without a doubt, the mercurial Vivek Oberoi is one of the hottest male leads in Bollywood and he’s back on the big screen this Valentine’s Day as the lead in Kumar Taurani’s much-anticipated love caper, Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story. This film also releases on 14 February at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban.
Playing opposite him is Neha Sharma as Simran in this rollicking tale about a loveable street thug who falls for a girl who is not all she seems. Simran is Jayabntabhai’s worst enemy and this movie is all about falling in love with someone you would least expect to.
Oberoi’s versatility as an actor and his smouldering good looks are in such demand among Bollywood fans that this movie’s release last year had to be postponed because it would have clashed with another film he was starring in. However, the decision to postpone the release of Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story to coincide with the Valentine’s Day love season came too late for one of Atif Aslam’s songs written for the film that was also released early. Aa Bhi Jaa Mere Mehermaan is already a smash hit due to its early release, but there are two other Aslam songs – Thoda Thoda and Dil Na Jaane Kyun – in the film that his league of fans are eagerly anticipating.
Aslam himself also makes a cameo appearance during the songs, ensuring a feel-good movie jam-packed with plenty of “wow” moments.
Oberoi grows from strength to strength in everything he does. Since his award-winning debut in the movie, Company, he has played a variety of roles: he melted hearts as the lead in Kisna: The Warrior Poet, impressed as Kesu in Omkara, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello, and set pulses racing as the gangster Mava Dolas in the action thriller Shootout at Lokhandwala.
But Jayantabhai Ki Luv Story is a pure ‘beefcake-and-cheesecake affair’, with plenty of eye candy for both genders. Oberoi discards the luxurious beard he wore for Kisna and returns to the clean-cut look his females fans love so much. Sharma too beguiles and fascinates in this her second lead role in a Hindi movie and her fan base among cinema audiences is destined to grow thanks to her sizzling performance.
An interesting news snippet is that Oberoi is expecting the birth of his first child around the time of the release of this movie. He is married to Priyanka Alva, daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva.
Kai Po Che!: From the pen of one of India’s most popular novelists, Chetan Bhagat, Ster-Kinekor brings you Kai Po Che!, yet another heart-warming tale that has made it onto the big screen – this time about friendship, cricket, business, cricket, religion, cricket, politics and, yes you guessed it, cricket. Look out for cameo roles by Indian cricketing sensations Ajay Jadeja and Gaurav Kapur in this movie produced by Ronnie Screwvala and directed by Abhishek Kapoor. It opens at Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban on 22 February.
Chetan Bhagat’s other novels-turned-movies set new standards in entertainment hilarity. His novel Point Five Someone re-emerged on the big screen as Three Idiots (which broke all opening box office records in India), while One Night @ the Call Centre is known as the smash-hit movie, Hello.
Kai Po Che! is the name Bhagat himself chose for the movie version of his novel, The 3 Mistakes of My Life. It portrays three friends – Ishaan, Omi and Govind – who are battling to overcome their personal demons and who find the clues to their success in cricket. The action takes place at the turn of the millennium, amid a backdrop of religious politics in the city of Ahmedabad. The film will find resonance with South African audiences, where sport has also played a pivotal role in overcoming racial and cultural divides.
Kai Po Che! is all about how friendship (and cricket) help to reinforce our common humanity and how it can in turn overcome issues that threaten to divide us.
The friends are living in exciting times – it’s the turn of the millennium, India is a prosperous, growing, nuclear power and they want to get ahead. The trio hit on a brilliant plan – to start a cricket training academy and produce India’s next cricketing superstars.
As the story unfolds, Govind (newcomer Raj Kuma Yadav), a keen businessman in the making, makes three mistakes that could lead to both the trio’s friendship and fortunes unraveling. His friend Ishaan (another newcomer, Sushant Singh Raiput) is a passionate cricket player who has taken a young Muslim cricketer, Ali, under his wing. Omi (played by Amit Sadh) just wants to be with his friends and not be sucked into the religious politics that are threatening to engulf his family. Kai Po Che! is an unforgettable ode to friendship as it reminds us all that we are all human and we need each other.
Appreciating Bollywood at its best is made possible by Ster-Kinekor Theatres – don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience these four blockbuster titles on the big screen during February at The Zone in Rosebank and Ster-Kinekor Gateway in Durban.