Film Releases This Week: Which to Watch? Article 15, Drive, Noblemen, Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna, Maari 2

This a week of many releases, thankfully we are here to help you make the right choice for your date night!


Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Jacqueline Fernandez, Vikramjeet Virk, Boman Irani
Directed by: Tarun Mansukhani
Samar, a stunt car driver, falls in love with his beautiful neighbour whose husband owes the mafia money. Before he can change gears, the stuntman finds himself neck deep in a plot involving the underworld and a heist at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Watch it because…

1) There is a stunt car driver involved which means one can look forward to some serious rubber burning action.

2) Drive the Bollywood version is the official remake of the Hollywood movie of the same name from 2011 starring Ryan Gosling and Cary Mulligan. If you have watched the English version, watch the Hindi version to play film critic and compare the two; if you haven’t seen the English version, then this should be a novel experience.

3) Not much more about the plot has been revealed, leading us to believe there could be something worth discovering.


Genre: Drama (Indian English language)
Starring: Kunal Kapoor, Ali Haji, Ivan Rodrigues, Mohommad Ali Mir, Ankit Kukreti, Muskkaan Jaferi, Shaan Groverr, Soni Razdan, Manav Chauhan, Parag Gupta, Abhay Narang
Directed by: Vandana Kataria
A story set in the messy world of boarding schools and boarding school politics in which a teenage boy bullied to breaking point must prove his survival skills and get his own back.

Watch it because…

1) This is a coming-of-age film with a dark twist unlike what you may have seen so far. The makers of the film call it a ‘thematic representation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.’ The play also serves as the backdrop for the major part of the film’s plot.

2) The film premiered at the New York Indian Film Festival in 2018 where Ali Haji won the award for ‘Best Child Actor.’

3) Noblemen tackles difficult themes of male adolescence and experiments with homosexuality that play out within the confines of boarding schools. According to the director it is most importantly a cautionary tale of the ramifications of bullying.

Hume Tumse Pyaar Kitna

Genre: Thriller
Starring: Karanvir Bohra, Priya Banerjee, Mahesh Balraj, Samir Kochchar
Directed by: Lalit Mohan
A bookstore owner in Manali falls in love with the resident author of the quiet hill town. This should be the start of a romantic story but it turns sinister as unrequited love turns into obsession. This is a story about the dark side of love.

Watch it because…

1) This is TV actor Karanvir Bohra’s first Bollywood film in a leading role. He has previously been quite popular with critics as well as audiences for his roles on the small screen. Whether you do or do not watch television, he is an actor to keep an eye out for.

2) The title track of the movie is a remake of the original ‘Humse tumse pyaar kitna’ sung by Kishore Kumar and Parveen Sultana. This time it has Sonu Nigam, and Shreya Ghoshal’s honeyed voice with additional lyrics by Shabbir Ahmed. Treat your parents to this movie so they can hum along!

3) In the hot weather we are having, watching a film set amid the snow-capped mountains of Himachal Pradesh might help cool your head.

Article 15

Genre: Crime thriller
Starring: Ayushmann Khurana, Isha Talwar, Manoj Pahwa, Sayani Gupta, Kumud Mishra, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Directed by: Aubhav Sinha
An upstanding police officer deep in the heart of India fights caste discrimination in the wake of a horrific rape and murder case…

Watch it because…

1) Ayushmann Khurana rarely disappoints in his portrayal of delicate subjects. Watching him in his most serious role so far should be a meaningful experience.

2) Even though there cop movies aplenty in Indian cinema, Ayushmann has gone the extra mile to craft his character. “When we were shooting in Lucknow, I met a few IPS officers. I observed the way they behaved in their day-to-day routine and how they salute. I learned and honed the basics. I did not imitate any cop from films. My intention was to imitate real-life cops.” (Source: Mid-Day interview as quoted on

3) The movie brings to the fore the important issue of continued caste and sex-based discrimination and violence in the country. For those of us who are not really clued in, this film will be educative.

Maari 2

Genre: Action comedy (Hindi dubbed)
Starring: Dhanush, Sai Pallavi, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Tovino Thomas, Robo Shankar, Krishna Kulasekaran
Directed by: Balaji Mohan
This film takes off from where Maari left off, with pigeon-racing gangster and all round fun guy Maari and his pack of rascals still prowling the streets while rival gang members keep making attempts on Maari’s life. But this time there is a new foe in town seeking vengeance and a new misadventure is on the cards…

Watch it because…

1) If you watched Maari, then this film continues the story. If you have not watched the first film, Dhanush in his ‘righteous rowdy’ avatar is still fun to watch.

2) Sai Pallavi as the autorikshaw driving ‘loosu ponnu’ (crazy girl) in love with Maari and almost equally rowdy is super cool in her uninhibited performance.

3) There is something refreshingly quirky about South Indian films that Hindi films just cannot match.

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