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What They’re Watching In India This Autumn

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Updated: 5 October 2016
With a bunch of Bollywood movie releases lined up over the next month and with the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) Film Festival just around the corner, it is the season of cinema in India. Here’s a list of Autumn’s hottest film releases from mainstream Bollywood and the indie world.

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story

We love our cricket captain Dhoni! Cricket and bollywood maniacs will be combining forces this season with the release of this much awaited movie about M.S. Dhoni’s journey to being the master cricketer that he is today. Featuring Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni, and Kiara Advani as his wife, Sakshi, in the lead roles along with Anupam Kher, this movie is from the acclaimed director of the award-winning film A Wednesday, Neeraj Pandey.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Karan Johar is back with a brand new romantic drama. Its soundtrack from Pritam Chakraborty is already making waves around the country. Starring Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai, and Ranbir Kapoor, this story of an unconventional love triangle is likely to leave the country sobbing ugly, laughing hysterically, and experiencing the whole spectrum of emotions Johar’s cinema usually does. Even this one and half minute teaser is oozing drama.

Dharavi Hustle

This barely-ten minute documentary about Mumbai’s hip-hop culture is a must see for anyone seeking to understand how the global subcultural movement set roots in the streets of Asia’s largest slum. The filmmakers talk to artists from the city about their inspiration, aspirations, and struggles. You can watch the full documentary on YouTube.

India In A Day

India’s first crowd-sourced, feature-length documentary is here! Directed by Richie Mehta, whose previous films include critically acclaimed Siddharth, this project intends to be a time capsule of what life was really like in India on October 10th, 2015. Inviting folks from around the country to use whatever technology is available at their disposal to film their lives on this particular day, Mehta received some 16,000 film submissions totaling about 400 hours. Producers include Anurag Kashyap, Ridley Scott, and Google.

Mirzya

Featuring Bollywood newcomers Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher, this epic action-romance drama is inspired by the Punjabi folk tale of Mirza and Sahiban. This movie will re-create a contemporary version of the two young lovers’ tragic story contrasted with flashes of the fantastical universe of the folklore. Directed by one of the country’s finest, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, and featuring music from Shankar-Ehsan, this movie looks indisputably promising.

Pink

From National Film Award winning Bengali and Hindi film director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Pink is a compelling courtroom drama about three young women who accept a dinner invitation from three young men after a night out at a music concert, which ends up spurring a terrifying chain of events. Featuring Amitabh Bachchan as a peculiar lawyer along with Taapsee Pannu, Falak Ali, and Andrea Tariang as the three girls, this is probably one of the most socially relevant films Bollywood has given us this year.