Khaali Peeli

Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter in ‘Khaali Peeli’.

Your weekend watch: Bollywood is back on the big and small screen

Bollywood is back for South Africans fans with two films to keep a look out for this weekend.

Khaali Peeli

Ananya Panday and Ishaan Khatter in ‘Khaali Peeli’.

You can get out and catch it on the big screen or on the small screen from the comfort of your couch, but Bollywood movies are back for fans with two new releases. 

What’s on

Maqbool Khan’s Khaali Peeli, which stars Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday, have kicked off the return of Bollywood to the big screen, while romcom drama Ginny Weds Sunny — featuring Vikrant Massey and Yami Gautam — debuts on the small screen.

Where can you get your Bollywood fix?

Khaali Peeli is now showing at Cine Centre theatres nationwide and is also available on demand while Ginny Weds Sunny began streaming on Netflix globally from midday on Friday 9 October 2020.

What you can expect from ‘Khaali Peeli’

Masala films are generally known for containing a blend of genres, but always focussing on producing captivating entertainment. The whistles in theatres when the hero makes his entry and during those action-packed climatic sequences usually are the usual testament to this.

Khaali Peeli is a Masala entertainer, and it’s one that all Bollywood fans can look out for, now that cinemas have reopened.

This film tells the story of Pooja (Ananya Panday), a young girl who escapes the goons of a brothel that are trying to marry her off. Pooja steals a bag of money before running into Vijay (Ishaan Khatter), a cunning, street-savvy taxi driver who will do anything to make a quick buck.

The pair embark on a journey through the streets of Mumbai to evade the goons led by Yusuf Chikna (Jaideep Ahlawat) before discovering that their paths were once connected.

The film delivers some sizzling chemistry, a peppy soundtrack, some fiery action and loads of atmosphere as India’s young talent shine in their roles. This film comes highly recommended.

‘Ginny Weds Sunny’ – A story to fall in love with

If you’re looking for a great love story, then Ginny Weds Sunny is exactly what you should see. Debutant director Puneet Khanna introduces Sunny’s (Vikrant Massey) dream of getting married so that he can open up his own restaurant.

When his childhood crush Ginny (Yami Gautam) re-enters his life, he makes the move he had always wanted to. But there is a catch, and that is that in typical Indian rom-com tradition, arranged marriages often play a key role.

And in this love story, Ginny wants to marry for love. And so the plot unfolds with Sunny, along with Ginny’s mother (Ayesha Raza Mishra) concocting a plan to make the heroine fall for him.

What unfolds is an ideal blend of strong performances and crisp direction coupled with some cheesy writing and great music. Look out for the recreation of the classic Mika Singh track “Saawan Main Lag Gayi” as well as the soulful “Phoonk” and “Phir Chala”.

All in all, Ginny Weds Sunny is perfect viewing for romantics exactly and delivers a really fun film to enjoy.