Friday, August 16, 2013

Akshay Kumar vs. Shahrukh Khan in This Weekend's War of the Bollywood Film Gods

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 6:35 PM

The Hollywood 27 has become Nashville's weekly outpost for Hindi-language movies, which often rack up some of the country's highest per-screen grosses thanks to the ticket-buying power of Indian American audiences. This weekend you can see two of the biggest stars on the planet face off in splashy separate vehicles.

Opening this weekend is Once Upon a Time in Mumbai Dobaara!, director Milan Luthria's sequel to his 1970s-set gangster epic Once Upon a Time in Mumbai. Heartthrob Akshay Kumar plays a high-living gangland boss whose obsession with a budding film siren (Sonakshi Sinya) causes rupture within his ranks.

Gun-toting rivals, however, are less of a threat than the held-over Chennai Express (trailer below), which set box-office records overseas last week on the strength of matinee idol Shahrukh Khan. (I didn't know what celebrity was until I saw Khan appear once at an event in Toronto — the screams were like the beginning of A Hard Day's Night run through a Marshall stack.) In the Rohit Shetty-directed action comedy, Khan plays a bachelor who runs afoul of kidnappers pursuing a runaway arranged-marriage bride (Deepika Padukone).

Both movies play at the Hollywood 27; check here for show times and more information.

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