Let's take a look at what’s releasing in theatres this week across languages.
The fourth week of August has an interesting line-up of theatrical releases from Vijay Deverakonda’s Liger to George Miller's Three Thousand Years Of Longing. Learn about the titles releasing this week in detail below:
Liger (August 25; Telugu, Hindi)
Vijay Deverakonda makes his Hindi film debut with the Puri Jagannadh directorial. Liger, starring Ananya Panday as the female lead, will be released in India in multiple languages. The trailer depicts the journey of Vijay's character, who is described as a crossbreed between a lion and a tiger, from a tea seller in Mumbai to training to compete in mixed martial arts championships. The images show him and his mother, played by Ramya Krishnan, wearing their emotions on their sleeves. The sports action drama, co-produced by Karan Johar and Charmme Kaur, features cinematographer Vishnu Sarma, stunt director Kecha from Thailand, and Ronit Roy, Makarand Deshpande, and Getup Srinu, in key roles.
Theerppu (August 25; Malayalam)
The cast includes Prithviraj Sukumaran, Indrajith Sukumaran, Saiju Kurup, Isha Talwar, and Hannah Reji Koshy. According to the trailer, it is a gripping story about four friends who have a dark, troubled past. Rathish Ambat and Murali Gopy reunite on Theerppu after Kammara Sambhavam. Sunil KS is the cinematographer, and Deepu Joseph is the editor. Murali Gopy composes the songs, and Gopi Sundar provides the background score.
Diary (August 26; Tamil)
Diary, starring Arulnithi, is directed by debutant Innisai Pandiyan and produced by S Kathiresan under the Five Star Creations banner, with Sekar Babu co-producing. This one is described as an investigation thriller, and it stars Pavithra Marimuthu, Chaams, Kishore, and Jayaprakash, among others. The technical crew includes music composer Ron Ethan Yohan and cinematographer Arvinnd Singh. Diary has been edited by Raja Sethupathi. Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies is in charge of distribution.
Adho Andha Paravai Pola (August 26; Tamil)
KR Vinoth directs, having previously worked as an associate director for Tamizhuku En Ondrai Azhuthavum and assisting director G Kicha. At its core, Adho Andha Paravai Pola discusses how, when confronted with a difficult situation, one should not succumb to it, but rather summon the courage to swim through it. The title is inspired by Kannadasan's cult song from MGR's Aayirathil Oruvan and represents the essence of the film. This one, starring Amala Paul, was extensively shot in the lush jungles of the Western Ghats in Wayanad and Kerala.
Lokkhi Chhele (August 25; Bengali)
The film, based on true events, follows the journey of a young girl who is born with four hands and is revered as a goddess in her village. It delves into the girl's inherent caste and religious issues. Kaushik Ganguly directs the film, featuring Ambarish Bhattacharya, Churni Ganguly, and Babul Supriyo.
Kolkata Chalantika (August 25; Bengali)
The film tells the dynamic story of Kolkata and its people. Kolkata Chalantika narrates the journey of people who collectively represent the city by following the lives of various characters. Sourav Das, Ishaa Saha, Aparajita Adhya, and Satabdi Chakraborty star in the film, which is directed by Pavel.
Three Thousand Years Of Longing (August 26; English)
George Miller's fantasy film, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, was supposed to hit theatres on August 31. The titular roles are played by Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. Three Thousand Years of Longing follows Dr Alithea Binnie (Swinton) as she recalls a strange story about a trip she took to Istanbul. As a lone academic, she travels to the country to attend a conference but decides to purchase a souvenir to remember her time there. In the process, she meets a powerful Djinn (Elba) who grants her three wishes in exchange for his freedom. But she makes a wish that neither of them expects. Miller adapted the film from AS Byatt's fantasy short story The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye. The film received a six-minute standing ovation in Cannes.
Kudukku 2025 (August 26; Malayalam)
Bilahari K Raj, who made his directorial debut with Kunchacko Boban's Allu Ramendran, has directed Kudukku 2025, which stars Krishna Sankar. The film, which also stars Shine Tom Chacko and Durga Krishna, deals with a futuristic concept and includes mystery and thrill.
Bhala Chora Bhala (August 26; Telugu)
Directed by A Pradeep, the film features Khayyum Ali, Naveen Neni, Ram Jagan, and Venkatesh Marturu. Bhala Chora Bhala tells the story of Raj and his friends, who get entangled in criminal activity and how they try to get away from the mess they have created.
Vikipedia (August 26; Kannada)
The film, directed by Somu Hoysala, stars Yashvanth Kumar and Ashika Somashekar. Without money, Vikas becomes disoriented in an unknown city. He has always been reliant on his parents, so when he is left alone, he meets new people and gains new experiences that teach him life lessons.
The Invitation (August 26; English)
Evie takes a DNA test after her mother dies and discovers she has a cousin. She is invited to a lavish English countryside wedding, where she meets the rest of the family. But things quickly take a gothic turn when she discovers her family's sinful secrets. Jessica M Thompson directs the film, which stars Nathalie Emmanuel, Thomas Doherty, and Stephanie Corneliussen.
Dollu (August 26; Kannada)
When a village begins to adopt the urban culture, a Dollu drummer and dancer named Bhadra attempts to reassemble his team to keep the traditions alive. Karthik Mahesh, Nidhi Hegde, and Chandra Mayura star in the Sagar Puranik-directed film.
Kalapuram (August 26; Telugu)
A first-time director teams up with an unscrupulous producer and his film is jeopardised. Satyam Rajesh, Chitram Srinu, Kashima Rafi, and Sanchitha Poonacha star in the film, which is directed by Karuna Kumar.
Samaira (August 26; Marathi)
Samaira, a travel blogger, meets Jaso, who is in India for the Pandharpur Varieties Festival (a yatra to Pandharpur, Maharashtra). They try to overcome their inner conflicts as they embark on a journey together. The film, directed by Rishi Deshpande, stars Ketaki Narayan and Ankur Rathee.
Kanmani Paappa (August 26; Tamil)
When a family buys and moves into a grand house in the hills of Kodaikanal, supernatural events begin. How will they get away from the horror? Manimaran directed the film, which stars Thaman Kumar, Mia Sree, and Kottachi.
Shiva 143 (August 26; Kannada)
When Arvind's wife goes missing, he faces a race against time to find her. However, he quickly becomes the prime suspect. How will he solve the mystery surrounding her disappearance? The film, directed by Anil Kumar, features Dheeren Ramkumar and Manvitha Kamath.
Koutilya (August 26; Kannada)
When politicians' election campaign funds are discovered to be counterfeit notes bearing the Koutilya symbol, a special investigative officer is assigned to lead the interrogation. Prabhakar Sherkhane directs the film, which stars Arjun Ramesh and Priyanka Chincholi.
New (August 26; Telugu)
New, directed by Rajendra Darshan, follows Eshwar and Niveda, two childhood best friends who fall in love. The lead actors are Sri Ram Siddarth Krishna and Srujana Polishetty.
Peace (August 26; Malayalam)
Peace, directed by Sanfeer K and produced by Dayaparan under the banner of Script Doctor Pictures, is billed as a social satire with thriller elements. The story revolves around Carlos, an online delivery partner, and the events that unfold around him. In 75 days, it was shot in Thodupuzha, Ernakulam, and Kottayam. Joju George, Anil Nedumangad, Siddique, Remya Nambeesan and Aditi Ravi star in the film.