Sunday brunches are the weekend's very own twilight zone—you wake up late and suddenly find yourself stuck between the freedom of the weekend and the impending week ahead. All that remains of your #WeekendVibes is the realisation that you are just hours away from your back-to-back emails, conference and video calls or just the never-ending household chores.
If you’ve exhausted your this week’s quota of shows and films to bingewatch, that's okay, though. LF is introducing Sunday Bollywood Brunch—here are six handpicked movies that will tap into your love of food and travel. Now you can ease yourself into what remains of the Sunday and an even better Monday morning.
“Your eyes are like two drops of coffee in a cloud of milk,” says a love-struck Laurent to Shashi. Wouldn’t you agree, too? A homemaker and a mother, Shashi has only one priority—to keep her family happy. And she does so by feeding them, from snacks to laddus. She is also a homechef with a loyal patronage selling her laddus like hot cakes. Despite her accomplishments, her teenage daughter considers Shashi an embarrassment on account of her broken English while her ever-busy-with-work husband believes that she’s only role is that of making laddus. This is when Shashi decides to forges her own path by overcoming her insecurities, mastering the English language and eventually transforming into a self-assured and confident woman. After receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, this film is sure to win your heart as well.
When: May 10, 2020; 10:00 am
You will have to skip your diet, as this movie is sure to leave you hungry. Meet Amitabh Bachchan, who plays Buddhadeb Gupta, a London restaurateur who prides himself on his Indian food, especially his biryani, which he thinks is as good, if not better, than the Renaissance artist, Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. Buddha’s life is centred around his kitchen, until one evening when the no-nonsense, visibly intelligent Nina Verma, played by Tabu, rocks his world by schooling him on the right way to cook zafrani biryani. Which brings us to the premise: they flirt, date, and fall in love. An extra-ordinary couple, he's 64, she's 34, their extra-ordinary relationship hits rock bottom when Nina’s 58-year-old father, played by Paresh Rawal, objects to their union. Will their love stand the test of time? You’ll have to watch to find out.
When: May 17, 2020; 10:00 am
Dil Dhadakne Do
It’s the 50th wedding anniversary of power couple, Kamal and Neelam Mehra—played by Anil Kapoor and Shefali Shah—who decide to host their friends and family to a Mediterranean cruise. Also involved in the grand escapade are their kids, Ayesha and Kabir (Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Ranveer Singh), who are misfits in the lives they are leading. The plot of the dramedy unfolds onboard the cruise as each member of the Mehra family finds a hard path to come to terms with their unhappy lives and find meaning and purpose to it. And all this while you’re surrounded by the incredible azure oceans, sprinkled generously with some of the best sight-seeing locations in the Mediterranean region.
When: May 24, 2020; 1:00 pm
Follow the lives of Ved, played by Ranbir Kapoor, and his soulmate Tara, played by Deepika Padukone, the movie first explores their togetherness as complete strangers and then their loneliness despite being ‘together’. Taking off in Corsica, France, Ved and Tara, first meet under aliases, live out an adventurous and impulsive week, and shake on an agreement that they'll never meet again. But as fate would have it, they do. However, this time Tara meets an off-vacation Ved, someone who is bogged down by his corporate job, the ordinariness and the routine of his life which is nothing but soul-crushing. From there, the story turns out to be Ved's search for himself, when he decides to follow his dreams and passion. A perfect watch for those trying to find purpose or a middle ground between what you want and what your parents want from you.
When: May 31, 2020; 10:00 am
“I think we forget things if we have no one to tell them to,” says Saajan Fernandes, a widower played by Irrfan Khan. At times all we need is to talk to someone, anyone. Feeding us with hope and a wonderfully upbeat sense of purpose, is this lunchbox that helps its characters find companionship. At its heart, the movie follows Saajan, whose days go by squeezing into crammed buses and trains, and in a deadbeat office. However, one wrong lunchbox leads him into a chaste relationship with Ila, an unhappy housewife, played by Nimrat Kaur, who spends her days cooking, cleaning, washing and going unnoticed by her husband. After realising the mix up, the strangers begin to communicate through a series of letters, revealing a little more of themselves with each exchange. After all, romance can blossom even in the least expected ways.
When: June 7, 2020; 10:00 am
“Man smells poorly,” wrote Aristotle, the great Greek philosopher, while Charles Darwin, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, concluded that a sense of smell was of “extremely slight service” to the civilised human. Challenging this very notion is the young Sunny, played by Khushmeet Gill, who goes from having no sense of smell to an extremely heightened olfactory sense. The movie largely fixates on Sunny’s superhuman ability to smell—from what’s cooking at the neighbour’s to whether or not you’ve worn enough perfume. As someone with a nose, it’s easy to identify with the Gill family’s ‘naak’ fascination or rather, “kul ki poonji”. Perfect for family-time, this movie follows the adventures of Sunny, who uses his super-powered nose, to play Sherlock.