The Season of Love, Laughs and Magic
Our top picks for December 2018
Sara Ali Khan makes her debut in Kedarnath, a romantic drama set in the eponymous place of pilgrimage. Set against the backdrop of the 2013 Uttarakhand floods, the movie is about the relationship between a Hindu girl and a Muslim boy (Sushant Singh Rajput). The film releases on 7 December.
In 2011, Marvel Comics added a young, Afro–Latino Spider-Man called Miles Morales to their roster. On 14 December this year, Miles meets Peter Parker and the other ‘Spider-People’—each of whom protects a different, alternate universe—in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse. The animated film has Nicholas Cage, Mahershala Ali and Kimiko Glenn voicing characters.
If you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be a child, Disney is here to remind you with Mary Poppins Returns. The magical nanny (Emily Blunt) is back to help the Banks children through a difficult time in their lives. The musical, directed by Rob Marshall, releases on 19 December.
In Zero, Shahrukh Khan plays a dwarf who finds a companion in Anushka Sharma, who plays a scientist with cerebral palsy. This irreverant romantic comedy directed by Aanand L. Rai also stars Katrina Kaif. The film hits theatres on 21 December.
Andy Serkis reinvents Rudyard Kipling’s beloved masterpiece, in which a boy, torn between two worlds, accepts his destiny and becomes a legend. Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle has a star-studded cast that includes Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch and Freida Pinto. The film will premiere on Netflix on 7 December.
Based on Aravind Adiga’s novel of the same name, Selection Day is a coming-of-age drama about two brothers who are raised by their strict, obsessive father to be star cricketers in India. The first season of the original series premieres on Netflix on 28 December.
Touted as the Chinese Lord of the Rings, Jin Yong’s A Hero Born: Legends of Condor Heroes (Hachette), which has sold more than 300 million copies so far, will release in India this month. The book is set against the backdrop of Genghis Khan’s invasion of the Song Empire in 1200 AD.
Bloomsbury is bringing out newer editions of several classics such as Anton Chekov’s Three Years and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Humiliated and Insulted. Part of this list is Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, which was first published in 1931 and is considered to be her most ambitious novel.
Another book to look forward to is the English translation of the renowned Belgian painter René Magritte’s Selected Writings.
Actor Manisha Koirala writes the personal story of her battle against ovarian cancer in Healed (Penguin Random House). From her treatment to the strength it took to rebuild her life, the book recounts her difficult but inspiring journey.