Posted Wed, March 5, 2014 12:20pm IST

Film goers can treat themselves to a variety this weekend

From Madhuri Dixit Nene’s Gulaab Gang, to cross border rom-com Total Siyapaa and the sexy Kangana Ranaut’s not so sexy avatar in Queen, Bollywood fans have three different movies to look forward to. Hollywood fans too can indulge in 300: Rise of an Empire and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Here take a look at what you can expect, early reviews and ratings.

Gulaab Gang: Somewhere in the Hindi heartland, an ashram of sorts has been set up by Rajjo (Madhuri Dixit) where women armed with axes and sickle and dressed in pink nine yards, mete out the evil and seek out justice for one and all, while making hand-ground spices, hand-woven baskets and hand-woven sarees. But when the party she was campaigning for reveals its true colors, Rajjo knows she has a whole new battle ahead of her. And a force of evil she hasn`t encountered in the past – Sumitra Devi (Juhi Chawla) whose money, bullet, connection-driven juggernaut of politics is a threat she hasn’t encountered before. Realizing the devil is soon enough going to swamp and silence and encompass the work she has been striving for all these years, and bring her into a deadlier web of buyout, Rajjo has to battle this new unseen devil. At the ballot box. With something she has lived to learn all these years the strength of soul, song and stick. This season the color of justice is pink.(Summary from

Cast – Madhuri Dixit Nene, Juhi Chawla, Divya Jagdale, Priyanka Bose, Tannishtha Chatterjee

Director – Soumik Sen

Verdict – The movie is much anticipated and talked about, garnering positive pre-screening reviews. Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla return to the lime-light and deliver great lead performances. The story-line also touches upon some serious issues and plays them out well. I would suggest you give this one a watch.

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300: Rise of an Empire: The film acts as the much awaited sequel to 2006’s 300. The film is based on Frank Millers latest graphic novel Xerxes, and presented in the same visual style as its predecessor, the new chapter of the epic saga takes the action to a fresh battlefield on the sea as Greek general Themistokles attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war.

Cast – Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Rodrigo Santoro

Director – Noam Murro

Verdict – The first film worked because of a combination of brilliant visuals and the intense action sequences. This movie contains much of that, and so should in face be as good. Eva Green delivers a great performance as Artemisia, and Rodrigo Santoro as King Xerxes is always a pleasure to watch. If the movie is as good as the trailor, you won’t be disappointed.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel: The Grand Budapest Hotel is a 2014 British-German comedy-drama film written and directed by Wes Anderson and starring Ralph Fiennes as a concierge who teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he’s framed for murder.

Cast – Saoirse Ronan , Ralph Fiennes, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Jude Law

Director – Wes Anderson

Verdict – The film has an impressive cast and a strong director. The plot sounds interesting enough to actually be a hit. I would give this one a watch.

IMDb – 8.3/10

Rotten Tomatoes – 90%

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