New movies: Three movies open this week

2010-03-19 00:00

THREE new films open in the city this week: The Blind Side, featuring Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning turn, The Tooth Fairy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and the well-received Hindi film Karthik Calling Karthik starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone.

The Blind Side, an Oscar-nominee for best film, saw Bullock grab the best actress Oscar (to put beside her Golden Globe). It’s based on the true story of Michael Oher, the subject of Michael Lewis’s non-fiction account The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. Oher (played by Quinton Aaron) escaped a deprived background in the housing projects of Memphis, Tennessee and went on to become a celebrated player in the American football team the Baltimore Ravens.

The product of a broken home Oher looked set to be just another sorry statistic in the welfare system when fate took a hand and he found himself enrolled in a Christian school where the football coach wanted a towering teen to add to his team. At the school Oher befriends S. J. Tuohy (Jae Head) and eventually his mother Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock), and it is not long before he’s welcomed into the Tuohy­ home as one of the family. The fact that he’s black, they’re white and this is the Deep South sees everyone concerned set on a sharp learning curve.

The Tooth Fairy stars “The Rock” as an ice hockey hard-man who happily knocks out the teeth of the opposing team — thus earning himself the nickname the Tooth Fairy. However, when he oversteps the mark dissing the dreams of a young autograph hunter, the time has come for his comeuppance and he finds himself in the presence of the real Tooth Fairy played by Julie Andrews­. She sentences him to a week’s duty as her stand-in and once Billy Crystal has given him a crash-course on his duties “The Rock” — in tutu and tights, wand in hand and wings on his back — is fumbling around homes in the dark. Somewhere in all this you’ll also find Ashley­ Judd.

Karthik Calling Karthik is a Hindi­-language film, written and directed by Vijay starring Farhan Akhtar and Deepika Padukone. Akhtar plays Karthik, a worker at a construction company with a severe­ case of low self-esteem, one that is not helped by an overbearing boss Kamath (Ram Kapoor). Meanwhile Karthik is also madly in love with a co-worker (Padukone), but cannot bring himself to declare his affection. All his problems seem to stem from his treatment at the hands of a bullying older brother who drowned in a well. Just when everything gets too much and he considers suicide, Karthik gets a phone call from someone who sounds exactly like himself and who seems to know all about him. Which explains the title and also propels the core drama of the unfolding plotline.

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