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Sucked into a different world

Tune in to ‘Outsourced’ on WB at 4.50 pm on July 25. As the title suggests, the movie focusses on the wave of outsourcing of jobs from the US to India. Todd Anderson, a call-centre employee from Seattle, is sucked into this trend. He travels to India to train his replacement, and finds out that the entire office is filled with employees who are new to the profession. While Todd trains the employees on how to speak to customers, Asha — one of the star employees — decides to teach him more about India. The film stars Josh Hamilton, Ayesha Dharker, Asif Basra, Arjun Mathur and Siddarth Jadhav.


It’s all for the kids

The ‘Fantasticks’ is a tale about two good friends, who happen to also be neighbours — Bellamy and Hucklebee. Given their close friendship, the two are quite keen that their children — Luisa and Matt — tie the knot and end up together since they believe they will be happy. But when they realise that their children aren’t going to listen to them, they decide it’s time to take matters into their own hands.

They pretend to feud and build a wall between their homes, all in the hope that this will push the kids together. Watch the film to see whether their plan works. It airs on MGM at 9 pm on July 25 and stars Joel Grey, Barnard Hughes, Jean Louisa Kelly, Brad
Sullivan and Jonathan Morris.

‘We are trying to tell untold stories’

Film-maker Shekhar Kapur is looking forward to his new role as the narrator of politics-based reality series Pradhan Mantri, which aims to bring to the audience the never-seen-before facets of Indian history.

“We are trying to tell untold stories. History is an interpretation. In this show, we have tried to do as much research as possible. Our past leaders left behind a lot of letters, which somehow never got printed and those are the main research material used in this show,” he says.

Initially conceptualised for 23 episodes, the weekly programme will chronicle the history of India from 1947 to the present day. Pradhan Mantri will be telecast every Saturday night at 10 pm from July 13 on ABP News.

Confirming the rumours

Southern actress Hansika Motwani and Tamil actor Silambarasan aka Simbu have confirmed that they are in a relationship.

However, Simbu says any decision related to their marriage will be taken by their respective families. Hansika had been rubbishing rumours about her link-up with
Simbu, but she has finally opened up on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“(I have) been hearing many rumours about my personal life, so just want to clear (the air). Yes, I’m seeing STR (Simbu) and hence I wouldn’t like to talk about my personal life,” Hansika posts. Confirming the news, Simbu tweets, “Yes, I’m with Hansika and right now she is doing really good and marriage will be decided by our family. (I) hope you will respect our privacy.”

Ever since the duo started shooting for Tamil films Vaalu and Vettai Mannan, it was reported that they had developed feelings for each other. While Simbu is busy shooting for Vaalu, Hansika is now wrapping up Tamil comedy Biriyani and an untitled Telugu multi-starrer with Vishnu Manchu.

Conflict on the continent

Catch ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ on HBO at 11.52 pm on July 25. While Dr John Watson is all set to tie the knot with his fiance Mary, Sherlock has a new case on his hands — he is investigating a series of terrorist attacks in London. His priorities take a shift when John and Mary are attached in a train. Mary is delivered to Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, for protection and Sherlock and John get on the trail of Professor Moriarty, who rumour has it is trying to start the mother of all wars in Europe. The film stars Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.

A trail of clues

Watch ‘Paycheck’ on Sony Pix at 4.30 pm on July 25. The movie is about Michael Jennings, a reverse engineer, whose life revolves around the contract technical jobs he takes up.

When he is approached by a stranger named Rethrick, who wants to hire him for a two-year stint and erase his memory later — for an eight-figure paycheck — he finds it hard to turn the offer down.

But after finishing the job and losing his memory, he finds out that his 90-million-dollar fee has been substituted for a bunch of personal effects.

Tune in to the movie to find out how he gets out of this situation. It stars Ben Affleck, Aaron Eckhart, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti and Colm Feore.

(tv show timings are subject to change)

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