Opening August 31: Joker

Another new Hindi movie opens in Chicago area theaters the weekend beginning August 31, 2012. Joker stars Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha in a comedy about aliens, not that you’d be able to infer that from the title.

Joker opens on Friday at the Big Cinemas Golf Glen 5 in Niles, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. Joker‘s runtime is listed as 2 hrs. 30 min. at AMC’s website but is reported to be closer to 1 hrs. 40 min.

Last weekend’s new release, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, carries over for a second week at the South Barrington 30 and Cantera 17. Ek Tha Tiger, which has earned $2,347,774 in its first two weeks in U.S. theaters, gets a third week at all three of the above theaters.

Other Indian movies showing at the Golf Glen 5 this weekend include Kevi Rite Jaish (Gujarati), Mr. Marumakan (Malayalam), Mugamoodi (Tamil), Simhasanam (Malayalam), Srimannaraya (Telugu), and Sudigadu (Telugu).

The Chicago South Asian Film Festival announced the lineup of films for this year’s festival, which runs from September 20-23. The fest kicks off with a gala showing of Heroine and closes with the world premiere of Shobhna’s Seven Nights, starring Raveena Tandon, Lillete Dubey, and Anupam Kher.

2 thoughts on “Opening August 31: Joker

  1. Keyur Seta

    I am not sure about Joker. Will mostly watch Jalpari, which is also releasing today here. I had interviewed its director and I feel it will be a sensible watch. Waiting for your review of Joker 🙂

    1. Kathy

      I’m interested to hear how Jalpari is, Keyur. It’s part of the Chicago South Asian Film Fest, so I may get to check it out next month.

      My expectations for Joker have lowered considerably after reading producer Farah Khan’s Twitter feed:
      “So Joker releases 2mrrow..can already hear the knives being sharpened!dear God 4give them.”
      “Joker is our baby,n V stand by it just as v would by czar,diva n anya.v love it n care 4 it.u dont abandon your child whatever the reason.”
      Those comments don’t exactly scream, “We’ve got a box office hit on our hands!” Farah did, however, retweet a positive comment that Joker’s 100-minute runtime would revolutionize Bollywood if other producers adopted it. So at least I know the movie is short! 🙂


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