Two new Hindi films hit Chicago area theaters on January 26, 2019. The wider release of the two goes to Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, starring Kangana Ranuat. In response to right-wing threats leveled against the period drama, Ranaut said: “If they don’t stop then they should know I am also a Rajput and I will destroy each one of them.” Awesome.
Manikarnika opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville. MovieMax is also showing the film in Telugu and Tamil at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Manikarnika has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 53 min.
The weekend’s other new release is Thackeray, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui as the far-right political leader Bal Thackeray.
Thackeray also opens Friday at MovieMax, Cantera 17, and the AMC Niles 12 in Niles. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 10 min.
Uri: The Surgical Strike carries over for a third week at the River East 21, MovieMax, Rosemont 18, South Barrington 24, Cantera 17, and the AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge.
The South Barrington 24 also holds over The Accidental Prime Minister and Simmba.
Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend:
- Mr. Majnu (Telugu w/English subtitles) at MovieMax, Marcus Addison, Cantera 17, Century 16 Deer Park in Deer Park, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, and Cinemark at Seven Bridges in Woodridge
- F2 – Fun and Frustration (Telugu w/English subtitles) at MovieMax, Stratford Square, and Seven Bridges
- Petta (Tamil w/English subtitles) at the South Barrington 24
- Mikhael (Malayalam) and Kothaga Maa Prayanam (Telugu) at MovieMax