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Opening February 26: Tere Bin Laden – Dead or Alive

One new Hindi film opens in the Chicago area on February 26, 2016, and it’s unfortunately not Aligarh. Instead, we get the comedy sequel Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive. I liked the 2010 original, but its leading man — Ali Zafar — is replaced in the sequel by Manish Paul.

Tere Bin Laden: Dead or Alive opens on Friday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, and Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville. It has a mercifully short runtime of 1 hr. 44 min.

After a stellar opening weekend, the great biopic Neerja expands in its second week into three more local theaters. In addition to all three of the above theaters, Neerja opens on Friday at the AMC Showplace Village Crossing 18 in Skokie, Regal Round Lake Beach Stadium 18 in Round Lake Beach, and Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale.

The South Barrington 30 holds over Airlift for a sixth week.

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend include Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha (Telugu w/no subtitles) at the Muvico Rosemont 18 in Rosemont and MovieMax, which also carries Kanithan (Tamil), Aarathu Sinam (Tamil), Kshanam (Telugu), Maheshinte Prathikaaram (Malayalam), Sethupathi (Tamil), Api Kapyare Kootamani (Malayalam), Miruthan (Tamil), Puthiya Niyamam (Malayalam), and Action Hero Biju (Malayalam).

Opening February 26: Karthik Calling Karthik and Teen Patti

Two new Hindi movies open in Chicago area theaters on Friday, February 26, 2010. Karthik Calling Karthik stars Farhan Akhtar as the shy title character who secretly loves his coworker, Shonali (Deepika Padukone). Their lives change when Karthik gets a phone call from a man also claiming to be Karthik.

I’m not sure what to expect from KCK. The official description makes it sound like a romantic comedy, while the trailer makes it look like a thriller. But Akhtar and Padukone are my two favorite actors, so I trust them to make a compelling movie.

The other movie opening this weekend is Teen Patti. The thriller stars Amitabh Bachchan, R. Madhavan and Ben Kingsley as mathematicians who find a way to win at teen patti (a card game similar to poker) and recruit some college students to help them test their equation in casinos. The premise sounds similar to that of the 2008 Hollywood film 21.

Both films are showing at two suburban Chicago theaters this weekend: AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington and AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville.

The South Barrington 30 and Cantera 30 are carrying over My Name Is Khan for a third week, which continues showing at AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago and Big Cinemas Golf Glen 5 in Niles as well. MNIK earned over $700,000 in its second week in U.S. theaters, bringing its total earnings to $3,253,168 so far.

3 Idiots leaves U.S. theaters after 9 weeks, having earned $6,523,103.

Other Indian movies showing at the Golf Glen 5 this weekend include Drona (Malayalam — not Abhishek Bachchan’s Drona), Leader (Telugu), and Vinnai Thaandi Varuvayaa (Tamil) and Ye Maya Chesave (Telugu), which are the same movie filmed at the same time, only in different languages and with different actors in key roles. Both VTV and YMC feature music by A. R. Rahman.