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Bangalore: For anyone who has been keeping track, the summer's had a fairly good start so far. On the Bollywood front, the Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif comedy about love, belonging and culture has managed quite a good return at the box office.
And among the Hollywood hits doing the rounds in the theatres, the two vastly different odes to violence, the rather horrifying Mayan epic Apocalypto and the almost ridiculously overdressed Spartan battle tribute 300, are still garnering a rather strong audience weeks after their release.
On a totally different vein, the low-budget comedy out of left field, the endearing Little Miss Sunshine is still running select shows at the multiplexes.
As the city heads into a blistering summer, the action onscreen is only set to get hotter.
After many years of playing endless variations of the innocent wispy waif, Aishwarya Rai seems finally to have sunk her teeth into a role with some meat in Provoked, a story about an abused homemaker who finally finds her freedom by killing her husband.
Then there's Life in a... Metro, an ensemble film that looks at the varied lives that vie for space in a metro city, that brings together the talents of Kay Kay Menon, Irrfan Khan and Konkona Sen Sharma, with the country's favourite Big Brother contestant, Shilpa Shetty providing the star power.
Or try out Shakalaka Boom Boom, starring Bobby Deol, Kangana Ranaut and Upen Patel, which claims to be a sultry take on the rivalries that dominate the music industry.
On a lighter tone is Tara Rum Pum, starring Saif Ali Khan and Rani Mukherjee which calls itself "a modern love story," and promises an avatar of Mukherjee that is quite unlike what one has seen so far.
The most eagerly awaited releases from the Hollywood stable is the trio of
threequels, Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Shrek the Third. With much of the location filming done parallel to the second Pirates film and without even a full script, World's End (set for release in May) is expected to bring the trilogy to an end.
Shrek The Third, which throws the animated world's most beloved ogres right into the middle of a court intrigue, besides bringing back the talents of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz and Eddie Murphy also boasts interesting additions in terms of singer Justin Timberlake and popular TV hosts Regis Philbin and Larry King. And Spiderman 3, also releasing in May, promises one great rollercoaster ride, with the entry of an alien entity giving the popular superhero an edgy, all-black suit and an attitude and powers to match.
Coming before the threequels, however, is Eragon, a film adaptation of the fantasy fiction novel by wunderkind Christopher Paolini.
Then there's the spoof of the big-budget saga, Epic Movie, which comes from some of the same writers as the Scary Movie series. And if luck is with audiences, the entirely politically incorrect Borat could also be hitting the screens soon.
Or one could just go with tried and tested local hits like Duniya and
Mungaru Male both nearing the completion of 100 days and still running strong. Anyway you look at it, there's more than enough entertaining cinema out there to take one's mind off the blistering heat for a few hours at least.