Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 27 September 2020

A Bollywood film festival is coming to Dubai's Roxy Cinemas this month

The City Walk branch will host a two-day celebration of one of the world's biggest film industries

2019's 'Good Newwz', starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, is one of the films that will be shown at the upcoming Roxy Cinemas Bollywood Film Festival. IMDb
2019's 'Good Newwz', starring Akshay Kumar and Kareena Kapoor, is one of the films that will be shown at the upcoming Roxy Cinemas Bollywood Film Festival. IMDb

It might still be a while before we can expect new blockbusters to hit the big screen, but Dubai's Roxy Cinemas City Walk is hosting a Bollywood film festival this week.

As part of the two-day Roxy Cinemas Bollywood Film Festival, which starts on Wednesday, a number of recent films will be screened, including Good Newwz, Dream Girl, Baaghi 3 and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, and a menu of Indian snacks will be on offer.

Ajay Devgn stars in 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior' (2020). IMDb
Ajay Devgn stars in 'Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior' (2020). IMDb

The cinema chain's City Walk branch will be given a Bollywood makeover, and a red carpet will be rolled out.

Tickets cost Dh65 in advance or Dh75 on the day for the Gold Screen and Dh140 in advance or Dh150 on the day for the Platinum Screen. Included in the latter price is a menu of Indian snacks, including spicy popcorn, mini chicken tikka samosas with mint chutney and Bombay vada pav with spicy and sweet chutney.

There will also be a roving magician to entertain the audience before the films begin.

Elsewhere in Dubai, Cinema Akil is partnering with Institut Francais to screen four French films as part of its summer series this August.

The Traveller series began on June 26 with four classic Italian films, starting with Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita. The last of the Italian films, Gabriele Salvatores’s anti-war film Mediterraneo, will be screened until Thursday.

The cinema's series of French films will start with François Truffaut’s award-winning 1959 classic The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups), followed by The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), The Beaches of Agnes (2008) and L’Atalante (1933).

Roxy Cinemas Bollywood Film Festival, Roxy Cinemas City Walk, Dubai; from 6.30pm, Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 and 6; tickets from Dh65; www.theroxycinemas.com

Updated: August 3, 2020 06:07 PM

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