An education in the dark arts

Our top picks for October 2018

December 03, 2018 Updated 14:46 IST
2018-10-05T13:03:18+05:30
An education in the dark arts A still from the show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

FILMS

Ayushmann Khurrana plays a blind pianist embroiled in a murder in Sriram Raghavan’s much-anticipated Andhadhun. The film is inspired by the 1996 thriller Fargo as well as the television series based on it. Scheduled for release on 5 October, the movie also stars Tabu, Radhika Apte and Anil Dhawan.

In Namaste England, Parineeti Chopra is an ambitious young bride who leaves her husband (Arjun Kapoor) to follow her dreams. The film is a sequel to the 2007 hit Namastey London, which was also directed and produced by Vipul Shah, and releases in theatres on 19 October.

Venom is the story of a journalist (Tom Hardy) who becomes host to an alien that gives him superpowers. Directed by Ruben Fleischer, the horror film is about the relationship between two entities that have to work together to function as one hybrid being. The film hits theatres on 5 October.

SPORTS

Cricket fans have two action-packed months ahead of them with the English cricket team touring Sri Lanka from 10 October to 27 November.

Offering a smashing bookend to the intense Grand Slam tournaments is the WTA Finals in Singapore, which will be held between 21 and 28 October.

The 48th edition of the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championship will be held in Doha from 25 October to 3 November.

BOOKS

An American pilot crash-lands and takes refuge in the camp he was supposed to bomb. At the camp, a teenager has been chosen for research on a book on the ‘teenage Muslim mind’. Mohammed Hanif’s much-awaited novel Red Birds (Bloomsbury) is a hallucinatory tale about family and love during war.

Stephen Hawking’s final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions have been compiled in his posthumous book Brief Answers to the Big Questions (Hachette).

In The Twice-Born: Life and Death on the Ganges (HarperCollins), author Aatish Taseer insightfully explores questions of culture and politics that are going to define our future as a nation by inspecting what it means to be a Brahmin, especially in the ancient, holy city of Varanasi.

The characters of Fatima Bhutto’s The Runaways (Penguin Random House) come from disparate backgrounds but their paths meet in the deserts of Mosul, Iraq.

As a treat to fans, Chris Riddell has enhanced the magic within J. K. Rowling’s The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Bloomsbury) with his dazzling illustrations.

STREAMING

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows a half-witch, half-mortal teenager, who is juggling normal life and an education in the dark arts. The first 10-episode season releases on 26 October on Netflix.

Available from 1 October on Amazon Prime Video is God Friended Me, a humorous, uplifting series about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on Facebook from God and becomes an agent of change in the lives of others.

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