So far, January has been a month of biopics and other historical films. Starting the year with NTR Kathanayakudu and URI – The Surgical Strike, the month went on to bring us many more dramas like The Accidental Prime MinisterThackeray, and Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. Finally, as we enter the last week of January and the beginning of a new month in the new year, we have a week of movie releases for all kinds of filmy fans. Here are the top releases in every genre this week:

ROMANCE – Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga

Director: Shelly Chopra
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Anil Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Juhi Chawla
Language: Hindi

Welcome to the most unexpected romance of the year. Sweety leads a tumultuous life – on one hand, her family wants to get her married and on the other, a young writer is smitten by her. But what bothers Sweety the most is the secret that she harbors close to her heart that might not find a place of love and acceptance in her family or society.

Read more about the film here.

BIOGRAPHY – Mary Queen of Scots

Director: Josie Rourke
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie
Language: English

Take a lesson in European history with the tale of two sisters – Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I. Mary, the Queen of Scots, attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth, the Queen of England, who had previously helped Mary when she fled southwards seeking protection. This leads to her being imprisoned for years before finally being executed by her dear sister.

Read more about the film here.

THRILLER – Escape Room

Director: Adam Robitel
Cast: Logan Miller, Jay Ellis
Language: English

A classic survival movie, Escape Room is a psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves trapped in a room. With no proper way to escape, each of them must use their wits to find the clues that will lead them out or die as the room gets more inhabitable by the minute.

Read more about survival movies here.

DRAMA – Vantha Rajavathaan Varuven

Director: Sundar C.
Cast: Megha Akash, Catherine Tresa
Language: Tamil

Reuniting separated families is a common trope in India cinema. This time, a young heir of an affluent family is set on a mission to bring back an estranged member. His path to success is riddled with plenty of action scenes and dance sequences to keep you entertained throughout the film.

FAMILY – Lonappante Mammodisa

Director: Leo Thaddevoos
Cast: Jayaram Subramaniam
Language: Malayalam

This is the story of Lonappan who lives like an aimless boat floating in a sea of struggles while mocking people that chase success. When he attends his school reunion, Lonappan revisits his older self and starts to reflect on his potential. Watching his classmates lead successful lives, he questions his own laid-back attitude.

SUSPENSE – Anukta

Director: Ashwath Samuel
Cast: Sampath Raj, Anu Prabhakar, Karthik Attavar
Language: Kannada

Revolving around a crime investigation of a murder mystery, Anukta is a proper blend of the psychological aspects of human emotions. With references to dreams and Daivakola (a divine culture of Tulunadu), this movie is a surreal experience that will keep you guessing till the very end.

KIDS – Dhappa

Director: Nipun Dharmadhikari
Cast: Deepali Borkar, Sharav Wadhawekar, Sharavi Kulkarni
Language: Marathi

A motley bunch of children living in an urban housing society join hands to rise beyond discrimination and religious bigotry to do what is right. Winner of the National Award for Best Film on National Integration, Dhappa is an uplifting tale that is of great relevance in contemporary times.

How many films will you be watching in theatres? Get your tickets now before they’re all sold out!