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Stream These 11 Films in July 2021

admin   July 20, 2021

Streaming platforms have lined up a string of interesting releases Here is a look at some of the films. Watch these new films from home

Sarpatta Parambara

SARPATTA PARAMBARAI

Sarpatta Parambarai is a period sports drama film directed by Pa Ranjith, who also co-produced the film under his banner Neelam Productions, along with Shanmugam Dhakshanaraj of K9 Studios.

The film stars Arya, Dushara Vijayan, Pasupathy, Anupama Kumar and Sanchana Natarajan. Set during the 1980s, the film revolves around a clash between two clans namely Idiyappa Parambarai and Sarpatta Parambarai in North Chennai, which also showcases the boxing culture in the locality and also the politics being involved in it.

Makers of Sarpatta Parambarai have opted for a direct-to-digital release, whose streaming rights were acquired by Amazon Prime Video. It is now scheduled to release through the streaming service on 22 July 2021, coinciding the Prime Day celebrations.

NARAPPA

NARAPPA

Narappa is a Telugu action drama film directed by Srikanth Addala. A remake of the Tamil film Asuran (2019) which is itself based on the novel Vekkai by Poomani, the film stars Venkatesh, Priyamani and Karthik Rathnam.

It is being jointly produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu and D Suresh Babu under their respective banners V Creations and Suresh Productions.Mani Sharma composed the film’s music. The film will be premiered on 20 July 2021 on Amazon Prime Video.

According to , producer Suresh Babu, “The film’s core message is very powerful. It does not shy away from the truths. I am certain that it will impact in ways that no one would expect. I am incredibly happy that we are able to showcase our film to audiences across 240 countries and territories.”

HUNGAMA 2

HUNGAMA 2

Hungama 2 is a Hindi romantic comedy film directed by Priyadarshan and jointly produced by Ratan Jain, Ganesh Jain, Chetan Jain and Armaan Ventures.

It is a remake of his own 1994 Malayalam film Minnaram and a spiritual successor to the 2003 film Hungama. The film stars Paresh Rawal, Shilpa Shetty, Meezaan Jaffrey and Pranitha Subhash. Hungama 2 marks the comebacks of Priyadarshan and Shilpa Shetty to Bollywood after eight years and 14 years respectively. The music of film was composed by Anu Malik while lyrics written by Sameer and Rani Malik.

Hungama 2 is scheduled to premiere on 23 July 2021 on Disney+ Hotstar.

SKY ROJO Season 2

SKY ROJO Season 2

The second season of Sky Rojo will land on Netflix on July 23. The high octane Spanish language original series, from the creator of Money Heist, strapped us into a full-throttle ride with Wendy, Coral, and Gina back in March. Now we are headed for the second leg of their journey.

“Our reunion with Gina, Coral, and Wendy will put us on a collision course with Romeo’s henchman Moisés and Christian, but no worries. That’s exactly what the trio want,” said Netflix in a statement.

“It’s hunt or be hunted in their world, and these women have decided they’re not hares; they’re foxes. The trio are out for blood and they plan to make everyone that hurt them pay. And, of course, get what’s theirs.”

TED LASSO Season 2

TED LASSO Season 2

Ted Lasso is an American comedy streaming television series developed by Bill Lawrence, Jason Sudeikis, Joe Kelly, and Brendan Hunt, based on a character of the same name that Sudeikis first portrayed in a series of promos for NBC Sports’ coverage of the Premier League.
The series premiered with the first three episodes on Apple TV+ on August 14, 2020, and was renewed for a second season of 12 episodes five days after its premiere, which is scheduled to premiere on July 23, 2021.

In October 2020, the series was renewed for a third season.

THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER

THE LAST LETTER FROM YOUR LOVER

After finding a trove of love letters from 1965, a reporter sets out to solve the mystery of a secret affair — while embarking on a romance of her own. This is the synopsis of The Last Letter From Your Lover starring Shailene Woodley,Felicity Jones,Callum Turner, which is to be premiered on Netflix on July 23.

The British romantic drama film based on Jojo Moyes’ 2012 novel of the same name. A young female journalist in contemporary London uncovers a series of love letters telling the story of an intensely romantic but star-crossed affair in the 1960s and becomes obsessed with discovering the lovers’ identities and finding out how their love story ends.

MURDER IN THE HILLS

MURDER IN THE HILLS

The suspicious death of a yesteryear star of Bengali cinema threatens to expose the seedy underbelly of a serene Darjeeling is what Murder in the Hills is all about. The series premieres 23 July, on Hoichoi.

Starring Anindita Bose, Anjan Dutt and Arjun Chakrabarty in key roles, Anjan Dutt’s first Hoichoi web series is a dark murky tale that is set in the backdrop of he 1990s.

“Murder in The Hills is an extremely dark story filled with very complex characters, who are all contemporary and young. It’s violent, reeking in secrets, lies and scandals. The hills become very murky… where blood is shed and the violence of the past catch up with the present,” says Anjan.

HOSTEL DAZE Season 2

HOSTEL DAZE Season 2

Hostel Daze is an Hindi comedy-drama streaming television miniseries created Saurabh Khanna and Abhishek Yadav. Directed Raghav Subbu, it stars Adarsh Gourav, Luv, Shubham Gaur, Nikhil Vijay and Ahsaas Channa in lead roles.

Hostel Daze premiered on Amazon Prime Video on 13 December 2019. And the second season will be out on the same platform on July 23.

The lead cast includes Adarsh Gourav, Luv Vispute and Ahsaas Channa,

KINGDOM: ASHIN OF THE NORTH

KINGDOM: ASHIN OF THE NORTH

Kingdom: Ashin of the North is described as a sidequel of Kingdom (2019) season two and a backstory about the mysterious character Lee Chang’s group encountered on their journey to north to discover the origins of the infected.

The synopsis goes like this: As a side story to the Kingdom saga, Kingdom: Ashin of the North explores, reveals and explains the origins and synthesis of the resurrection plant and the mystery behind Ashin’s identity. This film revolves around and goes in-depth into the character of Ashin who was introduced at the end of the series’ finale.

It will be streamed on Netflix from July 24.

MIMI

MIMI

Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan’s Mimi will have its world premiere on Jio Cinema and Netflix on July 30.

It is directed by Laxman Utekar, while story and screenplay is by Laxman Utekar and Rohan Shankar. Mimi is based on the original story by Samruddhi Porey.

A Maddock Films Original, the Kriti Sanon starrer movie also features the sublime Pankaj Tripathi and Sai Tamhankar. Looks this one’s a wholesome joyride that just can’t be missedm, says a statement from the makers.

Puzhayamma

Puzhayamma

Jio Studios’ social drama Puzhayamma is having a direct release on OTT platform Jio Cinema. Directed by Vijeesh Mani the movie stars Linda Arsenio and Baby Meenakshi.

The film is completely shot in a river. Puzhayamma, Based on river pollution, it is an environmental film.

The synopsis: Based on the friendship between a 13 year old girl Baby Meenakshi and an American tourist Linda Arsenio and the hurdles they had to face, when they tried to save a polluted river. The film is completely shot in a river, a first in world films statistics.


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India, the Window of Opportunity

admin   June 15, 2021

The policies of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, are fully geared towards realising the complete potential of the M&E sector by forging global partnerships and providing an enabling environment by lowering market barriers and propelling growth

In the rapidly changing global media and entertainment landscape, India has emerged as a window of opportunity to position itself as a hub for audiovisual services for the rest of the world. Media and Entertainment is one of the champion sectors supported by the Government of India. The incentives for the audiovisual services that closely match the sops given by various other nations are already finalised by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. They are waiting for the appropriate time to announce incentives that is set to handhold industry in the aftermath of Covid-19 pandemic.

India has probably one of the most liberal investment regimes in the media and entertainment, information and communication sector amongst the emerging economies with a conducive foreign direct investment (FDI) environment and ease of doing business.

Digitization and the growth of the internet are reducing many barriers to market entry and creating opportunities for smaller companies’ offering skills and services in new forms of content creation for various platforms.

In the current scenario, the Indian animation (IPs included) and VFX Services have gained a lot of traction among the international producers and production houses. In the following pages we have curated 15 animation co-production projects seeking partners at Annecy/MIFA 2021.

In the aftermath of coronavirus pandemic, Indian media, entertainment and technology services are witnessing new growth opportunities on the back of growing offshore services domain, especially in animation, VFX, gaming, AR/VR and digital media, among others.

Many companies have created top-end studio facilities in India that serve as single windows to fulfil the needs of the M&E industry (Technicolour India, Deluxe). Their international business model offers local and remote clients the opportunity to produce and co-produce and distribute content anywhere around the world.

Media & Entertainment sector has been supported by the Government of India as one of the champion sectors with immense potential of growth both within and outside the country. Media and Entertainment is also among the sectors that clearly has made an impact of Make in India, Show the World. For services it is Make in India, Serve the World.

The role of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is to facilitate the industry to create jobs and growth for the sector. The government’s efforts are driven towards creation of forums and forge partnerships to keep the momentum going.

Content produced for Indian media sectors holds tremendous potential for global consumption. With a significant diaspora population residing overseas, Indian content is a key tool for these communities to connect with their cultural roots.

The Indian film industry is fairly unique in the world. The country, along with America and China, is among the few that can sustain their industry domestically. You can make a film just for India, or even one region within India. Once when the Government gives green signal to open theatres there are over 83 films waiting to be released in India. OTT players like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Disney + Hostar, ZEE5 have brought in a transformation in expanding Indian content reach to over 100 territories across the world.

CO-PRODUCTION

India has audio visual co-production treaties with over 15 countries — Bangladesh, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Spain, UK & Northern Ireland, Bangladesh, Russia. It is now possible for filmmakers of different countries to come together and make films under bilateral co–production agreements. Co-productions under these agreements are more beneficial to filmmakers than a purely commercial partnership between two individuals or entities. New markets and audiences would be available for the product, especially if collaborations and partnerships are between nationals of different countries.

The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting is currently finalising incentives for co-production, filming under the champion sector scheme. In addition to films, TV Series, Web Series, Animation will be also be included in the co-production projects.

AUGMENTED REALITY

The Augmented and Virtual Reality, the two spectrums of immersive technology, will form the next frontier of growth for the M&E industry. For India, AR/VR can open up new creative avenues. According to a report, the Indian AR/VR market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 76 percent over the next five years, fuelled by demand from business and consumer sectors. The past few years have witnessed the emergence of over 200 AR/VR start-ups in the country. Bengaluru and Hyderabad take the lead, attracting a big chunk of these start-ups, followed by Delhi and Mumbai. Among states, Karnataka and Telengana are actively promoting AR/VR startups by providing incubation, mentoring, idea validation by experts, opportunities to deploy pilots with various departments, along with fund support for eligible ones. This was the major takeaway at the recently concluded Global AVGC Summit FX 2020 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.

VIDEO GAMES

Dinesh Gupta, Director and Co-Founder at Sacom in one of the the recent Pickle columns mentioned massive growth opportunities in video gaming. Statista’s Global Digital Market Outlook pegs the digital media market at US$ 172,502mn in 2020 with a 9.8% year-on-year growth projection. This forecast was adjusted for expected global impact of Covid-19 pandemic. Video Games share with a projected market volume of US$ 92,633 mn and 11.41% growth over previous year dominates the digital media market with a close to 54% worldwide share. This makes the Video Games industry much bigger than Video-on-Demand, ePublishing and Digital Music put together. Majority of the revenues for video gaming are contributed by mobile gaming which is likely to contribute as much as 60% in 2020.


Ventana Sur Confernce with Storytelling at its Core

admin   November 20, 2020

With the main motive being exchanging of ideas and strengthen the film community, the 12th edition of the Ventana Sur will organise as many as 50 conferences.

The conferences will address the new trends in storytelling in the face of the restructuring of the industry with the emergence of various digital platforms that promote new roles for authors and new trends in content creation.

Digital platforms are gaining momentum due to the momentum and it has a great impact on the Latin America and Europe.

Amazon Prime Video, one of the leading OTTs in the global market, has achieved an interesting positioning in Latin America based on original productions and strategic alliances. For its part, Netflix, the global giant SVOD, is working on two fronts to continue growing: complications for production and the incentive for consumption, a specific paradox that arises in a pandemic.

Co-productions have intensified, and stories based on real events, thrillers, travel shows, kids and factual stories are growing. In addition, the “Covid-proof” formats in the entertainment world are gaining relevance. How is the return to production in Covid’s time and what are the new business models and future perspectives of the audiovisual markets? The particularities of four major markets in the world: America, Europe, the Middle East and the Far East.

Funding around the world: we are presenting an overview of the numerous funding opportunities from research conducted by Projeto Paradiso, Brazilian Content and Cinema do Brasil together with LatAm cinema. We will look at institutional innovations in the framework provided by Covid-19 and new proposals linked to current public policies.

The section of panels, included in the category of animation, challenges us with a series of ideas and strategies related to the development of characters as crucial elements of the narrative. After all, a powerful story needs strong, multi-faceted characters who are kind to the audience. In this sense, Masha and The Bear, the Russian series that represents a success story and its own creators participate in Ventana Sur, where they tell us first-hand how the process of development and realization of the project went. The same is true of Rick and Morty, the American animated television series.

Another great axis has to do with the inclusion of women and non-binaries in an industry that is going through falling mandates and structures. It is about unmasking harassment and bullying, hearing the voices and giving prominence to Latin American collectives that, through different actions, seek to generate changes to safeguard the integrity and ensure the equality of female and male workers. That is why we are investigating the protocols to change the work culture and exchange perspectives, strategies and challenges

This has opened a new scope in the audiovisual content consumption as the digital media has become a battleground of the giants.

With all these changes it is become imminent that a discussion on these developments should be held to get a clear picture of the future.

These conferences will also create opportunities to develop the maximum potential, radicalize filmmaking from its storytelling and aesthetic proposals. This will ensure that the audience get a far more better experience.

 

 


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ads2OTT set to Launch in Oct 2020

admin   August 31, 2020

ads2OTT, a home grown OTT advertising exchange is set to launch in India in October 2020 aiming to provide a one-stop solution for brands to advertise across OTT platforms.

“This is India’s first integrated OTT ad exchange medium that will enable advertisers from nook and corner of India to place ads in OTT platforms that they would want to target,” says Arun Tyagi, Founder, ads2OTT under the aegis of 361 Degree Entertainment & Media Pvt Ltd. “India is one of the most promising OTT markets in the world”.

The demand for content streamed via OTT is increasing day by day in India. Today, India ranks number two in digital video consumption in the world. With 8.43 hours of consumption per person per week, the second-most populous country is way above the global average of 6.8 hours. For example, Amazon Prime has reach in 4000 towns and cities in India. Indian OTT market is currently pegged at $2.3 billion with over 300 million subscribers.

There are over 50 OTT platforms in India and poised to grow to $5 billion in the next three to four years. According to Counterpoint Research, India has 620 million active Internet users and expected to grow to 850 million by 2022. India also accounts for the fastest adoption of smartphones now used by over 500 million users.

Though there has been a substantial increase in subscription numbers, the potential of the advertising revenue is yet to be realised. Today brands and agencies are facing a challenge to reach out to multiple platforms in existence. Hence, there is a need of an exchange that offers ad inventory available across platforms, under one roof.

ads2OTT’s futuristic construct, promises to fulfil advertisers’ requirements of focused advertising, which is both impactful and result oriented. With one seamless transaction you can reach viewers across any part of India, with high-quality and on-demand content across popular TV shows, movies, LIVE sports and more.

The focus is to go beyond metros and target regional and local advertisers especially in tier 2 and 3 markets. The exchange will specialise in helping brands, agencies and advertisers understand and navigate this revolutionary media landscape.

Shivi Chopra, Co-Founder, ads2OTT says, “The rise of OTT platforms has presented a great opportunity for advertisers. The advent of the festive season along with the upcoming IPL will boost advertising and brands will look at investing in the OTT space in a big way.The question is no longer about whether to invest in OTT but rather How and How much. OTT offers a formidable combination of the impact of television along with the power and precision of digital. Our prime focus will be to help regional and local brands to experience the efficiency and effectiveness of the category. At the same time, we will be catering to national brands who are looking at conveying their brand’s message or extending their existing broadcast reach. We are extremely bullish about the future of OTT and the exponential ROI it will generate for advertisers.”

Economic downturn and budget limitations could force marketers to adopt creative solutions to attract users. In the near future, ads2OTT will experiment with innovative formats such as in-show monetization, with shoppable content embedded directly in the stream as there is a need to think holistically.

Advertisers will aim to capitalize on the OTT boom but will have to become more particular of the media sources and their proportion impacting the consumer mind space. Brands are increasingly allocating their marketing spends to OTT platforms as the digital medium becomes highly influential and consumers are deeply engaged with this medium.


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Best of 2020: A Dazzling Dozen

admin   August 18, 2020

Twelve Hindi films that shone amid the Covid-19 gloom by Saibal Chatterjee

When Irrfan Khan’s final film, Angrezi Medium, hit the screens a month and a half before the much-loved actor’s death, the Covid-19 shadows had already begun to lengthen. It turned out to be the last Bollywood film that
Indian audiences saw in a theatre before all screening facilities went into a limbo in the country. Not surprisingly, eight of the 12 films mentioned here went straight to streaming platforms although at least one of them, Yeh Ballet, a Netflix original, dropped when movie halls were still open.

This list has several other salient features. Five of these films are by first-time directors, a like number of these titles have been directed by women, and at least 75 per cent of them have strong female characters dealing with – and usually tiding over – the repercussions of patriarchy and toxic masculinity.

In the midst of a raging debate over nepotism in the industry sparked by Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic death, something else happened, and it was a whole paradigm shift. Big banners, boxoffice, opening weekends, collection figures, star power and media hoopla went out of the equation, allowing us to sit back and watch cinematic works without letting extraneous factors impact our consumption patterns or our critical judgment, except in the case of Dil Bechara, Rajput’s posthumous release on a streaming platform.

Eight-and-a-half months into what has been a terrible, terrible year, these 12 Hindi films did their bit to dispel some of the gloom.

Bhonsle

Director: Devashish Makhija
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Santosh Juvekar

Streaming on Sonyliv

Director Devashish Makhija’s third film, which premiered in Busan in 2018 and was released on SonyLIV this year, achieves the cinematic equivalent of sharp, painful pin pricks. It employs what might look like standard revenge drama elements to deliver a powerful statement on the sons of the soil-versus-outsiders debate that has been a central theme of Maharashtra politics for decades. A considerable part of the film’s frisson is delivered by lead actor (and co-producer) Manoj Bajpayee. He is astoundingly good as the titular character – a frail, terminally ill, superannuated policeman who finds the strength for one final act of heroism.

Thappad

Director: Anubhav Sinha
Starring: Taapsee Pannu

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Anubhav Sinha’s Thappad, as topical as the director’s previous two films (Mulk and Article 15) but appreciably less dramatic, is more than just a slap on the face of patriarchy. It is the film that starts an instant conversation. No matter on which side of the divide you are on – you cannot ignore the point that the film makes. A dutiful woman jettisons her own ambitions so that her husband can pursue his. She files for divorce when the man slaps her in the middle of a house party. Her rebellion, accidental but essential, becomes a clarion call whose urgency is accentuated by the film’s mellow but intense tone. TaapseePannu shines as the woman who decides to seek redressal.

Raat Akeli Hai

Director: Honey Trehan
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Aditya Srivastava, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gyanendra Tripathi

Streaming on Netflix

Raat Akeli Hai, an understated and compelling neo-noir thriller, is a smartly mounted whodunnit directed by first-timer Honey Trehan. Hitchcock meets Chabrol in a Polanski-inspired universe where moral depravity clashes with conflicted ideals. It is a genre film about a policeman determined to nail a killer but it keeps well clear of conventional tropes. At one level, Raat Akeli Hai is febrile, at another marvelously measured. Sacred Games co-writer Smita Singh’s screenplay yields a riveting murder mystery that probes the ghastly face of patriarchy in a dysfunctional family. Nawazuddin Siddiqui is terrific, so is Radhika Apte.

Yeh Ballet

Director: Sooni Taraporevala
Starring: Julian Sands, Achintya Bose, Manish Chauhan

Streaming on Netflix

Scripted and helmed by Sooni Taraporevala, Yeh Ballet, a Netflix original film thatpremiered before the Covid-19 pandemic brought conventional film distribution to a halt, is smartly written and technically solid. The true story-inspired dance movie is bolstered by its two young lead actors – ballet dancer Manish Chauhan and newcomer Achintya Bose. Taraporevala’s first narrative feature since her 2008 directorial debut (Little Zizou) pivots around two Mumbai working-class lads who eye a new life when a crabby ballet master spots them and proceeds to help hone their talent. Deftly orchestrated, the film balances its formal sobriety with the boyish vitality of the two protagonists. The understated Yeh Ballet is a moving rags-to-riches tale that does not miss a step.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Director: Sharan Sharma
Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Angad Bedi

Streaming on Netflix

Gunjan Saxena – The Kargil Girl, another Netflix original, is scripted by Dangal co-writer Nikhil Mehrotra and directed by debutant Sharan Sharma. Real-life war stories emerging from Bollywood often end up as screechy hyper-nationalistic bilge. This one doesn’t because its emphasis is firmly on a story of a young woman’s struggle to ward off both self-doubt and deeply entrenched male bias as she breaks into the Indian Air Force and becomes the first-ever female combat pilot. Both on the home front and in her chosen workplace, she is up against challenges that the film presents in a simplified form, which aids it in boosting its emotional quotient. Janhvi Kapoor, at the receiving end of spiteful trolling in the run-up to the film’s OTT premiere, does well enough not to be completely overshadowed by a brilliant-as-ever Pankaj Tripathi.

Bulbbul

Director: Anvita Dutt
Starring: Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Paoli Dam

Streaming on Netflix

A feminist fable set in dark times and a forbidding space, Bulbbul, produced by Anushka Sharma for Netflix, adroitly breaks away from the norms of the genre. One may quibble about the period and cultural detailing, but the film works because debutante director Anvita Dutt presses the horror genre into the service of a universal story of women wronged in an aristocratic family in 19 th century Bengal. Bulbbul, enlivened by superb performances from the principal cast, uses painterly means – the colours vary from the muted to the riotous – to conjure up an evocative palette.It creates a perfect ambience for the unfolding of a story that necessitates instant and willing suspension of disbelief.

What Are the Odds?

Director: Megha Ramaswamy
Starring: Abhay Deol, Yashaswini Dayama, Karanvir Malhotra, Priyanka Bose

Streaming on Netflix

A quaint take on the highs and lows of growing up, What Are the Odds? is first-time director Megha Ramaswamy’s ode to a city and the joys of youth. The film takes the audience on a trippy outing into a world where magic seeps into the realms of the real and opens up avenues for innocence (on the wings of its liberating flights of fancy) to express itself in surprising ways. The unique rhythms of the film (enhanced by an apt score by Sagar Desai) and the charm of its young leads, Yashaswini Dayama and Karanvir Malhotra, work wonders. What are the Odds? is an unpretentious little gem that is both upliftingly warm in its celebration of life and refreshingly clear-eyed in spotting – and coming to terms with – the thorns strewn on the path to adulthood.

Pareeksha

Director: Prakash Jha
Starring: Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose, Sanjay Suri

Streaming on ZEE5

Veteran director Prakash Jha employssteady, to-the-point methods to highlight the class divide in India’s education sector in a film that benefits enormously from a rock-solid performance from Adil Hussain. Playing a Ranchi rickshaw-puller determined to give his teenage son the best available education no matter what the odds are, the actor, known to be a purveyor of subtle emotions, changes gears to hit the higher notes of his craft. Scripted by the director himself, Pareeksha renders a familiar narrative in the form of a straightforward melodrama with a clear social message. It attempts a blend of emotionally engaging storytelling with a defined ideational aim. It succeeds.

Chhapaak

Director: Meghna Gulzar
Starring: Deepika Padukone

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

A landmark film that surmounted obstacles put up naysayers ahead of its release, Chhapaak made quite a splashand deservedly so. Its urgent theme and a strong central performance by Deepika Padukone propel the film well above the ordinary. Director Meghna Gulzar, co-writer writer Atika Chohan and the lead actress work in unison to bring a horrific true story to the big screen. It may not quite be the last word on the subject, but Chhapaak is an undeniably effective portrayal of a woman scarred for life by an acid attack. It is an impressively attentive probe into the masculinity gone awry, a society devoid of empathy and a legal system riddled with inadequacies.

Jawaani Jaaneman

Director: Nitin Kakkar
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Tabu, Alaya Furniturewala

Streaming on Amazon Prime

The only film in this “best of the year so far” list that might be described as out-and-out commercial Bollywood fare, Jawaani Jaaneman, directed by Nitin Kakkar, thrives on defiant quirks that help it carve out its own niche. A delightfully cockeyed romp that is both comic and dramatic, it puts a vigorous spin on a father-daughter relationship and navigates it into a space that brims with surprises. Even when it teeters on the edge of self-conscious affectations, the film does not lose its lightness of touch and humorous strain. Saif Ali Khan, debutante Alaya F and Tabuare in their elements, which ensures that the dramedy, even when it is at its lowest ebb, is never less than intriguing.

Gulabo Sitabo

Director: Shoojit Sircar
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Ayushmann Khurrana

Streaming on Amazon Prime

The narrative is laced with unbridled zaniness, with Amitabh Bachchan rising to the occasion in the role of an avaricious old man out to outwit a
young intransigent tenant of his. Gulabo Sitabo, written by Juhi Chaturvedi, is laced with wit and keen sense of place. Director Shoojit Sircar never dilutes the grungy essence of the off-kilter drama, an attribute that keeps the audience guessing until the very end how it will all end for the two bickering men whose sights are set on Lucknow’s century-old Fatima Mahal. The screenplay, which makes no song and dance about its feminist core and lets the male duo have an apparently free run, factors in a trio of women – two young girls and one nonagenarian – who always seem to have the measure of men around them. It is they who hold the strings of the puppets.

Panga

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Jassi Gill, Richa Chadda, Neena Gupta

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

Pangaha’s Kangana Ranaut in the role of a retired kabaddi player who returns to the sport after a longish hiatus. The comeback isn’t obviously a cakewalk. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari tackles the film’s central premise in a sure-footed manner. The intelligently scripted and well-acted sports drama is rooted in the real world and the characters are easy to relate to. Bollywood’s sporting sagas often suffer from lack of authenticity. Panga does not strain credulity. At times Panga might seem a tad sluggish, but, in the ultimate analysis, the film’s deliberate pace does more good than harm to its uncomplicated arc.


Janhvi Catalogue: Watch Now

admin   August 18, 2020

Dhadak

Director: Shashank Khaitan
Starring: Ishaan Khatter , Janhvi Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana

Streaming on Amazon Prime, ZEE5

Madhu and Parthavi fall in love but face opposition from their families due to their differing social status. In a bid to unite, they elope but Parthavi’s father and brother stay on their tail.

Ghost Stories

Director: Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee, Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Sobhita Dhulipala, Mrunal Thakur, Avinash Tiwary,
Janhvi apoor, Surekha Sikri, Raghuvir Yadav, Gulshan Devaiah

Streaming on Netflix

The winning team of LUST STORIES unite to tell some spine – chilling tales. Ghost Stories is an upcoming 2020 Indian anthology horror film, consisting of four short film segments.

Angrezi Medium

Director: Homi Adajania
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Radhika Madan, Deepak Dobriyal

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

An unassuming mithai shop owner and single father is set to fulfil his daughter’s dream to study in London. However,
certain misadventures lead him and his family on a new quest, which renews their relationships and bonds.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl

Director: Sharan Sharma
Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi , Angad Bedi

Streaming on Netflix

The life of Air Force pilot, Gunjan Saxena, the first Indian
female pilot in combat.


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20 Films That Make us Believe Freedom is Priceless

admin   August 10, 2020

Saibal Chatterjee

Freedom is nothing if it does not make a difference to the lives of the people who make up a nation. In the manner in which politics and the power dynamic often pan out, ordinary voices are barely heard above the din of rhetoric and empty bluster. As India, the world’s largest democracy, completes 74 years as an independent nation, we draw up a list of 20 films from around the country that celebrate people power in the face of daunting challenges. These films remind us that independence isn’t just about the rulers; it also draws meaning from those who build the nation with their toiling hands and throbbing souls, and from the change agents and activists who are on the frontline of the battle to protect our liberties and rights as citizens.

HirakRajarDeshe (Bengali, 1980)

The film was a celebration of free thinking, people’s power and the healing quality inherent in music

Director: Satyajit Ray
Starring: Tapen Chatterjee, Rabi Ghosh, Utpal Dutt, Soumitra Chatterjee,
Santosh Dutta, Ajoy Banerjee

Streaming ON airtelXstream, hoichoi

Satyajit Ray’s sequel to his 1969 children’s musical fantasy Goopy GyneBaghaByne, three years after the end of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, painted an alarming portrait of the ways of a despot. The protagonists, the magical musicians Goopy and Bagha, reach the kingdom called Hirak, where they find great suffering and starvation among the people even as the heartless tyrant hoards enormous wealth. The king’s ministers are yes-men, all dissent is ruthlessly crushed, and rebels are captured and put through a brain-washing machine. A teacher, the only character in the film who does not deliver dialoguesin rhyme, enlists the support of Goopy and Bagha in a rebellion against the authoritarian ruler. The film was a celebration of free thinking, people’s power and the healing quality inherent in music.

Kathapurushan (Malayalam, 1995)

The freedom struggle, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the advent of the world’s first democratically elected Communist government in Kerala and the declaration of Emergency provide the backdrop for the drama

Director: Adoor Gopalakrishnan
Starring: Vishwanathan, Mini Nair, Aranmula Ponnamma, Narendra Prasad, Urmila Unni

Streaming ON Youtube (unofficial)

The protagonist of Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s masterly film,which probes the indomitability of the human spirit in the face of attempts to chain it through the means of regimentation and political conditioning, is a man who values his freedom more than anything else. Kunjunni is born with a stammer but he is endowed with an inner strength that helps him turn every experience into a new beginning. He falls in loves with the maid’s daughter but is forced to separate from her as political changes rob the family of its wealth, his mother and grandmother pass away, he is disillusioned with party politics, and strays into Naxalism and is arrested and tortured by the police. Through his experiences, Kathapurushan explores the history of post-Independence Kerala. The film moves back and forth between the particular and the universal. The freedom struggle, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the advent of the world’s first democratically-elected Communist government in Kerala, the Naxalite uprising, the declaration of Emergency and the Left’s return to popular favour provide the backdrop for the drama.

Iruvar (Tamil, 1997)

Iruvar tracks the intense intertwining of cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu through the account of the life and times of two friendsturned-foes

Director: Mani Ratnam
Starring: Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai

Streaming ON airtelXstream, hoichoi

Mani Ratnam’s 1997 political drama (which, presumably under pressure, was pitched as “not a true story”) traced the rise of three Tamil Nadu chief ministers (M. Karunanidhi, MG Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa) via a series of crucial state elections. The film, starring Mohanlal, Prakash Raj, Aishwarya Rai (in her first big screen appearance), Revathi and Tabu, tracks the intense intertwining of cinema and politics in Tamil Nadu through the account of the life and times of two friends-turned-foes who went on to becoming towering figures both in the world of entertainment and in guiding the destiny of the state. Iruvar, which won several international accolades, ranks among the Chennai filmmaker’s most accomplished works, marked by impressive technical skill.

Mudhalvan (Tamil, 1999)

A chief minister, under constant fire from a truculent television journalist who thrives on asking hard questions, dares the former to run the state for 24 hours

Director: S. Shankar
Starring: Arjun, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran, Vadivelu, Manivannan

Streaming ON Voot

S. Shankar’s Tamil potboiler, which the director himself turned into the Bollywood film Nayak (2001) with the Hindi dialogue penned by Anurag Kashyap and Anil Kapoor playing the role essayed by Arjun in the original production, delved in a hyper-dramatic fashion into the popular disillusionment with the political class and conjured up a story aimed at collective wish fulfilment. A chief minister, under constant fire from a truculent television journalist who thrives on asking hard questions, dares the former to run the state for 24 hours. The hero accepts the challenge. Although he faces many pitfalls in his way, the protagonist does such a wonderful job that his popularity shoots through the roof and he sweeps the next polls.  

Sarkar (Tamil, 2018)

A story about electoral malpractices and create awareness about the rights of the people in a functioning democracy

Director: A. R. Murugadoss
Starring: Vijay, Keerthy Suresh, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Radha Ravi

Streaming ON Netflix, SUNNXT

The Tamil film written and directed by A.R. Murugadoss, taps lead actor Vijay’s cult status to tell a story about electoral malpractices and create awareness about the rights of the people in a functioning democracy. The star plays an NRI businessman Sundar Ramaswamy who returns from the US to cast his vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections only to find that his vote has been fraudulently cast by someone else. He launches a fight against an electoral system that allows voting frauds. But that isn’t the only front on which the hero has to wage a war. Two powerful and corrupt politicians, the state chief minister and his brother, are opposed to the crusader. The latter enters the electoral fray himself to stop the politicians from getting away with their misdeeds. Sarkar makes a strong case for electoral reforms in the country. 

HazaaronKhwaisheinAisi (Hindi, 2003)

It is a rare Hindi film dealing with the eventful Emergency years during which many young people jumped into the bruising battle for the creation of a more just society

Director: Sudhir Mishra
Starring: Kay Kay Menon, Shiney Ahuja, Chitrangda Singh

Streaming ON Netflix

Set in the 1970s, in the years before and after the Emergency promulgated during the reign of Indira Gandhi, Sudhir Mishra’s evocation of a turbulent period in Indian political history revolves around three Delhi college students, two boys and a girl, who go their own ways after completing their education. One of the boys, driven by revolutionary zeal, becomes an ant-caste activist, the other sets up an office in Delhi to pursue his business goals. The girl leaves for Oxford for higher studies. A few years later, their paths crossagain in the cauldron of a people’s movement that severely tests their idealism as the nation witnesses sweeping political and social changes. HazaaronKhwaisheinAisi– the title comes from a poem by Mirza Ghalib – is a rare Hindi film dealing with the eventful Emergency years during which many young people jumped into the bruising battle for the creation of a more just society – a movement that is still on even as it comes up against ever stiffening resistance from the powers that be.

Bhootnath Returns (Hindi, 2014)

A ghost contests and election and wins

Director: Nitesh Tiwari
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Parth Bhalerao, Boman Irani, Usha Jadhav, Sanjay Mishra, Brijendra Kala

Streaming ON Youtube movies

In Bhootnath Returns, the electoral system is projected in a relatively positive light but the corrupt politician still comes out looking as shady as he has ever been on the big screen. Amitabh Bachchan, playing a benign ghost, takes on a shady politician and wins. The Election Commission, impressed with the film’s messaging, advised state governments to grant it tax exemption. What did Bhootnath Returns suggest? That only a ghost stands a chance in the hurly-burly of fictional poll battles.                                 

Newton (Hindi, 2017)

It revolves around a battle of attrition on the frontline of Indian democracy between an earnest poll official and a security force commander

Director: Amit V. Masurkar
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Anjali Patil, Raghubir Yadav

Streaming ON Amazon prime

Amit V. Masurkar’s political black comedy revolves around a battle of attrition on the frontline of Indian democracy between an earnest poll official and a security force commander, both charged with the same job but driven by contradictory compulsions.Newton is a low-keybut telling exploration of the workings of the electoral process. A newly recruited government official leads a small poll team under paramilitary protection to a remote, violence-prone part of Chhattisgarh that hasn’t voted in years. The man, earnest to a fault, has unwavering faith in the electoral system and is determined to ensure a 100 per cent turnout despite the heavy odds that he is up against.The CRPF commander, in contrast, is more interested in getting out of the jungle with his men before sundown. It is an all-out face-off between earnestness and cynicism.

Court (Hindi/Marathi/Gujarati/English, 2014)

The film lays bare the anomalies of lumbering judicial system that is ill
equipped, if not outright reluctant, to serve the powerless

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane
Starring: Vira Sathidar, Vivek Gomber, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Pradeep Joshi, Usha Bane

Streaming ON youtube

Chaitanya Tamhane’s remarkable debut film is a scalding narrative that lays bare the anomalies of lumbering judicial system that is ill equipped, if not outright reluctant, to serve the powerless. Narayan Kamble (played by real-life activist ViraSathidar), feisty Dalit folk poet, is accused of abetting the suicide of a Mumbai manhole worker found dead in a noxious sewer.He sings of inconvenient truths and exhorts the downtrodden to fight for their rights.He is charged with inciting the impoverished municipal worker to take his own life.Tamhane develops this absurdist plotline into a caustic indictment of how insensitive law enforcement seeks to grind people into submission. The screenplay, marked by impressive acuity,reveals the deeply ingrained prejudices that breed skewed notions of sedition and national interest.

Nirbachana (Odia, 1994)

The film laid bare several bitter truths in one sweep about the connection between rural distress and electoral skulduggery in the world’s largest democracy

Director: Biplab Ray Chaudhuri
Starring: Bhima Singh, Durlav Singh, Bikash Das, Bidyut Prava Patnaik

Not available for streaming

In an Odisha village surrounded by stone quarries, the headman, contesting a state election, announces a bribe of Rs 100 for each vote. An impoverished couple – their son is about to wed and they need every extra rupee – ‘adopts’ a tuberculosis-afflicted beggar, their eyes on the money his vote will fetch. Before polling day, the old man’s condition worsens and he has to be carried through the quarries to a hospital. They lose their way and stray into a dynamite blast. The beggar is blown to pieces.That, in a nutshell, is the plot of the 1994 Odia-language film Nirbachana (Election), adapted by director Biplab Roy Chowdhury from a story by Bengali writer Prafulla Roy. This remains one of the most savage takedowns of rural elections ever. The film laid bare several bitter truths in one sweep about the connection between rural distress and electoral skulduggery in the world’s largest democracy.

Panchavadi Palam (Malayalam, 1984)

A political satire takes sharp potshots at the political scenario in Kerala

Director: K. G. George
Starring: Bharath Gopi, Nedumudi Venu, Sukumari

Streaming ON Youtube movies

Spearheaded by a trio of great Malayali actors, Bharat Gopi, Thilakan and NedumudiVenu, K.G. George’s political satire takes sharp potshots at the political scenario in Kerala. A politician wants to have a perfectly serviceable bridge demolished so that a new one can be built in its place and named after him. A rival politician opposes the plan until he figures out that the relocation of the bridge would lead not only to the construction of a new bridge but also the laying of a new road. The contracts for the road and the bridge are given to two separate contractors, one owing allegiance to the party in power, the other enjoying the support of the opposition. The opportunistic arrangement leads to the construction of a bridge that does not last long.     

Sinhasan (Marathi, 1979)

The film depicted the helplessness of the man in the street faced in a
socio-political environment where his/her voice counts for nothing

Director: Jabbar Patel
Starring: Nilu Phule, Shriram Lagoo, Mohan Agashe, Nana Patekar, Satish Dubhashi, Jairam Hardikar

Streaming ON Youtube Movies

Sinhasan, a seminal Marathi political drama scripted by Vijay Tendulkar (on the basis of two novels by journalist Arun Sadhu) and directed by Dr. Jabbar Patel, forayed into the unstable world of a chief minister struggling to retain his authority over a state in the grip of drought, rising prices and youth unrest. The film depicted the helplessness of the man in the street faced in a socio-political environment where his/her voice counts for nothing. Although true to the the realities of the period that it is set in, Sinhasan, which featured some of Marathi cinema’s finest actors (Nilu Phule, Dr. Shriram Lagoo, Mohan Agashe) resonates to this day because of the universality and timelessness of the truths that it so powerfully articulated.   

Swades (Hindi, 2004)

Swades told a story of hope, courage and the power of collective will

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Gayatri Joshi, Kishori Ballal

Streaming ON Youtube movies

Written, produced and directed by Ashutosh Gowariker, Swades was a worthy follow-up to his Lagaan. It is justifiably regarded as one of the most ‘complete’ Bollywood films ever made. A NASA scientist of Indian origin returns to his roots and inspires his remote north Indian village to produce its own electricity. Swades told a story of hope, courage and the power of collective will. Shahrukh Khan’s un-starry star turn and skilled blend of social philosophy and mainstream entertainment made it a film to remember.

MeeSindhutaiSapkal (Marathi, 2010)

Incredible true story of a woman who surmounted a series of personal
misfortunes on her way to emerging as a celebrated social worker who
devoted her life to taking care of abandoned, homeless children

Director: Ananth Narayan, Mahadevan
Starring: Tejaswini Pandit, Jyoti Chandekar, Upendra Limaye, Neena Kulkarni

Streaming ON YUPPTV

In this remarkable Marathi biopic, actor-director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan tells the incredible true story of a woman who surmounted a series of personal misfortunes on her way to emerging as a celebrated social worker who devoted her life to taking care of abandoned, homeless children. Born in a cattle-grazing family and married before her teens to a much older man who left her, Sindhutai overcame major obstacles to raise funds globally for an orphanage. This inspirational, uplifting film serves to showcase the admirable spirit of a woman who refused to be cowed down by social circumstances loaded against her. Its efficacy stems from the realistic approach of the storytelling, which steers clear of overstatement of any of the facts of the heroine’s life.

Hu Tu Tu (Hindi, 1999)

The film probes the genesis of youth disaffection

Director: Gulzar
Starring: Nana Patekar, Sunil Shetty, Tabu

Streaming ON Disney+hotstar

In poet-lyricist Gulzar’s last directorial venture, which probes the genesis of youth disaffection and the rise of militancy, the mood is dark. Young people, frustrated with the way the nation is run, are angered enough to conspire to not only kill others but also themselves if the need be. They have turned into ticking time bombs.Two of the principal characters in Hu Tu Tu, a rural schoolteacher-turned-politician and her mendacious mentor, are faces of the politics of expediency that has impacted the electoral sphere. “Politics naukrinahinhai, business hai, bahut bada business (Politics isn’t a job, it is business, big business),” says the woman. At the other end of the film’s spectrum is a Dalit activist and poet (played by Nana Patekar, who also had a role in Dr. Jabbar Patel’s Sinhasan) who articulates the frustrations of the people in his songs, one of which goes: “Ghaplahai bhai ghaplahai (It’s all a scam).”

Dev (Hindi, 2004)

Dev was a piercing commentary on the fractious times that we live in

Director: Govind Nihalani
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Fardeen Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Om Puri, Amrish Puri

Streaming ON Disney+hotstar

Govind Nihalani plunges headlong into the world of policing, politics and popular disenchantment in this story of two senior police officers, lifelong friends, who finds themselves caught between a powerful politician. One of them is upright and law-abiding, the other is willing to compromise with principles. Circumstances take an unfortunate turn and a young law graduate and a beautiful young woman are dragged into a violent spiral that pushes the city to the edge. Innocent lives fall prey to the machinations of politicians bent upon fishing in trouble waters. With fine performances from Amitabh Bachchan, Om Puri and Kareena Kapoor, Dev was a piercing commentary on the fractious times that we live in.      

Leader (Hindi, 1964)

One of the earliest Hindi films that addressed the nexus between crime and politics

Director: Ram Mukherjee
Starring: Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala, Jayant

Not available for streaming

One of the earliest Hindi films that addressed the nexus between crime and politics, Leader was based on a story by Dilip Kumar. The actor plays an educated young man, Vijay, who edits a tabloid that specializes in provoking debates and questioning the status quo. He has disdain for self-serving politicians and revels in delivering combative speeches aimed at arousing the general public. He is accused of murdering a leading politician. Director Ram Mukherji’s film raised pressing issues that the people of India, a nation that had gained Independence less than two decades earlier, had begun to face as a result of unfulfilled promises. A little over a decade later, the Angry Young Man, embodied on the screen by Amitabh Bachchan, was born. Leader was the film where Vijay (the name of the male protagonist in a slew of 1970s and 1980s Bachchan films such as Deewar, Trishul and Shakti) was born.

Peepli Live (Hindi, 2010)

The film narrate a story rooted firmly in the depressing realities of rural India

Director: Anusha Rizvi
Starring: Omkar Das Manikpuri, Raghubir Yadav, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Naseeruddin Shah

Streaming ON Netflix

Writer-director Anusha Rizvi’s debut feature, a disarmingly simple but remarkably powerful film, is a major triumph. She taps the strength of the medium to narrate a story rooted firmly in the depressing realities of rural India, but without ever going into paroxysms of self-righteous indignation.Peepli Live lampoons an entire range of usual suspects — voyeuristicmediapersons, smarmy bureaucrats, scheming local-level political goons and self-serving rulers, all of whom want a piece of the sleepy village where a farmer is about to kill himself so that his family can survive. Thanks to the film’s nifty blend of humour and bathos, it does not slip into diatribe mode. It instead acquires the spiky edge of a pulsating yet biting satire that exposes the hypocrisy that informs our attitude towards the agrarian crisis that has been pushing farmers into a debt trap.

Dr. Prakash Baba Amte – The Real Hero (Marathi, 2014)

Biopic about social activist Baba Amte’s son, Dr. Prakash Amte, a selfless doctor who has devoted his life to the uplift of the tribal people of the forests of eastern Maharashtra

Director: Samruddhi Porey
Starring: Nana Patekar, Sonali Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe

Not available for streaming

Starring Nana Patekar in the eponymous role, this film, written and directed by SamruddhiPorey is a biopic about social activist Baba Amte’s son, Dr. Prakash Amte, a selfless doctor who has devoted his life to the uplift of   the tribal people of the forests of eastern Maharashtra. Aided and supported at every step by his wife, Mandakini, a role played by Sonali Kulkarni, the doctor is a shining example of what community leadership can achieve when it is channeled into the work of making a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable. Hemalkasa, the dense forest where Dr Amte works, is today an unparalleled success story.     

Antarnaad (Hindi, 1991)

The film tells a story of the lives of several individuals residing in two villages who practice Swadhyaya – a ritual that involves the study – and
understanding – of the self

Director: Shyam Benegal
Starring: Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Girish Karnad, Shabana Azmi, Om Puri

Streaming ON youtube movies

The odd one out not only in this list but also in the oeuvre of the veteran filmmaker ShyamBenegal.Antarnaad does not address either the social or the political so much as the intensely personal. To highlight the experiments of spiritual teacher and activist Pandurang VaijnathAthavale, which hinged on social change driven by a sense of the divine, the film tells a story of the lives of several individuals residing in two villages who practiseSwadhyaya – a ritual that involves the study – and understanding – of the self. Five people – including a poor fisherman, a smuggler and a widow looking for revenge after the death of her husband – undergo profound changes. The film has a cast that includes Shabana Azmi, Om Puri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.    

Indian (Tamil, 1996)

Director: S. Shankar
Starring: Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Sukanya

Not available for streaming

A vigilante action film elevated by Kamal Haasan’s bravura performance in a dual role, Indian revolved around a former freedom fighter who mutates into a violent crusader against crime and corruption. The protagonist employs an ancient martial arts form in his mission against the wrongdoers. The Shankar-directed film was until the late 1990s the biggest box office success in the history of Tamil cinema. Indian has a message to convey, but it is laced with popular ingredients aimed at the masses. Special effects, elaborate song and dance routines, action sequences and of course the lead actor playing two distinct characters captured the imagination of the audience. The cast of Indian includes Bollywood actresses Manisha Koirala and Urmila Matondkar. A Hindi version of the film (titled Hindustani) was released nationwide.     


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Vicky Donor (2012)

Streaming on ErosNow, Youtube Movies

A man is brought in by an infertility doctor to supply him with his sperm, where he becomes the biggest sperm donor for his clinic.

Director: Shoojit Sircar

Nautanki Saala! (2013)

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

An actor’s life changes dramatically when he saves a stranger from suicide.

Director: Rohan Sippy

Bewakoofiyaan (2014)

Streaming on youtube Movies

It is a slice-of life comedy when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love. Is living on love and fresh air really possible?

Director: Nupur Asthana

Hawaizaada (2015)

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

The film which is based on the life on an Indian scientist Shivkar Bapuji Talpade, who is credited to have constructed India’s first unmanned plane is the tale of the hardships that he went through on the journey to discover.
Also the film is set in the pre-independence era of Bombay of 1895.

Director: Vibhu Puri

Dum Laga Ke Haisha (2015)

Streaming on youtube Movies

Prem and his oversized wife Sandhya are supposed to spend a lifetime together. Will a regular arranged marriage turn out to be a perfect mismatch?

Director: Sharat Katariya

Meri Pyaari Bindu (2017)

Streaming on youtube Movies

Childhood friends Abhimanyu and Bindu face friction when she realises that she does not love him after a brief relationship. After getting famous, Abhimanyu decides to pen a story based on his life.

Director: Akshay Roy

Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)

Streaming on Netflix

Set in the small-town of Bareilly, Bitti is a free-spirited young girl who lives life on her own terms and refuses to be pressured into getting married.
Her life takes a shift when she meets Chirag Dubey and Pritam Vidrohi.

Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari

Shubh Mangal Saavdhan (2017)

Streaming on Eros Now, youtube movies

A couple fall in love but then the groom discovers that he suffers from erectile dysfunction.

Director: R. S. Prasanna

Andhadhun (2018)

Streaming on Netflix

A series of mysterious events change the life of a blind pianist, who must now report a crime that he should technically know nothing of.

Director: Sriram Raghavan

Badhaai Ho (2018)

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

A man is embarrassed when he finds out his mother is pregnant.

Director: Amit Sharma

Article 15 (2019)

Streaming on Netflix

In the rural heartlands of India, an upright police officer sets out on a crusade against violent caste-based crimes and discrimination.

Director: Anubhav Sinha

Dream Girl (2019)

Streaming on ZEE5

Rom-com Movie, directed by Raaj Shaandilyaa, stars Ayushmann Khurrana who plays a ‘dream girl’. In every love story, there is always one trying to win the heart of the other, who could be the ‘dream girl’.

Director: Raaj Shaandilyaa

Bala (2019)

Streaming on Disney+hotstar

It tells the story of a man who is balding prematurely and how he copes up with the situation.

Director: Amar Kaushik

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020)

Streaming on Amazon prime

The road to achieving a happy ending is a little too rough for two guys Kartik and Aman. While Aman’s family tries hard to battle his love for Kartik, Kartik isn’t prepared to step back until he marries Aman.

Director: Hitesh Kewalya

Gulabo Sitabo (2020)

Streaming on Amazon prime

Two scheming men get caught up in a game of one upmanship, each one attracting other members to their clan and each one with an agenda of his own.

Director: Shoojit Sircar


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Bhalo Theko (2003)

Streaming ON HoiChoi

Anandi lives in an extended family along with her parents, siblings and uncle and is in love with Babua, her brother’s friend. However, things change drastically in her life when Babua goes abroad

Director: Goutam Halder

Parineeta (2005)

Streaming ON Netflix

The lifelong romance between Lolita (Balan) and Shekar (Khan) is upset by
the arrival of another man.

Director: Pradeep Sarkar

Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006)

Streaming ON Netflix

Munna Bhai embarks on a journey with Mahatma Gandhi in order to fight against a corrupt property dealer.

Director: Rajkumar Hirani

Guru (2007)

Streaming ON YOUTUBE

A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director: Mani Ratnam

Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love (2007)

Streaming ON ZEE5

Six couples face problems in their lives when fate forces them to move away from each other. They must overcome these issues in order to make their love triumphant.

Director: Nikkhil Advani

Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)

Streaming ON NETFLIX

As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard
attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Heyy Babyy (2007)

Streaming ON YOUTUBE MOVIES

Three bachelors who are compulsive womanizers find their lives turned
upside down when a baby is left at their doorstep. The trio suspect each
other of being the father.

Director: Sajid Khan

Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

Streaming ON YOUTUBE MOVIES

An NRI and his wife decide to stay in his ancestral home, paying no heed to the warnings about ghosts. Soon, inexplicable occurrences cause him to call a psychiatrist to help solve the mystery.

Director: Priyadarshan

Halla Bol (2008)

Streaming ON Voot

A popular Bollywood actor witnesses a murder but refuses to come forward to identify the killer(s)

Director: Rajkumar Santoshi

Kismat Konnection (2008)

Streaming ON YOUTUBE MOVIES

A luckless architect discovers a social activist to be his lucky charm.
Unfortunately, she’s protecting the community center he’s aiming to win a
contract to tear down.

Director: Aziz Mirza

Paa (2009)

Streaming ON YUPP TV

A father tries to help his son cope with a rare condition that causes the young boy to age beyond his years.

Director: R. Balki

Ishqiya (2010)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

While on the run from goons, a man and his nephew fall for a kidnapper’s
seductive widow.

Director: Abhishek Chaubey

No One Killed Jessica (2011)

Streaming ON Netflix

A journalist, who is more of an activist teams up with the sister of a murdered model, as she gets interested in the case and wants to bring justice to her case.

Director: Raj Kumar Gupta

Urumi (2011)

Streaming ON ZEE5

Chirakkal Kelu Nayanar, a warrior in 16th century Kerala wants to avenge his father killed in a confrontation with Vasco da Gama and his troops and is assisted by his best friend Vavvali and warrior princess Ayesha.

Director: Santosh Sivan

The Dirty Picture (2011)

Streaming ON Viu

The love story between an actress and a director, inspired by the life of the late south Indian actress Silk Smitha.

Director: Milan Luthria

Kahaani (2012)

Streaming ON NETFLIX

A pregnant woman’s search for her missing husband takes her from London to Kolkata, but everyone she questions denies having ever met him.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Ghanchakkar (2013)

Streaming ON NETFLIX

A safe cracker claims he has lost his memory when two criminals come calling for their cut of the bank heist loot.

Director: Rajkumar Gupta

Shaadi Ke Side Effects (2014)

Streaming ON Disney+hotstar

A complicated relationship develops between a man and woman after getting married and having a baby.

Director: Saket Chaudhary

Bobby Jasoos (2014)

Streaming ON Disney+hotstar

Bobby Jasoos is a film that celebrates the aspiration of Bobby, who wants to
become the number one detective in the old city area of Hyderabad.

Director: Samar Shaikh

Hamari Adhuri Kahani (2015)

Not available for streaming

A single mother finds solace with a wealthy, but lonely hotel magnate,
together they find love until her past comes back to confront her.

Director: Mohit Suri

Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh (2016)

Streaming ON ZEE5

A woman with a mysterious past is charged with kidnapping and murder.

Director: Sujoy Ghosh

Begum Jaan (2017)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

The story of eleven prostitutes who refuse to part ways with their brothel and each other during the partition between India and Pakistan.

Director: Srijit Mukherji

Tumhari Sulu (2017)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

Sulu is an ambitious housewife with a loving husband and a happy family.
Things start changing for her when she accidentally lands a job as a radio jockey and her show becomes an instant hit.

Director: Suresh Triveni

N.T.R: Kathanayakudu (2019)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

Based on the journey of the legendary Telugu actor, filmmaker and ex-Chief
Minister Late Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri.

Director: Krish

N.T.R: Mahanayakudu (2019)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

A follow up to NTR: Kathanayakudu which was based on N.T. Rama Rao’s life and acting career. This movie will focus on his political career.

Director: Krish

Nerkonda Paarvai (2019)

Streaming ON ZEE5

When three young women are implicated in a crime, a retired lawyer steps forward to help them clear their names.

Director: H. Vinoth

Mission Mangal (2019)

Streaming ON Disney+hotstar

Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.

Director: Jagan Shakti

Natkhat (2020)

Not available for streaming

A doting mother tries to correct the course of her child through her bedtime stories.

Director: Shaan Vyas

Shakuntala Devi (2020)

Streaming ON Amazon Prime

Based on the life of Shakuntala Devi who is a well-known mathematical genius and calculating prodigy from India. She has been nicknamed ‘Human Computer’ because of her extraordinary talent and skill in solving complex mathematical problems without any mechanical aid.

Director: Anu Menon


What’s New To Stream This Week

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Yaara

JULY 30 ZEE5

A remake of the French film A Gang Story, the film is about the rise and fall of four friends’ rustling operations across the Nepal-India border. It chronicles the friendship between four criminals. This gang of four is nabbed by the police and serve their time in jail. However, two men who once ruled the drug smuggling, gunrunning and looting struggle in their own different ways to escape their past and start a new life after being released.

Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Starring: Vidyut Jammwal, Shruti Haasan, Amit Sadh, Vijay Varma, Kenny Basumatary
Friendship, Feature Film
Hindi

Shakuntala Devi

JULY 31 Amazon Prime

It is a bio-pic on Shakuntala Devi, who was also known as the ‘human computer’. The movie throws light on the extraordinary life of the mathematical genius. The film will show how we all as child start our mathematical journey from basic tables and how Shakuntala Devi started off with complex mathematical problems.

Director: Anu Menon
Starring: Vidya Balan, Jisshu Sengupta, Sanya Malhotra
Biography, Feature film
Hindi

Avrodh

JULY 31 SONY LIV

It is a war thriller based on the theme of Indian Army and Uri Surgical Strike. Avrodh is based on Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor’s book India’s Most Fearless. Every Indian knows about the surgical strike but not enough people know the ‘real’ story behind it. The film follows some diplomatic and mostly military preparations for the strike.

Director: Raj Acharya
Starring: Amit Sadh, Darshan Kumaar, Madhurima Tuli
War, Webseries
Hindi

Lootcase

JULY 31 Disney+ Hotstar

Nandan Kumar comes across a suitcase and discovers it is full of cash. He knows nothing about who it belongs to, where it’s from, or how it got there. Nandan has to decide whether or not to take it or leave it. He takes the suitcase and soon enough, finds himself being chased by a notorious gangster, an honest cop and a Minister, who want the suitcase at any cost.

Director: Rajesh Krishnan
Starring: Kunal Khemu, Gajraj Rao, Vijay Raaz, Ranvir Shorey, Rasika Dugal
Drama, Feature Film
Hindi

Raat Akeli Hai

July 31 Netflix

When a newly married landlord is murdered, a misfit cop’s investigation is complicated by the victim’s secretive family and his own conflicted heart. Raat Akeli Hai follows police officer Jatil Yadav who is out to investigate the
murder of a local politician. While his family continues to call it an accident, Jatil believes there’s more to what meets the eye. From the
politician’s first wife to daughter to even his widow, everyone is a suspect for him.

Director: Honey Trehan
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Shweta Tripathi, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Shivani Raghuvanshi
Crime, Web film
Hindi

My Client’s Wife

JULY 31 Shemaroo ME

A defending lawyer uncovers the hideous truth about his client’s wife. It tells the story of a married couple and the crimes of which they accuse each other. The plot thickens as Hashmi’s character enters the scene as an inquisitive lawyer. Who is to be trusted? What is real? What is fiction? The film is said to be an ode to Hitchcock.

Director: Prabhakar Meena Bhaskar Pant
Starring: Anjali Patil, Sharib Hashmi, Gireesh Sahedev
Mystery, Thriller, Web film

The Last Narc

JULY 31 Amazon Prime

In 1985, DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena is kidnapped, tortured and murdered by Mexican drug lords. Special agent Hector Berellez reveals the truth about the conspiracy behind Camarena’s murder that stretches from Mexico to Washington, D.C. The Last Narc aims to tell the true story of who this fallen hero really was, and what really happened to him once he made life difficult for drug cartels. It also follows the one man who risked everything to find out the truth.

Director: Tiller Russell
Starring: Hector Berrellez, Geneva Camarena, Jorge Godoy
Docu Series
English

Immigration Nation

August 3 Netflix

Immigration Nation, as the title suggests, is about Immigration in the United States. The film tracks the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the experience of immigrants in the US following President Donald Trump’s election in 2017. With unprecedented access to ICE operations, as well as moving portraits of immigrants, this Docu Series takes a deep look at US immigration today.

Director: Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz
Docu Series
English