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 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 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 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
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 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
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
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Reliance Industries’ content platform Jio Studios has announced six new Malayalam film to be streamed on Jio Cinema beginning June 18. Actors Mohan Lal, Siddharth, Dileep, Nivin Pauly, director Jeethu Joseph, sound designer Resul Pookutty are major talents in these films
It’s celebration time for Malayalam films in the Reliance Industries’ content platform Jio Cinema. Beginning June 18, film buffs are in for a treat celebrating Malayalam cinema with upcoming movie marathon Malayalam Mojo. Stories from God’s own country, remarkably different across genres, content, narrative and characters that definitely need to be on every movie lovers’ must-watch list.
Jio Studios presents an eclectic mix of six exciting Malayalam titles, available with English subtitles for streaming on Jio Cinema. Varying in themes, treatment and characterization – critically acclaimed films to major box office successes from one of the most prolific film industries in the country, these include two straight to digital releases as well as previously released films having their digital premieres.
Films for all moods, ranging from period dramas to comedies, thrillers to satires, backed by celebrated talent that include actors Mohan Lal, Siddharth, Dileep, Nivin Pauly, director Jeethu Joseph, sound designer Resul Pookutty and many more, don’t miss these diverse titles streaming from June 18 onwards.
IN JIO PLATFORM Release Date: June 19 Release Type: Digital Premiere Genre: Satirical- Thriller Cast: Dileep, Siddharth, Murali Gopy, Namitha Pramod Director: Rathish Ambat
ABOUT THE FILM: Kammaran lives an aimless and immoral life as he betrays those who have helped him. But his life changes for the better when he meets Subhash Chandra Bose and joins the Indian freedom struggle.
With Sound Design by Academy Award winning Resul Pookutty, Kammara Sambhavam was much feted with the film bagging the National Film Award for Best Production Design – Banglan, the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Costume Design – Sameera Saneesh & Best Art Director – Vineesh Banglan.
IN JIO PLATFORM Release Date: June 25 Release Type: Digital Premiere Genre: Drama Cast: Master Alok, Unni Mukundan, Reema Kalingal, Vinay Forte Director: Harikumar
ABOUT THE FILM: The movie is based on the real-life story of Edmund Thomas Clint, the child prodigy, who left the world at the age of seven, leaving behind around 25,000 drawings and paintings.
With music by The Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, Clint was the Official Selection at numerous festivals including PIFF, BIFF, ICFFI, KIFF & DIFF.
IN JIO PLATFORM Release Date: July 1 Release Type: Straight to Digital Genre: Drama Cast: Baby Meenakshi, Linda Arsenio Director: Vijeesh Mani
ABOUT THE FILM: 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.
Mr. and Ms. Rowdy
IN JIO PLATFORM Release Date: July 4 Release Type: Digital Premiere Genre: Comedy Cast: Kalidas Jayaram, Aparna Balamurali Director: Jeethu Joseph
ABOUT THE FILM: Directed by award winning director of Drishyam- Jeethu Joseph, the core plot of Mr & Ms Rowdy revolves around Appu and his group of friends, who have a ‘Rowdy’ image. They are small-time goons who want to take up big works. Things take a turn when they come across a girl during one of the tasks that they take up. What happens rest has been narrated in Mr & Ms Rowdy.
IN JIO PLATFORM Release Date: July 7 Release Type: Digital Premiere Genre: Family Drama Cast: Sreenivasan, Dhyan Sreenivasan Director: V M Vinu
ABOUT THE FILM: A retired military service man nick named Kuttyamma (Sreenivasan) has become a nuisance to others in his village by his gimmicks and blunders. But later, the whole country flatters him positively.
A R Rahman, the much celebrated musician, turned writer and producer with 99 Songs, which hit the screens on April 16. What’s next for the Oscar-Grammy winner?
A master blaster when it comes to music, Oscar-Grammy winner A R Rahman is now trying his hands at something else. 99 Songs, a film which had its release recently, marked the arrival of the ‘Mozart of Madras’ as writer and producer.
99 Songs hit the screens in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on 16 April, 2021. Presented by Jio Studios, the film is produced by Rahman’s production company YM Movies and co-produced by Ideal Entertainment.
The film features debutant Ehan Bhat and Edilsy Vargas in lead roles with musician-director Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy helming the project.
The composer-producer knows that the film — a passionate love story with music at its core — is far removed from mainstream offerings.
“People’s experience of a movie truly depends on whether the story resonates with them or not. After the pandemic, our sensibilities have changed. 99 Songs is more of an experiential movie. The sound and visuals are an experience unto themselves,” says Rahman.
On what made him take up writing, Rahman says, “Mani sir (Mani Ratnam) once said to me that making a movie is like composing a song. You have the introduction, the song’s theme, the tune and then you do the background mixing. Then comes the antara, and with it, you have a journey that comes to an end beautifully. That’s when it struck me how [fulfilling] it is to create another art form in your own language.”
Talking about choosing Vishwesh Krishnamoorthy as director, the music composer says, “He was recommended by a friend from MTV Chandru. He has done good advertisements, music albums and is very experienced. We had a good vibe between us. He himself is an musician and actor. He has a different combination of skill sets which I really liked. He has really got the job done.”
“The question of “is it good enough” makes you work harder and harder,” says Rahman, talking about challenges while developing the story.
“These questions sometimes have to stop when you break yourself. When you work as a team, you have to be clear on what is needed and also have the ability to adapt. As a first timer we would want to put everything in the story. But later I had to filter it to ensure that the story only had what was needed.”
On the choice of Ehan Bhat, he states, “The script demanded new faces, we felt like that the persons needed to learn piano, music. This is time consuming and is not possible with an established actor. Having somebody new would make our vision will come alive. This is why he had to choose a new actor and Ehan fit the bill perfectly. We auditioned like almost 700 to 800 people for the role. I liked his energy.”
So, is 99 Songs based on Rahman’s own life? To this question, the Oscar-winner’s answer is: “This story actually is not from my life. My life is exactly the opposite. My mom chose music for me. I had to live by her dreams. However the story of 99 Songs is different, but there are experiences from my life that are put in the story.”
Though the box-office response for ’99 Songs’ was not much encouraging due to the Covid-19 restrictions and fear, Rahman, it is learnt, is likely to pen more scripts as he has many ‘interesting ideas’ in store. On the music side, he is currently working on a string of movies, including Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus multilingual ‘Ponniyin Selvan’.