Indian OTT Originals Reached Nearly 400 – Latest news headlines


With two-thirds of the year spent indoors thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, pretty much like last year, 2021 saw a continued rise in Indian original content from streaming services (or OTT platforms, if you prefer). There were massive spikes for the likes of Disney+ Hotstar and SonyLIV whose output increased by nearly 300 and over 200 percent, respectively. Movies that were originally meant for the big screen — starring the likes of Dhanush, Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Mohanlal, Kartik Aaryan, Ajay Devgn, and Akshay Kumar — were shifted to streaming services, primarily the big two, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

The annual leader in quantity, Zee5, released fewer originals in 2021 than last year. Still, it continues to occupy that position with 53 originals this year, and is the only one to have produced a Pakistani original. Zee5 has some competition though, with both Hoichoi (47) and ShemarooMe (50) — appearing on our list for the first time — having a blockbuster year in quantity at the least. ShemarooMe’s place is more debatable though, as the platform loves to take existing titles and rebrand them as “world digital premieres”. Sure, it’s technically correct but some of its world digital premieres in 2021 were movies released theatrically years ago. We have excluded them, naturally.

Speaking of more important firsts, both Discovery+ and Lionsgate Play made their first originals in 2021. You can find those below along with nearly 400 originals produced by Indian OTT platforms this year. Things to keep in mind: Zee5 and ALTBalaji continued their co-production strategies, hence there are some overlaps in those two sections. And there are no Eros Now originals on the list, as the company declined to participate in our story. With that, here is the complete list of all streaming service originals from India in 2021.

List of original OTT web series from India in 2021

Netflix

  Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
The Big Day Reality February 14, 2021 Season 1, 3 episodes 37–45 minutes Renewed English
    April 7, 2021 Season 2, 3 episodes 41–45 minutes Pending  
Bombay Begums Drama March 8, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 38–60 minutes Pending Hindi
Ray Drama June 25, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 52–65 minutes Ended Hindi
Feels Like Ishq Romantic drama July 23, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 25–31 minutes Pending Hindi
Comedy Premium League Comedy August 20, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 41–58 minutes Pending Hindi
Crime Stories: India Detectives True crime September 22, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 37–53 minutes Ended Kannada
Kota Factory Comedy-drama September 24, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 31–44 minutes Renewed Hindi
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths True crime October 8, 2021 Season 1, 3 episodes 42–47 minutes Ended Hindi
Little Things Drama October 15, 2021 Season 4, 8 episodes 19–31 minutes Ended Hindi
Call My Agent: Bollywood Comedy-drama October 29, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 39–49 minutes Pending Hindi
Aranyak Mystery thriller December 10, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 37–48 minutes Pending Hindi
Decoupled Comedy-drama December 17, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 236 minutes (total) Pending English

 

Amazon Prime Video

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Tandav Political drama January 15, 2021 Season 1, 9 episodes 27–38 minutes Pending Hindi
LOL – Hasse toh Phasse Reality competition April 30, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 22–33 minutes Pending Hindi
The Last Hour Mystery drama May 14, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 27–41 minutes Pending Hindi
The Family Man Action drama June 4, 2021 Season 2, 9 episodes 34–60 minutes Pending Hindi
Hostel Daze Comedy drama July 22, 2021 Season 2, 4 episodes 31–34 minutes Pending Hindi
LOL: Enga Siri Paappom Reality competition August 27, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 23–29 minutes Pending Tamil
Mumbai Diaries 26/11 Thriller drama September 9, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 36–50 minutes Pending Hindi
Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar Crime drama November 3, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 26–35 minutes Pending Hindi
Inside Edge Sports drama December 3, 2021 Season 3, 10 episodes 34–59 minutes Pending Hindi

 

Disney+ Hotstar

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
The Legend of Hanuman Animated mythology January 29, 2021 Season 1, 12 episodes 21–25 minutes Renewed Hindi
    July 27, 2021 Season 2, 13 episodes 18–22 minutes Pending  
1962: The War in the Hills Action February 26, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 40–45 minutes Pending Hindi
OK Computer Sci-fi comedy March 26, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 40–45 minutes Pending Hindi
Out of Love Drama April 30, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 40–45 minutes Renewed Hindi
November Story Crime thriller May 20, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 50–55 minutes Pending Tamil
Grahan Thriller drama June 24, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 45–50 minutes Pending Hindi
City of Dreams Drama July 30, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 45–47 minutes Pending Hindi
The Empire History drama August 27, 2021 Season 1, 12 episodes 34–35 minutes Renewed Hindi
Unheard History drama September 17, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 18–27 minutes Pending Telugu
Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story Action thriller November 12, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 34–51 minutes Ended Hindi
Dil Bekaraar Romantic comedy-drama November 26, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 30–35 minutes Pending Hindi
Aarya Crime thriller December 10, 2021 Season 2, 8 episodes 34–57 minutes Pending Hindi

 

SonyLIV

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Gullak Drama January 15, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 35 minutes Pending Hindi
College Romance Comedy-drama January 29, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 41 minutes Pending Hindi
Girls Hostel Comedy-drama February 19, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 42 minutes Pending Hindi
Love J Action Action thriller March 12, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 47 minutes Pending Hindi
Project 9191 Crime drama March 26, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 45 minutes Pending Hindi
Kathmandu Connection Thriller April 23, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 40 minutes Pending Hindi
Maharani Drama May 28, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 57 minutes Pending Hindi
Chutzpah Comedy-drama July 23, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 44 minutes Pending Hindi
Potluck Drama September 10, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 20 minutes Pending Hindi
Tabbar Crime drama October 15, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 46 minutes Pending Hindi
Tryst With Destiny Drama November 5, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 37 minutes Ended Hindi
Your Honor Thriller November 19, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 40 minutes Pending Hindi
The Whistleblower Thriller December 16, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 30 minutes Pending Hindi

 

Zee5

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Jeet Ki Zid Action January 22, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 30–44 minutes Pending Hindi
Bang Baang Action January 25, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 16–22 minutes Pending Hindi
LSD – Love, Scandal & Doctors Thriller February 5, 2021 Season 1, 15 episodes 17–22 minutes Pending Hindi
Crashh Drama February 14, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 18–25 minutes Pending Hindi
DEV DD 2 Romantic drama February 20, 2021 Season 2, 17 episodes 17–23 minutes Pending Hindi
Jamai 2.0 Drama February 26, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 20–31 minutes Pending Hindi
The Married Woman Romantic drama March 8, 2021 Season 1, 11 episodes 28–35 minutes Pending Hindi
Qubool Hai 2.0 Drama March 12, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 19–28 minutes Pending Hindi
Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu Action April 20, 2021 Season 1, 13 episodes 19–29 minutes Pending Hindi
His Storyy Romantic drama April 25, 2021 Season 1, 11 episodes 18–24 minutes Pending Hindi
Sunflower Crime June 11, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 29–45 minutes Pending Hindi
LOL Salaam Comedy June 25, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 26–36 minutes Pending Telugu
Dhoop Ki Deewar Drama June 25, 2021 Season 1, 18 episodes 31–44 minutes Pending Urdu
Contract Thriller July 9, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 24–35 minutes Pending Bengali
Ladies & Gentlemen Drama July 9, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 23–41 minutes Pending Bengali
Engineering Girls Comedy August 27, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 19–26 minutes Pending Hindi
Pavitra Rishta 2.0 Drama September 15, 2021 Season 2, 8 episodes 17–28 minutes Pending Hindi
Break Point Documentary October 1, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 33–42 minutes Pending English
Oka Chinna Family Story Comedy November 19, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 35–43 minutes Pending Telugu
Qatil Haseenaon Ke Naam Thriller December 10, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 45–53 minutes Pending Hindi, Urdu
Loser 2 Action thriller December 24, 2021 Season 2, episodes TBA Pending Telugu

 

MX Player

Title Genre Release Date Seasons Length Status Language
Aapkey Kamrey Mein Koi Rehta Hai Horror comedy January 22, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 15–20 minutes Ended Hindi
Hello Mini Thriller February 26, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 25–30 minutes Renewed Hindi
    April 22, 2021 Season 3, 10 episodes 25–30 minutes Ended Hindi
Chakravyuh – An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller Thriller March 12, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 25–30 minutes Pending Hindi
Hey Prabhu Comedy-drama March 26, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 30–35 minutes Ended Hindi
Bisaat Thriller drama April 15, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 25–30 minutes Ended Hindi
Ramyug Drama May 6, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 35–40 minutes Ended Hindi
Runaway Lugaai Comedy-drama May 18, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 25–30 minutes Ended Hindi
Indori Ishq Romantic drama June 4, 2021 Season 1, 9 episodes 25–30 minutes Renewed Hindi
Samantar Thriller July 1, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 30–35 minutes Ended Marathi
Sabka Sai Drama August 26, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 40–45 minutes Ended Hindi
Ek Thi Begum Thriller September 30, 2021 Season 2, 12 episodes 30–35 minutes Renewed Hindi, Marathi
Matsya Kaand Crime drama November 18, 2021 Season 1, 11 episodes 30–35 minutes Renewed Hindi

 

Voot Select

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Khwabon Ke Parindey Drama June 14, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 21 minutes Ended Hindi
Candy Thriller September 8, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 40 minutes Ended Hindi
Illegal Drama November 25, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 30 minutes Ended Hindi
Bigg Boss OTT Reality August 8, 2021 Season 1, 42 episodes 60–237 minutes Ended Hindi

 

ALTBalaji

Title Genre Release date Seasons and Episodes Length Status Language
Bang Baang Action January 25, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 16–22 minutes Ended Hindi
Helllo Jee Romantic drama February 1, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 18–25 minutes Ended Hindi
LSD – Love, Scandal and Doctors Thriller February 5, 2021 Season 1, 15 episodes 17–22 minutes Ended Hindi
Crashh Drama February 14, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 18–25 minutes Pending Hindi
Dev DD Romantic drama February 20, 2021 Season 2, 17 episodes 17–23 minutes Ended Hindi
The Married Woman Romantic drama March 8, 2021 Season 1, 11 episodes 28–35 minutes Pending Hindi
Bekaaboo Thriller drama March 15, 2021 Season 2, 10 episodes 16–25 minutes Ended Hindi
Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu Action April 20, 2021 Season 1, 13 episodes 19–29 minutes Pending Hindi
His Storyy Romantic drama April 25, 2021 Season 1, 11 episodes 18–24 minutes Pending Hindi
Broken But Beautiful Romantic drama May 29, 2021 Season 3, 10 episodes 22–34 minutes Pending Hindi
Puncch Beat Drama June 27, 2021 Season 2, 13 episodes 17–29 minutes Ended Hindi
Cartel Action thriller August 20, 2021 Season 1, 14 episodes 32–50 minutes Pending Hindi
Girgit Thriller October 27, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 18–29 minutes Ended Hindi
Pavitra Rishta Romantic drama November 10, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 17–28 minutes Pending Hindi

 

TVFPlay

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Aspirants Drama April 7, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 39–49 minutes Pending Hindi

 

Flipkart Video

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Kaun? Interactive/Crime thriller January 9, 2021 Season 1, 35 episodes 16–20 minutes Renewed Hindi
    May 22, 2021 Season 2, 24 episodes   Renewed  
    November 22, 2021 Season 3, 39 episodes   Pending  
Ladies vs Gentlemen Interactive/Non Fiction October 16, 2021 Season 2, 30 episodes 15–18 minutes Pending Hindi
Power Play With Champions Interactive/Sports/Q&A April 8, 2021 Season 2, 59 episodes 12–15 minutes Pending Hindi, English
Dating Aaj Kal Interactive/Non-Fiction February 13, 2021 Season 1, 30 episodes 18–20 minutes Pending Hindi
Crime Stories Interactive/Thriller March 13, 2021 Season 1, 29 episodes 8–10 minutes Pending Hindi

 

Ullu

Title Genre Release Date Seasons Length Status Language
Assi Nabbe Poore Sau Crime thriller March 9, 2021 Part 1, 4 episodes 21–23 minutes Hindi
    March 16, 2021 Part 2, 4 episodes 22–24 minutes Ended  
Paro Drama May 18, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 18–25 minutes Ended Hindi
The Last Show Thriller June 1, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 19–30 minutes Ended Hindi
Tandoor Thriller July 23, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 19–25 minutes Ended Hindi
The Devil Inside Drama August 13, 2021 Season 1, 2 episodes 19–21 minutes Ended Hindi
Fatherhood Erotic drama August 17, 2021 Season 1, 2 episodes 19–21 minutes Ended Hindi
Client No 7 Mystery August 31, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 16–19 minutes Ended Hindi
Games of Karma: Kabristan Anthology erotic drama September 14, 2021 27 minutes Hindi
Games of Karma: Kachra   September 21, 2021 26 minutes Hindi
Games of Karma: Happy Birthday   September 28, 2021 20 minutes Hindi
Games of Karma: BDSM   October 5, 2021 21 minutes Hindi
Games of Karma: Sangeet   November 23, 2021 25 minutes Hindi
Pratiksha Crime drama October 26, 2021 Part 1, 5 episodes 20–23 minutes Hindi
    November 2, 2021 Part 2, 5 episodes 20–23 minutes  
    November 9, 2021 Part 3, 4 episodes 19–22 minutes Ended  
Cyanide Crime drama November 19, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 15–18 minutes Ended Hindi
Kaneez Romantic drama December 7, 2021 Part 1, 5 episodes 17–28 minutes Ended Hindi

 

Hoichoi

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Byomkesh Crime January 8, 2021 Season 6, 3 episodes 36–41 minutes Renewed Bengali
Fish and Chips Comedy January 16, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 14–20 minutes Ended Bengali
Hello Thriller drama January 22, 2021 Season 3, 12 episodes 18–28 minutes Pending Bengali
Turu Love Romance February 12, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 13–19 minutes Ended Bengali
Nokol Heere Crime March 12, 2021 Season 2, 7 episodes 21–33 minutes Ended Bengali
Mohomaya Psychological thriller March 26, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 36–55 minutes Ended Bengali
Shei Je Holud Pakhi Musical thriller April 14, 2021 Season 2, 8 episodes 18–34 minutes Ended Bengali
Maradonar Juto Rom-com April 30, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 17–24 minutes Ended Bengali
Subharambha Romance May 7, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 12–18 minutes Ended Bengali
Mohomaya Psychological thriller May 21, 2021 Season 2, 5 episdoes 39–56 minutes Ended Bengali
Paap: Antim Pawrbo Thriller drama June 4, 2021 Season 2, 5 episodes 21–47 minutes Ended Bengali
Mouchaak Dark comedy June 18, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 18–31 minutes Ended Bengali
Mohanagar Thriller drama June 25, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 18–28 minutes Pending Bengali
Dujone Thriller romance July 9, 2021 Season 1, 10 episodes 20–28 minutes Pending Bengali
Murder in the Hills Thriller drama July 23, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 23–36 minutes Pending Bengali
Rabindranath Ekhane Kawkhono Khetey Ashenni (REKKA) Thriller August 13, 2021 Season 1, 9 episodes 20–30 minutes Pending Bengali
Boyfriends & Girlfriends Rom-com September 3, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 23–28 minutes Ended Bengali
Moner Thikana Documentary October 1, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 5–8 minutes Ended Bengali
Tarader Shesh Tarpon Documentary October 5, 2021 Season 2, 8 episodes 32–69 minutes Pending Bengali
Eken Babu Crime October 8, 2021 Season 5, 6 episodes 24–32 minutes Renewed Bengali
Indu Thriller drama October 22, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 19–28 minutes Renewed Bengali
Byomkesh: Chorabali Crime November 4, 2021 Season 7, 2 episodes 48–60 minutes Renewed Bengali
Money Honey – Director’s Cut Thriller November 12, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 20–21 minutes Ended Bengali
Mandaar Drama November 19, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 39–51 minutes Ended Bengali
Boli Drama December 3, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 17–36 minutes Pending Bengali
Rudrabinar Obhishaap Musical adventure December 24, 2021 Season 3, 9 episodes Renewed Bengali

 

ShemarooMe

Title Genre Release Date Seasons Length Status Language
Yaadon Ni Safar Romance April 11, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 12–21 minutes Pending Gujarati
Vaat Vaat Ma Drama April 30, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 12–21 minutes Pending Gujarati
Kshadyantra Thriller drama June 24, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 20–33 minutes Pending Gujarati
Poori Paani Drama September 23, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 18–26 minutes Pending Gujarati
Unknown To Known Drama October 6, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 12–19 minutes Pending Gujarati
Yamraj Calling Drama November 18, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 18–28 minutes Pending Gujarati

 

Discovery+

Title Genre Release Date Seasons Length Status Language
Star vs Food Food & lifestyle April 15, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 20–30 minutes Renewed Hindi
    September 8, 2021 Season 2, 6 episodes 20–30 minutes Pending  
Money Mafia Investigation documentary August 14, 2021 Season 1, 4 episodes 25–30 minutes Renewed Hindi
    November 24, 2021 Season 2, 4 episodes 20–30 minutes Pending  
Say Yes To The Dress India Reality December 8, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 20–30 minutes Pending Hindi

 

Lionsgate Play

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Hiccups & Hookups Comedy-drama November 26, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 30–38 minutes Pending Hindi

 

manoramaMAX

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Pandaraparambil House at 801 Comedy January 1, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 30 minutes Pending Malayalam
Something Something Like Love Romance April 23, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 25 minutes Pending Malayalam

 

Hungama Play

Title Genre Release date Seasons Length Status Language
Meter Down Comedy October 27, 2021 Season 1, 6 episodes 40 minutes Ended Marathi

 

Watcho

Title Genre Release Date Seasons Length Status Language
Sarhad Thriller drama January 27, 2021 Season 1, 7 episodes 16–26 minutes Ended Hindi
Aghaat Thriller September 30, 2021 Season 1, 5 episodes 16–28 minutes Ended Hindi
Papa ka Scooter Drama October 30, 2021 Season 1, 8 episodes 10–14 minutes Ended Hindi

 

List of original OTT movies from India in 2021

Netflix

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Tribhanga: Tedhi Meri Crazy Drama January 15, 2021 95 minutes Hindi
Pitta Kathalu Drama February 19, 2021 150 minutes Telugu
The Girl on The Train Crime February 26, 2021 120 minutes Hindi
Pagglait Drama March 26, 2021 115 minutes Hindi
Ajeeb Daastaans Drama April 16, 2021 142 minutes Hindi
Searching for Sheela Documentary April 22, 2021 58 minutes English
The Disciple Drama April 30, 2021 128 minutes Marathi
Milestone Drama May 7, 2021 98 minutes Hindi, Punjabi
Sardar Ka Grandson Drama May 18, 2021 139 minutes Hindi
Jagame Thandhiram Crime drama June 18, 2021 158 minutes Tamil
Haseen Dillruba Romantic thriller July 2, 2021 136 minutes Hindi
Navarasa Drama August 6, 2021 312 minutes Tamil
Ankahi Kahaniya Drama September 17, 2021 110 minutes Hindi
Meenakshi Sundareshwar Rom-com November 5, 2021 141 minutes Hindi
Dhamaka Thriller November 19, 2021 104 minutes Hindi
Minnal Murali Drama December 24, 2021 159 minutes Malayalam

 

Amazon Prime Video

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Maara Romantic drama January 8, 2021 149 minutes Telugu
Drishyam 2 Thriller drama February 19, 2021 153 minutes Malayalam
Picasso Drama March 19, 2021 74 minutes Marathi
The Illegal Drama March 23, 2021 87 minutes English, Hindi
Joji Drama April 7, 2021 114 minutes Malayalam
Hello Charlie Comedy April 9, 2021 102 minutes Hindi
Well, Done Baby Drama April 9, 2021 100 minutes Marathi
Photo Prem Drama May 7, 2021 93 minutes Marathi
Ek Mini Katha Comedy-drama May 27, 2021 134 minutes Telugu
Sherni Drama June 18, 2021 131 minutes Hindi
Cold Case Action horror June 24, 2021 140 minutes Malayalam
Toofaan Sports drama July 16, 2021 161 minutes Hindi
Sara’s Romantic drama July 5, 2021 118 minutes Malayalam
Malik Drama July 15, 2021 161 minutes Malayalam
Ikkat Comedy-drama July 21, 2021 126 minutes Kannada
Narappa Action drama July 23, 2021 153 minutes Telugu
Sarpatta Parambarai Sports drama July 23, 2021 173 minutes Tamil
Shershaah Action August 12, 2021 135 minutes Hindi
Kuruthi Mystery thriller August 11, 2021 122 minutes Malayalam
#Home Drama August 19, 2021 161 minutes Malayalam
Tuck Jagadish Drama September 10, 2021 146 minutes Telugu
Sunny Drama September 23, 2021 93 minutes Malayalam
Sardar Udham Drama October 16, 2021 163 minutes Hindi
Rathnan Prapancha Drama October 27, 0201 147 minutes Kannada
Dybbuk Horror October 29, 2021 112 minutes Hindi
Jai Bhim Drama November 2, 2021 151 minutes Tamil
Drushyam 2 Crime drama November 25, 2021 155 minutes Telugu
Chhorii Mystery horror November 26, 2021 129 minutes Hindi

 

Disney+ Hotstar

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Bhoomi Action January 14, 2021 127 minutes Tamil
Teddy Action thriller March 12, 2021 136 minutes Tamil
1232 Kms Documentary March 24, 2021 86 minutes Hindi
The Big Bull Crime drama April 8, 2021 154 minutes Hindi
Paramapadham Vilayattu Thriller April 14, 2021 132 minutes Tamil
Hum Bhi Akele Tum Bhi Akele Comedy-drama May 9, 2021 73 minutes Hindi
Shaadisthan Musical drama June 11, 2021 93 minutes Hindi
Collar Bomb Crime thriller July 9, 2021 86 minutes Hindi
Hungama 2 Comedy-drama July 23, 2021 152 minutes Hindi
Bhuj: The Pride of India Historical action August 13, 2021 103 minutes Hindi
Netrikann Crime thriller August 13, 2021 146 minutes Tamil
Seeti Maarr Action drama September 10, 2021 138 minutes Telugu
Bhoot Police Horror comedy September 10, 2021 129 minutes Hindi
Maestro Dark comedy September 17, 2021 135 minutes Telugu
Annabelle Sethupathi Horror comedy September 17, 2021 135 minutes Tamil
Shiddat Romantic drama October 1, 2021 146 minutes Hindi
Lift Horror October 1, 2021 134 minutes Tamil
Sanak Drama October 15, 2021 117 minutes Hindi
Hum Do Humare Do Comedy-drama October 29, 2021 129 minutes Hindi
Oh Mannapenne Rom-com October 22, 2021 140 minutes Tamil
MGR Magan Drama November 4, 2021 141 minutes Tamil
Kanakam Kaamini Kalaham Comedy-drama November 12, 2021 121 minutes Malayalam
Cash Comedy November 19, 2021 133 minutes Hindi
Pon Manickavel Action November 19, 2021 138 minutes Tamil
Adbhutham Sci-fi romance November 19, 2021 142 minutes Telugu
Atrangi Re Musical drama December 24, 2021 Hindi

 

SonyLIV

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Dithee Drama May 21, 2021 89 minutes Marathi
Thaen Drama June 25, 2021 104 minutes Tamil
Vaazhl Drama July 16, 2021 112 minutes Tamil
Thittam Irandu Mystery drama July 30, 2021 120 minutes Tamil
Shantit Kranti Comedy-drama August 13, 2021 120 minutes Marathi
Kasada Tabara Drama August 27, 2021 137 minutes Tamil
Vivaha Bhojanambu Comedy August 27, 2021 120 minutes Telugu
Alpha Adimai Thriller September 3, 2021 89 minutes Tamil
Kadaisi Vivasayi Comedy-drama September 10, 2021 122 minutes Tamil
Priyuraalu Romance September 17, 2021 114 minutes Telugu
Kaanekkaane Drama September 17, 2021 120 minutes Malayalam
Naduvan Action September 23, 2021 123 minutes Tamil
Aakashavaani Drama September 24, 2021 124 minutes Telugu
Raghu CNG Crime thriller September 24, 2021 112 minutes Gujarati
Aamis Romantic drama October 1, 2021 108 minutes Assamese
Appathava Aattaya Pottutanga Comedy-drama October 8, 2021 102 minutes Tamil
Itlu Amma Drama October 8, 2021 112 minutes Telugu
Kaasav Drama October 8, 2021 105 minutes Marathi
Kothanodi Fantasy October 22, 2021 120 minutes Assamese
Yennanga Sir Unga Sattam Comedy-drama October 29, 2021 137 minutes Tamil
Family Drama Drama October 29, 2021 132 minutes Telugu
Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam Romantic comedy-drama October 29, 2021 107 minutes Malayalam
Chumbak Drama November 12, 2021 101 minutes Marathi
Churuli Mystery sci-fi November 19, 2021 120 minutes Malayalam
#BRO Drama November 26, 2021 140 minutes Telugu

 

Zee5

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Nail Polish Thriller January 1, 2021 122 minutes Hindi
Kaagaz Drama January 7, 2021 109 minutes Hindi
WTFry Drama January 9, 2021 49 minutes Bangla
The Power Action thriller January 14, 2021 155 minutes Hindi
Basta Comedy January 29, 2021 120 minutes Marathi
Lahore Confidential Drama February 4, 2021 68 minutes Hindi
The Wife Horror February 19, 2021 106 minutes Hindi
Ninnila Ninnila Rom-com February 26, 2021 118 minutes Telugu
Silence… Can You Hear it? Thriller February 26, 2021 136 minutes Hindi
Sita: On the Road Drama March 5, 2021 115 minutes Telugu
Avwanchhit Drama March 9, 2021 118 minutes Marathi
Mathil Drama April 14, 2021 104 minutes Tamil
Raat Baaki Hai Thriller April 16, 2021 89 minutes Hindi
Radhe Action comedy May 13, 2021 114 minutes Hindi
Malaysia to Amnesia Comedy May 28, 2021 116 minutes Tamil
Jodi Kintu Tobuo Drama July 9, 2021 116 minutes Bengali
State of Siege : Temple Attack Action July 9, 2021 106 minutes Hindi
Thanda Comedy July 9, 2021 45 minutes Bengali
14 Phere Comedy July 23, 2021 111 minutes Hindi
Dial 100 Crime August 6, 2021 104 minutes Hindi
200 Halla Ho Crime August 20, 2021 115 minutes Hindi
Helmet Comedy September 3, 2021 104 minutes Hindi
Kya Meri Sonam Gupta Bewafa Hai? Comedy September 10, 2021 136 minutes Hindi
NET Crime September 10, 2021 103 minutes Telugu
Alanti Sitralu Crime September 24, 2021 141 minutes Telugu
Vinodhaya Sitham Drama October 13, 2021 97 minutes Tamil
Jinne Jamme Saare Nikamme Comedy October 14, 2021 132 minutes Punjabi
Rashmi Rocket Sports drama October 15, 2021 129 minutes Hindi
Aafat-E-Ishq Drama October 29, 2021 114 minutes Hindi
Squad Action November 12, 2021 124 minutes Hindi
Bob Biswas Thriller December 3, 2021 131 minutes Hindi
Blood Money Thriller December 24, 2021 Tamil

 

Voot Select

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Adi Sonal Drama July 24, 2021 29 minutes Hindi
Bhaskar Calling Drama July 24, 2021 26 minutes Hindi
Ek Duaa Drama July 24, 2021 45 minutes Hindi
Guddu Drama July 24, 2021 17 minutes Hindi
Gutthi Drama July 24, 2021 26 minutes Hindi
Khauff Drama July 24, 2021 22 minutes Hindi
Natkhat Drama July 24, 2021 32 minutes Hindi
Tap Tap Drama July 24, 2021 20 minutes Hindi
Jaan Jigar: Beloved Drama July 26, 2021 19 minutes Hindi
The Shaila(s) Drama July 26, 2021 14 minutes Hindi
A Short Hello Drama July 26, 2021 10 minutes Hindi
Tea and a Rose Drama July 26, 2021 17 minutes Hindi
Lihaaf Drama July 27, 2021 74 minutes Hindi
Lines Drama July 27, 2021 77 minutes Hindi
Love In The Times Of Corona Drama July 27, 2021 81 minutes Hindi

 

Hoichoi

Title Genre Release date   Length Language
Cheeni Drama February 4, 2021 109 109 minutes Bengali
Brahma Janen Gopon Kommoti Drama February 14, 2021 125 125 minutes Bengali
Kabir Action drama February 24, 2021 108 108 minutes Bengali
Cockpit Drama February 25, 2021 132 132 minutes Bengali
Chaamp Drama February 26, 2021 152 152 minutes Bengali
Hoichoi Unlimited Comedy February 27, 2021 135 135 minutes Bengali
Prem Tame Romance April 2, 2021 128 128 minutes Bengali
Tarikh Drama May 8, 2021 115 115 minutes Bengali
Tangra Blues Drama May 14, 2021 120 120 minutes Bengali
The Parcel Drama June 11, 2021 125 125 minutes Bengali
Pratidwandi Thriller July 2, 2021 109 109 minutes Bengali
Hiralal Biopic July 16, 2021 137 137 minutes Bengali
Dutta Vs Dutta Drama August 6, 2021 116 116 minutes Bengali
Patalghor Sci-fi August 7, 2021 134 134 minutes Bengali
Hawa Bodol Comedy-drama August 20, 2021 137 137 minutes Bengali
Ekti Tarar Khonje Drama August 21, 2021 138 138 minutes Bengali
Chaplin Drama August 28, 2021 131 131 minutes Bengali
Borunbabur Bondhu Drama September 10, 2021 122 122 minutes Bengali
Mukhosh Thriller September 17, 2021 114 114 minutes Bengali
Rawkto Rawhoshyo Thriller October 10, 2021 120 120 minutes Bengali
Sahaj Paather Gappo Drama October 29, 2021 81 81 minutes Bengali

 

ShemarooMe

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Vaat Bandh Hontho Ni Comedy/Play January 7, 2021 137 minutes Gujarati
Parnela Ne Paramveer Chakra Aapo Comedy/Play February 9, 2021 112 minutes Gujarati
In the Month of July Drama March 5, 2021 81 minutes Hindi
Vahu Vat No Katko Family/Play March 6, 2021 110 minutes Gujarati
3i (3 Indians) Action March 12, 2021 119 minutes Hindi
Regards and Peace Thriller March 26, 2021 88 minutes Hindi
My Goal Football Sports drama April 2, 2021 89 minutes Hindi
Angithee Social drama April 9, 2021 116 minutes Hindi
Joke Samrat Comedy/Play April 15, 2021 154 minutes Gujarati
Black Rose Thriller April 16, 2021 120 minutes Hindi
Sasu Vahu Ni 20-20 Comedy/Play April 23, 2021 101 minutes Gujarati
Teacher of The Year Drama May 8, 2021 148 minutes Gujarati
Vehvai V/s Vehvai Comedy/Play May 13, 2021 125 minutes Gujarati
Antenna Drama May 14, 2021 84 minutes Hindi
Swagatam Comedy May 20, 2021 120 minutes Gujarati
Abola Ni Antakshari Drama/Play June 5, 2021 116 minutes Gujarati
The Virus Lockdown Thriller June 11, 2021 124 minutes Hindi
Veena Ben Viral Thaya Drama/Play June 17, 2021 126 minutes Gujarati
X Zone Thriller June 25, 2021 97 minutes Hindi
Rang Rangeela Gujjubhai Comedy/Play July 10, 2021 118 minutes Gujarati
Shu Thayu Comedy July 15, 2021 128 minutes Gujarati
Wrongleela Comedy July 16, 2021 102 minutes Hindi
Vaar Lagi Thodi Pan Jami Gayi Jodi Comedy/Play July 22, 2021 120 minutes Gujarati
Taari Mate Once More Comedy July 29, 2021 149 minutes Gujarati
Shaadi, Dahej & Gangster Family drama July 30, 2021 89 minutes Hindi
Lockdown to Unlock Comedy August 6, 2021 100 minutes Hindi
Sundar Ne Baidiwado Comedy/Play August 7, 2021 140 minutes Gujarati
Happy Wala Family Comedy/Play August 19, 2021 125 minutes Gujarati
The Darling Wife Thriller August 20, 2021 88 minutes Hindi
Pehli Gamti Nathi Biji Jamti Nathi Comedy/Play August 26, 2021 106 minutes Gujarati
Gangster Drama August 27, 2021 89 minutes Hindi
Ek Adhuri Antakshari Drama/Play September 9, 2021 115 minutes Gujarati
Urf Ghanta Comedy September 10, 2021 96 minutes Hindi
Mister Kalakaar Drama September 16, 2021 118 minutes Gujarati
Namo Nachave Ene Kon Bachave Comedy/Play September 30, 2021 118 minutes Gujarati
Lagna Thaya Chhe Saavdhan Drama/Play October 14, 2021 95 minutes Gujarati
Dhuandhaar Drama October 21, 2021 120 minutes Gujarati
Vikas Gando Thayo Che Comedy/Play October 28, 2021 104 minutes Gujarati
Ek Anjaan Rishtey Ka Guilt Drama November 5, 2021 65 minutes Hindi
Shreematiji Samjhe Toh Saaru Comedy/Play November 11, 2021 124 minutes Gujarati
Karsandas Komedywala Comedy/Play November 25, 2021 114 minutes Gujarati
Mumbai’s Special Pav Bhaji Crime December 3, 2021 108 minutes Hindi
Chasani Drama December 8, 2021 136 minutes Gujarati

 

Discovery+

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Secrets of Sinauli Historical documentary February 9, 2021 55 minutes Hindi
Mission Frontline with Rana Dagubatti Military documentary January 21, 2021 40 minutes Hindi
Vande Bharat Flight IX 1344: Hope to Survival Disaster documentary March 2, 2021 45 minutes Hindi
Bhuj: The Day India Shook Disaster documentary June 11, 2021 50 minutes Hindi
Mission Frontline with Sara Ali Khan Military documentary August 13, 2021 40 minutes Hindi
India’s Space Odyssey Science documentary October 7, 2021 47 minutes Hindi
Into the Wild with Bear Grylls & Ajay Devgn Survival reality October 22, 2021 50 minutes Hindi
Into the Wild with Bear Grylls & Vicky Kaushal Survival reality November 12, 2021 48 minutes Hindi

 

List of original OTT comedy specials from India in 2021

Amazon Prime Video

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Market Down Hai Stand-up May 14, 2021 50 minutes Hindi
Aalas Motaapa Ghabrahat Stand-up June 15, 2021 52 minutes Hindi
Standup Shorts Stand-up August 26, 2021 63 minutes Hindi

 

SonyLIV

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Chalo Koi Baat Nahi Sketch August 20, 2021 27 minutes Hindi

 

ShemarooMe

Title Genre Release date Length Language
Hasya Na Big Boss Stand-up December 7, 2021 100 minutes Gujarati

 

Kota Factory Season 2 Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 24 September 2021
  • Genre Drama
  • Duration 3h 16min
  • Cast

    Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Alam Khan, Jitendra Kumar, Revathi Pillai, Urvi Singh, Ahsaas Channa

  • Director Raghav Subbu
  • Music Karthik Rao, Simran Hora
  • Producer Sameer Saxena
  • Production The Viral Fever
  • Users Rating
House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 8 October 2021
  • Genre Crime, Documentary
  • Duration 2h 17min
  • Director Leena Yadav, Anubhav Chopra
  • Music A.R. Rahman, Qutub-E-Kripa
  • Producer Aseem Bajaj, James Haygood, Yogendra Mogre, Katherine Leblond
  • Production Netflix
  • Users Rating
Little Things Season 4 Watch on Netflix

Call My Agent: Bollywood Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 29 October 2021
  • Genre Comedy, Drama
  • Duration 4h 27min
  • Cast

    Rajat Kapoor, Aahana S Kumra, Ayush Kumra, Soni Razdan, Hussain Dalal

  • Producer Sohail Abbas, Trupti Mehta, Sameer Nair
  • Users Rating
Aranyak Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 10 December 2021
  • Genre Crime, Thriller
  • Duration 5h 36min
  • Cast

    Raveena Tandon, Parambrata Chatterjee, Ashutosh Rana, Zakir Hussain, Megna Malik

  • Director Vinay Waikul
  • Producer Siddarth Roy Kapur
  • Production Roy Kapur Films, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment
  • Users Rating
Decoupled Watch on Netflix

Mumbai Diaries 26/11 Watch on Prime Video
  • Release Date 9 September 2021
  • Genre Drama, Mystery
  • Duration 5h 41min
  • Cast

    Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Natasha Bharadwaj, Satyajeet Dubey, Tina Desai, Prakash Belawadi, Pushkaraj Chirputkar, Balaji Gauri

  • Director Nikkhil Advani
  • Music Ashutosh Phatak
  • Producer Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Rameshchandra Yadav
  • Production Emmay Entertainment
  • Certificate A
  • Users Rating
Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar Watch on Prime Video
  • Release Date 3 November 2021
  • Genre Action, Crime
  • Duration 4h 56min
  • Cast

    Vicky Arora, Anuj Rampal, Flora Saini, Shrikant Verma, Shishir Sharma, Swati Semwal, Manish Chaudhari, Rakesh Thareja, Rakesh Thareja, Deepraj Rana, Santosh Singh, Sandesh Kulkarni, Mohan Agashe

  • Director Raj Kaushal
  • Producer Raj Kaushal
Inside Edge Season 3 Watch on Prime Video
  • Release Date 3 December 2021
  • Genre Drama, Sport
  • Duration 7h 28min
  • Cast

    Vivek Oberoi, Aamir B, Richa Chadda, Sapna Pabbi, Tanuj Virwani, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Angad Bedi, Sayani Gupta

  • Director Karan Anshuman, Aakash Bhatia, Gurmmeet Singh, Kanishk Varma
  • Music John Stewart Eduri, Kabeer Kathpalia, Pancham Singhania
  • Producer Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
  • Production Excel Entertainment
  • Certificate A
  • Users Rating

City of Dreams Season 2 Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 30 July 2021
  • Genre Mystery, Thriller
  • Duration 7h 15min
  • Cast

    Priya Bapat, Siddharth Chandekar, Eijaz Khan, Atul Kulkarni, Sushant Singh, Dev, Vishw, Sandeep Kulkarni, Rakesh Dubey, Uday Tikekar, Amrita Bagchi, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Shishir Sharma, Flora Saini, Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues|Ivan Rodrigues, Geetika Tyagi, Rio Kapadia, Saurabh Goyal, Pavleen Gujral, Lekha Prajapati, Adinath Kothare, Divya Seth, Ankur Rathee, Vibhawari Deshpande, Gauransh Chauhan, Atisha Naik, Sajjad Khan, Shriyam Bhagnani

  • Director Nagesh Kukunoor
  • Music Tapas Relia, Japjisingh Valecha
  • Producer Prasoon Garg, Siddharth Khaitan, Varun Malik, Moiz Tarwadi, Neha Mishra
  • Production Applause Entertainment, Kukunoor Movies
  • Certificate A
The Empire Season 1 Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 27 August 2021
  • Genre Drama, History
  • Duration 5h 39min
  • Cast

    Shabana Azmi, Kunal Kapoor, Drashti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, Sahher Bambba, Rahul Dev

  • Director Mitakshara Kumar
  • Music Ashutosh Phatak
  • Producer Nikkhil Advani, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, Karn Gupta, Ranjana Mitra, Abdul Aziz Makani
  • Production Star India
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Special Ops 1.5 Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 12 November 2021
  • Genre Action, Thriller
  • Duration 2h 53min
  • Cast

    Kay Menon, Vinay Pathak, Karan Tacker, Vipul Gupta, Muzamil Ibrahim, Sana Khan, Meher Vij, Saiyami Kher, Divya Dutta, Revathi Pillai, Sajjad Delafrooz

  • Director Neeraj Pandey, Shivam Nair
  • Music Advait Nemlekar
  • Producer Shital Bhatia
  • Production Friday Filmworks, Friday Storytellers, Friday Storytellers
  • Users Rating
Aarya Season 2 Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 10 December 2021
  • Genre Action, Drama
  • Duration 5h 33min
  • Cast

    Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikandar Kher, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx ONell, Namit D, Manish Choudhary, Viren Vazirani, Virti Vaghani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Sugandha Garg, Priy, Sohaila Kapur, Jayant Kripalani, Maya Sarao, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Vik, Nishank Verma, Jagdish Purohit, Flora Saini, Joy Sengupta, Gargi Sawant, Richard Bhakti Klein

  • Director Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi, Vinod Rawat
  • Music Vishal Khurana
  • Producer Vinod Iyer, Sia Bhuyan, Rhea Prabhu, Nikhil Madhok, Ranjana Mitra, Karn Gupta, Ram Madhvani, Amita Madhvani, Endemol Shine Group, Endemol Shine India
  • Production Ram Madhvani, Ram Madhavani Films, Endemol Shine Group
  • Users Rating

Break Point Watch on Zee5

Ankahi Kahaniya Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 17 September 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Drama, Romance
  • Duration 1h 50min
  • Cast

    Abhishek Banerjee, Rinku Rajguru, Delzad Hiwale, Kunal Kapoor, Zoya Hussain, Nikhil Dwivedi, Palomi Ghosh, T.J. Bhanu

  • Director Abhishek Chaubey, Saket Chaudhary, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
  • Music Achint Thakkar
  • Producer Ronnie Screwvala, Ashi Dya
  • Production Netflix
  • Users Rating
Meenakshi Sundareshwar Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 5 November 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Comedy, Romance
  • Duration 2h 21min
  • Cast

    Sanya Malhotra, Abhimanyu D, Shiv Kumar Subramaniam, Nivedita Bhargava, Purnendu Bhattacharya, Komal Chhabria, Manoj Mani Mathew, Archana Iyer, Ritika Shrotri, Kalp Shah, Saurabh Sharma, Mahesh Pillai, Sonali Sachdev, Varun Rao, Sukhesh Arora, Chetan Sharma, Khuman Nongyai

  • Director Vivek Soni
  • Music Justin Prabhakaran
  • Producer Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta, Somen Mishra
  • Production Dharmatic Entertainment, Netflix Originals
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Dhamaka Watch on Netflix
  • Release Date 19 November 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Thriller, Drama
  • Duration 1h 43min
  • Cast

    Kartik Aaryan, Mrunal Thakur, Amruta Subhash, Vikas Kumar

  • Director Ram Madhvani
  • Music Vishal Khurana
  • Producer Ronnie Screwvala, Amita Madhvani, Ram Madhvani
  • Production RSVP Movies, Ram Madhvani Films, Lotte Entertainment, Lotte Cultureworks, Lionsgate Films, Global Gate Entertainment
  • Users Rating

Shershaah Watch on Prime Video

Sardar Udham Watch on Prime Video
  • Release Date 16 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Biography, History
  • Cast

    Vicky Kaushal

  • Director Shoojit Sircar
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Dybbuk: The Curse Is Real Watch on Prime Video
  • Release Date 29 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Drama, Horror
  • Duration 1h 52min
  • Cast

    Emraan H, Nikita Dutta, Anil George, Manav Kaul, Yuri Suri, Imaad Shah, Darshana Banik, Gaurav Sharma, Denzil Smith, Resh Lamba, Bijay Anand, Ivan Sylvester Rodrigues

  • Director Jay K
  • Music Amar Mohile, Gourav Dasgupta
  • Producer Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Abhishek Pathak
  • Production Amazon Prime Video
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Chhorii Watch on Prime Video

Bhuj: The Pride of India Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 13 August 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Action, Drama, History
  • Duration 1h 53min
  • Cast

    Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sharad Kelkar, Sonakshi Sinha, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash, Nora Fatehi, Ihana Dhillon

  • Director Abhishek Dudhaiya
  • Music Score: Amar Mohile; Songs: Gourov Dasgupta Tanishk Bagchi Lijo George – Dj Chetas Arko
  • Producer Bhushan Kumar, Ginny Khanuja, Krishan Kumar, Kumar Mangat Pathak, Bunny Sanghavi, Vajir Singh, Abhishek Dudhaiya
  • Production T-Series, Ajay Devgn FFilms, Select Media Holdings LLP
  • Users Rating
Bhoot Police Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 10 September 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Horror, Comedy, Drama
  • Duration 2h 8min
  • Cast

    Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, Yami Gautam, Javed Jaffrey

  • Director Pavan Kripalani
  • Producer Devashish Makhija, Akshai Puri
  • Production Tips Industries, 12 Street Entertainment
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Shiddat Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 1 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Romance, Drama
  • Duration 2h 30min
  • Cast

    Sunny Kaushal, Radhika Madan, Mohit Raina, Diana Penty

  • Director Kunal Deshmukh
  • Producer Dinesh Vijan, Bhushan Kumar
  • Production Maddock Films
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Sanak Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 15 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Action, Crime
  • Duration 1h 57min
  • Cast

    Vidyut Jammwal, Rukmini Maitra, Neha Dhupia, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Chandan Roy, Kiran Karmarkar, Sunil Kumar Palwal, Daniele Balconi, Ivy Haralson, Alois Knapps, Du Tran Au, Harminder Singh Alag, Adrija Sinha, Neha Pednekar, Tanguy Guinchard, Sefa Demirbus, Felix Fukoyoshi, Dimitri Vujicic, Shreyal Shetty, Sanjay Kulkarni, Karthikesh, Asif Ali Beg, Arjun Ramesh, Sudhanva Deshpande, Anand Alkunte

  • Director Kanishk Varma
  • Music Score:Saurabh Bhalerao, Songs:Chirrantan Bhatt, Jeet Gannguli
  • Producer Vipul Amrutlal Shah, Aashin A. Shah
  • Production Zee Studios, Sunshine Pictures
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Hum Do Hamare Do Watch on Disney+ Hotstar
  • Release Date 29 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Comedy
  • Duration 2h 9min
  • Cast

    Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Paresh Rawal, Ratna Pathak Shah, Aparshakti Khurana, Manu Rishi Chadha, Prachee Shah Paandya, Mazel Vy, Saanand Verma, Avijit Dutt, Shibani Bedi, Himanshu Sharma

  • Director Abhishek Jain
  • Music Sachin–Jigar
  • Producer Dinesh Vijan
  • Production Maddock Films
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating

Rashmi Rocket Watch on Zee5
  • Release Date 15 October 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Sport, Drama
  • Cast

    Taapsee Pannu, Priyanshu Painyuli, Abhishek Banerjee, Supriya Pathak, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Mantra, Shweta Tripathi, Manoj Joshi

  • Director Akarsh Khurana
  • Music Amit Trivedi
  • Producer Ronnie Screwvala, Neha Anand, Pranjal Khandhdiya
  • Production RSVP Movies, Mango People Media Network
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating
Bob Biswas Watch on Zee5
  • Release Date 3 December 2021
  • Language Hindi
  • Genre Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
  • Duration 2h 11min
  • Cast

    Abhishek Bachchan, Chitrangda Singh, Paran Bandopadhyay, Samara Tijori, Purab Kohli, Tina Desai

  • Director Diya Annapurna Ghosh
  • Music Score: Clinton Cerejo, Bianca Gomes. Songs: Anupam Roy, Vishal–Shekhar
  • Producer Gauri Khan, Sujoy Ghosh, Gaurav Verma
  • Production Red Chillies Entertainment, Bound Script Production
  • Certificate U/A
  • Users Rating

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Fast & Furious 9 (aka F9) and The Suicide Squad are the biggest international titles to watch this August — the first two are coming to (Indian) cinemas, two are already streaming (in the US) and the other will be. F9 released July 30 on-demand in the US, almost three weeks prior to its August 19 India release date. It was going to release earlier in India but got delayed by two weeks. The Suicide Squad is hitting India on August 5 in line with its global release date, with Warner hoping to avoid the major piracy situation that Universal finds itself in, with F9 being torrented widely. The Suicide Squad is out August 6 on HBO Max, after all. Speaking of superheroes, Marvel also has a new (animated) series in What If…? that begins August 11 on Disney+ Hotstar.

From India, there are a couple of pop patriotic war dramas for the Independence Day weekend. Amazon Prime Video rolls out Kargil War-set Shershaah, led by Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, and produced by Karan Johar, on August 12. Disney+ Hotstar will follow it on August 13 with a tale from 1971 Indo-Pakistan War in Bhuj: The Pride of India, starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, and Sonakshi Sinha. Disney+ Hotstar also has a period drama in The Empire, about the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, in August. If you are looking for more Indian content, Mani Ratnam presents a nine-film anthology called Navarasa, dropping August 6 on Netflix. Revathy, Parvathy, Anjali, Aditi Balan, Vijay Sethupathy, Arvind Swamy, Siddarth, Prakashraj, and Yogi Babu are among its massive cast.

For those looking for big names, August has Hugh Jackman in the sci-fi film Reminiscence available August 20 on HBO Max. It should come to Indian cinemas at the same time too. Emma Stone is Cruella in Cruella, out August 27 on Disney+ Hotstar. Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy lead a packed cast for Nine Perfect Strangers, which starts August 20 on Amazon Prime Video in India. Sandra Oh leads the cast of The Chair — Game of Thrones creators are involved — also out August 20 but on Netflix. On the same day on the same platform, Jason Momoa hunts for the truth and runs from big pharma in Sweet Girl. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does everything (acting, writing, directing and producing) on his new Apple TV+ series Mr. Corman, premiering August 6.

There’s also Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 — the series’ final season starts in August and will air on Comedy Central in India. It’ll take a lot longer to reach streaming platforms. With that, here’s our August 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Comedy Central.

The Suicide Squad

When: August 5 (India), August 6 (Streaming)
Where: Cinemas (India), HBO Max (USA)

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is at the helm of this soft reboot of what was originally a dumpster fire. There are a couple of survivors, chiefly Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, and Viola Davis. There’s a splattering of new faces alongside — many of whom will be killed off, as Gunn has already teased — in John Cena, Idris Elba, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, and a shark voiced by Sylvester Stallone.

Going by the trailers, Gunn seems to be doing what made him famous at Marvel, except he’s now operating in the rival DC camp (before he switches back for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, coming May 2023). The Suicide Squad is available in cinemas a day prior to its one-month streaming run on HBO Max in the US.

Watch the Final Trailer for The Suicide Squad

Some of the new Suicide Squad in The Suicide Squad
Photo Credit: DC Comics/Warner Bros.

Mr. Corman

When: August 6
Where: Apple TV+

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the star, writer, director and producer on this 10-episode dramedy about a 30-something failed musician now teaching fifth graders at a San Fernando Valley school in Los Angeles County. So far, so Soul. There’s even a dreamy sequence in the Mr. Corman trailer if you’re interested in stretching that Pixar comparison.

To add to Corman’s miseries, his fiancé (Juno Temple) broke up and moved out, while his high school friend (Arturo Castro) has taken her place at home. Still, Corman believes he’s lucky even as the feelings of anxiety and self-doubt are creeping in. Debra Winger, Logic, Hector Hernandez, Jamie Chung, and Shannon Woodward co-star.

Three Mr. Corman episodes drop on release date, with the remaining seven airing one per week until September 24.

When: August 6
Where: Netflix

Mani Ratnam spearheads this anthology of nine Tamil-language short films that finds nine directors tackling nine rasas, Tamil for emotions: anger (Arvind Swami), compassion (Bejoy Nambiar), courage (Sarjun), disgust (Vasanth S Sai), fear (Rathindran R Prasad), laughter (Priyadarshan), love (Gautham Vasudev Menon), peace (Karthik Subbaraj), and wonder (Karthick Naren). Everyone worked pro-bono on Navarasa to raise funds for those affected by COVID-19 in the Tamil cinema industry.

Revathy, Parvathy Thiruvothu, Anjali, Aditi Balan, Remya Nambeesan, Poorna, Prayaga Martin, Rythvika Suriya, Vijay Sethupathy, Arvind Swamy, Siddarth, Prakashraj, Yogi Babu, Prasanna, Atharva, Bobby Simha, Gautham Menon, Ashok Selvan, Nedumudi Venu, Delhi Ganesh, and Kishore are part of a 40-strong cast. All nine films will be available at once on release date.

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Marvel’s What If…?

When: August 11
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Marvel Studios’ first anthology animated series is all about asking big what-if questions: What if Peggy Carter took the Super Soldier serum? What if T’Challa ended up as Star-Lord? What if Killmonger came to Tony Stark’s rescue in Afghanistan? As you can tell, What If…? is all about exploring the multiverse of possibilities — is this why it’s coming on the heels of Loki? — triggered by a big decision.

As you can tell, none of these hypothetical events will have any effect on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, much of the cast is involved, including Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Karen Gillan, Jeff Goldblum, Michael B. Jordan, and the late Chadwick Boseman.

What If…? season 1 has 10 episodes in total. One new episode every Wednesday until October 13.

Watch the Trailer for Marvel’s What If…?

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Haley Atwell as Captain Carter in What If…?
Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

Shershaah

When: August 12
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Say hello to India’s The Lion King. No, that doesn’t mean what you think it does. It’s the direct translation of the war film’s title, an acknowledgement of how Indian Army Captain Vikram Batra was referred to by the enemy, Pakistan, during the 1999 Kargil War. Batra was posthumously awarded India’s highest military honour, the Param Vir Chakra, for his actions.

Siddharth Malhotra plays Batra in this biopic directed by Vishnuvardhan (Arrambam) who makes his Hindi-language debut, and produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions. Shershaah is the second consecutive biopic on a Kargil war vet for Dharma, following last year’s Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl that was sold to Netflix. Hopefully, it too won’t give into jingoism.

Kiara Advani, Shiv Pandit, Niktin Dheer, Himmanshoo A. Malhotra, Anil Charanjeett, Sahil Vaid, Raj Arjun, Ankita Goraya, Rakesh Dubey, Pranay Singh Pachauri, Pawan Chopra, Mir Sarwar, and Shataf Figar are also part of the Shershaah cast.

Bhuj: The Pride of India

When: August 13
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha, Nora Fatehi, and Sharad Kelkar lead the cast of this Gujarat-based war drama that chronicles the efforts of an IAF Squadron Leader (Devgn) and 300 local women (Sinha among them) who helped rebuild the carpet-bombed Bhuj airbase during the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War. Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash, and Ihana Dhillon are also part of the cast.

Soap opera veteran Abhishek Dudhaiya makes his feature-length directorial debut on Bhuj: The Pride of India, working off a screenplay he co-wrote with Raman Kumar, Ritesh Shah, and Pooja Bhavoria. That television legacy is visible in the Bhuj trailer, though to be fair, most Bollywood war dramas are this combination of cringe dialogues and …dance sequences.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

When: August TBA
Where: Comedy Central

10-8. No that’s not a cop code — it’s the number of episodes (10) in the eighth and final season of this beloved sitcom. That’s a reduced run for what used to be a 22-episode series, having progressively declined in episode count during its NBC years. The network is also switching up its release schedule: there will be two back-to-back episodes every week, for five weeks.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine season 8 has also been reworked in parts, following the George Floyd protests against racism and police brutality, with Terry Crews revealing that they scrapped four completed episodes altogether. The cast is still the same though, with Crews alongside Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Joe Lo Truglio, Dirk Blocker, Joel McKinnon Miller, and Andre Braugher.

CODA

When: August 13
Where: Apple TV+

Apple paid a festival-record $25 million (about Rs. 185 crores) for this Sundance-winning remake of the 2014 French comedy-drama La Famille Bélier. It’s about a 17-year-old girl (Emilia Jones) who’s the only hearing member in her deaf fishing family. Hence, the title: CODA, Child of Deaf Adults. Caught between helping her family business under threat and her love of singing, she must decide what to do.

Eugenio Derbez, Troy Kotsur, Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Daniel Durant, Amy Forsyth, Kevin Chapman, and Marlee Matlin co-star. CODA director Sian Heder (Tallulah) was also honoured for her work at Sundance.

The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

When: August 13
Where: Cinemas

James Wan’s Conjuring franchise continues to be inspired by real-life cases as Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson’s paranormal investigators take on their first murder case, the 1981 trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson (played here by Ruairi O’Connor) in which she claimed demonic possession as a defence. Essentially, that the Devil made me do it. Oh look, that’s also the title. What a coincidence.

Michael Chaves (The Curse of La Llorona) is the director, working off a screenplay by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (The Conjuring 2, Aquaman). The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It released in June on HBO Max and in US theatres, and belatedly makes its way to India as cinemas reopen following the second wave of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Modern Love

When: August 13
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Kit Harington, Anna Paquin, Tobias Menzies, Garrett Hedlund, Dominique Fishback, Lucy Boynton, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Susan Blackwell, Minnie Driver, Nikki M. James, Aparna Nancherla, Sophie Okonedo, Ben Rappaport, Jack Reynor, Lulu Wilson, Zuzanna Szadkowski, and Miranda Richardson are part of the massive cast for the second season of this rom-com anthology created by John Carney (Sing Street).

Fast & Furious 9

When: August 19 (India), TBA (On-demand)
Where: Cinemas (India), Video-on-demand (USA)

It’s time for family — nearly three months late. Having grossed over $600 million (about Rs. 4,462 crores) since its May debut internationally, the ninth chapter of The Fast Saga finally rolls into Indian cinemas. But if you’re worried about being in an enclosed space with strangers, Fast & Furious 9 has already arrived on-demand in the US. For some, it’s a safer albeit expensive alternative, and for others (who live where cinemas haven’t reopened) the only way to watch it right now.

Plot is not a thing anyone cares about with a Fast & Furious title, so I’ll just leave you with the names of those whose faces you will see: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron. Fast Five director Justin Lin is back behind the camera.

Watch the Final Trailer for Fast & Furious 9

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John Cena as Jakob Toretto in F9
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Nine Perfect Strangers

When: August 18 (USA), August 20 (India)
Where: Hulu (USA), Amazon Prime Video (India)

Big Little Lies creator David E. Kelley is back at it, adapting another Liane Moriarty novel. He’s joined by Nicole Kidman who here plays a mysterious Russian host of a health and wellness resort in Australia. She’s fielding the titular nine strangers, played by Melissa McCarthy, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, and Bobby Cannavale among others.

They have gathered for a 10-day retreat that turns out to be a lot more, as they discover secrets about each other and the host (Kidman). Jonathan Levine (50/50) directs all eight episodes that will stream weekly Wednesdays on Hulu, and Friday on Prime Video. Three episodes upon premiere, with the five remaining airing one every week until September 22.

The Chair

When: August 20
Where: Netflix

Sandra Oh is the first woman chair of the English department at a fictional American university in this six-episode half-hour dramedy that also marks the first Netflix original involving Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (as part of their huge $200-million deal, about Rs. 1,487 crores today). The Chair trailer suggests that Oh’s newly-installed head has to deal with the messes of those who came before her, some of which feel #MeToo-tinged.

Jay Duplass, Holland Taylor, Bob Balaban, David Morse, Nana Mensah, and Everly Carganilla are also part of The Chair cast. Amanda Peet and Annie Julia-Wyman created the series, with Peet also serving as showrunner. Oh, Benioff and Weiss are executive producers. All episodes at once on release date.

Reminiscence

When: August 20
Where: HBO Max

In near-future climate change-ravaged Miami, Hugh Jackman plays a war veteran who offers his clients the choice to relive any memory they want. His life is upended after he discovers through someone else’s memories that the mysterious woman (Rebecca Ferguson) he’s been sleeping with might be involved in a series of violent crimes. And then she goes missing, forcing him to go looking for her.

Thandiwe Newton, Cliff Curtis, Marina de Tavira, Daniel Wu, Mojean Aria, Brett Cullen, Natalie Martinez, Angela Sarafyan, and Nico Parker also star. Westworld co-creator Lisa Joy makes her feature-length directorial debut. The Reminiscence trailer has been compared to the works of Christopher Nolan, which suggests at this point that love for this kind of storytelling runs in the family. Joy is Nolan’s sis-in-law.

Reminiscence will be available on HBO Max for the first month at the same time as it’s in cinemas. Not confirmed for Indian cinemas yet, but expected given Warner Bros. is rolling out three films in the three weeks prior.

Watch the Final Trailer for Reminiscence

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Hugh Jackman in Reminiscence
Photo Credit: Ben Rothstein/Warner Bros.

Sweet Girl

When: August 20
Where: Netflix

After a pharma giant pulls a live-saving drug off the shelves just before his wife (Adria Arjona) dies of cancer, Aquaman star Jason Momoa publicly vows to bring justice to those responsible. Apparently, big pharma doesn’t mess around. They send men with guns after the widower (Momoa) and his daughter (Isabela Merced) who are forced to go on the run.

Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Raza Jaffrey, Lex Scott Davis, Michael Raymond-James, and Amy Brenneman also star. Brian Andrew Mendoza is the director on Sweet Girl, working off a screenplay by Philip Eisner, Gregg Hurwitz, and Will Staples.

Truth Be Told

When: August 20
Where: Apple TV+

Kate Hudson is the big new face for the second season of what feels like an anthology series now, as true crime podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) sets her sight on a new case: that of media mogul and her childhood friend Micah Keith (Kate Hudson). Poppy claims she wants to help Micah, by pushing for justice on a public forum (her podcast). But at what cost — both personal and professional — will that come for Micah? Merle Dandridge is also new to Truth Be Told season 2 cast.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

When: August 23
Where: Netflix

Before Henry Cavill returns as Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher season 2 in December, Netflix is expanding the Continent with this anime prequel spin-off movie that follows his mentor Vesemir (voiced by Theo James here, and to be played by Kim Bodnia in The Witcher season 2) during his glory days. We also have Lara Pulver as Tetra, Graham McTavish as Deglan, and Mary McDonnell as Lady Zerbst.

The Witcher showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrisch is the producer on The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. Kwang Il Han directs off a screenplay written by Beau DeMayo.

Watch the Teaser Trailer for The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

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Theo James as Vesemir in The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
Photo Credit: Netflix

Cruella

When: August 27
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Emma Stone steps into Disney’s origin story of the dalmatian fur-loving Cruella de Vil as a grifter and an aspiring fashion designer named Estella — this live-action reboot loves making stitches of its own — who takes aim at her boss and London’s prestigious fashion house chief Baroness von Hellman (Emma Thompson). Aiding her in her exploits are thieving brothers Jasper (Joel Fry) and Horace Badun (Paul Walter Hauser).

Emily Beecham, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Mark Strong, and John McCrea also star. Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) directs Cruella. Dana Fox and Tony McNamara provide the screenplay. Cruella released in late May on Disney+ Premier Access, and now that it’s exiting the premium tier, it’s available on Disney+ Hotstar. Thanks to COVID-19, Cruella is skipping theatres entirely, just as with Black Widow.

Watch the Final Trailer for Disney’s Cruella

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Emma Stone as Cruella de Vil in Cruella
Photo Credit: Laurie Sparham/Disney

See

When: August 27
Where: Apple TV+

The second title for Momoa in August is the second season of this post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama where humanity cannot see. Guardians of the Galaxy and Army of the Dead star Dave Bautista is new to See season 2 as Momoa’s on-screen nemesis brother, alongside Joe Flanigan, Eden Epstein, Tom Mison, Hoon Lee, Olivia Cheng, David Hewlett and Tamara Tunie. Sylvia Hoeks, Hera Hilmar, Christian Camargo, and Alfre Woodard are part of the returning cast opposite Momoa.

One new episode each week until October 15. Already renewed for a third season that is currently filming in Toronto, Canada.

The Empire

When: August TBA
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

HBO might be making Game of Thrones prequels that will come to Disney+ Hotstar, but meanwhile, the network is showing similar (local-level) ambitions of its own. Batla House director Nikkhil Advani is behind this epic undertaking that aims to chronicle the rise and the fall of the Mughal Empire — it spanned two centuries and stretched from Afghanistan to the Deccan plateau — from Babur to Aurangzeb.

Kunal Kapoor is set as a young Babur who turned his eyes towards India after facing repeated defeats in what is modern-day Uzbekistan. That brings him in clash with the Sultan of Delhi Ibrahim Lodi (Dino Morea) and thereafter the Mewar kingdom led by Rana Sanga (Srijan Srivastava). Drashti Dhami plays Babur’s elder sister Khanzada Begum, and Shabana Azmi is Babur’s grandmother Esan Daulat.

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Latest News Today – Amazon To Buy Hollywood Movie Studio MGM-Home To James


MGM’s content is tied up in multi-year deals with television networks, former Amazon executives said

Amazon.com Inc said on Wednesday it is buying MGM, the fabled U.S. movie studio home to the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion, giving it a huge library of films and TV shows and ramping up competition with streaming rivals led by Netflix and Disney+. Privately-held MGM, or Metro Goldwyn Mayer, was founded in 1924, owns the Epix cable channel and makes popular TV shows including “Fargo”, “Vikings” and “Shark Tank.”

The deal is designed to help Amazon supercharge its Amazon Prime Video service by keeping customers engaged and paying an annual subscription that also guarantees rapid delivery of purchases from its online store.

“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of (intellectual property) in the deep catalog that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team. It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling,” said Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios.

Amazon’s Prime Video faces a long list of competitors including Netflix Inc, Walt Disney Co’s Disney+, HBO Max and Apple Inc’s Apple TV+. The companies are increasing spending and expanding in international markets, aiming to capture the pandemic-led shift to binge-watching shows online.

Amazon has also made big bets courting fans of live sports and has picked up lucrative licenses to stream games, including a long-term deal with the National Football League that was estimated to cost about $1 billion per year.

The proliferating streaming services are also scrambling for brands that they can expand and libraries of older shows and movies. Analysts have said this is a big motivation for another round of consolidation of media properties after a brief hiatus during the pandemic.

Underscoring the trend, AT&T Inc announced a $43-billion deal last week to spin out its WarnerMedia business and combine it with Discovery Inc, one of the most ambitious yet in the streaming era.

“Amazon is seeking to become a more prominent player in the entertainment world, and there’s no better way to do that than by buying one of the most iconic movie studios in Hollywood,” said Jesse Cohen, senior analyst at Investing.com. “It’s all about content as the streaming war heats up.” The acquisition is Amazon’s second-biggest after Whole Foods Market, which it bought for $13.7 billion in 2017.

The price represents a lofty premium relative to other deals. The price is about 37 times MGM’s 2021 estimated EBITDA – or almost triple the enterprise value-to-EBITDA multiple that Discovery’s deal implied for AT&T’s content assets – according to Reuters Breakingviews. MGM started a formal sale process in December, when it was estimated to be worth about $5.5 billion.

The deal can be viewed as a doubling down on business strategy that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, articulated at a conference in 2016: “When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes,” he had said, referring to Amazon’s diverse business divisions.

In April, Amazon posted its fourth consecutive record quarterly profit and boasted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers. Amazon shares rose 0.3 per cent in early trading.
 

Lucrative Franchise Rights

Amazon has picked up Academy Awards over the years and slowly moved from art-house fare toward content with wider appeal. The MGM acquisition accelerates that move, giving it rights to James Bond, one of the most lucrative franchises in film history that’s earned nearly $7 billion at the box office globally, according to MGM.

MGM also has a massive library of classic films including “Rocky,” “Moonstruck,” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” The potential to mine this intellectual property, by making new shows and films based on popular characters, will help Amazon draw viewers to Prime, two former Amazon executives told Reuters.

Still, efforts by Amazon to profit off MGM’s library won’t be easy, or cheap. In many cases, MGM’s content is tied up in multi-year deals with television networks, the former Amazon executives said. Amazon cannot air MGM’s reality show “The Voice,” for instance, which contractually is in the hands of NBC.

Bringing a new installment of the James Bond saga to Prime viewers may be a particularly difficult task, the sources said. The terms under which MGM acquired the franchise leave control in the hands of the Broccoli family, the Bond films’ producers.

News of the acquisition followed quickly on the return of Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s former senior vice president overseeing content and M&A, who had left early this year. Incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy had particular trust in Blackburn after decades at Amazon together, hoping he’d shepherd a complicated merger, the sources said.



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Latest News Today – Amazon Snaps Up James Bond-Owner MGM for $8.45 Billion


Amazon said on Wednesday it is buying MGM, the fabled US movie studio home to the James Bond franchise, for $8.45 billion (roughly Rs. 61,500 crores), giving it a huge library of films and TV shows and ramping up competition with streaming rivals led by Netflix and Disney+.

Privately held MGM, or Metro Goldwyn Mayer, was founded in 1924, owns the Epix cable channel and makes popular TV shows including Fargo, Vikings, and Shark Tank.

“The real financial value behind this deal is the treasure trove of IP in the deep catalogue that we plan to reimagine and develop together with MGM’s talented team. It’s very exciting and provides so many opportunities for high-quality storytelling,” said Mike Hopkins, senior vice president of Prime Video and Amazon Studios.

Amazon’s Prime Video faces a long list of competitors including Netflix, Walt Disney’s Disney+, HBO Max, and Apple’s Apple TV+. The companies are increasing spending and expanding in international markets, aiming to capture the pandemic-led shift to binge-watching shows online.

The proliferating streaming services are also scrambling for brands that they can expand and libraries of older shows and movies. Analysts have said this is a big motivation for another round of consolidation of media properties after a brief hiatus during the pandemic.

Underscoring the trend, AT&T announced a $43-billion (roughly 3,12,960 crores) deal last week to spin out its WarnerMedia business and combine it with Discovery, one of the most ambitious yet in the streaming era.

The acquisition is Amazon’s second biggest after Whole Foods Market, that it bought for $13.7 billion (roughly 99,710 crores) in 2017.

The price represents a lofty premium relative to other deals. The price is about 37 times MGM’s 2021 estimated EBITDA — or almost triple the enterprise value-to-EBITDA multiple that Discovery’s deal implied for AT&T’s content assets — according to Reuters Breakingviews.

The deal can be viewed as a doubling down on business strategy that Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s CEO, articulated at a conference in 2016: “When we win a Golden Globe, it helps us sell more shoes,” he had said, referring to Amazon’s diverse business divisions.

In April, Amazon posted its fourth consecutive record quarterly profit and boasted more than 200 million Prime loyalty subscribers.

Lucrative franchise rights

Amazon has picked up Academy Awards over the years and slowly moved from art-house fare toward content with wider appeal. The MGM acquisition accelerates that move, giving it rights to James Bond, one of the most lucrative franchises in film history that’s earned nearly $7 billion (roughly Rs. 50,950 crores) at the box office globally, according to MGM. MGM also has a massive library of classic films.

The potential to mine this intellectual property, by making new shows and films based on popular characters, will help Amazon draw viewers to Prime, two former Amazon executives told Reuters.

Still, efforts by Amazon to profit off MGM’s library won’t be easy, or cheap.

In many cases, MGM’s content is tied up in multi-year deals with television networks, the former Amazon executives said. Amazon cannot air MGM’s reality show The Voice, for instance, that contractually is in the hands of NBC.

Bringing a new installment of the James Bond saga to Prime viewers may be a particularly difficult task, the sources said. The terms under which MGM acquired the franchise leave control in the hands of the Broccoli family, the Bond films’ producers.

News of the acquisition followed quickly on the return of Jeff Blackburn, Amazon’s former senior vice president overseeing content and M&A, who had left early this year.

Incoming CEO Andy Jassy had particular trust in Blackburn after decades at Amazon together, hoping he’d shepherd a complicated merger, the sources said.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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Godzilla vs. Kong, Snyder’s Justice League, and More: | Sidnaz Blog


The March streaming lineup sees a huge month internationally — as the headline has already partly conveyed. Justice League Snyder Cut finally makes its bow after a lengthy fan campaign on March 18. A week later, also from Warner Bros., comes one of the year’s most expensive movies in Godzilla vs. Kong, available March 26 in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. And oh, there’s more DC stuff with The Flash season 7 premiering March 2. Beyond DC and the MonsterVerse, we’ve a new Marvel series in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which starts March 19 globally.

From India — among the things we already know about — we have a lesbian romance in The Married Woman, coming to ALTBalaji and Zee5 on March 8, International Women’s Day. Netflix is also using the IWD opportunity to unveil two women-led titles: Bombay Begums from the director of Lipstick Under My Burkha, and the its first animated film Bombay Rose from director Gitanjali Rao. Sanya Malhotra-led Pagglait will close out the month for Netflix India on March 26. Amidst all that, Disney+ Hotstar has the Tamil-language action film Teddy on March 12.

There’s a lot beyond that too, including titles featuring or from the likes of Tom Holland, Amy Poehler, Mark Hamill, J.K. Simmons, Awkwafina, Sandra Oh, Seth Rogen, Mahershala Ali, Jon Hamm, Demi Lovato, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Garner, a new Sherlock Holmes, the creator of Money Heist, and the directors of Avengers: Endgame. With that, here’s our March 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, YouTube, Disney+, Colors Infinity, ALTBalaji, and Zee5.

The Flash

When: March 2 (USA), March 3 (India)
Where: The CW (USA), Colors Infinity (India)

The seventh season of the Arrowverse series finds itself in a unique situation, thanks to COVID-19. The pandemic cut the sixth season short, which means The Flash season 7 will first have to wrap up the ongoing storylines — showrunner Eric Wallace said they design seasons as a three-act movie, and season 6 was essentially cut off at the end of act two — before they can introduce a new adventure.

As such, Mirror Mistress / Eva McCulloch (Efrat Dor) continues to haunt our title character (Grant Gustin) having escaped the Mirrorverse. And it’s not like The Flash doesn’t already have more problems. He has to save his wife Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) from the Mirrorverse, and figure out how to reverse his disappearing superspeed.

The Flash has been renewed for an eighth season, so you don’t have to worry about an abrupt end. New episodes of The Flash season 7 air weekly.

Watch the First Trailer for The Flash Season 7

Moxie

When: March 3
Where: Netflix

Amy Poehler’s second movie as a director — her first, Wine Country, was also a Netflix original — follows a shy teenager (Hadley Robinson) who is inspired by her mother’s (Poehler) rebellious past in finally tackling the culture of sexual harassment and discrimination prevalent at her high school.

Pacific Rim: The Black

When: March 4
Where: Netflix

Set in a post-apocalyptic virtually-empty Australia that has been overrun by the alien Kaiju, two teenage siblings set out to find their missing parents after they encounter a beaten-up, long-abandoned Jaeger, teaching themselves how to take on the monsters along the way. Pacific Rim: The Black is set after the events of Guillermo del Toro‘s original 2013 film, and the 2018 sequel.

All episodes on release date. A second season of Pacific Rim: The Black has already been announced.

Coming 2 America

When: March 5
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Over three decades since the rom-com original became a surprise box office hit, Eddie Murphy’s now-King Akeem Joffer of the fictional African nation of Zamunda sets out to the United State of America once again — this time to find and connect with the son he never knew he had, a street-savvy native of Queens, New York called Lavelle (Jermaine Fowler).

Arsenio Hall, John Amos, Shari Headley, and James Earl Jones also return from the first film. They are joined by Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, and the aforementioned Fowler. Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Dolemite Is My Name) directs, off a script co-written by Kenya Barris (black-ish).

Amazon reportedly paid Paramount Pictures $125 million (about Rs. 906 crores) for the rights.

Raya and the Last Dragon

When: March 5
Where: Cinemas (India), Disney+ Premier Access (overseas)

Disney Animation’s first original movie in five years — the last one was Moana — is inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia and follows the titular fierce warrior (voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, from Star Wars: The Last Jedi) as she sets out to find the last dragon (Awkwafina, from Ocean’s Eight) and reunite various factions, to take on a group of monsters known as the Druun.

Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel), Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-0), Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy), and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) also lend their voice talents. Raya and the Last Dragon has been directed by Don Hall (Big Hero 6) and Carlos López Estrada (Blindspotting), off a script by playwright Qui Nguyen and Adele Lim (Crazy Rich Asians).

Watch the New Trailer for Raya and the Last Dragon

Bombay Begums

When: March 8
Where: Netflix

Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash, Aadhya Anand, and Plabita Borthakur lead this generational tale of five women who “wrestle with desire, ethics, personal crises, and vulnerabilities to own their ambition, in contemporary urban India. As glass ceilings are shattered, and hearts are broken, difficult choices have to be made. And as each woman strives to find her own truth, they find in each other an unexpected understanding and the sliver of a bond.”

Alankrita Shrivastava (Lipstick Under My Burkha) is the showrunner and co-director. All Bombay Begums episodes on release date.

Bombay Rose

When: March 8
Where: Netflix

Delayed three months to an alleged “technical delay”, the first animated effort to come from Netflix India — it premièred at the 2019 Venice Film Festival — has been made using pain-staking traditional animation techniques. Director Gitanjali Rao’s debut feature Bombay Rose is an ode to both Bollywood and the city of Bombay, through the lens of a former club dancer looking after a kid, a Kashmiri orphan scrapping a living on the streets, and an elderly woman lost in the memories of a lost love.

Anurag Kashyap is among the producers, and also lends his voice in a supporting role.

The Married Woman

When: March 8
Where: ALTBalaji, and Zee5

Set against the backdrop of Hindu-Muslim tensions in 1992, this Ekta Kapoor-produced series is based on Manju Kapur’s 2003 book “A Married Woman” that follows a middle-class Hindu wife and mother of two (Ridhi Dogra) who finds herself falling for the Muslim widow (Monica Dogra) of a protestor killed in the Ayodhya violence. The two battle social conventions, their homophobic families, and a divided country as they find comfort in each other’s arms.

Cherry

When: March 12
Where: Apple TV+

The next movie from Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo is very unlike their previous one. Spider-Man star Tom Holland is still around, but he’s playing a college dropout and Iraq War veteran medic who suffers from PTSD and an opioid addiction after returning to the US. To help pay for the medication, he turns to robbing banks. Ciara Bravo, Jack Reynor, Michael Rispoli, Jeff Wahlberg, Forrest Goodluck, and Michael Gandolfini also star.

Teddy

When: March 12
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

A talking teddy bear — no this is not a Ted remake, not that we know of — is among the stars of this Tamil-language action film that involves human beings such as husband-wife duo Arya (Naan Kadavul) and Sayyeshaa (Shivaay). The Teddy trailer doesn’t really tell us what the film is about — except hinting at human trafficking. Arya mentioned “medical mysteries” in his tweets, and the trailer talks about an “out of body experience”, so who really knows what’s going on with this bonkers film. Shakti Soundar Rajan (Miruthan, Tik Tik Tik) writes and directs.

Yes Day

When: March 12
Where: Netflix

Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramírez play parents to three in this adaptation of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s children’s book of the same name, who tired of saying no to their kids, agree to say “yes” to all of their ideas for 24 hours. As you can tell and watch for yourself in the trailer, that’s a very, very bad idea.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League

When: March 18
Where: HBO Max (USA), TBA (India)

It’s almost here. Over three years after it failed critically and commercially, Zack Snyder is restoring Justice League to his original vision: a four-hour director’s cut made up of footage that he shot back in 2016 though much of it was never used in the theatrical version. Warner Bros. and HBO Max have spent $70 million — the film cost $300 million in the first place — to finish post-production on all that unused footage. Snyder also shot a few minutes of new footage last October, which will give us a new take on Jared Leto’s Joker and a surprise “hero cameo”.

Will it be any good — and worth the hype generated by DC fans? At least it has a low bar to clear.

Watch the Final Trailer for Justice League Snyder Cut

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

When: March 19
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

The Marvel Cinematic Universe train continues on TV, this one following the titular co-leads, Sam Wilson/ Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), in the wake of Steve Rogers/ Captain America (Chris Evans) passing his iconic shield to the former guy in Avengers: Endgame.

They are going up — again — against Captain America: Civil War villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), though they will have the help of returning Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. There’s a secondary track to the story that involves John F. Walker (Wyatt Russell), a militaristic successor to Captain America, and an anarchist anti-patriotic outfit called Flag-Smashers.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will air new episodes weekly.

Watch the Official Trailer for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Sky Rojo

When: March 19
Where: Netflix

Money Heist creator Álex Pina delivers a half-hour action crime drama that tells the story of three sex workers (Verónica Sánchez, Yany Prado, and Lali Espósito) on the run from their pimp (Asier Etxeandia) and his henchmen (Miguel Ángel Silvestre and Enric Auquer), which pushes them closer together and into a live-like-it’s-your-last-day philosophy. All Sky Rojo episodes drop on release date.

Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil

When: March 23
Where: YouTube

In mid-2018, the American singer-songwriter was at the peak of her career, on a global tour with a best-selling album that had broken her previous records. But in July that year, she dropped to a personal low: a drug overdose, two weeks of hospitalisation, and then rehab. The full extent of those days is revealed in the trailer for her new four-part docuseries, where Lovato says she suffered three strokes and a heart attack, and had “5 to 10 minutes” left when doctors intervened.

Named after an upcoming song of hers, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil will explore her struggles with substance abuse, and explore other traumas she has never spoken about. You can watch the full thing without ads if you’ve YouTube Premium. Two episodes on release date, and then one per week.

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood

When: March 25
Where: Netflix

The fantastical universe of DOTA 2 expands with this anime series that follows Davion the Dragon Knight (voiced by Yuri Lowenthal) and the noble Princess Mirana (Lara Pulver) — playable characters in the online game. It’s been written by Ashley Edward Miller, a co-writer on X-Men: First Class and Thor, and produced by the animation studio behind The Legend of Korra and Voltron: Legendary Defender. All eight episodes on release date.

Godzilla vs. Kong

When: March 26 (India), March 31 (USA)
Where: Cinemas (India), HBO Max (USA)

The two titular beasts go head-to-head in this $200-million monster mash-up that Legendary Pictures has been building to ever since that 2014 Godzilla reboot. But it may not be all that straightforward, with the trailers and the synopses hinting that a bigger giant — possibly Mechagodzilla — involved in the mix. Godzilla and Kong might end up as buddies taking on a common enemy by the end, if Internet sleuths are to be believed.

Of course, there are some humans around as well (in Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Brian Tyree Henry, Kyle Chandler, and Rebecca Hall) to make Captain-Obvious remarks and prod you to react to the seismic action taking place on screen — in case the VFX department fails to do its job.

Watch the Godzilla vs. Kong trailer in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu

The Irregulars

When: March 26
Where: Netflix

Here’s the pitch: what if Sherlock Holmes, who relied on street kids to gather intel, was actually just a drug addict and delinquent who took credit for cases that were actually solved by the kids? Meet the Baker Street Irregulars, who first appeared in the works of Sir Athur Conan Doyle. On the Netflix series set in the 19th century, they help Dr. Watson save London from supernatural troubles.

All episodes of The Irregulars will be available on release date.

Invincible

When: March 26
Where: Amazon Prime Video

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman brings another one of his comic books to life — this time as an animated series for adults. Invincible is about the titular teenage superhero (voiced by Steven Yeun) who grows up in the shadow of his father (J.K. Simmons), the world’s most powerful superhero. But as he begins to fight crime, Invincible discovers a startling secret about his omnipotent dad.

Sandra Oh, Mark Hamill, Seth Rogen, Gillian Jacobs, Zazie Beetz, Jason Mantzoukas, Andrew Rannells, Walton Goggins, Zachary Quinto, Mahershala Ali, Nicole Byer, Jon Hamm, Jonathan Groff, Djimon Hounsou, and Mae Whitman are also part of the voice cast. Three episodes on release date, followed by one every week.

Pagglait

When: March 26
Where: Netflix

Sanya Malhotra (Dangal) plays a young widow named Sandhya who reacts to her new husband’s untimely death in a manner most unexpected. As she points out in the teaser trailer, her lack of grief is completely at odds with how she felt when she lost her cat as a child. The description for the Netflix movie says “a slew of revelations will force Sandhya to re-examine her priorities and make some hard decisions, as she learns how to free her crazy, face the family and find herself.”

Ashutosh Rana, Sheeba Chaddha, Raghubir Yadav, Natasha Rastogi, Rajesh Tailang, Shruti Sharma, Jameel Khan, Meghna Malik, Ananya Khare, Yamini Singh, Bhupesh Pandya, Chetan Sharma, Aasif Khan, Nakul Roshan Sahdev, Ashlesha Thakur, Sachin Chaudhary, and Saroj Singh are also part of the Pagglait cast. Sayani Gupta and Sharib Hashmi have cameos. Ekta Kapoor is among the producers.





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The Family Man, Pitta Kathalu, and More: February Guide | Sidnaz Blog


The return of Manoj Bajpayee’s (missing) agent in Amazon’s The Family Man is the highlight of February’s local streaming picks, alongside Parineeti Chopra in Netflix’s The Girl on the Train, and the Telugu-language anthology film Pitta Kathalu also on Netflix. Lastly, we’ve 1962: The War in the Hills, a Hotstar Specials series based on the Sino-Indian War. Internationally, Tom & Jerry will deliver some rollicking fun on the big screen (that will also stream on the US-exclusive HBO Max). Netflix’s popular To All the Boys trilogy also wraps up in February. And there are other titles that involve the likes of Zendaya, Salma Hayek, Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, and Cathy Yan.

To All the Boys 3, The Girl on the Train, and More on Netflix in February

There are several ongoing series from January too, including the likes of WandaVision, Riverdale, and Dickinson, which haven’t been named below. With that, here’s our February 2021 guide to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV+, HBO Max, Colors Infinity, and Mubi.

Firefly Lane

When: February 3
Where: Netflix

Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke play the adult versions of lifetime best friends in this film based on Kristin Hannah’s book of the same name, which follows them as young girls living on Firefly Lane who wish to grow up to be famous journalists — but only of them actually does. That becomes a bone of contention as adults, as does a shared love interest. The movie follows them from a small-town to Seattle in north-western America.

Bliss

When: February 5
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson star in this sci-fi drama from writer-director Mike Cahill — his first film in seven years — about a middle-aged man (Wilson) who keeps dreaming about a stranger (Hayek). When he finally runs into her outside of his dreams, she tells him he’s living in a virtual world — à la The Matrix — that she had a hand in building. From there, it’s pure chaos.

Malcolm & Marie

When: February 5
Where: Netflix

John David Washington (Tenet) and Zendaya (Spider-Man: Homecoming) play the titular leads in this film from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson that was shot during the lockdown in a house with a tiny crew. It centres on one evening when a filmmaker (David Washington) awaits reviews on his latest movie, and how his relationship with his girlfriend (Zendaya) is tested as revelations about their relationship surface.

The Snoopy Show

When: February 5
Where: Apple TV+

With Apple the home for all things Peanuts, a new animated series about the world’s most extraordinary beagle is on its way to celebrate 70 years of the comic strip. On The Snoopy Show, he is a surfer king, the hippest kid in school, a famed arm wrestler, and a World War I flying ace.

Black Lightning

When: February 9
Where: Colors Infinity

Jefferson Pierce has seemingly given up his Black Lightning gig in the fourth and final season of the DC series, if the trailer is to be believed. That comes in the wake of — spoiler alert for the end of season 3 — the death of his long-time detective friend Bill Henderson (Damon Gupton) in the fight to stop Markovia from conquering Freeland. What will prompt him to take it up again?

Dead Pigs

When: February 12
Where: Mubi

Before she was given the reins to Birds of Prey, director Cathy Yan made her directorial debut with this Shanghai-set social satire about life in China—growing wealth inequality and social change set amidst a backdrop of globalisation—that won a jury prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2018. Three years later, Dead Pigs is finally getting a global release, directly on streaming.

Vivian Wu (Away, The Last Emperor), Mason Lee (Lucy, The Hangover Pt II), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta, Deadpool 2), Meng Li (The Bad Kids), Haoyu Yang (The Wandering Earth), and David Rysdahl (The Family) are part of the ensemble cast.

The Family Man

When: February 12
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee) is supposedly nowhere to be found — or so, the trailer claims — when the second season of Raj and D.K.’s socio-political action thriller series opens. Still, everyone else is around. That includes Priyamani as Suchitra Tiwari, Sharib Hashmi as Srikant’s partner Talpade, Shreya Dhanwanthary as fellow agent Zoya, and Sharad Kelkar as Suchitra’s work associate and possibly more Arvind. Joining them is Samantha Akkineni (Rangasthalam 1985) in an undisclosed role.

Raj and D.K. have directed all episodes and co-written with Suman Kumar. All episodes available on release date.

To All the Boys: Always and Forever

When: February 12
Where: Netflix

It’s a wrap on the trilogy with this third and final chapter — based on the 2017 novel “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” — which finds LJ (Lana Condor) reassess her relationship with boyfriend Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) as high school draws to a close and during two trips she takes: a road trip to a university and another to Korea with her grandmother and sisters.

For All Mankind

When: February 19
Where: Apple TV+

Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore’s alt-history space race drama picks up a decade later in 1983 for its second season, with the US and USSR at the peak of their powers. NASA isn’t a space organisation anymore, with the US Department of Defense moving into their building. Yes, you know what that means: astronauts with guns.

Returning cast members include Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Wrenn Schmidt, Shantel VanSanten, Sarah Jones, and Jodi Balfour. New episodes weekly.

I Care a Lot

When: February 19
Where: Netflix

Rosamund Pike is channeling Gone Girl vibes in this black comedy thriller about a crooked elder care guardian who defrauds her aging clients for her financial gain. She meets her match in the newest client (Dianne West) who’s carrying some baggage that leads to a fight with a mob boss (Peter Dinklage). Eiza González and Chris Messina co-star. J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) writes and directs.

Pitta Kathalu

When: February 19
Where: Netflix

Netflix’s first Telugu-language movie is a four-part anthology, as was the case with its first Tamil-language film Paava Kadhaigal. Producers Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua Sara transfer the format they used in Bollywood — with Lust Stories and Ghost Stories, both for Netflix — to South India, once again.

Here on Pitta Kathalu — that’s Telugu for “short stories” — the directors are National Award-winning Tharun Bhascker (Pelli Choopulu) and Sankalp Reddy (Ghazi), alongside B.V. Nandini Reddy (Oh! Baby) and Nag Ashwin (Mahanati). They will present four shots about distinctly bold women: “Ramula”, “Pinky”, “Meera”, and “xLife” respectively.

Eesha Rebba (“Pinky”), Lakshmi Manchu (“Ramula”), Amala Paul (“Meera”), and Shruti Haasan (“xLife”) lead the four films.

Tom & Jerry

When: February 19 (India), February 26 (US)
Where: Cinemas, and HBO Max

The iconic cat and mouse duo return to the big screen after nearly thirty years — 1992’s Tom and Jerry: The Movie was the previous feature — with this hybrid live-action / animated adventure set in New York City against the backdrop of a grand Indian wedding. The premise involves the two duking it out as always, before realising they have a shared enemy in the deputy hotel manager (Michael Peña). Chloë Grace Moretz, Rob Delaney, Ken Jeong, Colin Jost, and Pallavi Sharda co-star.

1962: The War in the Hills

When: February 26
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Abhay Deol leads the troops in this jingoistic look at the 1962 Sino-Indian War that claimed the lives of 1,300-4,900 Indian soldiers. On Republic Day on Instagram, Deol posted the first look with the caption: “What better occasion than today to salute all those brave hearts who fought to protect the motherland.” Mahesh Manjrekar directs.

The Girl on the Train

When: February 26
Where: Netflix

Parineeti Chopra leads this Bollywood adaptation of Paula Hawkin’s 2015 thriller novel which retains its original British setting, unlike the 2016 Emily Blunt-led Hollywood movie that transferred the events to America. It’s an interesting choice, for it tasks Indian actors to put on a British accent, given they are playing non-resident Indians who live in the UK. Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari, and Avinash Tiwary star alongside.





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Makers Of Web Series Tandav Apologise After Complaint | Sidnaz Blog


The web series stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub and was released Friday

New Delhi:

The cast and crew of Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Tandav’ – against whom police complaints have been filed alleging that some scenes had “insulted Hindu gods and goddesses” – issued an “unconditional” apology Monday evening, saying they did not intend to offend religious beliefs or sentiments.

They also referred to parts of a disclaimer that is an industry standard and said ‘Tandav’ was a “work of fiction” and that “any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental”.

“‘Tandav’ is a work of fiction and any resemblance to acts and persons and events is purely coincidental. The cast and crew did not have any intention to offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community, race, religion or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead,” their statement said.

“The cast and crew of ‘Tandav’ take cognizance of the concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” it added.

The apology comes after the I&B Ministry sought a response from Amazon Prime.

“… today during a discussion, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed (of) a large number of grievances and petitions… serious concerns and apprehensions regarding its content hurting the sentiments of the people,” the ‘Tandav’ makers’ statement began.

The web series, which stars Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, was released on Friday and quickly triggered outrage.

A complaint filed Monday morning by an Uttar Pradesh policeman said that 17 minutes into the first episode, “people dressed up in a very bad manner to represent Hindu gods and goddesses… shown to speak in a very uncalled for language… that hurts religious sentiments”.

In the same episode there are “conversations that lead to caste conflict…” the complaint added, alleging that other scenes disrespected the office of the Prime Minister and insulted women.

BJP leaders – including Maharashtra MLA Ram Kadam and Kapil Mishra, who is accused of making incendiary speeches that triggered last year’s Delhi violence – and numerous Twitter users have also hit out at the series.

A key aide of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath warned those named in complaints to “be prepared to pay the price” and referred to police vehicles – a remark widely seen as alluding to gangster Vikas Dubey, who was killed in a controversial encounter with UP Police last year.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in whose state a FIR was filed against Netflix for similar reasons, said: “Nobody has the right to disrespect our gods and goddesses… need to keep a strict eye on OTT platforms as they are showing vulgar content.”

The protests have also led to a political row, with opposition parties lining up to criticise the BJP. The JDU (the BJP’s Bihar ally) and the Samajwadi Party (in the opposition in UP) have spoken out.

The JDU’s KC Tyagi said politicians could not decide film content and pointed out that superstar Amitabh Bachchan – a known supporter of the BJP – had challenged Shiva in his films.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, meanwhile, accused the BJP of acting out a “tandav (Shiva’s dance of destruction) on ‘Tandav'” to deflect attention from the farmers’ protest. “Farmers are being dubbed terrorists and the NIA is summoning them. What is all this?” he asked.



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WandaVision, The White Tiger, and More: January 2021 | Sidnaz Blog

The wait for new Marvel Cinematic Universe content is nearly over. January 2021 will bring the first entry in MCU’s Phase Four — WandaVision — after COVID-19 deprived us of all things Marvel for all of 2020. Closer to home, Saif Ali Khan and Priyanka Chopra will open 2021 thanks to their respective involvement in the Amazon original series Tandav and the Netflix original movie The White Tiger. January will also see the return of series such as Riverdale, Cobra Kai, Batwoman, American Gods, Call My Agent! and Dickinson. And there are new streaming movies from or starring the likes of Anthony Mackie, Vanessa Kirby, and Regina King.

With that, here’s our January 2021 guide to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV+, and Colors Infinity.

Cobra Kai

When: January 1
Where: Netflix

Now a Netflix original — the first two seasons arrived in August, but are still available on YouTube Premium — The Karate Kid sequel delivers its belated third season exclusively on the world’s biggest subscription-based streaming service. It’s already been renewed for a fourth season, so you don’t have to worry about any surprise cancellations. All episodes on release date.

Pieces of a Woman

When: January 7
Where: Netflix

Vanessa Kirby won best actress at Venice Film Festival for her role in this Netflix drama from Kornél Mundruczó (White God). After a home birth ends in tragedy, a woman (Kirby) must deal with her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn), and navigate a trial involving the midwife (Molly Parker). Sarah Snook, Iliza Shlesinger also star.

Dickinson

When: January 8
Where: Apple TV+

The Hailee Steinfeld period black comedy with modern sensibilities returns for another 10-episode run. Toby Huss, Jane Krakowski, Adrian Enscoe, Anna Baryshnikov, and Ella Hunt star alongside. Nick Kroll and Timothy Simons will join them as guest stars. Unlike season 1 which premiered in full, Dickinson season 2 will release with three episodes, with one new episode weekly thereafter.

American Gods

When: January 11
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Once again, American Gods has undergone changes in front of and behind the scenes. Pablo Schreiber’s Mad Sweeney and Mousa Kraish’s Jinn have departed. Everyone else — Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, and Ian McShane — is still here. Ashley Reyes (First Girl I Loved) is new. Charles H. Eglee (The Shield) takes over as showrunner. One episode weekly.

One Night in Miami…

When: January 15
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Watchmen star Regina King makes her directorial debut with this adaptation of Kemp Powers’ play of the same name — Powers also wrote the film script — which fictionalises events of a real February 1964 night, when world boxing champion Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree), Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X (Kinglsey Ben-Adir), NFL player Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and singer-songwriter Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) met in Miami after Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston.

Outside the Wire

When: January 15
Where: Netflix

Before we see him again as Falcon in the MCU, Anthony Mackie will play an android supersoldier who works with a drone pilot (Damson Idris) who has no field training to stop a nuclear attack in this sci-fi action film. Emily Beecham (Little Joe), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) also star. Mikael Håfström (Evil) directs.

Servant

When: January 15
Where: Apple TV+

The young nanny Leanne Grayson (Nell Tiger Free) runs away with Dorothy (Lauren Ambrose) and Sean’s (Toby Kebbell) son Jericho in the second season of M. Night Shyamalan’s psychological horror series, prompting a search and a wave of terrifying revelations. Servant season 2 premieres with three episodes, with one episode weekly thereafter. It has already been renewed for a third season.

Tandav

When: January 15
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Saif Ali Khan leads this political drama from Ali Abbas Zafar — writer and director of Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai, and Bharat — which will offer a look at “the dark corners of Indian politics”. Zafar is also the director on Tandav, but he didn’t write it. Article 15 co-writer Gaurav Solanki is responsible for the scripts.

Formerly known as Dilli, Tandav also stars Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover, Kritika Kamra, Kumud Kumar Mishra, Sarah Jane Dias, Dino Morea, Gauahar Khan, Sandhya Mridul, Annup Sonii, Paresh Pahuja, Shonali Nagrani, Hiten Tejwani, Amyra Dastur, Neha Hinge, and Sukhmani Sadana.

All episodes on release date.

WandaVision

When: January 15
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Marvel’s first Disney+ series — it cost as much as an MCU movie with a reported $150 million budget — is unlike anything it has ever done. It functions as a sitcom that switches between decades (black-and-white 50s TV or The Office-style mockumentary), but it’s also set after the events of Avengers: Endgame somehow. WandaVision also becomes the first entry in MCU’s Phase Four.

As the name reveals, it follows the characters of Wanda Maximoff/ Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), lovers who were torn apart forever by the events of Avengers: Infinity War. A grown-up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) from Captain Marvel, research assistant Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) from Thor: Dark World, and FBI agent Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from Ant-Man and the Wasp are also involved. Kathryn Hahn, Jolene Purdy, Fred Melamed, Debra Jo Rupp, and Asif Ali have roles too.

A total of six episodes that will air weekly. WandaVision’s events will directly tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, slated for March 2022 in cinemas.

Batwoman

When: January 18
Where: Colors Infinity

Javicia Leslie takes over from Ruby Rose (she quit) in the title role for the second season of the DC series, with the change being written into the show: Leslie is playing Ryan Wilder, not Kate Kane. Batwoman season 2 will also introduce Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) nemesis Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai), her henchwoman Tatiana / the Whisper (Leah Gibson), and the hitman Victor Zsasz (Alex Morf) — not the same one who was in Birds of Prey. One episode weekly.

Call My Agent!

When: January 21
Where: Netflix

This French comedy about a group of Parisian talent agents who have to put up with the demands of their clients and manage their own personal lives became a global hit thanks to Netflix, and its fourth — and final — season will feature the likes of Sigourney Weaver, Jean Reno, José Garcia, and Charlotte Gainsbourg in cameo roles. All episodes on release date.

Riverdale

When: January 21
Where: Colors Infinity

Season 4 ended prematurely due to the pandemic, and that means Riverdale season 5 is going to have an explosive opening, with those remaining episodes essentially turning into the first few episodes here. And as our characters conclude their high school years, Riverdale season 5 will feature a seven-year time jump, before the now-young adults return to Riverdale due to past troubles. New episodes weekly.

Losing Alice

When: January 22
Where: Apple TV+

Creator, writer and director Sigal Avin stages a love letter for the still-too-rare female director in this meta neo-noir psychological thriller that follows a 48-year-old female film director (Ayelet Zurer) who feels irrelevant after becoming a mother and then becomes obsessed with a 24-year-old screenwriter femme fatale (Lihi Kornowski). Three episodes on premiere, one episode weekly thereafter.

The White Tiger

When: January 22
Where: Netflix

Priyanka Chopra and Rajkummar Rao are supporting acts in Ramin Bahrani’s adaptation of Aravind Adiga’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, which follows an ambitious man (debutant Adarsh Gourav) from the so-called lower castes who starts work as a driver for a rich family (Chopra and Rao). The White Tiger dissects the severe class issues that run through India.

The Dig

When: January 29
Where: Netflix

Carey Mulligan enlists Ralph Fiennes’ archaeologist — he prefers to call himself an excavator — in 1939 England to dig into the burial mounds on her grounds, in what is a telling of the Sutton Hoo burial site. Lily James and Johnny Flynn also star.

Palmer

When: January 29
Where: Apple TV+

After spending 12 years in prison, an ex-con (Justin Timberlake) returns home to restart his life, forms an unlikely bond with the precocious son (Ryder Allen) of a missing neighbour (Juno Temple), and starts a romance with his teacher (Alisha Wainwright). Fisher Stevens (Before the Flood) directs.

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Tenet, Durgamati, Coolie No. | Sidnaz Blog

December may be the final month of the year, but it’s going to have a lot of firsts too. Netflix’s first animated movie from India; Apple TV+’s first animated feature film; George Clooney’s first movie in four years; David Fincher’s first movie in six years; Shonda Rhimes’ first series at Netflix; and lastly, Wonder Woman 1984 day-and-date on HBO Max and in cinemas — a first for a superhero movie of this size. WW84 will be in theatres in India too, as will Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, but that is not a good option, unless you’re assured that you’ll be alone (or have enough money to book out the hall for yourself). Thankfully, Tenet is coming home too in December, though you’ll have to pay for the Blu-ray or pick it up digitally on an international platform.

That’s not all in December. In contrast to the many firsts, we’ll get Chadwick Boseman’s final movie too. Elsewhere, we’ll be treated to new movies and series featuring the likes of Bryan Cranston, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Tina Fey, Sanjay Dutt, Gary Oldman, Alexander Skarsgård, Varun Dhawan, and Sara Ali Khan. With that, here’s our November 2020 guide to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Apple TV+, Voot Select, HBO Max, and other digital platforms.

Bhaag Beanie Bhaag

When: December 4
Where: Netflix

Say hello to India’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Two Indian-Americans, Ravi Patel (Meet the Patels) and Neel Shah (The Bold Type), are behind this comedy series, in which a privileged woman (Swara Bhasker) fearful of settling down runs away from her marriage and decides to pursue stand-up in her new life. She promptly fails but then begins to put in the work, with help from a fellow comic (Patel, who’s also acting in the series), and stands up to her alarmed parents. All episodes on release date.

Bombay Rose

When: December 4
Where: Netflix

The first animated effort to come from Netflix India — it premièred at Venice Film Festival last year — has been made using pain-staking traditional animation techniques. Director Gitanjali Rao’s debut feature Bombay Rose is an ode to both Bollywood the city of Bombay, through the lens of a former club dancer looking after a kid, a Kashmiri orphan scrapping a living on the streets, and an elderly woman lost in the memories of a lost love.

Anurag Kashyap is among the producers.

Netflix Wants to Make More Animated Movies Than Hollywood’s Biggest Studios

Mank

When: December 4
Where: Netflix

David Fincher returns with his first feature film in six years — Gone Girl was the last one — that is about the writer Herman J. Mankiewicz who wrote Citizen Kane, considered by some to be the greatest movie of all time. Mank chronicles that chapter of his life, and his conflicts with Orson Welles during filming and leading up to release. And oh, it’s all in black and white.

Gary Oldman plays Mankiewicz, Tom Burke is Welles, Amanda Seyfried is Marion Davies, Lilly Collins plays Mankiewicz’s secretary, Arliss Howard is MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer, and Charles Dance is William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for Citizen Kane’s lead character.

Mulan

When: December 4
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Three months after it was made available for a premium fee (around $30) in addition to the subscription value of Disney+, the live-action reimagining of the 1998 animated original can be streamed by everyone on Disney+. That also means it will be available on Disney+ Hotstar, in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. Mulan has been embroiled in multiple controversies, and the film failed to make an impact at the Chinese box office, as Disney had hoped.

The story is the same as the original: the titular young woman takes her ailing father’s place in the Imperial Army, disguising herself as a man. But Mulan adds a new female character Xianniang (Gong Li), who works for the heroine’s enemies and serves as a mirror of sorts to our protagonist.

Watch the First Five Minutes of Mulan

Your Honor

When: December 7
Where: Voot Select

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston leads this American remake of the Israeli TV series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, in which a respected judge will do anything to protect his son (Hunter Doohan) who is involved in a hit-and-run accident. (Your Honor was also the title of a recent Indian remake on SonyLIV, led by Jimmy Sheirgill.) This one has better pedigree, with The Good Fight creators Robert King and Michelle King involved as executive producers, and Peter Moffat (UK’s Criminal Justice) as writer and showrunner.

Michael Stuhlbarg, Hope Davis, Carmen Ejogo, Margo Martindale, Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire), Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Night Of), Amy Landecker (Transparent), Lorraine Toussaint (Orange Is the New Black), and Chet Hanks (Empire) co-star in Your Honor. One episode weekly.

Durgamati (previously Durgavati)

When: December 11
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Bhumi Pednekar plays wronged IAS officer Chanchal Chauhan, who is roped in to frame a corrupt and squeaky-clean politician (Arshad Warsi), but events take a supernatural turn after the ghost of goddess Durga seemingly takes over Chanchal’s body — with vengeance on her mind and an agenda of her own. A remake of writer-director G. Ashok’s 2018 Telugu-language film Bhaagamathie.

Akshay Kumar is among the producers.

Durgamati, Chhalaang, Coolie No. 1 Part of Amazon Prime Video’s New Indian Film Slate

The Prom

When: December 11
Where: Netflix

Meryl Streep, James Corden, Nicole Kidman, Keegan-Michael Key, Andrew Rannells, Ariana DeBose, and Kerry Washington lead the ensemble cast of prolific television producer Ryan Murphy’s next movie, that is based on the 2018 Broadway musical of the same name. In it, two Broadway stars (Streep and Corden) attempt to infuse life into their careers by helping a female high school student go to the prom with her girlfriend.

Torbaaz

When: December 11
Where: Netflix

In a plot no one could have seen coming, Sanjay Dutt will use cricket to save Afghani children from becoming suicide bombers in this drama directed by Girish Malik (2013’s Jal) that was filmed in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. If the cringey over-the-top trailer is anything to go by, Torbaaz looks destined to sink like so many Netflix Indian films have done so in 2020. Nargis Fakhri, Rahul Dev, Gavie Chahal, Pransh Chopra, and Rahul Mittra are along for the ride.

Wolfwalkers

When: December 11
Where: Apple TV+

Judging by early reviews, Apple seems to have a serious shot at an Oscar nomination for best animated picture with this thematic trilogy-concluding chapter — after The Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, part of the so-called Irish folklore trilogy — from Irish filmmaker Tomm Moore. In Wolfwalkers, a young female hunter befriends a wildling girl whose tribe is rumoured to transform into wolves after dark.

Tenet

When: December 15
Where: Blu-ray, digital outside India

Christopher Nolan’s latest film arrives in Indian cinemas on December 4, but if you’re not comfortable stepping into an indoor AC environment with strangers — understandably — or Tenet is not playing in theatres near you, then your next best option is this. Tenet will be available on Blu-ray and digital platforms (the likes of iTunes and Google Play) outside India, and though it’s a pricier way to watch the film, you can’t put a value on not contracting COVID.

In the interest of not spoiling anything, I’m not going to talk about the premise—who am I kidding, the trailers don’t tell us anything. Except that Tenet involves time inversion, and that our protagonist, played by John David Washington, is tasked with saving the world. And oh, Bollywood veteran Dimple Kapadia has a role to play in the proceedings too.

Watch the Final Trailer for Tenet

The Expanse

When: December 16
Where: Amazon Prime Video

The sci-fi series that gets the science right returns for its fifth and penultimate season — The Expanse was recently renewed for a sixth and final season, minus one cast member who’s been fired over sexual misconduct — which finds the Belters vowing vengeance for the centuries of exploitation they have had to endure, at the hands of “the inners”: those who live on Earth and Mars. Meanwhile, a Solar System exodus begins as people look for new homes beyond the Ring.

Three episodes at launch, one episode weekly thereafter until February 3, 2021.

The Stand

When: December 18
Where: Voot Select

Stephen King has penned a new ending for the second adaptation of his 1978 apocalyptic novel that takes place during an influenza pandemic — coincidental, as the series was conceptualised and completed filming prior to COVID-19 — and centers on one of the only surviving groups, as they go up against the Dark Man (Alexander Skarsgård), with a “lethal smile and unspeakable powers.” James Marsden, Amber Heard, Greg Kinnear, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ezra Miller co-star.

Josh Boone (The New Mutants, The Fault in Our Stars) is a co-creator, and has written and directed multiple episodes of nine-episode The Stand miniseries. One episode weekly until February 11, 2021.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

When: December 18
Where: Netflix

Chadwick Boseman’s final posthumous performance comes as a trumpeter in late 1920s Chicago, a time when white managers and producers reigned over black recording artists, even those as famous as the Mother of the Blues Ma Rainey (Viola Davis). Based on August Wilson’s 1982 play of the same name, the film explores issues of race and art over the course of a single afternoon, as tempers rise inside a recording studio.

The Midnight Sky

When: December 23
Where: Netflix

George Clooney directs and stars in this sci-fi film that’s being described as some by Gravity meets The Revenant. Those comparisons are somewhat reinforced by the fact that The Revenant co-writer Mark L. Smith wrote The Midnight Sky. Based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s “Good Morning, Midnight”, it follows a lonely scientist (Clooney) as he must trek across the Arctic in an attempt to stop astronauts (Felicity Jones among them) from returning to Earth, which is in the grip of a mysterious global catastrophe. No, it’s not COVID-19.

Bridgerton

When: December 25
Where: Netflix

What would Gossip Girl look like if it took place in Downton Abbey? Well, Shonda Rhimes is about to tell us with her first Netflix series. Set in London in the 1810s and based on Julia Quinn’s novel series, Bridgerton follows the aristocratic, elite, and wealthy whose lives are punctured by a Lady Whistledown, who promises to “share every last detail” of the scandals she uncovers. This is early 19th century after all, and without the Internet, you’ve to understand that people are lacking in entertainment. Chris Van Dusen (Scandal) is the creator and showrunner.

Coolie No. 1

When: December 25
Where: Amazon Prime Video

Twenty-five years afer the original, director David Dhawan is remaking his own film — which was itself a remake of the Tamil-language film Chinna Mapillai — with his son Varun Dhawan taking over from Govinda, and Sara Ali Khan filling in for her step-aunt Karisma Kapoor in the lead. It’s the classic working-class guy wants to marry a rich woman plot, except it’s treated as a comedy with the porter pretending to be a rich man himself.

Durgamati, Chhalaang, Coolie No. 1 Part of Amazon Prime Video’s New Indian Film Slate

Soul

When: December 25
Where: Disney+ Hotstar

Pixar’s newest movie takes place in the chronological opposite of Heaven (known here as The Great Beyond). No, not Hell — but the place before life begins. It’s called The Great Before, and it’s where souls get their personalities before they inhabit bodies down on Earth. Hence, “Soul.” The film follows a middle-school music teacher who inadvertently ends up in The Great Before, and then sets out on an impossible journey to return to his body before a big career opportunity passes him by.

Originally meant for theatres, but thanks to COVID-19, Soul is now going straight to Disney+ Hotstar. Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Angela Bassett are part of the Soul voice cast, with the duo of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composing the score.

Wonder Woman 1984

When: December 25
Where: HBO Max

The Gal Gadot-led Wonder Woman sequel will be available in Indian cinemas on Christmas too, but if you don’t feel comfortable going to a theatre, but are willing to put up with a VPN and a pricey HBO Max subscription — really, I’m talking about myself here — then the next major DC superhero movie is coming straight to your home.

Expectations are riding high, given the original Wonder Woman was — and remains — DC’s best effort to date. As the title says, the sequel takes place during the Cold War era, and finds Wonder Woman confronting Cheetah (Kristen Wiig), Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), and her former lover Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Patty Jenkins returns as director.

Watch the Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu

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