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
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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 – Is Loki the Best of What Marvel Has to Offer on Disney+?


Loki, Marvel Studios’ latest TV series, ended its first season run comprising six episodes earlier this week. The first season technically shared continuity with the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but it brought an older version of Loki — the God of Mischief represented on screen by Tom Hiddleston — from The Avengers. On this week’s episode of Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital, host Akhil Arora speaks with Shayak Majumdar and Veer Arjun Singh — the two Marvel fans in the team — to discuss all things Loki.

Spoiler alert: If you are planning to watch Loki but have not yet watched it, you should not listen to our discussion right away and watch the series first.

Loki turned out to be a good standalone Marvel show, as it was detached from the rest of the MCU. On top of that, it put a romantic twist on the God of Mischief as Loki (Tom Hiddleston) fell in love with his time variant Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino). But the bigger surprise was the introduction of He Who Remains (Jonathan Majors) a variant of Kang the Conqueror, in the season finale. Kang is supposed to be the next big MCU villain who’s already confirmed for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

While some of this might seem similar to Marvel Comics fans, it’s actually totally different. For instance, Sylvie is not how she was pictured in the comics — she’s not Sylvie Lushton or the Enchantress, though she does share some of that character’s powers. At least it’s not a gag like casting Evan Peters in WandaVision, where Marvel majorly trolled X-Men fans.

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One of the reasons why Marvel Studios made Loki is to set the stage for future titles, including Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 2022), and the aforementioned Ant-Man threequel. The series also gave Hiddleston’s Loki more time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something he was missing in the Marvel movies.

But for all its differences from the rest of the Marvel canon, Loki frustratingly shares some hallmarked Marvel characteristics, including how it deals with the death of key characters. The Disney+ series brought both Mobius and Loki back after killing them off, in the same episode.

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We talk about all this and much more in our Loki discussion. You can listen to it by hitting the play button on the audio player embedded above. You can also follow the Gadgets 360 podcast on Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get your podcasts. Please rate us and leave a review.

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Latest News Today – Classic Loki Richard E. Grant on Doctor Who Comparisons


Loki is set to wrap up its first season on Wednesday with the sixth and final episode, following a penultimate fifth episode that introduced us to the mysterious world at the end of time — dubbed The Void — and a bunch of other Loki time variants. Among the latter was Classic Loki, an incarnation of the God of Mischief that hewed very close to the character’s visual origins from the Marvel Comics. The Eswatini-born English actor Richard E. Grant filled the boots of Classic Loki on Loki episode 5, fulfilling the hopes, rumours, and dreams of Marvel fans who had speculated for months that Grant had been cast to play an older Loki. But how did it happen?

“I had seen and known Tom [Hiddleston] socially over the last decade or so, and we’d always joked about wanting to work together,” Grant told Gadgets 360 over Zoom on Monday. “And certainly, play father and son in something because we have similar hair lines, and he’s very tall and slim, and I seemed like a good match. So, when I was sent the script and asked would you do an episode of Loki playing Classic Loki with Tom, I jumped at it. It was a decision that took about four nanoseconds to make. ‘Yes, of course.’”

And though Grant didn’t end up playing Hiddleston’s father on Loki, the role did make the 64-year-old actor think of his own father. Last Friday, a couple of days after Loki episode 5 dropped, Grant took to Twitter to share a funny snippet about what his father said to him four decades ago. Grant was just 24 when his dad died at age 53.

“When I told him that I really wanted to spend my life being an actor professionally, he said, ‘Do you really think that you can make a living doing this?’ He was very worried about that, understandably, because the unemployment rates for actors are so traditionally high. And he said, laughingly, ‘Do you also want to spend your life wearing make-up and tights?’ And I said, ‘Dad, majority of the parts, you won’t have to do that.’ Well, here I’m at 64 talking to Akhil, and having to say yes, I am wearing tights and I am wearing a minimal amount of makeup. So, you know, he was right, I owe him one. But I have earned a good living doing it, I feel, so he’d be relieved about that.”

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Richard E. Grant as Classic Loki, DeObia Oparei as Boastful Loki, Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki episode 5
Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

Grant’s Classic Loki costume — replete with the iconic horns — has been a hit with the audience since Loki episode 5 dropped, though there’s one “great disappointment” in the actor’s mind. When he was first sent a drawing of himself in the costume, it showed him with muscles, something Grant was excited about because he self-admittedly was born without any. So, when he got to Atlanta for the costume fittings, he thought he was going to be put in a muscle suit. Alas, that was not to be the case. As Loki episode 5 has made it clear, the Classic Loki costume is just Grant in tights.

“So that is my great disappointment that I never got to have those. Anyway, it worked out, and it was a hugely enjoyable job to do,” Grant added. Classic Loki was seemingly killed off towards the end on Loki episode 5, but death has never stopped Marvel from pursuing something. Would he return for the yet-to-be-confirmed Loki season 2? Grant has no idea, he said, but he’s open to all offers.

More importantly, not having muscles fits the journey of Classic Loki. Earlier in Loki episode 5, he reveals that after tricking Thanos with an illusion and faking his death, he spent years by himself on a planet at the edge of space, realising that all he did was cause pain and suffering in the world. He labels himself the God of Outcasts.

“And I thought that is absolutely key to, I suppose, emphasising how lonely he is, that is essentially what gets him arrested by the [Time Variance Authority] because he longs for company,” Grant told Gadgets 360. “And that’s what brings him back out of isolation.”

The Marvel series has drawn comparisons to the British sci-fi series Doctor Who — as someone who’s been involved in both projects, Grant thinks there is indeed something common between the two, though not on the levels that others have been pointing out.

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Richard E. Grant’s Classic Loki conjures up Asgard in Loki episode 5
Photo Credit: Disney/Marvel Studios

“Gender fluidity is something that’s in both of them, right, and this endless ability to reinvent, and to come back,” Grant said. “Which seems to be innate in all human beings. We would love to be able to reinvent ourselves or to live eternally or certainly to live along within the time span that we have in our life. So, I think that’s why these characters in these universes have such a deep appeal to us. It goes right back to your childhood that you can open a door and go into a phone box or go through a portal. And somehow, you’ll be somewhere else. It’s what we’ve done since we were kids, walking under a table with a piece of fabric and going, ‘Now I’m somewhere else. Now I’m invisible.’ I think that’s just innate in us.”

For Grant, his brief time on Loki continues his journey through sci-fi and comic book franchises. Unexpected, given the 64-year-old classically-trained actor has spent the majority of his acting career in indie titles, from his debut in the 1987 black comedy Withnail and I to the award-winning turn in the 2018 biopic Can You Ever Forgive Me?. But in the past five years, Grant has also had roles in the fantasy epic Game of Thrones, the X-Men film Logan, culminating chapter Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, and now, the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Loki.

“I think that I know very few actors that can say they’ve planned out their career,” Grant said. “It is literally opportunities as they’ve come, and I’ve taken them, so that’s how it worked out, there’s no master plan here whatsoever. I wish that there was.”

Is there anything left on his bucket list though? “Oh my goodness, yes, I’d like to have muscles in the muscle suit. That’s what I would like,” Grant added with a laugh.

Loki is streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar worldwide. In India, it is available in Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on Disney+ Hotstar VIP, and English on Disney+ Hotstar Premium.


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Latest News Today – Black Widow Is Out Now, but Why Is It Not on Disney+


Black Widow, the newest Marvel movie starring Scarlett Johansson, is out this week in theatres globally as well as on Disney+ with Premier Access in most Disney+ markets. It was supposed to hit Indian cinemas at the same time, but COVID-19 had other plans and now a release date for India is unclear. And it won’t release for at least three more months on Disney+ Hotstar, as Black Widow is expected October 8 on the streaming service, in line with its general availability on Disney+. That’s because Premier Access — a video-on-demand tier, where Disney+ members pay $30 (about Rs. 2,200) or equivalent for every premium title, in addition to the monthly subscription — is not a thing on Disney+ Hotstar.

Neither Disney+ nor Disney+ Hotstar have ever bothered to explain the lack of Premier Access on Disney+ Hotstar. Ahead of writing this, I even reached out to both to see if they would like to shed any light on the curious move. No response.

Maybe Disney+ is not offering Premier Access titles on Disney+ Hotstar because it thinks people won’t pay. In India, it’s generally agreed that video-on-demand doesn’t work. It’s why the theatrical model has been short-circuited in the country. Here’s how Hollywood operates: cinemas –> video-on-demand –> Blu-ray –> streaming. But here, pre-COVID, new Bollywood movies would spend 56 days in cinemas before being rolled out directly on streaming services. Once the pandemic brought box office business to a halt, while Hollywood was opting for on-demand premieres, Indian producers opted for the streaming service route with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ Hotstar.

There have been attempts in the Indian on-demand space during COVID-19. Eros Now, thanks to its new parent ErosSTX, announced that it would premiere at least 10 Hollywood releases as a pay-per-view offshoot of its streaming service. And last year, Zee5 unveiled ZeePlex — both on streaming and satellite TV boxes — which took a big bet on Salman Khan-led Radhe after cinemas were shuttered for a second time in April. It doesn’t seem to have worked out unfortunately. After an opening day figure of 4.2 million views, Zee5 never announced any updated figures, which doesn’t bode well. Industry experts believe Zee5 will end up losing money on Radhe. That naturally isn’t going to convince anyone to experiment with on-demand premieres in India.

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Though the box office success of the heavily-controversial Khan’s previous films would argue otherwise, maybe the ratings of the movie matter too. Radhe stands at 9 percent critic rating on reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and the audience score on IMDb is a lowly 1.8 out of 10, from 164,000 users. At the time of writing, Black Widow is at 82 percent — there are 170 reviews at this point, so it’s not likely to change significantly either. More importantly, there’s little audience overlap between the two. The Marvel fanbase naturally skews more urban and younger, which should theoretically mean more propensity, better access, and fewer mental roadblocks when it comes to paying for online content. Justice League Snyder Cut saw 100,000 orders in the first few days on BookMyShow Stream, one of five platforms it was released on.

As with DC, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is arguably one of the biggest Hollywood franchises in India. What that means is that there’s a lot of Indians who will want to watch Black Widow this week, in line with the rest of the world. But they are being neglected because Disney would rather secure a theatrical release first. By forcing fans to indefinitely wait, Disney is essentially ensuring that Indians will resort to searching torrent sites for Black Widow, or using other methods to access Disney+. Those that have the means can spend Rs. 699 for a month of Disney+, Rs. 2,699 on Black Widow ‘Premier Access’, and a bit more on a VPN to watch it on Disney+. Everyone else will flock to piracy networks and torrents, which can compromise their security and safety on the Internet.

But even the piracy route can’t help those Indian Marvel fans who watch movies in local languages. In fact, Black Widow is set to be the first Marvel movie to be available in six languages: English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. That’s a sensible move given local ‘dubbed’ versions account for 50–60 percent of Hollywood box office here, according to a 2019 report. Snyder Cut would have sold a lot more if WarnerMedia had taken the trouble of dubbing it in Indian languages. But it never did. Disney+ Hotstar has been better in this regard, even retroactively adding Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu dubs for recent releases such as Pixar’s Luca, and Raya and the Last Dragon. With Black Widow, those six versions are ready and waiting to be deployed, if only Disney came to its senses.

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A still from Pixar’s Luca
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After all, it’s impossible to say right now when Black Widow will get to cinemas in India. Due to caution over the inevitable third wave, given the spread of the Delta variant and the (falling) rate of vaccination, most states have refused to let cinemas reopen. Or in some cases, they have been reclosed following restrictions being lifted. And for good reason possibly, given the rate of new cases is ticking up. If the third wave ends up being as severe as predicted, it will mean cinemas will remain shut even longer. So what will do Disney do if it’s unable to release Black Widow in Indian cinemas before October 8? Will it kick the Disney+ Hotstar release down the road and make Indian fans wait even more? Or will it suck it up and just drop Black Widow as a streaming-first premiere in India?

Come October, if Disney is going to end up favouring the latter, then it might as well release Black Widow on Disney+ Hotstar now. What sense does it make to delay the release by three months, just because Premier Access is not a thing? All it will end up doing is pushing Marvel fans to hunt for illicit means, the longer they have to wait. If Disney opts for the former route and continues to hold onto Black Widow until cinemas are fully functioning in India, well, that’s only going to hurt its local box office prospects, week over week. Because after a point, there might not be anyone left in India who’s still waiting for Black Widow. But if Disney+ Hotstar gets Premier Access, then viewers can decide if they want to see it now — or wait for the big-screen experience.

A delayed Black Widow release in Indian cinemas will make matters worse due to other variables too. For one, there are more Marvel movies on the way in 2021 — for cinemas only, no Premier Access. On September 3, Simu Liu becomes the MCU’s first Asian superhero lead in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao delivers a new ensemble with Eternals, slated for a late October premiere in India. And Tom Holland closes out the year with the threequel Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17. A September debut for Shang-Chi in India seems highly unlikely at this point. And as Black Widow gets pushed further out, Disney will move the other Marvel titles too so they don’t clash with each other at the box office.

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Simu Liu as Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Photo Credit: Jasin Boland/Marvel Studios

Of course, Disney is far from the only Hollywood studio that’s failing to serve India in line with other markets. Since HBO Max is not available here, that means none of Warner Bros.’ 2021 theatrical titles — from Godzilla vs. Kong to Mortal Kombat — have received a proper release in India. Warner did make an on-demand exception for Angelina Jolie-led Those Who Wish Me Dead, but that seems to have been a one-off. It says that James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad, LeBron James-starrer Space Jam: A New Legacy, and Hugh Jackman-led Reminiscence are “only for theatres”, though it once said the same thing for Those Who Wish Me Dead. But while Warner has briefly experimented, others haven’t shown any inkling of that sort either.

Hollywood is in for a serious pile-up up by the time cinemas reopen in India. With the rest of the world on its way to recover from the pandemic — the US and the UK have fully vaccinated half their population, while India currently sits just under 5 percent — movies are coming thick and fast. Universal Pictures rolled out Fast & Furious 9 in May, now in cinemas globally and expected to hit video-on-demand (outside India) in late July. Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II arrived in theatres in May and will jump to Paramount+ in mid-July. Disney also has Emma Stone’s Cruella on the docket, and Jungle Cruise with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt later in July. All these movies will likely clash with each other, alongside dozens of Bollywood movies that have been waiting for over a year.

Given the COVID-19 situation, it’s time for studios to experiment with newer release models in India. Black Widow made the ultimate sacrifice for her superhero family in Avengers: Endgame, but Disney is unwilling to heed those lessons to let us meet Natasha Romanoff’s other quasi-family and bid adieu to her 10-year MCU journey with the rest of the world.


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Latest News Today – Loki-Simpsons Crossover The Good, The Bart, and The Loki


Loki is headed to Springfield. On Wednesday, Disney+ announced a crossover between The Simpsons and the newest Marvel series for a July 7 release date — titled The Good, The Bart, and The Loki, it finds Loki (voiced by Tom Hiddleston) banished from Asgard once again. But this time, he ends up in the animated town of Springfield, where he teams up with Bart Simpson and must battle Springfield’s mightiest heroes. Disney+ has unveiled a poster for the short film, which is inspired by the poster for Avengers: Endgame. The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is also coming to Disney+ Hotstar.

The Good, The Bart, and The Loki — a play on the famous movie The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — is the second such crossover with The Simpsons, enabled by Disney’s $70-billion (about Rs. 5,21,174 crores) purchase of 21st Century Fox in 2019. (That also gave Disney control of Star India, Hotstar, Hulu, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and a lot more.) The first was Maggie Simpson in “The Force Awakens from Its Nap,” released on Star Wars Day, May 4 this year. More such Simpsons shorts are expected throughout the rest of 2021, to highlight Disney+’s “marquee brands and titles,”

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For The Simpsons, The Good, The Bart, and The Loki will be the first short film with Bart Simpson, and the fourth short film overall, following three with Maggie Simpson. Previously, we had Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare” in 2012, and Maggie Simpson in “Playdate with Destiny” last April. All three — The Longest Daycare, Playdate with Destiny, and The Force Awakens from Its Nap — are also available on Disney+ Hotstar.

The Good, The Bart, and The Loki is out Wednesday, July 7 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar wherever available. Loki episode 5 is also due Wednesday, July 7, with episode 6 — the season finale — out a week later on July 14. Loki is available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu on Disney+ Hotstar.

The Good, The Bart, and The Loki poster
Photo Credit: Disney


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Latest News Today – Loki Episode 3 Recap: Marvel Goes Mandalorian on


Loki episode 3 — out now on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — felt very much like an instalment of The Mandalorian. Some of that was down to the visuals, with the vast empty (albeit purple-hued) Lamentis-1, the deserted mining town and acres of loose gravel, akin to the landscapes that we regularly see on the Star Wars series that harkens close to the franchise’s Western roots. There’s also the matter of the guards we see checking tickets to the evacuation vessel on Lamentis-1, who are essentially Marvel’s version of Stormtroopers. And then there’s the setup of Loki episode 3 — Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) trying to escape a desperate situation — that can be repeated ad infinitum should Loki end up being an ongoing series.

All this has been enabled by Loki‘s gimmick of Sylvie using apocalyptic events to conceal her actions, which also results in a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of Loki episode 3 — it’s also quite short at 36 minutes that you may not have realised in all the hullaballoo until it abruptly ends. Sure, in big picture terms, Loki and Sylvie will be okay. But how will they get off Lamentis-1 now that the time-and-space travelling device TempPad is broken and the Ark spaceship has been destroyed?

Before all that, Loki episode 3 — titled “Lamentis”, directed by Kate Herron, and written by Ms. Marvel head writer Bisha K. Ali — opens by telling us about Sylvie’s plans that Loki was so interested in, back in Loki episode 2. We see Sylvie and Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane) in comfortable Hawaiian clothes at a bar somewhere, chatting as if they have been friends for years. The sly Sylvie has questions for her though — how many people are guarding the Time Keepers, and how do I find the elevators (they are gold) — which puts C-20 off and makes her realise that she doesn’t actually know Sylvie. Loki episode 3 then reveals that Sylvie has “enchanted” C-20 and all this is happening inside her mind, sort of like on the astral plane, in Marvel terms.

Loki episode 3 then jumps to right where we left off with the Loki episode 2 cliffhanger, as Sylvie arrives in the Time Variance Authority to carry out her plan: kill the Time Keepers. That explains the major distraction she caused in Loki episode 2, which has taken away most of the TVA guards from their homebase. As Sylvie makes her way, she gets the jump on a TVA Hunter before realising her magic doesn’t work here. She then evaporates or knocks them out with their own weapons. Loki, who followed Sylvie through the time door in Loki episode 2, also arrives in TVA. He grabs his knives from the locker nearby and then confronts Sylvie. Their knife fight is interrupted by Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) before Loki saves them by teleporting away.

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki episode 3
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Sylvie is annoyed and immediately tries to jump back using the TemPad but discovers that it’s out of juice. She can’t use it anymore until it’s recharged. Loki takes it off her hands and hides it by using his magic, only for Sylvie to point out that he needs her to know how to recharge it. Meanwhile, they are stuck on this new purple-hued moon, which Loki episode 3 reveals to be Lamentis-1 in 2077. A nearby planet is about to crash into it and will kill all life on Lamentis-1. That makes sense, for all the places that Sylvie frequented were apocalypses, allowing her to hide herself from the TVA. Sylvie wants to kill Loki for stranding them, but he calms her down and proposes a truce.

As they make their way to a nearby mining town on Lamentis-1, Loki wonders why she doesn’t like being called Loki or Variant. Loki is not a name she identifies with anymore — that means it’s her given name anyway — and has since adopted the alias “Sylvie”, a name that has ties to the Loki mythology in the Marvel comics. But Sylvie was never a Loki variant in the comics. She also seems to have a very different background on Loki, though to be fair, Loki episode 3 tells us very little. But enchantment being her primary power does mean Sylvie could end up being called the Enchantress, as in the comics.

Loki and Sylvie arrive at a hut of sorts that might give them the power to recharge the TemPad. Sylvie opts for a more confrontational entrance which doesn’t work for her as the woman inside (Susan Gallagher) blows her away with a sonic weapon. Loki tries to be cleverer. He first talks her down and then transforms into her late husband — having seen a photo of them through the window — but the woman blows him off too. Her husband was never as sweet, she shouts at Loki. She asks what the two devils want from her, before pointing them to a train station at the edge of town that will take them to the Ark. But getting tickets won’t be easy, she notes. With a combination of each other’s magic though, they sneak onto the train.

Inside, they have the first heart-to-heart as they talk about their respective mothers, how they were adopted, and love. Loki talking about his mother gets to Sylvie, because she doesn’t remember hers. The conversation on Loki episode 3 then moves to past lovers — Sylvie jokes about a long-distance relationship with a postman, and Loki sort of brushes his love life off by noting that nothing ever lasted. They then decide to rest, given they’ve got more disguising and stealing to do later. Sylvie wakes up to discover Loki without his guard-disguise and singing in Asgardian openly. He’s drunk. She notices a strange man leave the compartment, and she can tell that someone is going to show up. Loki thinks Sylvie is being paranoid, who points out that it’s thanks to the “omniscient fascists” — she means the TVA.

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Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Sophia Di Martino as Sylvie in Loki episode 3
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Sylvie’s concerns turn out to be real, as a bunch of guards show up to demand their tickets. The drunk Loki tries to conjure up tickets but fails, pushing the duo into a fight. It culminates with Loki being thrown out of the train, and Sylvie jumping after him because of the TemPad. She puts a knife to his throat, prompting Loki to bring out the hidden TemPad — it has broken. Sylvie reprimands him for being drunk, Loki says he’s hedonistic in response. She is also hedonistic, Sylvie protests, but never at the expense of the mission. What mission, Loki scoffs, you can’t beat the TVA. Sylvie is really angry at Loki though, lets out a scream, and then sits on a nearby dirt mound, dejected that they are going to die on Lamentis-1. Why don’t they try to get on the Ark and make sure it takes off, Loki wonders.

With a new plan in place, Loki and Sylvie begin the long walk to the Ark. Loki wants to know how her enchantment works. He’s told her so much but he doesn’t know anything about her. Sylvie terms it tactical advantage, but Loki protests that he wants to trust her. Pressed, Sylvie finally explains what enchantment entails — it’s really about how strong someone’s mind is — which leads to an accidental revelation. Before C-20 joined TVA, she was a regular person on Earth. That’s huge, more for Loki and the audience anyway, Sylvie just assumed he knew. Everyone in the TVA is a variant like them, which shines a new light on how we see Mobius (Owen Wilson), Ravonna, and the rest.

As Loki and Sylvie get to the Ark — the Loki episode 3 production design switches to include a lot of neon here — the spaceship is about to take off and Lamentis-1’s annihilation is imminent. Loki and Sylvie try to get through the guards, but it’s all to no avail as the Ark is hit by planetary debris and destroyed in front of them. Loki just stands there taken aback, while Sylvie walks away. Loki episode 3 leaves us on a cliffhanger (like the episode before it), as Bonnie Guitar’s “Dark Moon” plays over the credits.

Loki episode 3 is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes release every Wednesday around 12:30pm IST/ 12am PT.


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Latest News Today – How the Water in Luca Pushed Pixar Into a New Age of


As the story of a young ‘sea monster’ boy who comes of age in a seaside town on the Italian Riveira in the 1950s, water is naturally everywhere in Luca. It creates the home for Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay, from Room) and his people. But it’s also something to be feared, for Luca’s shapeshifting amphibian species turns from ‘sea monster’ to human when they leave the sea. Water is the transformational element here. If you throw water on Luca’s kind, their truth will be revealed. Naturally, that led to some fundamental changes to the Pixar process — starting with the fact that everything had to be designed twice, Luca production designer Daniela Strijleva told Gadgets 360.

Double the work

Strijleva said: “Our approvals go normally, ‘Main character: design, approve, move on.’ Early on, we tried just for production needs, ‘Design sea-monster-Luca, approve, move on.’ But you can’t work that way, you have to design them at the same time. You have to consider the proportions, you have to consider his character and how he acts, how you pose the character. In a way, it became a fun opportunity to think of the character in the two versions. ‘What is the physicality of Luca, who’s shy, who’s a little bit more reserved, versus Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer, from Shazam!) who’s more falsely confident? He walks in a certain way as a human, maybe he would swim that way as a sea monster.’”

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“We had the same artist work on both Luca-human and Luca-sea-monster as modeler and rigger,” Luca character supervisor Beth Albright told Gadgets 360. “And we were really specific about interweaving the ways in which we showed one or the other to [Luca director] Enrico [Casarosa], so that we were really building them up together. We wanted to make sure that we were designing both of those characters to be as appealing as possible. Rather than falling in love with one character, and then having to try and kind of shoehorn the other one into that in some way.”

Albright’s character supervisor partner Sajan Skaria added: “We did have discussions about whether each joint should be exactly in the same place. But that’s constraining for us. Which is why we went with [the same artist on both designs and models]. It’s like animators animating the same character in different shots, right, they understand what that character is. And so that was a giant force behind it — appeal, charm, and art should trump getting everything exactly lined up.”

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A traditional look

On top of that, Casarosa wanted Luca to look unlike most Pixar films. Though the studio’s success — starting with 1995’s Toy Story, the first fully computer-animated movie and oft considered one of the best animated films of all time — has come alongside rapid advancement in 3D computer animation, Casarosa pushed the movie’s look back to more traditional 2D animation. Some of that comes from his love for Studio Ghibli films, which Luca is undoubtedly inspired by.

“He wanted simplification, but still sophistication. So that’s a challenge,” Luca animation supervisor Michael Venturini told Gadgets 360. Strijleva echoed his words and added: “Computers are really good at making everything straight, even and realistic. Enrico and I wanted everything to be caricatured, imperfect and where you feel the hand of the artist.”

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That design philosophy affected everything on Luca, right down to even how the faces are drawn. In 2D animation, as there is no depth parameter, you can change the outside shape of an object to be whatever you want. But that’s not the case in 3D animation as the computer is working off a depth-based model that animators have created. To work around this, Pixar created new functions to allow 2D-animation characteristics into the world of Luca, Venturini said. For instance, the mouths of characters don’t move with the rest of their faces, which gives the whole thing a hand-drawn feel.

For Luca effects supervisor Jon Reisch, who takes care of everything nature on Luca, the question became: “How can we continue to push into this more expressive language with our effects, as opposed to just recreating what we see in the natural world?”

A whole new water

“So what’s the challenge of this look? Well turns out, elegant simplicity is actually really hard to achieve,” Reisch continued. “Why is that? At Pixar, especially in our effects department, we’re very comfortable with realism. We know how to achieve it, if you remember the beautiful waterworks from Finding Dory, or some of the gritty grounded realism of Cars 3. And to be honest, stepping towards stylisation in our effects work was sort of a hard left turn away from everything we knew. All our instincts, the techniques we’ve perfected, even our toolset relies very heavily on physically-based simulations. Those forces were pulling us back towards layering on detail, defaulting us into this photorealistic look.”

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Development art for how light plays underwater in Luca
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That meant Pixar’s sophisticated statistical models of the Mediterranean Sea — the water body off the coast of Luca‘s fictional seaside town Portorosso in Italy’s Cinque Terre — all based on oceanographic research, weren’t as helpful on its latest movie. “They don’t offer a lot of artistic control,” Reisch noted.

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“One of the biggest breakthroughs was thinking about it in terms of adjustable frequencies,” Reisch continued. “I’m a guitarist, I’ve played in bands for 25 years, and I had this thought about controlling the ocean like a graphic equalizer controls your stereo. With direct control over separate frequency bands, we could control separate waves that we had, from low big rolling waves to smaller more high frequency detailed waves. And inspired by this graphic EQ idea, we built sliders that allowed us to mix in more or less of a certain size of wave. And that really started to crack open this idea of injecting artistic control.”

Splashing, whizzing, and lighting

The idea extended to every aspect of water on Luca. When Luca and Alberto jump into the sea, they don’t create physically-realistic splashes. Instead, the Luca effects squad at Pixar came up with cartoon splash, a new workflow that merged their artistic designs (“clean graphic silhouette shapes”) with the water simulation software that “took over this artistic input and took care of the dynamics, basically the physics of motion that made this sculpture of water move and behave like real water,” Reisch said.

And while there are no waves or splashes underwater, it still needs a sense of motion so it doesn’t feel like characters are just floating mid-air. To achieve that, Reisch and his team made use of the Houdini Engine, previously used on effects-heavy films such as Toy Story 4. That allowed them to create millions and millions of pieces of small particulate at render time, Reisch explained, some of which you can spot whiz by the camera in the swimming sequence as Luca and Alberto first go to Portorosso, jumping up above the water and crashing down below over and over.

“It just gives you a sense of the energy of the sequence and the feeling of speed that they’re traveling underneath the water,” Reisch told Gadgets 360.

Also underwater, the natural light plays off surfaces in very different ways than it does above water. Reisch said: “The way the light falls off through the water into the murk of the ocean, it simplifies things into the background and then also creates these really blue saturated colours.”

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Development art for the bluish-green murk in the Luca sea
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“The coastline goes deep [in Cinque Terre] so it’s a lot of cliffs, not a whole lot of beaches,” Casarosa explained. “So the colour is deep blue [and] cobalt green. We wanted to make sure this did not ever feel tropical. When you’re in the water, the murk is present, but it’s a beautiful colourful murk. We also use that to represent a little bit of a limited world for Luca. To say, the underwater world doesn’t enable our protagonist to see as far. And we love that sense of sharpness that happens once we’re out on the surface, since Luca’s journey is about seeing more of the world.”

Echoing the Luca director’s sentiment, Reisch said later: “We wanted our effects elements to not just integrate into the stylised world, but to truly enhance the world that we were creating with their visual language — and ultimately support the storytelling, and Enrico’s artistic vision with Luca.”

Woodblock poetry

A shared inspiration running through all of this was Casarosa’s love for Japanese woodblock prints. That was among the touchstones on Luca, Reisch noted, alongside the artistry of legendary director Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli. He added: “The Japanese woodblock paintings have these suggested details that guide the eye with simplified forms and shapes, very clear silhouettes, and sinuous reflections, all of which we wanted to capture in the look of our stylised water.”

Strijleva told Gadgets 360: “The Japanese woodblock prints were such a revelation. When I look back at some of them, because of the limitations of that medium, all the details are stylised, but it’s so evocative and it’s so beautiful. We really wanted that lyricism. Like in poetry, you have less words but they’re very evocative and emotional. And Luca is told from the point of view of a kid who experiences everything very strongly for the first time. And you want to feel his emotions. When Luca sees the water, he feels the essence of the water. So that meant stepping down on the detail.”

New age of animation

The artist’s touch is what drove everything on Luca from a design perspective. For Casarosa, that stemmed from the belief that it “feels rougher and alive with the imperfections of our hand.” And the 49-year-old Genoa native isn’t alone in this thinking. Take for instance, last year’s Wolfwalkers by Oscar-nominated Irish outfit Cartoon Saloon, which entirely eschews computer-generated animation for hand-drawn perseverance. Its squiggly lines were so rough that you could literally see the lines at times.

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Look at the comic-inspired squiggly lines in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
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Meanwhile, the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, from the minds of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, took inspiration from its comic book origins to infuse traditional hand-drawn techniques into computer animation. It resulted in something really fresh — and loved by everyone. Lord and Miller then brought that to The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which put hand-painted watercolours as its ethos, with brush strokes complemented by pencil squiggles and even live-action footage.

“In the early stages of computer animation, the pursuit was realism because that was something that 2D animation could never achieve,” Venturini told Gadgets 360. “Well, we’ve kind of conquered that territory so to speak. And the computer is becoming so powerful, now we can do stuff that’s more graphic, illustrative, and looks handcrafted. You see us starting to move in that direction, a little bit more stylisation, from film to film. And you see that happening across the whole industry.”

Venturini added: “Each film pays forward new technology to the next film. And so, we become more and more capable as we go. Luca would be a film that would have been too complex, too complicated to do certainly 20 years ago. It also opens up the worlds for the types of stories we can tell, I think, because you can create a story without the fear of, ‘Can we actually do that?’”

Luca is now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar worldwide. In countries without Disney+, Luca is released in cinemas. Available in English only in India with a Disney+ Hotstar Premium subscription.




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Latest News Today – Luca Review: Pixar Movie Is an Ode to Friendship — and


Luca is an ode to friendship. The 84-minute Pixar movie on Disney+, from feature directorial debutant Enrico Casarosa, is inspired by his own childhood — Luca is dedicated to Casarosa’s best friend Alberto Surace, whose name he lends to the deuteragonist and the title protagonist’s best friend — in the Italian Riviera in the 1970s and 1980s. It’s set in a world that takes after the 1950s and the 1960s, for Casarosa doesn’t feel as nostalgic (yet) about the eighties. But Luca‘s is also a fantasy world. The aforementioned Luca (voiced by Jacob Tremblay, from Room) and Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer, from Shazam!) are actually “sea monsters”, feared and hunted by the humans who live above the surface. Though technically, they are shapeshifting amphibians, that become fish in water, and human on land.

For Casarosa, this is the centrepiece as it allows Luca to explore what it wants to talk about. At its core, Luca shows how prejudice and fear of the unknown — while the likes of Luca and Alberto are repeatedly called “sea monsters”, we never see them do anything remotely monstrous — can divide us. You can also see it as a film about xenophobia, a timely message in an increasingly nationalist world where people use our physical differences to discriminate against oppressed minorities. Or you can even view it from an LGBTQ+ lens, as many already have. Though Casarosa has said it wasn’t intended as such, Luca does fit the bill. It’s a coming-of-age story of two young boys in the ‘60s who have to hide their true selves from everyone around them in fear for their lives.

Of course, Luca — written by Jesse Andrews (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Mike Jones (Pixar’s Soul) — is about more than that. Luca is a literal fish out of water in the new Pixar movie, and he’s naturally fascinated by the ways and creations of humans. Central to that is Luca and Alberto’s shared love for Vespa, the Italian scooter brand that made a name for itself as a style icon in the second half of the 20th century. Luca also explores the importance of facing your fears — epitomised in Luca through a running “Silencio Bruno!” gag — and the role that friends play in pushing you beyond your comfort zone. It’s also about giving them the room to grow while still being there for your friends.

All of this is brought to life with some of Pixar’s most stylised animation to date — Casarosa & Co. have spoken about how they were inspired by traditional 2D animation, Japanese woodblock paintings, a bunch of Italian classic movies, and the works of the legendary Hayao Miyazaki — and paired with a scintillating background score by Dan Romer (Beasts of the Southern Wild) that is at once serene, playful, tingling, and epic.

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Below the surface, Luca Paguro leads a simple sheep herder sort of life. Except that his flock is fish, since he lives in the sea. While Luca’s grandmother (Sandy Martin, from Napoleon Dynamite) indulges him and his father Lorenzo (comedian Jim Gaffigan) lives in his own world, Luca’s mother Daniela Paguro (Maya Rudolph, from Bridesmaids) is very strict and protective of him. She ensures that Luca always comes home on time and questions him daily if he spotted any boats of those “land monsters”. One morning, after Luca comes across human artefacts as he’s out shepherding, he follows the breadcrumbs and bumps into a fellow sea monster, Alberto Scorfano. It turns out that Alberto lives on land, which is equal parts shocking and terrifying for Luca as he’s been told to stay away from the human world all his life.

The curious Luca is equal parts amazed and intrigued by his brief time above the surface. Naturally the next morning, Luca returns to see Alberto who it turns out is a bit of a show-off. Alberto is a self-proclaimed master at “human stuff”, claiming that his (missing) dad told him everything and that he has been on his own for a while. But Alberto also thinks that the stars are all fish, so clearly, he’s trying to hide his insecurities behind a façade. Luca doesn’t know any better though, and he’s too busy gaping at all the human stuff anyway. That’s how Vespa comes into the picture. Wowed by a Vespa poster, Luca and Alberto begin to dream of their own Vespa, building a rudimentary scooter to feel the thrill. There’s even a dream sequence filled with tons of Vespas.

All this love for Vespa might have felt like a product placement in Luca were it not so heartfelt. Casarosa infuses the Pixar movie with the sheer joy of what it’s like to discover something remarkable for the first time as a kid. When Luca and Alberto step into the nearby human town Porto Rosso, Luca introduces a shiny red Vespa just as a traditionally minded rom-com movie would highlight the female lead the first time she walks into the same room as the male lead. It’s the apple of their eyes, but it’s also tied to the Luca plot. The owner of the red Vespa, Ercole Visconti (Saverio Raimondo), turns out to be the braggadocio winner of the Porto Rosso Cup, an annual triathlon tournament that involves swimming, cycling, and …eating (because it’s hosted by a local pasta maker).

Realising that the Porto Rosso Cup will earn them money they can use to buy a Vespa — it’s funny initially because even the concept of money and purchases are foreign to them — Luca and Alberto team up with perennial underdog Giulia Marcovaldo (Emma Berman) who has beef with Ercole the bully. And as they begin preparing for the triathlon, Luca’s parents, who realise that he’s gone, begin looking for him in the seaside town.

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Giulia, Luca, and Alberto in Luca
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The introvert-extrovert pairing of Luca and Alberto contributes to much of the early fun on Luca. While Luca has been brought up to follow the rules and is inherently risk-averse, the freewheeling Alberto craves adventure and runs headlong for it with nary a single thought. Casaraosa has talked about his own best friend Alberto pulled him out of his shell as kids, and Luca depicts that in a joyous fashion, showcasing how two opposite personalities can become friends so quickly. The introduction of Giulia adds an exciting third flavour into the mix, not least because she’s written as someone who is always fully herself — important in a society where girls are asked to be quiet, gentle, and unseen. Luca also touches upon how kids are quick to become jealous or possessive.

But at the end of the day, it’s sticking with them through thick and thin — as the old adage goes, a friend in need is a friend indeed — and having the courage to put yourself in a vulnerable position for the greater good. Luca is essentially about how some people have to pretend to be someone they are not, in a bid to conform to what’s accepted as normal. It’s why Luca works as a coming-out movie. Casarosa may not have intended it — in fact, Luca could have gone much deeper with the allegory, if indeed it was set up like that — but after release, a movie belongs to its audience not the filmmakers. Change starts with one person, Luca posits, and it can destroy power structures, foster acceptance, and bring everyone together. In an increasingly isolated world, that’s a great message.

Luca is out Friday, June 18 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar worldwide. In countries without Disney+, Luca will release in cinemas.


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Latest News Today – Loki Review: Time-Hopping Marvel Adventure Through the


Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is a cosmic mistake, a character says to his face early into the new Marvel TV show. In some ways, Loki the series was just as unexpected. Loki follows the Loki who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame, after Iron Man and Ant-Man went back in time to get one of the Infinity Stones, but failed to do so due to Hulk’s dislike for stairs. The Endgame writers engineered all that because they wanted to send Iron Man and Captain America further back into the past. They needed something that would take the Tesseract out of the Avengers’ reach — and the God of Mischief seemed like the obvious choice. There was no bigger plan then, but that happy accident has allowed Loki to happen as it is. Because this show wouldn’t be possible with the other Loki, even if he was still alive.

Branching off the Endgame timeline, Loki — the six-episode adventure begins Wednesday, June 9 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar — opens by answering where Loki disappeared with the Tesseract: Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Barely has he arrived there that the time cops show up, on behalf of an all-seeing body called the Time Variance Authority. The TVA, as it’s shortened, is responsible for ensuring that nobody drifts off the predetermined path set for them. This Loki was supposed to be taken as Asgard as a captive (which would then snowball into the events of Thor: The Dark World). But his escape has drifted him off course. The TVA deems him guilty of crimes against the “sacred timeline” and orders him to be “reset” (read: killed), though Loki finds an unlikely saviour.

Enter Mobius (Owen Wilson), a TVA analyst and detective-of-sorts whose job is to hunt down time variants like Loki, who have veered off their destinies and represent a risk to the sacred timeline. Mobius believes Loki can help him catch a “particularly dangerous variant” he is after, and that’s why the TVA detective saves the God of Mischief from imminent death. Mobius is also a self-proclaimed Loki expert, and for the first time, he now has direct access to the source. But while Mobius knows everything about Loki’s life, this Loki from circa 2012 — via The Avengers — is missing his character growth from Thor: The Dark World and Thor: Ragnarok. He learns about his lived life through the TVA, and it’s a series of shocks for him, especially when his life has been nothing like what he imagined of it.

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After all, this Loki variant — the “puny god” Hulk smashed on the floors of the Avengers Tower — is the petulant and always-scheming Loki that we remember from Thor and The Avengers. The one who tried to usurp Thor’s throne in Asgard and who tried to take over Earth with the help of the Chitauri. It’s why the events of Loki — his worldview, his intentions, and his dealings with the TVA — only make sense with the state Loki is in right now. While Mobius wants to know why Loki does what he does, the God of Mischief is crafting new plans of his own. The dynamic between Hiddleston and Wilson is the early heart of the story — at least for the first two episodes I had access to — and a lot of that is due to the fact that the duo is great in embodying their roles.

What further contributes to that dynamic is the fact that Mobius is unaffected by Loki’s ways — the God of Mischief is powerless inside the TVA — and he’s unperturbed by what Loki thinks of him or the organisation he works for. Here is a guy who really is beyond Loki’s “old pussycat” ways, as Mobius describes him at one point. That is also fuel for some rich humour on Loki, in addition to the bureaucracy of the TVA — be it the airport security-vibe or the government office-like behaviour — that lends to that. As Mobius dig into Loki’s actions, it allows Loki to really dig into his character like never before. Their interviews are almost like therapy sessions, though it’s more akin to psychoanalysis — the best kind of TV that lets you literally dig into the character’s mind.

Rick and Morty alum Michael Waldron is the creator and head writer on Loki, and he takes Marvel Cinematic Universe into the philosophical space too, with Loki and Mobius’ conversations stretching into existence, the meaning of time, and all that. Hiddleston and Wilson share long heavy-dialogue scenes, and beyond the actors themselves, it’s a credit to the writers — Ms. Marvel showrunner Bisha K. Ali is among the story editors — that they stay fun and engaging. Owing to the TVA and its workings, the Loki writers have to juggle a lot of new world building too. Some of the exposition is done creatively, via traditional 2D-style animation. For a lot of the other heavy lifting, a confused Loki — new to the TVA like the rest of us — ends up being the audience surrogate.

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Owen Wilson as Mobius, Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Loki
Photo Credit: Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios

It helps that Loki director Kate Herron (Netflix’s Sex Education) has a comedic background as well, as it’s her job to balance the varied tones of the new Marvel series. What starts as a situational comedy of sorts at the TVA, turns into a crime thriller when Loki and Mobius step into the real world hot on the heels of the “particularly dangerous variant”. Herron brings the differences to life visually too. With the help of production designer Kasra Farahani, Loki deploys a retrofuture aesthetic for the TVA. But everything outside the TVA in inspired by film noir, as Herron and Waldron have noted, especially the works of David Fincher. The bridge between them is Natalie Holt’s eerie synth-heavy background score that incorporates the ticking of the clock — it’s unsettling, intriguing, and keeps you on the edge.

The first couple of episodes are light on action. They are more focused on introducing the TVA and setting up the Loki-Mobius relationship. But a twist at the end of Loki episode 2 suggests the latest Marvel Disney+ series will be very different going forward. And it’s purposeful, with Waldron having spoken about how his initial pitch was to “blow up what people think the show is and do something totally different every episode.” Hiddleston has played a lot of different notes in his time as the MCU’s longest-running villain (and later, anti-hero), so it’s only fitting that Marvel’s first non-Avengers series would build off that.

Loki premieres Wednesday, June 9 on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar. New episodes will air every Wednesday around 12:30pm IST/ 12am PT until July 14.


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