Friday, June 30, 2023

New releases on OTT this week

OTT platforms, with their varied content and genres, have become one of the most preferred mediums of entertainment. Churning out content at lightning speed, the last week of June will see many interesting titles premiering on various platforms. Be it action, drama, romance, comedy, horror or mystery, there’s something for everyone on the most popular OTTs. Below is the list of some of the best web series and movies which you can watch on Netflix, Sony LIV and Amazon Prime Video this week. Happy Weekend!!

Lust Stories 2 / Netflix
Brace yourselves as Netflix brings you the second season of Lust Stories, after a long break of 5 years since its original release in 2018. One of the most popular Hindi Netflix original series of all time, Lust Stories 2 is poised to make waves with four intriguing stories. It brings back raunchy, scandalous, and taboo adult topics to the forefront. Produced by the visionary duo of Ashi Dua and Ronnie Screwvala, Lust Stories 2 boast a star line-up of Kajol, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Varma, Angad Bedi, Neena Gupta, and more.

The Night Manager / Disney+ Hotstar
An adaptation of the superhit British series, The Night Manager is a superb one with a stellar cast that includes Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor in the lead roles. Expect some scintillating action, edge-of-your-seat suspense, and top-notch cinematography, this one follows an ex-soldier turned secret agent, Shaan Sengupta, who must enter and infiltrate the network of an arms dealer in an attempt to bring him down from his throne of the vast gangster empire.

Afwaah / Netflix
Sudhir Mishra is once again behind the camera with this political thriller, Afwaah, which stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Bhumi Pednekar. Though the film didn’t make waves at the Box Office, it might find some good audiences as it releases on Netflix. This Bollywood thriller revolves around how a viral rumour on social media can wreak havoc for people in real life, especially focusing on an advertising professional and an heiress of a political empire. With writers like Apurva Dhar Badgaiyan, Shiva Shankar Bajpai, and Nisarg Mehta, you are sure to enjoy this weekend’s thriller binge-watch.

Lakadbaggha / Zee5
Another fun movie to release this week is Lakadbaggha on Zee5. Directed by Victor Mukherjee, this crime action-comedy flick stars Anshuman Jha, Riddhi Dogra, and Paresh Pahuja in lead roles. Based in Kolkata, the story revolves around an eager animal vigilante, who uncovers an illegal animal trading racket in his city. This racket involves the Lakadbaggha or Indian Striped Hyena, which is an extremely endangered species. He must do everything in his might to take on the powerful and bring the captured animals to justice.

Sergeant / Jio Cinema
If you love crime thrillers, this is the one for you this weekend. Catch Randeep Hooda back in action with Sergeant on Jio Cinema this week. This crime thriller revolves around a detective working in the UK who becomes obsessed enough to solve the toughest of cases. Naturally, he is bound to encounter some dangerous people who even threaten to take his life. But his determination is what allows him to keep going in search of tougher, more complex murder cases.

Agent / SonyLIV
If you are done with a crime thriller, here is a spy thriller. A Telugu-language action spy film directed by Surender Reddy, Agent showcases a spy who has a mysterious past and is on a mission to uncover the truth about a dangerous terrorist organisation. It stars Akhil Akkineni in the lead role, along with Mammootty, Dino Morea, Sakshi Vaidya, and Vikramjeet Virk.

Jack Ryan / Amazon Prime Video
One of the most popular shows on Prime Video of all time, Jack Ryan back for yet another season. Promising to be bigger and better than before, the series follows an iconic CIA analyst, portrayed by Krasinski, as he battles terrorists and tackles global threats of various kinds. With intense action, complex geopolitics, and a captivating storyline, this show keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

Hijack / Apple TV+
Apple TV+ has been producing some of the best original series we have seen in the last few months, and June 2023 is no different. Hijack is a big-budget action thriller with Idris Elba on a regular flight from Dubai to London that gets hijacked. Hundreds of passengers are stuck on this 7-hour-long flight as authorities on the ground struggle to figure out an escape plan.

The Witcher / Netflix
One of the biggest Netflix original series of all time, The Witcher, now in its third season is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books around the same character. The Geralt of Rivia comes to life in this dark fantasy adventure show filled with some of the most epic battles, complex characters, and a world filled with prejudice. Plus, you also get to see some breathtaking visuals and suspenseful and action-filled storytelling. If you are a fan of Henry Cavill’s Superman, you will love him in this avatar.

Celebrity / Netflix
A Korean thriller to watch out for, Celebrity is a crime thriller that focuses on one woman who wants to become the biggest influencer of them all. But with that goal comes a lifetime’s worth of struggles, toxicity, competition, and dangerous elements. Will she be able to survive through all of them and make it big as a celebrity?

Charlie Chopra / SonyLIV
Meanwhile an exclusive preview of the pilot episode of Charlie Chopra and the mystery of Solang Valley is streaming now on Sony LIV. As you witness the unravelling of a chilling mystery, don’t miss out on the opportunity to co-create the title for this new Sony LIV original. Yes! SonyLIV has invited the audience to participate in the creative process by jointly creating the title for this intriguing detective thriller. Moreover, after watching the pilot episode, viewers can assist the protagonist Charlie in unravelling the mystery by searching for clues.

An adaptation of Agatha Christie's acclaimed novel, The Sittaford Mystery, the SonyLIV series is directed, co-produced and co-written by Vishal Bhardwaj alongside Anjum Rajabali and Jyotsna Hariharan. The series features an impressive ensemble cast of  Naseeruddin Shah, Neena Gupta, Ratna Pathak Shah, Gulshan Grover, Lara Dutta, Wamiqa Gabbi, Priyanshu Painyuli, Pulkit Makol, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Paoli Dam.

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