Friday, July 14, 2023

OTT releases this week on Netflix, Prime Video, Jio & other platforms

OTT platforms, with their varied content and genres, have become one of the most preferred mediums of entertainment. Churning out content at lightning speed, this week you will see many interesting titles premiering on various platforms. With the perfect blend of movies and TV shows, there’s something for everyone - be it action, drama, romance, comedy, horror or mystery. Below is the list of some of the best web series and movies to satiate all your bingeing needs. Happy Bingeing!!

The Trial: Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha / Disney Hotstar
Kajol spearheads this Indian remake of the American legal drama, The Good Wife as Noyonika Sengupta, a housewife who returns to work in a law firm after a 13-year sabbatical. Her actions are an act of desperation to support her family after her husband, Additional Judge Rajeev Sengupta, is arrested for taking bribes in exchange for sexual favours. As she begins to pick up the pieces of her life, her husband approaches her to represent him in court. With a stellar starcast including Kajol, it also stars Kubbra Sait, Sheeba Chaddha, Jisshu Sengupta, Alyy Khan, Gaurav Pandey, Vijay Vikram Singh, Swayam Joshi, Haelyn Shastri, Sheena Chohan, Nirbhay Jain & Nancy Gill.

Kohrra / Netflix
A suspense crime thriller directed by Randeep Jha, Kohrra stars Suvinder Vicky and Barun Sobti as investigating officers of a murder case where a groom is found dead in rural Punjab just before his wedding. To add to woes, the dead groom’s friend – a foreigner – is also missing, which further complicates the situation. Two cops start their investigation and as they progress, many secrets and lies come to light that are quite shocking. With the ongoing investigations, the two officers have to navigate personal turbulences that threaten to compromise the bigger problem at hand. Will they be able to nab the culprit and solve the murder (and missing friend) mystery? Or everything will be in a haze (Kohrra). Apart from Suvinder Vicky, Barun Sobti, Manish Chaudhari, Harleen Sethi, Varun Badola and Rachel Shelley star in pivotal roles.

Bird Box Barcelona / Netflix
A horror sci-fi mystery movie directed by David Pastor and Àlex Pastor, Bird Box Barcelona is a spin-off to the 2018 post-apocalyptic film Bird Box. Starring Mario Casas as Sebastián stars with Georgina Campbell as Claire and Diego Calva as Octavio, this thriller movie takes you to Spain and following Sebastian as he navigates his quest for survival through the streets of Barcelona. It seems, anyone who sees this mysterious entity takes their own lives. In order to avoid this and survive, Sebastián and his daughter as well as other survivors roam around the streets of Barcelona with their eyes covered. With blindfolds intact, the group tries to make it out of the city as a more dangerous and much larger threat makes itself known. Will they be able to escape the catastrophe?

Ishq-E-Nadaan / Jio Cinema
Directed by Avishek Ghosh and written by Sudeep Nigam, this new JioCinema romantic anthology movie Ishq-E-Nadaan portrays how love works for different people of different generations. The movie captures the heart-warming and captivating story of three couples who belong to different age groups and how their perception of love changes with age. Each pair’s unique love story also explores the numerous complexities of relationships and showcases how true love can help in self-discovery. Through all these couples, the viewers have a chance to observe the consequences of mistakes and how every person from a different generation handles them.

Burn the House Down / Netflix
What will anyone do whose life is ruined by a fire that not only destroyed their house but also tore their family apart? Naturally, revenge will be on the cards as we explore the unfortunate tale of the affluent Mitarai family who run their own hospital. Anzu Murata (Mei Nagano) always felt that the fire that engulfed her entire house was not an accident but an outcome of someone’s vicious plan. Thirteen years later, she visits the Mitarai residence disguised as a housekeeper to uncover the truth behind the terrible incident that destroyed her life and family. Will she be able to claim what is rightfully hers? Watch the Japanese suspenseful revenge drama series Burn the House Down to unravel the mystery.

College Romance (Season 4) / Sony LIV
It’s the final year! The bunch of crazies are back, but for the last time. Obviously, madness and mayhem will ensue as the seniors prepare to step out into the real world. While they spend time on movie nights, trips, hanging out, job interviews and final farewells, they must confront their anxieties and insecurities to forge their own paths in life. Will they stumble and fall or eventually stand tall? The final season of this fun rom-com series 'College Romance' offers a mix of emotions apart from all the madness that’s sure to make audiences nostalgic and emotional.

The Afterparty Season 2 / Apple TV+
When you have an ensemble cast of strong comedic actors that play to their individual strengths in a solid format, it’s obvious that you get a pretty funny show. Now, the show is back with a few of the characters from Season 1 to solve a brand-new mystery. The second season of this comedy whodunnit series sees a wedding wrecked when the groom is found murdered. With every guest on the suspect radar, Detective Danner returns to aid Aniq and Zoë in solving this mystery as they question family members, star-crossed lovers and business associates.

Love Tactics 2 / Netflix
A Turkish language romantic dramedy that is a sequel to the 2022 romantic movie Love Tactics, the plot revolves around Asli and Kerem. Asli thinks marriage is a scam, and says so. But when her beau Kerem unexpectedly agrees, instead of being happy, she goes to great lengths to manipulate him into proposing. But will Kerem fall for it or does he have his own few tactics up his sleeve?

Thandatti / Amazon Prime Video
A Tamil language comedy thriller, Thandatti (a heavy gold earring) revolves around a missing pair of gold earrings in a small village Theni. Surprisingly, the earrings are missing from the dead body of an elderly woman named Thangaponnu. She is survived by four daughters and a son, who are fighting to get their mother’s earrings. Subramani, a rebellious police constable nearing retirement, is in charge of this case. He discovers that Thangaponnu was mistreated by her own family. Subramani tracks her down, but her sudden health decline opens a chaotic world of trouble for him. Will he be able to find the missing Thandatti and the culprit? Receiving rave reviews and appreciation from critics for standout performances, Thandatti will keep the audience hooked with its brilliant mix of satire, comedy, and drama.

Foundation Season 2 / Apple TV+
A complex saga of humans scattered on planets throughout the galaxy all living under the rule of the Galactic Empire, Foundation chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental and consequential journey to save humanity and rebuild civilisation amid the impending fall of the Galactic Empire. This mission is kickstarted by Hari Seldon, a mathematician and the creator of the predictive mathematical subfield of psychohistory, as his model confirms the oncoming catastrophe. In addition to exploring new corners of the vast galaxy, the show also boasts a memorable turn from Lee Pace in rare, naked form.

Maya Bazaar for Sale / Zee5
Produced by Rana Daggubati and directed by Gautami Challagulla, Maya Bazaar for Sale in Telegu language is set up in a fictional premium gated community named Maya Bazaar where each villa is a masterpiece and so are its occupants! Be it the Pastries and their weird neighbours, the snobbish Gandhi’s or the groovy hippies and the cute couple whom everyone adores. All the families that moved into this gated community had dreams to live a happy, peaceful life but things turn out to be quite the opposite. To add to woes, the Government declares the construction to be illegal and plans to demolish Maya Bazaar.

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