Thursday, August 10, 2023

Heart of Stone to Zara Hatke Zara Bachke & Taali are sure to keep you busy 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, this week you will see many interesting titles premiering on various platforms. From new seasons of popular web shows to digital premieres of highly-anticipated movies, there is an exciting line-up of shows dropping on platforms like Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, JioCinea, ZEE5 and Hoichoi. 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!!

Netflix / Heart of Stone
A high-octane action-thriller espionage saga, Heart of Stone takes you on a globe-trotting adventure tracing the journey of Rachel Stone (Gal Gadot), an undercover operative of remarkable prowess, belonging to an enigmatic organisation known as the Charter. Central to their success is an unparalleled and invaluable resource known as the Heart. Alongside her partner Parker (Jamie Dornan), Rachel must foil the ambitious endeavours of Keya Dhawan (Alia Bhatt) who wants to gain control over the Heart, consequently threatening global stability.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke / JioCinema
Directed by Laxman Utekar and starring Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan and Inaamulhaq in pivotal roles, Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is an easy-going one-time-watch family entertainer that won't bore you due to its comic potential. Though it might make you laugh for the funny punchlines, far-out characters and performances, it won't leave a lasting impact either. It is about Kapil and Somya, a happily married couple from Indore who live in a joint family and decide to get a divorce one fine day. Things don't go as planned as their family gets to know of it, and thus begins a comedy of errors.

Made in Heaven / Amazon Prime Video
One of Amazon Prime Video’s biggest successes in India, Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti’s ‘Made in Heaven’ is finally bringing back the big players for a second time with some big guest appearances in its Season 2. Spinning off from the first, things aren’t going well as Tara and Karan find themselves in dire financial straits, running things from a crumbling bungalow of an office whilst grappling with their dwindling clientele. The wedding planner duo adapts to a new normal as they target wealthier families for work. With their personal lives bearing the brunt of their professional ones, they tackle even more prejudices that hide beneath the bling of high-class Delhi weddings. Season 2 stars Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi and others

Taali / JioCinema
Taali marks a historic moment in Indian cinema, breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes as it brings to life the inspiring story of Gauri Sawant, a courageous transgender woman who fearlessly pursued her dreams and embraced her true identity. Born as Ganesh in a modest family in Bhavanipeth, Pune, in 1989, Gauri Sawant's journey was far from easy. From a young age, she bravely confronted her gender identity, identifying more closely with women. But she had to face the harsh realities of a society steeped in prejudice and misunderstanding. Faced with discrimination and ridicule, Gauri persevered with an unwavering spirit, determined to be true to herself. Her journey was one of self-discovery and courage, breaking free from societal norms and embracing her authentic self. Starring Sushmita Sen as Shreegauri Sawant, she is ably supported by Nitish Rathore, Ankur Bhatia, Krutika Deo, Aishwarya Narkar, Hemangi Kavi, Aroha Dussad, Meenakshi Chugh and others.

Commando / Disney+ Hotstar
Originally spearheaded by Vidyut Jamwal, Vipul Amrutlal Shah’s Commando franchise moves to the OTT space with a brand-new series. It focuses on a soldier named Virat (Prem), who leads an extraction mission to rescue an Indian spy from Pakistan and must neutralise the threat of a potential bio-war. He is also joined by cop Bhavna Reddy (Adah Sharma reprising her role from the films) on this mission. The series also stars Vaibhav Tatwawadi, Shreya Singh Chaudhry, Amit Sial, Mukesh Chhabra and Ishteyak Khan.

The Jengaburu Curse / SonyLIV
This climate-fiction thriller series has been making quite the buzz with its trailer. Set in Odisha, the story revolves around a London-based financial analyst Priya Das whose quest is to find out the reason behind her father who goes missing under unforeseen circumstances. The show sheds light on the undeterred greed of mankind and its impact on nature.

The Kashmir Files: Unreported / ZEE5
The Kashmir Files: Unreported is a documentary series helmed by filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri. The series claims to investigate the history of the Kashmir conflict based on data gathered during the making of the feature film The Kashmir Files. aimed to shed light on the lesser-known aspects of the exodus of Kashmiri Hindus from Kashmir as well as provide an understanding of social complexities of the region, it also examines the impact of the conflict on the lives of ordinary people living in Kashmir. The documentary series takes viewers through the troubled past of the Kashmir Valley, exploring the events that led to the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region.

Moving / Disney+ Hotstar
Disney+ has finally released its much-anticipated live-action K-drama adaptation of the popular South Korean webtoon Moving, which was created by the talented writer Kang Full. A superhero Korean show, the story takes place in modern-day Korea and follows three teenagers who have been concealing their superpowers while living with their parents who themselves have lived with painful secrets and faced great danger over generations. They choose to hide their abilities from the world in order to protect their loved ones. The cast includes some of the most well-known actors in the industry, such as Ryu Seung-ryong, Han Hyo-joo, and Zo In-sung.

Nikhoj / Hoichoi
Directed by Ayan Chakraborti, Nikhoj - an Hoichoi original web series in Bengali language, the mystery thriller revolves around the fearless and bold DCP Brinda Basu (Swastika Mukherjee) as she embarks on an unwavering mission to find her daughter who has gone missing after attending a party with her friends. Adding to the intrigue, revered journalist Romit Sen (Tota Roy Choudhury) is discovered in a confused state within a blood-stained vehicle. Desperate to track down the person behind her daughter's disappearance, Ramit Sen becomes the primary suspect. Amidst the truth and lies, will Brinda be able to get back her daughter fighting against the odds is the crux of the story.

Maaveeran / Prime Video
Maaveeran introduces us to a timid cartoonist whose life takes an unexpected turn. He starts hearing the voice of his comic strip character, Maaveeran, a fearless warrior. This newfound courage compels him to stand up for his people, leading to a transformational journey filled with challenges and personal growth. The series intertwines the cartoonist's reality with the world of his creation, blurring the lines between fiction and reality. 

Marry My Dead Body / Netflix
Transcending the boundaries of death and sexuality, Marry My Dead Body is a Taiwanese film that chronicles the adventures of a straight police officer, Ming-Han, who comes across a red wedding envelope. Things take a curious turn when the owner of the envelope turns out to be the ghost of a gay man, Mao-Mao, who is now bound to the cop as his husband. Eventually, they form an unlikely bond as they apprehend the man responsible for Mao-Mao’s death.

Abar Proloy / ZEE5
Filmmaker Raj Chakrabarty makes his OTT debut with the action thriller series Abar Proloy - a Bengali crime thriller web series. Saswata Chatterjee reprises his role as special crime branch officer Animesh Datta in the series that also features Paran Bandopadhyay, Koushani Mukherjee, Ritwick Chakraborty, Gaurav Chakraborty, Sohini Sengupta and June Malia in pivotal roles. A spin-off of the 2013 film Proloy, the story of ‘Abar Proloy’ is set in the Sundarban forest in West Bengal, where a group of teenage boys manipulate young girls and women by luring them into a trap of love. The gang subsequently traffics the women to other states, leading to a surge in women trafficking. Special Crime Branch officer Animesh Datta is on a mission to catch the mastermind of a girl child trafficking racket in Sunderban. Will he be able to track down the culprit before more young girls disappear forms the crux of the story.

Only Murders in the Building / Disney+ Hotstar
With a history of successfully unravelling two murder mysteries within their building Upper West Side, the trio of Charles (Steve Martin), Mabel (Selena Gomez) and Oliver (Martin Short) return to pursue more murder mysteries in the third season. This time, Oliver’s theatrical production takes a startling turn as the male lead drops dead onstage on the premiere night.

Red, White & Royal Blue / Amazon Prime Video
Based on the bestselling eponymous novel by Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue revolves around Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of the president of the United States, and Britain’s Prince Henry whose long-running feud threatens to drive a wedge in U.S./British relations. When the rivals are forced into a staged truce, their icy relationship begins to thaw and the friction between them sparks in a romantic entanglement that is something deeper than they ever expected. Yet, given the spotlight on their public personas, they are compelled to conceal their relationship at great personal cost.

Zombieverse / Netflix
A group of unsuspecting participants gather together for a dating show and find themselves thrown into a terrifying scenario of a zombie apocalypse in this reality series. The show chronicles the journey of 10 individuals from diverse backgrounds as they confront various challenges in order to save themselves from the undead. The casts are mostly famous entertainers in Korea and is close to or pretty similar to “The Great Escape (Korean show)” but with added storylines and a zombie theme to make the audience more immersed to the series.

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