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Celeb recommends: Abhilash Thapliyal aka SK Sir of Aspirants lists these OTT films, shows to his 'students' to watch

Thapliyal is currently working on a web series, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. He will be seen sharing the screen with Pavail Gulati and Saiyami Kher

Akhila Damodaran
Jan 12, 2022
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Abhilash Thapliyal

Abhilash Thapliyal, best known for his role as SK Sir in TVF series Aspirants, hopes that another lockdown does not fall upon us and things get back to normal soon. But he has made most of his time at home due to the new COVID-19 restrictions. 

In an exclusive interview with OTTplay, the actor said that he has been watching several shows and movies on OTT. He may not have found time, as he says, to take a shower (pun intended) but he has binge-watched Harry Potter reunion soon after its release online. A Potterhead himself, he says he keeps going back to the Harry Potter films as he enjoys the live-action fantasies. Apart from Harry Potter, here are a few OTT series and films that the actor has watched recently and recommends people to give them a shot.  

1
The Power of the Dog
7.2OTTplay Rating
The psychological drama has won three awards at the 79th Golden Globe Awards including for the Best Motion Picture - Drama. Written and directed by Jane Campion, the film is adapted from Thomas Savage's 1967 novel of the same name. It is about a rancher who mocks his brother cruelly for bringing home a new wife and her son. It talks about love, grief, resentment, jealousy and sexuality. The international co-production of New Zealand, Australia, UK and Canada, the drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
2
Bodyguard
8.5OTTplay Rating
The political thriller is created and written by Jed Mercurio, which Thapliyal says, he enjoyed watching from start to finish as he found it very exciting. The series is about a war veteran David Budd who takes up a job as a police officer in London. He is tasked with the bodyguard duties for the home secretary, the Rt Hon Julia Montague MP. A controversial and ambitious politician, he is known as `the sociopath' and has plans to introduce new powers for security forces. But Budd struggles to work for him and deal with his trauma from the time, he served in Afghanistan. The series also talks about PTSD, invasion of privacy by the government and its regulation. The series was initially out on BBC and it went on to become one of the most viewed series on the platform. The series won Richard Madden, who plays the role of Budd, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.
3
American Gods
8OTTplay Rating
The fantasy drama is created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. The series is based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name. The show follows the story of Shadow Moon, who meets a stranger Mr. Wednesday after he is out from prison and they soon get into the conflict about the 'Old Gods and the New Gods', who are growing stronger every day. The series has released three seasons so far and has been appreciated for its visual style and performances. The series won two nominations at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards too. It features Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki and Pablo Schreiber, among others.
4
Don't Look Up
7.2OTTplay Rating
The satirical sci-fi film follows two low-grade astronomers who realise a comet approaching the planet Earth, which could destroy the entire world and now, they must warn everyone. An allegory for climate change, the film is written, produced, and directed by Adam McKay. It has a stellar cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Rob Morgan, Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Ron Perlman, Ariana Grande, Scott Mescudi, Himesh Patel, Melanie Lynskey, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep. "It is a beautiful social commentary, made so well. I enjoyed watching it," says Thapliyal.
5
The White Tiger
6.9OTTplay Rating
Thapliyal calls it a fantastic film. The film is a drama film based on a book of the same name, written by Aravind Adiga. The film stars Adarsh Gourav, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Rajkummar Rao. Directed by Ramin Bahrani, the film revolves around Balram, who hails from a poor family in a village and how he uses his wit to escape from poverty and become a successful entrepreneur. The film won several prominent nominations including one for the best-adapted screenplay at the Academy Awards. After a brief theatrical run in the US, the film was released on Netflix and according to the streaming giant, the film was watched by 27 million households in the first month of its release. It also went on to trend on the Top 10 of the platform in 64 countries.
6
Minnal Murali
8.3OTTplay Rating
The film is the first superhero film produced by the Malayalam film industry. Starring Tovino Thomas, Shelly Nabu Kumar, Femina George and Guru Somasundaram, the film revolves around two villagers who gain immense superpower after getting struck by lightning. While one uses to his selfish advantage, the other to become the saviour of his village. The film is directed by Basil Joseph and has been trending as one of the top Non-English content on Netflix since its release. The film is being appreciated not only for performances but also for its characterisation, story, comedy and visual effects.


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