Do you spend more time in trying to choose shows and movies than actually watching them? Don't worry, RJ Stutee is here with her recommendations for the week. This week, she talks about #Home, Nine Perfect Strangers, Kaali Peeli Tales and 200 Halla Bol among others.
Wondering which show or film to invest your time in? With so much online content available are you having a tough time figuring out how to separate grain from chaff and decide what to watch? Look no further because with this comprehensive weekly OTT Play Binge list we have you covered.
This Malyalam family film has been written and directed by Rojin Thomas. It stars Indrans and Sreenath Bhasi in the lead roles among others who keep the proceedings buoyant. One of the major narrative themes running through the film is the father-son relationship and how technology has created a chasm that the reticent, well meaning dad finds hard to bridge. A heartwarming family drama that is bound to make us laugh and at moments leave us misty eyed. The beauty lies in how relatable the story is. The casual lack of concern kids have for parents, how we tend to take for granted certain relationships and the alienation the father feels all portrayed evocatively. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
Nine Perfect Strangers
If you loved Big Little Lies then Nine Perfect Strangers should be on your binge list. This Hulu Original streaming in India on Amazon Prime Video is by the same creator David E. Kelley , also based on Liane Moriarty’s book by the same name. Nine strangers from the city gather for a 10-day retreat at Tranquillum House, a health and wellness resort which promises to transform and heal the guests who stay there. However we soon discover the resort is not what it seems to be. The foreboding tone hints at some sinister plan at play and as the episodes go by many secrets will tumble out about the guests and resort's host Masha. Terrific ensemble cast lead by Nicole Kidman is reason enough to invest in this one.
Kaali Peeli Tales
Another anthology yes but if you want something that isn’t too intense or dark then this is perfect for some lazy comfort binging. All of the six 25-30 minute films are directed by Adeeb Rais and they speak of love in all its various hues. From a couple considering open marriage to navigating divorce, it portrays relationships and the pressures and expectations that modern day life puts on them. The common theme that ties all the stories together is how their climactic moment eventually happens in a kaali peeli taxi therefore the name. Popular actors like Vinay Pathak, Gauahar Khan, Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Soni Razdan, Hussain Dalal, Sharib Hashmi, Priyanshu Painyuli among others are part of this Amazon MiniTV series.
Comedy Premium League
Want to just laugh out loud then look no further. Comedy Premium League, a new series on Netflix brings together 16 of India’s top stand-up comics in a battle of wits. Prajakta Koli hosts the show as the comics are divided into 4 teams and compete with each other in multiple formats from skit to improv. Sumukhi Suresh, Amit Tandon, Tanmay Bhatt, Kenny Sebastian ,Rahul Subbramaniun and a host of other big names from the comedy circuit ensure we get a few stress free hours.
200 Halla Ho
The thrill of seeing Amol Palekar on screen is reason enough to head over to Zee 5 for this one. Unlike other mainstream Bollywood films that tiptoe around the issue of caste , Sarthak Dasgupta takes it head on. Based on a true story of how 200 Dalit women barged into a courtroom and publicly lynched the man who raped and tortured them, the film examines the concept of justice and law and how caste and class bias further relegates these women to the margins. Barun Sobti, Rinku Rajguru, Indraneil Dasgupta, Sahil Khattar and Saloni Batra are effective in their respective roles.
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- With inputs from RJ Stutee.