Do you spend more time 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 Intrusion, Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum, Crime Stories: India Detectives, Sunny and Kota Factory Season 2.
Binge-watching is a skill that has come in very handy especially in these pandemic times. While things are slowly opening up but it's hard to not be tempted by all that’s on offer across various OTT platforms. With no exciting theatrical releases, this week here’s my list of recommendations to help you figure out what to invest your time in
Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green play a married couple who build a swanky new house. However, the ominous background score immediately hints at something sinister. Directed by Adam Salky this is a home invasion thriller where we follow the young couple as they try and understand the truth behind the mysterious break-ins. The first time it happens the husband played by Logan shoots the man which leaves wife Meera quite traumatized. One soon understands that this isn’t an isolated incident and the real danger has only just begun. The performances are particularly solid. It’s on Netflix.
This Tamil film Directed by Arisil Moorthy, is a social satire and shows how the plight of aam janta doesn’t change irrespective of who is in power. In certain ways, it brings to mind Peepli Live and the media circus that ensues. The film revolves around a married couple who struggle to find their missing bulls Vellaiyan and Karuppan. Power, privilege and bad politics play their part and expose a system that disregards humanity. It stars Bigg Boss Tamil fame Ramya Pandian, Mithun Manickam and Vani Bhojan in lead roles. Watch it on Amazon Prime Video.
This docu-series on Netflix offers a rare glimpse into the complex and challenging inner workings of four major crime investigations. From the moment the crime is reported to the capture of the suspects we follow senior police officials working to unearth the truth and understand the modus operandi. The four part series gives us insight into the challenges the police face and the depravity of a society where these crimes take place. Episode one is about how a stabbing incident kills the mother and leaves her son gravely injured. Bengaluru police trace the steps and motives of their unusual suspect. Or like in another case four teams are sent to track down a man alleged to have taken a baby girl from her family but the suspect may have an unexpected accomplice. Directed by Jack Warrender and N. Amit it’s a riveting series.
This marks Jayasurya’s 100th film. The Malayalam movie focuses on a musician named Sunny (Jayasurya) whose life is shattered and he seems to be losing grip over all that he loves. Written and directed by Ranjith Sankar this single character drama draws us into its post-pandemic world where the quarantine isolation coupled with emotional upheavals manages to hold our attention throughout. Sunny has lost everything he held dear - his love, money and best friend and through its 93-minute runtime manages to arc out a compelling narrative.
Kota Factory fans can rejoice now with the new season out. We are back in a city of coaching centres known to train India’s finest minds. Kota Factory two picks up from where the first season ended. We follow Vaibhav (Mayur More) as he tries to adjust to “Maheshwari coaching classes”, navigating life and aspiring to IIT-jee. Jeetu sir (Jeetendra Kumar) has left Prodigy Classes with the intention of opening his academy. Many of our favourites reprise their roles and even though season two isn't better than the previous one but does have the moments that make it hugely watchable. It’s on Netflix.