With the unrelenting onslaught of COVID-19, the joy of watching a movie in the theatre with friends has become a distant memory and an earnest desire. With the spectre of the third wave looming large, maybe, it’s too naive to assume we’ll be able to watch movies in theatres with pre-pandemic abandon any time soon. But in hindsight, we seem to have adapted to the OTT experience well. At a time like this, release of new movies and follow-ups of our favourite shows on our favourite streaming platforms offers a much-needed succour to cinephiles. With that in mind, we have curated a list of top-rated and most-awaited movies and series releasing in September on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+Hotstar.
Here’s a list of web series and movies, of which many were supposed to release last year itself, but were stalled because of the pandemic restrictions.
Money Heist (5th and Final Season) (September 3)
After ending on a nail-biting cliff-hanger last season, crime thriller Money Heist is back with the first part of season 5. What we know till now is that the Professor's life is in danger, the Army is coming to attack the Bank of Spain and the robbery gang is inside the bank for more than 100 hours.
In this final season, there are 10 episodes in total that are divided in two parts. The first segment consists of five episodes titled 'The End of the Road', 'Do You Believe in Reincarnation?', 'Welcome to the Show of Life', 'Your Place in Heaven' and 'Live Many Lives', and drops on Netflix on September 3.
The second part will be released on December 3 this year.
Lucifer (6th Season): (September 10)
On the last episode of the penultimate season, we watched Lucifer ascending to Heaven. His act of self-sacrifice evinced the God within him. The upcoming season will see the fallen angel striving to grapple with his new responsibilities. Lucifer, starring Tom Ellis and Lauren German, has already hinted at a bittersweet ending.
Sex Education(3rd Season): September 17
Though Sex Education's shooting schedule was postponed because of COVID-19, all eight episodes of the third season of will drop on Netflix on September 17. Much to the fans’ dismay, the makers of the show are very taciturn about revealing any details about the upcoming season. While the previous season ended with an unforeseen mess around the high school kids at Moordale, season 3 will skip over the summer break and start with the new school year.
Midnight Mass (1st Season): September 24
Mike Flanagan is famous for blending his innovative style with a genre as established as horror. At the same time, he remains faithful to the book he is adapting from. While Doctor Sleep received much praise for being a worthy successor to Kubrick’s The Shining, The Haunting of Hill House ushered a new era for horror TV shows. His latest Netflix original, Midnight Mass, takes place in an isolated island town where the inhabitants have lost their faith. When a priest (Hamish Linklater) arrives at that island, people desperate to believe in a higher power find renewed hope in him. However, disturbing events soon follow and frighten the island folks. Like his previous ventures, Flanagan’s focus is on personal tragedies and the darker side of blind faith in this new series arriving on September 24.
Kota Factory (Second Season 2021) (September 24)
The first season of Kota Factory, which premiered on YouTube and TVFPlay app in 2019, resonated with Indian students like no other show in recent history. It follows a 16-year-old teenager Vaibhav (Mayur More) who moves to Kota, the hub of Joint Entrance coaching centres, from his hometown in Itarsi. The second season will depict Vaibhav’s trepidations as a student struggling to cope up with his arduous study schedule in Maheshwari Classes. Netflix is set to release the second season of Kota Factory on September 24.
Afterlife Of The Party (September 2)
Stephen Herek’s supernatural comedy stars Victoria Justice as a party-loving woman who has to chart a difficult path to become an angel after her death. When she dies in a fluke accident, she is offered a chance to earn her wings on the condition that she must rectify her mistakes.
Kate (September 2):
On the last day of her job, a brutal assassin is fatally poisoned. She has only 24 hours to find out who ordered her death and take her. Unexpectedly, while looking for her murderer, she forms an unusual friendship with the daughter of one of her victims.
Prey (September 10):
This German thriller follows two brothers and their friends on a hiking trip to a mountain. Things take a sinister turn when a mysterious shooter starts to hunt them down. They try to find the shooter, at the same time, not to become the next prey. Watch this gut-wrenching thriller on Netflix to know whether or not they can escape this nightmare.
Ankahi Kahaniya (September 17):
After Ajeeb Dastan and Ray, Netflix is all set to release their latest Hindi-language anthology Ankahi Kahaniya, starring Abhishek Banerjee, Zoya Hussain, Kunal Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Palomi Ghosh, Rinku Rajguru and Delzad Hiwale. It features unique tales of love, loss and eternal longing of people cooped up in big cities. After directing Hungama Kyon Hai Barpa in Ray, Abhishek Chaubey returns with another short film in this anthology.
Intrusion (September 22):
Adam Salky’s latest thriller, Intrusion, stars Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green as a couple who recently shifted to a small town. Soon after the relocation, a traumatising home invasion leaves Meera (Pinto) anxious for their security. Later, she reckons it might not be a one-off incident and decides to solve the mystery herself.
The Starling (September 2)
After her quirky character from Gilmore Girls and superhero character in Thunder Force, Melissa McCarthy, is ready to showcase a completely different character. McCarthy’s second Netflix original movie after Thunder Force, The Starling explores the relationship between a husband and wife after their tragic loss. While Jack Maynard is left to deal with all the problems alone, his wife Lily gets busy getting rid of a starling that has made a nest in her garden. With hilarious events that follow this storyline, this film which depicts a woman’s fear and insecurities slowly enters assured territory with her accepting her problems and confronting them eventually.
Mumbai Diaries 26/11 (September 9)
The 8-part series is a drama TV show that revolves around the Emergency Room of a hospital in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The series stars Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Shreya Dhanwanthary as the primary characters and explores the difficulties that befall both the city and its health workers.
LulaRich (September 10)
LulaRich is an upcoming 4-episode docuseries about LulaRoe, the billion dollar clothing empire accused of misleading thousands of women with their multi-level marketing platform. The miniseries features the owners, Deanne Brady and Mark Stidham, former employers and sellers. It is produced and directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, and co-produced by Amazon Studios.
The Voyeurs (September 10)
The Voyeurs is an upcoming American erotic thriller helmed by Michael Mohan. It features Sydney Sweeney, Justice Smith, Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Ben Hardy. The thriller begins with Pippa (Sweeney) and Todd (Smith) moving into a plush new apartment. Once they have settled in, the couple discovers their house overlooks another couple’s apartment. The new couple seems oblivious of their neighbours and live life unabashedly.
The urge to keep looking at them soon draws Pippa and Todd apart, as they try to reconcile with their internal voyeurism and a need to act in a more civil manner.
Tuck Jagadish (September 10)
This Telugu drama features Nani, Ritu Varma, Aishwarya Rajesh and Jagapathi Babu in crucial roles. Directed by Shiva Nirvana, Tuck Jagadish is set in a rural backdrop. The film is being backed by Sahu Garapati and Harish Peddi under the banner Shine Screens.
American Crime Story season 3 (September 8th)
The anthology series is about the most infamous criminals and crimes that have earned notoriety in the US. The show created by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, is based on the book by Jeffrey Toobin titled, A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. This season of the true-crime anthology is titled, Impeachment: American Crime Story.
Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.- (September 8)
The Disney TV series is a remake of Doogie Kamealoha, M.D. which starred a young Neil Patrick Harris (Barney Stinson, How I Met Your Mother). This modern retelling of the classic tale will feature Peyton Elizabeth Lee in the lead, playing the role of a 16-year-old medical professional who must adapt at being a teenager and a prodigy.
Scenes from a Marriage (12th September)
Swedish auteur Inger Bergman’s 1973 TV series Scenes from a Marriage remains one of the most profound explorations of marital problems, influencing countless other movies with similar themes. Almost half a century later, a remake of the iconic TV series, explores the 21st century relationship problems with similar thematic undertones of love, loss, pain, hatred and longing of couples through the eyes of a modern day. Starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in lead roles, Scenes From a Marriage will premiere on Disney+Hotstar on 12th September.
Y: The Last Man (13th September)
Adapted from DC Comics' celebrated sci-fi fantasy series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, it narrates the survival story of a man in a post-apocalyptic world. His struggle is doubly hard because he is sole surviving male on the planet, the only one spared from a cataclysmic cleansing in which every mammal with a Y chromosome was killed.
The Premise (16th September)
Host B.J. Novak muses over perpetual moral dilemmas and ethical ambiguities of our daily lives in unprecedented times. In the manner of a talk show, he discusses and argues relevant and divisive topics like gun control, social identity, justice, sex, perils of capitalism, vengeance, love, fame, and other issues with his guests. The half-hour show has been labelled as a sort of anthology of character-driven stories that seek to test and not preach, the relevance of our accepted ethical principles.
Maestro (September 17)
A Telugu remake of Ayushmann Khurrana’s Andhadhun, Maestro will feature Nithiin, Tamannaah and Nabha Natesh in the main roles.
Andhadhun dealt with the exciting series of events that followed in the life of an aspiring pianist who fakes blindness in order to reach into the recesses of his inner creativity. Things go awry when he inadvertently witnesses his client’s murder at the hands of his wife and her lover.
Everybody's Talking About Jamie (September 17)
Director Jonathan Butterell’s debut feature titled Everybody's Talking About Jamie spotlights the life of a teenager who struggles to find a footing with his peers and classmates. He desires to be a drag queen one day, but before that, he needs to confront societal prejudices against his choice of career, and by extension, him. With an army of friends and a loving mother rallying behind him, the teenager steps out in the world to embrace his calling.
The film stars Max Harwood in the titular role, along with Sarah Lancashire, Lauren Patel, Shobna Gulati, Ralph Ineson, Adeel Akhtar, Samuel Bottomley, Sharon Horgan and Richard E. Grant.
Reservation Dogs (20th September):
Taika Waititi’s witty comedy series Reservation Dogs follows four Native American teenagers played by D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Devery Jacobs, Paulina Alexis, and Lane Factor, growing up on a reservation in eastern Oklahoma. It pays a tribute to a community which has been mythologized but never explored on their own terms. While the show has received much critical acclaim in US and UK for its novelty, another factor is also praiseworthy, that aside from the actors, every writer and director on the show is Indigenous.
Goliath season 4 (September 24)
The fourth instalment of the legal series Goliath is all set to premiere on September 24. The show focuses on a bankrupt lawyer (Billy Bob Thornton) bent on redeeming his fame and fortune. But he quickly realises that the system is rigged to favour the rich and the influential.
The fourth and final season will see the protagonist Billy McBride clash with a powerful pharmaceutical giant. All the eight episodes of the season, also starring JK Simmons, will be dropped simultaneously on the streaming platform.
Annabelle Sethupathi (September 17)
Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu’s much-awaited horror-comedy Annabelle Sethupathi is centered on a haunted mansion. The story oscillates between two timelines- the 1940s and 2021. King (Sethupathi) constructs a castle in 1940 in honor of his beloved Annabelle (Pannu). In the present day, when a small-time crook rests his eye on the property, he learns the mansion is haunted.
The film also stars Jagapathi Babu, Radikaa Sarath Kumar, Yogi Babu, Vennela Kishore and Rajendra Prasad in pivotal roles.
While the cinematic experience took a backseat in 2020, the first half of 2021 emboldened filmmakers and moviegoers alike. innumerable projects are in different stages of post-production or are scheduled to be announced next month. So, this list is by no means definitive and we earnestly hope that we will be able to create another one for the next month. Till then, let’s hope that a third wave does not send ripples across the world.