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10 OTT releases to watch this weekend

TThe list of things to watch on OTT platforms is limitless, and yet we end up spending hours deciding what to watch this weekend. Lucky for you, we’ve made a short list of some of the best releases so far to make things easier.

The list includes content in various genres, languages, and formats, including features, series, and documentaries for you to explore. Also, there is a recommendation from all major streaming services – Netflix, Prime Video, Mubi India, Apple TV, SonyLiv and more.

Netflix

The Adam Project

Starring Ryan Reynolds, Jennifer Garner, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana, The Adam Project is a time travel film in which fighter pilot Adam Reed (Reynolds) meets his 12-year-old self and embarks on a mission to save the future.

The concept of time travel is used by the powerful as a catalyst to dominate the world.

What reviews say:

“The Adam Project is entertaining, it’s fast-paced, and it has dialogue that leaves you stunned. Highly recommended if you are looking for an exhilarating ride in a universe that has unexpected surprises around every corner,” writes Tushar Joshi for India Today.

do badhai

There have been mixed reviews for this film, which attempts to address the issues of inclusivity. Directed by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Bhumi Pednekar and Rajkummar Rao begin as Shardul Thakur, a gay man, and Suman Singh, a lesbian woman.

The plot revolves around Shardul’s eagerness to marry Suman to hide his truth. Her supposed marriage is constantly tested by neighbors, mothers and relatives who interfere in her daily life.

What reviews say:

“The film makes a clear commitment to individuality and inclusivity while delivering a compelling story that is funny, thought-provoking and intriguingly edgy all at once,” writes Saibil Chatterjee for NDTV.

Disney + Hotstar

Maaran (Available March 11th)

Directed by Karthick Naren, Tamil film Maaran is an action film starring Dhanush and Malawi Mohanan. According to the trailer, this is Mathi Maaran, an investigative journalist who was investigated by Dhanush and gets into trouble for exposing the truth and endangering his family.

Note: The reviews were not available at the time of publication

Prime video

The wonderful Mrs. Maisel

With two episodes releasing every Friday, Rachel Brosnahan is back for Season 4. Set in the late 1950s, the series follows the journey of Miriam “Midge” Maisel, who has it all – a doting husband, two kids and an apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. But things take a turn when she decides to make comedy her career.

In season four, Midge is on a mission to regain the spotlight after her tour is abruptly canceled due to a joke she makes on stage.

What reviews say:

“After a meandering third season, Rachel Brosnahan is back in a wild form as a ‘girl comic’ struggling to reclaim her career,” writes Rebecca Nicholson for The Guardian.

kill Eve

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer star in the spy thriller. Sandra plays Eve, who works for the Secret Service in search of Villanelle (Comer), a psychopathic assassin. Despite being on opposite sides of the law, they are strangely attracted to each other. The show was originally created in 2018 by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (of Fleabag fame). It is based on the novels by Luke Jennings.

What reviews say:

“Killing Eve is funny, sexy, and the source of the best work of many already brilliant actors, but it’s been meaningless for a while. When Phoebe Waller-Bridge originally dramatized Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle short stories, she filled the first season with such mischievous one-liners, such an enviable aesthetic, and such a thrilling main antagonist that rarely has a television drama created such an overwhelmingly attractive opening impression.” writes Jack Seale for The Guardian.

SonyLiv

Kadaisi Vivasayi

This is a Tamil film directed by M Manikandan (who made Kaaka Muttai). It’s about Maayandi, who is in his eighties. He is the last remaining farmer in his village in Madurai and is working to revive the crops. He is offered triple the money given to other farmers in his village to sell his land.

What reviews say:

“Kadaisi Vivasayi brings some deeper reflections on modernization and development, arguing how we need to go back to our roots and harness the wisdom of our predecessors,” writes Ashameera Ayappan for Firstpost.

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dear hostel

Starring Bobby Deol, Sanya Malhotra and Vikrant Massey, the film is set in Haryana.

It traces the journey of an interfaith couple who elopes and ends up in a government safe home, a facility started to take in couples whose lives are in danger. Jyoti’s (Sanya) grandmother, who is MLA, hires a hitman (Bobby) to kill the couple.

What reviews say:

“Watching Love Hostel is a challenging experience that leaves no room for the viewer to get distracted. Looking away, even for a moment, could mean missing a crucial shot, a look, maybe a paper supplementing the talks,” writes Anna MM Vetticad for FirstPost.

apple tv

severance pay

Severance, a nine-episode sci-fi show directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle, is set in an alternate reality where people can undergo surgeries to separate their work and personal memories. You can have two versions of yourself.

What reviews say:

“Severance pay will mean different things to different people – Mark’s neo-esque heroic journey might remind viewers of Matrix, and the culture commentary is there for all of that – but that would be a limiting reading of this dense material.” More than anything, the show is a dismantling of blind faith and organized religion,” Rohan Naahar writes for The Indian Express.

Old, that’s still gold

Scherni

Sherni, starring Vidya Balan, hits theaters in 2021. It centers on Vidya Vincent, a forest warden stationed in a remote village that is a hotspot for human-wildlife conflict. While trying to understand the complexities of local issues and educating villagers about not harming animals, she deals with sexism at work.

TBI Recommends: This is a must-read that delves deep into how our forests, animals, and people live together. Directed by Amit Masurkar, the film also shows how forest officials search for an animal and what goes into capturing it and releasing it to a safe place.

The film is available on Prime Video.

Is it too much to ask?

Directed by Leena Manimekalai, this documentary with elements of fiction follows the journey of Smile and Glady as they search for a rental apartment in Chennai.

The 2017 film addresses the social stigma, discrimination and strokes they face as single trans women.

“The dramatized encounters are punctuated by a performance in Chennai in which the two trans women use humor to highlight the prejudice, distrust and discrimination they often face,” writes Nandini Ramnath for Scroll.

The film is now streaming on Mubi.

Check out the trailer here.

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