On the Indian OTT scene, there were a slew of big-ticket released last week. Given that it was the country’s Independence Day weekend, it seemed understandable. This week, on the other hand, it was a little more low-key. Of course, this does not rule out the possibility of new releases.
In fact, we have a unique combination this week. Starting with an anthology called Kaali Peeli Tales, then there’s Home, a Malayalam film. With the much-anticipated Hindi film 200 Halla Ho, here are a couple additional films and shows in the list. Check them out here:
Home: (Amazon Prime Video)
Malayalam filmmakers have mastered the over-the-top (OTT) platform. They know how to develop uncomplicated sentimental films that appeal to the family. Unpretentious and welcoming, Home will add to that well-deserved reputation.
It’s a touching story about a technology-challenged parent trying hard to connect with his sons in the digital age. It’s a charming relationship drama in that sense.
The movie also discusses the need of seeing a psychologist and how it is not something to be ashamed of. There’s also a subplot regarding social media being both beneficial and harmful.
Tharagathi Gadhi Daati: (Aha)
A story about a teenage romance and college life is usually a hit. It’s no surprise that they’ve decided to recreate the very successful TVF teen romance series Flames in Telugu.
Tharagathi Gadhi Daati is set in Rajahmundry and has been altered in such a way that it is both loyal to the original and attentive to local ethos. In and around Andhra Pradesh, the series depicts the spirit of everyday life.
200 Halla Ho: (ZEE5)
After a long break, veteran actor Amol Palekar returns to the big screen with this film. He portrays Arjun Dangle, a former Dalit judge who heads a fact-finding committee investigating the lynching of a criminal named Balli Chaudhary.
The plot revolves around a group of ladies breaking into a courtroom and lynching a mobster inside. Their intended victim had allegedly been rapping and assaulting the slum’s women and girls for over a decade. This is based on a true story that occurred in Nagpur. The film is based on that harrowing story and keeps fairly true to the source material, with a few creative changes thrown in for good measure.
Kaali Peeli: (Amazon MiniTV)
The platform’s first anthology series has released on Amazon miniTV. The series concentrates around young and urban characters who are at the crossroads of change and acceptance, with the stories exploring various shades of love and relationships.
Each episode portrays a distinct love story in its own captivating style, and each one provides a fresh viewpoint on modern relationships.
The stories are about romance, marriage, infidelity, homosexuality, forgiveness, and divorce, and the anthology’s title is inspired by Mumbai’s famed Kaali Peeli cab, which runs through all of the stories.
Single Jhumka, Love in Tadoba, Marriage 2.0, Fish Fry aur Coffee, Harra Bharra, and Loose Ends are the titles of the stories.
Cartel: (ALT Balaji & MX Player)
Following multiple premiere date adjustments, Ekta Kapoor’s ‘Cartel’ was finally released on ALT Balaji and MX Player. Supriya Pathak, Tanuj Virwani, Jitendra Joshi, Ritvik Dhanjani, Divya Agarwal, Girija Oak, Pranati Rai Prakash, and others star in the action-drama series. There are 14 episodes in total, all of which keep you guessing until the very end.
Cartel tells the narrative of Mumbai’s criminals, including Dharavi Holder Anna, rural Ganraj, god of film Chairman, and Aarey Angre’s Boss. The story revolves around power and Rani Maai’s vengeance.