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Streaming Guide: Movies, web series and TV shows you should watch on March 29

Watch movies, TV shows and web series online: Here are the web series and movies you should watch on platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, ZEE5 and Voot among more.

Written by Arushi Jain , Antara Chakraborthy , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: March 30, 2020 8:34:42 am
streaming guide Here’s what you can watch on streaming platforms on March 29.

Film releases have been postponed and TV shows have exhausted their episode bank. In these times, the only relief is the existence of streaming platforms which have a plethora of content for the viewers. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, AltBalaji, Voot Select, among others offer a mix of varied genres including comedy, horror, action, thriller and romance.

There are a lot of streaming services available in India and a person who’s new to OTT platforms might get confused as to what to watch. So we recommend the shows which can be on your watchlist in the upcoming days.

Recently, Netflix released its Indian original film Maska starring Manisha Koirala, Preet Kamani, Shirley Setia, Nikita Dutta and Jaaved Jaaferi. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta in her review of Maska wrote, “The best parts of the film are filled with food, the cooking and eating of it: the textures of baking fresh bread, the buttery ooze of the maska, the other classic dishes you may find in an Irani establishment, and the golden lights that fill up the kitchen.”

She added, “A walk-on character says, ‘surprise me’. That’s what we want from new films, and the streaming platforms we still have hope from. Not enough in this one.”

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16:21 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Big Mouth: Netflix

If you aren’t watching this Netflix show, you are missing out on a lot. It explores puberty and the changes it brings in people. All the messiness, confusion, amusement and even horror we all experienced when we begin to notice these changes within ourselves. It is a solidly written show with interesting characters. Only the first season (ten episodes) has been released yet, so you don’t have to catch up a lot.

15:55 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Chernobyl: Hotstar

HBO miniseries Chernobyl is a harrowing and meticulous dramatisation of the events leading up to and the immediate aftermath of the biggest nuclear disaster in history.

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15:07 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Hunters: Amazon Prime Video

David Weil creation is a Nazi hunting TV series set in 1970s New York City. Al Pacino’s Meyer Offerman leads a pack of Hunters — who have discovered that various Nazi officials wish to establish the Fourth Reich in the United States.

14:51 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Stardust: Netflix

Based on Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, Stardust is directed by Matthew Vaughn. It stars two actors who later played comic-book superheroes - Charlie Cox (Daredevil) and Henry Cavill (Superman).

14:14 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Altered Carbon: Netflix

What if you could store human consciousness digitally? Scientists are not sure if consciousness is actually a thing or whether the things we do and the decisions we take are derived by biochemical reactions inside our brains. But science fiction writers have their liberties due to the word 'fiction'. Richard K. Morgan, an English author, wrote Altered Carbon where human consciousness can be downloaded and even transferred to another body. Altered Carbon is a thrilling, fast paced TV show set in a Blade Runner inspired cyberpunk world. It makes up for its lack of world building by non-stop, sometimes over-the-top action. A second season is now available.

13:45 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Titans: Netflix

The DC Universe superhero TV series is not terribly different in terms of look and feel from live-action DC films, but it is not buried in misery and balances the darkness with humour and some good character work to craft a surprisingly engaging superhero TV series. It is, simply put, better than it has any business being.

Also Read | Titans review: DC Universe’s entertaining TV show is slightly marred by over-the-top violence

13:27 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Warrior: Hotstar

Warrior is a Cinemax TV series based on an original concept by late legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee. It is created by Jonathan Tropper and Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious movies) and stars Andrew Koji in the lead as a Chinese martial arts expert of partial European ancestry. A period drama, it is set in in the late 19th century during the Tong wars. The Tong Wars were a series of conflicts in the 1880s between rival Chinese Tong factions centered in the Chinatowns of various American cities especially San Francisco.

13:03 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Star Trek: Discovery: Netflix

This TV series is set before the events of the original Star Trek series and in the true Star Trek tradition, it is an immersive interstellar adventure with plenty of action (the series' plot is based on Federation - Klingon war).

12:30 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Sex Education: Netflix

Sex Education, created by Laurie Nunn, follows Asa Butterfield's Otis Milburn who struggles with the occupation (sex therapist) of his mother Dr Jean F Milburn (Gillian Anderson) and her interference in his intimate matters.

11:44 (IST)29 Mar 2020
The Mist: Netflix

While nowhere near as good as the Frank Darabont film, The Mist is nonetheless is very nice show that adapts the famous Stephen King novella of the same name. The series received mixed reviews but that is probably because reviewers compared to Darabont's film which, I think, is not fair. It is far from perfect, The Mist is still a well-made, entertaining show about a bunch of people locked inside a supermarket as a mysterious mist full with otherwordly monsters swirls outside. 

11:25 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Billions: Hotstar

This Showtime drama straddles multiple genres. It has drama, politics and romance. And it is not the mishmash one expects. It takes time to really lure you in, and gets better and better. It is said to be based on  Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York who was fired by the US president Donald Trump.

11:02 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Elementary: Amazon Prime Video

A highly underrated show, Elementary is another take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's ace detective Sherlock Holmes. Only, Sherlock works in New York City and he assists the New York Police Department instead of Scotland Yard. Oh, and did I mention, the Watson is female? Elementary is worth checking out for Sherock Holmes fans and even those who like the BBC series Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

10:38 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Black Lightning: Netflix

The CW series Black Lightning is based on the DC superhero of the same name. Jefferson Pierce dons the identity of a superhero Black Lightning to fight crime in his neighbourhood. This localised setting - not a city, not a town, but just a neighbourhood - gives the show a more immediate feel.

10:14 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Marriage Story: Netflix

An intense, harrowing chronicle of a marriage breaking up, Marriage Story features top notch writing and performances. Stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver in lead roles.

09:45 (IST)29 Mar 2020
The Theory of Everything: Amazon Prime Video

One would not have called Stephen Hawking a lover boy, considering his brain scarcely had space for much emotion. But he, too, was bitten by the bug. The Theory of Everything is based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking and is a love-story in the classical sense of the word, complete with kisses, tragedy, and a, mostly, happy ending. Eddie Redmayne gives a storming central performance and, as it turns out, an Oscar-winning one.

09:18 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Luther: Netflix and Hotstar

Idris Elba is mesmerising as a detective DCI Luther with aggression issues in this cop drama. Luther is complex and conflicted. He has to deal not only with horrible crimes he comes across and has to solve, but also with his inner demons, his tendency for violence and his troubles with his wife. 

08:55 (IST)29 Mar 2020
The Death of Stalin: Amazon Prime Video

Armando Iannucci's The Death of Stalin is a deliciously entertaining satirical period comedy. It is a take on the events that transpired immediately after the death of the ruthless dictator of Soviet Union Joseph Stalin. 

08:36 (IST)29 Mar 2020
A Separation: Amazon Prime Video

An Iranian drama film penned and directed by Asghar Farhadi, the award-winning A Separation is a complex story about a separating couple, pain suffered by their daughter and the husband's hiring of a lower class worker to take care of his elderly father who is suffering Alzheimer's disease.

20:43 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: Amazon Prime Video

Time to take a walk down memory lane and give this classic a watch. The story, the acting, the laugh-out-loud sequences make Kundan Shah’s directorial debut Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro an umissable movie. The film is one of the best dark comedies of Indian cinema.

20:24 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Swades: Netflix

Shah Rukh Khan exercised his acting chops to play Mohan Bhargava, an NRI engineer working for NASA in 2004 film Swades. The thought-provoking movie found its way to the hearts of the audience and film critics. It said instead of complaining about the Indian system, work towards improving it. SRK as Mohan left his job in NASA to bring electricity to an Indian village.

Streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and some others have reduced their video quality in order to offer a smooth viewing experience at least during the lockdown period.

Ken Florance, Vice-president, Content Delivery, Netflix said in a statement, “Given the crisis, we’ve developed a way to reduce Netflix’s traffic on telecommunications networks by 25% while also maintaining the quality of our service. So consumers should continue to get the quality that comes with their plan - whether it’s Ultra-High, High or Standard Definition. We believe that this will provide significant relief to congested networks and will be deploying it in India for the next 30 days”.