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Streaming Guide: Films, shows to watch on April 2

Here are the web series and movies you should watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, ALTBalaji, ZEE5 and Voot among more.

Written by Anvita Singh , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi |
Updated: June 24, 2020 9:20:19 am
Streaming guide Here’s what you can watch on streaming platforms on April 2.

With film releases being postponed and the small screen filled with reruns, it is natural to gravitate towards the digital medium which somehow, amidst all the coronavirus chaos, has not stopped churning fresh content.

A number of international as well as home-grown streaming platforms are every day promising a new show or a film. The audience has a number of options in terms of not only the genre, but also with regard to the OTT platform itself. Some of the most popular choices are Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, ZEE5, SonyLIV, Voot, VootSelect and AltBalaji.

Recently, Netflix released the Manisha Koirala starrer Maska. The Indian Express’ film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it two stars in her review.

Shubhra wrote, “Maska falls between two stools: one part nostalgia, one part how-do-we-make-it-relevant-for-millenials. Ah, the fading romance of Irani cafes, the people who’ve spent a lifetime in their environs, the wistfulness of time past. And today’s on-the-go generation, impatient, quick to make out and sell out with as little sentiment as possible.”

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“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.

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16:42 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Our Planet: Netflix

This eight-episode documentary series is narrated by David Attenborough where he tells stories about nature, discusses the diversity of life on earth and how climate change affects living beings, and tries to educate people on wildlife conservation.

16:27 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Kims Convenience: Netflix

This light-hearted sitcom follows the story of Korean-Canadian family who run a convenience store. The show depicts how the deal with their customers and the evolving surroundings around them.

16:06 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Netflix India

Do we need a reason to revisit this classic film? But in case you needed one anyway, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is now streaming on Netflix!

15:55 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Rocketman: Amazon Prime Video

Rocketman is a musical film based on the life of legendary British musician Elton John. The film, which stars  Taron Egerton as Elton John, with Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden as John Reid, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Sheila Eileen, follows John in his early days in England as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music through his musical partnership with Taupin.

15:36 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Madhuri Talkies - MX Player

This Bhojpuri drama is a hard-hitting tale of a young man Manish, who sets out on a bloody rampage in Banaras to avenge his love, Puneeta who was violated by a gang of power-hungry men who ruled that small town city. Directed by Arvind Babbal, Madhuri Talkies stars Sagar Wahi, Aishwarya Sharma in the lead.

15:01 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Shobdo Jodbo: Hoichoi

Rajat Kapoor, who makes his Bengali debut with the series, stars as Sougata Sinha, a writer who returns to Kolkata after a long time with his wife and daughter. While in the city, he sets about promoting his next novel and is also being haunted by the memories of his ex-girlfriend, who supposedly committed suicide many years ago. This character drives the story forward.

Read more | Shobdo Jodbo review: Rajat Kapoor shines in this psychological thriller

14:45 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Family Man: Amaon Prime Video

Manoj Bajpayee plays agent Srikant Tiwari who has to deal with his domestic life whilst leading dangerous missions. Leading a double life can be hard on anyone, and The Family Man shows how tiresome and stressful the whole thing can get after a point. Srikant smokes cigarettes and eats chocolates when the pressure gets too much. He sometimes vents out his frustration on close friend and agent JK Talpade (played wonderfully by Sharib Hashmi). 

14:31 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Descendats of the Sun: Netlix

Descendants of the Sun is considered to be one of the OG romantic K-dramas. The show was a major hit upon its release, and it doesn’t take long to see why. Primarily a love story between an army captain (Song Joong-ki) and a doctor with a strong moral compass (Song Hye-kyo), the show addresses various conflicts (especially conflicts of the heart) and how it is resolved by the leads. What makes the show even more memorable are the cute moments the lead actors share. Even though circumstances force them to be apart, we are constantly made to feel the separation and angst. Of course, it helps that actors Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki were married in real life (they have since divorced), so most of their affection and romantic moments seem very natural and it will make you swoon. Check out link to find out more K-dramas you can watch

13:59 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Pariyerum Perumal: Amazon Prime Video

Pariyerum Perumal was the maiden production venture of hit filmmaker Pa Ranjith, one of the leading mainstream filmmakers in India who uses film as a medium to amplify Dalit issues. The movie, which exposes the audience to the harsh realities of a casteist society, marked the debut of director Mari Selvaraj. Starring Kathir, Anandhi and Yogi Babu, Pariyerum Perumal is a difficult but important watch. Click here for more details.

13:38 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Queen: MX Player

Directed by Gautham Vasudev Menon & Prasath Murugesan, this series brings to life the story of Shakthi Sheshadri. Inspired by true events, this series is headlined by Ramya Krishnan who portrays the role of Shakthi. Additionally, the series also stars Anikha Surendran, Anjana Jayaprakash and Indrajith Sukumaran amongst others.

13:22 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Spririted Away: Netflix

Directed by noted Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, Spirited Away is arguably one of the best films to come out of the iconic Studio Ghibli. The film animated film is a visual masterpiece and is a must-watch.

13:00 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Young Sheldon: Amazon Prime Video

Most of us have seen an adult (or adult-ish) Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory where he talks about his upbringing and life in Texas. Young Sheldon, on Amazon Prime Video, captures that life around his father, mother, brother, sister and grandmother (‘meemaw’).

12:40 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Mannphodganj Ki Binny: MX Player

An adaptation of the book Band Baaja Boys by Rachna Singh, Mannphodganj ki Binny chronicles the life of Binny Bajpai. Essayed by Pranati Rai Prakash, the show us how she escapes her small town to follow her dreams. The show also features Anurag Sinha, Aru Krishnank, Abhinav Anand, Samar Vermani, Alka Kaushal, Atul Srivastava, Kritika, Fahmaan Khan in key roles.

12:20 (IST)02 Apr 2020
The Resident: Hotstar

The Resident is a medical web-series about an idealistic young doctor, working under the supervision of a senior resident, enthusiastic to save lives. As each episode unfolds, the doctor realizes that his dreams are falling apart, as ethics get compromised.

11:59 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Bard of Blood: Netflix

Emraan Hashmi is a formerly disgraced agent Kabir Anand aka Adonis (wonder what they were thinking here), who is called upon a three-person mission to rescue four Indian spies from Balochistan. There is sensitive politics at play here, since we know Balochistan has been under the scanner for claiming independence and the pressure that it has had to face from neighbouring countries while doing so. But despite its cinematic liberty and ultimately pitching Emraan’s Kabir as the ultimate Indian supporter of a free Balochistan, the show does manage to keep you on the edge of your seat.. 

11:37 (IST)02 Apr 2020
New Girl: Hotstar

This sitcom revolves around a kooky teacher, Jess (Zooey Deschanel), after she moves into a Los Angeles loft with three men, Nick (Jake Johnson), Schmidt (Max Greenfield), and Winston (Lamorne Morris). The show combines comedy and drama elements as the characters, who are in their early thirties, deal with maturing relationships and career choices.

11:15 (IST)02 Apr 2020
The Haunting of Hill House: Netflix

This Netflix show is a 10-episode series and is based on a 1959 book of the same name by Shirley Jackson. The show follows the Crain family – husband, wife, and five kids – as they move into a new mansion. The Haunting of the Hill House is more of a psychological horror series instead of the ghosts-with-funny-make-up. Even though we don’t see many ghosts or spirits here, the storyline creates a deep impact on the viewer that forces them to stay with these characters much after the 10 episodes are over.

10:34 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Annamalai: Amazon Prime Video

Director Suresh Krissna has shown all the best features of Rajinikanth in Annamalai. No movie has ever made dairy farming looks so desirable. Check out other Rajinikanth movies to watch, here.

10:14 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Veep: Hotstar

If you are looking for intelligent and seriously funny satire, then Veep is the show for you. The series, which ended last year, stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer. She plays the role of Vice-President of the United States and the show follows how she and her team attempt to make their mark and leave a legacy without becoming mired in the day-to-day political games that define American politics.

09:54 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Chhapaak: Hotstar

Starring Deepika Padukone, Chhapaak is based on the story of acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The film also stars Vikrant Massey and is directed by Meghna Gulzar of Raazi fame.

Who’s Your Daddy, Baarish Season 2, Panchayat, Four More Shots Please Season 2, Hasmukh, The Raikar Case and Virgin Bhanupriya are some of the web series which will be available for streaming in April.

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