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Streaming Guide: Movies, shows to watch on April 26

Here are the shows, movies and web series you should watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, Quibi, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, ZEE5 and Voot among more.

Written by Arushi Jain , Kshitij Rawat , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi |
Updated: April 29, 2020 7:12:30 am
web series, movies to watch Here’s what you can watch on streaming platforms on April 26.

The national lockdown has forced people to find entertainment in their homes itself. Here’s where the several OTT platforms step in. They are providing wholesome entertainment to people of all age groups. While there is content for kids, there are many Hollywood and Bollywood classics available online to cater to older viewers.

Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar, AltBalaji, ZEE5, VootSelect, MX Player and SonyLIV are upping their game as their subscribers are spending a lot of time on these services.

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With so many web series and movies available, it gets difficult to pick the best. So, we recommend our best picks which you can watch or re-watch in the upcoming days of the lockdown.

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20:39 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Sarabhai vs Sarabhai: Hotstar

Welcome to the family of the crazies where every character exhibits their own unique trait. Monisha, Saahil, Rosesh, Indravadan and Maya love to rattle each other but also happen to adore each other despite their flaws. 

20:11 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Becoming Warren Buffett

This biographical documentary about the tycoon Warren Buffett tells the story about how he made his billions and how he chooses to spend them. The story is full of humility and will surely inspire you.

19:37 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Worth it: YouTube

So this is a show run by the people at BuzzFeed America where a few select people take turns to ascertain whether an item is worth its price or not. Entertaining and weirdly informative.

19:08 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Salt Fat Acid Heat: Netflix

Hosted by Samin Nosrat, this Netflix show is divided into four parts – Salt, Fat, Acid and Heat. The four episodes take us through Italy, Japan, Mexico and California, USA, as Samin discusses the importance of these four elements in our food. The first episode titled Fat will make you drool with its indulgence in cheese and bread.

18:39 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Survive: Quibi

Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark of Game of Thrones) stars as a mentally-ill and suicidal woman in this series which turns from a mental health drama to a survival drama in a bizarre twist.

18:10 (IST)26 Apr 2020
His Dark Materials: Hotstar

The BBC One and HBO television series His Dark Materials is many things — a bildungsroman, a fantasy fiction, an adventure show, but above all, it is about making the choices that you believe in and finding your own identity in the process. Adapted from the books of the same name by Philip Pullman, the narrative follows a girl called Lyra, who is said to achieve greatness.

17:38 (IST)26 Apr 2020
One Child Nation: Amazon Prime Video

Directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, One Child Nation talks about the ramifications of the one-child policy of China that lasted for almost 25 years. It’s a harrowing account of people who emotionally talk about the harsh experiences their families went through as China enforced the policy on all its citizens.

17:05 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Bojack Horseman: Netflix

Strictly for adults, BoJack Horseman starts as a look into the self-destructive world of the titular character, who is a washed-up TV star. But as the seasons progress, it turns out to be a lot more than just a satirical take on a hedonistic has-been. Set in an anthropomorphic universe where humans and animals live together, the show takes us on a deeply self-reflective journey about the various facets of human behaviour. As funny as it is, the Netflix show is not afraid to address serious issues like depression, addiction, racism, sexism, sexual orientation, etc. This series is not ideal for binge-watching as it may be too heavy for some viewers, but it is still a must-watch.

16:38 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Wild Wild Country: Netflix

In the early 1980s, followers of Rajneesh started working towards building a utopian city named Rajneeshpuram in Oregon, USA. The city was met with a lot of opposition from the neighbouring counties, which resulted in bio-attacks and led many of the followers to flee from the country. Rajneesh, too, was arrested by the end of it.

16:05 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Epicenter: 24 Hours in Wuhan: Docubay

This documentary film chronicles Chinese city Wuhan’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in its initial days. For those who do not know, Wuhan is now considered to be the place from where the novel coronavirus originated.

15:38 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Kingdom: Netflix

At its core, Kingdom is a tale of the struggle for the throne, but the said struggle gets hampered by dead people getting resurrected because of a mysterious plant which also turns them into witless cannibals.

15:14 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Sex and the City: Hotstar

Rewatch this HBO original where Carrie and her friends traverse the tricky lanes of New York and life together!

14:54 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Blade Runner: MX Player

This Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford starrer is set in a dystopian future in Los Angeles of 2019. This science-fiction drama was helmed by the acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott.

14:24 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Spirited Away: Netflix

Easily the most popular movie (and the most successful!) to come out of Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away is Miyazaki’s gift to the world of animated films. Released in 2001, the film shows the magical journey of Chihiro, a 10-year-old girl who loses her way and ends up in the spirit world. There aren’t enough words to describe the stunning aesthetic of the film, which was all hand-drawn by Miyazaki before it was animated. This is truly a one-of-a-kind movie that must be watched by everyone, young and old alike. For more films by director Hayao Miyazaki, click here. 

13:54 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Hannah Montana: Disney+ Hotstar

Go down the memory lane with Miley Cyrus' TV debut that helped her become a household name. There's singing, drama and lots of teen romance in store!

13:14 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Bates Motel: Amazon Prime Video

A prequel of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film, Bates Motel tells the story of Normal Bates from when he was a kid. The acting is superb, both by Freddie Highmore as Norman Bates and Vera Farmiga as his mother Norma Bates. There is uneasy, almost incestuous tension between the duo and that is the biggest strength of this show. Sometimes scary and sometimes creepy, Bates Motel is a worthy prequel.

12:49 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Chernobyl: Disney+ Hotstar

Chernobyl, a miniseries based on the nuclear disaster of the same name, is scarier than any horror story in existence, precisely because it did happen in the past and a similar event can happen in future. Human incompetence, after all, has no limits.

12:28 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan: Amazon Prime Video

The Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer wrote about Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, "It’s through the two of them that the film also explores what is its strongest theme: that of unrequited love. Like others before them, and others sure to come after, they carry regrets about a special someone, and “what could have been”. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan doesn’t evoke these memories with bitterness or anger but as one of those moments that make up a life."

11:58 (IST)26 Apr 2020
The Shape of Water: Disney+ Hotstar

Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-winning feature The Shape of Water twists the traditional beauty-and-the-beast story and in the process tells a story that is gorgeous both visually and musically.

11:07 (IST)26 Apr 2020
Bad Education: Disney+ Hotstar

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney play the roles of school superintendent Dr Frank A Tassone and district official Pamela Gluckin, respectively. The two are accused of embezzlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars from district funds. Their job is to bury the accusation and keep it from going public.

Apple TV+ and Quibi are the newer streaming platforms that are trying to hold the interest of the Indian audience. A short-form mobile video platform, Quibi, in its own words, offers "quick bites of captivating entertainment, created for mobile by the best talent, designed to fit perfectly into any moment of your day."

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