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Streaming Guide: Films, series to watch on May 12

Here are the shows and films you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, ZEE5, Apple TV+ and Voot among more.

Written by Antara Chakraborthy , Anvita Singh |
Updated: May 13, 2020 12:24:07 pm
illegal Neha Sharma and Piyush Mishra starrer Illegal is currently streaming on Voot Select.

More and more people are turning to streaming platforms to beat the stress of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

With players like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Disney+Hotstar, ALTBalaji, Voot Select, ZEE5, MX Player and SonyLIV among more constantly churning out new content, we are spoilt for choice. And it may seem overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. This is where we step in.

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Throughout the day, we recommend various shows and movies, from a wide range of genres, so there is something for everyone.

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20:14 (IST)12 May 2020
Luck by Chance: Netflix

In this realistic, engaging film about Bollywood and movie-making, Rishi Kapoor played the archetypal Bollywood producer Romy Rolly who comes off looking as a torchbearer of nepotism. Hilarious and real, Rishi’s performance floored critics. Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma also star.

19:57 (IST)12 May 2020
Damini: Amazon Prime Video

One of the finest women-centric movies made in Bollywood, Damini starred Meenakshi Sheshadri, Rishi Kapoor and Sunny Deol among others. Helmed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film told the story of Damini, who went all out against the system to seek justice.

19:45 (IST)12 May 2020
Mulk: ZEE5

In this Anubhav Sinha directorial, Rishi Kapoor played a Muslim man who tries his best to bring back honour to his family after a kinsman gets involved in terrorist activity. Mulk won praise for its performances and direction. The movie also featured Taapsee Pannu, Manoj Pahwa and Ashutosh Rana.

19:22 (IST)12 May 2020
Watchmen: Hotstar

The show is immaculately made. The budget has been put to good use. The cinematography and visual effects are simply excellent. The writing is consistently smart, with weighty, substantial dialogue that one has to pause and replay to fully grasp it (or at least I did that). This series demands your constant attention. Bingeing won’t do justice here. To read more, click here.

18:41 (IST)12 May 2020
Dave Chappelle’s Equanimity and Bird Revelation: Netflix

Dave Chappelle is America’s master comedian, actor and writer. He is also pretty controversial. Dave brings all of these aspects of his personality to the table in his special titled Dave Chappelle: Equanimity and Bird Revelation. In these two sets, Chapelle throws light on the Trump election, the #MeToo movement and his big break from show business. Engaging from start to finish.

18:17 (IST)12 May 2020
Hospital Playlist: Netflix

If you are looking for a slice-of-life kind of drama then Hospital Playlist should be at the top of your to-watch list. "Every day is an adventure for five doctors and their patients inside a hospital, where birth, death and everything in between coexists," reads the official synopsis of the show.

17:48 (IST)12 May 2020
Homecoming King: Netflix

One of the first Netflix stand-up specials from comedian and artiste Hasan Minhaj, Homecoming King is more of a tale than a stand-up. It has a love story at the centre of it and a delicate narrative of love and laughter is built around the central romantic plot. It is also a well-told story of immigration and it’s deeply personal. All the good things.

17:33 (IST)12 May 2020
Biswa Kalyan Rath's Sushi: Amazon Prime

It is witty, funny and gives a new way to look at the world around us, especially the one inhabited by the so-called middle-class people. Biswa’s punch lines are smooth, his observations are hilarious and his delivery is on point. What more do you need from a stand-up really?

17:07 (IST)12 May 2020
Upload: Amazon Prime

Self-driving cars. Phones that are essentially a hologram that snap into existence in the L between the forefinger and thumb. The promise of eternal life even after you are dead. These are the few salient features of Upload, a quirky, sci-fi-ish show that is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video. To read more, click here.

16:38 (IST)12 May 2020
Never Have I Ever: Netflix

The high school teen narrative has still not lost its charm, though no one has been able to fill the chasm left by John Hughes. Never Have I Ever too employs many of the staples of the genre. The super attractive jock who doesn’t notice the nerdy but attractive heroine; the quirky best friends who are the perfect sidekicks; the cliques here are no patch on The Breakfast Club, but there is a distinct ‘cool’ and ‘uncool’ divide.

Also read | Never Have I Ever review

16:13 (IST)12 May 2020
Bad Education: Hotstar

HBO’s comedy drama Bad Education goes behind the real-life embezzlement scandal at a Long Island school district. Based on a New York magazine article titled “The Bad Superintendent,” the film details the crimes of a celebrated school superintendent Dr Frank A Tassone (Hugh Jackman) and his assistant superintendent Pamela Gluckin (Allison Janney). To know more, click here.

15:49 (IST)12 May 2020
Hundred: Hotstar

"There’s enough here, all-round, for the second season. Can we have a little more of Rohini Hattangadi, who plays a modern-ma-in-law, dancer of Zumba, and carefree driver of cars? And more credible, less eye-roll situations? Strong women dealing with bad stuff can make for good stories: bring on season two," wrote The Indian Express' reviewer Shubhra Gupta. 

Also read | Hundred review

15:28 (IST)12 May 2020
Illegal: VootSelect

A new show starring the likes of Neha Sharma, Piyush Mishra and others, Illegal is your quintessential courtroom drama. Our verdict reads, "Writer Reshu Nath has penned a smart and entertaining web series. Each episode has interesting plot twists. The courtroom sequences, where a rape case is being debated, is devoid of theatrics. There is simply an argument with both the lawyers citing the laws and presenting their evidence. Despite being a legal drama, the writing never gets heavy." Read more here.

18:51 (IST)11 May 2020
Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke: Amazon Prime Video

Aamir Khan and Juhi Chawla starrer is a perfect family entertainer. The story revolves around Rahul (Khan), the caretaker of his two nephews Vicky and Sunny and niece Munni. Rahul is tormented by Bijlani (Dalip Tahil) who wants to take over the former’s business. However, Bijlani is ready to let things slide if Rahul marries his daughter Maya. Amid this chaotic life, he has an unwanted guest at home, a Tamil girl called Vyjayanthi Iyer (Chawla). But because the children like her, he can’t let her go. Now, how he copes up with three naughty children, one prankster guest and two villains of his life, makes for the narrative of Hum Hai Rahi Pyar Ke.

18:28 (IST)11 May 2020
Tokyo Ghoul: Netflix

A dark fantasy anime, Tokyo Ghoul explores a world where ghouls live in secrecy alongside human beings. The ghouls are essentially creatures who look and behave like humans but they have to eat human meat to survive. As you can imagine, the show is visceral and grotesque but it is also one of a kind. And if you move past the violence and gore, there is actually a very touching storyline that explores humanity in all of its grey shades.

18:09 (IST)11 May 2020
Airlines-Har Udaan Ek Toofan: Hotstar

The story revolves around Ananya Rawat (Joshi), an ambitious and hardworking middle-class girl. Her parents have spent all their money on making their daughter a pilot. And, she is the first female pilot of Indie Airlines, where she has to fight the patriarchal mindset along with doing her job.

17:51 (IST)11 May 2020
Mere Dad Ki Dulhan: Sony LIV

What happens when great actors like Varun Badola and Shweta Tiwari come together on screen? The audience gets to watch a good show. Mere Dad Ki Dulhan is not your typical Indian TV show. At the heart of it is a beautiful relationship between a single father Amber (Badola) and his young daughter Niya (Anjali Tatrari). Niya wants to set up her father with someone. Enters a forty-something single woman Guneet Sikka (Tiwari), who starts living in Amber’s house as a tenant. Amber and Guneet cannot stand each other but unknowingly start liking each other on a dating app. Watch this show for an entertaining story and some brilliant performances.

17:32 (IST)11 May 2020
Roma: Netflix

Alfonso Cuarón’s most personal film, Roma, is stunning, but is also a hard film to watch if, like me, you are not used to long stretches of dialogue-less scenes. This film, more than any I have ever seen, needs patience. If you can stay with it long enough, however, Roma is extremely rewarding. The tracking shots are something to behold. It is so astoundingly rich visually and emotionally that it is hard to put into words.

17:15 (IST)11 May 2020
Dark: Netfix

This highly-rated German show is a mystery series about what happens when mutiple children go missing in a town. Kind of like Stranger Things minus the whole exaggerated science-fiction angle.

16:54 (IST)11 May 2020
Kaamyaab - iTunes

The Indian Express' film critic Shubhra Gupta praised the film and called lead actor Sanjay Mishra’s performance “faultless”. In her review she wrote, “Kaamyaab is a moving, consistently engaging portrait of an artiste as a weathering, weathered man. And Sanjay Mishra is faultless as the lead character - always the bridesmaid, never the bride; an insider but always on the outside.”

Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma's debut web production Pataal Lok and Voot Select's Illegal, starring Piyush Mishra, Neha Sharma, Satyadeep Mishra, Kubbra Sait and Akshay Oberoi, are the big OTT releases this week.

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