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Streaming Guide: Movies, TV shows and web series to watch on May 18

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 Arushi Jain , Antara Chakraborthy | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2020 12:33:19 pm
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The total number of coronavirus cases have crossed the 85,000-mark in India. Though the government has given some relaxations in the lockdown, it is still advisable to stay at home to prevent yourself from the virus.

Though there are limited sources of entertainment as you restrict yourself to home, watching new web series, TV shows and movies is always a good choice. Also, with streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, Voot Select, ZEE5, MX Player and SonyLIV upping their game, you have got plenty of options to choose from.

To add up, some movies that were scheduled to release in the theaters are now releasing on the digital platforms. These include Ayushmann Khurrana-Amitabh Bachchan starrer Gulabo Sitabo and Vidya Balan starrer Shakuntala Devi among various other south films.

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The only problem you might face is choosing from the variety of content available. Well, for that, we are here to help.

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In this blog, we recommend movies, TV shows and web series you can watch or re-watch on the streaming platforms.

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18:49 (IST)18 May 2020
Mr Sunshine: Netflix

Set in the early 1900s, Mr Sunshine is about a group of activists who are fighting for Korean independence. Everything about this series, from its cinematography, storytelling to the acting of the leads deserves high praise. If you are a history buff, then Mr Sunshine will be a treat for you. The series traces the geo-political changes that took place in countries such as Russia, the United States, China, and especially Japan and the impact it had on a newly-emerging Korea.

18:17 (IST)18 May 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.

17:41 (IST)18 May 2020
Uriyadi: Youtube

Uriyadi (2016), starring Vijay Kumar in the lead role, is considered one of the best political thrillers in Kollywood. The film is set in the 1990s and follows four socially-conscious college-going boys. Even though the second part which hit screens last year was a let-down, Uriyadi is an unmissable film, and I highly recommend it.

17:20 (IST)18 May 2020
Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela: Sonly LIV

Helmed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela is a retelling of the story of Romeo and Juliet. From music, majestic dance sequences, colourful costumes, lavish sets, dramatic narrative and the sizzling chemistry between the lead pair, the film had all Bhansali quirks. Stream this one if you are in a mood to listen to some Bollywood-ish dialogue-baazi.

16:46 (IST)18 May 2020
Train to Busan: Netflix

If you are bored of zombie movies, Train to Busan should be your pick. Not that it does anything groundbreaking, but most of it is set in the cramped environment of a train, and zombies are preternaturally athletic, instead of doddering fools of The Walking Dead.

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16:28 (IST)18 May 2020
Marianne: Netflix

This French horror series revolves around the young novelist Emma who realizes that the characters she writes in her horror novels are also in the real world. The show, sadly, got cancelled after just one season, but there are enough spooky moments to make you jump.

16:07 (IST)18 May 2020
Family Guy: Disney+ Hotstar

This animated sitcom revolves around the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; their children, Meg, Chris, and Stewie; and their anthropomorphic pet dog, Brian.The long-running show is popular among audiences for its dark humour and its take on American culture. All the 18 seasons are now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

15:39 (IST)18 May 2020
Black Mirror: Netflix

This science fiction anthology series is one of the most innovative TV series today. Most of its episodes present a horrifying future, where humanity’s obsession with technology has led it to adverse situations. Black Mirror  is all the scarier because it rings too uncomfortably true.

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15:22 (IST)18 May 2020
Undone: Amazon Prime Video

This animated series is Amazon's first original animated series. The show, a mix of sci-fi and human drama, follows Alma, who discovers she has time-traveling abilities after a near-death experience. How she uses her new found talent to find the truth about her father’s death forms the plot.

14:49 (IST)18 May 2020
Something in the Rain: Netflix

Another series from South Korea, Something in the Rain is a beautiful, light-hearted rom-com. The show focuses on an unconventional relationship between a 30-something woman and a man who is in his mid-20s. The lead actors’ chemistry in the show is so genuine that you cannot help but root for them. The show delves into their struggle with the age difference, breaking the taboo around it and subsequently, finding the courage to go public with it. There is also a fantastic sub-plot that highlights the various problems faced by women in the corporate world of South Korea.

14:16 (IST)18 May 2020
Kirumi: ZEE5

Kirumi was tragically overlooked by many cinema-goers when it hit screens. Directed by debutant Anucharan, the film tells the tale of a police informer who is stuck in between two corrupt systems. Starring Pariyerum Perumal fame Kathir in the lead, the movie makes for a thrilling watch. Do not miss this.

13:45 (IST)18 May 2020
Lady Bird: Netflix

A poignant story of a strong-willed girl and her relationship with her equally strong-willed mother. Saoirse Ronan has done a marvellous job in bringing out on the screen the angst of adolescence. There is subtlety here, and the viewer never feels overwhelmed. We rarely see the relationship between a mother and her daughter put on screen in such a believable way.

13:17 (IST)18 May 2020
Bad Education: Disney+ Hotstar

Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney play high-ranking school district officials who are entangled in an embezzlement scandal. They do their best to bury it, and yet the truth comes out.

12:49 (IST)18 May 2020
Mad Max: Fury Road: Amazon Prime Video

The movie that is most representative of its genre, Fury Road is simply the best action movie ever made, bar none. The stunt work in this George Miller directorial is mind-boggling, and if you look at its behind-the-scenes clips, you will realise the movie had an insane amount of practical effects and actual people rather than CGI.

12:19 (IST)18 May 2020
Gunda: Youtube

Gunda combines the ludicrously misguided ambitions of Kanti Shah’s inner cinephile with a drunk poet’s angst against the system. It’s a movie version of a group of crackpots trading barbs over bonfire.

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20:15 (IST)17 May 2020
Little Fires Everywhere: Hotstar

This Hulu series is now streaming on Hotstar. The series stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington in pivotal roles. 

19:45 (IST)17 May 2020
State of Siege 26/11: ZEE5

State of Siege 26/11 is a riveting account based on the real-life terror attack that happened in Mumbai in 2008. Indianexpress.com's Arushi Jain wrote in her first impression review of the series, "State of Siege 26/11 gives you a stirring visual account of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Since we know it is not only about the victims but also the armed forces, it compels you to keep watching to understand how the security forces of the country came together to save the lives of people, kill nine terrorists and capture Ajmal Kasab alive."

19:18 (IST)17 May 2020
Shala: Youtube

Shala is a Marathi web-series streaming on YouTube. It is a story of three school friends and how they tackle every day issues that come their way. It is a beautiful coming of age story, which will give you a peek into the lives of students in the interiors on India.

18:47 (IST)17 May 2020
Aadukalam: Sun NXT

Written and directed by Vetrimaran, the movie documented the culture around cockfight. It earned Dhanush his first National Award for Best Actor.

18:16 (IST)17 May 2020
Yaar Annmule: Amazon Prime Video, YouTube

The Anurag Singh directorial is the story of three friends Guri, Deep and Sher Singh who stay together in the university hostel. The film revolves around their friendship, and how their love life lands them in trouble. The film is a fun watch on a lazy weekend.

This week's big releases include Disha Patani-Aditya Roy Kapur's Malang and Anushka Sharma's production Paatal Lok which stars Abhishek Banerjee, Neeraj Kabi and Jaideep Ahlawat in the lead roles.