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What to watch on June 28: Movies, TV shows and web series you can stream online

Here are the shows and movies 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 , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: July 1, 2020 2:34:20 pm
what to watch Dora and the Lost City of Gold is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. (Photo: Paramount Pictures)

The number of coronavirus cases is on a constant rise in India. People have been advised to go out with caution but many are still preferring to stay locked in their houses. In such a scenario, it becomes necessary to keep oneself entertained to avoid stress and anxiety. This is when the streaming platforms step in. Be it Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, Voot Select, AltBalaji or SonyLIV, all are providing a variety of interesting web series and movies to keep you occupied.

Not just the adults, these OTT platforms even have a content library dedicated to kids who are unable to step out to play. So, families can sit back and spend time with each other while watching some of their favourite content online.

Also, since filmmakers have taken the digital route to tell stories, there is no dearth of fresh content as well. Amitabh Bachchan-Ayushmann Khurrana’s Gulabo Sitabo, Keerthy Suresh’s Penguin, Manoj Bajpayee starrer Bhonsle, Ranvir Shorey’s Kadakh, Rahul Bose’s Bulbbul are the new additions to the content library of the streaming platforms.

This week’s big OTT releases are Swara Bhasker starrer Rasbhari, Anushka Sharma’s production Bulbbul, and the third season of Netflix series Dark.

So, you need not get bored sitting at home as you can enjoy movies and shows while keeping yourself safe from coronavirus. And, if you are confused about what to watch, we are here to help.

In this blog, we suggest movies, web series, TV shows and documentaries you can watch on several OTT platforms.

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20:42 (IST)28 Jun 2020
The IT Crowd: Netflix

Two hopeless tech geeks and one clueless dame together try to make through the hurdles of the job. Sometimes they fail, sometimes they succeed. And what do we get? Laughter in dozens.

20:19 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Muthu: Amazon Prime Video

Rajinikanth plays a loyal servant, who can fly his horse-powered chariot between mountains, deliver an impromptu performance on stage and do a lot more. Not enough? There is also the father (Rajinikanth, again), the gold-hearted millionaire, who becomes a sage after being betrayed by his relative.

19:43 (IST)28 Jun 2020
The Fundamentals of Caring: Netflix

This surprisingly sweet film boasts of everything that makes a road trip movie great. Despite using the same old tropes (different personalities travelling together reluctantly), the cast (Paul Rudd — ’nuff said) does a great job of making a strong script and clever dialogues come alive.

19:08 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Highway on my Plate: Amazon Prime Video

Rocky and Mayur’s adventures entertained us quite a lot, and now, we can catch those old TV episodes on Amazon Prime Video. The two foodies travel to different parts of India as they taste and critique the best food that India has to offer.

18:29 (IST)28 Jun 2020
The Twilight Zone season 2: Voot

The Twilight Zone is an American anthology web television based on the original 1959 television series created by Rod Serling. Comedian-turned-filmmaker Jordan Peele serves as the narrator. Read more here.

16:23 (IST)28 Jun 2020
The Man in the High Castle: Amazon Prime Video

Based on an intriguing what-if premise, The Man in the High Castle is an alternate reality show. In this world, the Axis powers won and the United States was carved up between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Common Americans live under two foreign, oppressive regimes and they are resigned to their fate... until the people come across another reality -- our reality -- according to which things could be better.

15:40 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Rick and Morty: Netflix

The animated series follows a mad but brilliant scientist Rick Sanchez and his naive, impressionable grandson Morty Smith's adventures across faraway galaxies, planets, parallel worlds, different realities and so on. Rick and Morty boasts some of the most intelligent writing in the medium currently, with jokes that are easy to miss if the attention wavers even a little. And before you have managed to wrap your head around it, the show has already moved ahead.

15:09 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Black Sails: Netflix

This Starz series tells us that love-stories do not simply just exist, they are often improbable. The central love-story in this show is between a 20th-century Englishwoman and an 18th-century Scottish man. Claire is transported back in time and meets a Scottish young man she falls in love with. She does have a husband in her time and she is faithful, but there is no way to get to him. Outlander streams on Netflix.

14:44 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Netflix

This one is among the weirder and eccentric shows. Frodo of Lord of the Rings movies, Elijah Wood, plays an everyman whose life is turned into a veritable whirlwind a flamboyantly British "holistic" detective; holistic because he believes everything in the universe to be interconnected. And indeed, he has a seemingly preternatural ability. The feel of the show is like from one of the more strange comic-books from the 80s came to life. The story is loosely based on the writings of the great Douglas Adams.

14:12 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Black Sails: Netflix

There are few good shows on pirates, and Black Sails sits pretty on the top. Although the first season was marred by more talking than action, Black Sails picks up from second, gets better in third, and goes out with a bang with its fourth and final season. The story is the prequel of Treasure Island, classic adventure book by Robert Louis Stevenson.

13:37 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Jumanji: The Next Level: Amazon Prime Video

The third film in the Jumanji franchise, Jumanji: The Next Level, is now available on Amazon Prime Video. The franchise is based on a sort of game (a board game in the original and a video-game in the followup) that has real-world consequences or it houses withing itself an alternate reality where the players do not play as their in-game characters, but become them. The Jake Kasdan directorial had Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser'Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman returning from the previous film. Awkwafina, Danny Glover and Danny DeVito joinined the franchise.

13:09 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Gotham: Netflix

A DC TV show that embraced the crazy after tip-toeing around it for a couple of seasons. And it is live-action. There is few things off-limits or too insane for this show. It may not have Batman (Bruce Wayne is a young boy in the show) but it has every single member of Batman's rogues gallery, and this was just as good.

12:35 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Artemis Fowl: Disney+ Hotstar

Disney+’s adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s first two fantasy adventure books, Artemis Fowl is about a 12-year-old criminal mastermind from Ireland who wishes to save his father abducted by a gang of fairies, who want a specific item back that Fowl had stolen.

12:17 (IST)28 Jun 2020
War of the Worlds: Amazon Prime Video

Steven Spielberg's adaptation of HG Wells' novel of the same name, War of the Worlds sees an invasion by the Martians. Tom Cruise stars as a longshoreman who witnesses the invasion directly. Scores of people are disintegrated by the Martian war machines called Tripods that emerge from beneath the earth. War of the Worlds is a non-stop thriller that never lets up.

11:47 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Penny Dreadful: The City of Angels: Disney+ Hotstar

While the sunny Los Angeles is not as compelling a setting for horror as the dank streets of Victorian London, The City of Angels, Showtime horror series Penny Dreadful's spinoff, is surprisingly good, with a nice amalgam of contemporary social issues and the supernatural.

11:36 (IST)28 Jun 2020
Dora and the Lost City of Gold: Amazon Prime Video

James Bobin directorial Dora and the Lost City of Gold was a live action adaptation of Nickelodeon's television series Dora the Explorer. It starred Isabela Moner in the lead role as the titular explorer. The film was acclaimed by critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film scored 84 per cent. The critical consensus read, "Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit."

22:20 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum: Disney+ Hostar

Directed by Mysskin, the film has no heroine and no songs. It is a neo-noir thriller filled to the brim with dark humour and raw emotions. OA, which stars Mysskin himself and Sri of Vazhakku Enn 18/9 fame in the lead roles, is the tale of a man trying to redeem himself in society. The movie brilliantly shows society in its cruel, unforgiving form. And the suspense element holds up right until the end of the film.

21:51 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Soodhu Kavvum: ZEE5, Sun NXT

Soodhu Kavvum is an important movie in Vijay Sethupathi’s career. This is the one that told us that Sethupathi is here to stay and he’s not just a two-film wonder. The comedy of errors involving a group of amateur kidnappers will leave you in splits.

21:18 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Signal: Netflix

Watch this South Korean crime-drama for its performances and gripping narrative. The makers have announced that the show will be returning for a second season some time this year, so make sure you don’t miss it.

20:45 (IST)27 Jun 2020
Charlie: MX Player

This Parvathy and Dulquer Salmaan starrer film is unique in its treatment of subject, cinematography and performances. Everything stands apart and how! Part road trip, part love affair; Charlie brings out the best in its actors

The Netflix India original film Bulbbul released this week. Starring Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary and Rahul Bose, Bulbbul is a supernatural thriller. Tripti Dimri, who made her Bollywood debut with Laila Majnu, feels Bulbbul was a learning experience for her, not just professionally but also personally. She shared with indianexpress.com, "Every character, every story that you do, it teaches you a lot. This film helped me start loving myself a little more, and to accept who I am. When I was essaying the part, I realised what all she has gone through. It made me question why we put ourselves in such situations. Why we give power to others that they can affect us so much? And thus apart from being a great professional outing, it also helped me personally."

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap took to Twitter on Thursday to shower praise on Bulbbul. He wrote, “When I saw Bulbul, the title sequence sucked me in, the reds of it, I love red, Red is cinematic, visceral. What I didn’t expect were the red nights, the red moon, from a horror mystery it had transformed into a moody fable, pure poetry and it had me enthralled and engrossed.”

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta gave it 3.5 stars and wrote, "Bulbbul is very much its own film, the mix of classic pre-Renaissance Bengal and desi horror gothic making for gripping viewing. The deep crimson palette sometimes becomes too obvious a signifier for the bloody goings-on in and around the haveli. But that’s all right, because it resonates. Because we know, don’t we, that women who cannot be contained by their ‘bichhiyas’ (toe rings worn by traditional married women) and ‘sindoor’, need to be controlled, even today. Patriarchy was alive and well then, and hasn’t gone anywhere."

SonyLIV film Bhonsle has Manoj Bajpayee as a traditional Maharashtrian who supports what’s right instead of taking the easier route of being loyal to his home state.

In her review of the film, Shubhra Gupta wrote, "Bajpayee, one of the few Indian actors who uses silence to such effect, has been on a roll for the last few years, raising the bar with each performance. The last time he internalised a role as much was in the 2017 film Gali Guleiyan, directed by Dipesh Jain. Here he is even better, each crease in his worn face showing a man whose stoicism comes from hard experience, who has seen everything there is to see, and yet is capable of deep empathy. Bhonsle gives us an actor on the top of his game."