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What to watch on August 30: TV shows, movies and web series

Here are all the movies, web series and TV shows that you can stream on ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, ALTBalaji, SonyLIV, MX Player, Apple TV+ and Voot Select among others.

Written by Sampada Sharma , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: August 30, 2020 4:30:50 pm
chadwick boseman, chadwick boseman 42Chadwick Boseman's 42 is available to watch on YouTube.

Cinema halls might be far away from reopening doors, but there’s no dearth of content for viewers to binge-watch. To say that the web became a saviour to quench our thirst for entertainment during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, won’t be wrong. Streaming giants like ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, Voot Select, SonyLIV and several others are regularly churning out new stuff for its viewers. Adding to it are dozens of movies premiering on OTT platforms. This week’s big OTT releases include Sadak 2, which marks the return of Mahesh Bhatt as a director after 21 years. This is also the first time he is collaborating with daughter Alia Bhatt, who will share screen space with Aditya Roy Kapur. Sadak actor Sanjay Dutt is also making a comeback in the sequel. Sadak 2 is a sequel to Bhatt’s 1991 directorial Sadak, which also starred Pooja Bhatt and Sadashiv Amrapurkar. Going by the trailer of Sadak 2, it looks like the movie is a revenge drama against a godman, played by Makarand Deshpande. While Dutt is seen reprising his role as a taxi driver from the original film, Alia and Aditya are lovers who rent his services, until the trio strike a bond against the common enemy. Produced by Vishesh Films, Sadak 2 premiered on Disney Plus Hotstar VIP. Also releasing this weekend is actor Bobby Deol and director Prakash Jha’s web series Aashram on MX Player. Bobby, who was recently seen playing a police officer in Netflix film Class of ’83, will be seen as a godman in the series, which also features Chandan Roy Sanyal, Aaditi Pohankar, Darshan Kumaar, and Adhyayan Suman in pivotal roles. Netflix series Masaba Masaba will see mother-daughter duo Masaba Gupta and Neena Gupta onscreen for the first time. The show, which releases on Friday, is based on their real-life moments and offers a peek into their journey, with references and anecdotes set against a fictional backdrop.

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Here's all that you can stream on OTT platforms today.

16:30 (IST)30 Aug 2020
The Cabin in the Woods: Netflix

Helmed by Drew Goddard and co-written by him and Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods is a subversive horror film that takes the hackneyed remote forest cabin premise of so many horror films and turns it on its head. The result is a smartly written and acted movie. Chris Hemsworth plays the role of Curt Vaughan, who is one of the college students who go on a vacation to that forest cabin.

16:15 (IST)30 Aug 2020
Tales from the Loop: Amazon Prime Video

A science fiction drama TV anthology series, Tales from the Loop is a gripping, superbly shot and well-written piece of entertainment that will delight everyone, but specifically those who liked HBO's Westworld and FX's recent series Devs.

16:00 (IST)30 Aug 2020
Crawl: Amazon Prime Video

Alexandre Aja's compulsively watchable horror thriller is a blistering ride throughout its slim 87 minute runtime that is scarier than most movies that involves ghosts, monsters and other frightening stuff. Crawl does not have ghosts. It has a father and daughter duo who are struggling to stay alive while being hunted in a basement of a house by two really hungry and crafty alligators.

15:40 (IST)30 Aug 2020
1917: SonyLIV

Directed by Sam Mendes, 1917 is set during World War I. The premise of the film has two men crossing the trenches and passing a message to call off an attack but since that path is extremely dangerous, they have to risk their life to get to the other side. The film appears is shot and edited to look like one take and is a visual marvel.

15:13 (IST)30 Aug 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.

14:45 (IST)30 Aug 2020
They Shall Not Grow Old: Netflix

They Shall Not Grow Old, a World War II documentary directed by Peter Jackson, is now streaming on Netflix. It is an extraordinary experience, which has rightly earned plaudits around the world. Jackson, best known for directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy, has used modern post-production techniques, both visual and sound, including new voice-acting, and colourisation to bring alive World War II in all its terrible glory.

14:03 (IST)30 Aug 2020
The Boys: Amazon Prime Video

The Boys is an attack on the very concept of superheroes. This is a world in which superheroes are real, but instead of being symbols of nobility and goodness like the Avengers and the Justice League, they have allowed status and fame to go to their head, and have become violent, sadistic and reckless. The titular vigilantes, with grudges of their own, take it upon themselves to keep the 'supes' in line.

The second season arrives early next month and the show has already been renewed for the third season.

13:40 (IST)30 Aug 2020
The Prestige: Amazon Prime Video

Christopher Nolan’s last film before he became a global household name with Batman Begins, The Prestige stars two of the best ‘star’ actors Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. It is about two competing late 19th century London whose rivalry ends in the greatest trick of them all.

13:21 (IST)30 Aug 2020
Shrek: Netflix

This animated adventure revolves around a misunderstood and ostracised ogre who gets inundated by fairy tale creatures and goes on a quest to get back the quiet he had in his swamp. There are three sequels, and they are pretty good too.

12:59 (IST)30 Aug 2020
The Lady and the Tramp: Disney+ Hotstar

The Lady and the Tramp revolves around a romantic relationship between a female American Cocker Spaniel named Lady who lives with a refined, upper-middle-class family and a male stray mutt called Tramp. The film got a live-action treatment for Disney+, but the original feature is still the real deal.

12:27 (IST)30 Aug 2020
Birds of Prey: Amazon Prime Video

This Cathy Yan directorial had to move out of the shadow of 2016’s critically panned Suicide Squad. Fortunately, it featured Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, one of the few good things about the original movie, and also a cast of brilliant actors. Coupled with a good story, great dialogue and a flippant tone, the movie was a delight — funny, witty, action-packed and entertaining,

11:58 (IST)30 Aug 2020
42: YouTube

If you wish to explore Chadwick Boseman's work other than Black Panther, 42 is the movie you should watch first. It is a sports film about American baseball player Jackie Robinson (portrayed by Boseman), who helped end racial segregation in professional baseball. Earlier black players could take part in only so-called 'Negro leagues'. The later actor's performance in the film is considered as his career's best. 

20:56 (IST)28 Aug 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.

20:34 (IST)28 Aug 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.

20:21 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Supernatural: Amazon Prime Video

There is nothing like watching an atmospheric horror show. Supernatural is not one however, but is does have plenty of scares coupled with excellent characters (you could not ask for more developed characters than Winchester brothers) which makes it a solid TV show even if a sort of guilty pleasure.

19:26 (IST)28 Aug 2020
The Last Kingdom: Netflix

Based on the amazing book series by British writer Bernard Cornwell, BBC’s The Last Kingdom follows the invasion of Danish vikings of the place that would later be called England. The protagonist is a torn man who loves the viking way of like but is a Northumbrian. His loyalties are so confused that he fights for Alfred (yes, the Alfred the Great) against the people he loves. The title sequence of The Last Kingdom shows a map of England which is being engulfed by a wave but stops just before Wessex - the last kingdom that held out and whose monarch - Alfred - first came up with the idea of England.

18:55 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Game of Thrones: Disney+ Hotstar

Yes, its end was a bummer. But isn't it all about the journey and not the destination? Before HBO's Game of Thrones, based on George RR Martin's fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire, went bad, it was one show that brought almost the entire TV viewing population of the world together — almost everybody watched the show and those who did not were driven to watch it to find out the cause of brouhaha.

18:27 (IST)28 Aug 2020
Criminal Justice: Hotstar

Based on the British crime drama series of the same name by Peter Moffat, Criminal Justice questions the loopholes in Indian criminal justice system. It stars Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka and Mita Vashisht. The original series also inspired a brilliant HBO miniseries starring Riz Ahmed, Michael Kenneth Williams and John Turturro.

18:01 (IST)28 Aug 2020
On Location: George Carlin at USC: Disney+ Hotstar

Here is the first ever comedy special of arguably one of the greatest stand-up comics ever, wherein George Carlin talks about monopoly, flying in aeroplanes and everything under the sun.

17:25 (IST)28 Aug 2020
The Office: Amazon Prime Video

Haven't seen probably one of the best comedy series to ever grace the telly? Perhaps this is the time, when you have all the time in the world. A remake of the British series of the same name, enter the hilarious world of Dunder Mifflin in The Office.

Talking about Aashram, Bobby Deol told indianexpress.com, “The most attractive thing about Aashram was that it gave me a chance to work with Prakash ji (director Prakash Jha). All these years, I had been watching his movies, waiting to work with him one day. I was so excited the day he called me to his office, and when he narrated the idea to me, I was like ‘wow’. I was amazed because as an actor, I am always trying to look for different kinds of characters to play, and it is not easy to catch hold of good parts. The last project that I did for an OTT platform, I was not the first choice. But for this project, I was happy to hear that I was Prakash ji’s first choice.”