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What to watch on January 15: Web series and films you can stream online

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

Written by Sampada Sharma | New Delhi |
Updated: January 15, 2021 8:00:39 pm
One Night in MiamiOne Night in Miami is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Just two weeks into the year, it’s raining titles in the OTT space. This week, the new releases on streaming platforms include – Amazon Prime Video’s Tandav and One Night in Miami, Apple TV+’s Servant Season 2, Sony LIV’s Gullak Season 2, Disney+ Hotstar’s WandaVision and Netflix’s Tribhanga.

Created by Ali Abbas Zafar, Tandav is a web series set in the political world. The Amazon Prime Video series stars Saif Ali Khan, Sunil Grover, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Gauahar Khan, Amyra Dastur, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Kritika Kamra, Sarah Jane Dias, Sandhya Mridul, Anup Soni, Hiten Tejwani, Paresh Pahuja and Shonali Nagrani among others.

In a conversation with, Ali said, “Web is a very liberating space for any filmmaker or storyteller. When you make a film for cinema, you have to tell a story in two hours. And, box office decides whether you have made a good or a bad film. You are more fearless when you work on the web.”

He added, “Because I have a commercial sensibility, I want the story to reach the maximum number of people, (so) I have tried to use that ability to tell a story that’s universal. Politics inherently is universal. You can’t sit on the side. Even being apolitical is taking a political stand. This is not just a story of India but of every country, set-up or dynamics.”

Disney Plus Hotstar dropped the first two episodes of much-awaited WandaVision today. Starring Elisabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, the series follows Wanda and Vision but the details of the plot have not been revealed as of now. Bettany had earlier shared that the different episodes of the series pay homage to the different eras of American television, starting from the 1950s to 2010s. Bettany had shared with Collider, “The audience will be able to peel back layer upon layer until this rather beautiful puzzle box will be revealed to everybody and it will make sense. All of the bonkers stuff will be about something.”

Servant’s second season also dropped on Apple TV Plus today. The show follows the Turners who lost their baby but have refused to grieve, and now it is that grief that haunts them. Actor Rupert Grint, in a roundtable conversation, shared, “It’s all about these characters not grieving when they should be, but they are all avoiding it and deflecting it. It impacts them mentally in different ways.”

M Night Shyamalan, the executive producer of Apple TV+ series Servant spoke about the influence of Indian culture in his work and said, “In Indian culture, my mom and everyone believes in the supernatural. It’s just a given in the culture so maybe this is how the influence of the old Indian culture comes out in a contemporary dude who grew up in Philadelphia, and he just puts it out in that language. It just comes out that way.”

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Here's what you can watch on OTT platforms today.

20:00 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Billions: Disney+ Hotstar

Starring Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti, this show follows a wall street biggie who is at war with a government attorney but their differences are way more than professional. As they engage in a cat and mouse game, they realise they have much more in common than they realise.

19:34 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Aarya: Disney+ Hotstar

The Sushmita Sen starrer series follows Aarya, who has to take control of her family business after her husband is killed mysteriously by a masked gunman. Aarya has to do right by her children whilst she is dealing with drug lords and the cops who are watching her every move closely. The Ram Madhvani series is binge-worthy and deserves to be seen.

18:45 (IST)15 Jan 2021
A Simple Murder: SonyLIV

The dark comedy series stars Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sushant Singh, Priya Anand, Yashpal Sharma, Gopal Datt and Ayaz Khan. In her review of A Simple Murder, The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, "So we get a rising body-count, shiny-grimy West Delhi Dwarka-Janakpuri-Mayapuri locations– a grungy watering-hole where would-be assassins meet, perchance, a hotel where you can hire ladies of the night for a bit of S&M, a junkyard where the carcasses of cars and humans get the same treatment, and a bag stuffed with pink notes which keeps changing hands. The writers display flair and imagination, and that’s more than half the battle won. The other half is taken up by the actors, and what a blast they are."

18:05 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Extraction: Netflix

In this Sam Hargrave directorial, Chris Hemsworth’s character Tyler Rake, a mercenary, is recruited by another mercenary Nik Khan (Golshifteh Farahani) to rescue the son (Rudhraksh Jaiswal) of an imprisoned crime lord (Pankaj Tripathi). Randeep Hooda, Priyanshu Painyuli and David Harbour also star. While the plot and characters are thin, Extraction is all the same a gripping piece of entertainment.

17:33 (IST)15 Jan 2021
A Suitable Boy: Netflix

Based on Vikram Seth’s novel of the same name, this Mira Nair miniseries is streaming on Netflix. The Indian Express’ Shubhra Gupta shared in her review, “The series may seem a bit too explanatory in some places, but when there is so much fear about looking at the present and the way things are imploding, Nair’s clear-eyed, unambiguous stance in recreating an older India, where things were difficult, but where there was still the possibility of friendship and amity between Hindus and Muslims, makes her A Suitable Boy worth your time.”

17:02 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Criminal Justice Season 2: Disney+ Hotstar

Starring Pankaj Tripathi in the lead role, Criminal Justice Season 2 is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta shared in her review, “Take note, Criminal Justice 2 is no Orange is the New Black, Netflix’s breakout series, though one can see hints of the Australian series Wentworth. But this is not a show about women in prison. It’s about women and their struggle with and in society to even breathe at times. It’s about daily relatable things that women face everywhere. It’s about a woman who is judged instantly for her actions, while a man can literally get away with murder. It’s about the notion of patriarchy, and how often women enable it. It’s about women’s right to be acknowledged in a workplace dominated by men. It’s about women having the right to chose, or to say no, to stay or to leave. There’s a nod to sexual consent as well, but neither of these issues overwhelm or dominate, they all blend seamlessly, adding to the complex, layered narrative.”

16:37 (IST)15 Jan 2021
The Trial of Chicago 7: Netflix

Aaron Sorkin's star-studded courtroom drama The Trial of Chicago 7 is based on the trial of the titular group of people who protested against the Vietnam War. It stars Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton, and Mark Rylance.

16:22 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Unpaused: Amazon Prime Video

Unpaused is an anthology of five short films directed by Raj & DK, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Avinash Arun and Nitya Mehra. The five directors share five stories from lockdown when the world around us came to a standstill. The five stories examine the loneliness, the struggles and even the epiphanies that changed our lives during the lockdown.

15:58 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Bridgerton: Netflix's Anvita Singhw rote about the Shonda Rhimes series, "The new Netflix regency drama Bridgerton presents the bygone era of 19th century Britain in a novel style. One in which people of colour play a prominent role. Although historically inaccurate, the Shonda Rhimes production attempts to put the spotlight on people of colour and the role they had in forming the then flourishing, but scandal-ridden society of British elites." Read More

15:41 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Tribhanga: Netflix

Starring Kajol, Tanvi Azmi and Mithila Palkar, this Renuka Shahane directorial is now streaming on Netflix. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review of the film, "What I really like about Tribhanga is the clear-eyed, unsentimental treatment of relationships, which can often be so cloyingly exaggerated in mainstream cinema." READ MORE

15:13 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Kaagaz: ZEE5

Starring Pankaj Tripathi in the lead role, Kaagaz has been directed by Satish Kaushik. The Indian Express' Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, "In these days of non-stop discussion-and-discord over official papers (the spirited anthems around ‘hum kaagaz nahi dikhaygene’ still have residual power), Kaagaz could have been an important film. But the plot is littered with clichés, and comes off distressingly dated: the evil aunt rolls her eyes, the bad guys swirl their ‘moochch’, the item girl swings her waist, the sarkari cogs-in-the-wheel smirk, and so on." Read More.

15:09 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Gullak Season 2: SonyLIV

The Indian Express' Shubhra Gupta called Gullak Season 2 "a heartwarming watch" and wrote in her review, "Geetanjali Kulkarni makes a wonderful pivot as the wife-and-mother who keeps everything going, nagging everyone with equal energy so that they can come up with their best." Read More.

15:06 (IST)15 Jan 2021
WandaVision: Disney+ Hotstar

Marvel's much-awaited series WandaVision is now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.'s Kshitij Rawat wrote in his first impression of the series, "Both Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany are wonderful as a couple struggling to keep their powers in check and appear normal. The actors get a chance to settle in and flesh out their take on their respective characters. Vision, a stoic and aloof android in the movies, becomes somebody you would never have expected." Read More.

15:01 (IST)15 Jan 2021
Tandav: Prime Video

Starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Tigmanshu Dhulia among others, this Ali Abbas Zafar series is now streaming on Prime Video. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta called the show "a pedestrian series" and wrote in her review, "Saif Ali Khan has moments, but comes off too Bollywood-familiar, as does Kapadia, clad in the most mouth-watering saris: both are capable of so much more. Those who rise above the pedestrian writing are Grover (his Gurpal is shiver-inducing), Gauhar Khan and Sandhya Mridul, and Tigmanshu Dhulia, who infuses his part with real brio, and is the best part of the show." Read More

Gullak, the simple story of a simple North Indian family, has returned with its second season on Sony LIV. The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta shared in her review of the series, "Geetanjali Kulkarni makes a wonderful pivot as the wife-and-mother who keeps everything going, nagging everyone with equal energy so that they can come up with their best." She added, "As in the first season, the all-seeing ‘gullak’ is the ‘sutradhar’ givings us the lowdown on all happenings, which revolve around nosy, nit-picking neighbours (Sunita Rajwar is a hoot), kindly kitty party aunties, local power-centres busy putting down people who think they deserve more, and relatives who deliberately sent wedding invitation cards without that all-important pre-fix, ‘sa-parivaar’."

Tribhanga, starring Kajol, Mithila Palkar and Tanvi Azmi, premiered on Netflix today. The family drama follows women of three generations of a family as they navigate their way through complicated relationships. Renuka Shahane has directed the film. Shahane said in a statement, "I wanted to capture the dysfunctional family dynamics when the core, the relationship with the mother, is shaky and unstable. I added three different generations to better reflect the intergenerational perspective in looking at the same event in three different ways."

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