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What to watch on June 26: Manoj Bajpayee’s Bhonsle is now streaming on Sony LIV

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 Antara Chakraborthy | Chennai | Updated: June 27, 2020 8:00:51 am
Streaming Guide Here is what you can watch on streaming platforms today.

Most of the world is still affected by the coronavirus outbreak. In India, as in many other countries, the infection cases are still rising, and it still does not look like theaters in the country are going to reopen anytime soon. A few theaters are now operating in some countries like the United States, and it appears Christopher Nolan’s big-budget espionage thriller and Disney’s live-action adaptation of animated classic Mulan may be delayed further. While Tenet is scheduled to be released on July 31, Mulan is set to hit theaters on July 24. A report in The Hollywood Reporter said that it is unlikely that Mulan will stick the landing due to the rising cases. Some experts say that we might not get into the ‘normal’ movie-going experience in 2020 at all. People are having to stay at home and amuse themselves up by watching web series, films and other content on streaming services.

As a result, the streaming business is booming across the world. In India, whether it be giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, or homegrown streaming services like ZEE5 or ALTBalaji, the OTT platforms are gaining new subscribers every day. We are witnessing the premieres of shows and movies that were produced before the pandemic hit and there may be a shortage of new content as well if things continue to go on like this. And even when the production starts, this form of entertainment may change for good due to the concerns over contracting infections and advice to maintain social distancing.

For the time being, though, we are getting new stuff every other day. There is still a wealth of movies and shows to watch on streaming services. But with such a huge amount of content available on the aforementioned services, there might be a little problem of parsing through all of it to find out what is worth watching. Here is where we come in.

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

16:29 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Bhonsle: SonyLIV

The last time Manoj Bajpayee internalised a role as much was in 2017's Gali Guleiyan. 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.

Read more | Bhonsle movie review: Manoj Bajpayee is in top form

16:07 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Undone: Amazon Prime Video

Undone has been overlooked by many but this show is truly one of a kind. Touted as Amazon’s first original animated series, the show stands out for many reasons, but most notably, it’s breathtaking visuals. The animation, done by a process called Rotoscoping, is trippy and beautifully compliments the time-travelling story. Do not miss this.

15:36 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Aaranya Kaandam: Hotstar

Aaranya Kaandam shows the events of one single day in the lives of six characters. This action-thriller was the maiden directorial of Thiagarajan Kumararaja of Super Deluxe fame. The narration of the movie is not linear, and it tends to dip in and out of different stories. The combination of well-written characters and a brilliant screenplay results in a movie that keeps you hooked from start to end. And Jackie Shroff steals the show with his portrayal of the sleazy don, Singaperumal. The movie did not perform well at the box office upon its release, but achieved cult status over the years.

15:16 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Simmba: ZEE5

Rohit Shetty advanced his cop universe with Simmba. He presented Ranveer Singh as a loud and eccentric police officer. The film is a complete masala entertainer and full-on time pass.

14:47 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Demonte Colony: Sony LIV

The movie is based on an urban legend of a haunted residential area called Demonte Colony in the heart of Chennai. Named after a Portuguese merchant who settled there, Demonte Colony is said to house the spirit of his schizophrenic wife who committed suicide. In the movie, four friends decide to visit a haunted house in the colony and what follows makes the rest of the plot.

14:19 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Maqbool: Hotstar

Based on Macbeth, the first of Bhardwaj’s acclaimed films, it featured Naseeruddin Shah and Om Puri as greedy cops. Tabu’s Nimmi as the lonely mistress of don Abbaji (Pankaj Kapur) who seduces Maqbool (Irrfan Khan) into a web of murder, lust for power and greed, came as a revelation to the cine lovers. Irrfan Khan, as usual, displayed his expertise with his craft of acting. The film is counted among the best films of the Indian cinema.

13:40 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Asur: Voot Select

Asur had a nail-biting plot that combined the mythological fiction and thriller genres. Here, a killer on the loose is leaving his signature behind after every murder. These hints are specifically aimed at a particular officer with whom he engages in a cat-and-mouse game. 

13:08 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Karsandas Pay & Use: ZEE5

The premise for the film, directed by Krishnadev Yagnik, is similar to Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. A romantic comedy, the story is more Gujarat-centric and entertains even as it touches upon topics like sanitation and the class system.

12:25 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Thrissur Pooram: Amazon Prime Video

Thrissur Pooram' is an action packed entertainer starring Jayasurya in the lead role. Jayasurya is Pullu Giri, a Thrissur based ex-gangster, who is leading a normal life with his family and friends. How he, along with his family and friends are dragged into a duel with present day and new age villains of Thrissur forms the plot of the film.

11:51 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Tune In for Love: Netflix

Released last year, Tune in for Love is a slow-burning Korean romantic-drama that traces the journey of the protagonists over a decade. Even though the pace is slow, the movie evokes a sense of nostalgia and also has a beautiful soundtrack. Fair warning: you are bound to shed some tears.

11:17 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Defending Jacob: Apple TV+

This Apple TV+ series was a slow burner, but as the series moved on, it got seriously addictive. With Chris Evans in the lead role, Defending Jacob is the story of a family whose world turns upside down after their teenage son is accused of murdering his classmate.

10:56 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Bombay Talkies: Netflix

The 2013 anthology film, directed by Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar, celebrates 100 years of Hindi cinema. It showcases the influence of movies on our daily lives. Akhtar’s segment, Sheila Ki Jawaani, narrates the story of a 12-year-old kid who dreams of becoming a Bollywood dancer and worships a Katrina Kaif barbie. He takes inspiration from her fairy tale success story. But, his parents force him to take football training and leave dancing.

10:31 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Aankhen: Amazon Prime Video

Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Paresh Rawal, Sushmita Sen and Arjun Rampal, Aankhen has a bank robbery at the centre of its plot. Vijay Singh Rajput (Amitabh Bachchan), a bank manager who was fired from his job, hires three visually impaired men and a teacher from a school for blind people to rob the bank for him. The film found many takers due to its crisp storytelling.

10:12 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Little Fires Everywhere: Disney+ Hotstar

Starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, Little Fires Everywhere is a show about motherhood and the struggles that come with it. Based on the bestselling book by Celeste Ng, the show follows two mothers who are sometimes overwhelmed by the responsibilities that they have to fulfill. The secrets, the lies and everything that lies beneath their relationships with their children form the plot here. Watch it for Witherspoon and Washington.

09:50 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Kappela: Netflix

Written by Musthafa, Kappela shines light on the paradoxical society in its true form. It is a simple observational piece of cinema, and it never attempts to help the audience to tell the good guy from the bad one. Starring Anna Ben, Sreenath Bhasi and Roshan Mathew in the lead roles, the movie comes highly recommended.

Also Read | South Stream: Anna Ben’s Kappela

09:32 (IST)26 Jun 2020
High Time: Youtube

High Time is a six episode dark comedy web-series streaming on YouTube channel Karvanda Nirmitee. The show stars Aashutosh Gokhale, Kshitish Date, Sainath Ganuwad, Shddjarth Mahashabde, Ketaki Narayan and Tanvi Kulkarni. It is a story about four friends who explore their lives and failures together, and yet promise for a better tomorrow which depends on strengthening their friendship and never giving up on each other.

09:10 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Krishna and his Leela: Netflix

The film is about hooking up and breaking up, yes, but what makes Krishna and his Leela, interesting in the way he goes about it. And, in the way the women in his life deal with it. Read thew review here. 

08:49 (IST)26 Jun 2020
Gente-fied: Netflix

This Netflix drama surely deserved more attention than it received. The story of a Latin American family that is trying to sustain in the restaurant business as they stay true to their roots was emotional and funny. The family is trying to chase their American dream, but at the same time, they choose not to let go of their roots.

16:33 (IST)25 Jun 2020
Jojo Rabbit: Disney+ Hotstar

Jojo Rabbit is a film about a young German boy (Roman Griffin), who finds out that his mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their home. The film’s director Taika Waititi plays the boy’s imaginary friend Hitler whom he admires a lot. Jojo Rabbit won the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

16:06 (IST)25 Jun 2020
13 Reason Why Season 4: Netflix

The final season of the high school drama, based on Jay Asher’s 2007 novel of the same name, will see Liberty High School’s senior class preparing for graduation. But before they can say goodbye, the friends will have to get together one last time to keep a dangerous secret buried, and make heartbreaking choices that might change their lives forever.

This year, despite everything going on, has been pretty great for movies, theatrical or otherwise. We have had quite a few good ones in every genre imaginable, be it comedy, horror, thrillers, animated and so on. Not only studio-calibre Birds of Prey, but indie, made-for-web movies like 7500 impressed as well.

Also Read | Top 10 Hollywood movies of 2020 so far

And that holds true for films from India as well. Netflix's Bulbbul premiered to rave reviews on June 24. A supernatural drama written and directed by Anvita Dutt, Bulbbul stars Tripti Dimri, Avinash Tiwary, Paoli Dam, Rahul Bose and Parambrata Chattopadhyay.

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."

She added, "Dutt uses the ancient trope of a bloodthirsty ‘chudail with ultey pair’, a familiar creature tale in our scary ‘kisse-kahaani’, to create dread and fear. The writing is skilful and stays on point, and the performances are all solid. And as the little girl who grows into a woman, her enigmatic smile hiding the pain which she harnesses to great effect, Dimri is terrific."

The film's director Anvita Dutt told Indianexpress.com in an interview, "All the love-filled songs and rom-com dialogues, screenplay was for other directors, and for the stories they wanted to say. When I sat down to write for myself, it was my love for fables and supernatural stories that came in. I have been fascinated by the same since childhood, and continue to read it till now. I wrote Bulbbul for the sheer joy of telling the story, but I loved it so much that I wanted to direct it. So I rolled back my sleeves and got going. Fortunately for me, Karnesh and Anushka also loved it and decided to produce. Then Netflix came along. I feel blessed, excited and very happy that people will finally get to see my film.”

She also talked about her experience of directing the film, "It was so much fun. Writing has always been a beautiful experience, but I felt like a storyteller in the true sense while directing it. Also, I feel, everything I did, everyone I met had been training me for this job. Writing poetry, working with words, interacting with so many people has taught me a lot. And all that experience came handy when I was on the floor.”