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What to watch on November 21: A Simple Murder streaming on SonyLIV

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

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 22, 2020 9:25:03 am
A Simple Murder, Mohammed Zeeshan AyyubA Simple Murder is streaming on SonyLIV.

Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are still the major source of entertainment. The good thing is that the content well has not dried up yet. It may soon, but for now previously produced movies and TV shows are debuting on OTT platforms on a nearly daily basis even as big productions meant for theatrical release languish.

Warner Bros has announced a double distribution model for Wonder Woman 1984. The Gal Gadot-led DC superhero tentpole, directed by Patty Jenkins, will release on a streaming platform and in theatres. The streaming option is only for HBO Max subscribers in United States. The rest of us will get to watch only in theatres, and judging by the circumstances, not many have re-developed love for theatrical releases yet due to the fear of catching Covid-19.

Netflix’s Mismatched is one of the big releases today. The young adult series, starring Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha and Vidya Malavade among others, is based on Sandhya Menon’s novel When Dimple met Rishi.

Prajakta, who plays Dimple in Mismatched, had earlier told, “For me, this was a big decision because I was stepping out of my YouTube universe for the first time. I had a couple of opportunities before this but they just did not feel right. When I read the story of Mismatched, I looked at it as an audience and I felt that I totally wanted to be a part of the show. I felt lucky to have got such an opportunity, which is so perfect.”

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

16:26 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Better Call Saul: Netflix

Better Call Saul is at least as good as Breaking Bad (according to some, even better at times) even if it is mostly devoid of moments of big drama and twists that characterised the tale of Walter White.

16:06 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Pareeksha: ZEE5

Directed by Prakash Jha, Pareeksha stars Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose, Shubham Jha, Sanjay Suri. The Indian Express critic Shubhra Gupta gave the film 2.5 stars and wrote, 'Prakash Jha knows his Bihar. The accents, the cadences, the characters, including the gold-chained festooned ‘sahukar’ and the entitled ‘sahebs’, feel right. An underdog-as-winner is an always-in-demand subject; a little less exposition would have made this well-intentioned film better.'

15:43 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Margarita with a Straw: Netflix

In Margarita with a Straw, Kalki Koechlin’s character is a teenage girl who is not afraid to express her sexual urges and finds herself enjoying getting intimate with both men and women.

15:19 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Haider: Netflix

Set in Kashmir in the 1990s, Haider tackled many sensitive matters pretty deftly without being too judgmental. It was another triumphant entry in Vishal Bhardwaj’s glorious line of Shakespeare adaptations set in Indian context (Maqbool and Omkara drew inspiration from Macbeth and Othello respectively) and was based on one of the most famous works by the Bard: Hamlet. With a taut storyline, strong performances particularly by Shahid Kapoor as the titular character, Haider was relentlessly absorbing.

15:02 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Aligarh: JioCinema and Eros Now

Aligarh is an important film that, like Haider, handled a sensitive matter masterfully. Manoj Bajpayee delivers an absolutely storming performance as a homosexual professor who is persecuted just because of his sexual orientation. Bajpayee’s work is complemented quite well by Rajkumar Rao as an enthusiastic real-life young journalist Deepu Sebastian (who incidentally worked at the Indian Express then).

14:33 (IST)21 Nov 2020
The Third Day: Disney+ Hotstar

HBO's miniseries The Third Day is an effective mystery that rises above its premise's trappings largely due to Jude Law's superlative performance, capable direction and cinematography.

14:13 (IST)21 Nov 2020
The Big Sick: Amazon Prime Video

A low budget film that tells the story of screenwriter Emily V Gordon and her husband and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who have also written the story together. This is a no-holds-barred story that does not gloss over anything a relationship is - messy, sometimes infuriating and perplexing, but beautiful and worth it nonetheless.

13:52 (IST)21 Nov 2020
The Witcher: Netflix

Based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s stories, which also inspired a hugely popular series of open-world RPG video-games, the world of the witcher resembles Westeros (from Game of Thrones) in many ways. For one, it is a gritty, dirty world full of violence, sex, and so on. For another, there is no clear division of good or bad like in most fantasy tales. However, The Witcher boasts of a lot of magic and fantastical creatures, which George RR Martin’s novels shied away from. The hero itself, Geralt of Rivia, is a mutated human with superhuman abilities. Game of Thrones in comparison had magic, but only on the periphery, at least in the first few seasons.

13:35 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Black Summer: Netflix

The standard yet thrilling zombie apocalypse series has a woman being separated from her daughter. She goes on a journey to find her, determined to be reunited come hell or high water.

13:20 (IST)21 Nov 2020
This is Us: Disney+ Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video

An endearing family drama, This is Us weaves a charming tale of a dysfunctional family. A beautiful show where characters seem to have a life of their own instead of being controlled by the strings in the hands of the creators. The show does have its dark moments, but its essence is that of love and family.

13:01 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Rome: Disney+ Hotstar

Before Game of Thrones, HBO had Rome, a lavish and no-holds-barred take on Roman Empire around the time of Caesar’s assassination. It is a gorgeously shot show that unfortunately turned out to be simply too expensive and was discontinued after 2 seasons in spite of huge success.

12:25 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Black Friday: Disney+ Hotstar

Anurag Kashyap’s first release Black Friday is a riveting tale based on the 1993 bombings that shook Mumbai. Though the film was not a commercial success, it has gained a cult status over the years. Kashyap through his actors recreated the actual events as faithfully as possible. Kay Kay Menon, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vijay Maurya and Aditya Shrivastava among others gave spectacular performances in the film.

11:57 (IST)21 Nov 2020
They Shall Not Grow Old: Netflix

They Shall Not Grow Old is a World War II documentary directed by Peter Jackson. 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.

11:39 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Masaan: Netflix

One of the few films that dared to take oppressive societal mores that restrict personal independence head on, Masaan was a surprisingly swell directorial debut by Neeraj Ghaywan. It dexterously wove two independent storylines that ran parallel and hardly met. Richa Chaddha once again demonstrated why she is a force to be reckoned with by getting into her role with a professional ease. Vicky Kaushal, then a newcomer, was pretty convincing as a shy and awkward small-town boy.

11:17 (IST)21 Nov 2020
Modern Love: Amazon Prime Video

A romantic anthology series that dramatises the real-life love stories from the New York Times’ column of the same name, Modern Love explores love in all its forms.

11:04 (IST)21 Nov 2020
A Simple Murder: SonyLIV

A Simple Murder is a dark comedy web serie starring Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub. The Indian Express Shubhra Gupta wrote about it, "The opening credits are perky, and the music is well done, matching the pace and situations. These are things which add to our viewing pleasure: murders may never be simple, but crime sometimes does pay."

20:36 (IST)20 Nov 2020
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.

20:10 (IST)20 Nov 2020
The Last Kingdom: Netflix

The Last Kingdom gives some interesting insights on Alfred the Great, the man who first envisioned the idea of England as a single entity as opposed to a conglomerate of disparate kingdoms like Mercia and Wessex. The story is told through the eyes of a nobleman's son who is kidnapped by the Danes invading England.

19:43 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Dracula: Netflix

Netflix’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Victorian-era Gothic horror novel was a surprisingly clever, well-performed piece of entertainment. While it was a considerable departure from the source material, it remains an interpretation that Stoker himself probably would have been proud of.

19:16 (IST)20 Nov 2020
Versailles: Netflix

An underrated show of the time when the Palace of Versailles was being built, and the court was being moved from Paris to Versailles. The show offers insight into the politics of the time and how kings dealt threats, internal and external.

A Simple Murder is finally streaming on Sony LIV. 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."