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What to watch on October 10: Movies, web series to watch

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

Written by Sampada Sharma , Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi | Updated: October 10, 2020 3:59:28 pm
what to watch, Haunting of Bly Manor , streaming guideThe Haunting of Bly Manor is now streaming on Netflix. (Photo: Netflix)

Cinema halls in many parts of the country are preparing for a partial re-opening from October 15, but it will surely be a long wait before we see any new releases in theatres. Until then, the audience is relying on OTT platforms for their regular dose of entertainment.

This week’s new releases include Netflix’s Ginny Weds Sunny, Hubie Halloween, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Amazon Prime Video’s Black Box and The Lie, Sony LIV’s Scam 1992, MX Player’s High, ALTBalaji’s Gandii Baat Season 5 and Voot Select’s The Good Lord Bird.

Netflix’s Ginny Weds Sunny, starring Yami Gautam and Vikrant Massey in the lead roles, will begin streaming at 12:30 pm today. The romantic comedy based in Delhi and is set against the backdrop of a wedding. In a conversation with indianexpress.com, Yami spoke about her debut OTT release, “I’m very happy because it’s come as a huge saviour for the entertainment industry and even the audience in these tough times. While the debut happened because of the pandemic, this is not going to be an end of it. I have one more project set for an OTT release. I would like to dabble with both the mediums and the content it will offer.”

Horror series The Haunting of Bly Manor releases on Netflix today. This series is the second part of The Haunting series that earlier showcased The Haunting of the Hill House. Created by Mike Flanagan, this season is based on the Henry James novel The Turn of the Screw.

The web series Scam 1992, meanwhile, has started streaming on SonyLIV. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the series is based on the book The Scam by Debashish Basu and Sucheta Dalal. Scam 1992 stars Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Sharib Hashmi, Satish Kaushik, Rajat Kapoor among others. Hansal Mehta earlier shared in a statement, “I had read The Scam many years ago and even toyed with the idea of making it into a film. The film never got made! I believe every story has its destiny. With our newspapers screaming scam every single day, I think the time for telling these stories was just right. When Sameer and I met to discuss what we could do together, and he offered this subject to me, I had to say yes! I have a lot of respect for Sameer and his knack of choosing content that is relevant and has the potential for mass viewership. I’m looking forward to bringing this thrilling drama to life.”

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

15:59 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: Disney+ Hotstar

Equal parts swashbuckling piracy adventure and fantasy, Pirates of the Caribbean, or at least the first two films, is wholesome entertainment for the whole family.

15:30 (IST)10 Oct 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.

14:54 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Goodfellas: Netflix

This Martin Scorsese directorial is about the rise and fall of mobster Henry Hill (a real figure) and stars Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta. The film is easily one of the best Scorsese films if not the best.

14:29 (IST)10 Oct 2020
The Mandalorian: Disney+ Hotstar

Jon Favreau creation The Mandalorian is the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. It is about an ace bounty hunter, who due to recession in the wake of Galactic Empire’s obliteration, takes up a near-impossible job from a well-paying client.

14:00 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Duck Tales: Disney+ Hotstar

Relive your childhood and follow the adventures of ultra-rich Scrooge McDuck, and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie in the classic series.

13:48 (IST)10 Oct 2020
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Netflix

This show is based on the children book series of the same name and follows two young siblings as they try to protect themselves and their fortune from the devilish Count Olaf (played with a menacing glee by the inimitable Neil Patrick Harris). The series is the right mix of horror and comedy and you scarcely mind the improbability of the events unfolding before you, since it is incredibly entertaining.

13:16 (IST)10 Oct 2020
The One and Only Ivan: Disney+ Hotstar

The One and Only Ivan revolves around a silverback gorilla (the titular Ivan) who performs for his human master Mack (Bryan Cranston) in a mini-circus inside a mall. A gentle soul whose preoccupations include hanging out with other captive animals and a stray dog that sneaks into the cages once in a while, Ivan, the headliner of the circus, nevertheless has to look fierce and deadly in front of the audience. Because that is how humans imagine gorillas are, which in turn justifies all sorts of cruelties meted out to these animals.

12:55 (IST)10 Oct 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.

12:33 (IST)10 Oct 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.

12:07 (IST)10 Oct 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.

11:44 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Serious Men: Netflix

Based on Manu Joseph’s novel of the same name, Sudhir Mishra’s adaptation of Serious Men is a bitingly sharp, satirical look at Aspirational India.

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11:20 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Lovecraft Country: Disney+ Hotstar

If Lovecraft Country is one thing, it is blunt. There is no sanitisation here of the reality and even more than Watchmen, this series is true to life on a granular level. To be fair to Watchmen, that DC Comics adaptation also had an entire mythology of superheroes to contend with, and while Lovecraft Country does delve into Lovecraftian lore a little bit, its main emphasis remains on the daily humiliation, violence, persecution that white Americans inflicted on African-Americans just because of the colour of their skin.

11:00 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Hubie Halloween: Netflix

Hubie Halloween is a likeable movie. It is fun despite everything. It will make you laugh, and will keep you hooked for every one of those 100 minutes. There are worse ways to spend time.

Also Read | Hubie Halloween review: A likeable movie

10:37 (IST)10 Oct 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.

10:12 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Lootera: Netflix, Eros Now, MX Player

Set in the early ’50s, Lootera tells the story of Varun (Ranveer Singh) and Pakhi (Sonakshi Sinha). It has Massey in the role of Singh’s companion who visits Sinha’s house. Directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, the period drama is based on author O Henry’s 1907 short story The Last Leaf. The strength of the film lies in its spellbinding cinematography, superb performances and its soulful music.

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09:50 (IST)10 Oct 2020
Band of Brothers: Disney+ Hotstar

This HBO miniseries is executively produced by two giants of American cinema, Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who bring their experience of Saving Private Ryan to Band of Brothers It is an exquisite and sensitive portrayal of a company of soldiers. Future stars like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, James McAvoy, Simon Pegg made their name due to this series.

09:25 (IST)10 Oct 2020
The Haunting of Bly Manor: Netflix

Set in 1980s' England, the followup of Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, chronicles the tale of inhabitants of Bly Manor, the titular creepy house in English countryside. Like apparently all big houses in horror fiction, Bly Manor is haunted as well. Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Kate Siegel return from the original series.

20:19 (IST)09 Oct 2020
The Lego Batman Movie: Netflix and Disney Hotstar

This Batman movie is the most Batman-esque movie. In fact, if you see only this movie, you will have a pretty good idea as to what the superhero is all about. Will Arnett's superbly written and voiced Caped Crusader is as much a tribute as a parody of every live-action version of Batman. And it is downright nuts. Voldemort and Sauron are two of the villains that the Joker recruits to take down Batman, for crying out loud, and that is not the craziest thing in this movie. Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes are also part of the film's voice cast.

19:50 (IST)09 Oct 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.

19:18 (IST)09 Oct 2020
Malgudi Days: Amazon Prime Video

The classic Doordarshan TV series based on RK Narayan's charming small-town based stories still holds up well. Relive your childhood (if you watched Malgudi Days as a child, that is) with this series.

Adam Sandler-starrer Hubie Halloween released on Netflix on October 7. It is a horror-comedy set against the backdrop of Halloween. Amazon Prime Video also kicked off their Halloween lineup by releasing horror films The Lie and Black Box on October 6.

MX Player's latest web series High started streaming on October 7. The series stars Akshay Oberoi, Prakash Belawadi, Nakul Bhalla, Shweta Basu Prasad and Ranvir Shorey among others. The Indian Express' Shubhra Gupta wrote in her review, "Nine episodes, though, is a long time to keep up suspense and intrigue. If you are nifty enough, the glaring contrivances and plot holes and lazy repetitions can be quickly passed over. We get too much time to dwell on these things, and also to rue the fact that despite everything the bad guys sound very ‘filmi’."

AltBalaji's Gandii Baat first started in 2018 and has since become one of the most popular series of the streaming service. The fifth season of the series premiered on October 8.

The Good Lord Bird premiered on October 5 on Voot Select. The miniseries is based on the 2013 novel of the same name by James McBride. The series stars Ethan Hawke, Daveed Diggs, Wyatt Russell and Joshua Caleb Johnson among others.