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What to watch on August 21: Mee Raqsam is now streaming on ZEE5

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.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 21, 2020 10:28:22 pm
mee raqsam, what to watchMee Raqsam is available on ZEE5.

The world is still battling the coronavirus pandemic, which means the return to movie halls is still a distant dream. Thankfully, we have various OTT platforms to save the day. Streaming services such as ZEE5, Netflix, Disney Plus Hotstar, SonyLIV, Amazon Prime Video, Voot Select among others have been regularly releasing new content.

Recently, the Pakistani show Churails, which is streaming on ZEE5, has been at the receiving end of plaudits. The series has managed to grab many eyeballs for its portrayal of the leading female characters and the performances of the artistes. The show features Sarwat Gilani, Nimra Bucha, Meher Bano and Yasra Rizvi in the lead roles. It has been directed by Asim Abbasi.

The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta praised the actors and the dialogue-writing of the show. “Good performances, sparkly dialogue (I want to die in Dior, says Jugnu; and all the other lines in the delicious Urdu intonations, so familiar to us from those Pakistani serials we have watched so avidly), a well-judged, muted background score (a couple of Hindi movie songs pop up, too) and a strong emotional core in its better parts: the series paints a vivid picture of the place it is set in, and you come away knowing what makes its characters tick,” a section of her review read.

Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl also premiered last week on Netflix. The Janvhi Kapoor starrer received mixed reviews. While Janhvi Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi were praised for their performances, the story received negative feedback for the cinematic liberties it took. However, Netflix is not looking too beat up about the whole debacle as it continues to churn out content on a daily basis. For now, the streaming giant is looking forward to the release of the Bobby Deol drama Class of ’83.

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

22:28 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Homecoming: Amazon Prime Video

Julia Roberts stars in this psychological thriller based on the podcast of the same name created by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg. Roberts plays the role of a social worker at a facility that apparently helps soldiers coming from war zones transition to the civilian life. Though, it is done by making the soldiers basically forget the bad stuff, creating a blank space in its place.

Bobby Cannavale, Stephan James, Shea Whigham also star in this tight, compelling thriller that needs to be watched to appreciate the superlative writing and performances.

A second season is also available now, starring Janelle Monáe in the lead role. 

21:58 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Black Mirror: Bandersnatch: Netflix

This is an interactive movie that lets you make decisions for the main character. Following the same dystopian sci-fi genre of the Black Mirror series, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch revolves around young programmer Stefan Butler, who is adapting a fantasy choose-your-own-adventure novel into a video game in 1984.

21:32 (IST)21 Aug 2020
The Tale: Disney+ Hotstar

Written and directed by Jennifer Fox, The Tale is based on her own experiences of child sexual abuse. This is no sanitised version of events. This is harsh reality laid bare - unsparing, unstinting.

20:53 (IST)21 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.

20:23 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Disney Hotstar

This film was all about repairing the supposed damage that the previous entry in the sequel trilogy, The Last Jedi, did. Essentially, it tried to please the fanboys and turned out to be so messy that it did not please anybody. However, as a send off it is pretty good and if you are a fan, it will make you emotional and teary-eyed.

19:54 (IST)21 Aug 2020
The One and Only Ivan: Disney+ Hotstar

The One and Only Ivan is a film which, without saying anything particularly profound or interesting to anybody over the age of 14, makes for a moving and delightful 90-odd minute experience — for all age groups.

Read full review: The One and Only Ivan movie review: A stirring film with a lot of heart

19:35 (IST)21 Aug 2020
CB Strike: Disney+ Hotstar

Based on Robert Galbraith's crime books, this series follows Afghan War vet and private investigator Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin as they solve mysteries. In case you are not aware, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym of JK Rowling.

19:04 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Kingdom: Netflix

At its core, Kingdom is a tale of the struggle for the throne, but the said struggle gets hampered by dead people getting resurrected because of a mysterious plant which also turns them into witless cannibals.

18:31 (IST)21 Aug 2020
The Fundamentals of Caring: Netflix

This surprisingly sweet film boasts of everything that makes a road trip movie great. Despite using the same old tropes (different personalities travelling together reluctantly), the cast (Paul Rudd — ’nuff said) does a great job of making a strong script and clever dialogues come alive.

18:02 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Outlander: Netflix

This Starz series tells us that love-stories do not simply just exist, they are often improbable. The central love-story in this show is between a 20th-century Englishwoman and an 18th-century Scottish man. Claire is transported back in time and meets a Scottish young man she falls in love with. She does have a husband in her time and she is faithful, but there is no way to get to him. Outlander streams on Netflix.

17:35 (IST)21 Aug 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.

16:52 (IST)21 Aug 2020
The Banker: Apple TV+

The strangely titled The Banker is Apple TV+’s latest offering. Why do I believe the title is strange? For one, it is not accurate. The lead character played by Anthony Mackie is technically not a banker in the movie. Also, the title makes The Banker appear pretty boring, and this is a film which covers an absolutely fascinating real story and does it in an entertaining fashion. Read More

16:28 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Abhay 2: ZEE5

The second season of Abhay has Kunal Kemmu reprising his role of investigating officer Abhay Pratap Singh. But this time, he is seen dealing with more deadly criminals, played by actors Ram Kapoor, Chunky Panday and Raghav Juyal. Directed by Ken Ghosh, the eight-episode series also stars Nidhi Singh, Bidita Bag, Asha Negi, Indraneil Sengupta and Asheema Vardhan.

16:08 (IST)21 Aug 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.

15:47 (IST)21 Aug 2020
The Crown: Netflix

Netflix's extremely good-looking period drama, a story of Queen Elizabeth II from her marriage and the circumstances leading up to her coronation until today, is not particularly bingeable. It is not so much its pace as the narrative heft which forces the viewer to pause and reflect after each episode. It actually moves rapidly, chronologically speaking. The show is absolutely gorgeous. It does complete justice to its immoderate budget. The visual beauty is not just skin-deep. The attention to minute details is as exquisite. With the third season, it has only gotten better with the addition of Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter (replacing Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, respectively).

15:27 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Parasite: Amazon Prime Video

Parasite created history at the Academy Awards 2020 as it became the first international film to win the Best Film prize. The Indian Express' Shalini Langer wrote in her review of Parasite, "Korean director Bong Joon Ho’s latest film is a subtle and subversive depiction of class. The setting is Korean, and Ho brings out that country’s obsession with America, English, North Korea and aspirations succinctly. But in depicting the many layers that divide, and blind, the rich from the poor, the poor from the rich, men from women, and husbands from wives, Parasite is universal. And very, very unsettling." Read More

15:07 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Bikram - Yogi, Guru, Predator: Netflix

Bikram Choudhury, better known as the man who introduced the fad called ‘Hot Yoga’ to the West, is the subject of Netflix’s documentary Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator and much like the name, you see these multiple versions of the man through the 86 minute documentary. Read More.

14:44 (IST)21 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. 

14:24 (IST)21 Aug 2020
Criminal Justice: Disney+ Hotstar

Based on a British series of the same name, the show follows a man who finds himself convicted of murder. ‘Did he do it? or Did he not?’ forms the rest of the plot, which is quite engaging. Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia directorial Criminal Justice was praised for its stellar cast that includes Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff among others.

Read | Criminal Justice review: Night after night

13:58 (IST)21 Aug 2020
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before: Netflix

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is about 16-year-old Lara Jean Covey who loves reading romantic novels and inhabiting the space of those love stories. Lara is a scared teenager who is afraid to venture into the real world and live the life that she desires as she fears that people she falls for will end up leaving her one day. So Lara writes them letters instead. Letters to explain to herself the intensity of her crushes. In the span of less than two decades, she pens five letters. Now one fine day, those letters make their way to its addressees and drama ensues in the style of a John Hughes film.

Also read | To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before review: A teen romance reminiscent of John Cusack’s Say Anything

In a recent interview with indianexpress.com, Bobby Deol spoke about his experience of working on Class of '83. He said, "I’ve done quite a few films in my life where I’ve worn a uniform. But this was a different experience. It is the story of not just a cop, but also a normal human being, and what difficulties he goes through in approaching his work, how he has to fight the system. His honesty makes him work so hard that he doesn’t give that much importance to his own family. He dedicates himself completely towards looking after the public, the city and everything. I just loved the character so much."

The actor also spoke about working in the digital medium and said, "It’s my first film on the OTT platform, so we don’t know what the reaction will be, because we all are going to experience it for the first time. But whatever I’ve gathered, I think OTT platforms are a very interesting way of showcasing work. It’s a different viewing option. It gives a different way of looking at movies and enjoying them. So I’m sure people will enjoy Class of ’83 on Netflix. That’s all we can wish for."

While the Class of 83 will start streaming on Netflix from August 21, viewers also have other options like Flesh, Mee Raqsam and The Gone Game which will start streaming this week on Eros Now, ZEE5 and Voot Select, respectively. While Flesh is a crime drama that will feature Akshay Oberoi and Swara Bhasker in pivotal roles, Mee Raqsam is a tale of ambition and familial love. The Gone Game is a thriller series featuring Sanjay Kapoor, Arjun Mathur and Shweta Tripathi among others.