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Streaming Guide: What to watch on March 16

Here are the web series and movies you should watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, ZEE5 and Voot among more.

Written by Antara Chakraborthy | Chennai | Updated: March 19, 2020 11:55:11 am
What to watch on streaming platforms A look at the web series and movies available for streaming on Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video.

Out of nowhere, web series have become an indispensable part of our daily entertainment. They are available to watch 24×7 unlike films and television shows, which have specific schedules.

Apart from global players like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, several desi streaming platforms have also cropped up. Hotstar is the biggest streamer or OTT platform in India. Previously, owned by Star TV, and by extension Fox, it is now the property of Disney with its acquisition of Fox.

India also has streaming platforms like SonyLIV, ALTBalaji, ZEE5 and Voot, with a significant user base.

In the recent past, web series like ALTBalaji-ZEE5’s Mentalhood and Voot Select’s Asur, and Netflix films like Guilty and Yeh Ballet have found favour with the audience.

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22:17 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Chhapaak: Hotstar

This Deepika Padukone starrer revolves around the story of one acid attack survior who fought against all odds to attain dignity of life. Also starring Vikrant Massey, the movie has been directed by Meghna Gulzar. While Chhapaak tanked at the box office, the film won critical acclaim, mainly thanks to Deepika's convincing act as Malti. 

21:54 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Guilty: Netflix

While the film itself is not a great watch, the message it contains certainly is complex and worthy of atttention. Guilty has received mixed reviews and according to indianexpress.com, "The film's profound message is weakened by its star-saviour complex." The Kiara Advani film is currently streaming on Netlflix. Here's our take on the movie. 

 

21:29 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Special OPS: Hotstar

Who doesn't like a crime thriller? And with names like Neeraj Pandey and Kaykay Menon involved in the project, the show is certainly generating a huge buzz. Apart from Menon, Special Ops will also see the likes of Karan Tacker, Vinay Pathak and Divya Dutta in action. The show will start streaming from March 17. 

21:04 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Mentalhood: AltBalaji

This latest Ekta Kapoor produced web series is about good parenting. However, that's not the only thing it has to offer. It's a show catering to mothers and actually ends up offering decent parenting advice. Read our review for more deets. 

20:59 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Contagion: Netflix

Along the same lines of Pandemic, Contagion is another movie that is gaining popularity after the coronavirus outbreak. The film, which hit screens in 2011, stars Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Winslet. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the film's storyline shares many parallels with the current situation across the world.

Read | Here is why Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion is gaining popularity amid coronavirus outbreak

20:44 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Pandemic: Netflix

There won’t be a more perfect time to watch Netflix’s brand new docu-series Pandemic. The show talks about how prepared (or not) the world is to tackle a new viral outbreak. It also focuses on the plight and the kindness of health-care workers all over the world, and is a moving tale of perseverance. 

20:29 (IST)16 Mar 2020
The Boys: Amazon Prime Video

If you are tired of the same old tropes of superhero films, Amazon Prime’s The Boys is a refreshing take that you must watch. Yes, the show is about superheroes who save the world, but at the same time, we are given a peek at what happens behind the scenes of blind hero-worship. The entire series takes place in a commercialised universe where the superheroes are controlled by a corporation. Their image and their “tasks” are all monitored to feed the public and therein lies the problem. As the second season is already on its way, make sure you catch The Boys on Amazon Prime Video.

20:16 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Money Heist: Netflix

The very popular Money Heist is all set to return with its fourth season next month. Make sure you stay up-to-date by catching all the previous seasons on Netflix. If you are awaiting the next season with baited breath, check out the trailer.

20:00 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Paanch Phoron: Hoichoi

If you are in the mood to explore some light-hearted regional shows, Paanch Phoron comes highly recommended. The Bengali anthology series comes in two-parts and attempts to explore love in all of its forms. Five different directors from West Bengal and Bangladesh come together to narrate five tales that are sure to make you feel a broad spectrum of emotions. Read the review for more details.

19:44 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Barry: Hotstar

If you want to watch something that is equal parts dark and funny, then Barry is the show for you. This Bill Hader show is ranked as one of the best comedy shows of 2018 and rightfully so. The show focuses on an ex-United States Marine who now works as a ruthless hitman in the Midwest, but he does not like his job. He goes to Los Angeles on an ‘assignment’ and ends up in a community of people looking to make an entry into Los Angeles’s theatre scene. The second season premiered last year and the show is bound to keep you invested till the very last episode.

19:31 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Jamtara: Sabka Number Aayega: Netflix

True crime lovers, Jamtara: Sabka Number Aayega is a gem that’s hiding in the crevices of Netflix. Based on a true story, the series focuses on phishing operations in Jamtara district. Directed by Soumendra Padhi, the 10-part series garnered positive reviews upon its release. In an interview with Indian Express, Padhi said, “What drew me to this particular crime, as a concept, is that I feel it is a great equaliser. Most people there have not studied after class six. All they do is procure mobile phones and it’s like a family business, they’re all into conning.”

Read | What drew me to phishing, as a concept, is that I feel it is a great equaliser: Jamtara director Soumendra Padhi

19:14 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Westworld: Hotstar

Fan-favourite show Westworld is back with its third season after a gap of 2 years. The science fiction series, created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, has been winning critical acclaim, thanks to its innovative writing, imaginative plot-twists and a new form of story-telling. This is the right time for the first-time watchers to delve into the series. For those who have been following the series for a while, check out our first impression below.

Read | Westworld Season 3 first impression: Aaron Paul-starrer looks like a whole new show

19:01 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo: Netflix, Sun NXT

It looks like the demand for Allu Arjun’s latest release Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo is yet to die down. The Trivikram Srinivas directorial, which also stars Pooja Hegde, Tabu, Jayaram, Samuthirakani, has consistently topped the list of trending Indian movies ever since its digital debut on February 26.

Indianexpress.com critic Manoj Kumar R gave the film 3 stars out of 5 and wrote in his review, “The main pleasures of Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo are not unravelling of the secrets that the characters are determined to carry to their graves. It is Trivikram's writing and his intention to tell a story and entertain the audience without any rush.”

Read | Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo movie review: Allu Arjun and Trivikram Srinivas entertain us again

18:43 (IST)16 Mar 2020
Asur: Voot Select

Voot Select’s latest web series titled Asur is for fans of the crime-thriller genre. The show, with a fair dose of Indian mythology, revolves around a serial killer. It stars Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Anupriya Goenka, Riddhi Dogra and Sharib Hashmi among others. According to Indianexpress.com, Asur is a web series that holds promise. "What is interesting about Asur is that it is dipping its hands into a lot of things - a dissolving marriage, love, crime, mythology and psychology,” read the first impression of Asur.

Read | Asur first impression: This thriller holds promise

Hotstar will be rebranded as Disney+ Hotstar on March 29. Disney+ shows and movies like The Mandalorian, High School Musical: The Series, Diary of a Future President, Encore, Togo, Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made, and Lady and the Tramp among more will be available for streaming on the platform.