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Streaming Guide: What to watch on March 17

Here are the web series and movies you should watch.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 23, 2020 7:46:43 pm
Movies online 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.

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

Also Read | Streaming Guide: What to watch on March 16

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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Want to watch a web series or movie online? Check out our streaming guide.

20:18 (IST)17 Mar 2020
You've Got Mail: Hotstar

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks star in this Nora Ephron directorial when the internet age was just beginning to make its presence felt. While Ryan's character is an independent book shop owner, Hanks owns a big multi-storey store. The two combat each other and somewhere in the middle, predictably fall in love. However, despite those certain forseeable endings and situations, the film is immensely watchable. 

19:58 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Deadpool: Hotstar

Deadpool is the quintessential antihero flick with oodles of action, bawdy humour and thrilling sequences. This blockbuster won hearts for its writing and a winning performance by lead star Ryan Reynolds. A perfect watch to take your mind off things. 

19:33 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Schitt's Creek: Netflix

This Dan and Eugene Levy sitcom is a pure delight from start to finish. With six seasons and each episode lasting for about 20-25 minutes, what we have at hand here is a masterful comedy. Things go haywire when Johnny Rose and his eccentric family go broke and are coerced into retiring in one of their previous properties by the name of Schitt's Creek. 

19:15 (IST)17 Mar 2020
His Dark Materials: Hotstar

James McAvoy, Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson star in this epic fantastical drama series based on the books penned by Philip Pullman. There is science, magic, power and conceit. But what is one of the most compelling things about this show is that it stands as a metaphor to life as we know it. Read our take on the show here. 

18:50 (IST)17 Mar 2020
The Two Popes: Netflix

This 2019 Oscar-nominated movie is a biographical drama of well, two popes -- Pope Benedict and Pope Francis. While one is more orthodox and conventional in his ways, the latter likes to take life with a pinch of salt. A story of succession, power, peace and belief --The Two Popes features Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce in the lead. It has been helmed by Fernando Meirelles. 

18:24 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Killing Eve: Hotstar

Both the seasons of this dark crime drama with humourous tones were received well by critics as well as the audience. Need we add that Phoebe Waller Bridge was one of the writers and showrunners of the first season? The series features Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in the lead. Yes, you read that right -- an all female led detective show, and it's quite the watch. 

18:00 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Crashing: Netflix

Phoebe Waller Bridge to the rescue again. Six Twenty somethings live together in a non-functional hospital. There's relationship, drama, romance and humour. Written and created by Phoebe Waller Bridge, Crashing is a sweet coming-of-age tale set in the UK. 

17:41 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Netflix

With the help of some incredible graphics and nuanced research and writing, Hasan Minhaj presents his daily take on topical issues of the time. Worth every second. Now this is what they call infotainment. The show is currently streaming on Netflix. 

17:19 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Modern Family: Hotstar

A gay couple adopt an asian kid, a latino is married to a crazy rich American, oh and there's also some teen drama coupled with quite a few serious laughs involved. This is what makes up 'the modern family.' Like Friends, this American series is one of those sitcoms you can watch at any given time of the day. 

16:48 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Fleabag: Amazon Prime Video

Phoebe Waller Bridge is increasingly becoming a force to reckon with in the entertainment business. And Fleabag was a show that got her the widespread critical acclaim. Phoebe wrote, directed and acted as the protagonist in the show. The plot of the show might seem simple but it is not at all handled simplistically -- a young woman figuring out life after losing her best friend. More deets on the show, here. 

16:20 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Koffee with Karan: Hotstar

In the mood for something fun and frivolous? Then this Karan Johar hosted show is right up your alley. Stars, gossip and glamour form the three key ingredients of the chat show. And everyone from SRK to Big B has graced the notorious coffee couch. 

15:58 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Soni: Netflix

A Netflix Original, this movie is not your regular cop affair. It has no over-the-top action and faultless heroes. The characters are humane and imperfect, and the lead heroine gives us a glimpse of what happens to a righteous but somewhat temperamental police officer. Saloni Batra and Geetika Vidya star. Check out our review here. 

15:31 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Pushpavalli: Amazon Prime Video

Sumukhi Suresh and Manish Anand starrer show mainly concerns itself with stalking and an obsessive kind of love (if at all it can be called that). Pushpavalli was supposed to marry a Brahmin man but things fall apart when she unwittingly falls for the charming Nikhil Rao. What follows next is chaos, madness and hilarity.  

15:01 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Amazon Prime Video

This Oscar nominated film by Quentin Tarantino is a love letter to the old Hollywood, the one which Tarantino witnessed as a youngster. It has elements of an epic movie, a historical drama and a thriller and packs quite a few moments of dark humour, Tarantino style. It features Leonardo di Caprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie and a host of other well-known names of the industry in special appearances. 

Also read | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood movie review

14:37 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Friends: Netflix

When you can't see friends, thanks to social-distancing, what do you do? We recommend watching the very lovable ensemble of American sitcom Friends. Joey, Chandler, Ross, Monica, Rachel and Phoebe to the rescue! 

14:21 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Mulk: ZEE5

Taapsee Pannu starrer and Anubhav Sinha directed Thappad is winning accolades for its story and performances even as we write this. So it seems an apt time to watch the duo's 2018 hard-hitting drama Mulk. The film revolves around one joint Muslim family whose honour is at stake after a family member takes to terrorism. Set in the Indian heartland, Mulk also features Rishi Kapoor. For more details, read our review. 

13:52 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Hotstar

This highly acclaimed variety show and its host, John Oliver, take everything from politics to social issues head on. Witty and brilliant, Last Week Tonight boasts of a very personable host and extremely tight writing. The episodes are also available to stream on YouTube. 

13:36 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Special OPS: Hotstar

A crime thriller and a manhunt to nab a notorious terrorist, Hotstar's latest Special OPS has many things working for it. The show also stars Karan Tacker, Divya Dutta and Vinay Pathak among others. For more deets, check out our first impression of the show here.

13:20 (IST)17 Mar 2020
War: Amazon Prime Video

One of the biggest hits of all time, this Bollywood blockbuster features the good-looking pair of Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff in the lead. Twists, and dramatic turns and impressive action stunts makes this film a total blast to watch. For more details, read our review of the film here. 

12:57 (IST)17 Mar 2020
Uyare: Netflix

This Parvathy film is quite similar to Deepika Padukone's Chhapaak. However, it should be noted that Uyare released well before the latter. An upgraded version of Chhapaak, Uyare, unlike Chhapaak, never preaches but marches to its own well-tuned beat. Tovino Thomas also stars. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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.

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