As theatres across the country are limping back to normalcy, two big releases in the past week, Kangana Ranaut‘s Thalaivii and Laabam, starring Vijay Sethupathi and Shruti Haasan, had a dull opening at the box office.
Telugu film Seetimarr, starring Gopichand and Tamannaah Bhatia, emerged as the clear winner by collecting around Rs 4 crore on its opening day, the highest any Indian film has earned on the first day of release, since theatres in the country reopened after the second wave of Covid-19.
Thalaivii, which was released in theatres on September 10, in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi, managed to collect Rs 4.75 crore over the weekend, while Laabam, which had a wider release than the Ranaut-starrer in Tamil Nadu, collected only Rs 4 crore over four days.
Even as several films are opting to release in theatres, OTT releases show no signs of slowing down.
Annabelle Sethupathi – September 17 (Disney+ Hotstar)
According to the streaming platform, the film follows Rudra (Taapsee Pannu), a small-time burglar who gets into a palace full of ghosts. Along with the ghost, she finds out the mystery about the owner of the palace. The film also stars Vijay Sethupathi in the lead. In an interaction with Silverscreen India, the film’s director Deepak Sundarrajan revealed that it was producer Sudhan Sundaram who gave him the idea to make a film with “a house full of ghosts.”
Kaanekkaane – September 17 (SonyLIV)
Kaanekkaane, the upcoming Malayalam film starring Tovino Thomas, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Shruti Ramachandran in the lead roles, is a family drama, director Manu Ashokan told Silverscreen India. He said that while the film is primarily set in the drama genre, it also has some layers of engaging emotional and thriller elements. “Tovino plays the head of a marketing firm and his character has an emotional journey. Aishwarya essays a homemaker and Suraj plays the role of a deputy tahsildar,” he added.
Ankahi Kahaniya – September 17 (Netflix)
Ankahi Kahaniya is an anthology of three stories, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Abhishek Chaubey, and Saket Chaudhary, chronicling “three unheard and untold tales of love.” The ensemble cast includes Abhishek Banerjee, Zoya Hussain, Kunal Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi, Palomi, Rinku Rajguru, and Delzad Hiwale. The film’s plotline on Netflix reads, “As big city life buzzes around them, lonely souls discover surprising sources of connection and companionship in three tales of love, loss and longing.”
Intrusion – September 22 (Netflix)
Actors Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green star in Intrusion, which is directed by Adam Salky. The film’s synopsis on the streaming platform reads, “After a deadly home invasion at a couple’s new dream house, the traumatized wife searches for answers — and learns the real danger is just beginning.”
Maestro – September 17 (Disney+ Hotstar)
The Telugu dark comedy crime thriller film, starring Nithiin, Tamannaah Bhatia and Nabha Natesh, is directed by Merlapaka Gandhi. The film, which follows a talented musician who fakes being blind and gets entangled in a web of crime and deceit, is the official Telugu remake of the 2018 Hindi film Andhadhun.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie – September 17 (Amazon Prime Video)
Inspired by true events, the film follows Jamie New (Max Harwood), a teenager from Sheffield, who dreams of life on stage. Jamie contemplates revealing his secret career ambition to become a fierce and proud drag queen. The story revolves around Jamie and his community, who inspire one another to overcome prejudice, be more accepting, and step out of the darkness into the spotlight.
The Morning Show (Season 2) – September 17 (Apple TV+)
This American drama series is inspired by Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV. According to the streaming platform, the series explores the cut-throat world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. It is told through the lens of two complicated women working to navigate the minefield of high-octane jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives.