Last week’s big theatrical releases like Vijay-starrer Beast and KGF Chapter 2 have been faring well at the box office. Tamil Nadu theatre owners noted that Beast has been a profitable venture, collecting around Rs 34-36 Crore in Tamil Nadu on its opening day. KGF Chapter 2 has globally earned Rs 546 crores (gross) within four days of release.
The Hindi versions of pan-Indian films like KGF: Chapter 2 and RRR have broken box-office records, and have raked in large numbers of audiences.
Even with theatrical film releases headed towards a path of recovery across the country, new titles continue to premiere on OTT platforms.
On that note, Silverscreen India brings you a list of seven new titles streaming this week.
Oh My Dog (April 21) – Amazon Prime Video
This Tamil film is the last of the four-film deal of actor Suriya’s 2D Entertainment production banner with the streaming platform. Written and directed by the debutant Sarov Shanmugam, Oh My Dog stars actor Arun Vijay, alongside his son Arnav Vijay, in his acting debut and his father, veteran actor Vijayakumar. It also features Mahima Nambiar and Vinay Rai among others. In an earlier conversation with Silverscreen India, the director said that Oh My Dog is purely a film for children. “The film follows the relationship between a blind dog and an eight-year-old boy. The story has an element of sports, as well. It talks about how one should not be discriminated due to their disability and how, given a chance, anyone can make it big. But there is no preaching,” he added.
Guilty Minds (April 22) – Amazon Prime Video
Starring actors Shriya Pilgaonkar and Varun Mitra, this series is directed by Shefali Bhushan and Jayant Digambar Somalkar.
As per the streaming platform, the series’s logline reads, “The protagonists; friends from law college, almost but never quite lovers, Kashaf Quaze and Deepak Rana usually find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Idealistic Kashaf is into public interest litigation, while Deepak, a ruthlessly ambitious rising star, is a partner at a top law firm that represents big corporations. Deepak’s new junior Shubhangi Khanna, the heiress to the firm is attracted to him, adding fuel to the fire. Shubhangi’s insecure and competitive cousin, Shubhrat Khanna, wants Deepak out of the firm.”
This Tamil web series marks the directorial debut of Priya V Kamakshi in the OTT space. Priya, who has previously helmed films like Kannamoochi Yenada (2007) and Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005), calls it a “hyperlinked series.” It will consist of eight parts, with a runtime of about 45 minutes each. The series features an ensemble cast that includes actors Prakash Raj, Ananth Nag, Vivek Prasanna, Amrutha Srinivasan, Anjali Rao, Arjunan Nandakumar, and Sampath Raj. Produced by V Murali Raaman, Anantham revolves around a house through the years 1964 to 2015, shown via the memories of its various occupants.
Antakshari (April 22) – SonyLIV
Directed by Vipin Das, this Malayalam film stars Shaiju Kurup, Priyanka Nair and Vijay Babu, among several others. According to the streaming platform, the logline reads, “A game that makes you reminisce the good old days of your life suddenly takes a turn. Will it depend on a mere game of Antakshari?”
Gangubai Kathiawadi (April 26)– Netflix
Led by Alia Bhatt and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, this film had its theatrical release on February 25 this year. The Hindi biographical crime drama, is loosely based on one of the chapters in Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges’ book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, a collection of stories about women who were part of Mumbai’s underworld. Bhatt plays Gangubai Kathiawadi, who was one of the most influential women in Kamathipura, a red-light district in Mumbai, and the owner of many brothels in that area.
Heart Stopper (April 22) – Netflix
This series is based on the bestselling graphic novel by Alice Oseman. As per the streaming platform’s synopsis,”Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.”
They Call Me Magic (April 22) – Apple TV+
This four-part documentary takes an illuminating, holistic look into the life and career of one of the world’s most iconic figures, Earvin “Magic” Johnson. According to the streaming platform, the documentary explores the journey of Johnson “from being the face of the Los Angeles Lakers and cementing himself as an all-time NBA legend, to changing the conversation around HIV and transforming into a successful entrepreneur and community activist.”