Films lined up for a theatrical release this week include Paagal, the Telugu film starring actors Vishwak Sen and Nivetha Pethuraj, and Akshay Kumar’s Bellbottom. Also, the makers of Amitabh Bachchan’s Chehre as well as Love Story, starring Chaitanya Akkineni and Sai Pallavi, announced their decision to release their respective movies in theatres.
However, even with more films opting for theatrical release, OTT releases are still going strong, including actor Aishwarya Rajesh’s Boomika, which will premiere on Vijay TV on August 22 and release on Netflix on August 23.
Here are eight films and shows releasing on OTT platforms this week, including #Home and Boomika.
1. #Home – Amazon Prime Video (August 19)
According to the official synopsis, #Home is a light-hearted and thought-provoking family drama about a humble but technologically-challenged old man, Oliver (essayed by Indrans), who constantly strives to remain close with his two sons, who are hooked to social media like any other millennial.
2. Boomika – Netflix (August 23)
Boomika is an eco-horror thriller that pits humans against nature. Strange things and scary incidents unfold when Gayathri and Gautham try to convert a dilapidated school into a resort.
3. Comedy Premium League – Netflix (August 20)
Netflix presents 16 Indian entertainers who will leave the audience laughing uproariously. They must pull out all stops and go to any lengths to be crowned the ultimate comedy champions.
4. The Chair – Netflix (August 20)
The Chair, starring Sandra Oh, follows Ji-Yoon as she becomes the first woman of colour to become chair of the English department at a fictional New England university. In her new position, she tries to meet the demands and high expectations of a failing English department.
5. Sweet Girl – Netflix (August 20)
Sweet Girl is about a devastated husband (Jason Momoa) who vows to bring to justice the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting the only family he has left, his daughter (Isabela Merced).
6. Nine Perfect Strangers – Amazon Prime Video (August 20)
Based on The New York Times bestselling book from Australian author Liane Moriarty, the drama is set at a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation. According to the official press release, nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during this ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.
7. 200 Halla Ho – ZEE5 (August 20)
Inspired by true events, this ZEE5 Original film narrates the powerful tale of 200 women who jolt the nation out of its indifference towards years of caste oppression and injustice. 200 armed and masked Dalit women marched into a court hearing and lynched a gangster who was accused of harassment and rape. The women suffered at hands of the gangster for 15 years before they found courage to call out apathy of the system and take matters into their own hands.
8. Space Jam: A New Legacy – BookMyShow Stream (August 19)
When LeBron James and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue AI, LeBron must get them home safe by leading the Looney Tunes to victory over the AI’s digitised champions on the basketball court.