With Covid-19 cases in the country gradually decreasing and restrictions in several states easing, filmmakers have begun to announce theatrical releases for their upcoming films. But some films are still headed to OTT platforms. While Akshay Kumar’s Bell Bottom will release in theatres on July 27, Farhan Akhtar’s Toofaan is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on July 16 (the film was originally slated to hit the platform on May 21).
Given the situation is still precarious for cinema, the audience can look forward to the good flow of content on OTT platforms to continue for some time.
Here are seven films and shows that are releasing on OTT platforms this week, including Dhanush’s Jagame Thandhiram, Vidya Balan-starrer Sherni, and Pixar’s animated film Luca.
1. Jagame Thandhiram – Netflix (June 18)
Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, Jagame Thandhiram tells the “story of Suruli (Dhanush), a nomadic gangster who has to choose between good and evil in a war for what he can truly call home,” per Netflix.
2. Sherni – Amazon Prime Video (June 18)
Directed by Amit Masurkar, Sherni features Vidya Balan in the lead, as an upright forest officer who powers through social barriers set by the patriarchal society and the lackadaisical attitudes within her department, as per the official synopsis. The film showcases the protagonist’s journey as she navigates through her marriage and her rather unusual job, all the while trying to resolve a man-animal conflict.
3. Fatherhood – Netflix (June 18)
Based on the book, Two Kisses for Maddy: A Memoir of Loss & Love by Matthew Logelin, Fatherhood stars Kevin Hart. According to Netflix, in this film, Hart has to take on the toughest job in the world: Fatherhood. Hart, a widowed new dad, has to cope with doubts, fears, heartache and dirty diapers as he sets out to raise his daughter on his own.
4. Black Summer Season 2 – Netflix (June 17)
Black Summer tells the story of a mother who has to embark upon a harrowing journey after being torn from her daughter, according to the show’s logline on Netflix. Thrust alongside a small group of American refugees, she must brave a hostile new world and make brutal decisions during the most deadly summer of a zombie apocalypse.
5. Katla – Netflix (June 17)
The film is set one year after the violent eruption of the subglacial volcano Katla, following which the peace and tranquility in the small town of Vik is disturbed. As people evacuate the area, the ice near the volcano starts to melt. The few remaining people manage to provide necessary community service and despite its grand location, the area turns out somewhat apocalyptic. Mysterious elements, that have been deeply frozen into the glacier from prehistoric times, start to emerge from the melting ice and cause consequences no one could ever have foreseen.
6. Luca – Disney+ Hotstar (June 18)
Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Luca is a coming-of-age story of a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides, the official synopsis says. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.
7. El Corazon De Sergio Ramos Season 2: La Leyenda De Sergio Ramos – Amazon Prime Video (June 18)
The Amazon Original docuseries provides an examination into the life and career of Spanish football star Sergio Ramos. It features interviews with friends and family offering a unique insight into the footballer’s life on and off the field.