OTT Releases This Week: July 7

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From erotic Fatal Seduction to Super natural thriller Adhura…the list is fileld with a good number of thrillers and feel-good movies.

Sweet Kaaram Coffee: An Emotional Journey Packed with Adventure and Self-Discovery

OTT Platform: Prime Video
Directed by: Bejoy Nambiar, Krishna Marimuthu, Swathi Raghuraaman
Cast: Lakshmi, Madhoo, Santhy Balachandran, Vamsi Krishna, Kavin Jay Babu

Sweet Kaaram Coffee Trailer

Sweet Kaaram Coffee embarks on the adventurous journey of three inter-generational women who decide to take a road trip to explore their lives from a fresh perspective. This life-altering trip presents opportunities to make new friends, develop fresh outlooks and get in touch with their inner selves, bringing about much-needed change in their lives.


  • The stellar performances by Lakshmi, Madhoo, and Santhy Balachandran, representative of three generations, infuse life and authenticity into the series.
  • The narrative, beautifully penned by Reshma Ghatala, Swathi Raguraaman, Vinithra Madhavan Menon and Krishnaswamy Rajkumar, strikes a balance between being spicy, honeyed, heart-warming, and prickly.
  • The series thoughtfully explores themes of mortality, freedom, and living life on one’s own terms.

Adhura: A Supernatural Thriller Set in a Haunting School

Adhura Trailer

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Created by: Ananya Banerjee, Gauravv K. Chawla
Cast: Ishwak Singh, Rasika Dugal, Shrenik Arora

Adhura, a supernatural thriller set in an elite boarding school, reveals a secret so dark that it disrupts the lives of everyone connected to it. The series traces the mystery surrounding disappearances, secrets, and eerie occurrences that link a guilt-ridden alumnus named Adhiraj and a troubled student named Vedant, merging the lines between the past and present.

  • The narrative showcases the alluring historical charm and captivating architecture of Ooty, which provides a perfect canvas for the thriller.
  • The choice of location – an actual school with its weathered exteriors, dimly lit hallways, and shadow-filled corners – lends the series an authentically eerie atmosphere.

IB 71: A Spy Thriller That Explores Pak-Version of Intelligence Stories

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Directed by: Sankalp Reddy
Cast: Vidyut Jammwal, Anupam Kher, Vishal Jethwa, Dalip Tahil, Faizan Khan, Niharica Raizada

IB71 Trailer

IB 71 is a spy thriller that follows the protagonist, Agent Dev (Vidyut Jammwal), who leads a top-secret mission to block Indian air space for West Pakistan’s military movement ahead of the 1971 war. It draws inspiration from real events including the 1971 hijack of a Fokker F27 plane, named Ganga, by Kashmiri extremists.

  • The film tries to sell us the Pakistani theory that the hijack was the handiwork of the Indian intelligence agencies so that they could find a reason to block the Indian air space for Pakistani military’s movement towards the then East Pakistan in the run-up to the December 1971 war that led to the birth of Bangladesh.

Moonu Muppathi Moonu: A Failed Horror Experiment

OTT Platform: Aha Cinema
Directed by: Nambikkai Chandru
Cast: Sandy Master, Shruthi Selvam, Mime Gopi, Saravanan, Rama, Reshma, Gautham Vasudev Menon

3:33 Trailer

Moonu Muppathi Moonu unfolds the tale of Sandy, who moves into a new house with his family, only to experience peculiar incidents tied to the time 3:33. Sandy’s customised clock chimes this time, awakening a chilling spirit. The plot revolves around Sandy’s struggle against this inexplicable presence.

  • Sandy Master’s splendid performance, particularly in emotional scenes, shines throughout the film.
  • The horror element is quite interesting once the spirit’s presence is confirmed. However, predictability creeps in after a point, with clichéd jump-scare moments.

Takkar: A Potential Action-Romance Flick Losing its Spark

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Karthik G Krish
Cast: Siddharth, Divyansha Kaushik, Yogi Babu, RJ Vigneshkanth, Abhimanyu Singh

Takkar Trailer

Takkar trails the journey of Guns, a young man trying to climb the social ladder. His life takes a wild turn when he discovers a bag full of money, leading him to cross paths with a group of women traffickers. In this chaos, he saves Lucky, a girl with a troubled past. Their shared ordeal forms the backbone of the narrative.

  • The plot develops interestingly, with Guns and Lucky finding solace and budding romance in shared adversities.
  • The movie’s downfall lies in Lucky’s character development, turning her into more of a plot device rather than a real character.
  • Despite its potential, the film fails to make a lasting impact due to its confusing narrative and lacklustre execution.

Tarla: A Biopic that Celebrates the Life of Renowned Chef Tarla Dalal

OTT Platform: ZEE5
Directed by: Piyush Gupta
Cast: Huma Qureshi, Sharib Hashmi

Tarla Trailer

Tarla is a biopic portraying the life of renowned chef and cookbook author Tarla Dalal. The film is an uplifting tale packed with emotions, inspiration, and a sprinkling of entertainment. It highlights the journey of a determined woman who breaks barriers in the culinary world, with the unwavering support of her husband.The film is expected to be a feel-good and moving narrative with a dash of inspiration.

Fatal Seduction: An Erotic Thriller With a Dark Twist

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Steven Pillemer
Cast: Thapelo Mokoena, Kgomotso Christopher, Prince Grootboom, Nat Ramabulana, Lunathi Mampofu

Fatal Seduction Trailer

In Fatal Seduction, a married woman, Nandi, takes a weekend trip that not only ignites her desires but ends tragically. The series unravels past lies and secrets, causing Nandi to question the honesty of those close to her.

  • The plot intertwines eroticism, suspense, and dark secrets, adding depth and mystery to the narrative.
  • The series features an engaging storyline filled with unexpected twists.
  • It explores the complexities of relationships and the consequences of hidden secrets.

Blind: A Tale of Resilience and Determination

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema
Directed by: Shome Makhija
Cast: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Purab Kohli, Vinay Pathak, Lillete Dubey, Shubham Saraf

Blind Trailer

Blind revolves around a strong, determined protagonist who overcomes various life challenges. The film showcases the life of a woman who does not let her disabilities hinder her resilience, leading to an inspiring and moving narrative.

  • I hope it will be a comeback for Sonam kapoor.

Farhana – A Tale of Empowerment Amidst Struggles

OTT Platform: SonyLiv (Multi-Audio)
Directed by: Nelson Venkatesan
Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Selvaraghavan, Jithan Ramesh, Anumol, Aishwarya Dutta

Farhana Trailer

Farhana (Aishwarya Rajesh), a Muslim woman from a conservative family, starts working due to financial difficulties. She ends up in a job that involves talking to desperate men seeking female companionship. Over time, she grows comfortable with the work, as it improves her family’s living conditions. Things spiral out of control when she breaks company rules and tries to meet a frequent caller.

Archie’r Gallery: A Nostalgic Romance That Touches the Heart (Bengali)

OTT Platform: Zee5
Directed by: Promita Bhattacharya
Cast: Bonny Sengupta, Ayoshi Talukdar

Archie’r Gallery

Archie’r Gallery takes you back to the ’90s through the lives of Archie and Niharika, and their love story influenced by Archie’s father’s romantic narratives. As the film progresses, it questions if the charm of old-school, greeting card romance has faded in the era of dating sites.

Other OTT Releases This Week

Katharbasha Endra Muthuramalingam, ZEE5

Katharbasha Endra Muthuramalingam Trailer

Hack My Home, Netflix

Beautiful Disaster (2023), Amazon Prime

Hawa, SonyLiv

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OTT Releases This Week: June 30

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From Lust Stories 2 to Celebrity(Netflix). Thrillers, Comedy, Action, K-Drama…the list is long and hopeful.

Veeran – A Mythical Superhero Comedy

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: ARK Saravan
Cast: Hiphop Adhi, Vinay Rai, R Badree

Veeran Trailer

Plot Synopsis

Veeran revolves around Kumaran, a man with unique superpowers, who assumes the guise of the village’s forgotten deity, Veeran, to protect his people from a threatening corporate project. The film uniquely combines elements of myth, superhero elements, and village life comedy. The plot journeys with Kumaran as he uses his mind-control and electric-arc-discharging powers to thwart the dangerous project led by the antagonist, Sharath.

Read detailed review here.

Vimanam – A Melodrama of Love and Determination

OTT Platform: ZEE5
Directed by: Siva Prasad Yanala
Cast: Samuthirakani, Master Dhruvan, Rahul Ramakrishna, Anasuya Bharadwaj

Plot Synopsis

Vimanam weaves a melodramatic tale of a differently-abled father’s endeavors to fulfill his son’s dream of experiencing air travel. Facing mounting odds, Veerayya, the father, and his son Raju grapple with their circumstances and societal prejudices.


An emotional narrative, underpinned by the strong performances of Samuthirakani and Master Dhruvan.

Portrayal of a tender father-son relationship is heartwarming but often dips into the realm of melodrama.

The film could have benefited from fresh narrative tropes and better writing.

The Night Manager Season 2 : Thrilling Labyrinth

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Directed by: Priyanka Ghose
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Tillotama Shome

Plot Synopsis

In this second season, former Navy officer Shaan Sengupta must navigate unexpected challenges as he uncovers illegal activities of a man he was tasked to spy on.


Successful adaptation of John le Carré’s The Night Manager into a Hindi version.
Intense performances and intricate plot lines keep audiences engaged and wondering what will happen next.
While the first season set the stage, the anticipation for the unfolding events in season two is high.

Good Night: A Slice-of-Life Comedy with Heart and Wit

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Directed by: Vinayak Chandrasekaran
Cast: Manikandan, Meetha Raghunath, Ramesh Thilak, Raichal Rabecca

Plot Synopsis:

Good Night narrates the story of Mohan, an IT professional whose loud snoring affects his relationships. Meanwhile, Anu, an introverted accountant, grapples with her past and feelings of unluckiness.


Stellar performances by Manikandan and Meetha Raghunath, infused with comedic timing, make the series engaging.
The narrative successfully intertwines humor into everyday problems.
The relationship between Mohan and Anu evolves organically, adding depth to the storyline.

Ardhamayyinda Arunkumar – A Small-Town Boy in the Big City

OTT Platform: Aha
Directed by: Jonathan Edwards
Cast: Harshith Reddy, Tejaswi Madivada, Ananya

This series follows Arun Kumar’s transition from a small-town boy to a corporate worker in Hyderabad, providing humorously poignant insights into his encounters and experiences.

Lakadbaggha – A Wild Crime Comedy With A Poor Draft

OTT Platform: ZEE5
Directed by: Victor Mukherjee
Cast: Anshuman Jha, Milind Gunaji, Sanjay Mishra, Shakti Kapoor

Plot Synopsis

In this Hindi crime-comedy, Arjun Bakshi (Anshuman Jha), a martial arts teacher and animal lover, faces his worst nightmare when dogs start vanishing from the streets of Kolkata. His curiosity leads him to discover an illegal and ruthless animal trade run by a dangerous kingpin who deals in exotic animals and murders street animals on contract.

Witty dialogues and funny sequences make this movie an entertaining watch.

An outside the box idea with a blend of crime and comedy seamlessly.

However, the storyline at times seems predictable and could use more suspense or unexpected twists.

Lust Stories 2 – An Intricate Tapestry of Desire and Intimacy

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: R Balki, Konkona Sen Sharma, Amit R Sharma, Sujoy Ghosh
Cast: Tamannaah Bhatia, Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Varma, Kajol, Angad Bedi, Tillotama Shome, Kumud Mishra, Neena Gupta, Anushka Kaushik, Amruta Subhash, among others.

Plot Synopsis

Lust Stories 2 explores the nuanced complexities of intimate relationships and sexual awareness through four unique episodes.

The series, while maintaining the original’s provocative theme, offers fresh perspectives with its new cast and creative directors.

Each episode tackles distinct themes effectively, showing various facets of desire and intimacy, which helps to keep the viewers engaged.

However, some episodes could feel uneven and may not fully resonate with the audience. If you are a fan of first season, you may get disappointed with its amateurish writing.

There are certain scenes where the storytelling feels a bit preachy, potentially affecting the overall narrative flow.

Afwaah – A Must Watch Political Warfare

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Sudhir Mishra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Bhumi Pednekar, Sumeet Vyas, Sharib Hashmi

Plot Synopsis

Afwaah is a powerful socio-political thriller revolving around the menacing spread of rumors and the consequential mob violence that it spurs.

The film’s examination of contemporary socio-political dynamics makes it a gripping watch, especially in the context of today’s digital world.

The narrative, though complex, is layered with well-crafted elements of political intrigue and human vulnerability, making it quite relatable.

Read detailed review here.

Other OTT Releases This Week

Hijack – Apple Tv

Directed by: Jim Field Smith
Written by: George Kay
Cast: Idris Elba, Neil Maskell, Eve Myles

In Hijack, Idris Elba plays Sam Nelson, a passenger on a seven-hour flight from Dubai to London, which gets hijacked by a group of extremists. The narrative plays out in real time as Sam, an experienced business negotiator, must utilize his skills to prevent a catastrophe while ground control in the UK attempts to manage the crisis.

Celebrity Netflix

Directed by: Kim Cheol-kyu
Written by: Kim Yi-young
Cast: Park Gyu-young, Kang Min-hyuk, Lee Chung-ah, Lee Dong-gun, Jun Hyo-seong

Celebrity is a South Korean drama series that provides a stark look at the world of social media influencers and the subsequent pressures they face. The series follows Seo A-ri, played by Park Gyu-young, an ordinary office worker who becomes a social media sensation overnight and is thrust into the world of influencers, celebrities, and the obsessions they bear with their online image. She soon learns the hidden truths behind the glittering world of likes, followers, and subscribers, and has to navigate her own path.

Dark Impulse (2011): A Spanish Thriller

Dark Impulse (2011), a gripping Spanish thriller, stars the captivating Veronica Echegui, Alex García & Juan Pablo Shuk. The original Spanish title is ‘Lo Mejor De Eva’.

Dark Impulse Movie Poster

The Plot: Judicial Ethics Meets Forbidden Passion

Eva (Leonor Watling) is a young, integrous, and relentless judge. Her judicial career, prompted by her father, a former prosecutor, has shaped her in his image. With him now in a coma, she finds herself dealing with the death of a young stripper, Liuba (Polina Kiryanova). This sets the stage for Lo mejor de Eva aka Dark Impulse (2011), directed by Mariano Barroso. It’s his comeback after Hormigas en la boca(2005) and Kasbah (2000).

Leonor Watling as Eva
Leonor Watling as Eva

Dark Impulse starts as a typical courtroom drama, where we get to know the Eva. What initially appears as a straightforward legal proceeding, soon spirals into an unexpected romantic entanglement as Eva falls for Rocco (Miguel Angel Silvestre), the key witness and former boyfriend of the murdered girl. As Eva and Rocco’s relationship tightens, the film morphs into a high-voltage erotic thriller. The scenes showcasing the chemistry between the protagonists are the film’s best parts.

From Courtroom to Bedroom: Eva’s Struggle with Desire

Eva’s life, which has always been deeply entrenched in her legal work, begins to unravel as she succumbs to her intense attraction to Rocco. The judge, initially cold and distant, transforms into a passionate woman driven by impulses she never knew she possessed.

Leonor Watling from Dark Impulse
Leonor Watling from Dark Impulse

These drastic changes not only affect her personal life but also have implications for the ongoing murder case. As the plot progresses, the line between right and wrong becomes increasingly blurred, pulling the viewer into a thrilling whirlpool of suspense and eroticism.

Echoes of Urbizu: A Tale of Two Judges

The film, in some ways, echoes Enrique Urbizu’s No Rest For the Wicked (2011), which also features a judge with many similarities to Eva. However, where Urbizu’s film focused on a cop, Barroso’s centers on Eva’s life. Everything changes when Rocco (Miguel Angel Silvestre), the boyfriend of the murdered girl, becomes the key witness.

From Verdict to Vulnerability: The Dark Impulse of Events

The film grips the viewer’s attention from the get-go. However, due to its unpredictability and sudden shifts in tone and genre, it may lead to some confusion. The transformation of Dark Impulse from a courtroom drama into an erotic thriller could take the viewer by surprise.

Leonor Watling from Dark Impulse
Leonor Watling from Dark Impulse

Despite these abrupt shifts, the film does an impressive job of maintaining the suspense and intrigue throughout, offering a thrilling experience for those who enjoy genre-bending narratives.

The Lighting of the film, particularly in the erotic scenes, is noteworthy. The camera work in these scenes is exceptional, creating an ambiance that accentuates the charged chemistry between Eva and Rocco.

A Final Thought: Dark Impulse

The way Dark Impulse combines elements of a courtroom drama with those of an erotic thriller, echoes the tonal shifts seen in films such as Basic Instinct. It also reflects narrative elements seen in Body Heat, where the lines between law and desire, right and wrong, are obscured, creating a morally grey space that is as intriguing as it is unsettling. The film’s unique blend of genres sets it apart, while also drawing parallels with other classics in the erotic thriller category.

Miguel Angel Silvestre as Rocco
Miguel Angel Silvestre as Rocco

So, if you are a fan of such movies, give it a try. Dark Impulse is an interesting pick for those looking for a film that is not just a thriller but also explores into human psychology and sensuality.

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OTT Releases This Week: June 23

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ka Jaan(Zee5) to Skull Island (Netflix). Thrillers, Documentary, Animes, Action…the list is long and diverse.

This week OTT Releases
This week OTT Releases

Kondraal Paavam – Suspense Thriller with Compelling Performances

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Dayal Padmanabhan
Cast: Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Santhosh Pratap, Eswari Rao, Charle


Set against the backdrop of the 1980s, Kondraal Paavam is a gripping Tamil remake of the Kannada film ‘Aa Karaala Ratri’. The narrative revolves around a poverty-stricken family of three — Mallika (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar) and her parents (Eswari Rao and Charle). Their mundane lives take a turn when a mysterious visitor, Arjun (Santhosh Prathap), seeks shelter at their home for the night. A series of tense events unravel, as the movie brilliantly showcases the fallout of misdirected desires and its implications.

Why You Should Try

  • Director Dayal Padmanabhan establishes each character’s motives and backstory proficiently, leading to a better understanding of their actions and decisions in the latter part of the film.
  • A standout performance by Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as Mallika, a character with a moral grey area willing to do whatever it takes to escape the shackles of poverty.
  • Intriguing subplots, like the enigma around the character of Arjun, keep the audience hooked.

Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan – A Mix of Salman Khan’s Trademark Action and Comedy

OTT Platform: ZEE5
Directed by: Farhad Samji
Cast: Salman Khan, Pooja Hegde, Venkatesh, Bhumika Chawla, Shehnaaz Gill, Jagapathi Babu, Palak Tiwari


Remake of Tamil movie Veeram starring Ajith Kumar.
Salman Khan, as Bhaijaan, is a single man who lives with his three adoptive brothers. Bhagyalaxmi’s entry complicates matters, and Bhaijaan’s potential in-laws are threatened. Bhaijaan takes matters into his own hands, and viewers are treated to traditional Salman Khan action with a comedic twist.

Why You Should Try:

  • Full of references to Salman Khan’s past movies, a treat for his fans.
  • Pooja Hegde’s charming and humorous portrayal of Bhagyalaxmi may entertain her fans.

Why You Should Skip:

  • Heavy reliance on Salman Khan’s star power with less emphasis on plot.
  • Missed opportunities to explore cultural differences and some humor may fall flat.
  • Action scenes might appear less impressive compared to recent action films.

Take Care of Maya – An Emotional Tangle of a Family’s Struggle

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Henry Roosevelt
Documentary Genre: Health, Family, Legal


“Take Care of Maya” is a harrowing Netflix documentary following the case of Maya Kowalski, a young girl admitted to a pediatric hospital in 2016 for extreme pain. She was kept in the hospital for three months under a state-issued shelter order, separated from her parents who were suspected of medical child abuse. This documentary explores the events and their aftermath, unfolding from the perspective of the Kowalskis, through court testimony, father’s recollections, and various records from Maya’s mother.

  • It sheds light on a critical issue involving medical child abuse suspicion and its effect on a family.
  • Provides a deep dive into a rare pain syndrome case and its related controversies.
  • The real-life story behind the documentary is engaging and heartbreaking.

Agent – A Predictable Spy Thriller without any Thrill

OTT Platform: SonyLIV
Directed by: Surender Reddy
Cast: Akhil Akkineni, Mammootty, Dino Morea, Sakshi Vaidya


Agent is a spy thriller about an unlikely protagonist, Ramakrishna aka Rikki, who dreams of becoming a RAW agent. Despite his quirks and wild behavior, Rikki catches the attention of the RAW chief, Mahadev, who sends him on a mission to thwart the evil plans of a rogue ex-RAW agent. The film follows Rikki’s misadventures as he tries to save the day, with his love interest and unpredictable actions adding to the chaos.

  • Interesting plot with juxtaposed roles between ‘The Devil’ and ‘The God’.

Why You Should Skip

  • The love track is forced and seems out of place, and the musical score fails to add value.
  • The narrative is inconsistent with jarring tonal shifts and misplaced ‘mass moments’.
  • Major character reveals are handled with nonchalance, reducing their impact.
  • The film fails to build emotional depth, making significant scenes feel unimpressive.

John Wick: Chapter 4 – A Riveting Action-Packed Finale

OTT Platform: Lionsgate Play
Directed by: Chad Stahelski
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Donnie Yen, Bill Skarsgård, Laurence Fishburne, Lance Reddick

Read detailed review here.

Exclusive OTT Releases This Week

Tiku Weds Sheru 

OTT Platform: Amazon prime
Directed by: Sai Kabir
Cast: Avneet Kaur and Nawazuddin Siddiqui


The film was initially titled as “Divine Lovers”, with Irrfan Khan and Kangana Ranaut as main leads in 2016. Tiku, who looks at marriage as her escape to Mumbai from a local town to become an actress and Sheru, who has been working as a junior artist in the city for years. They get married and the comedy of errors for this couple starts.

Kerala Crime Files

OTT Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar
Directed by: Ahammed Khabeer
Cast: Aju Varghese, Lal, Navas Vallikkunnu, Sanju Sanichen


This is the first true thriller webseries from malayalam film industry & as per reports, it is based on true events.

A team of six policemen led by Sub-Inspector Manoj is on a chase to solve a murder in a suburban lodge room, with just one clue – a fake address, Shiju, Parayil Veedu, Neendakara, from a lodge register. As per the updates, ‘Kerala Crime Files’ consists of six episodes, 30 minutes each.


OTT Platform: SonyLiv
Directed by: Sahil Sangha
Cast: Sharman Joshi, Mona Singh, Zarina Wahab


A middle-class family sees a brighter tomorrow when their son meets with a life-changing career opportunity. But this transition only unravels a web of trauma, raising poignant questions about wealth, power, and morality.

Secret Invasion

OTT Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar
Directed by: Ali Selim
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Emilia Clarke, Martin Freeman, Cobie Smulders


Nick Fury learns of a secret invasion of Earth by a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls; Fury joins his allies, and together they race against time to thwart an imminent Skrull invasion and save humanity.

I’m a Virgo

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Boots Riley
Cast: Jharrel Jerome, Mike Epps & Walton Goggins


It’s a coming-of-age absurdist comedy tale about Cootie, a 13-foot-tall 19-year-old black man raised by his aunt Lafrancine and uncle Martisse in Oakland, California. He is shielded from the outside world until he is accidentally discovered by a group of teenage political activists.

Skull Island (Anime)

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Brian Duffield
Genre: Action, Adventure & Science fiction


A group of well-meaning explorers venture out to sea to rescue Annie from the ocean. In doing so, they find themselves shipwrecked on the perilous Skull Island. Together, they fight to survive the dangers of the mysterious isle, which is home to large creatures and terrifying monsters; including Kong. This is the fifth installment overall in the franchise.

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OTT Releases This Week: June 16

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From I Love You(Jio Cinema) to Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King (Netflix). Thrillers, Romance, Animes, Action…the list is long and diverse.

Collage of OTT Releases on June 16
OTT Releases This Week

1. I Love You – A Twisted Tale of Love and Revenge

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema (Hindi)
Directed by: Nikhil Mahajan
Cast: Rakul Preet Singh, Pavail Gulati, Akshay Oberoi, Kiran Kumar

I Love you: Trailer

Plot Synopsis

“I Love You,” directed by Nikhil Mahajan, known for his successful Marathi film “Godavari,” is an unconventional romantic thriller that promises to defy expectations. The plot revolves around Satya Prabhakar (Rakul Preet Singh), an independent working woman in Mumbai, whose life takes a drastic turn just when she decides to advance her relationship with her love interest. As the story unfolds, it takes the audience on a thrilling journey of revenge and justice that Satya seeks.

The trailer, already captivating the viewers, introduces a complex love triangle involving Satya, Pavail Gulati, and Akshay Oberoi’s characters. As the tale progresses, it uncovers a web of betrayal and murder that hints at an exciting and suspense-filled narrative that challenges conventional notions of love stories.

2. Tamilarasan – ‘Paasam’ filled with Courage and Justice

OTT Platform: Zee5 (Tamil)
Directed by: Babu Yogeswaran
Cast: Vijay Antony, Suresh Gopi, Sonu Sood, Remya Nambeesan

Tamilarasan zee5 trailer

Plot Synopsis

Tamilarasan (Vijay Antony), a dedicated cop, and his wife Leena (Remya Nambeesan) are hit with a heavy blow when they learn that their son Prabhakar (Pranav Mohan) has a weak heart that requires an immediate transplant. However, the hospital where they admit him prioritizes profits over patients, making Prabhakar’s life a low concern. This infuriates Tamilarasan, who takes heart specialist Dr. Muruganantham (Suresh Gopi) hostage to ensure his son’s treatment. All the while, his corrupt superior Rana Pratap Singh (Sonu Sood) is eager to bring him down. The film follows Tamilarasan’s desperate struggle to save his son, battling a system steeped in greed and corruption.

Why You Should Try

The performances by Vijay Antony and Suresh Gopi, along with the supporting cast, add to the intense and dramatic narrative. The movie’s attempt to address issues like medical corruption and the importance of organ transplantation, although not without flaws, offers food for thought.

Why You Should Skip

The movie is stuffed with melo-drama. Some of the serious scenes might seem funny by accident, and the movie doesn’t do enough research on organ transplantation, which makes the story less believable.The movie also suffers from an underdeveloped script and a lack of character depth.

3. Kandahar – An Underwhelming Journey Through Hostile Territory

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime (English)
Directed by: Ric Roman Waugh
Cast: Gerard Butler, Ali Fazal, Navid Negahban, Bahador Foladi

Kandahar trailer

Plot Synopsis

The plot follows the adrenaline-fueled journey of undercover CIA operative, Tom Harris (Gerard Butler), whose mission in the hostile territory of Afghanistan takes a dangerous turn when an intelligence leak exposes his identity. He must navigate through perilous obstacles to an extraction point in Kandahar, avoiding an elite special forces unit out to get him. Ali Fazal plays the role of Kahil, involved in a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Butler’s character.

Why You Should Try

It is based on the true events from the life of a former military intelligence officer. If you are a fan of Gerard Butler or Ali Fazal, their performances might be a reason to give this film a try. The film’s brilliant cinematography and the gripping narrative, drawing inspiration from real-life events, could provide an exciting cinematic journey.

Why You Should Skip

Despite its promising premise, Kandahar seems to have fallen short of delivering a thrilling action film. The film also brings up social issues, such as the oppression of women, but fails to address them meaningfully, which may frustrate viewers seeking a deeper narrative. Kandahar’s Western saviour narrative may seem uninspired and xenophobic. This film might not be for those seeking fresh, compelling narratives or exciting action sequences in the genre.

4. Extraction 2 – The Return of the Rake: No Boundaries, No Mercy

Platform: Netflix (English)
Director: Sam Hargrave
Main Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Bessa

Extraction 2 trailer

Plot Summary

Extraction 2, the much-anticipated sequel to Netflix’s 2020 hit, brings back the formidable mercenary Tyler Rake, played by Chris Hemsworth. This time, Rake must rescue a Georgian gangster’s family from a foreign prison.

Aiming to deepen Rake’s backstory, the sequel introduces new characters and offers more insight into Rake’s motivations. The film promises high-octane action, including a stunning 21-minute escape scene featuring Hemsworth himself. Director Sam Hargrave raves about Hemsworth’s commitment to his role, commending his physical and emotional performances.

5. Shaitan – A Bold Take on Survival and Crime

Shaitan Trailer

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar (Telugu)
Directed by: Mahi V Raghav
Cast: Rishi, Shelly, Deviyani, Jaffer Sadiq, Ravi Kale, Lenaa

Plot Synopsis

Shaitan focuses on a family of four struggling to survive in the toughest conditions. Each family member resorts to a life of crime, which they see as a means of survival. The series paints an unfiltered picture of the socio-political circumstances that trigger Bali, the head of the family, into a world of crime. The rise and fall of this criminal family form the crux of this gripping Telugu crime drama.

Why You Should Try

Shaitan may appeal to those who appreciate intense crime dramas that shed light on the darker aspects of society.

Why You Should Skip

Shaitan is filled with explicit content, strong language, and graphic violence, making it unsuitable for sensitive viewers. It pushes boundaries with its bold scenes and disturbing elements, which might not appeal to everyone.

6. Farhana – A Tale of Empowerment Amidst Struggles

OTT Platform: SonyLiv (Multi-Audio)
Directed by: Nelson Venkatesan
Cast: Aishwarya Rajesh, Selvaraghavan, Jithan Ramesh, Anumol, Aishwarya Dutta

Farhana Trailer

Plot Synopsis

Farhana (Aishwarya Rajesh), a Muslim woman from a conservative family, starts working due to financial difficulties. She ends up in a job that involves talking to desperate men seeking female companionship. Over time, she grows comfortable with the work, as it improves her family’s living conditions. Things spiral out of control when she breaks company rules and tries to meet a frequent caller.

Why You Should Try

Farhana is an intriguing drama that highlights empowerment and the freedom of choice. Aishwarya Rajesh delivers a standout performance, bolstered by a nuanced script and strong supporting cast. The film creatively employs symbolism and parallels, making it a thought-provoking watch. Its suspenseful narrative and the impactful portrayal of a woman’s fight against societal norms could be engaging for many viewers.

Why You Should Skip

Farhana might not suit everyone due to its pacing issues and some plot points that might stir controversy. Some scenes and dialogues may unintentionally evoke laughter, and the hurried climax might not satisfy everyone. If you are uncomfortable with the depiction of certain regressive societal viewpoints or prefer a lighter narrative, Farhana may not be your cup of tea.

7. Bichagadu 2 (Pichaikkaran 2)

OTT Platform: Disney + Hotstar (Telugu)
Director, Music Director, Editor: Vijay Antony
Cast: Vijay Antony, John Vijay & Kavya Thapar

Bichagadu 2 Trailer

Plot Synopsis

In Bichagadu 2, Vijay Antony takes on the roles of a billionaire named Vijay Gurumoorthy and a beggar named Sathya. The story twists when Sathya, with a hard past, is a victim of an illegal brain transplant that forces him into the life of a billionaire.

Why You Should Try

The film tries to build a new narrative using the original movie’s framework, which might appeal to fans of the first instalment.

Why You Should Skip

The movie falls short due to its lackluster storyline and simplistic treatment of a classic double-action trope. The supporting characters, action scenes, and songs are forgettable, diminishing the overall impact.

8. Raavana Kottam – Clash of Castes, Clash of Ideals

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime (Tamil)
Directed by: Vikram Sugumaran
Cast: Shanthnu Bhagyaraj, Prabhu, Anandhi, Sanjay Saravanan

Raavana Kottam Trailer

Plot Synopsis

Raavana Kottam is set in Ramnad district where the village is divided into Meltheru and Keezhtheru, both living peacefully due to the influence of respected villager Chandrabose (Prabhu) and his son Sengu (Shanthnu). Sengu’s love for Indhira (Anandhi) creates tension between Meltheru and Keezhtheru, leading to the destruction of their harmony. This clash is further exploited by politicians for their gain. The film ends on an emotional note, highlighting the exploitation of innocent villagers by power-hungry politicians.

Why You Should Try

The film stands out for its socio-political narrative that deals with caste politics, water scarcity, and corporate mafia. Shanthnu’s performance is commendable, and he tries to hold the film singlehandedly. The landscape of the Ramnad district is beautifully captured.

Why You Should Skip

Raavana Kottam has its flaws, with a lack of depth and impact being major ones. The humour falls flat, and the film suffers from one-dimensional characters. The narrative is not powerful enough to hold your attention throughout. If you prefer movies with well-rounded characters and a strong, focused storyline, Raavana Kottam might disappoint you.

9. Jee Karda – A Tale of Love, Friendship, and Understanding

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime (Hindi)
Directed by: Arunima Sharma
Cast: Tamannaah Bhatia, Suhail Nayyar, Aashim Gulati

Jee Karda Trailer

Plot Synopsis

Set amidst a group of seven childhood friends, Jee Karda is a tale of love, friendship, and unexpected realisations. At present, two of the friends decide to get married, but they start to realise that they might not be in love after all. The movie follows them as they deal with the challenges of their relationship and try to figure out what they really want.

Why You Should Try

Last week, Tamannaah was trending on Twitter. I believe Tamannaah Bhatia and Suhail Nayyar are the biggest reasons to watch this movie. The movie is trying to explore the complicated love-friendship spectrum of urban couples.

Why You Should Skip

If you are looking for an intense drama or a great romantic movie, Jee Karda might not cater to your taste. The movie’s deep focus on the celebration of friendships and romantic relationships, and the lack of depth in characters or plot elements might not be okay with all viewers. If you love dramas like Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar
Go for it, or else skip it.

10. Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Ayataka Tanemura

Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King Trailer

Plot Synopsis

Black Clover: Sword of the Wizard King is a highly anticipated film in the Black Clover franchise, following the hit anime series. Set to unravel an all-new story, the film brings viewers back to the Clover Kingdom after a hiatus since the season four finale.

The protagonist, Asta, will encounter the former Wizard King and a host of new and familiar characters. Although the storyline details are currently under wraps, fans can anticipate thrilling battles and stunning animation.

The original manga creator Yūki Tabata is serving as the movie’s chief supervisor and original character designer. Key members of the television anime staff will be returning for the film, under the direction of Ayataka Tanemura. The film will boast of character designs by Itsuko Takeda and music composition by Minako Seki.

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A Deadly Chase: The Psychological Layers of Hunting Emma

Have you ever witnessed a crime that changed your life forever? Imagine finding yourself trapped in a deadly game of cat and mouse, pursued by ruthless criminals. What would you do to survive? The South African action thriller Hunting Emma directed by Byron Davis is about such an incident.

Leandie du Randt as Emma from Hunting Emma
Leandie du Randt as Emma

A Teacher, A Drug Lord , A Crime & A Past

Emma le Roux, a pacifist kindergarten teacher, starts a trip to visit her father in the Karoo region. However, her journey takes a dark turn when she becomes an inadvertent witness to a horrifying crime. Suddenly, Emma finds herself in grave danger, caught between the criminals and her own will to survive.

A drug syndicate, led by the menacing Bosman (Neels van Jaarsveld), is attempting to transport a cache of drugs along the road. The group, consisting of his henchmen Baz and Jay, as well as AJ and Boela, two rich boys seeking notoriety, and Bosman’s nervous cousin Piet, crosses paths with Emma.

As the criminals close in on her, Emma’s peaceful nature gives way to a fierce determination. She taps into the skills her ex-Special Forces Commando father instilled in her during years of training. Emma transforms from a pacifist into a force to be reckoned with, willing to do whatever it takes to survive.

Get ready for a deadly game of cat and mouse.

Leandie du Randt: Woman On Fire

Despite a small budget and lesser-known actors, Hunting Emma strikes gold with its performances. Leandie du Randt, in the lead role of Emma, delivers an intensely believable performance.

She reminds me of Cristine Reyes in Maria (2019). Her transformation from a peace-loving schoolteacher to a woman on the run is both convincing and riveting. It’s a well-developed character arc.

Where to Watch ‘Hunting Emma’?

You can watch this movie visiting dailymotion or youtube. In both the platforms, some kind-hearted human being uploaded the movie with subtitles.

Hunting Emma, watch here with subtitles.

There is Nothing New, Still It Works!

There is nothing new about the plot: A History of Violence, No Country for Old Men, Nobody, Man on Fire, Taken, Equaliser, Maria (2019), and Man from Nowhere—all these films use the same template. Even the recent Indian films Vikram and Kaithi follow the same structure.

They feature a compelling character with a unique set of skills who is often brought out of retirement or their peaceful existence to confront some form of injustice.

They follow a familiar formula: a protagonist with a past, a catalyst for action (often an injustice suffered by the protagonist or their loved ones), and a subsequent series of escalating confrontations culminating in a cathartic resolution.

The repetitive use of this formula doesn’t lessen its appeal. That’s the beauty of this template. Why?

Psychology Behind This Template

Here, the heroes are not one-dimensional; they carry emotional baggage, past regrets, and personal demons, just like real people do. Watching them confront and overcome their past as they struggle against the external threat can be very satisfying for audiences.

Catharsis: In modern psychology, this has been associated with the idea of emotional release and the benefit of expressing emotions. The intense situations and violent encounters in these films can provide a form of vicarious catharsis for audiences, offering a sense of relief or even exhilaration.

From the perspective of a scriptwriter, these patterns serve both practical and artistic purposes. On the practical side, they provide a structure that guides the progression of the narrative, helps maintain tension and pace, and keeps audiences engaged.

On the artistic side, these patterns allow writers to explore different facets of a character’s personality, their moral and ethical boundaries, and how they evolve over the course of the narrative.

Script writer Deon Meyer did an excellent job considering this aspect.

Why Hunting Emma is a Must Watch!

So, Hunting Emma got a tick for all the above reasons, and I highly recommend it for you.

Hunting Emma is a unique blend of intense action, suspense, and character development.

The film takes us on a thrilling ride through the South African wilderness, showcasing both the beauty of the landscape and the depths of human determination. Great work from cinematographer William Collinson.

If you’re tired of the same old Hollywood blockbusters and you’re open to trying something new, then this South African Thriller might be the breath of fresh air you need.

So, are you ready to try a thriller from the other side of the world?
Are you going to give Hunting Emma a watch? Let me know in the comments!

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A Personal Reflection: Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal

Title Card: Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal
Title Card: Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal

What do you do when you feel so stressed? 

What do you do when you feel so depressed? 

I have two ways to deal with it. One is to travel! Just pack your bag and go! Travel alone, experience a different culture or meet new people, and listen to some Rahat Fateh Ali Khan songs while sitting beside the window seat of a train or bus. This way, I keep my brain busy and replace the pain with new memories. It helps me relax.

The second option is to watch a movie like “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” and cry out loud in the washroom. When I cry, I shed tears and pain, which makes me relax.

Don’t think it’s a tragedy movie—it’s not. I rarely watch tragic movies.

I watch “La Vita Bella” and cry. 

I watch “Forrest Gump” and cry. 

I watch “Miracle in Cell No. 7” and cry. 

I even watch “LA Confidential” and cry. 

Yeah, I know it’s weird because it’s a thriller, right? 

But Bud White (Russel Crowe) & Lynn (Kim Basinger) 🙁 

Lynn Bracken: Where did this come from? 

Bud White: When I was twelve, my old man went after my mother with a bottle. I got in the way. 

Lynn Bracken: So you saved her. 

Bud White: Not for long. 

Lynn Bracken: Some men get the world. Others get ex-hookers and a trip to Arizona.

Why All This Non-Sense?

I’m saying all this because I don’t want to dissect the movie and write a report. I just want to share the feelings I experienced after watching the movie.

I found “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum” clichéd script, fitting into an overused template frame (or some characters picked from different movies and filled the screen).

“Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” follows the same template: a few people whose lives become interconnected at a certain point. All of their character arcs reach a low point and then start moving upward, and in the end, everyone is happy. I’m tired of this template, but “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” directed by Vishal Venkat made me cry and made a difference.

The story template may be clichéd, but the brilliant casting and heartfelt narration set it apart. Ashok Selvan, Manikandan K, Nassar, K S Ravikumar, Anupama Kumar, Bhanupriya, Rishikanth, Reyya, Riythvika Panneerselvam, Praveen Raja… the list is long. I don’t know the names of the other artists, except for one or two lead characters (I know their names, but I don’t want to mention them).Everyone performed brilliantly, and it felt like I was watching real life unfold.

Why Not Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum but Why “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal”

In “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum,” except for Anjana Jayaprakash and Vineeth, I felt like all the other characters were picked from some other films. Whether it was Mukesh, Shanthi Krishna, or the unknown artists, Fahad Fazil tried the same character aura in “Njan Prakashan” and “Oru Indian Pranayakatha” with similar reactions and body language. That’s where I felt a freshness in “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal.”

Secondly, the narration in “Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum” felt like the director filled the script with aesthetics and overused events: Ahaana, Shruthi, locations, a few dialogues, an obsessed boyfriend, Goan events around villains. Everything felt like sudden pop-ups on the screen that came and went. Some may click, while others may find it annoying. I belong to the latter group.

In “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal,” don’t expect such pop-up melodrama events (except one around Abi Hassan). It’s a simple story, a simple event that starts in the morning and ends the next day. The brilliant performances from each and everyone I mentioned before are what make it engaging and touching.

Am I saying Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal a Must Watch? No!

Is it predictable? Yes.
Is it clichéd? Yes.
So why should I watch it?
You will witness some brilliant performances that might surprise you.
The story is predictable, but the narration will engage you and help you reflect on yourself.

Haven’t you ever had that hard-working colleague who complains about “Promotion” or “Increment”?

Haven’t you ever had that friend who shouts at their parents or doesn’t know how to express love? Or someone who thinks their parents spoiled their life or doesn’t feel proud of them?

Haven’t you ever had that one friend who is so innocent and believes the world is straightforward, everything is black and white?

Haven’t you ever had that annoying uncle who always troubles you with family problems or unwanted tasks?

Have you ever felt the pain of a situation where you are not guilty of a crime, but no one believes you?

If you answered “Yes” to any of these, this movie will help you introspect.

Manikandan in Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal
Manikandan in Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal

One last line: Manikandan is the most underrated actor in Kollywood right now.

This is not a review; it’s my personal feeling.

Now, you may not like “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal” because I’ve set high expectations already. Trust me, it’s an ordinary movie with extraordinary performances, nothing more, nothing less.

Where to Watch “Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal”

One option is Aha to watch this movie or with Airtel Xstream.

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Dialogue from Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal
Dialogue from Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal
Dialogue from Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal
Dialogue from Sila Nerangalil Sila Manidhargal

Asur Season 1: All Episodes Explained

Asur season 1 presents a fascinating blend of mythological lore and modern-day crime. In this blog post, I will explain the reasons why Asur season 1 stands out, highlight the cast and performances, and provide a recap of the episode-wise plot points. This will serve as a refresher for those who are eagerly anticipating the release of Asur season 2.

Asur Season 1 trailer

The series has made a significant impact on the Indian web series scenario due to its unique concept and storytelling, which blends two very contrasting themes – ancient Indian mythology and modern forensic science – into a compelling narrative that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

What sets Asur apart is its innovative use of mythology in a crime thriller. The show introduces us to a serial killer who commits horrifying murders while drawing inspiration from ancient Hindu mythological texts.

The philosophical underpinnings in each episode, particularly the dichotomy of good and evil, add a deeper layer to the narrative. It’s not just about catching a criminal; it’s about understanding human nature and the inherent capacity for both good and evil within us all.

Asur season 1 Cast: Worth Applauding

The performances in Asur are top-notch. A notable digital debut is made by Arshad Warsi, known for his comedic roles, as a no-nonsense forensic expert. His portrayal of Dhananjay Rajpoot (DJ), an intense and egoistic senior forensic expert, is refreshing and showcases the versatility of the actor.

Barun Sobti impresses as Nikhil Nair, a forensic expert-turned-teacher, grappling with personal and professional conflicts. His performance successfully conveys the internal struggle and dedication of the character to his craft. The engaging narrative of the series is further elevated by the commendable performances of the ensemble cast, including Ridhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka, Amey Wagh, and Sharib Hashmi.

Story of Asur Season 1

Asur Episode 1 – The Dead Can Talk

It’s 11 years ago in the holy city of Varanasi. A young boy, son of a priest, is being readied to take on his father’s role. But things take a strange turn. After a ritual by the river, the father asks his son for water. The next thing you know, the father’s lifeless body is sinking into the river. We see the son again, his face smeared with ashes by a group of Aghori saints, and in his hand, he holds a cut finger. Could this be his father’s finger? Did he…kill his father?

Episode 1 from Asur season 1
Episode 1 from Asur season 1

Now, let’s zoom out of this mystery and travel across continents to the present-day FBI Training Centre in the USA. Here, we meet Nikhil Nair, who left his CBI job to teach forensic science. “The dead can talk,” he tells his students, alluding to how the deceased provide enough evidence to catch their killer. He’s good at his job, his knack for deductions proved when his friend asks his opinion on a murder case. But his past still calls him back to the CBI, particularly through an incessant Shashank Awasthi.

The Horror begins

Meanwhile, a gruesome scene unfolds in Delhi. A woman’s body, assaulted and burnt, is discarded in a jungle, reduced to a gruesome spectacle. This news reaches Nikhil, causing distress at home. His wife, Naina, isn’t happy about him considering going back to CBI, a place he left for their family. This disagreement spirals into a full-blown argument, revealing the cracks in their relationship.

The next morning, a new crime scene is discovered in Delhi, a body left in a terrifying state. Dr. Dhananjay Rajpoot, also known as DJ, arrives at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. An old photo of him and his wife, Sandhya, hints at some history. A surprising twist comes in the form of a mysterious audio file from the killer, taunting DJ.

Scene from Episode 1 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 1 of Asur season 1

As the episode concludes, we see Nikhil taking a painful decision, leaving his family in the USA to return to Delhi. At the same time, a terrifying discovery is made – the woman who was brutally killed was none other than DJ’s wife, Sandhya, a devastating revelation that leaves us gasping for more.

Asur Episode 2 – Rabbit Hole

In the second episode of Asur, we go back 18 years, to the ancient city of Varanasi. We meet Shubh, a curious child who has a unique approach to studying the Gita, leading his stern father to label him as ‘Asur ka avatar’. Shubh’s peculiarity is on full display, especially after a disturbing incident with a puppy.

In today’s time, the CBI team, still reeling from the gruesome murder of Sandhya, who was a renowned painter and DJ’s spouse, takes on the challenging task of uncovering the mystery.

This mystery leads them far away to Nagaland, where another person is found dead in the same creepy way. This is where Nikhil enter the scene.

Scene from Episode 1 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 2 of Asur season 1

Enter Nikhil, a seasoned investigator brought in to replace DJ in this complex case. Past friction between Nikhil and DJ add an undercurrent of tension to the proceedings. Nikhil, in collaboration with Nusrat, a forensic expert, starts to put together the chilling puzzle pieces, all seemingly leading back to DJ.

Hidden GPS systems, late-night autopsies, peculiar tattoos, and Sandhya’s secret abortion start to shape a troubling narrative, pointing towards DJ as the orchestrator of the grim deeds. As DJ is led away in cuffs, the audience is left pondering – is he truly guilty, or just a pawn in a more sinister game? The suspense thickens as the real killer watches the spectacle unfold.

Asur Episode 3 – Peek – a – boo

In the third episode of Asur, a flashback reveals Shubh’s childhood intelligence and anger issues.

In the present day, Nikhil receives coordinates and assembles his team to investigate. DJ is imprisoned while the killer strikes in Kolkata, causing a death by poisoning.

The Delhi coordinates lead to a coffin factory, but no suspicious activity is found. Nikhil suspects a buried victim and discovers DJ’s fingerprints on the money from a previous case. George, a shop owner, goes missing, and Nikhil finds him unconscious in a car near a graveyard.

Scene from Episode 1 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 3of Asur season 1

DJ warns Nikhil of imminent danger and reveals a personal connection. At the graveyard, the team discovers a coffin rigged with knives and gas, rendering them unconscious. A man in protective gear takes Nikhil to an unknown location, leaving the audience in suspense for the next episode.

Asur Episode 4 – Ashes from the Past

In the fourth episode of Asur, a flashback shows DJ’s presence during a havan(yagnam) ceremony where Shubh’s father is mysteriously poisoned.

Scene from Episode 1 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 4 of Asur season 1

In the present day, Nikhil goes missing, and his family arrives in India. Nikhil wakes up in a secluded place and communicates with the kidnapper through a landline phone.

Meanwhile, DJ receives old case files and analyzes them in jail. The kidnapper sends food to Nikhil but demands his cooperation to ensure his family’s safety. Nikhil observes the kidnapper’s characteristics and sees footage of his wife and daughter on television.

The kidnapper assigns Nikhil a task to suggest a method to murder Abhilasha Chandran, a woman involved in brain-mapping experiments. Nikhil proposes a plan involving a dental appointment and an MRI machine.

The kidnapper carries out the murder as instructed. CBI discovers another murder near a lake, prompting DJ to recall the suspicious incident in Varanasi. DJ joins the team at the underwater crime scene and suspects Nikhil’s involvement based on similarities to a past case. The episode leaves viewers questioning how Nikhil will communicate with DJ to escape the kidnapper’s clutches.

Asur Episode 5 – The Devil has a Face

In the sixth episode of Asur, a flashback reveals Shubh’s arrest for his father’s murder, with DJ working on the case.

Scene from Episode 5 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 5 of Asur season 1

In the present day, Naina learns about another victim and refuses to believe the theory that Nikhil might be the killer. Nikhil, disturbed by his actions, demands cigarettes from the kidnapper. Lolark seeks permission for DJ to work on the case from jail but is denied by Shashank Awasthi.

Nikhil watches the news about the neuroscientist’s body being found and becomes overwhelmed with guilt. Lolark visits Varanasi to gather information about Shubh and meets an ex-police officer. DJ attends a counseling session in jail led by Kesar Bhardwaj, where they discuss religion and karma. Awasthi finally permits DJ to work on the case, and a new team member, Samarth, joins. Lolark learns about Shubh’s peculiar behavior in jail before his alleged death in a fire.

The CBI team begins their investigation, and DJ realizes that the killer is using Nikhil’s family as leverage. Nikhil attempts to communicate by manipulating the television’s wiring. Samarth suggests studying the victims’ horoscopes, and Nikhil receives his second target, Aditya Jalan. Naina confronts DJ about the officers outside her home, and Lolark discovers Shubh’s records.

The episode ends with DJ recalling his interaction with Shubh during his arrest, hinting at a possible connection between Shubh and the killer.

Asur Episode 6 – The Firewall

Taking a different turn, the sixth episode of Asur begins with a flashback in Kolhapur, where a renowned painter narrates a story to his grandson about the defeat of the Asur Kali. However, the painter is brutally murdered by a masked man who claims to be sending a message to God.

In the present day, Nikhil plans to murder philanthropist Aditya Jalan, but struggles to breach his tight security. DJ contacts a Balinese mask instructor for information but learns that the instructor is blind. Nikhil battles with his past decisions and has an imaginary conversation with DJ for guidance.

Nusrat creates an age-progression photo of Shubh to see his current appearance. Lolark visits Shubh’s grandfather in Varanasi and discovers Shubh’s sketchbook filled with drawings of demons. DJ and Samarth consult a fake priest for horoscope analysis and later seek Kesar’s help. They learn that all the victims were born in the Delphinus constellation.

Another Hint & Hope

DJ realizes that the SIC database holds the required information and asks Rasul to breach its security. In a vision, Nikhil sees a way to murder Aditya using medicine. Rasul eventually hacks the SIC database with Naina’s assistance. Nikhil connects the television to a police walkie-talkie signal and continues studying forensic science books. DJ discusses Shubh’s story and sketchbook with Lolark.

The team suspects Aditya Jalan as the killer’s next target due to his charitable nature. The kidnapper calls DJ, confirming their suspicion and revealing the date of the planned murder. DJ wonders how the kidnapper obtained internal information. DJ and the team prepare for Aditya’s engagement with heightened security, but Aditya dismisses the threat. Rasul and Sajid attend the engagement, and DJ identifies a toy truck as a potential bomb.

The bomb detonates harmlessly in a freezer. However, the lights go out momentarily, and when they come back, Aditya is found dead, poisoned, with the killer’s Balinese mask nearby.

The episode leaves viewers intrigued about the aftermath of this incident.

Asur Episode 7 – Let There be Darkness

Straying from its usual path, the seventh episode of Asur, takes us back 10 years to Varanasi, where Nikhil visits Shubh in jail. Shubh refuses to admit his crime and blames DJ, leaving a cryptic message that they will meet soon.

The CBI struggles to recover from the failure to save Aditya Jalan. During Aditya’s autopsy, DJ and Nusrat discover that Nikhil used Aditya’s ulcer problem to poison him. Two additional non-toxic elements in Aditya’s bloodstream puzzle DJ, as they appear to be a message from Nikhil.

The kidnapper rewards Nikhil with cigarettes and hints at his omnipresence. DJ delves into Hindu mythology and consults Kesar for assistance. The team realizes that the killer targets achievers and believes himself to be the mythological devil Kali.

Nikhil has an imaginary conversation with Nusrat and recalls his past with Naina. DJ faces obstacles in the investigation, including a slow SIC server and the revelation that the podcast voice is not Kesar’s. Dhananjay(DJ) and Naina decipher Nikhil’s message, leading them to suspect Shubh’s involvement and an accomplice.

DJ decodes the meaning of two elements and sends teams to search corresponding coordinates in Delhi. Lolark suspects Kesar and provides DJ with a linguistic report. Naina tracks the killer’s search activity, and DJ requests Naina to add his name to the SIC database as bait.

The episode ends as the killer discovers DJ’s name in the database. The penultimate episode leaves viewers on the edge, anticipating the answers in the final installment.

Asur Episode 8 – End is The Beginning

The final episode of Asur takes us back 10 years to Varanasi, where DJ and Nikhil discuss Shubh’s case. DJ fabricates evidence against Shubh, leading to Nikhil’s resignation from the CBI.

In the present day, the search for Nikhil continues, and DJ anticipates the killer’s arrival at Central Jail to target him. The CBI discovers that Neeraj Jadhav, Radhika Venkatesh, and Umar Sayyed are missing, potentially the next targets. The kidnapper grows impatient, suspecting a trap set by DJ.

DJ becomes suspicious of Kesar and sends a team to his home. The three hostages are trapped in a chamber with limited oxygen, forced to fight for survival. DJ uncovers Kesar’s fake identity and his potential connection to Shubh. Rasul’s behavior raises doubt, especially when he attacks Lolark.

Scene from Episode 8 of Asur season 1
Scene from Episode 8 of Asur season 1

Nikhil escapes his confinement and collects crucial evidence from the kidnapper’s location.

A Big Revelation & A Twist

DJ manages to overpower the kidnapper in his room. However, during Shashank’s interrogation of Kesar, it is revealed that the kidnapper is part of Shubh’s cult.

The live broadcast shows the hostages’ desperate struggle for oxygen. DJ confesses his past fabrication to Shubh and takes pills in exchange for information.

Nikhil, Naina, and the backup team arrive at the chemical factory. Rasul challenges Nikhil to choose between his daughter and the hostages, resulting in a devastating choice. DJ’s condition worsens, and he is rushed to the hospital. Riya, Nikhil’s daughter, is poisoned by a member of the cult.

Lolark is killed by Rasul, and Radhika shoots Umar in a shocking turn of events. Naina and Nikhil find Riya dead, leading to an emotional outburst directed at DJ. Rasul, still hiding his true identity, takes Nikhil away.

Climax scene Asur season 1
Climax scene Asur season 1

The episode concludes with DJ’s suspension and the revelation that Rasul is the real Shubh.

Climax scene Asur season 1
Climax scene Asur season 1

Finally, the camera pans out as Shubh shares a chilling final gaze with DJ, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats and eagerly anticipating the next season.

Asur’s final episode delivers thrilling revelations and sets the stage for a potential second season, leaving viewers eagerly awaiting the future of the Shubh vs DJ and Nikhil conflict.

How’s Asur 2, Read about it here.

OTT Releases This Week: June 2

Are you keen on catching the latest OTT releases this week? From Asur 2(Jio Cinema) to Ugram (Amazon Prime), the list is long.

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OTT Releases This Week

Asur 2 (Jio Cinema)

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema
Release Date: June 1, 2023
Directed by: Oni Sen
Language: Hindi
Cast: Barun Sobti, Arshad Warsi, Amey Wagh, Riddhi Dogra

To recall what happened in Asur 1, and how it ended, or if you want to skip Asur 1 and want to watch Asur 2, click here and read the story episode wise.

Asur 2 Trailer

“Asur 2” is the much-awaited sequel of the critically acclaimed crime thriller series, “Asur.” Back for another intense ride into the murky realms of mythology and murder, the series takes us deeper into the chaotic life of forensic expert-turned-teacher, Nikhil Nair, played by Barun Sobti, and his former mentor Dhananjay Rajpoot, played by Arshad Warsi.

Why Should You Watch “Asur 2”?

If you enjoyed the gripping narrative of the first season of “Asur,” there’s every reason to look forward to its sequel. “Asur 2” promises a similar blend of crime, mythology, and thriller elements that made the first season a hit.

The sequel offers a chance to delve deeper into the complexities of the main characters, particularly Nikhil Nair and Dhananjay Rajpoot. Their quest to apprehend the devious ‘Asur’ promises to keep audiences glued to their screens. (Considering the first 2 episodes.)

Scoop (Netflix)

OTT Platform: Netflix
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Hansal Mehta
Language: Hindi
Cast: Deven Bhojani, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Tejasvini Kolhapure, Shikha Talsania, Tanmay Dhanania.

Among the riveting OTT releases this week, ‘Scoop’ stands out as an intense thriller drama series. The series, based on Jigna Vora’s memoir “Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison,” is set against the backdrop of a media hub and revolves around a crime reporter, Jagruti Pathak. Karishma Tanna plays Jagruti, a journalist whose life spirals out of control when she finds herself accused of the murder of a fellow journalist.

Scoop Trailer

The plot weaves a tale of ambition, power dynamics, and a fight for innocence, portraying the dark nexus between the police, underworld, and media.

Why Should You Watch “Scoop”?

“Scoop” is bound to intrigue you if you have a penchant for thrillers infused with real-world undercurrents. The series draws its premise from real-life events and presents a gripping narrative around the tough life of a journalist, her ambitious pursuits, and the dire consequences she faces.

Karishma Tanna brings the intricate character of Jagruti Pathak, a crime journalist, to life. She finds herself ensnared in a dangerous web of deceit and crime. The compelling trailer assures viewers of a series that delves deep into her struggle to clear her name, offering suspense, drama, and a strong dose of reality.

A Beautiful Life (Netflix)

OTT Platform: Netflix
Release Date: June 1, 2023
Directed by: Mehdi Avaz
Language: English
Cast: Christopher, Inga Ibsdotter Lilleaas, Christine Albeck Borge

Adding to the variety of OTT releases this week, “A Beautiful Life” is an inspiring Danish musical drama movie from Netflix that follows the tale of a talented fisherman-turned-singer, played by singer Christopher.

Beautiful Life Trailer

The movie takes us through his journey from an everyday fisherman to a singing sensation, after being discovered by a renowned music manager. As his life changes dramatically, the movie explores themes like love, passion, struggle, and the courage to chase dreams.

Why should you watch “A Beautiful Life”?

“A Beautiful Life” should be on your watchlist if you appreciate musical dramas that blend love, romance, and the inspiring journey of a character. It tells the story of a humble fisherman with an extraordinary voice, taking you on a captivating journey of transformation.

Additionally, the series skillfully portrays the challenges and obstacles that accompany newfound fame and personal exploration.

School Of Lies (Hotstar)

OTT Platform: Disney Plus Hotstar
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Avinash Arun
Language: Hindi
Cast: Nimrat Kaur, Varin Roopani, Divyansh Dwivedi, Aryan Singh Ahlawat, Hemant Kher, Parthiv Shetty, Adrija Sinha, and Aalekh Kapoor.

As you explore the OTT releases this week, don’t miss ‘School of Lies’, this is the one I was waiting for.

School Of Lies Trailer

Why should you watch “School of Lies”?

From the plot, I believe,”School of Lies” is a captivating suspense-drama series that deserves a spot on your watchlist. The series revolves around the mysterious disappearance of a 12-year-old boy named Shakti from his boarding school, uncovering dark secrets about the institution along the way.

What’s the plot of “School of Lies”?

The story is set in the fictional town of Dalton and primarily focuses on RISE, a private boarding school. When Shakti goes missing, Nandita Mehra, the school counselor played by Nimrat Kaur, takes it upon herself to investigate the case. As she digs deeper, she unravels unsettling truths about the school that were previously unknown. If you enjoy mysteries with gradual revelations, this series will undoubtedly captivate your interest.

Is “School of Lies” based on real events?

Yes, the creators of “School of Lies” have drawn inspiration from true events to craft their story. While they haven’t specifically referenced any real-life incidents, they assure viewers that the narrative reflects actual occurrences, adding an extra layer of realism to the suspenseful storyline. If you’re seeking a thrilling drama that draws from real-world events, this series is certainly worth exploring.

Hatyapuri (Zee5)

OTT Platform: Zee5
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Sandip Ray
Language: Hindi, Bengali
Cast: Indraneil Sengupta, Abhijit Guha, Paran Bandyopadhyay, Supriyo Dutta

“Hatyapuri” revives the beloved detective character Feluda from the stories by the legendary Satyajit Ray. Directed by Sandip Ray, the son of Satyajit Ray, this film offers a modern interpretation of the classic detective story, set in contemporary times. The storyline revolves around a stolen ancient manuscript and a mysterious death, essentially presenting a thrilling whodunit narrative.

Hatyapuri Trailer

Why you should watch Hatyapuri

Classic Whodunit: If you enjoy engaging mysteries that keep you guessing until the end, “Hatyapuri” is a must-watch. Unlike some previous Feluda films that leaned more towards thrillers, this film stays true to the essence of a traditional whodunit, keeping the audience in suspense regarding the identity of the villain.

Nostalgia: For fans of Feluda, this film will evoke a sense of nostalgia. It successfully captures the essence of the original series while bringing it into a modern setting.

Strong Cast: Indraneil Sengupta’s portrayal of Feluda has received widespread acclaim. His fluency in Bangla and nuanced performance establish him as a worthy successor to the iconic role. Additionally, supporting performances, particularly from Paran Banerjee and Subhashish Bhattacharya, shine in the film. The impactful soundtrack, composed by Sandip Ray, enhances the emotional resonance of each scene.

Why you might want to skip Hatyapuri

Lack of Modernity: Despite its contemporary backdrop, some viewers may feel that the film’s script doesn’t fully reflect the modern times. While it maintains a period piece sensibility, it may not resonate with those seeking a truly contemporary story.

Less Thrilling: In contrast to some previous Feluda films that offered high levels of action and thrill, “Hatyapuri” relies more on Feluda’s intellect to solve the case. If you prefer action-packed thrillers, this might not be your cup of tea.

Ugram (Prime)

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Vijay Kanakamedala
Language: Telugu
Cast: Allari Naresh, Mirnaa Menon

In ‘Ugram’, we meet K. Shivakumar (Allari Naresh), a principled yet aggressive police officer known for his strong stance against corruption and his willingness to resort to custodial torture in his pursuit of justice. However, the narrative takes a twist when Shivakumar’s wife and daughter mysteriously vanish.

The film then unfolds in two distinct halves, with the first focusing on the typical cop drama and the second delving into Shivakumar’s desperate search for his missing family.

Ugram Movie Official Trailer

Why You Should Watch Ugram

Allari Naresh’s Performance: Despite the fragmented narrative, Allari Naresh delivers a dedicated performance as a distressed cop. His physicality and action sequences are impressive, showcasing the passion and intensity of his character.

Action Sequences: Ugram stands out for its well-choreographed and executed action sequences. They are slick, intense, and provide a thrilling visual experience for viewers.

Realistic Cop Drama: If you are a fan of gritty and intense cop dramas with an investigative angle, Ugram offers a familiar yet captivating terrain to explore.

Why You Might Want to Skip Ugram

Ugram might not be a compelling OTT releases this week for you, because of the follwoing reasons.

Disjointed Narrative: The plot tends to lose its way due to the constant shifts between the cop drama and the personal tragedy thriller. This inconsistency makes it challenging to maintain a cohesive narrative flow, thereby diluting the overall intensity of the film.

Stereotypes & Misrepresentation: At times, Ugram resorts to harmful stereotypes, particularly in its portrayal of gender roles and women. These instances may be discouraging for some viewers seeking more progressive storytelling.

Lack of Emotional Depth: While Ugram presents well-executed action sequences, it falls short in terms of emotional depth. The film fails to establish a strong emotional connection with the audience, which could have made the action sequences more resonant and impactful.

Mumbaikar (Jio Cinema)

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Santosh Sivan
Language: Hindi, Tamil Dubbed
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Vijay Sethupathi, Ranvir Shorey, Sachin Khedekar, Tanya Maniktala, Sanjay Mishra

Mumbaikar Trailer

Mumbaikar, a remake of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s debut film Maanagaram, brings forth an intriguing narrative. The original film, Maanagaram, revolves around Sri, an engineering graduate from a small town, who unwittingly gets entangled in a complex web of criminal activities in Chennai. This includes the kidnapping of a gangster’s son. The original movie takes audiences on a thrilling journey filled with mistakes, mix-ups, and the harsh realities of urban life.

Though it’s remake of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s debut film, ‘Mumbaikar’ adds to this week’s exciting OTT releases beacuse of the star cast.

Vishwak (Zee5)

OTT Platform: Zee5
Release Date: June 2, 2023
Directed by: Venu Mulkala
Language: Telugu & Tamil
Cast: Ajay Kathurvar, Dimple K

Lastly, among this week’s OTT releases, we have ‘Vishwak’, a tale of a graduate’s struggle.

Vishwak Trailer

Vishwak, an innovative graduate, as he grapples with decisions regarding his future. Will he chase his entrepreneurial dreams in his hometown or bow down to societal pressure and move abroad?

Not much details available about this movie.

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Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai Review: Film that Resonates with Reality

Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai Review: This is a powerful courtroom drama that tells the extraordinary story of an ordinary lawyer, P.C. Solanki, played by the talented Manoj Bajpayee.

Plot: Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Ha

The story unfolds in the heart of Delhi, where a brave young girl (Adrija Sinha) steps forward to accuse a highly influential godman, referred to as ‘Baba’, of sexual abuse.

P.C. Solanki, despite being a small-time lawyer, accepts the daunting task of representing the girl in court, fully aware of the serious dangers and challenges he will face. The girl’s parents hire him after their previous lawyer is exposed trying to take a bribe from Baba’s allies. Solanki faces bribery, witness intimidation, and even murder. But he never gives up. He fights for the girl and eventually wins her case.

How he wins the case against the odds, is what makes it interesting.

Outside the courtroom, Solanki, a devout Shiva worshipper, provides emotional and moral support to the victim, reinforcing her faith in justice. His firm belief in righteousness and his dedication to his profession helps him combat the threats that come his way.

P.C Solanki is a well-written character, you will understand that from the beginning itself.

The film “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases the tenacity of the common man and salutes the resilience of survivors of sexual abuse.

Where to Watch “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi”

You can watch it on Zee5, by clicking here.

Is Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai a Real Story?

“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” is inspired by the infamous 2013 case involving Asaram Bapu, a self-proclaimed godman in India. Asaram Bapu was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually abusing a minor girl studying in one of his educational institutions. The character P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee in the film, is based on the real-life lawyer who took on the formidable task of legally challenging the influential godman.

Indeed, a significant and tragic element of the real-life case that parallels the movie is the intimidation and violence faced by witnesses, including multiple murder attempts and successful assassinations.

The Asaram Bapu case saw key witnesses facing extreme threats and violence for their willingness to testify against the godman. At least three key witnesses met their untimely death, with others surviving attacks or receiving death threats. These incidents appeared as clear attempts to intimidate other potential witnesses and obstruct the course of justice.

Similarly, in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai,” there are scenes showing the escalating violence against those associated with the case, including attacks on the lawyer P.C. Solanki, played by Manoj Bajpayee.

While the movie does not explicitly name Asaram, the narrative follows a similar trajectory, building towards a climactic courtroom judgement.

Cast & Performances

“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” showcases truly extraordinary performances, with standout acts by Manoj Bajpayee and Adrija Sinha significantly enhancing the film’s impact.

Manoj Bajpayee, playing the role of P.C. Solanki, personifies the heart and soul of the film. He is well-known for his intense roles, but in this film, he steps up his performance even more. His depiction of a small-town lawyer who dares to challenge the powerful godman is an eye-pleasing performance.

Manoj Bajpayee as P C Solanki
Manoj Bajpayee as P C Solanki

Manoj Bajpayee infuses authenticity and a quiet dignity into P.C. Solanki’s character, anchoring the film with his nuanced and heartfelt act. His exceptional talent illuminates every scene, further strengthening his status as one of India’s finest actors.

Playing the role of the young victim, Nu, Adrija Sinha delivers a potent performance. Even as a newcomer in the industry, Adrija Sinha’s portrayal of Nu is touching and invites empathy. She convincingly depicts the character’s initial vulnerability and her subsequent evolution as she courageously confronts her trauma. Adrija Sinha’s sensitive performance leaves a deep impression on viewers and earmarks her as a promising talent for the future.

Furthermore, the entire cast of “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” excel in their roles, enriching the film with depth and complexity. Each character comes to life through dedicated portrayal, creating a believable world where the story unravels.

Writer Deepak Kingrani & Director Apoorv Singh Karki

Deepak Kingrani’s writing in “Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” combines simplicity with depth and substance. He brilliantly exposes the complexities of a legal battle and the mental fortitude required for a victim to withstand such a dreadful experience.

His characters, from the firm lawyer, P.C. Solanki, to the brave young victim, exhibit a balance between strength and vulnerability.

Kingrani does a splendid job crafting characters inspired by real-life figures like Ram Jethmalani, Salman Khursheed, and Subramanian Swamy.

These characters appear as highly respected legal minds in the film, their expertise and the respect they command depicted with striking authenticity.

Apoorv Singh Karki’s direction matches Kingrani’s writing perfectly. Karki treats the subject with great care, guaranteeing the film’s respectfulness and authenticity.

He doesn’t sensationalize the courtroom scenes; he paints them as crucial and intense, yet avoids excessive drama. Karki subtly enhances the atmosphere of danger and fear surrounding the main character. The scene where two men on a motorcycle follow P.C. Solanki illustrates this – it creates suspense and fear without relying on over-the-top action or dialogue.

Is It Worth Watching?

Powerful Performances from our very own Family Man & Adrija Sinha

Intriguing Storyline: How a common man ace against the odds, How a 16 year old set the mindset for fighting against the evil minds in the society, how a lawyer setting victim’s mindset.

Adrija Sinha as Nu
Adrija Sinha as Nu

Trust me, it’s worth watching this.

Social Relevance: The film tackles important social issues, focusing on the real struggles faced by victims of sexual assault, their fight for justice, and societal prejudices.

Especially, there is a conversation between Manoj Bajpayee & Victim’s father during their first meeting at his office. It’s an eye-opening narration for every parent.

Some small disappointments are: Though the storytelling is quite compelling, the film could benefit from more dynamic cinematography.

Using more varied camera angles and innovative lighting techniques could add visual layers to the narrative, making certain scenes more impactful.

Similalrly, more investment in the set design and understanding the nuances of court proceedings could have helped build a stronger environment.

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