OTT Releases This Week: June 9

Are you curious on what are the latest OTT releases this week? From Mollywood’s biggest blockbuster 2018 (Sony Liv) to Jio Cinema exclusive Bloody daddy, the list is long.

OTT Releases this week.
OTT Releases this week.

2018 – Everyone is a Hero (SonyLiv)

Release Date: May 5, 2023
Directed by: Jude Anthany Joseph
Language: Malayalam / Telugu / Tamil
Cast: Tovino Thomas, Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Lal, Narain

Detailed Review of 2018 is here.

Plot Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of the Kerala floods of 2018, “2018 – Everyone is a Hero” is a heart-rending tale of resilience and unity that emerges in times of adversity.

It recounts the story of ordinary individuals rising to become everyday heroes, driven by the collective will to survive and rebuild. It’s the highest grosser in Malayalam film industry.

Why You Should Try

The gripping narrative, interspersed with authentic performances by Kunchacko Boban, Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, brings forth a rare portrayal of human spirit and unity. The film’s exploration of ordinary individuals’ heroism in extraordinary circumstances serves as an inspiring watch.

Why You Should Skip

If clichéd melodramas are not to your liking, you might find certain aspects of the movie predictable & cringe. A slower pace in the first half, along with some unexplored political and social aspects, could hinder your viewing experience.

Custody: A Venkat Prabhu Chase (Amazon Prime)

Release Date: May 12, 2023
Directed by: Venkat Prabhu
Language: Tamil / Telugu
Cast: Naga Chaithanya, Kriti Shetty, Sharat Kumar, Aravind Samy, Priya Mani

Detailed Review of Custody is here.

Plot Synopsis

Custody is a thrilling action narrative set in the 90s. The story revolves around Shiva (Naga Chaitanya), an upright police constable caught in a web of duty and dilemmas. His mission to escort a dangerous criminal, Raju (Arvind Swami), to court while dodging the corrupt police officer IG Nataraj (Sharat Kumar) and the entire state police force forms the core of the plot. Adding a twist to his life is his love interest, Revathi (Krithi Shetty), whom he plans to elope with.

Why You Should Try

Director Venkat Prabhu skillfully blends humor, thrills, and unexpected plot twists to craft an engaging cinematic ride. Strong performances by the lead cast, particularly Arvind Swami, bring depth to their characters, and the film’s ability to portray unexpected elements of humor even in tense moments makes it worth watching. The surprise star-studded cameos further add to the excitement.

Why You Should Skip

Despite its intriguing plot, the film struggles with pacing issues and a certain predictability. The attempts at exploring emotional backstories feel clichéd, and some performances, while good, lack depth. If you’re expecting a nail-biting thriller, you might be disappointed with the film’s slower pace and underwhelming action sequences.

Kudimahaan (Amazon Prime)

Release Date: Mar 17, 2023
Directed by: N Prakash
Language: Tamil
Cast: Vijay Sivan, Chandini Tamilarasan, Suresh Chakravarthi

Detailed Review of Kudimahaan is here.

Plot Synopsis

Set against the backdrop of a typical Indian middle-class life, Kudimahaan is an intriguing and hilarious tale of a teetotaller turning into an alcoholic due to a rare medical condition. The movie focuses on the ensuing chaos and hilarity, as well as the man’s attempts to deal with this unpredictable twist in his life.

Why You Should Try

The movie offers an engaging blend of humor and genuine human emotions, brought to life by standout performances from Vijay Sivan, Chandini Tamilarasan, and Suresh Chakravarthy. It’s a light-hearted portrayal of ordinary people dealing with extraordinary circumstances. The narrative’s absurd humor and strong emotional undercurrent make it an entertaining watch. Director Prakash N manages to keep the audience engaged throughout with clever storytelling techniques and witty dialogues.

Why You Should Skip

If you are not a fan of situational comedies or prefer intense, action-packed dramas, Kudimahaan might not be your cup of tea. The film’s focus on humor, sometimes at the cost of a coherent plot, might come across as uneven for some viewers. Also, the sudden influx of new characters in the second half, and the seeming disconnect from the first half, may cause a disruption in the narrative flow.

Adai Mazhai Kaalam (Netflix)

Release Date: Jan 26, 2023
Directed by: Karthik Shamalan
Language: Tamil, Malaysia
Cast: Evarani, Jaykishen, Thia Lakshana

Adai Mazhai Kalam Trailer

Plot Synopsis

“Adai Mazhai Kaalam” traces the journey of Suriyan, a young man navigating the tumultuous terrain of love and relationships. The story unfolds as he embarks on a quest for unrequited love, with Chandra illuminating his path with her wisdom.

Why You Should Try

This emotional saga comes to life with noteworthy performances from Loga Varman and Thia Lakshana. The movie blends comical and emotional sequences adeptly, presenting an engaging narrative. It explores the complexities of love, self-discovery, and relationships, offering a thought-provoking perspective.

Why You Should Skip

The film might feel overwhelming if you’re not in the mood for an emotional rollercoaster. The intricate exploration of themes might require your full attention, and if you’re looking for light-hearted entertainment, this might not be your go-to choice.

UP 65 (Jio Cinema)

Release Date: Jun 8, 2023
Directed by: Gaganjeet Singh
Language: Hindi
Cast: Shine Pandey, Pritam Jaiswal, Rishabh Jaiswal

UP 65 Trailer

Plot Synopsis

“UP 65” is a series based on Nikhil Sachan’s hit novel, presenting a vibrant and heartwarming picture of college life at IIT Varanasi. The series follows a group of friends and their exploits during their college years, filled with friendship, romance, and the ups and downs of student life.

Why You Should Try

The series promises to take you back to the golden days of college, as the protagonists navigate through the excitement and challenges of student life. It’s a relatable and entertaining narrative, aimed at sparking nostalgia and making viewers relive their own experiences. With its setting in the lively city of Banaras, viewers will have the chance to experience a unique cultural backdrop and the local charm of the city.

Why You Should Skip

Those who do not resonate with college-themed dramas or who are looking for a more mature or serious narrative may not find this series appealing. The series seems to focus more on showcasing the lighter and fun aspects of college life, and may not delve deeper into the more emotional aspects of the transition to adulthood.

Bloody Daddy (Jio Cinema)

Release Date: Jun 8, 2023
Directed by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Language: Hindi
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Amy Aela, Ankur Bhatia

Bloody Daddy Trailer

Plot Synopsis

“Bloody Daddy,” directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and starring Shahid Kapoor, follows the thrilling story of an NCB officer on a mission to save his son from a drug lord. This intense drama unfolds with unexpected turns as the officer finds himself in the midst of a web of complications.

Why You Should Try

“Bloody Daddy” promises high-stakes action and an engaging narrative as the protagonist battles against all odds to protect his son. Shahid Kapoor’s performance is highly anticipated, with a portrayal that seems to showcase his versatility as an actor. Fans of intense action thrillers, especially those with a heart-wrenching personal narrative, may find this movie particularly exciting.

Why You Should Skip

If you’re not a fan of violent action sequences or intense crime dramas, “Bloody Daddy” might not be your cup of tea. The film seems to center heavily around a cat-and-mouse chase, which could be seen as repetitive or less appealing to those seeking a more varied or intricate plot.

It’s a remake of the French film “Sleepless Nights”, which was previously made into the Tamil film Thoongaa Vanam, starring Kamal Haasan. Original is always original, try that instead.

#Mentoo (Aha)

Release Date: May 26, 2023
Directed by: Srikanth G Reddy
Language: Telugu
Cast: Riya Suman, Brahmaji, Naresh Agastya

#Mentoo Aha Trailer

Plot Synopsis

“Men Too”, with stars like Naresh Agastya, Kaushik Ghantasala, and Brahmaji, spins a compelling narrative about the rarely-addressed struggles men face. Aditya (Naresh Agastya), Sanju (Kaushik Ghantasala), and Munna (Mourya Siddavaram) are friends seen frequenting the ‘Stags Only’ pub. Their routine takes a turn when they encounter Rahul (Harsha Chemudu), an IT professional ousted over accusations of sexual misconduct. Rahul’s subsequent decisions shock everyone. Did Rahul really commit what he’s accused of? What unfolds next? The movie unravels these questions.

Why You Might Want to Watch

Naresh Agastya, once again, proves his versatility with his commendable portrayal of Aditya. Mourya’s portrayal of Munna, a mechanic with strong opinions about women, adds a humorous flavour. Harsha Chemudu leaves a mark with a significant role, despite limited screen time. The film’s humor, compelling dialogues, and notable visuals and music, particularly in the first half, make for an engaging watch.

Why You Might Want to Skip

If one expects an exploration of serious issues with light-hearted humor, the movie might disappoint. The director, Srikanth G Reddy, falls short of effectively showcasing men’s struggles through the lens of humour. The characters’ backstories are not particularly engaging and the motives for some actions, like the reason for Aditya and Tara’s break, appear trivial. The movie’s key theme isn’t adequately addressed in the second half and the music falls flat. Female characters seem underutilized, and some characters, like those of Brahmaji and Sudarshan, could have been fleshed out better.

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