Animal Explained: Dissecting the Hidden Philosphies and Patriarchal Ideologies

Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal is streaming on Netflix with 3 hours and 24 minutes of adrenaline pumps. This is not a review, but rather an analysis of the propaganda art and politics of Animal. So, this blog contains spoilers, and if you haven’t watched it yet, skip this.

After Arjun Reddy (2017) and Kabir Singh (2019), two films about a sexually desperate misogynistic doctor with anger issues and Preeti obsession, director Sandeep Reddy Vanga returns with Animal. This time, it’s about a toxic patriarchal chain-smoking engineer obsessed with his father.

Animal movie explained
Animal Movie Poster

The crux of the story is a son protecting his father from animals in an animal park. Despite the script being imbued with his palaeolithic view of human instincts, Sandeep Reddy Vanga managed to infuse it with high adrenaline action, music, and a bloodbath. In essence, the hero is a carnivorous animal in human form, devoid of sin, vision, or empathy, driven only by instincts.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film, although I disagree with a few of Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s perspectives. This film is a commendable mass entertainer.

How Sandeep Ignites the Adrenaline Rush With Animal

Sandeep Reddy Vanga brilliantly incorporates elements that have recently succeeded in commercial movies. Bringing in a weapon dealer, adding a massive gunfight scene, and retro songs like Roja, Punjabi DJ songs & Jamal Jamaloo, created high moments in theatres and on Instagram as well.

The cold-blooded revenge arc, fatherly sentiments, and nationalism (the weapons are made in India scenes) are well-placed. Surprises, such as the bystander-turned-traitor twists and the double climax, the 2-hour (so-called) street fight in the end (a reminiscent of Thallumala) the list is long. The high-adrenaline music is another highlight. Kudos to the long list of music directors from Harshavardhan Rameshwar, Jaani, Vishal Mishra, Shreyas Puranik, Manan Bhardwaj to last but not least: A. R. Rahman.

Forgot to add, the climax scene, inspired by Rolex, is particularly notable. Fans of Leo, Jawan, Pathan, and Arjun Reddy will find Animal a high-adrenaline theatre experience.

Animal’s Anthropology Class & Thrills from the Start

The movie begins with a narration, swiftly moving to a school episode of Ranvijay (Ranbir Kapoor) showcasing his love for his father. One of my favourite scenes follows, filled with A.R. Rahman’s Roja background score, where Ranvijay is now a college boy. The film transitions seamlessly to love at first sight.

Sandeep Reddy Vanga acts like an anthropologist, sharing perspectives on the evolution of poetry. These insights could be used to promote a whey protein brand or a fitness centre. He then progresses Ranvijay’s character arc to highlight his prejudiced and narcissistic nature.

Sandeep Reddy & His Art of Crafting a Predatory Protagonist

Sandeep Reddy Vanga meticulously wrote this character. Ranvijay cries only once in the entire movie. He never shows his vulnerabilities; even when he informs his sister about her husband’s death, he immediately consoles her by suggesting a remarriage. He consoles his wife by stating that happiness is a choice, and there’s a scene where he enjoys biryani made from human flesh (though Sandeep Reddy Vanga doesn’t explicitly show this). With all these elements, Sandeep tells you how umpathetic Ranjvijay is.

I appreciate Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s meticulous crafting of dialogues for Ranbir Kapoor. Ranbir’s dialogues always reflect an animal mindset, like his comments on business expansion or his various lectures. When Ranbir talks about patience and his fights with schoolmates, it reminds me of predators on Animal Planet. Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s portrayal of his hero as a tiger is contrasted with a more dog-like loyalty, treating others as subservient. Sandeep Reddy Vanga has a knack for highlighting character flaws, like Ranvijay’s.

The Subservient Female Roles in Animal Explained

Sandeep Reddy Vanga doesn’t give much importance to female characters like Geethanali, Zoya, or even Reet. They are portrayed as subservient to their male counterparts. Geethanali’s quick fall in love with Ranvijay, perhaps influenced by watching Arjun Reddy, is an example of this. Similarly, Zoya is depicted as submissive to Ranbir’s character. What is most disturbing is that Zoya is even ready to lick his feet for his love.

Rashmika Mandanna & Ranbir Kapoor from Animal

Unfortunately, Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s skill seems solely invested in building the character of Ranvijay. When it comes to the character arc, it only moves in one direction, continually ascending. I believe actions should have consequences, but nothing Ranvijay does in Animal seems to have any.

Sandeep’s Reply for Concerns Around Sexuality, Violence, and Gender Equality

Sandeep Reddy Vanga also tries to counter criticisms of male chauvinism. He addresses consent by having Ranvijay touch Geethanali’s feet and give a lecture on the importance of women in the Paleolithic era.

Ranbir kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna from Animal
Ranbir kapoor and Rashmika Mandanna from Animal

If there’s a problem with him slapping her, this time let her slap him. If there are issues with domination and masculinity, let her come to his home, kiss him in front of everyone, and let him praise her physique. He addresses body shaming by giving a spiritual lesson on pubic hair.

If there’s a problem with adult content and gory scenes, let’s have a three-hour blood bath with nudity and discussions of sexual fantasies.

What I really like is the idea of recording the moanings of their first lovemaking and using it to calm his angry wife, that was truly a wow! what an idea moment 🙂 .

So, in simple words, this movie entertains the majority with ease. I was expecting a Tarantino style but got an ultra-mode RGV style. Raw violence, sex, and obsession await you in this movie, sprinkled with a few good father-son sentiments.

The climax scene, with two sons fighting for their father’s honour and love, battling with emotions, and a background song echoing their family connection, made the whole theatre dark and silent without any mobile screen light or murmurs. That’s the power of bringing raw emotions to the screen.

From Ranbir to Tripti Dimri: Explaining Performances from Animal

Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna and Anil Kapoor from the Animal movie
Ranbir Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Rashmika Mandanna and Anil Kapoor from the Animal movie.

Regarding performances, Ranbir Kapoor establishes himself as a superstar with Animal. Sandeep Reddy Vanga did justice to Bobby Deol fans, though I expected more from Bobby Deol. My surprise was Tripti Dimri, whose screen presence was mind-blowing despite limited screen time. Charu Singh and Anil Kapoor did their parts as Ranbir’s parents with ease. Saurabh Sachdeva delivered a killing performance as Bobby Deol’s brother, especially in the climax. Rashmika gave a decent performance, possibly her best since Kirik Party

Why is it Animal ? Animal Explained

Let me explain my views on why the film is called Animal by Sandeep Reddy.

The film explores the more primal, instinctual aspects of human nature, as shown in how Ranbir celebrates his heart surgery and how Abrar releases his pain of loss. In Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Animal park, the lead male characters operate based on the pleasure principle, seeking immediate gratification. The climax fight is reminiscent of the survival of the fittest theory, living in a world where the law of nature prevails.

In this movie, after Papa, SWASTIK is the most highlighted word. It’s their family business, indicating a blend of traditional values and a darker quest for power (Nazi approach).

The tagline of Swastik, “Power, Progress & Victory”, is repeated by Ranvijay during his oath of vengeance. As per psychologist Carl Jung’s concept of the shadow, this tagline could be seen as manifestations of Ranvijay’s shadow, where his animalistic traits (aggression, dominance, the pursuit of power) are embraced and externalised as his personal and corporate ethos.

Animal & Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Propaganda Art

Regarding opinions, my friend argued,

How conveniently do we forget that Scorsese used slow-motion and rousing soundtracks for despicable characters in ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘Casino’, and when Sandeep Reddy Vanga does an extreme Indian version of that, it’s suddenly ‘glorification’?

Robert De Niro & Martin Scorsese
Robert De Niro & Martin Scorsese

As a die-hard fan of Scorses, I feel Martin Scorsese never portrayed Travis Bickle or Jimmy Conway as heroes, nor did he justify their actions. His characters dealt with consequences, unlike in Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s Ranvijay. This is where Sandeep Reddy Vanga falls short as a responsible artist. I believe he is obsessed with certain ideologies and celebrates and promotes them through his movies. Scorsese’s Raging Bull highlighted male insecurity in 1980. Can we expect such a film from Sandeep Reddy Vanga?

Toxic masculinity is a propaganda tool for promoting patriarchal beliefs. Ranvijay’s words to his sister about killing any of her choices he dislikes, and his actions as a school kid stepping in with a gun to protect his sister, and delivering a lecture to his father suggest a patriarchal mindset. That’s where he fails to responsibly handle his craft.

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Hostar’s Masterpeace: Symmetry and Satire

Sreejith N’s Malayalam web series ‘Masterpeace’ on Hotstar looks like a homage to Wes Anderson.

In the cinematic world, few directors have mastered the art of visual storytelling quite like Wes Anderson. With every frame crafted like a painted canvas and a color palette that capture your eyes.

Anderson’s films are a feast for the eyes and the heart. Don’t you remember ‘Amen’ by LJP filled with quirks, emotions, and political undertones. That’s another example of Wes Anderson style for those who are not aware of this brilliant maker.

This rich element of Wes Anderson’s visuals and narrative brilliance is the highlight in director Sreejith’s latest Malayalam web series, Masterpeace. Compared to Sreejith’s previous flick, ‘Oru Thekkan Thallu CaseMasterpeace is a different experiment inspired by Wes Anderson style of storytelling.

Brief About the ‘Materpiece’

‘Masterpeace’ is a story about a young married couple, Riya and Binoy. They live in Kochi and have problems in their marriage. When they fight, their parents come to their home to help. But, the parents have their own ideas and want to be in charge. The show is satirical sprinkled with some serious moments. Most of the story happens in one day, inside Riya and Binoy’s flat.

Masterpeace Trailer

Religion, feminism, Liberalism, Dowry, Gender Neutrality, Male chauvanism, Intolerance, LGBTQ+, stereotyping of people & even Nityananda swami 😉 . The list is long and never ending, I believe, you will find at least one one-liner from all these topics in a satirical way.

Why You Should Watch This:

A Masterpeace ‘Visual Treat’

As I said in the beginning, that Wes Anderson style is the biggest plus here. Masterpeace is beautiful to watch. The homes, the colours, and the objects in the series are chosen carefully. They make every scene look like a painting, and every artist on the screen looks like a caricature in that canvas.

The series has a special style, you can find a symmetry in every frame just like the way writer Praveen crafted ultra-dramatic characters and Understated or muted characters in every events.

A Unique Story

The series gives a close look at Indian families and how they deal with problems. It’s not just about a couple’s fight, but about how older family members try to solve things their way. This drama gave you some high hopes and entertainment value in the first three episodes.

Humour and Drama

There are many funny moments in the series. These moments feel like they are taken from real-life situations in many typical Mallu families. It will remind you of some family gatherings and personally I felt like it’s laughing riot especially for those who have some ultra orthodox family members.

Director Sreejith made a great comeback with this quirky satirical experiment.

What Could Have Been Better?

Length: While the series starts off exciting, it becomes long. There are five episodes, and each episode is more than 30 minutes. Some parts of the story feel repeated and could have been shorter or edited.

Repetitive Themes: The series with some frsh approaches on how older people behave and how their orthodox views contradict with the neo-liberals. But, after some time, it feels like the same things are shown again and again.

Narration Gaps: Sometimes the voice-over in the series was confusing and slow down the narration. I wondered why it was even there.

A Masterpeace Performance From Ashokan

The series centering around six characters and my biggest entertainment was Ashokan, he will makes you laugh a lot. He hasn’t acted in big roles for some time, but he made a comeback similar to what lalu Alex did in Bro Daddy. 

Maala Parvathi also acts very well as a mother who likes to be in control. These two artists make sure that you won’t abandon this show in midway.

Shanthi Krihna’s & Renji Panicker’s muted characters were overshadowed by the other ultra-dramataic characters in the movie.

The music and camera work in the series are also very good. The director, Sreejith, has made the series look beautiful and quriky. But, it would have been better if the episodes were shorter.

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OTT Releases This Week: August 18

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? Are you confused about what to skip & what to stream? From thrilling crime genres to animated superhero movies, the list is long.

Taali: An Ambitious Stride in Trans Representation

OTT Platform: JioCinema
Directed by: Ravi Jadhav
Cast: Sushmita Sen, Ankur Bhatia, Aishwarya Narkar, Hemangi Kavi, Krutika Deo, Suvrat Joshi

Plot Synopsis:

Taali portrays the life of Gauri (formerly known as Ganesh), a transgender activist inspired by Shreegauri Sawant. As a teenager, Ganesh struggles to express his gender identity in a traditionally rooted Indian family. His father, opting for understanding over aggression, introduces him to a sex counsellor. This reflects the internal conflicts of many Indian parents.

As Gauri matures, her battles intensify. She takes to the streets of Mumbai and eventually becomes a matriarchal figure in her community, fighting for equal rights.


❤ Taali bravely addresses the transgender identity struggle within the Indian context.
❤ Sushmita Sen’s portrayal of Gauri is compelling, echoing deeper due to real-life parallels.
❌ However, Gauri’s activist journey and challenges are insufficiently explored.

Chathrapathi: A Missed Opportunity for Re-imagination

OTT Platform: Zee5
Directed by: V.V. Vinayak
Cast: Sai Sreenivas Bellamkonda, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Bhagyashree, Sharad Kelkar, Karan Singh Chhabra

Plot Synopsis:
A remake of the Telugu hit originally starring Prabhas, Chathrapathi re-explores the cinematic world of Mother-Son bonding and the challenges of migrants. As Shiva rises against adversity, the narrative unfolds with predictable loops of action, dialogue, and song sequences.

❤ Chathrapathi feels like a nostalgic trip, echoing the masala films of yesteryear.
❌ However, with no fresh take, the film ends up feeling more like a dubbed version than an authentic remake.
❌ Bellamkonda Sai Sreenivas’s portrayal of Shiva pales in comparison to the charismatic Prabhas from the original.

Amala: A Slow-Burn Psychological Thriller with Potential for a Sequel

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Nishad Ebrahim
Cast: Anarkali Marikar, Srikanth, Appani Sharath, Rajisha Vijayan

Plot Synopsis:
Amala revolves around a series of serial killings in High Range and Kochi. Top police officer Akbar (Srikanth) is on the trail of the psychopath. The narrative dives deep into the backstory of the killer, Basil (Appani Sharath), revealing his tormented childhood and his obsession with a tragic childhood love, Amala.

❤ Different from typical thrillers as the killer’s identity is revealed early.
❤ Nishad Ebrahim’s direction impressively crafts the intense tale.
❌ Although gripping, pacing issues mar the film’s initial sequences.
❌ Some early scenes felt lacking due to inauthentic dialogues and casting choices.

Kolai: A Visual Delight With Hollow Depth

OTT Platform: Tentkottai
Directed by: Balaji K Kumar
Cast: Vijay Antony, Ritika Singh, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Murli Sharma, Siddhartha Shankar

Plot Synopsis:
Kolai is a murder mystery set in a fictional yet familiar Madras. The victim is singer-model Leila, who is found dead in a locked room. Detectives Vinayak and Sandhya must untangle the mystery, sifting through multiple suspects, each with a possible motive but a watertight alibi.

❤ Director’s fast-paced entry into the narrative can be both, refreshing and abrupt.
❤ Stunning visual transitions and surreal metaphors leave a lasting impression but lack emotional depth.
❌ The world of Kolai feels artificially constructed, making it hard to resonate with its characters.
❌ Performances don’t quite sell the emotions, leading to a lack of connection with the audience.

Other Exclusive OTT Releases This Week

Mathagam: A webseries on a a true-life event

OTT Platform: Disney Plus Hot Star
Director: Prasad Murugesan
Cast: Atharva, Nikhila Vimal, Jaypeem Manikandan, Moonar Ramesh, Dilnash Irani, Gautham Menon

Plot Synopsis:
Mathagam is a crime thriller that gets into the thrilling underworld of Chennai. The story revolves around the enigmatic Patalam Shekhar, a respected figure in the world of crime who is believed to be dead.

Parallelly, the story follows the determined police officer Aswat, who sets out on a dangerous journey to eliminate the Dadas (gangsters) following Patalam’s lead.

Guns & Gulaabs: Hit Makers are Back with Dark Comedy

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Raj and D.K.
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Dulquer Salmaan, Adarsh Gourav, Gulshan Devaiah, TJ Bhanu

Plot Synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1990s, Guns & Gulaabs marries themes of love and purity amidst a world of crime. Seamlessly weaving humour, fantasy, and dramatic tension, the series spotlights the Misfits of the World. As the story unravels, expect an unforgettable journey through love, laughter, and maybe a few tears. This film is eagerly anticipated and is pegged to be a standout in this week’s OTT line-up.

The Chosen One: Based on the graphic novel American Jesus

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Everardo Gout
Cast: Bobby Luhnow, Dianna Agron, Lilith Amelie Siordia Mejia, Juan Fernando González Anguamea

Plot Synopsis:
In the heart of Baja California, 12-year-old Jodie discovers he possesses extraordinary abilities reminiscent of Jesus. Quickly, he becomes a focal point for both Evangelical and Yaquí leaders who see him as a beacon for mankind’s salvation.

Amidst this intense scrutiny and pressure, Jodie’s priorities lie in winning over the girl he cherishes and facing down his bullies. As he tries to reconcile with his extraordinary fate, viewers are taken on an emotional roller coaster.

The Monkey King: The Chinese Legend is Back

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Anthony Stacchi
Cast: Jimmy O. Yang

Plot Synopsis:
Born from a rock and profoundly narcissistic, Monkey, voiced by Jimmy O Yang, embarks on a quest to gain immortality. Along his journey, he steals the Dragon King’s potent multi-use Stick, which leads him to a series of adventures, some reminiscent of past adaptations like the 1970s Japanese series.

Instead of the traditional cohorts, Monk Tripitaka, Sandy, and Pigsy, the story introduces Lin, voiced by Jolie Hoang-Rappaport. She, while appearing as an ally, is secretly serving the Dragon King in hopes of saving her village from drought.

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OTT Releases This Week: August 11

Are you keen on catching the latest OTT releases this week? From thrilling spy genres to unconventional superhero movies, the list is exciting.

Por Thozhil: An Intelligent Twist to Investigative Thrillers

OTT Platform: SonyLiv
Directed by: Vignesh Raja
Cast: Sarath Kumar, Ashok Selvan, Nikhila Vimal

Plot Synopsis:
Por Thozhil follows seasoned police officer Lokanathan and young recruit Prakash as they join forces to nab a serial killer. A tale of intelligence and cooperation, the film transcends the typical buddy cop formula to delve into a more sophisticated story of action and intrigue.

Smart writing sets Por Thozhil apart from other investigative thrillers. The unlikely pairing of Sarath Kumar’s veteran wisdom and Ashok Selvan’s youthful ingenuity brings freshness to the genre.

Though the film draws inspiration from classics like Stray Dog and Lethal Weapon, it finds a unique spot with its combination of suspense, action, and intelligence.

Read a detailed review here.

The Jengaburu Curse: Noble Intentions Overshadowed by Overwhelming Drama

OTT Platform: Sonyliv
Directed by: Nila Madhab Panda
Cast: Faria Abdullah, Nasser, Makarand Deshpande, Sudev Nair, Deipak Sampat, and Hitesh Dave

Plot Synopsis:
Far removed from her Adivasi origins in London, Priya Das (Faria Abdullah) is thrust into the mysteries of her past when her activist father, Swatantra, disappears. The backdrop is Jengaburu, an ancestral village now under the iron grip of a mining company led by the unscrupulous Srinivas.

Local legends warn of a dragon king sleeping beneath the village, a creature that mustn’t be stirred. Yet, with each explosion and machine rumble, an ancient curse seems poised to awaken.

The Jengaburu Curse commendable foregrounds the Adivasi narrative and the contentious realm of Indian mining, an effort far more nuanced than similar takes like Aar Ya Paar (2022).

The series boasts an ensemble cast that shines in their roles, with Faria Abdullah’s portrayal of Priya being particularly spirited.

While the series is based on a compelling premise, it often finds itself ensnared by the trappings of its thriller genre.

Over-dramatization, convenient plot developments, and drawn-out scenes at times detract from the core message.

Made in Heaven: Season 2 – A Rich Tapestry of Indian Weddings and Social Realities

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, Neeraj Ghaywan, Alankrita Shrivastava, and Nitya Mehra
Cast: Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, among others.

Plot Synopsis:

Season 2 of Made in Heaven witnesses the return of Tara Khanna and Karan Mehra, our favourite wedding planners from Delhi. Diving deep into the opulent world of Indian weddings, the season unravels not just the grandeur of these ceremonies, but the undercurrents of societal norms, personal aspirations, and familial expectations. Picking up from where it left off, Tara’s personal life is in turmoil while Karan grapples with his sexuality.

This season magnifies its focus on complex issues, with episodes like Neeraj Ghaywan’s Dalit wedding narrative, featuring a formidable Radhika Apte, standing out.

Secondary characters add depth, notably Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju’s resonating storyline. However, amidst the multitude of narratives, Sobhita Dhulipala’s Tara feels slightly subdued.

Overall, Made in Heaven: Season 2 offers a layered exploration of contemporary Indian society, intertwining the allure of weddings with hard-hitting social commentaries.

Neymar: A Lighthearted Bond with Man’s Best Friend

OTT Platform: Hotstar
Directed by: Sudhi Maddison
Cast: Mathew Thomas, Naslen K Gafoor, Shammi Thilakan, Yog Japee

Plot Synopsis:
In Neymar, the directorial debut of Sudhi Maddison, the bond of friendship intertwines with the love for a dog, leading to a series of unforeseen adventures. Centered around Aakamsh and Shinto, staunch supporters of the Brazil football team and admirers of its star player Neymar, the story takes a twist when an indie dog, named Neymar, enters their lives. From dreaming about aviation careers to a whirlwind quest in Pondicherry to retrieve Neymar from a formidable new owner, the film serves an intriguing cocktail of comedy and chaos.

While the narrative takes a relaxed pace in its Kothamangalam setting, the momentum magnifies when the backdrop shifts to Pondicherry.

The camaraderie between Mathew and Naslen is palpable, though their established chemistry sometimes feels repetitive. Yet, it’s the veterans like Vijayaraghavan, manifesting as the vibrant Chackola, who leave an indelible mark.

Despite its predictability, the film scores with its heartwarming moments, especially those involving the titular dog.
For those seeking light-hearted entertainment, Neymar is a delightful pick.

Maaveeran: The Voice Within – An Audacious Superhero Story

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Madonne Ashwin
Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Yogi Babu, Mysskin, Sunil, Saritha, Adithi Shankar

Plot Synopsis:
In the bustling streets of Tamil Nadu, Sathya, a humble comic-book artist, sketches tales of valor. His life, shadowed by poverty and the need to protect his family, takes a radical shift when a mysterious voice (akin to the ‘Maveeran’ from his comics) begins forecasting imminent events. This auditory guide, coupled with socio-political upheavals, thrusts him into an extraordinary journey. As structures crumble and systems fail, Sathya grapples with his newfound ‘precognition’ power, while also confronting his own inhibitions.

Maaveeran brilliantly juxtaposes a superhero narrative with underlying political tones.

Sivakarthikeyan‘s rapport with comedic genius Yogi Babu enlivens the film, adding layers of humour amidst intense sequences.

Noteworthy is the film’s audacity to challenge and subvert traditional superhero tropes while still catering to the commercial palette.

The dynamics between supporting characters, notably Sunil and Mysskin, are intricately woven, ensuring every subplot gets its deserving closure.

Padmini: A Humorous Dive into Societal Scrutiny

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Senna Hegde
Cast: Kunchacko Boban, Aparna Balamurali, Madonna Sebastian, Vincy Aloshious.

Plot Synopsis:
Amidst the buzzing chatter and societal judgements, Rameshan’s life takes an unexpected turn when his wife, Smrithi, elopes on their wedding day. Left to face the brunt of the village’s ridicule, Rameshan, a poet and lecturer, embarks on a comedic journey to find love once again. Amidst the chaos, parallel narratives unfold, touching upon modern relationships, societal norms, and the quirks that bind us all together.

Hegde’s signature style of highlighting societal intricacies remains intact.

Kunchacko Boban excels as the heartbroken Rameshan, whose endeavours in love, interspersed with comedic interactions with his brother-in-law (portrayed by Anand Manmadhan), form the essence of the film.

A standout subplot showcases advocate Sreedevi’s (Aparna Balamurali) turbulent relationship with her over-protective fiance Jayan (Sajin Cherukayil). The inclusion of fictional brand advertisements, reminiscent of Tarantino-esque style, adds a quirky flavour.

Other Exclusive OTT Releases This Week

Vaan Moondru

OTT: Aha
Director: Amr Murugesh
Writer: Amr Murugesh
Stars: Ammu Abhirami, Aditya Badekar, Delhi Ganesh

Plot Synopsis:
A timeless romantic narrative that intricately binds six individuals, Vaan Moondru beautifully transcends societal norms surrounding age and relationships. This poignant tale of love paints a vivid picture of evolving relationships and emotions.


OTT: Aha
Director: Aneel Kanneganti
Stars: Ashwin Babu, Nandita Swetha

Plot Synopsis:
Set in the heart of Hyderabad, “Hidimbha” unravels a chilling medical mystery. As two diligent police officers embark on an inquiry into a peculiar case, the city witnesses a series of disappearances. Strikingly, all victims are young girls, bound by one intriguing similarity. As the plot thickens, truths emerge, and a sinister game begins.

The Killing Vote

OTT: Amazon Prime
Director: Park Shin-Woo
Writer: Eom Se-Yoon
Stars: Park Hae Jin, Park Sung Woong, Lim Ji Yeon

Plot Synopsis:
In an unsettling world where justice is questionable, “The Killing Vote” dives deep into the unsettling game of death penalty voting. Every adult citizen is polled. If majority votes favor the death sentence, the mysterious Gae Tal (Dog’s Tail) exacts lethal justice on offenders who exploit the system’s flaws. As the narrative unfolds, moral dilemmas arise, questioning societal norms and individual agency.

Heart Of Stone

OTT: Netflix
Stars: Alia Bhatt, Gal Gadot

Plot Synopsis:
Join the espionage world with “Heart of Stone.” Gal Gadot, celebrated globally for her iconic role as Wonder Woman, takes center stage in this thrilling spy drama. Taking cues from franchises like “Mission: Impossible” and “James Bond,” Netflix ventures into the realm of spy thrillers, positioning Gadot in a pioneering role. As intrigue, action, and suspense merge, “Heart of Stone” is poised to establish its niche in the spy genre.

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OTT Releases This Week: Aug 04

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From the Rom-Com to Thrillers…the list is packed with a good number of thrillers, docu-series and romantic movies.

Collage of ott releases this week
Collage of ott releases this week

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3: A Mischievous Emotional Rollercoaster

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Directed by: James Gunn
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Chukwudi Iwuji, Linda Cardellini, Will Poulter

In Brief: Guardians of the Galaxy

The final instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, Vol 3, focuses on Rocket’s traumatic backstory, featuring the High Evolutionary’s experiments. Rocket’s escape and separation from his soulmate Lylla, the otter, lead to a thrilling adventure filled with mischief, humour, and heart.

A big-hearted film that balances an overstuffed storyline with classic GOTG trademarks. James Gunn’s touch with unexpected dark themes keeps the series’ irreverent swagger while delivering emotional punches.

Dhoomam: An Unimpactful Thriller Fogged by its Message

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Directed by: Pawan Kumar
Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Roshan Mathew, Aparna Balamurali, Vineeth

In Brief: Dhoomam

In Dhoomam, Fahadh Faasil plays the marketing head of a major tobacco firm caught in a hostage situation with his wife. The non-linear narrative switches between the attempts to escape and Avinash’s rise within the company. The film also delves into the corporate world of tobacco, showcasing the methods used to convince new users and lobby with the government.

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Rangabali: A Scattered Attempt at Hero Worship

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Pawan Basamsetty
Cast: Naga Shaurya, Yukti Thareja, Tom Chacko, Satya
Music: Pawan CH

In Brief: Rangabali

Rangabali tells the story of Shaurya, a man whose strength and identity are rooted in his hometown, Ramavaram. He falls in love, faces conflicts, and must change the identity of a significant place in his town. The film follows Shaurya’s journey from a small-town guy with dreams of heroism to his struggle with politics and identity.

Rangabali attempts to celebrate unabashed hero worship but ends up feeling like a collection of random ideas with superficial execution.

Naga Shaurya’s portrayal of the protagonist is unconvincing, with elements like his white shirt fetish and action sequences failing to evoke interest. The lack of depth in the storyline, masked by humor and mass masala, leaves much to be desired.

However, moments of occasional humour thanks to supporting actors Satya and Rajkumar provide some relief.

Rangabali’s promotional spoof interviews, in which Satya mimics media personalities, ironically offer more innovation and entertainment than the film itself.

Soulcatcher: A Clichéd Disappointment Bereft of Originality

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Daniel Markowicz
Cast: Piotr Witkowski, Jacek Koman, Jacek Poniedziałek

In Brief: Soulcatcher

Soulcatcher takes place in a not-so-distant future where a weapon named the Soulcatcher can transform ordinary people into savage killers. The plot revolves around a military contractor who is assigned to retrieve this device but faces a dilemma when his brother falls victim to it. This Polish action thriller endeavors to be a gripping tale but ends up awash with clichés.

The film sets itself up with a blockbuster script, yet its modest budget fails to match its grand aspirations. It falls short in terms of visuals, fight scenes, and character development, leaving much to be desired.

Although it boasts a conceptually interesting weapon and a promising plotline involving political corruption and scientific brilliance, the execution lacks originality and conviction.

Santhosham: A Feel-Good Attempt That Falls Short on Conflict

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Directed by: Ajith V Thomas
Cast: Anu Sithara, Amith Chakalakkal, Kalabhavan Shajohn, Mallika Sukumaran

In Brief: Santhosham

Santhosham revolves around the family of Suresh Kumar, focusing on his two daughters, Aadhya and Akshara. The narrative explores their dynamic relationship, especially as Aadhya’s marriage is fixed. The film attempts to delve into the sharp mood swings of children, a theme often overlooked in Malayalam cinema, but ends up delivering a conflict-free and simplistic narrative that fails to blend family bonding with a central idea.

The music by PS Jayahari adds charm, but misplaced songs hinder the overall experience.

Despite its aim to spread positivity, Santhosham’s underdeveloped script neglects to build a solid conflict, resulting in a film that focuses on optimism but lacks depth and engagement.

Exclusive OTT Releases This Week

Choona: An Unlikely Heist with a Humorous Twist

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Pushpendra Nath Misra
Cast: Jimmy Shergill, Aashim Gulati, Arshad Warsi, Vikram Kochhar, Namit Das, Chandan Roy, Gyanendra Tripathi, Monika Panwar, Niharika Lyra Dutt

Plot Synopsis:
When a group of misfits finds themselves up against a common enemy—a ruthless yet superstitious politician—they plan a heist as their method of revenge. The series combines elements of comedy and drama, promising a unique take on the heist genre. Choona aims to deliver an engaging story of retribution.

Dayaa: A Chilling Discovery and a Tumultuous Journey

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Directed by: Pavan Sadineni
Cast: JD Chakravarthy, Eesha Rebba, Remya Nambeesan, Prudhvi Raj, Kamal Kamaraju, Josh Ravi

Plot Synopsis:
Dayaa, a Telugu remake of the popular Bengali series Taqdeer, revolves around the life of a freezer van driver whose routine existence is shattered when he finds a lifeless body in his van. The discovery sets off a chain of events that embroils him and his best friend in increasingly complex challenges. As a new addition to Telugu-language content, Dayaa represents a thrilling foray into a new market for the renowned Bengali production house, SVF.

The Hunt for Veerappan: Unveiling the Dreaded Bandit’s Saga

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Selvamani Selvaraj
Composer: Jhanu
Genre: True crime docuseries

Plot Synopsis:
The Hunt for Veerappan is a gripping four-part docuseries set to explore the untold and unheard stories of the feared Indian bandit turned domestic terrorist, Veerappan. Beginning as a poacher, Veerappan ruled the jungles of South India, becoming the subject of India’s largest manhunt. Through detailed examination and intense storytelling, this series will delve into the complex web of Veerappan’s life and the forces that sought to capture him. The Hunt for Veerappan promises to unravel the mystery and mythology surrounding one of India’s most enigmatic criminal figures.

Nagumome Chaalu Le: A heartbroken and wide-eyed decided to explore the city

OTT Platform: Aha
Directed by: N Balaji
Cast: Saketh Valluri & Sindhuja Turlapati

Read more reviews and suggestions here.

OTT Releases This Week: July 21

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From Psychological Horror Dramas to Animes…the list is fileld with a good number of thrillers, feel-good and romantic movies.

A collage of OTT Releases this week
OTT Releases this week

Asvins: A Chilling Psychological Horror

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Tarun Teja
Cast: Vasanth Ravi, Vimala Raman, Muralidaran, Saraswathi Menon, UdhayaDeep, Simran Pareek

Asvin in Brief

Asvins uncovers a haunting tale beginning with a folk legend of a boy blessed by Ashwini (goddess) with an unusual boon: he cannot die unless it is by natural causes. The boy grew up to be an archaeologist named Arjun. He and his team went to a mansion in Kent that was once owned by another archaeologist named Aarthi Rajagopalan. The mansion was said to be haunted, and Arjun wanted to investigate. As they explored the mansion, they heard chilling whispers inside their heads.

Asvins blends traditional horror elements with a psychological twist, creating an atmosphere of intense suspense and terror.
It will entertain all who like Horror thrillers, particularly when it stays true to its genre, deviating only when attempting to justify the supernatural phenomena.

Bawaal: A Typical Bollywood Drama of Love, Hate, and Indifference

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Directed by: Nitesh Tiwari
Cast: Varun Dhawan, Janhvi Kapoor

Bawaal in Brief

Bawaal is a story about a history teacher and his new wife from a small Indian town. They go on their honeymoon to Europe, but their relationship is already having problems. As they travel, they learn about the horrors of World War II, and their lives take an unexpected turn.

Bawaal is a layered narrative that looks into the conflicts of modern relationships. It reflects on themes of love, hatred, empathy, indifference, and authenticity. The film uses World War II as a backdrop to explore personal struggles and global history.

Trial Period: A Predictable Tale of Modern Families and Unconventional Bonds

OTT Platform: JioCinema
Directed by: Aleya Sen
Cast: Genelia Deshmukh, Manav Kaul

Trial Period in Brief

Trial Period is a heartwarming film that tells the story of Ana, a single mother who is asked by her son to find a father for him on a 30-day trial. This innocent proposition leads to the entry of Prajapati Dwivedi, or PD, who is diametrically opposite to what Ana and her son had in mind. However, as they get to know each other, they start to realise that they have a lot in common.

The film is a refreshing take on family dynamics and love. It combines emotion, humour, and relatable struggles, perfectly illustrating the peculiarities of modern families. With its unique premise and charming characters, Trial Period promises to tug at the heartstrings of the viewers, making them ponder the unconventional ways in which bonds are formed.

They Cloned Tyrone: A Genre-Bending Exploration of Conspiracy and Comedy

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Juel Taylor
Cast: John Boyega, Teyonah Parris, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Kiefer Sutherland

They Cloned Tyrone in Brief

They Cloned Tyrone is a science fiction comedy mystery film that follows an unlikely trio as they stumble upon a government cloning conspiracy. The film incorporates elements of satire, horror, and absurdist humour, and pays homage to the Blaxploitation films of the 1970s.

The film has received critical acclaim for its genre-bending narrative and standout performances by the lead cast. It has been praised for its compelling direction, savvy score, and humorous cast performances. It serves as a potent mix of social satire and science fiction, delivering a uniquely entertaining ride.

Paayum Oli Nee Yenakku: An Average Thriller with Twists and Turns

OTT Platform: Simply South
Directed by: Karthik Adwait
Cast: Vikram Prabhu, Vani Bhojan

Paayum Oli Nee Yenakku in Brief

Paayum Oli Nee Yenakku (You are my beaming light), is an average action thriller that showcases the life of an IT entrepreneur, Aravind, who can only see in bright light due to a childhood accident. Despite his disability, Aravind lives a confident life until he is kidnapped under mysterious circumstances. With several unexpected murders happening around him, this film is packed with thrilling sequences and plot twists, giving viewers a refreshing experience.

Despite minor drawbacks such as disjointed sequences and unclear depictions of Aravind’s visual condition, the film promises to entertain audiences with its unique storyline and well-crafted editing.

Sync: Won’t sync with everyone

OTT Platform: Aha
Directed by: Vikas Anand Sridharan
Cast: Kishen Das, Monica Chinnakotla, Soundarya Bala Nandakumar, Naveen George Thomas

Sync in Brief

Sync, a Tamil horror thriller, revolves around four friends who embark on a road trip that soon turns into a nightmare following a hit-and-run accident. Encountering supernatural elements, they struggle to escape from the haunting situation. With an intriguing plot filled with unexpected twists and turns, Sync is trying to send chills and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sync successfully blends horror elements with a gripping narrative, making it a must-watch for fans of the genre. But it may not sync with all.

Do Gubbare: A Heartfelt Connection Bridging Generations

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema
Directed by: Varun Narvekar
Cast: Mohan Agashe, Siddharth Shaw, Malhaar Rathod, Manasi Parekh, Hemangi Kavi

Do Gubbare in Brief

Do Gubbare is a heartwarming Hindi sitcom that explores the life of a young man, Rohit, who relocates from Indore to Pune and stays as a paying guest at Ajoba’s house. A tale filled with emotions and laughter, Do Gubbare shows how the two characters find solace in each other’s company, leading to unexpected connections and profound life changes.

Do Gubbare offers a perfect blend of fun, emotions, and laughter, providing viewers a feel-good experience. It brings together a stellar cast led by veteran actor Mohan Agashe, promising captivating performances.

Other OTT Releases This Week

The Deepest Breath (Eng) – Netflix

Aashiqana S4 (Hindi) – Hotstar Series

The Almost Legends (Spanish) – Netflix

Sweet Magnolias (English) – Netflix

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OTT Releases This Week: July 14

Are you waiting for the latest OTT releases this week? From romantic Love Tactics to Courtroom drama Trial…the list is fileld with a good number of thrillers, melo-drama and rom-coms movies.

Collage of OTT Releases This Week: July 14
OTT Releases This Week: July 14

The Trial: An intoxicating blend of personal drama and courtroom suspense!

OTT Platform: Disney+Hotstar
Directed by: Suparn Verma
Cast: Kajol, Jisshu Sengupta, Sheeba Chaddha, Kubbra Sait, Alyy Khan

Plot Synopsis:
The Trial is a legal drama series about a woman named Nayonika who is forced to restart her career as a lawyer after her politician husband is embroiled in a sex and corruption scandal. The series follows her journey as she balances her personal life with her professional commitments.
This is an adaptation of the international series The Good Wife.

  • The adaptation maintains the episodic legal drama style, combined with an overarching narrative, which keeps viewers on their toes.
  • The cast, featuring a range of talented actors, adds to the show’s appeal and credibility.

Maya Bazaar for Sale: A Fusion of Upper-Class Drama & Humour!

OTT Platform: Zee5
Directed by: Gautami Challgulla
Cast: Navdeep, Naresh, Eesha Rebba, Meiyang Chang, Ravi Varma

Plot Synopsis:
Maya Bazaar is a series about a luxurious apartment complex that is declared illegal by the government. The posh inhabitants of the complex are thrown into disarray as they scramble to cope with this upheaval.

  • The series explores the societal norms, legality, and the human will to survive under duress.
  • This season has seven episodes that promise a mix of drama and some humour here and there.

Survival of the Thickest: A delightful and poignant journey of self-love and fashion!

OTT Platform: Netflix
Created by: Michelle Buteau, Danielle Sanchez Witzel
Cast: Michelle Buteau, Tasha Smith, Tone Bell, Anissa Felix, Liza Treyger

Plot Synopsis:
Survival of the Thickest centres on Mavis Beaumont (Michelle Buteau), a plus-sized African-American stylist in New York City. The series follows her journey post a breakup as she navigates the dating scene, the fashion world, and life’s unexpected challenges.

  • The show, based on a memoir of the same name, realistically portrays the struggles and triumphs of a marginalised woman in the modern world.
  • It balances comedy and drama effectively to highlight the intersection of race, body size, and fashion in society.
  • The character of Mavis breaks traditional stereotypes, expressing her love for fashion and styling, adding to the show’s unique charm.

Kohrra: A Gripping Tale of Murder and Mystery in Punjab

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Randeep Jha
Cast: Suvinder Vicky, Barun Sobti, Manish Chaudhari, Harleen Sethi, Varun Badola, Rachel Shelley

Plot Synopsis:
Set in the heart of Punjab, ‘Kohrra’ is an intriguing crime thriller that follows two diligent cops as they unravel the complex layers of a young NRI’s murder. This procedural thriller delves into the multi-faceted Punjabi society, touching upon themes such as love, migration, feudal feuds, and rampant drug culture. As the mystery unfolds, the protagonists also grapple with personal turmoil, adding a psychological dimension to the series.

  • ‘Kohrra’ offers a nuanced portrayal of Punjab, capturing its vibrant culture and underlying issues.
  • The narrative skillfully intertwines a police procedural with a psychological drama.
  • The series draws attention to significant societal concerns like land inheritance and NRI relations with their native land, & I believe it’s inspired by the murder of singer Moose Wala.

Love Tactics 2: The Game of Proposal

OTT Platform: Netflix
Directed by: Not Mentioned
Cast: Demet Özdemir, Şükrü Özyıldız, Atakan Çelik

Plot Synopsis:
In this sequel to ‘Love Tactics’, we revisit Asli and Kerem’s relationship. This time around, Asli is convinced that marriage is a scam, and surprisingly, Kerem agrees. However, Asli’s pride is at stake, and she is determined to get a proposal out of him, ensuing a hilarious comedy of errors.

  • Love Tactics 2 continues the engaging narrative of Asli and Kerem’s romantic endeavours, filled with humour and surprising twists.
  • The show explores the concept of marriage, personal egos, and the lengths people can go to protect them.
  • Love Tactics 2 is likely to resonate with fans of romantic comedies with its playful plot and relatable characters.

Janaki Jaane: Fear, Tear & Mere!

OTT Platform: Disney+Hotstar
Directed by: Aneesh Upasana
Cast: Navya Nair, Saiju Kurup, Johny Antony

Plot Synopsis:
Janaki Jaane revolves around Janaki, a woman plagued by irrational fears. Her fear of the dark and being alone in open or confined spaces becomes a constant struggle in her life. When she falls in love and marries Unni, they must confront these fears together. However, things take a dark turn when Janaki becomes a pawn in a political conspiracy during election canvassing. With the help of her husband and friends, Janaki realises she must confront her fears to reclaim her life and expose the truth.

  • The film combines elements of suspense, romance, and social commentary.
  • While the execution falls short of its potential, Navya Nair and Saiju Kurup deliver commendable performances.
  • Janaki Jaane remains a watchable film but I felt like the director spoiled the opportunity.

Thandatti: A Quirky Drama with Inconsistent Execution

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime
Director: Ram Sangaiah
Cast: Pasupathy, Rohini, Vivek Prasanna, Ammu Abhirami

Plot Synopsis:
Thandatti is a procedural drama set in a small village in Theni. The story revolves around Thangaponnu’s death and the subsequent battle among her children to claim her final possession, a pair of earrings. Subramani, a cop who abides by his own rules, gets involved in the case when Thangaponnu’s thandatti goes missing. As he faces opposition from the villagers, Subramani must navigate the challenges and uncover the truth.

  • Thandatti is worth watching only for Pasupathy’s compelling act and the village’s innocent charm.

Other OTT Releases This Week

Nenu Student Sir: An Average Thriller

OTT Platform: Aha
Director: Rakhi Uppalapati
Cast: Bellamkonda Ganesh, Avantika Dassani, Samuthirakani

Plot Synopsis: Nenu Student Sir follows Subbu, a college student determined to purchase the latest iPhone. However, his life takes a drastic turn when he becomes entangled in a murder case after buying the phone. To his surprise, a substantial amount of money is credited to his bank account. As Subbu struggles to prove his innocence, he unravels the truth behind the murder and the mysterious deposit.

Ishq-E-Nadaan: A Romantic Melo-Drama, set in a Crowded Metropolis

OTT Platform: Jio Cinema
Director: Avishek Ghosh
Cast: Mohit Raina, Lara Dutta, Neena Gupta, Kanwaljit Singh

Plot Synopsis: The movie traces the journeys of its protagonists, weaving a narrative of companionship and unconditional love. Directed by Avishek Ghosh, making his directorial debut, the film is an exploration of urban relationships, viewed through a lens of compassion and understanding. The film also reunites veteran actors Neena Gupta and Kanwaljit Singh, once an iconic television couple, demonstrating the transformative power and fun of acting.

Ntikkakkakkoru Premondarnn: A Feel Good Love Story

OTT Platform: Manorama Max
Director: Adhil Maimoonath Asharaf
Cast: havana, Sharafudheen, Ashokan, Anarkali Nazar

Plot Synopsis: Aspiring vintage car dealer Jimmy spots a vintage car on the road and follows it to meet the owner. The owner is Nithya, his childhood sweetheart who he hasn’t seen in years after their parents forced them to break up. The two reunited lovers must decide whether to use this second chance to reconcile, despite the odds stacked against them.

OTT Sequels This Week

Storybots: Answer Time Season 2
OTT platform: Netflix

The Summer I Turned Pretty Season 2
OTT platform: Amazon Prime Video

College Romance Season 4
OTT platform: SonyLIV

Looking for a good scare? This Israeli thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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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The Devolution Of Lust Stories: A Review

Before Lust Stories 2, let’s get back to square one. In Lust Stories first edition, the anthology kicked off with Anurag Kashyap’s episode – a phenomenal start, indeed.

Lust Stories Title Card
Lust Stories Title Card

Let me paint the picture:

If I’m not wrong, the opening scene featured Radhika Apte, head out of a car, basking in a nostalgic Bollywood tune. Street lamps illuminated her face, her hair waving in the wind, and she’s laying lazily, looking at her young lover, You get all this in one long shot of a taxi cruising on a quiet, lit-up highway at night.

Isn’t it making you see the picture? Can’t you feel what the character’s going through? No dialogues, but it still speaks to you.
That’s my first metric for assessing a film’s quality. How much it speaks to you without dialogue.

After this scene, there’s a chat where Radhika Apte asks her boyfriend if they’re alone at home. He says only grandma’s home, and she can’t hear well. Then they’re in his room, talking about the books on the shelf, sharing thoughts. You can tell loads about the characters from this conversation. Kashyap uses the setting and dialogue to peel back layers of the characters. There’s a lot of talking, mostly by Radhika, but none of it’s senseless.

Why am I talking about Lust Stories 1 while writing about the second edition? Because that’s the easiest way for me to share my experience of Lust Stories 2.

Episode 1: Granny from the Future: Too Much Sex, Too Little Sense

Anurag Kashyap used the atmosphere and ambience to convey the emotions and used dialogue to portray the inner layers of the characters.

It’s not simply about sex or lust. The characters are not talking sex or f*** a lot of times; they are talking about their anxieties, which might be yours as well, and they are unveiling the deceptive covers in front of you. In the first episode, when Radhika Apte asks you, How can you expect one person to be everything, your friend, your lover, and your wildest fantasy? you will be able to empathise with the character Kalindi and be convinced that Kalindis exists.

First Episode: Lust Stories 2
First Episode: Lust Stories 2

In Lust Stories 2, everything is flipped. We start with R. Balki’s episode with a granny from the future, or maybe another planet. The episode is all sex or fuck. It feels so fake, full of cringe dialogue. Why did they pick this as the first episode? It made me want to stop watching. But after a break, I gave the second episode a chance. Balki should have made some notes from Anurag Kashyap’s Lust Story episode, especially on world building, character sketching, and dialogues.

Episode 2: A Peek into Hidden Emotions, Konkona Sen Sharma’s Lust Story

In Lust Stories 1, the second episode is from Zoya Akhtar, another great talent. It’s about a relationship between a domestic worker Sudha and the man she works for. It’s a subtle, simple story that leaves a question at the end. You can see that Sudha has almost no dialogue, but you can see her transformation, her anxieties, and, in the end, her acceptance of a hard truth.

Second Episode: Lust Stories 2
Second Episode: Lust Stories 2

In Lust Stories 2, the second episode by Konkona Sen Sharma is very similar to what Zoya did; it is subtle, with almost no dialogue between the main characters except a short tirade. The episode ends with a superb commentary on voyeurism and how some emotions can only be limited to being kept under the wraps. Tillotama Shome nailed it, and I was so happy to see her again in the Night Manager today. 

Episode 3: Lots of Lust but a ‘lustful’ Misfire

In Lust Stories 1, Dibakar Banerjee crafted the third episode, and it has a strong message for women. It is about Reena, who is in an extremely unhappy marriage with a businessman. She stuck in her roles as wife, mother, and lover, unable to assert herself as an individual. A single line of dialogue from Reena is enough to understand what’s going on; she says, “You need a mother, not a wife, and I cannot be that.” The movie questions the institution of marriage from a woman’s perspective.

Tammanna and Vijay Verma Lust Stories 2
Tammanna and Vijay Verma Lust Stories 2

But in ‘Lust Stories 2’, the third episode by Sujoy Ghosh is just a show. Lots of kissing and cleavage, and then a predictable twist. I couldn’t figure out what it was trying to say. At least they should have tried to remove that cliched backstory, which would have helped them make the climax better. If you are a Tamanna fan, go for it; otherwise, just watch the first 5 minutes and the last 10 minutes of the episode.

Even Vijay Verma couldn’t save this one as he did in Dahaad, I believe. By the way, I believe Jenniffer Piccinato is going to be a most searched term after Lust Stories 2. Her video call in this third episode added more Lust than the writers did.

Episode 4: Predictable Fairy Tale, Saved by Kajol’s Eyes

Kajol in Lust Stories 2
Kajol in Lust Stories 2

In Lust Stories, Karan Johar surprised me with the last episode. Among philosophical takes and social commentaries, he presented a simple yet thoughtful comedy-drama. But Lust Stories 2 ends with Amit Sharma’s episode trying to be a dark fairy tale and ending up just being dull. The only good thing was Kajol and her beautiful eyes.

There is actually nothing much to explain about Lust Stories 2. The endings or plot points are pretty straight, and if you are still looking for ending explained posts, you should really evaluate your cognitive skills.

In the end, I believe ‘Lust Stories 2’ may disappoint you. They messed up the brand with an amateur job.

Read more on this week OTT releases this week.

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.