The weekend is here and it seems like the weather too is in favour of you snuggling up in bed and binging on some flicks. So, will it be drama or thriller or the all-time favourite rom-com? You take your pick.
1. Masoom, Disney+ Hotstar
The fact that Boman Irani stars in this six-part psychological thriller is reason enough to tune in. Aside from that, the story traces a young girl’s quest to find the culprit behind her mother’s death. Watch as skeletons of the past tumble out of the closet.
What reviews say:
“Another thing that stands out is the action that most characters do while speaking, and the way the scenes are composed within spaces – they’re always doing something (driving, working, eating, walking, worrying), as per routine, and don’t just exist to communicate their personalities to an audience,” writes Rahul Desai for Film Companion.
2. O2, Disney+ Hotstar
The Tamil flick involves high-pressure scenes wherein the passengers of a bus are trapped underground. Nayanthara, leading actress of the South, must turn into the hero as she uses her quick thinking to come up with a plan.
What reviews say:
“For a survival thriller that mostly takes place inside a bus, the film works to a large extent. It manages to create a claustrophobic mood and tension with the aid of very good cinematography,” writes Haricharan Pudipeddi for Hindustan Times.
3. She Season 2, Netflix
As Bhumi essayed by Aaditi Pohankar dives deeper into her mission as an undercover agent, will she be mesmerised by the more dark side of the job?
In the second part of this Imtiaz Ali creation, watch as the dual agent perfects her juggling act.
4. Fingertip Season 2, Zee5
Six individuals. Six stories. One thing in common — the evils of cyberspace. Have social media and the digital age taken over our lives so much that we fall prey to them?
The series explores this while highlighting an important message, the virtual world is not the real one.
5. Jayamma Pachayathi, Amazon Prime Video
Everyone loves a woman who is not afraid to take charge and right some wrongs. So when Jayamma Panchayathi does this in her village, we cheer her on. The empowered Jayamma must rise to the occasion of helping her family survive when an event turns her life upside down.
What reviews say:
“The way the director keeps you invested in the drama is refreshing. Films like Jayamma Panchayathi are rare in Tollywood,” writes Thadhagath Pathi for The Times of India.
6. Suzhal: The Vortex, Amazon Prime Video
Set to be available in over 30 languages, the Tamil series is a Prime original and has a range of positive reviews. Along with being acclaimed for its storytelling, it also has the ability to keep the audience engaged to the very last minute.
If you have around 8 hours to spare, you might want to binge-watch this. Be warned, once you hit play, you’ll be glued.
What reviews say:
“The writing is expansive enough to accommodate the little details that elevate Suzhal many notches above the average police procedural,” writes Nandini Ramnath for Scroll.
7. Recce, Zee5
The series weaves a thread of drama and thrill as the Municipal Chairman of a town is murdered and a sub-inspector must prove himself efficient enough to solve the case. The investigation unearths more secrets of the town and the story grips you while giving you a chance to enjoy each plot twist.
8. Dharmaveer, Zee5
Through the eyes of this Marathi biographical drama, we get a sense of the politician Anand Dighe and his role in shaping Maharashtra.
The movie traces the rise of the politician and how he got the people of the state to love him.
9. Gangubai Kathiawadi, Netflix
The Alia Bhatt-blockbuster continues to top the charts in Bollywood and in people’s hearts alike. The story of a young woman who is sold to a brothel and must now either succumb to the dark of the underworld or rise above it.
The movie had garnered praise from film critics post its release on the big screens on 25 February this year. Following its Netflix debut too, it has continued to make its mark as one of the best out there.
10. Scam 1992, SonyLiv
The series needs no introduction owing to the kind of fame it amassed in the days following its release. For those who haven’t binged on it yet, don’t miss out on this work of art directed by Hansal Mehta.
Though the series was released in 2020, it continues to gather a fan following with its impeccable storytelling and the way the plot unravels.
Masoom Is A Well-Constructed Bridge Between Morality And Parenthood by Rahul Desai, Published on 17 June 2022.
O2 review: Nayanthara’s film is a decent survival thriller uplifted by good performances and cinematography by Haricharan Pudipeddi, Published on 17 June 2022.
‘Suzhal – The Vortex’ review: A nail-biting thriller about secrets and deception by Nandini Ramnath, Published on 17 June 2022.
Jayamma Panchayathi Movie Review : An impressive film with a soul by Thadhagath Pathi, Published on 6 May 2022.
Edited by Yoshita Rao
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