10 May, 2021
When staying home, keeping the mind occupied is very important. Watching some movies or shows are a great way to divert the mind from the trauma and chaos surrounding us. While the options are many, only a few movies or shows really connect with you. Quite a few offbeat movies, a few good biopics and socially relevant movies have been released on the various OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Disney+Hotstar, SonyLiv, Zee5, Netflix, etc. Here is a rundown of some of the interesting content that you can catch up on.
When Saina became popular as a badminton star, it was perhaps the first time in this country that a sportswoman managed to do so. She became an inspiration for millions of young girls across the country to take up badminton. So, her story definitely was worth telling. Thankfully, some excellent acting by Parineeti Chopra and good direction by Amole Gupte makes this a must-watch biopic.
No star is an overnight sensation; there are many sacrifices that they and their loved ones make to reach where they are today. It is good and important to know about those, for all the aspiring sportswomen. The movie Saina so poignantly tells the tale of Saina from an ordinary middle-class family to be World No.1 in badminton. Also, this happened at a time when other countries ruled the sport. It is an extraordinary story told simply, with no frills and sensationalizing. It is available on Amazon Prime and has soulful music by Amaal Malik, Shreya Ghoshal and a few more.
When a young woman loses her husband, what is the expectation of the people around her? Her parents about her well being and if she may now become a liability to them again; her in-laws who were dependent on the son, on what the future equations are, the multitude of relatives each with their opinion; and then, of course, the unending rituals to contemplate. All this even as the lady is coming to terms with her loss, its impact, her own relations with her husband, the lack of cordiality therein, etc. What does this young widow figure out about herself and her husband, and how does she go about doing what is the right thing? Is it normal for a widow not to grieve and have cravings to eat pani puri by the street?
Pagglait, streaming on Netflix, written and directed by Umesh Bist, makes for a very engaging watch. This movie twists and turns and takes us through the life of the newly widowed Sandhya, just five months after her marriage. Sanya Malhotra, as Sandhya, just steals your heart as she plays the part almost at complete ease with the role. The ending is something that many of us may not expect, and neither does her family.
Raat Akeli Hai
If you prefer to watch a Whodunit kind of thriller movie, perhaps this one is a good bet. Starring stalwarts like Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, this movie keeps you on the edge of the seat throughout. Nawazuddin Siddiqui as a police inspector investigating a murder, ends up digging a whole lot of skeletons from the family’s cupboard. With the chase for the killer getting murkier by the day and Radhika Apte as the bride whose husband got killed on the wedding night, it makes for a good watch.
With every twist, your guess on the killer keeps changing, and it also tells the tale of a wealthy family that was more interested in burying its secrets at any cost. The movie ends with the true killer being exposed and punished and the inspector finally getting a bride, much to his mother's happiness, who was desperately searching for one. This movie is directed by Honey Trehan and won the best Film and Best actor category awards at the Filmfare OTT awards.
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