August brings a lot of festive cheer in the country, what with its surfeit of auspicious days. Though Covid-19 is a dampener in the mood this year, streaming platforms are doing their bit to cheer us up with a flood of interesting OTT releases. There are shows and movies to cater to every taste, coming up on OTT platforms. In short, there’s something for everyone on OTT this August.
Navarasa – Netflix, August 6
An anthology of short films on the nine emotions or “rasas” that make up human beings. Each short film in the anthology depicts one emotion, and each will be helmed by a stellar director – Arvind Swamy, Bejoy Nambiar, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karthick Naren, Karthik Subbaraj, Priyadarshan, Rathindran Prasad, Sarjun and Vasanth Sai.
Dial 100 – ZEE5, August 6
Manoj Bajpayee, Neena Gupta and Sakshi Tanwar star in this thriller, the story of which unfolds over one night. Neena Gupta plays a wronged mother, out to take revenge for the injustice meted out to her child. It is a racy, edgy story, with twists galore!
Kuruthi – Amazon Prime Video, August 11
Kuruthi is a Malayalam political thriller film, directed by Manu Warrier. It stars Prithviraj Sukumaran, along with Murali Gopy, Roshan Mathew, Shine Tom Chacko and Srindaa in primary roles. The film depicts how hate is a fire that keeps raging, burning down everyone and everything that comes in its grip. Kuruthi is apparently a revenge drama with political overtones.
Shershaah – Amazon Prime Video, August 12
A war drama that chronicles the heroics of Captain Vikram Batra in the Kargil War of 1999. Such was his bravery that the Pakistani side had codenamed him Shershaah. Sidharth Malhotra plays the eponymous role in the film, also starring Kiara Advani.
Bhuj: The Pride Of India – Disney Plus Hotstar, August 13
A gripping patriotic war drama, set in the backdrop of the 1971 India – Pakistan war. Ajay Devgn plays an Indian Armed Forces officer who stands tall amidst devastating Pakistani attacks on the Air Force base of Bhuj, and retaliates in the most stunning way possible. Sanjay Dutt, Sonakshi Sinha,Sonakshi Sinha, Sharad Kelkar, Ammy Virk, Pranitha Subhash and Ihana Dhillo make up the rest of the cast.
Beckett – Netflix, August 13
A gritty thriller, it centres on how one man’s idyllic vacation becomes a desperate race for survival as rogue elements close in on him. The film is directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, and stars John David Washington, Alicia Vikander, Vicky Krieps, Boyd Holbrook, Daphne Alexander, among others.
CODA – Apple TV Plus, August 13
CODA is a Sundance Film Festival winner, which received accolades and appreciation from audiences and critics alike. The poignant story features a 17-year-old girl (Emilia Jones) who is born to deaf parents, but thankfully can hear. Music is her lifeblood, and when she gets a never-before opportunity to make her musical dreams come true, she’s caught between her love for singing and her responsibilities towards her family. For those who don’t know, CODA stands for “Child of Deaf Adults”.
Cartel – ALT Balaji, August 20
A crime drama about the gangs of Mumbai. The powerful Angre family, led by Rani Mai (Supriya Pathak), has brokered peace among Mumbai’s underworld. But a twist of fate shatters the peace, leading to all out war. Also starring Rithvik Dhanjani, Tanuj Virwani, Samir Soni, Monica Dogra, Kannan Arunachalam, Amey Wagh, among a huge ensemble cast.
Nine Perfect Strangers – Amazon Prime Video, August 20
New series from creator David E. Kelley, starring Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy. Kidman stars as the owner and director of a wellness retreat for the rich, famous and harried, looking to rediscover their mojo. But the happenings at the retreat put them in the position where they don’t know whether to give in to the craziness or run for their lives. A dark, deceptive series.
Dr Death – Lionsgate Play, August 20
The Dr Death miniseries is inspired by the terrifying true story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch, a young, successful Texas neurosurgeon, who suddenly goes rogue. As patient after patient of Dr. Duntsch is left permanently disabled and even dead, two fellow physicians and Dallas prosecutor Michelle Shughart set out to stop him. An intriguing series, based on a true story.
Brooklyn Nine Nine – Final Season 8 – Comedy Central, TBA
The finale season of the most loved sitcom, which centres on the Brooklyn police force of the 99th precinct, and their adorable shenanigans. It will air on TV on Comedy Central, though we don’t know the date yet. It will also stream on Netflix, but at a later date.
Here’s the full list of the major titles coming to Amazon Prime Video, Netflix India, ZEE5, ALTBalaji, Disney Plus Hotstar and all the other OTT platforms in August –
Navarasa – August 6
Hit And Run Israeli Series – August 6
The Kissing Booth 3 – Film – August 11
AlRawabi School for Girls: Limited Series – August 12
Beckett – Film – August 13
Brand New Cherry Flavor: Limited Series – August 13
Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes – – Docuseries – August 18
The Chair: Season 1 – Series – August 20
Comedy Premium League: Season 1, Episodes 1-4 – August 20
Sweet Girl – Film – August 20
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf – Animated series – August 23
Clickbait: Season 1 – August 25
Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes: Season 1 – series – August 25
Sparking Joy – Marie Kondo series – August 31
Amazon Prime Video –
The Courier – film – August 2
Kuruthi – Malayalam film – August 11
Shershaah – Hindi film – August 12
Modern Love – Anthology – August 13
Godzilla Vs Kong – film – August 14
Nine Perfect Strangers – series – August 20
Disney Plus Hotstar –
Short Circuit: Season 2 – Short films – August 4
Marvel’s What If…? – series – August 11
Bhuj: The Pride Of India – film – August 13
Netrikann – Tamil film – August 13
Spin – English film – August 15
Cruella -English film – August 27
The Empire – series – TBA (August 20 – tentative)
Dial 100 – film – August 6
200 – film – August 20
Crimes And Confessions – series – August 7
Cartel – series – August 20
Shantit Kranti – Marathi series – August 13
Ayngaran – Tamil film – TBA – (August 13 tentative)
Vivaha Bhojanambu -Tamil film – TBA
MX Player –
Aani Kay Hava – Marathi series – August 6 (also available in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi)
Apple TV Plus –
Mr Corman – series – August 6
CODA – film – August 13
Truth Be Told Season 2 – series – August 20
See Season 2 – Series – August 27
Aha Video – Telugu content
Tharagathi Gadhi Daati – Telugu series – remake of The Viral Fever’s Flames – TBA
Hoichoi TV – Bengali Content
Dutta Vs Dutta – Film – August 6
Patalghar – film – August 7
Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni (REKKA) – series – August 13
Hawa Bodol – film – TBA
Ekti Tarar Khonje – film – TBA
Chaplin – film – TBA
Lionsgate Play IN –
Spiral – horror film – August 6
Dr Death – series – August 20
Heels – series – August 27
WeWork – The Making and Breaking of a $47 Billion Unicorn – Documentary film – August 27
Way Down (The Vault) – Spanish thriller film – August 27