The grim news from around the country of rising COVID-19 cases is bound to bog many down - the curfews and restrictions, however taxing, are in place to ensure a safer future. So what do you do, if it feels like 2020 is here to repeat itself in more than one way? You binge-watch some great TV shows and films, of course!
In true lockdown fashion, we are resorting to OTT platforms for entertainment (and maybe distraction). To keep that brain sane and running, we have drawn up a list that you may binge through the weekend, or maybe even weekdays –– there are no rules in a pandemic.
I. Ajeeb Daastaans on Netflix
From the Karan Johar production world comes a series of four shorts that essentially revolves around the broad theme of the complexity of human relationships –– as vague as it sounds, the films take a deep-dive into four parallel lives. These include an arranged marriage couple, a mother and her daughter, two people suffering from class discrimination and two women with their own set of challenges.
Starring Aditi Rao Hydari, Nushrat Barucha, Konkana Sen Sharma and more, Ajeeb Daastaans is an exploration of aspects of life that truly affect each of us on a daily basis, or maybe even creep into our lives through our subconscious. What is heavy on the emotions and lighter on the actions, makes for a perfect day-to-evening binge.
II. Mandela on Netflix
Here’s one for the political satire enthusiasts –– this Tamil film revolves around the workings of the political system of India, however, reduced to the scale of a small village. From voting to distributions, and ID cards to privilege, Madonne Ashwin’s Mandela touches upon sensitive topics with hints of humour.
If you are one to enjoy funny takes on serious subjects, Mandela is your film. Performances by Yogi Babu and his co-actors fulfil the comedy quota and in fact, do much for the hilarity of the film. A wholesome satire that has potential to keep you engaged throughout makes for a great weekend meal-and-movie.
III. Joji on Amazon Prime Video
A story of greed and family, Joji is a Malayalam film that stars Fahadh Faasil and is directed by Dileesh Pothan. When the head of the family collapses due to medical issues, the three brothers struggle to take control. Said to be based on Macbeth, Joji focuses on crime and punishment, but in its own unique and Indian way.
A fast-paced film that keeps you hooked till the end is one that is an apt watch in any language.
IV. OK Computer on Disney+ Hotstar
The long-standing question of ‘Will AI take over the world soon?’ is explored in the series OK Computer. Now set to screen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, this Vijay Varma and Radhika Apte starrer is a comedy one must watch. A special dynamic between the two main characters and an underlying relatability of technology moving forward at an advanced rate. With humour and absurd situations, the series creates a premise that is easy to understand and watch.
When a self driving taxi murders a man, a detective (Vijay Varma) is called out of retirement to help solve and fix the situation –– bringing in the technology advancement aspect. The film is an enjoyable watch, and with a great pair of actors, is suitable for an evening’s binge.
V. The Married Woman on ZEE5
A web series that challenges the Indian society’s mindset on what a woman should be and do, The Married Woman is about the lives of two women that live a life different to the one they want and deserve. Exploring love beyond genders, the protagonists played by Monica Dogra and Ridhi Dogra attempt to unfurl and understand their relationship.
The two women navigate through life and wish for a free one in a country where the idea of love is not only one-dimensional, but is also non-existent in many people’s minds. A web-series that is apt for an evening of looking at a life other than the one fed by mainstream media, The Married Woman makes for a pleasant weekend watch.
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