Streaming Video News: April 3, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with more than a dozen Indian titles added in the last two days, including the new Hindi series Panchayat, which looks kinda good. Newly added 2020 releases include:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix because Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania is now available for streaming. (Thanks for the alert, Courtney!) And check out my post “New Indian Movies & TV Series on Netflix: March 2020” at What’s on Netflix, just to make sure there’s nothing you missed last month. πŸ™‚

Netflix released the trailer for its new dark comedy series Hasmukh, which stars Vir Das as a comic who resorts to murder to overcome his stage fright. Hasmukh debuts on Netflix April 17. It’s worth watching the trailer below just to see Manoj Pahwa’s ridiculous wig.

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Streaming Video News: April 1, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with loads of newly added Indian content. In addition to the Hindi film Paharganj, the 2020 Tamil releases Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal and Sethum Aayiram Pon are now available for streaming. A bunch of animated kids movies and series in Hindi were also added: Akbar Birbal, Bal Ganesh, Chhota Bheem and the Curse of Damyaan, Mighty Raju Rio Calling, and Punyakoti (Sanskrit). But the big news is the new batch of movies from the Dharma Productions catalog that are now available for streaming:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with lots of newly added Indian titles, including the following 2020 releases:

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Streaming Video News: March 27, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with dozens of Indian films added in the last week, including today’s addition of Saif Ali Khan’s 2020 comedy Jawaani Jaaneman. Other recently added 2020 releases include:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the debuts of two Netflix Originals: the stand-up comedy series Ladies Up and the cute-looking Hindi film Maska, starring Manisha Koirala. A bunch of shows and movies are heading to Netflix in the next several days, while almost a dozen titles are set to expire in the same time frame. Check them all out in the “Coming Soon” and “Expiring Soon” sections at the top of my Netflix page.

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Movie Review: Baaghi 3 (2020)

0.5 Stars (out of 4)

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The trailer of Baaghi 3 promises “One Man Against the Whole Country.” Could we be in for a biting commentary on the Assad regime in Syria? Of course not. Baaghi 3 is a brainless film with no intention of challenging its audience — except in its willingness to stay until the end of the movie. At showing I attended, I was the only one who did.

Baaghi 3 is the latest in the Baaghi series of films, which have no connection to each other except that they star Tiger Shroff playing a character named Ronny (or in the case of this latest movie: “Ronnie”). The characters aren’t even the same guy, as Ronny/Ronnie’s backstory reboots with each new movie. Shraddha Kapoor played a character named Sia in the original Baaghi, and she returns to play a different character this time, now named “Siya.”

Ronnie 3.0 is the thuggish son of a cop (played by Tiger’s real-life dad, Jackie) who was fatally injured in the line of duty when Ronnie was young. On his deathbed, Dad tasked Ronnie with the care of his older brother Vikram, who is as close to an ambulatory potato as a person can be. Even as adults, whenever Vikram (Riteish Deshmukh) is in trouble, he yells “Ronnie!”, summoning his brother with a gale of wind to beat up the bad guys.

Jobless, ability-less Vikram is made a police officer because of nepotism, despite him being afraid of everything. Ronnie acts as his henchman, breaking up an international human trafficking ring while Vikram gets the credit publicly. The federal government notices and sends Vikram alone to Syria to facilitate the extradition of a terrorist — the most absurd thing to happen in a movie full of absurd stuff. Vikram is immediately kidnapped, forcing Ronnie to head to Syria to rescue him with the help of his girlfriend/sister-in-law Siya.

Siya fits into the story as part of a subplot to get Vikram married, off-loading his daily management from Ronnie onto an unsuspecting woman — in this case, Siya’s sister, Ruchi (Ankita Lokhande). Ruchi’s other purpose is to get pregnant in order to give more weight to Vikram’s predictably doomed trip to Syria. It’s a transparent emotional ploy that doesn’t work.

The “country” Ronnie takes on is actually a large terrorist outfit run by Abu Jalal Gaza (Jameel Khoury) that operates within Syria’s borders. Gaza’s agents in India and Pakistan kidnap families, forcing men to become suicide bombers by threatening their wives and children (yet another transparent emotional ploy). This seems like a risky and convoluted business model considering that Gaza only seems interested in blowing up targets within Syria. It’s painfully obvious that no one who worked on the story gave much thought to the whys or hows of the movie’s bad guys.

There’s nothing fun about Baaghi 3. It feels out-of-date, with goofball sound effects for the film’s dorky jokes. Poorly executed action choreography means Ronnie’s punches repeatedly fall short of his intended targets. Potentially novel battles in which Ronnie faces down helicopters and tanks are underwhelming. A ropes sequence set in a scrapyard feels like a macho knock-off of the song “Rewrite the Stars” from The Greatest Showman.

Shroff and Deshmukh have zero chemistry as siblings, although they both show themselves to be proficient at yelling. Vikram’s entry into the police force ushers in a subplot promoting extrajudicial police murder, which is not surprising given Baaghi 3‘s support of violence as character development. It’s not fatherhood that makes Vikram into a “real” man but rather when he finally kills people himself, instead of letting his little brother do it for him.

If there are any minor bright spots in Baaghi 3, it’s the true professionalism displayed by Jaideep Ahlawat as the kidnapper IPL and Vijay Varma as a helpful Pakistani expat in Syria in the face of utter absurdity. Shraddha Kapoor’s role is underdeveloped and superfluous, but she brings to it a weird charisma that I appreciated. Other than that, Baaghi 3 is a waste of time.

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Streaming Video News: March 20, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of the Original Hindi crime series She, starring Aaditi Pohankar and Vijay Varma and written by Imtiaz Ali. The Bollywood drama Blood Money expires on March 27.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with dozens of Indian and Pakistani films added in the last several days, including Varun Dhawan’s and Shraddha Kapoor’s January theatrical release Street Dancer 3D. It’s not as good as its predecessors in director Remo D’Souza’s dance trilogy, ABCD and ABCD 2 (both of which are on Netflix). Other recently added 2020 releases include the Punjabi film Gidarh Singhi and the Tamil movie Irumbu Manithan.

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Streaming Video News and Site Guide: March 18, 2020

With an increased amount of traffic to my website in the last couple of weeks, I thought I should give a quick explainer of how Access Bollywood operates for anyone new to the site. First of all, welcome newcomers! I update my lists of Indian movies on Netflix and Indian movies on Amazon Prime every day with new additions to the catalogs and info on upcoming releases and expiration dates, when available. I used to take weekends off, but I’m switching to a 7-day-a-week schedule for the foreseeable future. We need something to keep our spirits up these days, and if I can help alert folks to new movies to watch, I’m gonna do it.

The “Newly Added” section at the top of my Netflix page has all of the Indian movies and series that have been added in the last month, plus international projects that feature prominent Indian actors, like Netflix’s April release Extraction, starring Randeep Hooda and Manoj Bajpayee. Because Amazon Prime adds so many more titles than Netflix every month (75 in the last week alone), all of the new additions from the last seven days are at the top of the “Newly Added” section of my Prime page. Below that are all the 2020 releases added in the last month.

In happy news, Eros Now is offering two free months of streaming if you sign up using the code STAYSAFE. I haven’t used Eros Now in a while, but their catalog is massive, with content across multiple languages as well as original films and series. The only sort option is “Most Popular” — though you can winnow results down by “Language” and “Decade” — so it can be hard to find what you’re looking for. Here are some of my favorite films in the Eros Now catalog (the title links to the movie’s Eros Now page, the star-ranking to my review). Stay safe! — Kathy

Streaming Video News: March 16, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the additions of the Hindi films Jai Mummy Di (2020) and Bypass Road (2019).

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with more than a dozen Indian films added in the last few days, including the following 2020 releases:

Some upcoming Hindi films have postponed their theatrical releases due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and more are sure to follow suit. Obviously, that’s going to affect the rate at which new releases become available on streaming services. According to Bollywood Buff, the two most recent Hindi theatrical releases — Baaghi 3 and Angrezi Medium — will become available online in May. After that, who knows? Some smaller releases may choose to head straight to streaming, especially a film like Lootcase that had considered doing so in the past. Others may choose to release simultaneously in theaters and online for rent, as Universal is doing. We’ll have to wait an see. In the meantime, keep on top of release date news on my Upcoming Bollywood Release page.

Streaming Video News: March 13, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with lots of Indian content added in the last week, including the following 2020 releases:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of the silent Pakistani short film Sitara: Let Girls Dream. Netflix released the trailer of its Original Hindi comedy-drama Maska, which debuts on March 27:

Streaming Video News: March 6, 2020

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with dozens of Indian films added in the last week, including the 2020 releases Choricha Mamla (Marathi), Luv Ni Love Storys (Gujarati), and Sarileru Neekevvaru (Telugu, also in 4K UHD).

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several recent additions, including the Netflix Original movie Guilty, starring Kiara Advani. Also new this week:

Netflix launched the trailer for its Original Hindi crime drama She, coming March 20. Check it out:

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Opening March 6: Baaghi 3

Tiger Shroff’s Baaghi 3 — the not-a-true-sequel next entry in the Baaghi action film series — gets a wide release in the Chicago area on March 6, 2020.

Baaghi 3 opens Friday at the AMC River East 21 in Chicago, AMC Village Crossing 18 in Skokie, MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, AMC Niles 12 in Niles, Regal Round Lake Beach in Round Lake Beach, Century 16 Deer Park in Deer Park, AMC South Barrington 24 in South Barrington, Marcus Elgin Cinema in Elgin, AMC Dine-In Rosemont 12 in Rosemont, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Regal Cantera in Warrenville, AMC Naperville 16 in Naperville, and AMC Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. (Streaming partner: Hotstar) It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 25 min.

Thappad (streaming partner: Amazon Prime) gets a second week at the River East 21, MovieMax, South Barrington 24, and Cantera.

Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (streaming partner: Amazon Prime) carries over for a third week at the River East 21, MovieMax, Cantera, Woodridge 18, and South Barrington 24, which also holds over Bhoot: Part 1 – The Haunted Ship (streaming partner: Amazon Prime).

Other Indian movies showing in the Chicago area this weekend (all films have English subtitles):