Two bits of streaming video news today, both involving the loss of content. Netflix is set to lose two Bollywood films from 2014 in the next few days: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania on October 15 and Bhoothnath Returns on October 17. Humpty is worth prioritizing not only because it’s good but because its sequel — Badrinath Ki Dulhania — is scheduled to release next year.
In other news, Amazon Prime dumped nearly a quarter of its free Indian films last week. Unfortunately, the 22 movies that were lost were many of the best Bollywood titles available on the service, including Kai Po Che!, Siddharth, and Wake Up Sid.
Though this is obviously just the result of a batch of contracts reaching their termination date, it feels like a sign of lean times ahead at the service. Amazon Prime rarely adds Bollywood content to its free library, and the movies that are available are older or of little renown. Amazon Prime offers just three titles released since 2014, and the lone 2015 film isn’t even listed at IMDb. Point being, the Indian films available for free with Amazon Prime are a nice perk but not reason alone to sign up for the service.