Category Archives: Streaming Video

Streaming Video News: January 6, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. The 2016 true-crime drama Rustom is now available for streaming. The film’s glamorous 1950s costumes and decor are reason enough to watch. For everything else new on Netflix, check Instant Watcher.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a new addition. Original Copy — a compelling 2015 documentary about one of Mumbai’s last movie-poster painters — is now available for streaming free with an Amazon Prime membership.

Streaming Video News: January 1, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with some exciting new additions to the catalog. One of my favorite movies of 2016 — Udta Punjab — is now available for streaming. It’s tremendous. Another highly anticipated addition to the catalog is Omi Vaidya‘s documentary Big in Bollywood. Also newly available for streaming are the movies Autohead (Hindi), Radiopetti (Tamil), and Saheb Bibi Golaam (Bengali), and the documentaries An American in Madras and The Rat Race. For everything else new on Netflix, check Instant Watcher.

Have a happy new year!
— Kathy

Streaming Video News: December 15, 2016

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several new additions to the catalog. The 2015 Gujarati kite-flying documentary Famous in Ahmedabad joins the streaming service along with a trio of Pakistani television shows featuring cross-border stars Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan: Humsafar, Sadqay Tumhare, and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. For everything else new on Netflix, check out Instant Watcher.

Three Bollywood films will expire from Netflix in the next few days: Ishqiya (great!), Dedh Ishqiya (also great!), and Revolver Rani (not great).

Two big pieces of streaming video news came out today. First was the announcement of Amazon Prime Video’s expansion into India, including local content licensing agreements with companies like Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and T-Series. On the heels of that mega announcement, Netflix revealed a new three-year deal with Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment to stream films like Dear Zindagi and Om Shanti Om across the globe. This is super news for Bollywood fans in India and abroad!

Streaming Video News: December 5, 2016

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with some excellent new additions to the catalog. The splashiest new addition is the 2016 hit Neerja, which I adored. Another big deal is the Tamil movie Interrogation (“Visaaranai“), India’s submission to the 2017 Oscars. Also new are the highly regarded Marathi film Sairat, 2016 Hindi indie The Violin Player, 2014 Marathi film 1000 Rupee Note, and the behind-the-scenes documentary Beyond Bollywood.

Netflix also announced the streaming debut dates of three intriguing documentaries. December 6 marks the release of One in a Billion, a film about Satnam Singh Bhamara, the NBA’s  first Indian-born draftee. 2013’s When Hari Got Married — a humorous look at an arranged marriage — joins the service on December 25. Then on December 31, I finally get the chance to see Big In Bollywood, the 2011 documentary about Omi Vaidya‘s rapid rise to fame following the release of 3 Idiots.

Streaming Video News: November 22, 2016

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several new additions to the catalog. Three Bengali movies by director Qaushiq Mukherjee, aka Q — Gandu, Ludo, and The Land of Cards (“Tasher Desh“) — join two of his Hindi titles already available for streaming: Brahman Naman and X: Past Is Present. Also recently added to Netflix is the new series Brown Nation. This 10-episode comedy about a dysfunctional New Jersey IT firm features Bollywood veterans Omi Vaidya of 3 Idiots fame and Delhi Belly‘s Shenaz Treasurywala.

Streaming Video News: November 16, 2016

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Hulu with big news: there are no more Indian films on Hulu. None. Hulu’s limited selection of Indian content was all part of the Criterion Collection. When Hulu’s contract with Criterion expired, Indian content went extinct on Hulu. The site’s subpage for Indian movies is now totally blank. If that changes, I’ll update my Hulu page accordingly.

The good news is that Criterion’s collection of movies by director Satyajit Ray are available on the new streaming service FilmStruck. In addition to loads of other fabulous movies, FilmStruck features a handful of “Classic Bollywood” films. (Six of the nine movies in that category are in black-and-white, just to give you a sense of how “classic” we’re talking.) A monthly subscription to FilmStruck that includes access to Criterion’s movies costs $10.99, but the site offers a 14-day free trial when you sign up.

In other streaming video news, Netflix added five movies to its Indian catalog, including the documentaries Fireflies in the Abyss and Shukranallah and the fiction films M Cream, Miss India America, and Mumbai Cha Raja.

Streaming Video News: November 4, 2016

I update my list of Bollywood movies free on Amazon Prime with major changes to its streaming catalog. Amazon eliminated 54 of the 71 Indian movies previously available, dashing my dreams for an Akshay Kumar Khiladi marathon. Five of the titles remaining are either documentaries or films in other Indian languages, which means there are exactly twelve Bollywood movies currently available. Check out my Amazon Prime page for the list of what’s left.

In happier streaming video news, Kapoor & Sonsmy favorite Bollywood movie of the year so far — was just added to Eros Now. Yay!