Category Archives: Streaming Video

Streaming Video News: March 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with seventeen new additions to the catalog (well, sixteen if you discount OK Kanmani, which is available again after a hiatus).

The new additions include the English-language drama Mango Dreams, the documentary Martyrs of Marriage, seven Marathi films, four Malayalam movies, two Bengali flicks, and one other Tamil title besides OK Kanmani. Curiously, four of the Marathi films — Chal Dhar Pakad, Irada Pakka, Lalbaug Parel, and Ranbhool — are also currently available on Amazon Prime, though their addition to Netflix makes me wonder if that’s about to change. (For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.)

Speaking of Amazon Prime, while no new movies were officially added today, my digging unearthed three more Tamil films that hadn’t previously appeared in any of my searches: Ethir Neechal, Kuraoindrumillai, and Political Khiladi, the Hindi-dubbed version of Ko 2. I added them to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime.

Another bit of good news is that Amazon updated the interface of “Your Watchlist” to allow users to sort titles in their list alphabetically, A-Z or Z-A. The alphabetical sorting option replaces a “Featured” sorting method governed by an Amazon algorithm. (It wasn’t a function that I ever used, so I may be misremembering the exact name.) Both new options and the existing “Most Recent Addition” sort function work within consistent parameters — alphabetically and chronologically — making it much easier to find desired titles, rather than sorting via an algorithmic popularity contest, the rules of which only Amazon understands. It’s a welcome step toward a more consumer-friendly user interface.


Streaming Video News: March 8, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. In honor of International Women’s Day, Netflix has made the documentary Ladies First available for streaming. The short film follows Indian archer Deepika Kumari as she prepares for the 2016 Rio Olympics and explores her journey from rural poverty to international athletic success. The 40-minute movie is Netflix’s first Indian original documentary.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a recent addition. The Chicago-set 2017 comedy-drama Signature Move co-stars Shabana Azmi as the mother of a Pakistani-American Muslim lesbian daughter, played by Fawzia Mirza. For everything else new on Amazon Prime and Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.


Streaming Video News: March 1, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with 55 new additions to the catalog. Woo hoo! The crop of new films includes one documentary; titles in Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu; plus more than forty Hindi films. Pardes, Laal Rang, and Taal all return to Netflix after a hiatus, while others — like Aitraaz, Bewafaa, and Dil Se — migrated from Amazon Prime.

Probably the flashiest of all the new additions is 2017’s Judwaa 2, subject of a recent episode of the Split Screen Podcast. Speaking of the Split Screen Podcast, host Shah Shahid and I spent this episode comparing the real-life crime dramas Talvar and Rahasya, which was also just added to Netflix today (joining Talvar).

Even with so many good titles now on Netflix — Shanghai, Company, and the underrated comedy The Shaukeens among them — the new addition I am most excited about is the batshit crazy 2003 crime caper Boom. Katrina Kaif’s film debut costars Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, a Bo Derek-obsessed Amitabh Bachchan, and Jackie Shroff, whose character has a secretary that lives under his desk. You have to see Boom to believe it, it’s just that insane.

For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check out Instant Watcher.


Streaming Video News: February 14, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a totally exciting new addition. The romantic comedy Love Per Square Foot made its worldwide debut today — on Netflix! Producer Ronnie Screwvala opted to bypass theaters and release the film on the digital platform instead, a move he says acknowledges the way people choose to watch movies and also gives filmmakers the freedom to tell stories that might not otherwise support the costs of a traditional theatrical release. Love Per Square Foot stars Vicky Kaushal and debutant Angira Dhar as a pair of cash-strapped Mumbai house hunters. Click here to watch it on Netflix.

I also added a bunch of titles to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime. I had time to kill yesterday, hiding out in my basement with my laptop while workers replaced our windows (in February, in Chicago = bad idea), so I did some more digging through Amazon’s catalog. In addition to the interesting looking documentary My Name Is Salt, I found another twenty Indian and Desi movies available for streaming with Prime:


Streaming Video News: February 11, 2018

For Indian film buffs, new additions to the major streaming services have been few and far between in 2018. Netflix has added just a handful of titles since the start of the year, and there’s been nothing new added to Amazon Prime that wasn’t previously available on Heera. Nevertheless, my efforts to compile an exhaustive list of Indian movies on Prime continue. I’ve employed the Asim Burney strategy, finding films by checking the “Customers who watched this item also watched” recommendations below each title in my list. I’ve already found ten movies that hadn’t shown up in any of my previous searches and added them to the list. They are:

Some recent titles of note on other streaming services include Haseena Parkar on Spuul and Shubh Mangal Saavdhan on Eros Now. Split Screen Podcast host Shah Shahid also let me know about Hoichoi, a streaming service for Bengali movies and TV that even has English subtitles. So even if there’s not much new on Netflix and Prime, there are still plenty of streaming options for Indian film fans.


Newly Updated Amazon Prime Page

I finished updating my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime to reflect the massive increase in the streaming service’s collection of Indian films. I’ve made every effort to assemble the most accurate and comprehensive list of Indian movies on Amazon Prime that you will find anywhere.

This massive overhaul was necessitated by Amazon’s decision to close their Heera channel earlier this month. The move made things more equitable across the globe, as American Amazon users no longer required an additional subscription in order to watch movies that international Prime subscribers could access for free. The bulk of the Heera collection was incorporated into the existing Prime catalog.

However, not all movies made the jump. Some — like Parched — are no longer available for streaming, only for rent. Others — like Krazzy 4 — are still available for streaming, but require a subscription to Eros Now, which was added to the Amazon Channels collection just before the start of the new year. All told, about twenty-five of the Bollywood titles available on Heera failed to transition to Prime.

One of the reasons why I didn’t list Indian films available in languages other than Hindi or English on my Heera page was that Amazon’s own Heera page subdivided its collection by language, making it easy to find that Bengali or Telugu movie you were looking for. With Heera gone, all of the Indian films were incorporated into Amazon’s useless “foreign” category, a catchall for any movie made outside of the United States. With nearly 7,000 titles and no way to filter by language or country, how on earth could Indian cinema fans be expected to find what they wanted to watch?

That’s why I decided to expand my Amazon Prime list to include all of the Indian and Pakistani films available for streaming. This meant scouring Amazon’s unwieldy video section and double-checking it against the Amazon streaming list at Instant Watcher, ignoring broken or inaccurate links and verifying the most common title spellings at IMDb and Wikipedia. I found some interesting stuff during my research, including the fact that, although Dil Se.. isn’t available for streaming, its Tamil-dubbed version — Uyire — is.

The end result of my efforts is a list of 783 Indian, Pakistani, and Desi movies (plus two Amazon original TV series). The list breaks down as follows:

  • 431 “Bollywood” movies (made up of Hindi, English, and other Desi-themed titles)
  • 126 Bengali movies
  • 1 Bhojpuri movie
  • 1 Gujarati movie
  • 1 Kannada movie
  • 14 Malayalam movies
  • 39 Marathi movies
  • 4 Oriya movies
  • 9 Punjabi movies
  • 1 Sanskrit movie
  • 98 Tamil movies
  • 28 Telugu movies
  • 3 Urdu movies
  • 27 documentaries and comedy specials

I will continue to update the Amazon Prime list as new titles are added. If you notice any movies that belong on this list that I have missed, please let me know in the comments below.

I earn a commission on Amazon’s free-trial subscriptions made through the links at my site, so if you want to support the creation and maintenance of this list, you can do so by trying Prime for 30 days or Eros Now for a week — or you can watch my all-time favorite TV show Running Man with a free trial of DramaFever. Thanks for reading! — Kathy


Streaming Video News: January 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several new additions to the catalog. The 2017 Kannada film Urvi is now available for streaming, as are the 1980s Hindi movies Alibaba Aur 40 Chor and Pyar Ke Do Pal. The most intriguing new addition is the Jennifer Winget-Kunal Kohli romance Phir Se, which was completed back in 2015. Kohli — who produced and directed Phir Se, his acting debut — was sued for copyright infringement by Daawat-e-Ishq writer Jyoti Kapoor, stalling the film’s initial release. After paying a settlement, Kohli finally elected to skip theaters and release the movie straight to Netflix for its worldwide debut. In case you need a refresher on Phir Se, here’s the trailer:

I also made some updates to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime, adding a bunch of newly discovered Bengali movies that start with the letter “C.” Now onto letter “D”! For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.


Streaming Video News: January 9, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition. The Hindi horror movie The House Next Door joins its Tamil version, Aval, in the streaming catalog. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Here’s an update on my progress with my growing list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime. As you may recall, Amazon shut down Heera last week, moving almost all of their Indian films from behind Heera’s paywall and into the general Prime catalog. I double-checked all of the Bollywood films from my Heera page and incorporated those that made the jump into the list on my Prime page. Eleven of the titles on my Heera page are no longer available for streaming at all, and fourteen — including Krrish 3 and Hum Saath-Saath Hain — are only available with a subscription to Eros Now through Amazon Channels (which you can try free for seven days).

For the most part, I’ve completed the Bollywood portion of my Amazon Prime page, although I’m still finding random titles that I didn’t know were available — like Aurangzeb! — because Amazon’s catalog is such a mess. The bulk of my remaining work is adding movies available in other Indian languages, and holy crap, there are a ton of them. Yesterday, I found 28 films I didn’t know were available just with titles starting with the letter “A”! I’ve further subdivided the movies by language, which should make it easier to find specific films.

As I said, this is a work in progress, and I appreciate your patience as I fill out the list. I’m trying to be as accurate as possible, saving you from the wild goose chases I’ve been on: following broken links and deciphering Amazon’s sometimes weird spelling.

All the best,


Streaming Video News: January 5, 2018

Big news in the world of streaming video today: Amazon’s Heera Channel is dead. Along with the Anime Strike channel, Heera was abruptly shut down, with much of its content folded into the general Amazon Prime video catalog. Film critic Josh Hurtado posted a screenshot of the letter emailed to Heera subscribers:

The chief complaint cited in a Forbes article about Anime Strike and its closing could apply to Heera as well: fans felt punished by having to pay twice for content, in the form of both a Prime subscription and a separate Heera subscription. The double paywall felt even more punitive given that many of Heera’s movies were included free with Prime over the border in Canada, no extra subscription required.

Perhaps what doomed Heera and Anime Strike from the start was that they were products of Amazon’s own creation, unlike other Channels like HBO or DramaFever that exist outside of Amazon’s umbrella. Such channels can cultivate and maintain loyal fanbases through their own websites and social media efforts. Heera didn’t have a dedicated blog to promote what was new or coming soon, and its Twitter account has been inactive for months. I’m not sure how Amazon expected Heera or Anime Strike to prosper without internal help from the company.

As I mentioned above, many of the movies formerly on Heera are now available in the Prime catalog. Over the next week, I’ll be populating my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the films that made the transition. In the meantime, the links on my Bollywood movies on Heera page are still accurate, so you can always click on a title to see if it’s available on Prime.

It’s no coincidence that Heera’s shuttering comes a week after Amazon added a new channel to its lineup: Eros Now. Subscribers can now access Eros Now for the standard monthly subscription fee of $7.99 using their Amazon accounts, without having to go through Eros directly. Some of the movies formerly on Heera that didn’t shift to Prime — such as Krrish 3 — are still available with an Eros Now subscription. Amazon offers a free 7-day trial of Eros Now if you want to try before you buy.


Streaming Video News: December 21, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Heera with the addition of a couple of 2017 Hindi releases. Riteish Deshmukh’s Bank Chor is now available for streaming, as is The Hungry, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus that sounds pretty cool. After debuting in theaters just last month, the Tamil thriller Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru is also now available on Heera, as are the Bengali films 10th July, Ichchhemotir Gappo, Kalkijug, and Sesh Anka.

I also made a couple of updates to my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix. The Indian Detective — a mini-series starring comedian Russell Peters and Anupam Kher — is new to streaming, and the very funny documentary Meet the Patels is back on the service once more.

Finally, I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of the Hindi-dubbed version of the 2008 Telugu film Deepavali. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.