Category Archives: Streaming Video

Streaming Video News: September 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with seven new additions to the catalog, including two 2018 releases: the Malayalam film Eeda and the Tamil sequel Goli Soda 2. The other titles now available for streaming were all released in 2017: the Assamese film Maj Rati Keteki, starring Adil Hussain; the Mumbai-set documentary Jugaad; and three Bengali movies — Mayurakshi, Red Oleanders Raktokarobi, and Samantaral. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

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Streaming Video News: September 14, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a bunch of recently added titles. In addition to a dozen older Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu titles, several 2018 releases are now available for streaming: Bus Stop (Marathi), Shaadi Teri Bajayenge Hum Band (Hindi), Uma (Bengali), and the Telugu films Goodachari and Srinavasa Kalyanam. The comedy special Improv All Stars: Game Night is also available, as is the English-language, Bollywood-inspired musical Basmati Blues, which is all kinds of problematic.

Amazon released the teaser for the new dating show Hear Me Love Me, hosted by Shilpa Shetty. It premieres September 28:

One bit of Netflix news is that, after a one-day absence, PK is available for streaming again.

Streaming Video News: September 4, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with some titles added over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Besides the 2018 TV series Yeh Meri Family, all of them are Hindi films from the last year that didn’t release in US theaters, including director Q’s Garbage, the marital drama Love and Shukla, director Onir’s Kuchh Bheega Alfaaz, Nasseruddin Shah’s family flick Hope Aur Hum, and the romance Once Again, starring Shefali Shah and Neeraj Kabi.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of last month’s Tamil theatrical release Ghajinikanth, along with a few other Marathi, Bengali, and Telugu titles. For everything else new on Prime and Netflix, check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: August 28, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with three movies from last year. The action spin-off Naam Shabana is now available for streaming, as are Qarib Qarib Singlle and the Telugu thriller Spyder. I found Naam Shabana kinda slow. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a bunch of titles set to expire in early September. Catch these while you can:

Streaming Video News: August 24, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix because the horror series Ghoul is now available for streaming. The Netflix original series stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul, and it consists of three 45-minute episodes. On behalf of my fellow cowards, I appreciate that the whole series can be finished in one sitting with plenty of daylight hours to spare.

In other Netflix news, Chennai Express is set to expire on August 30, which is weird since it was just added on August 7. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but if it’s in your queue, you’d best watch it while you can in case it really disappears for good. Netflix also announced its acquisition of the movie Garbage by the director Q (Quashiq Mukherjee), with an anticipated premiere date later this year (possibly as early as September).

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with some newly added Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu films, joining Race 3 on the service for your weekend viewing pleasure. For everything else new on Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: August 21, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with some really exciting new additions to the catalog, including two Akshay Kumar social issue flicks: 2017’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and 2018’s Pad Man. I missed Pad Man in the theater, so I’m eager to finally check it out; Toilet was okay. Also new are the Tamil film Mersal and the revenge drama Mom, featuring Sridevi in her final starring role (she’s terrific in it, of course). I’m most excited about the addition of Bareilly Ki Barfi, one of my favorite movies of 2017. I can’t believe we had to wait a whole year for it to show up on a streaming service! Of the new additions that I’ve seen, I recommend watching Bareilly Ki Barfi first, followed by Mom, then Toilet, then Bareilly Ki Barfi again.

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

Streaming Video News: August 16, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with the addition of Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, one of my favorite Hindi films of the year so far. If you’ve already finished Sacred Games, you need to check out Bhavesh Joshi Superhero, since Vikramaditya Motwane directed both.

The big news from Amazon today — and no, it’s not the addition of the Hindi-dubbed version of the 2014 Tamil film Sooran to Prime — is that the online retailer is in the running to buy the Landmark theater chain. It’s an interesting proposition, and not unexpected, since Netflix has also explored buying physical theaters as a way to showcase their original productions.

I’m not sure that the purchase would have any effect on Amazon’s Indian content, since they’re currently only producing original series and comedy specials, not one-off movies. Landmark has theaters in just fifty locations, so even if Amazon wanted to make joint deals for both streaming and distribution, the chain could only accommodate smaller releases like Pari, Missing, or Blackmail. Then again, this could open up new venues for movies that would otherwise bypass American theaters and head straight to streaming, such as Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, Hate Story 4, or Vodka Diaries. Even then, Landmark’s theaters are in fixed locations that may not be near the population that regularly watches Indian films, which means reaching out to a brand new demographic — something I’d like to see happen, but that may not make much business sense.

Streaming Video News: August 15, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with several new additions to the catalog. The 2015 Marathi anthology film Bioscope is now available, as is the 2017 biography series The Creative Indians, with episodes profiling Anurag Kashyap and A. R. Rahman (more on him later). Also new are the movies What’s Your Raashee? (ack!) and Ali Fazal’s For Here or to Go?, which I enjoyed. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the new series Harmony with A. R. Rahman, in which the composer explores traditional musical styles from across India. In other Amazon news, Race 3 comes to Prime on August 22. (Insert your own “business” joke here.)

Streaming Video News: August 10, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. After a brief theatrical run in the spring, Beyond the Clouds is now available for streaming. I found the story compelling, and the camerawork in the opening sequence is fantastic. For everything else new on Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Some premiere dates I’m keeping an eye on in the next week include the Tamil film Kadaikutty Singam on August 13 and the music documentary Harmony with A.R. Rahman on August 15 over on Amazon Prime, followed by Bhavesh Joshi Superhero on August 16 on Netflix. There’s a chance the Amazon Prime dates are for India only, which is why I’ve not included them on my Amazon Prime streaming list. If they are worldwide release dates, I’ll post links to the movies as soon as they are available. Have a great weekend!

Streaming Video News: August 7, 2018

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix because Chennai Express is available for streaming again.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the additions of 2015’s Charlie Kay Chakkar Mein, the Telugu film Shankar Dada M.B.B.S., the Tamil movies Billa and Rowdy Kottai, and the Hindi comedy specials  Best of K Se Comedy and Best of Waiting Lounge. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.