Tag Archives: Bollywood Movies on Amazon Prime

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.

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Streaming Video News: November 29, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with three new additions to the catalog. Atul Kulkarni’s Manasarovar and the Tamil film Endrendrum Punnagai are both available for streaming, as is DISCO DANCER! For everything else new on Prime, check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 27, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog. The September theatrical release Poster Boys — starring the Deol brothers and directed by Shreyas Talpade — is now available for streaming. Also note that the 2016 Marathi film Sairat expires from Netflix on December 1.

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime as well to include the Hindi-dubbed version of the 2001 Tamil film Citizen, which is available for free with ads to non-subscribers. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 23, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with some new additions to the catalog. Kumail Nanjiani’s thoughtful Hollywood hit The Big Sick is now available for streaming. The 2017 Marathi/English film Shank’s is also now available, as is the 2003 Tamil film Aparichit 2.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a couple of new additions to the streaming catalog: the Hindi films Dharm and Teen Thay Bhai. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher. Happy Thanksgiving!

Streaming Video News: November 21, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Heera with one important new addition to the catalog. India’s official submission to next year’s Oscars — Newton — is now available for streaming. Critics who want to watch Newton in advance of year-end-awards voting can follow this link for a free 7-day trial of Heera.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix to include the addition of another Krish Trish and Baltiboy cartoon — Face Your Fears — plus the news that Gangs of Wasseypur will depart the service on December 18, 2017. Netflix broke the 5-hour-plus epic into eight 40-minute-long episodes, so there’s no excuse not to watch this gripping gangster drama.

Finally, I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of three Hindi-dubbed films that can be watched with ads even without a Prime subscription: the Tamil movies Billa 2 and Ek Dumdaar The Powerful, and the Punjabi film Jatt James Bond. For everything else new on Amazon Prime and Netflix — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 15, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix, and I am thrilled to bits about one of the titles that just joined the catalog. In addition to Salman Khan’s Lucky: No Time for Love, the other new movie available for streaming is — drum roll, please — A FLYING JATT!!! Finally! I’ve been wanting to watch this again since the moment I stepped out of the theater the first time, and it hasn’t been available on DVD or any other streaming service in the United States until now. I AM SO EXCITED!

Here’s what I love about A Flying Jatt: movies like this are hard to find these days. Bollywood filmmakers rarely make films explicitly for children, and contemporary Hollywood assumes that families are only interested in animated fare or movies about kids, with PG-13 ratings making superhero movies inaccessible to younger children. Thus, A Flying Jatt feels like a welcome throwback. It has obvious parallels to the Christopher Reeve Superman flicks of the late ’70s and early ’80s, but it has a lot in common with goofy Tom Hanks films like The ‘Burbs and Joe Versus the Volcano, as well. These were films that I enjoyed and drew meaning from even though the live-action characters were grownups and I wasn’t. And while A Flying Jatt functions perfectly well as a fun, accessible way to kill a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon, there’s more going on under the surface. Shortly after A Flying Jatt released, I was inspired to write a followup piece to my initial review about the main character’s struggle with his religious faith. I still think about the movie a lot. My point is: watch A Flying Jatt. It’s really good, and not many people had the chance to see it in the theater.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of the 2016 Telugu transgender revenge drama Arddhanaari. For everything else new on Netflix and Amazon Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: November 9, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with 25 (!) new additions to the catalog. Most of the movies are from the mid 2000s, and I can’t say that I’m pumped for any of them except for maybe the horror flicks Darna Zaroor Hai and Vaastu Shastra. This bundle of films brings Netflix’s Bollywood collection up to 257 titles, and that’s not counting movies in other Indian languages or documentaries. Here’s are some of the titles just added. Please let me know in the comments below if any of these are worth watching:

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with two new additions. The 2013 Tamil film Sutta Kadhai is now available for streaming, as is the animated musical Sita Sings the Blues, which I’ve long wanted to check out. For everything else new on Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.