Tag Archives: Desi Movies on Amazon Prime

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.

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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.

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.