I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with three new additions, including the Tamil films Ayya and Neengal Kettavai and the Gujarati movie Ahmedabad Palanpur Via Kadi Kalol, which becomes the third Gujarati film in the streaming catalog (along with Be.Shak and Percy). The new Amazon original reality dating show Hear Me Love Me — hosted by Shilpa Shetty — is apparently only available in India right now, not the United States.
I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with some recent additions to the catalog. Here are the films added within the last week (movies are Hindi- or English-language, unless specified):
- 6 (2013/Tamil)
- Bobby (1973)
- Dil Vil Pyar Vyar (2002)
- Love Pyar Whatever (2015)
- Tu Mari Aspass Chhe (2017/Gujarati)
- Adhantar (2006/Marathi)
- Cross Connection (2014/Punjabi)
- Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum, aka “The Wolf and the Lamb” (2013/Tamil)
- Phir Ek Most Wanted, aka “Sankham” (2009/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Pandiya Naadu (2013/Tamil)
- Sher (2015/Telugu)
I also found a couple dozen other Indian films added since Heera’s demise early in January. I may have missed them previously because I usually filter my Instant Watcher queries to exclude movies for which I can’t find IMDb entries–to help get rid of the clutter in Amazon’s catalog (e.g., low-budget workout videos, virtual fireplace videos, oddball content for kids, etc.). This filter also blocked me from seeing some legitimate movies. The films I missed fell into two categories. First, these are movies in their original languages:
- My Boss Bajrangbali (2004)
- Hero (2012/Malayalam)
- Zero (2016/Tamil)
- Halo (1995/Kannada)
- Dosti (2014/Kannada)
- Shrimant Damodar Pant (2006/Marathi)
- The Indian Post Graduate (2018)
- Kiccha (2003/Kannada)
- Sala Saheb (2001/Kannada)
In the second category, these are all of the Hindi-dubbed versions of South Indian movies that were added:
- Main Tera Ashique, aka “Dillunnodu (2014/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Daring Chalbaaz, aka “Kevvu Keka” (2013/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Mission Mera Maqsad, aka “Gamyam” (2008/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Pratighat – A Revenge, aka “Vikramarkudu” (2006/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Vijaypath – Ek Mission, aka “Vavval Pasanga” (2012/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Angry Ganesha, aka “Eluka Majaka” (2016/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Daring Dilwala, aka “Narathan” (2016/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Mera Jigar Meri Chahat, aka “Urchagam” (2007/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Aadi The Daring, aka “Adhyan” (2015/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Bhoot Badshah, aka “Raju Gari Intlo 7 Va Roju” (Telugu/2016, Hindi-dubbed)
- Chota Johny, aka “Little John” (2001/English, Hindi-dubbed)
- Ek Aur Loafer, aka “Vaseegara” (2003/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Khaki Vardi, aka “Khaki” (2007/Malayalam, Hindi-dubbed)
- Man on Mission Soldier, aka “Sakhiya” (2004/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Return of Kaalo, aka “Jithan 2” (2016/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Andhi Aur Toofan, aka “Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu” (2008/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Darling Kaisi Ho, aka “Priyathama Neevachata Kushalama” (2013/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
- Dildaar Ashique, aka “Yuvan Yuvathi” (2011/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Duniya Meri Muthi Mein, aka “Asuravithu” (2012/Malayalam, Hindi-dubbed)
- Hathkadi, aka “Vajram” (2015/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Baghawat The Revolt, aka “Aridhu Aridhu” (2010/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Insaaf Ki Takkar, aka “Ellam Avan Seyal” (2008/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Mawaali Ek Mastana, aka “Azhagar Malai” (2009/Tamil, Hindi-dubbed)
- Khiladi Aashique, aka “Rye Rye” (2013/Telugu, Hindi-dubbed)
Since Heera closed down, the majority of the Indian movies to join the catalog are Hindi-dubs of South Indian films, many of which are free to watch ad-supported without a Prime subscription and almost all of which are already available on YouTube. Excluding the incorporation of Heera’s collection into the Prime catalog, Amazon hasn’t added a recent, mainstream Bollywood film or high-profile South Indian movie since Bank Chor on December 21, 2017.
[Let’s pause to remember when Heera added Chef one month after its theatrical release. Those were good times.]
Frankly, this is what I was afraid of when Heera shut down. When Amazon snapped up the streaming rights to tons of Bollywood movies last year, it was in an effort to woo new customers in India. Heera was an attempt to monetize the newly acquired content in the United States, and when it didn’t work, maybe Amazon decided not to bother hosting it at all (especially if it saves them money somehow–I don’t know how their contracts work). Since most households in the US already subscribe to Prime, the company has no incentive to give them something essentially for free.
Instead, we get more of the same free stuff you can already find on YouTube. It’s frustrating.
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.
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