I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with two 2018 theatrical releases. Varun Dhawan’s October and Mahesh Babu’s Bharat Ane Nenu are now available for streaming. Other recent additions include Karthik Kumar’s standup comedy special Blood Chutney, the Kannada film Puta Tirugisi Nodi, the Hindi-dubbed flicks Mera Aakrosh and Shivam the Warrior, and the Tamil movies Engaeyum Eppothum, Naaigal Jaakirathai, and Pisasu. For everything else new on Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.
I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with one new addition to the catalog, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend. The Hindi biographical drama Rang Rasiya is now available for streaming, although it’s listed in the Netflix catalog under its English title Colours of Passion. The screenshot below seems to indicate that Netflix itself isn’t sure what to call it.
Rang Rasiya started on the international festival circuit in 2008 before running afoul of the Indian censor board, which delayed its theatrical release until 2014. I remember my disappointment when it didn’t release in US theaters. I looked back through my posts to read what I wrote about it at the time, only to find this gem from 2011 that ruined my day:
As if the eight Indian films showing in Chicago area theaters this weekend weren’t enough to keep you busy, the second annual Chicago South Asian Film Festival opens tonight with a screening of 2008’s Rang Rasiya, followed by a Q & A session with the movie’s stars, Nandana Sen and Randeep Hooda. Actor Gulshan Grover, whose film I Am Kalam screens on Saturday, is also expected to be in attendance at the opening night gala.
RANDEEP WAS IN CHICAGO, AND I DIDN’T GO SEE HIM. BRB, gotta build a time machine so I can yell at myself for being a lazy dope.
Also worth noting are the ten Hindi TV shows and movies expiring from Netflix on June 1. It’s last call for the films Neerja, Jugni, Kajarya, and Rebellious Flower, and the shows Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Dharmakshetra, Dariba Diaries, Kahi Suni, Raja Rasoi Aur Anya Kahaniyan, and Sanrachna. Of course Neerja is great (Jim Sarbh!), but I really enjoyed Jugni as well. Fans of Radhika Apte will want to check her out in Stories By Rabindranath Tagore while they can.
I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a few new additions, including Halla Ho (Punjabi), Black Stallion (Malayalam, Hindi-dubbed), and Belli Don (Kannada, Hindi-dubbed). For everything else new on Prime — Bollywood or not — check Instant Watcher.
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.
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