Tag Archives: Streaming Video

Streaming Video News: May 26, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with a major new addition to the catalog. Shah Rukh Khan’s 2017 gangster drama Raees is now available for streaming. It’s not my favorite SRK film, but it has its moments. For everything else new on Netflix (Bollywood or not), check Instant Watcher.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Heera with two new additions, including another 2017 theatrical release — Commando 2! The plot is crazy, but Vidyut Jammwal action movies are always fun. The second new addition to Heera is 2016’s Dev Bhoomi: Land of the Gods. I’m not sure if Amazon’s deal with Cinestaan applies to the US as well as India, but the addition of Dev Bhoomi could presage the eventual addition of Konkona Sen Sharma’s directorial debut A Death in the Gunj to Heera. We’ll have to wait and see.

I made one addition to my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime as well. The documentary Faith Connections — which director Pan Nalin made before Angry Indian Goddesses — is now available for streaming.

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Streaming Video News: May 24, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with two new additions to the catalog. Piya Behrupiya is a filmed version of the stage play by the same name, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night that played at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater last fall (though I’m not sure where the Netflix version was recorded). Also new is comedian Hasan Minhaj’s stand-up special Homecoming King.

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon’s Heera Channel with another new stand-up special — Biswa Kalyan Rath: Biswa Mast Aadmi. Biswa gained fame as a member of the duo behind Pretentious Movie Reviews, and he had a killer cameo in Brahman Naman.

Streaming Video News: May 17, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with two new additions to the catalog, both from 2017. The Hindi films 30 Days in September and The Big Fat City are now available for streaming. It’s hard to find much information about these movies — such as whether they ever released theatrically — but both appear to be filmed versions of plays written by Mahesh Dattani, who directed both movies.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with the addition of 2006’s My Faraway Bride (aka My Bollywood Bride) to the streaming catalog. For everything else new on Amazon Prime, check Instant Watcher.

I also updated my list of Bollywood movies on Heera with one new addition. The 2007 drama Swami — starring Manoj Bajpayee and Juhi Chawla — is now available for streaming.

Streaming Video News: May 10, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Netflix with five additions to the streaming catalog: Aiyyaa, Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap, Gabbar Is Back, Madras Cafe, and Michael, starring Naseeruddin Shah. Madras Cafe is the most interesting of the new additions that I’ve seen. Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap is underdeveloped, and Gabbar Is Back‘s narrative is a disaster. For everything else new on Netflix (Bollywood or not), check Instant Watcher.

New Heera Channel Streaming Page

I just added a new page at Access Bollywood listing all of the Hindi films available for streaming on Amazon’s new Heera Channel. Amazon Channels are subscription add-ons to Amazon Prime, meaning that you can’t watch Heera without first subscribing to Prime (which more than 80 million people in the United States already do). Heera’s monthly subscription costs $4.99 and can be cancelled anytime. Amazon offers a free 7-day trial of Heera if you’d like to check it out before subscribing.

Heera features Indian movies exclusively, with titles in Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu, as well as almost 300 Hindi films. The Hindi collection spans nearly seven decades, the oldest title being 1951’s Deedar and the newest titles being OK Jaanu and The Ghazi Attack from earlier this year. Heera’s catalog balances newer commercial fare with an assortment of older movies and quality productions by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), making it a good choice for multi-generational households or those looking for a diverse selection.

Among the more recent offerings are movies by Yash Raj Films (like Sultan and Befikre) and Excel Entertainment (like Rock On 2 and Baar Baar Dekho). Heera also features the collected works of everyone in Bollywood with the surname Bhatt — minus Alia, whose only appearance on the list is in Kapoor & Sons — so if you’ve been itching to marathon the Murder or Raaz series’, you’re in luck! The two 2017 titles give Heera an edge over both Netflix and Eros Now, neither of which currently has any Bollywood movies from this year.

If you’re intrigued, give Heera a whirl with the free 7-day trial. I’m trying it out myself right now, and I’ll post my thoughts on the user experience side of things once my investigation is complete.

Streaming Video News: May 8, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with two more additions to the catalog. The 2014 Bengali movie Teenkahon is now available for streaming, as is the 2013 Hindi film Siddharth, which I absolutely love. For everything else new on Amazon Prime (Bollywood or not), check Instant Watcher.

Streaming Video News: May 4, 2017

I updated my list of Bollywood movies on Amazon Prime with a few new additions. The Punjabi movie Sikander was added for streaming along with a pair of movies by writer-director Shomshuklla Das: the 2012 drama Sandcastle and the 2015 horror flick Hopscotch. I found Sandcastle pretentious, but maybe Hopscotch is better. For everything else new to Amazon Prime (Bollywood or otherwise) check Instant Watcher.