What to watch this weekend
This week offers plenty of good small-screen cinema, so grab those bags of popcorn (there must be some Lohri leftovers) and park in front of the TV. Tahir Raj Bhasin stars this week along with Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein and Ranjish Hi Sahi on Netflix and Voot Select respectively. The human brings back Shefali Shah on our small screens. Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand-starring The Macbeth Tragedy is a must-see. If you missed Eternals on the big screen, it’s now available on Disney Plus Hotstar. Good viewing!
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein: Netflix
The Netflix show, starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shweta Tripathi Sharma and Anchal Singh, is a pulpy thriller. It follows the story of a simple man Vikrant (Bhasin), who is an object of desire for the daughter of a local strongman Purva (Singh). She is ready to do anything to get him. The eight-episode series is created and directed by Sidharth Sengupta. In his review of the show, Rohan Naahar of indianexpress.com wrote, “Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein largely manages to balance delightfully dark humor with action-thriller elements.
Read Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein’s review here
Human: Disney+ Hotstar
The medical thriller, directed and created by Vipul Amrutlal Shah and Mozez Singh, is helmed by actors Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari. The show delves deep into the world of drugs and presents the mystery of accelerated human drug trials for monetary gain by a pharmaceutical giant, which is owned by Shah’s character, Dr. Gauri. The show also stars Vishal N Jethwa who won acclaim for playing an antagonist in Mardaani 2.
Read Shubhra Gupta’s review of Human here
Ranjish Hi Sahi: Voot Select
The real-life love story of filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and yesteryear diva Parveen Babi gets fictionalized on-screen portrayal in Voot Select’s latest web show, Ranjish Hi Sahi. Shankar (Tahir Raj Bhasin) is a struggling filmmaker who falls in love with Bollywood diva Amna Parvez (Amala Paul), leaving his wife Anju (Amrita Puri) stunned and torn between two worlds. Now, how he will deal with this emotional turmoil is part of Ranjish Hi Sahi’s narrative. In her review of the show, Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express wrote, “Mahesh Bhatt’s life is filled with so many colors and moments of belief or fainting that it should have been a tell-all to end it all. the revealers. Unfortunately, it ends as a simple narrative.
Read Ranjish Hi Sahi’s review here
Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa: Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Videos’ Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa is a sequel to the 2020 anthology Putham Pudhu Kaalai. It features five stories directed by filmmakers Balaji Mohan, Halitha Shameem, Madhumita, Surya Krishna and Richard Anthony. All the stories take place against the backdrop of the lockdown imposed during the second wave of coronavirus. Manoj Kumar R of indianexpress.com called Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa “cheerful, timely and youthful”.
Read Putham Pudhu Kaalai Vidiyaadhaa’s review here
The Macbeth Tragedy: Apple TV plus
The Tragedy of Macbeth is a film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth. Directed by Joel Coen, one half of the Coen brothers, the film stars Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lord and Lady Macbeth. The film promises a lot of drama and madness. Indian Express film critic Shalini Langer in her five-star review called the film “a masterclass in one of the best films of the year”. On review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, The Tragedy of Macbeth earned a score of 98%.
Read the five-star review of The Tragedy of Macbeth here
Bangarraju: At the cinema
The film, starring Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya, is a sequel to the 2016 comedy-drama Soggade Chinni Nayana. The film stars Ramya Krishna and Krithi Shetty as the female leads. It is written and directed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala. Manoj Kumar R from Indianexpress.com wrote in his review: “Bangarraju makes one wonder what kind of lies some actors have to tell themselves to sign such mediocre films? But these lies must be more compelling than the stories they endorse.
Read Bangarraju’s review here.
Eternals: Disney Plus Hostar
The Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Eternals, is now available online on Disney Plus Hotstar in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and English. The film has superheroes traversing the universe, exploring unseen lands and battling creatures unknown to mankind. It stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Barry Keoghan, and Kumail Nanjiani, among others.
Read the Eternals review here