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  1. Netflix, as we all know, has strong local competition in some countries. Specifically, in India, the streaming service is trying unusual experiments such as low-cost mobile only plan to win people. On the same lines, Netflix is now testing Rs. 65 mobile-only weekly subscription plan in the country. That's right, Netflix is now testing a new plan in India, under which the users can now sign up for as low as Rs. 65 per week and access the entire catalogue of films and TV shows on the platform. It is, however, worth pointing out that this particular weekly plan does not offer HD or Ultra HD content. You'll have to shell out more for that. But hey, we're not really complaining, because it's the platform's cheapest plan. © Hindustan Times In an official statement, Netflix said, “We are always looking for ways to make Netflix more enjoyable and accessible. We will be testing different options in select countries where members can, for example, watch Netflix on their mobile device for a lower price and subscribe in shorter increments of time. Not everyone will see these options and we may never roll out these specific plans beyond the tests.” In addition to the Rs. 65 plan, Netflix also has three more weekly plans priced at Rs. 125, Rs. 165, and Rs. 200. Rs. 125 is the weekly version of the basic plan. It adds an extra screen to watch your content on. Alternatively, you can also opt for Rs. 165 or Rs. 200 plan and pay per week for extra screens and stream at better quality. © Unsplash Please note that these weekly plans are not yet live for all the users in the country as it's just an 'experiment' according to Netflix, but we think it's only a matter of time until these weekly plans go official.
  2. Netflix is a Pandora's box which keeps spoiling us with a million options to choose from. This week, if you're in for a bit of a sci-fi kick just like us, then here are 5 show recommendations that will give you a pretty edgy visual experience: 1. The OA If you didn't watch the first season when it came out around 3 years ago, then please prepare to binge-watch that first. For everyone else who was left on a cliffhanger with that weird metaphysical ending and hated Prairie for not letting us in on her fate, the second season is finally here and is supposed to be crazy. 2. Love, Death + Robots This is probably the most trending sci-fi show that everyone is talking about even if they haven't really watched it. This animated series has episodes with major underlying themes in all of them and is supposed to be worth your time. 3. The Order Consider this as a borrowed Harry Potter concept twisted with the sci-fi world. The series follows a college student who discovers a whole new world of scary creatures and is surrounded by only werewolves for company. 4. Russian Doll Not that it's a new addition to Netflix. It's been there for a while, but if you still haven't watched it, save it for a weekend binge. It will make you cringe and boggle your head when you follow the lead character's life span cycle which is like a roller coaster stuck on repeat. If you want to question scientific multidimensional reality and also like a bit of existentialism like 'Waiting For Godot', then just watch this. 5. Travellers This show follows a bunch of travellers who send their consciousness back in time to actually save the society from a downfall. A secret time travel show with a heroic mission thrown in? sure, sounds like a good watch.
  3. A few days ago, Netflix teased us with a post that something big is going to happen in 14 days. Netflix tweeted, "Calendar nikaal. Tareekh likh le. 14 din mein kuch bada hone wala hai." This one tweet was enough to send all the 'Sacred Games' fans in a frenzy and giving them sleepless nights wondering if season 2 of 'Sacred Games' is finally dropping. Calendar nikaal. Tareekh likh le. 14 din mein kuch bada hone wala hai. — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) March 19, 2019 Today, just a few minutes ago, they dropped another major bomb on all the fans in a series of cryptic posts. If there's anything more powerful than "Sab marenge sirf Trivedi bachega", it is this announcement, "Bolo 'Aham Brahmasmi.' 6 din mein sab kuch dikhayi dene lagega." © Netflix If you look closely, you might realise that there's a major hint hidden in the post, about the second season that all Gaitonde fans are desperately waiting for. There are four pictures and each one have titles like Bidalah-A-Gita, Katham Asti, Antara Mahavana and Unagamam. So MAYBE, there will only be four episodes in the season, but we aren't sure about it. View this post on Instagram Bolo 'Aham Brahmasmi.' 6 din mein sab kuch dikhayi dene lagega. A post shared by Netflix India (@netflix_in) on Mar 26, 2019 at 10:31pm PDT But, you know what else is coming in 6 days...April 1 which is April Fool's Day. So, we hope all this hype does not turn into a prank that no one saw coming. We'll only get to know all this after 6 days, when they drop more details about the season or the whole season. All these cryptic posts and our increasing excitement make us wonder that "Kabhi Kabhi lagta hai Netflix hi bhagwan hai."
  4. There's no doubt that 'Black Mirror' spinoff 'Bandersnatch' was a huge success which sparked a change in the course of storytelling. Even though the concept is not new, as we have previously seen it in video games, a live-action interactive movie was a first and it seems like Netflix is looking to double-down on the strategy. © Netflix Netflix VP of product, Todd Yellin revealed that the company is looking into investing in interactive storytelling. It was first introduced via interactive kids shows a few years ago and has now been adopted by other shows like 'Black Mirror'. Even though 'Black Mirror' primarily explores the science fiction genre, Yellin added that future interactive content, “won't necessarily be science fiction, or it won't necessarily be dark. It could be a wacky comedy. It could be a romance, where the audience gets to choose, should she go out with him or him.” It would be interesting to see whether Netflix can emulate a similar experience on a different kind of show. Interactive story-telling has been seen before in books, games like 'Detroit: Become Human' and on laser-discs in the past. If you haven't checked out 'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' yet, here's how you can watch/play the movie. © Netflix We hailed 'Bandersnatch' as a game-changing storytelling format that will change how we consume content forever. You can read about our experience here and it's completely spoiler free. In order for an interactive movie or show to work, Netflix pre-caches content so that users can stream the content even with poor internet. The app pre-caches two paths every time you are faced with a choice. Due to this very reason, the interactive episode can be experienced only on supported devices such as Android smartphones, iOS devices, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and certified Smart TVs.
  5. If you're a big Marquez fan, like me, then the headline has probably already left you beaming with joy and with a little bit of scepticism of 'but how'?. Well, it's true. Netflix is officially turning celebrated author Gabriel García Márquez's iconic work '100 years Of Solitude' into a legit series. The best part about this development is that the project will be helmed and produced by his sons Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha to ensure that the authenticity of the series is maintained. "For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad because he believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice. But in the current golden age of series, with the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content, and the acceptance by worldwide audiences of programs in foreign languages, the time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides. We are excited to support Netflix and the filmmakers in this venture, and eager to see the final product”, Garcia said. © Twitter The iconic and timeless tale of complex emotions embedded beautifully, showing through various character is probably his best work. The book follows the Buendía family which lives in the fictitious town of Macondo. Marquez was known for infusing the techniques of magic-realism in his work and bringing characters to life with his sheer brilliance. There is no official information on the cast and crew, but we trust the makers to do a fine job and do justice to one of the finest literary works ever.
  6. What makes a person successful? Is it luck? Is it beauty? Brains? Or money? The answer is none of these and also all of these. But yes, there is one thing successful people have in common: they are unconventional. They do not particularly conform to social conventions. They do have to face a lot of flak for the same and hardly ever are they recognized in their time (Phoebe Buffay, anyone? :P). Their way of doing things and their thought process is much ahead of their times. The truth about being conventional is that it constricts people to think in a certain way, it makes them remain shackled in a dictated way of living life or having ideas. You are expected to act a certain way, do certain things, behave in a predetermined way. There is never room for imagination. Therefore, when one tries to break free of the societal conventions thrust upon them, they are faced with resistance. Change is never welcome and when someone tries to change a preconceived formula, it is always looked down upon. The same happens with every entity we come across: people, books, movies, TV shows, music and the list goes on. When was the last time you saw a movie and were absolutely blown away by its unusual story and eccentric characters? What is so different about these movies? These movies question the archaic rules, break stereotypes and make a niche arc for themselves. Yes, everyone might not appreciate the brilliance of the story, the avant-garde themes and the work behind these movies but if you give these a chance, they might open up recesses of your mind which have been long shut by the wax of societal convention. Planning to watch an unconventional movie? Here are 7 such movies on Netflix which you can watch: 1. The Lady In The Van (2015): © TriStar Pictures/BBC Films/Sony Pictures Releasing/Netflix Maggie Smith stars in as the eponymous lady, Miss Mary Shepherd, with a secret; a terrible past which has led her to live as a vagabond on the streets. The only solace she has is her Bedford van which she believes is blessed. When writer Alan Bennett, fresh off the success of his latest play, moves into the neighbourhood, little does he know how his life is going to change after getting acquainted with the aforementioned lady. As Alan gets to know more about Miss Shepherd, they form an unusual bond of friendship, propelled by Alan's gesture to accommodate her in his driveway. In due course, Alan begins to perceive the real, sad person behind the eccentric, perennially annoyed, unhygienic Mary. As the movie progresses, we see Alan constantly struggle with the idea of Mary, a fact cleverly portrayed through debates between his two identities: the writer and the real. His conflicted emotions make him miserable and he keeps comparing the two women in his life: the lady in the van and his mother. No one plays eccentric and prudish characters better than Maggie Smith (Remember Professor McGonagall and the Dowager Countess?), and she does it again here. She is adorable in a funny way, bringing alive the pathos of Mary. Alex Jennings is excellent as the harried writer in two minds. Based on a true story from one of Alan Bennet's memoirs, the movie encapsulates the beauty of human relations and emotions, and the power of friendship through its exceptional writing and excellent portrayals. It makes us ask ourselves about the eternal question: why can't we be more compassionate? 2. Band of Robbers (2015): © Tom Sky Entertainment/Gravitas Pictures Just imagine if Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were still looking for buried treasure! Intriguing, isn't it? Well, Huck and Finn are back with a modern upgrade! Directed by the Nee Brothers, Band of Robbers is a reimagination of the classics: Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Heavily borrowing from the books, it plays high on the nostalgia but not in an overcompensating way and stands on its own. The borrowed incidents do not influence the entirety of the movie, an ode to the genius of the Nee Brothers. Huck (Kyle Gallner) and Tom (Adam Nee) are now adults, but they haven't forgotten their “heroic” ways. When Huck, who has been in jail for some time is released, he is greeted by his best friend, Tom, who is now a down-on-his-luck police officer. Tom is still ambitious about their childhood dream of finding and claiming the Murrell treasure and has hatched a plan to finally lay his hands on it. A reluctant Huck gives in and they are then joined by their awkward and scatterbrained friends, Joe and Ben. As they start their adventure, they run into old acquaintances and with the omnipresent clues and the mysterious hints which are a trademark of the Twain novels, they seem to be a step closer to finding the treasure. Injun Joe makes a comeback along with all our favourite characters from the books. Prepare to relive your childhood! A true masterpiece in parallel thinking. Most definitely recommended! 3. Tramps (2016): © Animal Kingdom/Rooks Nest Entertainment/Netflix When two aspiring crooks cross paths on a job not done well, sparks are bound to fly. Callum Turner stars as smart mouth Danny who gets embroiled in a heist for his brother who has recently been incarcerated. His task is simple: switch a briefcase with another at the subway. All hell breaks loose when he realizes that the briefcase was not given to the intended recipient. Armed with just an address of the person with the briefcase and an unwilling partner-in-crime, quick-witted Ellie (Grace Van Patten), these teens traverse New York City using various modes: the subway, the bus, stolen bicycles, et al and embark on a crazy joyride which both of them had never anticipated. With stunning New York as a backdrop, it is reminiscent of those '70s movies with similar themes of a romance bubbling between two con artists but that is where the similarity ends. What is different is the pure brilliance of the plot, which shifts between romance and pragmatism effortlessly: two strangers find something on their wayward journey which may or may not result in something more concrete. A hauntingly beautiful background score and engaging performances by Grace Van Patten and Callum Turner make this one of the most intriguing movies on the list so far. Sometimes, temporary meetings can change you forever. 4. The Invention of Lying (2009): © Radar Pictures/Universal Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures/Focus Features Imagine a world where there were no lies and you couldn't lie. Could you imagine? But this is the world which Mark Bellison (Ricky Gervais) lives in. In this alternate reality, you cannot lie and there is no such thing as fiction, everyone speaks the truth; a utopian society which tells the truth without thinking about its ramifications. When things start to go horribly wrong for him at work, where he works as a screenwriter, owing to the fact that his movies are historical 14th-century flops and his personal life goes for a toss, he discovers the art of lying and he can do it quite well. Things start getting better once he starts lying and he soon discovers that lying can be beneficial to others as well! His crowning glory comes in the form of the ultimate lie he cooks up: God! Eventually, he faces a moral quandary and what he does sets the tone for the rest of the movie. The movie is funny, though it has its share of flaws, is a satire on faith, religion and the entire concept of truth. Is honesty always the best policy? Ricky Gervais is funny as always, more so as the unfortunate Mark, and so is Jennifer Garner as the snooty socialite, Anna. Unconventional and thought-provoking, its humour is its best-selling point. 5. Paddleton (2019): © Duplass Brothers Productions/Netflix Directed by Alex Lehman, the comedy-drama movie revolves around two middle-aged neighbours, Michael (Mark Duplass) and Andy (Ray Romano), who are best friends: eating pizza, watching dubbed Kung-Fu movies and playing “Paddleton” (a mix of paddleball and badminton) and living their best lives. Tragedy strikes when Michael gets diagnosed with terminal cancer which sets both of them to take a hard look at their lives, especially Andy. When Michael asks Andy to assist him in ending his life, they set out on a road trip to get the drugs and on the journey discover what they desperately crave. Fringing on the indie-film boundary, with mumblecore elements, this movie is one of those exceptional ones which truly open your eyes to the truth of being human. Without being too preachy, the movie stresses on our perceptions of friendship and life and how far will one go to save someone they care about. Andy and Michael have the perfect bromance, platonic with just the right amount of “sweet old couple fighting” but that doesn't change the fact that they absolutely love each other. The dialogue is efficient and economical, there are no big speeches on friendship or mushy declarations of love, just two people who care about each other and have finally realized their own mortality. The humour is top-notch, and its self-deprecating tone is one of its greatest triumphs. Mark Duplass and Ray Romano portray their characters with such nuance that watching them will make you realize the sadness we all carry with ourselves and the armour we put up for the world so that no one sees the vulnerability behind the façade. Ray Romano is best remembered as Raymond from “Everybody Loves Raymond” and so it is nearly inconceivable to imagine him in some other role. Seeing him portray an intense character so well blew my mind and will do the same for you! 6. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018): © Blueprint Pictures/Netflix Adapted from the novel of the same name, it focuses on a successful London writer, Juliet Ashton, who gets intrigued when a letter arrives from Guernsey along with the news of a much-beloved childhood book which happens to be in the possession of the sender, Dawsey Adams. Dawsey and Juliet start a correspondence via letters as the story behind the book club, whimsically founded by Dawsey's friend, Elizabeth McKenna, and four others in an attempt to resist arrest while the island was under the German occupation, piques Juliet's interest. Juliet then visits Guernsey to meet the people behind the odd named literary society and is fascinated by the colourful characters and their unique tale of how they survived during the occupation. Juliet plans to write a book about the society, but things start to unravel as she expresses her desire to the people of Guernsey, guided by the conspicuous absence of Elizabeth which seems like a mystery. Lily James' intricate portrayal of the determined and soft-spoken author, Juliet, who has a sad past is memorable as it is heartwarming. Michiel Huisman as Dawsey Adams seems to be tailor made for the role of the homegrown, down-to-earth farmer from Guernsey. All the members of the literary society are charming people in their quirky ways, especially Isola. A beautiful and delightful story of the power of human imagination. Truly marvellous! 7. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016): © Paris Film/Zed Filmworks/Netflix “Even the prettiest things come to rot.” A hauntingly terrifying story told through dreamy cinematography, top-notch camerawork and eloquent dialogue delivery. This new genre of horror is better than you ever expected. We go back to gothic suspense roots as newly appointed nurse, Lily (Ruth Wilson), the self-proclaimed pretty thing, takes us through the once opulent house, one step at a time, where she is supposed to take care of the once famous and now demented, reclusive author Iris Blum (Paula Prentiss) who refers to Lily as Polly. Strangely, Polly (Lucy Boynton) happens to be the name of the protagonist of Iris' best-selling novel, The Lady in the Walls. As Lily recounts her story, she tells us how she chanced upon the novel and how things started to unravel thereafter. As the movie progresses, we keep shifting from present to the past and meet the real Polly on whom apparently Iris based her book. Things take a drastic turn when Lily starts to realize that the reality of the book might be something grotesque. Not your typical brand of horror, it isn't about a fearless protagonist or ghosts which trouble you but provides a compelling narrative of the three main characters, all thanks to the genius of Osgood Perkins (the director). It surely transports you a horror world akin to the ones created by directors like Stanley Kubrick and Roman Polanski. It isn't a run-of-the-mill horror, but what makes it so unconventional is that you are left to your own devices to judge the veracity of the narration, the elusiveness of the story makes it more compelling. Appearances are deceptive: what you find pretty might not always be pretty. So, which one are you planning to watch?
  7. Ever since the glamorous Indian Premier League (IPL) came into existence, it has put numerous, extremely talented players on the map. These were the cricketers who didn't play international or first class cricket due to the lack of opportunities but were in no manner less deserving of making a great living out of the game they loved so passionately. The league has experienced a series of changes as the years have passed. Some of the older teams have become extinct while new franchises have replaced them in seamless transitions. Having said that, there exists a franchise which is not only one of the strongest pillars of the edifice IPL has now become but has also gone on to win the entire tournament thrice - the Mumbai Indians (MI). Sleepless nights? Nervous nail biting? Screaming at your screen? If you've experienced any or all of these symptoms you might have Cricket Fever, premieres 1st March. pic.twitter.com/Ujl1tq6Els — Netflix India (@NetflixIndia) February 5, 2019 The upcoming Netflix eight-episode docu-series titled 'Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians' gets into MI's journey through the 2018 season of IPL between the pre-season auction and the final of the year against the Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals). Joe LaBracio, the Executive Vice President of Non-Fiction TV & Documentaries, Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), the studio that produced the series, said: "Our love of India drew us to share the story of the second biggest sport in the world and make it an entertaining, engaging experience for non-cricket fans to also enjoy." What To Expect From The Series Being coached by one of the legends of the international cricket in Mahela Jayawardene for a competitive owner in Akash Ambani, a great story in terms of the locker room situation during the wins, losses and major injuries during the season, and behind-the-scenes footage can be expected from the docuseries. The series also promises to dive deep into the history of some of the most celebrated MI players. The inception of Rohit Sharma's ability to captain, Krunal and Hardik Pandya's struggles growing up in Surat and Jasprit Bumrah's story to becoming one of the top pacers in the world, CNE plans to cover every minor aspect of the MIPaltan's members in great detail. Watching the emotional journey of the three-time champions and its players, staff and owners that goes beyond the cricket field would most definitely be an unprecedented experience with the first of its kind Indian sports docu-series. 'Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians' will launch on Netflix worldwide on 1st March 2019.
  8. Yes, it's the day of love and just like everyone else, Netflix too decided to give some of it away to us, because honestly it's become a hell of a useful tool to celebrate all sorts of 'chills' we may want to with our loved ones. © Netflix On Valentine's Day though, Netflix has come out with a beautiful video to celebrate all kinds of love and we found it so endearing we had to go ahead and share it. The poetic journey of falling in love is a tale as old as time. From 'Mughal-E-Azam' to 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', each story is filled with moments which remind us just how powerful human connections can be. © Netflix The video is a beautiful rendition of a modern-day love story between two men, who hopelessly fall in love with one another and live to celebrate their love, every day. As their relationship develops and their love grows stronger and 'stranger'. We follow them as they lay the foundations for their lives together... along with a small hiccup on the way. One of them watches an episode of their favourite show 'Stranger Things' without the other and what follows next is so endearing, it'll make you want to forgive every fight you may have ever had with your SO! © Netflix After all, at the end of the day, every relationship is an 'Original'. This love story was brought to life by acclaimed filmmaker Reema Sengupta. Through an emotive palate and lingering visuals, she captured this manifestation of Indian romance in all of its beauty. © Netflix "We wanted to come together to make a film that cares about what it says, how it says it and the processes through which it is made. It was exciting to know that Netflix cared just as much! Netflix really has become an integral part of the modern love story. A considerable portion of our relationships today are spent lazing around with our partners watching Netflix, discussing shows, or Netflix & chilling! A lot of love went into making this, and we all came out of it feeling much closer. Even while we were making the film, the entire crew could feel the importance of this representation and pushed themselves to the limit to bring this to life." Reema spoke about her film to Netflix. © Netflix After all, if we can't transcend the love we have for one another into stories then what's the point of even having love, to begin with! Stories catch the very essence of everything basic you need to fulfil an emotion and if we have a story on our favourite love portal, then there's nothing like it, is there! It's time to show courage, tell your story and aptly profess your love for one another this Valentine's Day!
  9. It's that time of the year again where the city is decked up in pinks and reds, and while most people enjoy the 'love' displayed all over, some are significantly indifferent or not so savvy towards it. It's a choice really. Even for couples who'd just like to spend Valentine's Day without any cupid-induced festivities and treat the day just like any normal day. For single people, Valentine's Day can be a little rough or unremarkable. Either you feel bad about the fact that you don't have anyone to spend the day with or you're happy in your skin, feeling content with yourself, all the time. © Netflix Whatever it is, we have a rebellious remedy for the Val Day naysayers out there. The remedy is simple. Just drag yourself to a couch or your bed, alone or with a significant other and watch these 5 shows that are absolutely anti-candy hearts and sugary cupid and not at all Valentine friendly, and re-live a normal non-cheesy day: (1) The Umbrella Academy © Netflix Hollywood star Ellen Page and music legend Mary J Blige star in this hot new superhero series fresh out on Netflix. The Hargreeves children have never-seen-before superpowers but their dysfunctional family soon falls apart. Now they must reunite to save the world. It is based on the highly popular comic and award-winning graphic novel by Gerard Way (front man, My Chemical Romance) and Gabriel BA with Steve Blackman (Fargo S2) as the show runner. Watch the trailer here (2) Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened © Netflix Netflix's latest documentary takes on the luxury festival created by Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. Fyre was promoted as a luxury music festival on a private island in the Bahamas featuring bikini-clad supermodels, A-List musical performances and posh amenities. Guests arrived to discover the reality was far from the promises. This behind-the-scenes look by Charles Smith is the much-needed reality check you may need on your 'let's rebel Valentine's Day' day. Watch the trailer here (3) *** Education © Netflix Choose *** and self-love this V-Day. An inexperienced socially-awkward high school student Otis Milburn lives with his mother, a *** therapist. Thanks to being surrounded by manuals and TMI conversations on ***, he starts an underground *** therapy clinic for his classmates. This British comedy series has received acclaim for being a smart, sensitive at teenagers trying to find themselves and being comfortable with their bodies and sexuality. It is recently renewed for a second season, so catch up the first one soon. Watch the trailer here (4) Marvel's The Punisher S2 © Netflix Replace romance with a desire for some revenge! Marvel's The Punisher is back with another season. After seeking revenge for his family's death, Frank Castle saves a girl from murder making himself a target. His old enemies now force the war veteran to confront whether he should accept his destiny and embrace life as The Punisher. Watch the trailer here (5) The Good Place S2 © Netflix Welcome. Everything is just fine - now that season 2 is here! Kristin Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop a selfish 'bad' person, who by some glitch, has arrived in heaven ie the Good Place in her afterlife. But is the Good Place actually that good? Season 1 was a laugh riot and season 2 takes Eleanor and her friend's escapades further! This one is to watch with your gang. Watch the trailer here So, without much further lament on how to spend the 14th of February, cue these or one of these series and sit back and have some fun, you've been avoiding since a while. Ps: Happy Valentine's Day!
  10. Priyanka Chopra is back to work after a month-long hiatus courtesy her lavish wedding to Nick Jonas. She was on Ellen De Generes' popular show where she announced that her next big project will be a biopic on Ma Anand Sheela, which will be a very exciting project for sure. Currently, she is awaiting the release of her next Hollywood movie 'Isn't It Romantic' which stars Rebel Wilson and Chris Hemsworth. The romantic comedy follows the story of Natalie, an architect who tries very hard to get noticed at her job. Priyanka is playing the role of a Yoga ambassador in the movie. The movie is hitting theatres in February but there's some good news for Indian fans, because this will be her first movie which will release on Netflix directly on 28th February. In terms of Bollywood releases, Priyanka will be seen in 'The Sky Is Pink' opposite Farhan Akhtar.
  11. Sharing Netflix account details has become a fairly common sight since the service comes with an exorbitant price tag in India. Indian economy isn't mature enough on a scale to pay at least Rs 500 per month for a streaming service. Thanks to sharing of passwords, multiple users can use the same account to stream their favourite shows. The maximum users allowed to be logged in at once is currently capped at four, and technically, it's four screens, and not separate "users". To counter the misuse of a single account by multiple users, this company is using Artifical Intelligence. © Reuters UK-based Synamedia unveiled the artificial intelligence software at the CES 2019 technology trade show in Las Vegas, claiming it could save the streaming industry billions of dollars over the next few years. The streaming service companies would hire Synamedia, which in turn uses AI, behavioural analytics and machine learning to monitor and analyse password sharing activity across user accounts. The AI would then identify the rule breakers. In other words, if you pay for your premium service, you'll probably be fine. If not, you could be the star of the next Netflix true crime docu-series. © AP "For example, the solution can determine whether users are viewing at their main home and a holiday home, or whether they have shared credentials with friends or grown-up children who live away from home. If the latter, then subscribers are offered a premium shared account service that includes a pre-authorized level of password sharing and a higher number of concurrent users," Synamedia explained. The firm notes recent research which found 26 percent of millennials give out their credentials for video streaming services to other people. An estimated US$ 1.2 billion of revenue is lost annually by subscription-based streaming services such as Netflix. © Time Magazine "Casual credentials sharing is becoming too expensive to ignore," said Jean-Marc Racine, CPO of Synamedia. Synamedia confirmed it is now conducting trials with a number of pay-TV operators but refused to reveal whether Netflix is among them. However, the 'casual sharing' practise is so common Netflix CEO Reed Hastings once described it as a 'positive thing' because he believes people who did it were likely to become paying subscribers later down the line.
  12. New month brings in new cheer and also some new movies and shows that release on Netflix. Here are the top 6 recommendations we have for you: 1. You Okay, technically it released in the last week of December but it's been trending for a while and chances are that you might have missed this brilliant show that has a pronoun for a name. Trust me, it makes sense after you watch it, as it stars the lonely boy from 'Gossip Girl', Dan (Penn Badgley), and therefore, should definitely be on your watch list. 2. Bandersnatch Why is this here if you've already watched it? Well, simply because it is that mind-boggling stuff that never goes to the brain in one go. So, yeah do a repeat or join the party if you have not made your choices in this film yet. 3. Inception The Leonardo DiCaprio starrer which confused us at every possible level is coming to Netflix on 15th January in case you were looking for a re-run. 4. Fifty Shades Darker Watch Mr. Grey swoon his lady love Anna and I am not sure if this stuff turns you on or not, but it is a great idea for movie night in bed. Catch it on the 26th of this month. 5. Friends From College (Season 2) The second season of this comedy series which involves a group of friends and their addled up adult lives is coming back on Netflix on 11th January. 6. Tidying Up With Marie Kondo This is for everyone who tries and constantly fails to keep their rooms or apartments clean. Marie Kondo is a Japanese organisational expert and it is her literal job to help people lead a more organised life. If not inspiration, then this show will at least induce some self-loathing for yourself in case you are not the “organised” type.
  13. Netflix is synonymous to binge-watching, and we've all done it. The company pushes the complete season of a show all at once so we don't have to wait for weekly episodes. Start watching a show, and after hours you'll end up completing the piece in one go. This trend has given rise to the infamous "Netflix and Chill" lifestyle that millennials are so fond of. 13-year-old Damir Carter from Delaware was doing the same. His mother asked him to go to bed early, but in defiance, he continued binge watching The Flash on Netflix. He was supposed to sleep by 9.30 PM, like every good kid, but his resistance ended up saving the family from a house fire. © WPVI At 1 AM he heard things breaking and thought it's just the house cat messing around with things. Soon, he noticed smoke coming from the hallway and discovered a huge fire in the house. He immediately started yelling and woke up his mother, thankfully the family and he made it out of the fire unhurt. “And then I saw smoke in my hallway, and then I saw the fire. When I saw that, I started yelling for my mom because she was asleep at the time,” Damir told WPVI. “If Netflix wasn't there, I probably would have gone to sleep.” © WPVI Authorities believe it was a power strip that had overheated and sparked the fire. This is not the first time the family has lost a home to a fire. Around four years ago, another blaze destroyed their old home, Borden said. The family has lost all its possessions in the fire and the mother said she was just happy she and her son were safe. On a light note, the mother said Carter won't be getting grounded this time for defying the bedtime rule. © MarketWatch “I don't know where we would have been if he listened and went to sleep,” Damir's mom said via a post on Facebook. “Our house is gone, but we are still standing.” While Netflix too is being credited for saving the family, things haven't been going well for the streaming site in the past few days. Since the release of Bird Box on the site, many have tried to imitate the fictional characters, endangering their lives. Netflix even had to issue a warning after video of a blindfolded person falling down a subway stairwell surfaced on Twitter.
  14. There is absolutely no doubt that 2018 belonged to Netflix. With series like 'Ghoul', 'Sacred Games', 'Lust Stories', 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before', '13 Reasons Why' and recently released 'Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle', Netflix not only took care of our entertainment, but also gave us talents that were until now kept hidden from us. To sum up the amazing year that went by, Baloo aka Anil Kapoor turns into a rapper and takes us through all the hilarious and epic moments that Netflix India gave us. The video also features Jatin Sarna aka Bunty from 'Sacred Games', Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal and Radhika Apte. Netflix India Also, you just cannot miss Anil Kapoor dancing and throwing letters in the air pretending to be like Lara Jean, during the segment of 'To All The Boys I Have Loved Before'. Netflix India This video is also a compilation of all the comments that people like left on Netflix's social media and it was funny to see Anil Kapoor taking a dig at himself by calling himself "Baal ki dukaan as Baloo, great casting." In a nutshell, the year 2018 taught us a lot of things - "Sab marenge, sirf Trivedi bachega", there's a not-so-classic connection between 'taboot' and India Gate that only Nawazuddin can explain, "Kabhi Kabhi lagta apun hi Bhagwan hai" is one dialogue we didn't know we needed, Vicky Kaushal is a powerhouse of talent and Radhika Apte is omnipresent. Netflix India Also, Netflix India will never stop making amazing content for us to binge-watch.
  15. Two years ago I did a story on how video games are much larger than movies/TV shows because of its flexibility in storytelling. I've been playing choice-based games ever since it was introduced to video games and the popular storytelling style was taken mainstream thanks to games from studios like “Telltale Games”. You would have to make choices that would change the plot of the story drastically and it seems like Netflix took my challenge seriously. © Mensxp Netflix is now taking the interactive-based storytelling style to mainstreams shows like “Black Mirror” and it works like a charm. The streaming giant already introduced the interactive feature to kids content like 'Puss In Boots'. I was invited to Los Gatos to check out 'Bandersnatch' - a brand new Black Mirror movie where I could choose my own story by clicking on multiple-choice questions that would affect the plot. It's Netflix's first interactive content for adults and is now available to stream/play on various devices. 'Bandersnatch' is a story about a game developer who is looking to make a video based on a “create-your-own fantasy” book of the same name. The game he sets out to develop also happens to have a series of choices for players. We learn during the early chapter that the author of the original 'Bandersnatch' went completely nuts while he was writing his book and ended up killing his wife. You will face a similar dilemma when you make choices for “Stefan” in Bandersnatch. © Netflix One of the key moments in 'Bandersnatch' is when Stefan is offered a job and it's up to you whether you want to accept or decline the offer. While exchanging notes with my peers at the conference, it was quite cool to notice that 90% of the people answered “Yes” while I declined the job offer. This is where the interactive storytelling feature makes things exciting. Not only did I experience a completely different story from my counterparts, I even experienced a very different ending. Apparently, there are five different endings in 'Bandersnatch' and I happened to experience three of them. © Netflix What's cool about the interactive feature is the ability to go back and change your choices. In fact, I ended up spending more time retracing my choices simply because I wanted to see if I could break the plot — I couldn't. That's probably because they're over a million if not a trillion unique permutations of the story. There are a plethora of choices you will need to make that can impact the story or sometimes just change certain details. The overall plot of 'Bandersnatch' also responds and adapts to your choices just like you would experience it in video games. For instance, in the very beginning, you will choose what cereal to eat for breakfast. You will notice later in the movie how the plot responded to your choice. How Did Netflix Make It Happen Choice-based video games are easier to make as these games are coded from the ground up to provide an ecosystem for such a feature to flourish. The same cannot be said about a live-action movie as it's way more complicated. You need to shoot multiple scenes from different angles, shoot different reactions to choices and make sure you follow every permutation with utmost accuracy. Netflix engineers built their very own script-writing tool that enables them to tell choice-based narratives. Netflix calls it a Branch Manager where there were able to track every choice and the flow of the narrative based on each choice. Netflix also pre-caches content so that users can stream the content even with poor internet and the app now pre-caches two paths every time you are faced with a choice. Due to this very reason, the interactive episode can be experienced only on supported devices such as Android smartphones, iOS devices, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and certified Smart TVs. Is It Still Black Mirror? © Netflix Hell yes! Just like every other Black Mirror episode — 'Bandersnatch' ends up f*cking with your head as well. However, since you are making the choices for the protagonist, the head-f*cking is a lot more amplified. This is precisely why the interactive feature was a perfect fit for a Black Mirror movie. I have to confess, when I was introduced to the feature at the conference, I quickly dismissed it as a Telltale rip-off/gimmick. However, after experiencing the interactive movie for myself, I could not keep the remote down and make every choice possible to f*ck up Stefan's life. I soon realised what went behind in the making of 'Bandersnatch' and simply left the room with endless questions in my head. So yes, 'Bandersnatch' is a typical Black Mirror episode where you will be left in a state of shock and maybe even remorse. Is This The Future Of Entertainment? Streaming has already taken over our lives and Netflix is going in the right direction by involving its viewers in the plot of 'Bandersnatch'. It's a feature I always wanted on live-action content and Netflix has yet again proved me wrong. Sure, there's still room for traditional linear story-telling on Netflix, but the future of story-telling sure has taken a turn, thanks to 'Bandersnatch'. Just make sure you don't lose your remote while watching/experiencing the latest Black Mirror movie.
  16. This year is going to close with a bang for all 'Black Mirror' fans as Netflix just dropped the much-awaited trailer of the film 'Bandersnatch' and needless to say, we are shook! 'Bandersnatch' is being called a 'Black Mirror' event and is set in the 1980s. It follows the story of a programmer called Stefan who is trying to build a game of his own. His fate is dictated and is not in control of what we see as he flushes out his medicines and continues enduring the madness around him. This insane movie is being helmed by David Slade. © Netflix Fans are going crazy over the trailer right now. Me trying to figure out how to watch all 312 minutes at once... #BlackMirrorBandersnatch pic.twitter.com/6utZawNMYK — Jeremiah Zanders (@JustCallMeNOLE) December 25, 2018 #BlackMirrorBandersnatch Yes yes yes ! pic.twitter.com/POLlnvQeMz — Amal (@Ph_Amool) December 27, 2018 It is dropping tomorrow on Netflix and we are waiting for the madness to unleash upon us.
  17. Netflix is releasing a super cool show called 'Selection Day' and we're waiting with bated breath for it to finally come out on the 28th of December, 2018. The show has a mix of some promising debutants along with seasoned and veteran actors like Ratna Pathak Shah, Mahesh Manjrekar and Shiv Pandit. We got an actual sneak peek of the show from the producer himself-Anil Kapoor. When I walked into the room to interview him about the show, I thought to myself - "wow, he doesn't age at all!" He was sitting tall, beaming with an innate yet fresh sense of self and I felt butterflies at the pit of my stomach. He asked me if I was feeling okay and I let him know about the nervousness I was drowning in. He immediately made a little joke and made me feel at ease, while I tried to reason the summation of the fact that I was interviewing someone I've grown up seeing on screen and, of course, one of the biggest Bollywood stars that exist today. © Netflix Moving past the untimely nervousness, we found a comfortable footing and started the interview about the new show on Netflix called 'Selection Day', which is an adapted version of Aravind Adiga's book by the same name. The series focuses on the journey of two brothers from a village who're forced to understand and play cricket by their cricket-fanatic father, to later be selected for Mumbai's under 19 cricket team. Along with Anil Kapoor, I was also joined by Karan Boolani, the creative producer of the series, to talk about the one thing that's dominating our screens at the moment- Over The Top Content (OTT), which comprises of content delivered over the internet without the involvement of multiple system operators. © Netflix Both Anil Kapoor and Karan Boolani are in favour of OTT content and believe it's the future for India. While conversing with Boolani, he emphasised on how the content was contained in television earlier and how it's become more global with these shows, that are a buffer away from viewing by anyone, anywhere. The audience, according to them, is a lot more malleable and attainable than it was before and of course, with that comes the global phenomena of connecting to every house and every individual on a more personal level. When asked if OTT content will affect the film industry or the market in any way, both strongly disagreed. "This is the future for India and somewhere, even the viewer feels empowered to watch where he wants, when he wants and what he wants and there is so much of content available that is great for today's consumer, making the competition even better and you work even harder so that you try to balance it and for us actors and producers it's a fantastic time to tell stories, so it's a great future for us", said Anil Kapoor. © Netflix The film industry definitely holds your attention in place when you see a movie for two hours or over. Whether the characters are relatable or not, you always come out with a sense of accomplishment of having absorbed a story that made you feel a certain way but with OTT content nowadays, there are characters that come forth in a string of stories that can grow on you and become much more relatable. Speaking more about the new show on Netflix- 'Selection Day', both Karan and Anil feel it's a coming of age story, where they've tried to do justice to make sure the theme of the series is well represented. From the dynamic that each character shares with one another to the way the story is carried out, everything has been taken care of flawlessly. © Netflix All in all, we're wishing great success for the show, which releases on the 28th of December and are also hoping to see Anil Kapoor in his new avatar producing top quality content for numerous others TV series, while others follow suit too!
  18. India as a nation is high on celeb-gazing (if that's even a word), and there is a sense of satisfaction that fans and followers get from being on the receiving end of all the scoop on their favourite celebrities in town. From all the juicy deets on break-ups and patch-ups to celebrity cold wars and royal spats, India has an audience for all things “Celeb”. Yet, every year brings with itself a selection of names that rule the charts across the board, and 2018 has been no different. The year gone by has been the year of many female celebrities toppling all records and ruling the search bars throughout the year, and for just the right reasons too. We bring you the names of top 10 Indian female celebrities who were most searched in 2018 according to Yahoo, and why: 1. Sunny Leone View this post on Instagram Happy Hanukkah Everyone!! Love the Weber's!!!!! Hehe A post shared by Sunny Leone (@sunnyleone) on Dec 2, 2018 at 6:44am PST While Sunny needs no reason to trend in India, given the fan following she enjoys, this year did bring a lot of reasons for her to top the searches.After adopting her daughter in 2017, this year Sunny and her husband welcomed twin boys into their life. This year also saw the release of Sunny's biopic series 'Karenjit Kaur - The Untold Story Of Sunny Leone'. 2. Sridevi View this post on Instagram Antara Marwahâ¤ï¸â¤ï¸ðð A post shared by Sridevi Kapoor (@sridevi.kapoor) on Feb 20, 2018 at 11:05am PST 2018 also brought an end to an era, with the sudden and tragic demise of megastar Sridevi in February earlier this year in Dubai, where she was attending her nephew Mohit Marwah's wedding with her husband Boney Kapoor and younger daughter Khushi Kapoor. 3. Priya Prakash Varrier View this post on Instagram ~Carpe diem~⨠A post shared by priya prakash varrier (@priya.p.varrier) on Nov 12, 2018 at 2:12am PST The entire nation woke up to the name of Priya Prakash Varrier, who became an overnight sensation in the country, courtesy her famous wink in the Malayalam film 'Oru Adaar Love' that almost broke the Internet! 4. Priyanka Chopra View this post on Instagram I look with wonder at all that lies ahead.. and I'm filled with joy.. A post shared by Priyanka Chopra Jonas (@priyankachopra) on Dec 18, 2018 at 6:29am PST What can we say about Priyanka, who has been in news this entire year? From wrapping up the final season of 'Quantico' and being a guest at friend Meghan Markle's royal wedding, to finally tying the knot with the love of her life Nick Jonas in a lavish wedding, she has her spot secure! 5. Sapna Choudhary View this post on Instagram Love yourself. ♥ï¸ A post shared by Sapna Choudhary (@itssapnachoudhary) on Jul 13, 2018 at 8:43pm PDT Who would have thought she would top the charts ahead of Deepu and Radhika? But here she is. The former 'Bigg Boss' contestant was all over the news for her smashing makeover and transformation. 6. Sonali Bendre View this post on Instagram Sometimes, when you least expect it, life throws you a curveball. I have recently been diagnosed with a high grade cancer that has metastised, which we frankly did not see coming. A niggling pain led to some tests, which led to this unexpected diagnosis. My family and close friends have rallied around me, providing the best support system that anyone can ask for. I am very blessed and thankful for each of them. There is no better way to tackle this, than to take swift and immediate action. And so, as advised by my doctors, I am currently undergoing a course of treatment in New York. We remain optimistic and I am determined to fight every step of the way. What has helped has been the immense outpouring of love and support I've received over the past few days, for which I am very grateful. I'm taking this battle head on, knowing I have the strength of my family and friends behind me. A post shared by Sonali Bendre (@iamsonalibendre) on Jul 3, 2018 at 11:46pm PDT Sonali Bendre broke a lot of hearts when she shared the news of her cancer diagnosis earlier this year. The actor has since been in the US to undergo treatments. Sonali has been trying her best to be strong through it all, and we simply love her grit! 7. Katrina Kaif View this post on Instagram Love all around #hugs #katrinakaif with #salmankhan mom #salmakhan #photooftheday #instadaily #instalove #monday #manavmanglani A post shared by Manav Manglani (@manav.manglani) on Aug 27, 2018 at 9:54am PDT One of the biggest news to cause a buzz regarding Katrina this year were the rumours that followed when the above picture surfaced on social media, sparking reports that love might be in the air (yet again) for Salman and Katrina. News or not, Kat continued to be in the news for her anticipated releases of the year - 'Thugs of Hindostan' and 'Zero'. 8. Deepika Padukone View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST Though there is no reason why you would want to know why Deepika is on this list (we all know why already), let us remind you yet again that from 'Pamaavat' to her wedding, Deepika has had enough reasons to rule our minds. 9. Radhika Apte View this post on Instagram Watch out for #ghoul only on @Netflix ð· #vikramadityamotwane @jplgraham @manavkaul #promitionday #1 ð¶ @benedmusic @_naren ð A post shared by Radhika (@radhikaofficial) on Aug 20, 2018 at 5:33am PDT This year has been a sensational one for Radhika, who almost became the face of Netflix here in India. From 'Ghoul' and 'Sacred Games' to 'Padman', 'AndhaDhun' and 'Lust Stories', this year brought her sensational recognition and admiration. 10. Sonam Kapoor View this post on Instagram Recalling my first date “I was apparently wearing the worst sneakers he had ever seen. I keep telling him that he fell in love with me despite my bad sneaker game... That day, walking and talking in London, I knew he was the love of my life.” #EverydayPhenomenal ð« @anandahuja For @VogueIndia A post shared by SonamKAhuja (@sonamkapoor) on Jun 29, 2018 at 6:44pm PDT Sonam's presence on this list comes from her wedding to businessman Anand Ahuja and the release of 'Veere Di Wedding' that enjoyed a lot of media attention, placing her on the public arena all the more.
  19. There's binge watching, and then there's binge watching with a deadline because the show is so good that everyone is watching and you need to finish it as soon as possible because you know everyone will start talking about it immediately. Even with so much content on Netflix, some shows still manage to stand out because of how almost the entire world watches and finishes it in just a couple of days and then talks about it for weeks to come. So, here's the list of some shows from 2018 that literally broke the internet and had people talking about it and desperately waiting for the next season like two days after the release. 1. Sacred Games Do I even need to say anything about 'Sacred Games'? The first Indian Netflix original killed it, and not just in our country. It had an international audience with so many great reviews. Just to sum up the storyline in one sentence - the series chronicles all the events that follow after Sartaj Singh, a police officer in Mumbai, receives a phone call from gangster Ganesh Gaitonde who tells him to save the city within 25 days. 2. Haunting Of The Hill House The horror show took over the internet and people literally couldn't stop watching it, trust me I've seen the tweets about it. The show scared the crap out of everyone but still had people binge watching the entire show in just a few days because everyone loves to be scared apparently. One line sum up - the show follows two timelines showing five siblings and how their paranormal experiences from when they were kids growing up in the Hill House are still haunting them to present day. 3. The End Of The Fucking World It's not exactly a Netflix original, but the British show did get the world talking after its premier on the streaming website in the beginning of this year. The aesthetics, the bizarre plot, the series literally captured everyone's attention with just a few minutes in the first episode. One line sum up - 17-year-old James considers himself a psychopath and targets Alyssa as the first human he wanted to kill but she in turn falls in love with him and they both have the trip of their lives after running away from home. 4. Stranger Things 2 There's honestly nothing strange about the 'Stranger Things' obsession and people finally got the second season they were so desperately looking forward to for almost a year. One line sum up - set one year later, the second season basically deals with the character's attempt to return to normality and consequences that linger from the first season. 5. Ghoul Netflix Seems like people really liked the horror genre this year and obviously a Netflix list won't be complete without a Radhika Apte series. We are yet to see some groundbreaking, actually scary shows and movies come out of India but people seemed to like 'Ghoul' a lot. One line sum up - set in India in a dystopian future where fascism is at its top, the series follows the interrogation of a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed in a secret government internment camp that ignites a series of horrifying and supernatural events in the aftermath.
  20. Netflix has announced that it will debut its next Original series from India in 2019. Titled Leila, the show will be based on the popular book Prayaag Akbar and will be directed by a group of creative minds led by famous indie director Deepa Mehta (who has previously headed projects like Earth and Midnight's Children). (c)Twitter A dystopian work of fiction set in the near future, Leila is the story of Shalini: a mother in search of her daughter Leila whom she lost one tragic summer, informed a press release Thursday. Shalini deals with various hardships in the course of her search, in a story of longing, faith and loss. The series is directed by acclaimed filmmaker Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar, and it will star Huma Qureshi and Siddarth. Leila will be a six-episode series available only on Netflix globally in 2019. (Full synopsis of the show below) (c)Twitter The streaming service had tasted widespread success in India with the Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddique-starrer Original Sacred Games earlier this year. It was followed by Radhika Apte's three-part horror show Ghoul that couldn't replicate the success of its predecessor. (c)Twitter Netflix also confirmed an 'All-Star Hindi Talent' for its Original film Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle. It will feature voiceovers from the likes of Anil Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Kareena Kapoor Khan. Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Benedict Cumberbatch, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, Rohan Chand, Matthew Rhys and Naomie Harris lead the English cast in this visually spectacular and emotionally moving adventure that debuts on December 7. Leila synopsis In a digitized city, sometime in the near future, as an obsession with purity escalates, walls come up dividing and confining communities. Behind the walls high civic order prevails. In the forgotten spaces between, where garbage gathers and disease festers, Shalini must search for Leila, the daughter she lost one tragic summer two years ago.. Skirting surveillance systems and thuggish repeaters, Shalini—once wealthy, with perhaps a wayward past; now a misfit, pushed to the margins—is propelled only by her search.
  21. Netflix is the new go-to place for one's daily dose of entertainment. It's an omnipresent entity in all our lives which caters to all our aesthetic needs. While the Netflix catalogue keeps expanding by the day, it is always interesting to find some homegrown Indian content on it. Here are 8 Indian movies which will hit Netflix in 2019: 1. Chopsticks- This movie follows a very talented girl who is running low on confidence and hence finds it difficult to sustain herself. The story revolves around how she tries to recover her car which was stolen by a Mumbai gangster. The movie stars Mithila Palkar from 'Little Things', Abhay Deol and Vijay Raaz. © Instagram 2. Bulbul – This has been produced by Anushka Sharma and is a period film with a background of superstitions and rituals in rural India. The movie tells the tale of Satya and Bulbul who is his child bride. Satya is sent off to England for higher education and returns home to find out that Bulbul has been abandoned by his family and now serves the people of the village, which is actually plagued by some evil causing mysterious deaths. © Instagram 3. Upstarts – This movie follows the bromance of three college friends who dream of having their own start-up and eventually have to face the choice of choosing either their dream or their friendship. 4. Cobalt Blue – This movie will deal with the theme of forbidden love where a brother and sister belonging to a traditional Marathi family, fall in love with the same man. 5. 15th August- This movie is produced by Madhuri ixit and is set up in a Mumbai 'chawl' where the residents are gearing up for the annual flag-hoisting ceremony there. The movie follows the trials and tribulations of the common man. © Instagram 6. Music Teacher- Manav Kaul plays the role of a troubled music teacher who once mentored a famous Bollywood celebrity. The estranged teacher tries to get back all that he lost in the past. 7. Hotel Mumbai- This movie will tell the chilling story of all the victims who survived the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. 8. Firebrand- This Marathi movie is produced by Priyanka Chopra and follows the story of a lawyer and a sexual assault victim, played by Usha Jadhav, who tries to solve cases and deal with her difficult marriage as well. Looks like 2019 will see an interesting line-up for Netflix. Which one are you most excited for?
  22. The world experienced a new high in the world of entertainment with the release of 'Bahubali: The Beginning' in 2015. The response had been so major that people thronged to the theatres for weeks, and the discussions continued until even later. Such was the enthusiasm and curiosity, that people couldn't stop themselves from asking, “Kattappa ne Bahubali ko kyun maara”, which soon became a trending hashtag across multiple social media platforms. © Arka Media Works When the sequel to the first movie installment 'Bahubali 2: The Conclusion' hit the screens in 2017, fans (and fanatics) lined up outside the movie theatres in huge numbers. The duology turned out to be one of the greatest pieces of motion picture entertainment ever produced, all around the world. Netflix India is all set to bring out its own adaptation of Anand Neelakantan's 2017 novel 'The Rise of Sivagami', and the Netflix Original web series shall be called 'Bahubali: Before The Beginning'. © Arka Media Works Finally, the star-cast for the series has been announced by Netflix and here's what we know. Mrunal Thakur shall play Sivagami and Rahul Bose will take up the role of Skandadasa in the series. © Twitter Apart from them other prominent actors from film and TV industry will also be seen in the series such as Atul Kulkarni, Vaquar Shaikh, Jameel Khan, Siddharth Arora and Anup Soni. © Twitter The first season of the series shall consist of nine episodes, and would act as a prequel to 'Bahubali: The Beginning'. The plot will follow Sivagami's rise to power in the Mahishmati kingdom. We eagerly await more information on the series!
  23. November is here and so is our new binge list for you! If you also happen to get lost in the myriad of options that flow your way and spend more time in deciding what to stream on Netflix, then fuss not. Here's our top picks for the month: 1. Rajma Chawal This movie was one of the favourites at the MAMI and is directed by Leena Yadav. The movie follows the relationship between a father and a son in the modern age and stars Rishi Kapoor and Amyra Dastur in pivotal roles. When: 30th November © Leena Yadav 2. Narcos: Mexico This one was originally meant to be a successor in the line of the extremely famous 'Narcos' but was eventually developed as an independent show. The series will follow the drug cartels in Mexico, unlike 'Narcos' which focused on Columbia. If you're a fan of the original, you don't need many reasons to watch this one. When: 16th November 3. House Of Cards (Season 6) HOC fans can rejoice as the sixth season is finally here. However, unlike the previous seasons which had over 13 episodes each, this one will only have eight episodes and will obviously not star Kevin Spacey as well. When: 2nd November 4. Westside This musical reality show will showcase and follow the journey of nine artists who will have fully produced music videos and original songs sung by them. If you're a musical fan, then this where fiction meets reality for you. When: 9th November 5. Dogs This documentary follows the stories of six dogs and their families in various situations. You will not get out of this without shedding a few tears and just reminding yourself about how lucky you are that your dog decided to love you. Besides these fantastic 5 picks, you will also be able to stream 'No One Killed Jessica', 'Barfi', 'Kai Po Che' and 'ABCD 2' in November.
  24. After delivering phenomenal performances in 'Sacred Games', Saif Ali Khan and Radhika Apte are back in action, but not as Inspector Sartaj Singh and Anjali Mathur. FYI, the second season of 'Sacred Games' is coming soon, but let's keep that discussion for some other time. © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures This time, they are coming together for director Gauravv K. Chawla's upcoming crime movie 'Baazaar', which is largely based on stock market and the trailer of which just dropped. In case you're wondering, Netflix has no connection whatsoever with this movie (at least, not as yet). © Viacom 18 Motion Pictures To begin with, the 48-year-old actor is playing a Gujarati businessman called Shakun Kothari, who appears to be an intense and ruthless businessman who puts money above everything else and wants to make it big in the world. Looks like Saif Ali Khan has decided that he will rule the box-office this year with his kick-ass performances. Honestly, we got major Jordan Belfort vibes from Saif's character. This trailer belonged to him...and newcomer Rohan Mehra. Rohan plays Rizwan Ahmed, a street-smart young man who dreams of working with Shakun Kothari. Rizwan's journey and experience in the vicious business world weaves the rest of the plot. This tagline, "Bada aadmi bann ne ke liye, line cross karni padti hai" is surely going to be one of the most powerful dialogues of this year. The movie also stars Radhika Apte and Chitrangada Singh. According to reports, since the movie is based on the stock market, the trailer was launched at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) today. 'Baazaar' is expected to release on October 26.
  25. This is the weekend to do something more sombre (read sober) I suppose and there is nothing more sober than giving yourself some good 'ol education, to become smarter in life, perhaps? And by that I don't mean go back to your textbooks or pick up a course or something but to watch some really interesting documentaries on Netflix, which will get your IQ flowing like Salman Khan's unbearable ego. Netflix has a plethora of some good documentaries to choose from, so you never have to have a dull weekend, and they're actually quite informative, made from true facts. © Netflix So, if you're feeling a little indoor-sy this weekend, then queue some Netflix documentaries and watch them with your fam, bae or just by yourself. Here's a list of 5 recommended documentaries on Netflix to watch this weekend: (1) Citizenfour © Radius-TWC Academy award winner, the documentary was released in 2014 and is a real life thriller about Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald's meeting with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, as he hands over classified documents containing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA), to them. Trust me, after watching this documentary, you'll try and keep away from your phones, e-mails, credit cards, internet browsers and anything that can be used to keep an eye on you! Watch the trailer here (2) Dark Net © Vocativ You'll absolutely love this one because it's quite intriguing. Are you aware of the dark net? You thought the internet is limited to what you can browse through, didn't you? There's a world way deeper and darker than that in virtual space and this documentary exposes every nook and cranny of that world. The film talks about the Silk Road case, bit coins and the politics behind it. The dark net supplies drugs and every illegal product under the sun, but is it easy to get into it and unravel the mystery of the netherworld? Find out by watching this series. Watch the trailer here (3) Wild Wild Country © Netflix Yeah, I bet you knew this was going make it to the list! A Netflix original, this documentary is the most shocking one you'll see, if you haven't already. The series is about the controversial guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho and his personal assistant Ma Anand Sheela and their followers in Rajneeshpuram, a community in Oregon, USA. The film revolves around shocking truths form Osho's life, including his involvement in the world's first case of bio-terrorism. Okay, I am not going to say more, lest you curse me for giving the suspense away! Definitely watch this one though. Watch the trailer here (4) Placebo © Storyteller Ink Placebo is an intriguing documentary which brings about the inherent flaws of the Indian education system. It focuses on things that are lesser known, which happen behind closed doors, at prestigious educational institutes of India. The film is based on AIIMS, one of India's leading medical college and Abhay Kumar's (the diretors) tryst with the nuances of education there, when his brother Sahil smashed his right arm on a glass window, damaging a nerve and losing motor control. The whole documentary focuses on the cause and effect of the education system on Sahil and the sad rat race millions of Indian students are a part of, daily. It's scary how much pressure is too much pressure on a young mind. Watch the trailer here (5) Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution © Benjamin Nolot This documentary could classify as a light watch, after all that's been mentioned above but for some it could be as heavy. The New Sexual Revolution talks about the 'hook-up' culture in the western world and it follows the lives of American students while on spring break across the country, indulging in casual, rampant *** with other sexually charged millennials. The film focuses on how *** has become callous and readily available anywhere and how normalization of sexual conduct and gender roles have a huge part to play in this 'hook-up revolution'. The goal of the documentary was to show how sexual conduct is passé today and how it's trickling over everywhere. I put this documentary here because there are some nuances of this culture that we see around us today in India and most of us are okay embracing this culture, openly. Watch the trailer here So, here are some really intriguing, dark and unsettling documentaries to keep you over the edge of your seat. Indulge in as many as you can and have a great weekend!
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