The world is only dominated by bad news as the COVID-19 pandemic continues its tear across the world. With so many of us stuck at home due to the ongoing pandemic, everyone is dealing with the question – what do we do in the times of “Social Distancing”?
Though the times are not cheerful, we do have some exciting original movies and shows coming every month on online platforms. Till we’re under complete lockdown, everyone is encouraged to stay indoors and it’s a great opportunity to catch up on all the shows added to our watchlist + there’s a whole range of shows/movies releasing this month! Here’s a list specially curated for the shows and movies releasing this month!
Probably the most-awaited film among all the new shows and movies on Netflix is Extraction. It is an upcoming American action thriller film directed by Sam Hargrave and screenplay by Joe Russo. Promises all the action you’ve been missing. Featuring Chris Hemsworth and Randeep Hooda, this series tells the story of a fearless black market mercenary with nothing left to lose. His life takes a turn when his skills are solicited to rescue the kidnapped son of an imprisoned international crime lord. This original film has been shot in Bangladesh and India for the most part and is co-produced by Russo Brothers of Avengers fame. It also features David Harbour (of Stranger Things fame) and Manoj Bajpayee in pivotal roles.
The Viral Fever aka TVF is once again joining hands with Amazon Prime Video for yet another web series featuring Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav. Titled Panchayat, a comedy-drama which revolves around an engineering graduate Abhishek, who for lack of a better job option, becomes a secretary to a Panchayat office located in one of Uttar Pradesh’s remote villages. Panchayat is a must-watch for those who enjoy India stories. Jitendra is a brilliant actor and TVF content always has very strong storylines. And so, Panchayat is a great addition to all the new shows and movies on Amazon Prime Video.
Never have I Ever
Mindy Kaling has ruled the romantic-comedy TV landscape lately, with her acclaimed Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot, which followed her fun but uneven comedy series The Mindy Project. All of us love and adore Indian-origin actress Mindy Kaling. But now she’s tackling girlhood, and all the ups and downs that come with it, in the Netflix comedy series Never Have I Ever. And if you are somebody who loves Kelly Kapoor from The Office, you cannot miss out on this series.Also, because it is inspired by her own childhood, where Mindy was a first generation Indian-American teenager. It’s a coming-of-age comedy and should not be missed. It is a 10-episode series will follow the trials and tribulations of a first-generation Indian American teenage girl.
Tales from the loop
A brand new original is releasing on Amazon Prime Video later this week. In this Sci-Fi series, the townspeople live above a machine called ‘The Loop’, which is built to unlock all the secrets of the universe. The trailer of this series will make you at least want to check out the first episode and soon enough, you will be hooked. The series, an anthology, takes place in a small town that’s home to a mega-machine whose purpose remains unclear. Tales from the Loop is maybe best understood as visual art, rather than a conventional narrative.
With its echoes of a beauty pageant and a far-distant culture, the title Mrs America perfectly captures the retro setting of this smart, colorful series about the 1970s battle to add the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the US Constitution. That amendment, which simply states that women cannot be deprived of rights on the basis of sex, was brought down almost singlehandedly by Phyllis Schlafly, played by Cate Blanchett. The hotstar series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped gave rise to the moral majority and forever shifted the political landscape. Each of its nine episodes feature several moments that try, with palpable urgency, to make its audience feel some pang of recognition, resentment, regret at how history hasn’t just shaken out, but repeated.
Money Heist: The Phenomenon
If you’re interested in learning more about Money Heist, a Netflix original series from Spain that tells the story of a team of thieves then you’ll want to check out this movie, which gives insight into the production of this cult fave. A documentary on how and why ‘Money Heist’ sparked a wave of enthusiasm around the world for a lovable group of thieves and their professor spills true stories from behind-the-scenes and it will keep you glued to your screens.
What are you watching these days, drop your suggestions in the comments section!