In our Streaming Guide series, we list the works of a filmmaker or actor available on streaming platforms such as ZEE5, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube.
This edition features the Bollywood directorial duo of Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, who are credited with films such as Shor in the City, Happy Ending, Go Goa Gone and Unpaused. The second season of their web series The Family Man 2 was released Friday.
99 Stream on: YouTube
Starring Kunal Kemmu, Soha Ali Khan, Cyrus Broacha, Boman Irani, Mahesh Manjrekar, Vinod Khanna, Amit Mistry and Simone Singh, 99 captures the fear and life of Y2K in a newly liberalized India. Two good-hearted crooks from Mumbai (Kunal and Cyrus) run a small but thriving business in fake SIM cards. They are forced to work for a fat loan shark (Mahesh Manjrekar) and get a bad loan back from a hopeless liar (Boman Irani). The film is packed with hilarious sequences and was promising.
Shor in the City Streaming on: AltBalaji
With Shor in town, directors Raj & DK gave us some lovable characters we meet through the film’s story and showed Bombay in its true essence. It featured actors Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Radhika Apte, Pitobash Tripathy, Nikhil Dwivedi, Girija Oak, Sundeep Kishan and Preeti Desai. The crime saga revolves around the five main characters who fight hard for survival in the crime-laden city. Special mention for the Sachin-Jigar soundtrack.
Go Goa Gone Streaming on: Eros Now Saif Ali Khan as Boris in Go Goa Gone.
The protagonists of Saif Ali Khan, Kunal Kemmu, Vir Das and Anand Tiwari can be classified as cult films. It was Bollywood’s first attempt at making a movie about a zombie apocalypse. It revolved around a rave party where all the guests turn into zombies. With the elements of horror, action and comedy added in just the right amount, Go Goa Gone is a movie not to be missed. The witty dialogues and top performances of the cast are like icing on the cake.
Happy Ending will be streamed on: Eros Now In Happy Ending, Govinda plays a fading movie star who makes desperate attempts to save his stardom.
Saif Ali Khan’s Yudi and Ileana D’Cruz’s Aanchal are just like any other couple, loving and irritating each other in equal measure. Both are novelists who split up after a passionate time together. But is that the end of their story or is it the start of a new journey? In a fast-paced story laced with their quirky urban humour, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK’s film has all the tropes of a rom-com. It serves all fans of the genre well. But don’t enter it with a lot of expectations.
A Gentleman Streaming on: Disney Plus Hotstar Jacqueline Fernandez and Sidharth Malhotra in A Gentleman.
A Gentleman is a stylish film with handsome protagonists, Sidharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez. The action-comedy tells the story of a man disguised as a simple, boring tech, played by Sidharth. In her review of the film, Shubhra Gupta wrote: “Some of the events, especially the light-hearted banter between Malhotra and his colleague, played by Hussain Dalal, are fun. And while we focus entirely on the eye candy on display (there is plenty evidence that Malhotra and Fernandez both have washboard abs and other whistle-worthy attributes), we also wish there was a little more comic book energy in the film.
The Family Man Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video Manoj Bajpayee in a still from The Family Man Season 2. (Photo: Amazon Prime Video)
The Manoj Bajpayee-led web series became a pioneer for many Hindi spy thrillers on the OTT platforms. With its tight script, witty dialogues and top-notch performances, it became one of the best Indian web series. It tells the life of an intelligence officer Srikant Tiwari who struggles hard to maintain a work-life balance. The second season of the series came out on June 4 with much delay.
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Unpaused Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video Unpaused is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Unpaused is an anthology that aims to show the importance of moving on and finding new beginnings when things look bleak. It contains five short films directed by Raj and DK, Nitya Mehra, Nikkhil Advani, Tannishtha Chatterjee and Avinash Arun. Raj and DK helped Glitch with Gulshan Devaiah and Saiyami Kher in the lead roles. The first plays a hypochondriac who meets a beautiful, interesting woman on a blind date. The story is set in the present when people follow social distancing norms.