Pushpa The Rise, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, The Tender Bar: to see this weekend
Covid-19 may have kept us inside our homes again this weekend, but OTT is covering our entertainment needs. There are three films that should be on your watchlist this week. Ayushman Khurrana-Vaani Kapoor-starrer Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, on Netflix, is someone to turn to for a lot of drama and a tastefully delivered message. On Amazon Prime Video, Allu Arjun’s Pushpa arrives on the small screen, causing a sensation in theaters. Finally, The Tender Bar, directed by George Clooney, is aimed at drama lovers, but don’t expect much from this star player Ben Affleck.
Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui: Netflix
Ayushmann Khurrana and Vaani Kapoor’s film, which hit theaters in December, is now streaming on Netflix. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the romantic drama revolves around weightlifter Manu (Khurrana) and Zumba teacher Maanvi Brar (Kapoor). The two fall in love but problems begin to creep into their paradise when the truth about Maanvi’s sexuality comes to light.
Read Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui’s review here.
Pushpa: The Rise: Amazon Prime Video
The action thriller starring Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil is still going strong in theaters. But if you’re hesitant to visit a theater amid the coronavirus cases, the film is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Indianexpress.com film critic Manoj Kumar R appreciated Allu Arjun’s performance and wrote in his 3-star review: “Allu Arjun comes away with the film with his strong performance. He embraces her glamorous look and delivers a memorable performance. He also tickles our funny bone with his bromance with his sidekick.
Read the review of Pushpa: The Rise here.
Prison: Amazon Prime Video
GV Prakash star Kumar Jail, directed by Vasantha Balan, hit theaters on December 9, 2020. The action-crime thriller could not wow critics, but if you are a fan of GV Prakash Kumar, you can watch Jail for his performance.
Kaun Banegi Shikharwati: ZEE5
How do you put together a brilliant cast and then put on a bad show? Look at Kaun Banegi Shikharwati and get your answer. It stars Naseeruddin Shah, Soha Ali Khan, Lara Dutta, Kritika Kamra and Ananya Singh in the lead roles. If you’re still interested, Kaun Banegi Shikharwati is about an elderly king who decides to recall his four estranged daughters so he can give one of them his palace. But how does he decide who gets the palace? Through a series of games including table tennis, chess, cooking and more.
Read Kaun Banegi Shikharwati’s review here.
Humble Politiciann Nograj: Voot Select
The 10 episodic Kannada comedy series revolves around a corrupt and chauvinistic politician, Nograj, who embarks on an exciting journey from an MP to a most prestigious post in Karnataka – that of chief minister. It stars Danish Sait, Prakash Belawadi, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Tiku Talsania, Disha Madan, Varun Thakur, Shalini Narayan and Vijay Chendoor.
Velle: Amazon Prime Video
A Hindi remake of the 2019 Telugu movie Brochevaruevarura, Velle follows three best friends who plan to kidnap their school principal’s daughter, but their plan goes awry when she is kidnapped and the blame returns. At the same time, there’s an aspiring director telling a script to an established actor. At one point, the two narratives collide. Supported by Ajay Devgn, the film has Karan Deol in the lead role. It also stars Abhay Deol, Mouni Roy and Anya Singh.
Anbarivu: Disney + Hotstar
Tamil drama Anbarivu is directed by Aswin Raam. The official description for the film reads: “What happens when two worlds meet? Separated twins, Anbu and Arivu were raised in two worlds, one filled with blood and vengeance and the other with Wisdom and Peace. Anbu and Arivu are forced to leave their world. Will they be able to survive the challenges of their new worlds? It features Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi, Kashmira Pardeshi and Shivani Rajashekar, among others.
The Tender Bar: Amazon Prime Video
The Tender Bar is a coming-of-age story directed by George Clooney. It is based on the memoir of the same name by JR Moehringer in 2005. It revolves around a young boy (Tye Sheridan) who seeks a replacement for his father, a New York disc jockey who had disappeared before his son does not utter his first word. He finds solace in his uncle, played by Ben Affleck. The film also stars Daniel Ranieri, Lily Rabe and Christopher Lloyd. The Tender Bar has received a mixed response from critics and holds a 50% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.