‘Pushpa: The Rise’, ‘The Tender Bar’, ‘This is Us’: what to watch on OTT platforms this week

An interesting lineup of films is slated for an OTT release over the next few days. From the action artist Pushpa: The Ascension, which recently hit theaters, to the coming-of-age movie The tender bar and the critically acclaimed Swahili drama Binti, moviegoers are spoiled for choice on weekends.

Pushpa: L’Ascension: Amazon Prime

Release Date: January 7

Pushpa: The Ascension is an action thriller starring Allu Arjun, Rashmika Mandanna and Fahadh Faasil. Directed by Sukumar, the film shows the rise of a young man, Pushpa Raj (Arjun), a little red sands smuggler on top of the contraband racket. Released in theaters on December 17, the film was praised for its brilliant action sequences, cinematography and catchy songs. The film also features Dhananjaya, Ajay Ghosh, Jagadeesh Prathap Bandari and Anasuya Bharadwaj. Samantha Ruth Prabhu makes a special appearance for the song “Oo Antava Oo Oo Antava”. The sequel, Pushpa: the rule is expected to start production this year.

Lakshya: Amazon Prime

Release Date: January 7

Sports drama in Telugu Lakshya, with Naga Shaurya in the lead, is the story of a promising archer who falls into a personal hell of drug and alcohol addiction following a tragic event. After failing the narcotics test and losing his sweetheart, Pardhu, played by Shaurya, decides to strike back and win the World Championship, aided by a practical new trainer, Parthasaradhi (Jagapathi Babu). Directed by Santhossh Jagarlapudi, the film, which hits theaters on December 10, promises many exciting moments for sports movie fans.

This is Us (Season 6): Disney + Hotstar

Release Date: January 5

Fans of the Pearson family are thrilled. The sixth and final season of Dan Fogelson’s comedy-drama about a single set of triplets will be released on Disney + Hotstar on January 5. The NBC show follows the lives of siblings Kevin, Kate and Randall and their parents Jack and Rebecca Pearson. The show, which takes place both in the present and in the 1980s, won a series of television awards and managed to grab the attention of international audiences with superb performances and intense storylines.

Anbarivu: Disney + Hotstar

Release Date: January 7

Tamil action drama Anbarivu, with Hiphop Tamizha Aadhi, Kashmira Pardeshi, Napoleon, Sai Kumar and Asha Sharath leading the way, promises to be a fun ride, according to the movie trailer. “A story of two brothers and a family artist. Sambavam begins January 7 on @DisneyPlusHS.” had tweeted the OTT platform, announcing the upcoming release of the film. The film is produced by Sathya Jyothi Films and the music is composed by Hiphop Tamizha.

The soft bar: Amazon Prime

Release Date: January 7

Directed by George Clooney and starring Ben Affleck, Tye Sheridan, Daniel Ranieri, Lily Rabe and Christopher Lloyd, The tender bar is a coming-of-age drama set in the 1970s. Adapted from the memoir of the same name by JR Moehringer, The tender bar tells the story of a young boy who moves into his grandfather’s house and befriends his uncle who is a bartender and some of the bar’s interesting patrons.

Binti: Netflix

Release Date: January 7

Dramatic film in Swahili Binti gained international attention after being screened at various international festivals. Binti, which means “young woman” in Swahili, tells the story of four four Tanzanian women — Tumaini, Angel, Stella and Rose — who are unconsciously bound to each other by their ability to endure extreme hardship in the city of Dar -es-Salaam. The film received rave reviews at festivals.


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