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From Gaslight to Murder Mystery 2: Films to watch on OTT this weekend

Here is a list of the latest releases of sitcoms and films on OTT platforms for you to binge-watch

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Weekends are synonymous with binge-watching films and series on OTT platforms. With each week, comes a myriad shows and films which might confuse cinema buffs.

If you need an unwinding session as the new month of April begins, here is a list of the latest releases on OTT platforms that you can binge-watch with your pyjamas on and take that much-needed break.

Gaslight

A mystery-thriller film, Gaslight stars Sara Ali Khan, Chitrangada Singh and Vikrant Massey. It follows the story of a paraplegic girl who returns to her royal family palace in Mayagrah after 15 years, after being invited by her estranged father. On reaching the estate, she finds her father is missing which makes her suspicious and she decides to uncover the secrets. Helmed by Pavan Kirpalani, the film was released on March 31 on Disney+Hotstar.

Shehzada

Starring Kartik Aaryan (as Bantu) and Kriti Sanon, Shehzaada is a comedy-drama about a life-altering event for Bantu. Bantu is disliked and ignored by his father since he was a toddler. After growing up, he finds out that he was switched at birth with a millionaire’s son, and his real parents are the wealthy and famous Jindals. Bantu decides to protect them against any harm that comes their way to prove to be the true Shehzada. Directed by Rohit Dhawan, the film is streaming on Netflix from April 1.

Murder Mystery 2

Murder Mystery 2 is a sequel to the very popular comedy mystery film of 2019, Murder Mystery, starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a couple Nick and Audrey Spitz, respectively. The couple has just launched their detective agency and find themselves in the middle of an uncalled case of abduction, when their friend Maharajah is abducted from his wedding on a private island. The film follows how the Spitz goes to Paris with ransom to bring Maharajah back. The film released on Netflix on March 31.

Almost Pyaar With DJ Mohabbat

Written and directed by Anurag Kashyap, this film is a musical romantic drama starring debutante Karan Mehta and Alaya F, both playing double roles. The film made its world premiere at the 2022 Marrakech Film Festival. The plot is about two incomplete love stories set in parallel universes, which face cast and class discrimination. It also has a special appearance by Vicky Kaushal. Almost Pyaar is now premiering on Netflix.

Ayothi

R. Manthira Moorthy makes his directorial debut with this Tamil action drama. Ayothi is based on a real story, showing human values and emotions through a family. The eldest male of the family is a patriarch and misbehaves with his wife. On a Deepavali night, the family visits Rameswaram where the mother dies after meeting with an accident. As the family faces this tragedy, they receive help from Sasikumar, a stranger, who turns every stone to help them. The film released on ZEE5 on March 31 and features Sasikumar and Preethi Asrani in titular roles.

United Kacche

Sunil Grover is back with his unmatched comic timing in this fun drama. The series tells the story of Tango (Sunil Grover), who had to mortgage his ancestral property in Punjab to fulfil his dream of shifting to England. He becomes an illegal immigrant, known as Kaccha, and faces the hardships of trying to make it in a new world. The story follows his story of finding love in a foreign land and avoiding deportation for as long as he can. The series is streaming on ZEE5 starting March 31.

The Power

Based on a New York Times bestseller written by Naomi Alderman, The Power is a thrilling science fiction drama following the stories of some teenage girls who get the ability to release electric jolts from the tip of their fingers. This power becomes unstoppable and starts spreading to all the women of the world, causing disturbances that need to be rectified soon. The film is streaming on Amazon Prime Video from March 31.

Pathaan

Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, Pathaan became one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of all time. The film was released on Amazon Prime Video on March 22 and is still being loved by fans. It follows the story of a RAW agent who needs to fight his past and stop a terrorist, essayed by John Abraham, trying to harm the country. The film is available in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. 

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Pankaj Tripathi pooh-poohs joining politics rumour, says still busy with acting

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Pankaj Tripathi, one of India’s finest actors in the contemporary era, has refuted recent rumours that he would enter politics.

The actor said he is committed to his acting career. Known for his performance as Kaleen Bhaiya in the hit web-series Mirzapur, Tripathi asserted acting is his priority. “Abhi toh filhaal acting ki dukaan achi chal rahi hai (Right now, the acting is keeping me busy),” Tripathi said in an interview.

As Tripathi was currently engrossed in the upcoming Mirzapur 3, he hinted at the dynamic power shifts in Purvanchal but did not reveal much, saying he has only seen his scenes as of now. Tripathi’s performance, though relatively shorter in this latest season, came in for praise.

Tripathi is flush with diverse projects. He will first be seen in Stree 2, slated for an August 15 release, re-essaying his role from the 2018 hit along with Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor in its sequel. Anurag Basu’s much-anticipated sequel, “Ludo: Metro In Dino”, completes the mix of categories and storylines for him.

Beginning with animation, Tripathi has walked a path of artistic integrity in Indian cinema and ruthless hunt of excellence. With such a varied collection running the range of types of platforms, he was to accomplish the inspiration of talent and dedication—gripping audiences time and again with new roles.

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Three scary posters announce trailer release of Shraddha Kapoor’s Stree 2

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With the trailer of Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao-starrer Stree 2 due to be released on July 18, actor Shraddha Kapoor shared three posters of the film on Instagram.

The release of the highly anticipated sequel to 2018’s Stree is not too far away. The film stars Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao, the sequel is to be released ahead of Independence Day 2024.

After the release of the teaser, the maker will now unveil the movie trailer on July 18. Shraddha has attempted to show a glimpse of the horror in the new film to get viewers excited for the trailer’s launch.

In one poster shared on Instagram, a hand can be seen holding a braid, which appears to be glowing with a bolt of lightning. A shadow is visible in the background, and the line “O Stree Raksha Karna” is also written on top of the poster along with the film’s title Sarkate Ka Aatank, and the poster’s bottom has 2 days written on it.

The second poster shows Shraddha’s character fighting the evil spirit with her braid and the caption says “Aatank jab Chanderi par chhaya tab sabko 1 hi nara yaad aya o stree raksha karna (When terror is let loose in Chanderi, people recalled only one slogan, woman protect us)”. And on the third poster, it says she’s coming to protect everyone from the powers  of the black power in just two days.

The Stree 2 cast features Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khurana. Presented by Jio Studios and Dinesh Vijan, the film is directed by Amar Kaushik and produced by Vijan and Jyoti Deshpande. Written by Niren Bhatt, the film’s cinematography is by Jishnu Bhattacharjee.

The film has special appearance galore, they include Varun Dhawan, Tamannaah Bhatia and Akshay Kumar. The film will also stream on Amazon Prime Video after its release.

Stree 2, howeve, will clash at the box office with Akshay Kumar and Taapsee Pannu’s Khel Khel Mein as well as John Abraham and Sharavari Wagh’s Vedaa, which are also releasing on the same date.

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Kalki 2898 AD box office collection day 16: Prabhas movie smashes Rs 1000 crore mark worldwide

The film’s success is proof of Ashwin’s hard work and dedication to the entire cast and crew.

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In a sensational comeback, superstar Prabhas has set the box office fire with his latest film, ‘Kalki 2898 AD’. As compared to the other latest films like Indian 2 in the south and Sarfira in the north, the blockbuster ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ is performing well at the box office and crossed the Rs 1000 crore mark worldwide as it enters its third week of release.

Directed by Nag Ashwin, the science-fiction epic, Kalki, has made a record by crossing the Ra 1000 crore mark worldwide in just 16 days. This remarkable beat has not only re-established Prabhas as a powerhouse in the film industry but also set the movie’s status as a global blockbuster.

The movie has been popular in the Telugu-speaking states, which was expected since that’s Prabhas’s home region. On its day 16, the Telugu version of the film earned Rs 1.4 crore and the Hindi version made over twice that amount.

‘Kalki 2898 AD’ takes audiences on a thrilling journey to a terrifying future. The film’s stunning visuals, gripping storyline, and stellar performance of Prabhas as Kalki and other cast captivated viewers worldwide. The film’s success is proof of Ashwin’s hard work and dedication to the entire cast and crew.

Apart from Prabhas, the film boasts a star-studded cast, including Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, and Kamal Haasan. Each actor has carried an unforgettable performance, adding deepness and richness to the film’s story. Deepika Padukone, in particular, has received praise for her role, showcasing her versatility as an actress.

Ashwin as a director is basically known for his unique storytelling and visionary approach, and in ‘Kalki 2898 AD’, he pushes the boundaries of Indian cinema. He has recently mentioned that around 20 days of filming have already been completed for the sequel, though it doesn’t yet have a release date.

In conclusion, “Kalki 2898 AD” is not just a movie; it’s a phenomenon. The film’s unprecedented success has set new records and raised the bar for Indian cinema. Prabhas’s triumphant return with this sci-fi epic is a testament to his talent and resilience. As the film continues to make waves worldwide, it is clear that “Kalki 2898 AD” will be remembered as a landmark film in the history of Indian cinema.

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