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COMING UP in August: Shershaah, Bhuj, Cartel


July saw many movies finding straight-to-OTT releases, what with Toofaan, Hungama 2, 14 Phere and Mimi arriving one after another.

August is set to be exciting as well with films like Bhuj – The Pride of India and Shershaah releasing on the Independence Day weekend.

Joginder Tuteja looks at August’s OTT releases.

Balcony Buddies
Where to watch: MX Player
Release date: August 1

The OTT medium has allowed experimentation, and this is where Balcony Buddies comes into the picture.

This is an interactive show, which is a unique experience for a viewer.

Aisha Ahmed and Amol Parashar come together as Balcony Buddies, which is about two youngsters communicating with each other from their balconies in the time of COVID.


Where to watch: ZEE5
Release date: August 6

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Manoj Bajpayee plays a cop who gets a call from a mystery lady, played by Neena Gupta, in Dial 100.

Soon, he and his wife Sakshi Tanwar find themselves in the midst of a nail-biting thriller.

Rensil D’Silva (Kurbaan) directs Dial 100.

Navarasa
Where to watch: Netflix
Release date: August 6

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Anthologies have become common, but with Mani Ratnam backing this one, Navarasa seems different.

Nine stories will be told, each with the different ‘dew‘ (anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder) being explored.

The cast is truly interesting with Siddharth, Vijay Sethupathi, Prakash Raj, Revathi, Suriya and Arvind Swamy amongst others, coming together.

Shershaah
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
Release date: August 12

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Ready for a year and patiently waiting for a theatrical release, Shershaah now arrives straight on the OTT.

The promo of this Sidharth Malhotra film was a pleasant surprise and has found much appreciation.

Produced by Karan Johar, this has been directed by Vishnu Vardhan (of Ajith’s Billa fame), and should be a good watch on Independence Day.

Bhuj: The Pride of India
Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar
Release date: August 13

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Bhuj: The Pride of India is the biggest film releasing on the OTT medium in 2021.

The kind of scale this Ajay Devgn starrer boasts of makes one sure that this one was meant for a theatrical viewing.

A film with strong patriotic flavour, this Abhishek Dudhaiya directed film co-stars Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt.

Maestro
Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar
Release date: August 12

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Though an official announcement is yet to come by, Telugu film Maestro may also arrive on the Independence Day weekend.

An official remake of Andhadhun with Nithiin reprising Ayushmann Khurrana’s role, this film also stars Tamannaah Bhatia and Nabha Naresh playing Tabu and Radhika Apte’s roles respectively.

One waits to see if Director Merlapaka Gandhi brings a new twist to the tale.

Spin
Where to watch: Disney+Hotstar
Release date: August 13

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A made-for-OTT film, Spin tells the story of a teenage girl Avantika Vandanapu, who is an American citizen and wants to pursue DJing as a hobby.

While she finds support from her father (Abhay Deol) and the rest of her family, what truly happens when she hits the deck is what Spinis about.

Cartel
Where to watch: ALTBalaji and MX Player
Release date: August 20

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Cartel takes us into the world of crime and carnage as it tells the story of gangsters.

Ekta Kapoor’s new Web series stars Supriya Pathak, Tanuj Virwani, Rithvik Dhanjani and Jitendra Joshi, and promises a lot of action and drama.

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