Movie and webseries releases on the OTT platforms in India have become way more frequent than on silver screens. The pandemic, in 2020, forced the viewers to subscribe to platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Voot, SonyLIV, Zee5 and many others. Over the last many months, these platforms have gained popularity. Week over week, they release new content to keep the audience in India engaged and hooked.
While the cinema houses in India are managing to bag releases, several filmmakers and production houses in the country have seen a larger benefit in direct-to-OTT releases. Over the last few weeks, releases like Darlings, Indian Matchmaking – Season 2, Never Have I Ever – Season 3, Crash Course, Masaba Masaba – Season 2, Rangbaaz – Season 3, etc., have made a strong mark and captivated the audience.
Keeping up to the promise of releasing fresh, new, and interesting content, these five below-mentioned releases will be released across Indian OTT platforms this week (August 15 to 21, 2022)
|Raised by Wolves – S2||Amazon Prime Video||August 18||English|
|She-hulk: Attorney at Law – S1||Disney+ Hotstar||August 18||English|
|The Next 365 Days||Netflix||August 19||English|
|Yaanai||Zee 5||August 19||Tamil|
|Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga||Netflix||August 20||Hindi|
Raised by Wolves – Season 2 | Amazon Prime Video | August 18 | English
An HBO Max series, Raised by Wolves, revolves around a father and mother, termed as two androids who have been given the task of raising human children. Planet Earth gets destroyed post the great war and the responsibility of raising two children is now on Kepler-22b. The androids decide to raise the children by keeping them safe amidst the challenging situations whereby the race is threatened to be torn apart by religious differences making the existence a difficult task. The first season of Raised by Wolves was released in 2020, and as per reports, the second season will be the final season for this HBO Max series.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law | Disney+ Hotstar | August 19 | English
The eighth television series from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) focuses on the popular Marvel Comics character She-Hulk. Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, this web series is produced by Marvel Studios. Jennifer Walters played by Tatiana Maslany, is a lawyer by profession, who due to some unfortunate incidents transforms into a super strong, greener and a large version of herself, eventually to be known as She Hulk. The LA-based lawyer in her 30s specialises in superhuman-oriented legal cases but deals with being single and having a complicated life as a six-foot seven tall woman. The season 1 of She Hulk: Attorney by Law showcases interesting, hilarious and entertaining cases where her world is turned upside down, leaving her with no option to balance her life along with the superpowers. The first look of She Hulk was released by Marvel in May 2022. Reviews state that She Hulk: Attorney by Law – 9-episode, half-hour comedy on Disney+ Hostar, is different, unique and a joyful ride of showcasing ‘female empowerment.’
Duranga | Zee5 | August 19 | Hindi
Zee5’s new release Duranga is the first official adaptation of a K-Drama (Korean Drama Series) Flowers of Evil. The show stars popular actors Gulshan Devaiah and Drashti Dhami who play Sammit and Ira. Unfolding in three different timelines, Duranga is a story about Sammit, an ideal family man, becomes a part of his wife, inspector Ira’s murder investigation, where several evidences lead her to him, raising the question about Sammit’s life, which is either ‘perfect’ or the ‘perfect lie.’ The show on Zee5 is helmed by Goldie Behl and Shradha Singh; whereas the Korean show, Flower of Evil, starred Lee Joon Gi, Moon Chae Won.
TamilRockerz | SonyLIV | August 19 | Tamil
Piracy was and continues to be one of the major concerns faced by the Indian film fraternity. Before the dawn of OTT platforms, several websites on the internet were a hub for pirated films. Many users would visit these websites to download and watch movies before they were released. One such popular website in Tamil Nadu is TamilRockers. The story of SonyLIV’s new release ‘TamilRockerz’ is based on this website, which has shaken the industry down south over the last many years. The fraternity has come together to take action regarding the same, but despite court orders and notices, the website continues to function. TamilRockerz is a SonyLIV Tamil Original and first-ever webseries from AVM Productions, directed by Arivazhagan, starring Arun Vijay.
The Next 365 Days | Netflix | August 19 | English
Fans of the Netflix Original, 365 days, were eagerly waiting for the subsequent seasons of the popular drama. After the roaring success of the first two instalments, Netflix is all set to release the film, The Next 365 Days, on August 19. Based on the book of the same name, this part of the film will focus on Laura and Massimo’s relationship, which currently faces turbulence as they overcome trust issues. At the same time, a tenacious Nacho works to push them apart. As the wife of a dangerous Mafia boss in Sicily, her life is now bound to be a roller coaster where she will face risks. All they seek is to destroy the powerful man, but when his lady gets seriously injured in an attack during a fight to survive, Massimo will have to face the most challenging decision of his life, which raises worries about his life without Laura.
Highway| Aha| August 19| Telegu
Starring superstar Vijay Devarakonda’s brother, Anand Devarakonda, Aha release Highway is a psychological thriller about Vishnu, a photographer who falls in love with Tulasi, played by Manasa. She lives a very normal life until one day when she gets kidnapped by a serial killer, D. When life is going great, this incident changes their life. Vishnu now seeks help from inspector Asha Bharat to save his lady love. Questions arise if he would be able to save Tulasi on time. Highway is directed and written by K.V. Guhan and produced by Venkat Talari. Makers have also revealed that Highway stars popular Bollywood actor Abhishek Banerjee, who will entertain in a never-before-seen avatar. The film will hit Telugu screens on 19th August 2022. aha, has launched the teaser on 9th August. Vijay Devarakonda’s brother, Anand Devarakonda was earlier seen in films like Dorasaani, Middle Class Melodies and Pushpaka Vimanam.
Yaanai | Zee5 | August 19 | Tamil
The makers of ‘Yaanai’ have taken the meaning of the world, which in Tamil means Elephant, in the metaphorical sense. Starring Arun Vijay in the lead role, the story of this highly acclaimed film and upcoming Zee5 release revolves around the a man, his two wives and children, who face harsh realities of living together, leading to feuds and an accidental death. This difficult situation puts the family under unimaginable circumstances where the man of the house comes forward to protect his family, from the criminals. The team of ‘Yaanai’ compares this with the characterstic of the elephant which is known to closely protect the family. Yaanai was a theatrical release in July 2022 and received accolades for the depth of the plot and storytelling. Much to fans’ enthusiasm, the film is set to release on Zee5, on August 19, 2022. Produced under the banner Drumsticks production, Yaanai also stars renowned names like Priya Bhavani Shankar, Prakash Raj, Yogi Babu, Radhika Sarath Kumar, and KGF Ramachandra Raju
Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga | Netflix | August 20 | Hindi
Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga was one of the theatrical releases of 2022. The film received mixed reviews from the audience and critics. Based on the true story, Sherdil: The Pilibhit Saga revolves around Gangaram (Pankaj Tripathi), a Sarpanch of Jhundao village. The villagers are troubled by a tiger often noticed in the fields. Understanding the risks and implications, the government decides to release a scheme to tackle the matter. However, officials choose to award the family of the villager with a cash reward of INR 10 lakh if they are killed by a tiger while strolling or working in the fields. Gangaram plans to take the risk and decides to go to the forest. The thought here is to die due to a tiger attack to get the money from the government scheme. The film focuses on him taking the risk for the betterment of his family and the villagers.