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Samrat Prithviraj, Dhaakad and Keedam Lead OTT Release This Week 1 July 2022

Big OTT release this week that did poorly in theatres.

This week’s list of Indian content on OTT platforms includes several films that did not fare well in theatres. When we say this, we’re referring to the Telugu film Virata Parvam and the Hindi films Samrat Prithviraj and Dhaakad. The fact that they did not perform well in theatres does not necessarily imply that they are bad films. Virata Parvam, in particular, is said to be a brave misfire. But, in any case, all three films generated a lot of buzzes. As a result, we’ve included the three in our weekly list. Our line-up consists of the Malayalam film Keedam and the Kannada film Dear Vikram.

Other new releases on streaming platforms this week include the Tamil and Telugu web series Any as Tutorial on Aha and the Hindi film Operation Romeo on Netflix.

The Lead OTT Release This Week

Dhakad OTT Release This Week
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DHAAKAD

Director: Razneesh ‘Razy’ Ghai

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Arjun Rampal, Diya Dutta, Saswata Chatterjee, Sharib Hashmi

Language: Hindi

Platform: Zee5

Release date: July 1, 2022.

Kangana Ranaut is impossible to ignore, whether you like her or dislike her. The actress known for her temper tantrums believes her films are being targeted by vested interests and that negativity is spreading around them. Of course, this is her perspective on Dhaakad’s failure. Her performance in the film, on the other hand, was lively. She did make people sit up and take notice in an action role. Her efforts, however, have been recognized by some who believe that Dhaakad was a box office flop because two other films were released around the same time, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 and Top Gun: Maverick, were box office smashes.

SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ OTT Release This Week
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SAMRAT PRITHVIRAJ

Director: Chandraprakash Dwivedi

Cast: Akshay Kumar, Sanjay Dutt, Sonu Sood, Manushi Chhillar, Manav Vij, Ashutosh Rana, Sakshi Tanwar

Language: Hindi

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Release date: July 1, 2022.

There was a lot of excitement when Samrat Prithviraj was announced as the director alongside veteran Chandraprakash Dwivedi, who is known for making interesting historical films. The brawny Akshay Kumar was also made for the role of the brave king. However, the film did not appear to have enthralled the audience. The film was released in theatres on June 3 and is now available on Netflix.

However, the film was lavishly produced, and Akshay Kumar’s performance as Prithviraj Chauhan of the Chahamana dynasty was impressive. The film is based on the epic poem ‘Prithviraj Raso’ by poet Chand Vardai. Akshay stated, “In my three-decade career, I have never played such a significant historical role. I consider myself fortunate to have been cast in the role of Samrat Prithviraj Chauhan.” Manushi Chillar made her Bollywood debut in the film as well.

VIRATA PARVAM OTT Release This Week
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VIRATA PARVAM

Director: Venu Udugula

Cast: Rana Daggubati, Sai Pallavi, Priyamani, Nivetha Pethuraj, Nandita Das, Naveen Chandra

Language: Telugu

Platform: Netflix

Release date: July 1, 2022.

This Telugu film was only released in theatres on June 17, and despite the one-month window for OTT release, it will now be available on Netflix beginning July 1. It’s unclear how it broke the unwritten rule of filmmaking. However, the story of the film is also about the Naxals breaking the rules.

The story, which appears to be based on true events from the early 1990s, revolves around Telangana region Naxal Comrade Ravanna, who goes by the alias Aranya. Vennela, a fan of Comrade Ravanna’s works, is played by Sai Pallavi. The film intriguingly combines romance and politics. However, the concoction did not go over well with the audience.

KEEDAM OTT Release This Week
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KEEDAM

Director: Rahul Riji Nair

Cast: Rajisha Vijayan, Sreenivasan, Vijay Babu, Manikandan Pattambi, Renjit Shekar Nair

Language: Malayalam

Platform: Zee5

Release date: July 1, 2022.

National award winner Rahul Riji Nair is one of Malayalam’s talented young directors. This is his second collaboration with the talented Rajisha Vijayan, following the sports story Kho Kho. That movie was a little predictable and underwhelming. However, the duo is attempting a different genre together. This is a thriller about cybercrime.

Rajisha plays a cyber security expert, and Sreenivasan, a veteran actor, plays her father, a retired lawyer. When it was released in theatres, the film received generally positive reviews. Keedam is a thriller about a tech expert who uses her cellphone to harass men. She is a rule follower, but she is forced to seek vigilante justice because her stalkers do not follow any accepted norms. The film avoids moralistic preaching, which is a good thing.

DEAR VIKRAM OTT Release This Week
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DEAR VIKRAM

Director: K S Nandeesh

Cast: Sathish Neenasam, Shraddha Srinath, Vasishta N Simha, Raksha Somashekhar, Achyuth Kumar, Sonu Gowda

Language: Kannada

Platform: Voot Select

Release date: June 30, 2022.

This is a direct-on-OTT release that holds a lot of promise. This, like Virata Parvam, is a romantic comedy with a political undertone. This is also the season’s second film with the name Vikram title in it.

In an era of cancel culture, the film explores how personal politics can devastate relationships. The plot revolves around an idealistic journalism student who believes in fighting for what is right. His love interest is also a person of strong convictions —- she believes in the value of education. However, the two’s love life is not without incident, as their politics cast a shadow on it. Shraddha Srinath, the film’s female lead, is an underappreciated performer. This could be her breakthrough film.

Previous week’s OTT release Recommendations.

FORENSIC OTT Release this week
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FORENSIC

Director: Vishal Furia

Cast: Vikrant Massey, Radhika Apte, Rohit Roy, Prachi Desai, and Vindu Dara Singh

Language: Hindi

Platform: Zee5

Release date: June 24, 2022.

This psychological thriller is a remake of the same-named Malayalam film from 2020. Tovino Thomas and Mamta Mohandas played the forensics expert and police officer, respectively, in the original.

The film is set in Mussoorie and follows a forensic expert and a cop as they try to find a killer who murders young girls on their birthdays. While preliminary evidence and forensic data point to the killer being a young child, this proves to be a red herring in the end. The plot then takes an unexpected turn. Despite his sincerity and earnestness, Vikrant Massey’s previous OTT release, Love Hostel, was a flop. Radhika Apte, who was one of the first to enter the OTT space, has also had a quiet few months.

MASOOM OTT Release This Week
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MASOOM

Director: Mihir Desai

Cast: Boman Irani, Samara Tijori, Upasana Singh, Manjari Fadnnis, Veer Rajwant Singh

Language: Hindi

Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

Release date: June 17, 2022

Boman Irani makes his series debut in this one. And any offering that includes him is worth a look right away. Masoom is also directed by one of the directors of the critically acclaimed Mirzapur. So there’s that as well. The series also stars Samara Tijori, the lovely daughter of late actor Deepak Tijori.

Masoom is the Indian version of the popular Irish television series Blood. Sophie Petzal created the original, which starred Carolina Main and Adrian Dunbar. It was about familial bonds, memories, and the influence of the past on the present. The plot of this thriller mystery series revolves around a daughter’s investigation into her mother’s death. Her father does not leave smelling like roses. Her family’s history is shrouded in deception.

THE BROKEN NEWS OTT Release This Week
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THE BROKEN NEWS

Director: Vinay Vaikul

Cast: Sonali Bendre, Jaideep Ahlawat, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Indraneil Sengupta, Faisal Rashid, Kiran Kumar

Language: Hindi

Platform: Zee5

Release date: June 10, 2022.

Sonali Bendre makes her digital debut in the series. In this adaptation of the BBC series Press, the cancer survivor plays a news anchor. The plot revolves around the rivalry between two news channels. One follows the rules. The other prefers exaggerated sensationalism. Awaaz Bharati is one of them. Josh is available at all times.

This series should resonate with many people in India, where the news media focuses on making news rather than breaking numerous contemporary references add to the intrigue. The cast also livens up the proceedings. Jaideep Ahlawat is always a safe bet. Shriya Pilgaonkar, from Guilty Minds, is also one of the main characters. This should propel her to new heights.

TWENTY ONE GRAMS OTT Release This Week
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TWENTY ONE GRAMS

Director: Bibin Krishna 

Cast: Anoop Menon, Renji Panicker, Leona Lishoy, Lena, Manasa Radhakrishnan, Anu Mohan

Language: Malayalam

Platform: Disney+ Hotstar 

Release date: June 10, 2022.

Malayalam cinema’s favourite genre is the murder investigation. Or so it appears. In this film, two siblings are murdered on consecutive days, and a police officer, who is also grieving the loss of a family member, is assigned to solve the case. However, the life of the sleuthing cop becomes entwined with the case. The film is about how he solves its puzzles and his emotional investment in it.

The director cleverly keeps the suspense lingering, and he manages to keep the needle of suspicion hovering between the various suspects we see on screen until the very end. That is the distinguishing feature of good genre writing.

SARKARU VAARI PAATA OTT Release This Week
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SARKARU VAARI PAATA

Director: Parasuram Petla

Cast: Mahesh Babu, Keerthy Suresh, Vennela Kishore, Subbaraju

Language: Telugu

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Release date: June 23, 2022.

The film was released in theatres in mid-May, and despite being labelled as a formulaic masala film, it was well-received by audiences. It was dubbed a financial success because it played to sold-out crowds.

Sarkaru Vaari Paata is an action comedy film about a finance agent who is duped by a woman and the latter’s father, a politician and industrialist. What begins as a love story quickly devolves into an ego clash between two men and then into a cinematic rant against the banking system. It’s a typical summer holiday release, complete with humour, action, drama, and emotions.

It should be noted that the film was also controversial due to the hero infantilizing and slapping his supposed girlfriend. There were numerous instances of politically incorrect handling of ideas. That is, however, par for the course in Telugu masala films.

O2 OTT Release This Week
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O2

Director: GS Viknesh

Cast: Nayanthara, Ritvick

Language: Tamil

Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

Release date: June 17, 2022.

Nayanthara is making headlines, especially in South India, because she recently married her long-time friend Vignesh Sivan, who is also a director. His film Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal, starring her and Samantha, was released a few weeks ago on the same Disney+ Hotstar platform. However, O2 is an OTT direct release, and Nayanthara is its sole calling card in terms of cast. And, among Tamil actresses today, only Nayanthara has the marketing clout to make a film popular with the general public.

O2, directed by a protégé of Venkat Prabhu (famous for his comedic films), is a serious survivor thriller. Nayanthara and her son, who suffers from asthma, are caught in a bus accident. He requires a constant oxygen supply, but the bus is stuck in a deep pit. So the story is about what happens and how a desperate mother goes to any length to save her child. So it appears from the trailer. The film was shot entirely in Chennai’s Film City.

KUTTAVUM SHIKSHAYUM OTT Release This Week
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KUTTAVUM SHIKSHAYUM

Director: Rajeev Ravi

Cast: Asif Ali, Sunny Wayne, Alencier Ley Lopez, Sharaf U Dheen, Senthil Krishna, Dinesh Pradhan

Language: Malayalam

Platform: Netflix

Release date: June 24, 2022.

Police procedurals are not uncommon in Malayalam cinema. It has made the genre its own. Kuttavum Shikshayum is another name to add to the impressive list. This is a part police investigation, part travelogue. The atmosphere is low-key for an investigation film, but it fits and works for the film. Without fanfare, films like Unda and Nayattu showed the human side of the men in uniform. There is no attempt to glorify the profession here, either.

The plot revolves around a five-person police team on the hunt for the perpetrators of a mysterious robbery. It is inspired by a true story. Sibi Thomas, a real-life police officer, wrote Kuttavum Shikshayum based on his own experiences. The producers are working on a sequel.

JAYAMMA PANCHAYATHI OTT Release This Week
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JAYAMMA PANCHAYATHI

Director: Vijay Kumar Kalivarapu

Cast: Suma Kanakala, Devi Prasad, Dinesh Kumar Kadambala, Shalini Kondepudi

Language: Telugu

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Release date: June 14, 2022.

If you had watched Telugu television even casually over the last twenty years, you would not have missed Suma Kanakala. Suma, with his throaty voice, has hosted countless TV shows and film-related events for nearly three decades. In that sense, she is a minor legend. She has previously appeared in films, but Jayamma Panchayathi represents a sort of comeback for her.

The story revolves around a woman from a wealthy family whose finances have run dry due to medical treatment for her ailing husband. She must now find a way to pay for her husband’s medical bills. And she tries a novel method to entice the villagers. However, it does not work. So, what is her exit strategy? Apart from chronicling the trials of a dedicated wife, the film also touches on the caste equations that exist in our villages. In addition, the film masters the slang of North Andhra.

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