By Pranay Dewani Jan. 05, 2020
The first few days of January can seem gloomy and it’s probably the best time to fall back on your streaming subscriptions. We, the good folks at Arré, have some recommendations that should help you cope with the post-holiday blues.
You’ve had enough of the binge-drinking in the last week of December and post-holiday blues are probably setting in. Chances are you have said goodbye to friends and family, and come Monday, it’s back to business. The first week of January can be gloomy and there is only one thing that can get you through this – your streaming subscriptions. At least that’s how we plan to cope. In our new weekly series, Arré Recommends, we tell you what the good folks at Arré can’t stop bingeing.
BINGE IT RIGHT AWAY
If you’re still disappointed over the Game of Thrones finale, might we suggest an upgrade? Presenting The Witcher, a new fantasy drama that has the world debating if Henry Cavill’s Geralt is the love-child of Daenerys and Superman. Expect sorceresses, wizards, peasants, some bare skin, and plenty of blood and gore. Eight episodes seem like just the right amount for a Sunday, doesn’t it?
Where to watch: Netflix
If you’re not in a rush to watch what everyone else is watching, here’s an underrated gem for you: The Leftovers. Imagine if two per cent of the world disappeared one day. They didn’t die, contract a deadly virus, or were killed in a terrorist attack. Instead, roughly 140 million people around the world just vanished into thin air – babies disappeared from strollers, and the drivers of cars evaporated. Yep, that’s the premise of the three-season long The Leftovers. The world is always ending, but it’s also always beginning. Intrigued? We thought so.
Where to watch: Hotstar
WHAT INDIA IS TALKING ABOUT
In news that couldn’t get any more absurd, the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur has set up a panel to investigate if Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s “Hum Dekhenge” – the protest anthem for anti-CAA protests across the country – is “anti-Hindu”. Faiz’s powerful words that had once channelled Pakistan’s frustration with Zia-ul-Haq’s Islamist dictatorship now stand the risk of being communalised. If there was any doubt that freedom of speech is becoming a joke in India, this settles it. If you’re in the mood for some dissent, might we suggest Nandita Das’s exquisite Manto, a biopic of Faiz’s contemporary, Saadat Hasan Manto. At a time when the establishment’s suppression of voices continue at an alarming frequency, Manto, which dares to question such regressive politics, is more relevant than ever. Watch it before it is branded “anti-national”.
Where to watch: Netflix
Manto, which dares to question establishment’s suppression of voices, is more relevant than ever.
HERE FOR THE LAUGHS
The news these days is all too bleak and we could all do with a good laugh. Luckily for you, Broadcity’s Ilana Glazer just dropped her new comedy special, The Planet Is Burning. In it, she talks about how our planet is literally burning, in part due to how little governments across the world seem to care. (We are looking at you Scott Morrison.) But Glazer’s special is not all despair; she sees hope in our youth.
Where to watch: Amazon Prime
BEST OF BOLLYWOOD
Abhishek Chaubey’s Sonchiriya has topped almost every end-of-the-year-list as the best Hindi film of 2019. In case you didn’t manage to catch the criminally underwatched film on the big screen, (it disappeared from the theatres in less than a week), this week is the perfect time to cross it off your must-watch list. Go watch it before the movies of 2020 start vying for your attention? Set in 1975 Chambal, Sonchiriya follows a group of ruthless bandits who struggle to come to terms with their existential crises. Not only does it feature impeccable performances by Bhumi Pednekar and Manoj Bajpayee, but it is replete with easter eggs for fans of Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen.
Where to watch: Zee5
Take your pick, tuck yourself in, and let the streaming begin.