With Omicron hitting us where it hurts, we spent our time watching these underrated movies and TV series this January!
With Omicron spreading like wildfire, we spent a major part of January recovering from a fever, cold and incessant coughing which left us so weak that all we could do after was sit back in bed and watch underrated movies and TV series like Aranyak while downing cough syrup. Thanks to streaming platforms, sustaining multiple lockdowns, being sick and isolated is a lot more bearable given the terribly long list of content we have saved for later.
When there’s nothing better to do, we end up scrolling through Netflix or other platforms and we watch a movie or two even when we’re aware that it’s going to be rather weird and Chehre was exactly that for us! As exciting as the star cast was, the plot just didn’t work for the film. We also came across quality content like Late Night and Aranyak which kept us rather occupied this month! Oh and when nothing else worked, we binge-watched Season 5 of Chesapeake Shores for some much-needed comfort!
Here’s a short review on each of them!
It’s true, criminal justice in India looks an awful lot like a joke in a lot of matters but we’re not sure what Chehre is mad about in spite of spending a majority of the 2 hours 19 mins in monologues about the concept of justice, the Delhi gang rape, acid attacks and terrorism in India and ‘Chehre’. Starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, and a bunch of extremely talented actors, this movie sounds great on paper but simply drags onscreen. Directed by Rumi Jaffery, this terribly absurd movie tries very hard to be called a thriller!
Directed by Vinay Waikul, Aranyak is a small-town crime thriller that isn’t looking to make a statement, and that’s precisely why it works so well! It’s a simple jungle-based horror story coupled with politics and corruption divided into 8 episodes, each ending with a cliffhanger that leaves you engrossed throughout. Set in a fictional town called Sironah in Himachal Pradesh, this series follows Raveena Tandon and Parambrata Chatterjee on a wild goose chase of a murderer, rapist, and a half-man half-leopard creature according to folklore.
Written and co-produced by Mindy Kaling, this masterpiece is so refreshing with its almost free-of-drama screenplay even while talking about sexism in broadcasting during the #MeToo movement and gives us sheer brilliance in the form of Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling! Late Night on Netflix reminds me of Ugly Betty in the nicest way solely because of chemical plant worker turned comedy writer, Molly Patel who’s all about fixing what’s broken in ways only she can.
In spite of being directed by 11 different people, Chesapeake Shores is spread across 5 very soothing seasons with talks of a 6th season on the charts this year. It’s based on Sherryl Woods’s series of novels by the same name and has an extremely idyllic vibe! A small town near a water body, a big dysfunctional family navigating their way through past trauma and tragic relationships, a beautiful soundtrack, and a gorgeous bunch of O’Briens make this series just so watchable!
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