New OTT Releases This Week: Bhediya, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, The Light in Your Eyes and Other New Movies and Web Series

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The last week of May 2023 comes with a remarkable lineup of OTT releases encompassing a variety of genres, languages, and narratives. From Hindi films that explored human complexities to international gems that pushed the boundaries of storytelling, and regional language offerings that celebrated the rich storytelling of Indian cinema, this week proved to be a treasure trove for entertainment enthusiasts.

Fans of Hindi content can watch the intriguing releases during this eventful week. Manoj Bajpayee’s release Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai will stream on Zee5. The second season of Crackdown – a thrilling web series, will be making its way to JioCinema. Meanwhile, Varun Dhawan starrer blockbuster ‘Bhediya’ will have its digital premiere on the same platform after a long wait.

The lineup will not be complete without some highly anticipated international releases. Netflix will stream ‘Missing,’ a gripping thriller that unravels a captivating mystery. Meanwhile, Disney+ Hotstar will entertain the audience with American Born Chinese, an adaptation of the critically acclaimed graphic novel that explores identity and culture.

On the regional front, Simply South will be streaming Bharatha Circus and Deiva Machan this week. Furthermore, Amazon Prime Video will cater to Malayalam audiences with the blockbuster film ‘Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum’, which captivates with its unique storytelling. Telugu viewers were treated to the highly anticipated third season of Geetha Subramanyam along with the engaging drama Sathi Gani Rendu Ekaralu on Aha Video, and supernatural thriller Boo on JioCinema

This Week’s Best OTT Releases to Binge-Watch

Title OTT Platform OTT Release Date Language
Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai Zee5 23-May Hindi
Geetha Subramanyam: S3 Aha Video 23-May Telugu
Bewafa Sanam JioCinema 24-May Bhojpuri
Missing Netflix 24-May English
American Born Chinese Disney+ Hotstar 24-May English
The Light in Your Eyes MX Player 24-May English
Intertwined 2 Disney+ Hotstar 24-May English
Mother’s Day Netflix 24-May Polish
Crackdown S2 JioCinema 25-May Hindi
Fubar S1 Netflix 25-May English
Bharatha Circus Simply South 26-May Malayalam
Fire in the Mountain SonyLIV 26-May Hindi
Sathi Gani Rendu Ekaralu Aha Video 26-May Telugu
Rajneeti Hoichoi 26-May Bengali
Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum Amazon Prime Video 26-May Malayalam
Deiva Machan Simply South 26-May Tamil
Bhediya JioCinema 26-May Hindi
City of Dreams S3 Disney+ Hotstar 26-May Hindi
Boo JioCinema 26-May Telugu

Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai | Zee5

The upcoming Zee5 release, Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai, is a compelling courtroom drama featuring renowned Bollywood actors. Inspired by actual events, this film unravels the gripping tale of a sessions court lawyer who embarks on a protracted legal battle against a self-proclaimed godman accused of assaulting a young girl. As the story unfolds, audiences bear witness to a series of events that test whether justice will prevail. Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai delves into the complexities of the legal system and the pursuit of righteousness.

Where to Watch: Zee5

IMDb Rating: 8.6/10

Genre: Crime, Drama

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Jai Hind Kumar and others

Geetha Subramanyam: S3 | Aha Video

After two successful seasons, the makers of Geetha Subramanyam are back with yet another season of the show. The premise of this romantic drama revolves around the lives of Geetha and Subramanyam, a couple navigating the intricacies of a live-in relationship. Their amusing and adorable arguments become the heart of this captivating narrative, providing an endearing and entertaining experience. As the story unfolds, we witness their gradual realization that they are truly meant to be together, showcasing the evolution of their bond over time.

Where to Watch: Aha Video

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Genre: Romance, Drama

Cast: Abhignya, Nakshatra, and others

Bewafa Sanam | JioCinema

The premise of the Bhojpuri film Bewafa Sanam, revolves around romance and betrayal, where Sandhya, according to her father’s wish, marries Prem and moves to London. However, she begins to suspect Prem after seeing him together with a girl named Neha. Will Sandhya be able to save her marriage with Prem?

Where to Watch: JioCinema

Genre: Drama, Romance

Cast: Pawan Singh, Smrity Sinha

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Missing | Netflix

Sequel to the famous film – Searching, this 2023 release, Missing, is a thriller that follows the story of June Allen, a teenager who tries to find her missing mother after she disappears on vacation in Colombia with her new boyfriend. June’s search for answers is hindered by international red tape, so she creatively uses all the latest technology at her fingertips to try and find her mother before it’s too late. However, as she digs deeper, her digital sleuthing soon raises more questions than answers.

Where to Watch: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Storm Reid, Joaquim de Almeida, and others

American Born Chinese | Disney+ Hotstar

Presented as a fantasy comedy-drama television series, American Born Chinese is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Gene Luen Yang. The series follows Jin Wang, a Chinese-American teenager who struggles with his identity in a predominantly white American culture. When he meets a foreign exchange student named Wei-Chen, he finds himself pulled into a battle among the Gods of Chinese mythology.

Where to Watch: Disney+ Hotstar

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Action, Comedy

Cast: Ben Wang, Daniel Wu, and others

The Light in your Eyes | MX Player

Presented as a comedy drama, The Light in Your Eyes is a Korean series about “a woman who loses all her time before she can use it up and a man who gives up all of his radiant moments and lives a lethargic life.” The show will be streaming on the OTT platform in Hindi.

Where to Watch: MX Player

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Cast: Han Ji-Min, Hye-ka Kim, and others

Intertwined 2 | Disney+ Hotstar

After a successful first season, the second season of Intertwined will be available on the OTT platform. The premise as shared by the makers reads, “Marco travels through time and transports from the ’90s straight into 2021, thanks to the bracelet. Fascinated by the new world he sees, Marco is determined to remain with Allegra in 2021. Meanwhile, the three women in the Sharp family — Cocó, Caterina and Allegra — receive an offer for their play, “Light Years,” that they can’t refuse. Still, they find this project challenging because several past revelations from 1994 were never resolved. Marco, determined to help the Sharp women, also searches for answers as to why the bracelet took him to 2021 and learns that this magical object that allows time travel also carries an unknown danger.”

Where to Watch: Disney+ Hotstar

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Cast: Carolina Domench, Elena Roger, and others

Mother’s Day | Netflix

Presented as an action thriller, Mother’s Day is about a mom who faces obstacles to save her child. The premise as shared on Netflix reads, “when the son she’s never known gets kidnapped, former special agent Nina dusts off her deadly skills to bring him home — no matter who gets in her way.”

Where to Watch: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.4/10

Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller

Cast: Jowita Budnik, Akradiusz, and others

Crackdown S2 | JioCinema

Following the successful debut of its first season in 2020 on Voot, the creators of Crackdown are now gearing up to launch the highly anticipated second season of the series. The storyline centres around the lives of a group of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) agents. Led by the formidable agent RP, the team embarks on a mission to unravel a dangerous conspiracy that poses a significant threat to India’s security. To accomplish their objective, they enlist the help of Divya, a woman who bears a striking resemblance to Mariam, the former lover of the militant Zaheed.

Where to Watch: JioCinema

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama

Cast: Saqib Saleem, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and others

Fubar – Season 1 | Netflix

Presenting Arnold Schwarzenegger as a lead in his first series ever, Fubar is a new spy series for Netflix, with eight-episode series that follow Luke Brunner (Schwarzenegger), a retired CIA operative who is forced to come out of retirement for one last mission. Luke is joined by his estranged daughter, Emma (Monica Barbaro), who is also a CIA agent. Together, they must stop a dangerous terrorist plot.

Where to Watch: Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Cast: Arnold Schwarzenneger, Monica Barbaro, and others

Bharatha Circus | Simply South

Written by Muhad Vembayam and directed by Sohan Seenulal, Bharatha Circus is centered around the latter phase of Laxmanan Kani’s life, an average middle-aged individual who finds himself grappling with intense mental turmoil. The narrative takes shape when he visits a police station to lodge a complaint. The story gradually unravels as the complaint leads to an investigation into a forest range area, uncovering unexpected truths along the way.

Where to Watch: Simply South

IMDb Rating: 6.6/10

Genre: Drama, Politics

Cast: Aradhya Ann, Shine Chacko and others

Fire in the Mountain | SonyLIV

Written and directed by Ajitpal Singh, Fire in the Mountain is one of the popular films which made mark at the recent film festivals globally. The film is set in a Himalayan village, where a determined mother works tirelessly to accumulate funds for constructing a road. Her goal is to provide her wheelchair-bound son with access to much-needed physiotherapy. However, her husband holds a contrasting belief that a shamanic ritual called ‘Jaagar’ is the ultimate remedy for their son’s condition. In a heartbreaking turn of events, he betrays her trust by stealing the savings she diligently amassed for their shared dream.

Where to Watch: SonyLIV

IMDb Rating: 6.4/10

Genre: Drama

Cast: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, and others

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Sathi Gani Rendu Ekaralu | Aha Video

Written and directed by Abhinav Danda, the premise of Sathi Gani Rendu Ekaralu, a Telugu-language film that revolves around “Confusion, comedy and violence when a debt-ridden thief stumbles upon a suitcase with uncut gems in his farmland.” The film is said to be a direct-to-OTT release presented as a captivating dark comedy film with a blend of humour and drama. The film explores the father’s determined journey in the face of adversity.

Where to Watch: Aha Video

Genre: Comedy

Cast: Jagadeesh Bhandari, Aneesha Dhama, and others

Rajneeti | Hoichoi

Directed by Sourav Chakraborty, Rajneeti, a political thriller, revolves around “Rashi, who wakes up from a prolonged coma after an accident and realizes she has lost her memories. While her family rallies around her as she tries to regain her memory, she finds herself at the centre of a political conspiracy. Find out the truth in the story of politics and powerplay.”

Where to Watch: Hoichoi

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Cast: Kaushik Ganguly, Ditipriya Roy, and others

Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum | Amazon Prime Video

This is a Malayalam-language romantic drama written and directed by Ranjith Sankar. The film tells the story of two people from different worlds who fall in love. Pachuvum Athbutha Vilakkum is set in the backdrop of a beautiful coastal village in Kerala and the title is inspired by a poem by the Malayalam poet G. Sankara Kurup. Critics praised the film for its beautiful visuals, heartwarming story, and performances by the lead cast, which made the film a commercial success, grossing over Rs 100 crore at the box office.

Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video

IMDb Rating: 7.9/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Fahad Faasil, Indrans, and others

Deiva Machan | Simply South

Released in 2023, Deiva Machan is a Tamil-language fantasy comedy directed by Martin Nirmal Kumar. The film tells the story of a man who has the ability to see the future in his dreams. He uses this ability to help his sister find a suitable groom, but when he sees that her husband is going to die, he must find a way to save him. Deiva Machan got positive reviews from critics and was praised for its humour, performances, and direction, eventually becoming a commercial success, grossing over Rs. 100 crore at the box office.

Where to Watch: Simply South

IMDb Rating: 8.1/10

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Cast: Vemal, Anita Sampath, Pandiarajan, and others

Bhediya | JioCinema

Penned by Niren Bhatt and skillfully directed by Amar Kaushik, Bhediya takes place amidst the enchanting forests of Arunachal and weaves a compelling tale centred around Bhaskar. After a fateful encounter with a wolf, Bhaskar finds himself undergoing a mysterious transformation, gradually morphing into the very creature that bit him. As Bhaskar and his friends embark on a quest to uncover the truth behind his metamorphosis, a captivating blend of twists, turns, and laughter ensues. With its remarkable box office success, grossing over ₹200 crores, the film emerged as one of the most triumphant releases of 2022. While opinions among critics were varied, some lauded the performances and humour showcased in the film.

Where to Watch: JioCinema

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Cast: Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, and others

City of Dreams – Season 3 | Disney+ Hotstar

Presented as a crime thriller, City of Dreams is back with season 3. The premise of the show highlights the paths of numerous individuals who converge following an assassination plot against Mumbai’s highly controversial political leader. A solitary act of disruption, akin to a stone cast into a tranquil lake, triggers a chain reaction of consequences that impact and wound countless lives. “City of Dreams” delves into the internal conflict within the Gaikwad family, ignited by the assassination attempt on a divisive political figure. Within this captivating tale, the boundaries between right and wrong become blurred as a power struggle takes centre stage.

Where to Watch: Disney+ Hotstar

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Cast: Priya Bapat, Eijaz Khan, and others

Boo | JioCinema

Presented as a multilingual horror film, Boo revolves around a close-knit circle of girls who embark on a daring adventure by conducting a seance while immersing themselves in a ghostly book. Little do they know that the eerie tales described in the book will gradually manifest in their lives, setting off a harrowing chain of supernatural encounters. The makers have captured the perpetual clash between the frightened girls and the malevolent spirits and aim to intensify the tension throughout their spine-chilling journey.

Where to Watch: JioCinema

Genre: Horror

Cast: Rakul Preet Singh, Vishwak Sen, and others

Exciting Other OTT releases to look out for this week

Title OTT Platform OTT Release Date Language
The Creature Cases Netflix 22-May English
Voice of Punjab – Chota Champ S9 PTC Play 22-May Punjabi
Victim/Suspect Netflix 23-May English
Wanda Sykes: I’m an Entertainer Netflix 23-May English
Merpeople Netflix 23-May English
Platonic Apple TV+ 24-May English
Hard Feelings Netflix 24-May German
Tin and Tina Netflix 24-May Spanish
Chal Mann Jeetva Jaiye 2 ShemarooMe 24-May Gujarati
The Ultimatum: Queer Love Netflix 25-May English
Kendra Sells Hollywood: S2 Discovery+ 25-May English
Prisoner of the Propher Discovery+ 25-May English
Alice Darling Lionsgate Play 26-May English
California Curiosity Stream 26-May English
My Secret Terrius Playflix 26-May Hindi
Jai Kesari Nandana Dollywood Play 26-May Hindi
Unclenching the Fists Mubi 26-May Russian
Renfield BMS Stream 26-May English
Blood and Gold Netflix 26-May English
Where the Tracks End Netflix 26-May Spanish
Turn of the Tide Netflix 26-May English

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