The Indian adaptation of the iconic comic Archies, directed by Zoya Akhtar, is all ready to stream on Netflix The Archies, a musical, is set in the 1960s and located in a fictional Indian town. It marks the debut of a bunch of top Bollywood celebrities’ kids.
Aside from The Archies, a few other interesting and new offerings, including the Hindi films Mast Mein Rehne Ka and Kadak Singh will be available on OTT platforms.
At the theaters, the Telugu film Hi Nanna, and the Hindi flick Joram are expected to be interesting.
This guide is specifically for Indian movies and TV shows. We also have a similar list of the new English movies and TV series if you prefer that. Alternatively, you can also check out content in specific popular languages across India:
- Here are the New Hindi Series to watch this week
- New Tamil Movies Released: What to Watch This Week
- New Malayalam Movies Released: What to watch this week
- New Telugu Movies Released: What to Watch This Week
Telugu | Drama | Rating: 15+
Nani and Mrunal Thakur lead the cast in this much expected romantic family drama. Hi Nanna is the love story of a single father. Baby Kiara Khanna will also be seen in a key role, along with Jayaram, Angad Bedi and Priyadarshi. Shruthi Haasan will be seen in a cameo in this film, whose songs, set to tune by Hesham Abdul Wahab, have become chartbusters already. Debutant Shouryuv has helmed this film that has a lot of buzz riding on it.
Tamil | Comedy | Rating: PG15
The film is the directorial debut of Selvin Raj Xavier, a former assistant to directors Chimbu Deven and Sumanth Radhakrishnan. Selvin has also penned the screenplay, story and dialogues for the film. The movie, in the words of its production house, is a mix of comedy, horror and fantasy. Comedy actor Sathish plays the lead while Regina Cassandra leads the female cast. Others in the cast include Nassar, Saranya Ponvannan, Anand Raj, VTV Ganesh, Redin Kingsley and Namo Narayanan.
Telugu | Action | Rating: PG15
Extra Ordinary Man
Actor Nithiin plays a junior artiste who acts as, going by the trailer ‘the seventh person in the sixth row among the crowd that sings Dandalayya in Baahubali – the Conclusion’. The film is said to be a fun comedy caper. It is directed by Vakkantham Vamsi, who has in the past written entertainers such as Kick and Race Gurram. His last film as a director was five years ago, the Allu Arjun starrer Naa Peru Surya. Sreeleela is paired opposite Nithiin while veteran Rajasekhar has an extended cameo. Others in the cast include Sudev Nair, Rao Ramesh, Rohini, Sampath Raj, Brahmaji, Ajay, Harsha Vardhan, Suman, Annapurnamma, Pavitra Naresh, Ravi Varma and Hyper Aadi.
Hindi | Thriller | Rating: UA
Written and directed by Devashish Makhija, Joram has had its run at the festival circuit all over the globe. This thriller cum survival drama is about a man who is on the run from Mumbai to Jharkhand with his infant daughter to escape the ghosts of his past. The film stars the impressive Manoj Bajpayee in the lead and also features Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub.
Malayalam | Comedy | Rating: PG13
Unni Mukundan, who was last seen in the colossal hit Malikappuram, headlines Kadhikan. This drama film is helmed by national award-Winning director Jayaraj, who has also handled the story, screenplay and dialogues apart from being one of the producers of the film. Besides Unni Mukundan, the film also stars Mukesh, Krishnanand and Gopu Krishnan in prominent roles.
Hindi | Musical | Rating: PG15
The Archies is based on the popular Archies Comics and follows the story of seven friends Archie (Agastya Nanda), Betty (Khushi Kapoor), Veronica (Suhana Khan), Jughead (Mihir Ahuja), Reggie (Vedang Raina), Ethel (Dot) and Dilton (Yuvraj Menda). The film is written by Reema Kagti, Zoya and Ayesha Devitre. As the kids from the top Bollywood families are in the cast, there is a huge anticipation surrounding this musical extravaganza. The Archies looks into the idea of friendship, freedom, love, heartbreak, and rebellion. Director Zoya Akhtar said that it’s a clean young adult content. The background score is by Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy and Jim Satya, and the SEL combo has also composed the songs with Ankur Tewari, The Islanders and Saigal.
Hindi | Thriller | Rating: PG15
The story is about a financial sleuth, who suffers from retrograde amnesia, and his battle to piece together his past, in a bid to decode a chit fund scam. The thriller features Pankaj Tripathi, Parvathy Thiruvothu, and Sanjana Sanghi in the main roles. It is directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury known for Pink and Lost.
Telugu | Family Drama| Rating: PG15
The story is about a young bride who moves into a joint family and gets involved in the dark secrets that have been hidden from her. Avika Gor, known for her role in the Chinnari Pellikuthuru serial, plays the woman at the center of all intrigue. Actor Nandu plays the male lead. Others in the cast include Ali Reza, Mounika, Madhavi Prasad, Amma Ramesh, K L K Mani, Soujas, Surabhi Padmaja and Deepthi. Poluru Krishna has directed this series and Sriram Maddury has composed the music. The series has seven episodes and each of them said to be around 30 minutes.
The series is currently streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.
Tamil | Docu | Rating: UA
Koose Munisamy Veerappan
On the back of Netflix’s The Hunt for Veerappan, which followed the rise and fall of the dreaded smuggler, comes this documentary in Tamil on Veerappan. Through a blend of real-life footage and firsthand accounts from individuals who were close to him, as well as the officials who sought to capture him, the series will vividly portray Veerappan’s enigmatic persona and his criminal legacy. The series will be primarily narrated by Veerappan himself, using interview footage of his from the past. Koose Munisamy Veerappan is directed by Sharath Jothi and produced by Prabhavathi RV.
Hindi | Drama | Rating: UA
Mast Mein Rehne Ka
This slice-of-life film is written and directed by Vijay Maurya and delves into the parallel universes of two distinct generations. It is based on universal themes of second chances in love and life, forgiveness, and redemption. It features Jackie Shroff and Neena Gupta in the lead roles, alongside Abhishek Chauhan, Monika Panwar, Rakhi Sawant and Faisal Malik in pivotal characters. Mast Mein Rehne Ka will also be available in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada in dubbed versions.
Hindi | Thriller | Rating: UA
Set in the backdrop of Punjabi music industry, the musical thriller series revolves around a singer who returns from Canada in a bid to unearth the secret behind the murder of his dad, who was a singer himself. Directed by Rohit Jugraj Chauhan, the series features Paramvir Singh Cheema, Manoj Pahwa, Gippy Garewal, Mohit Malik, Isha Talwar, Mukesh Chhabra, Prince Kanwaljit Singh, Suvinder Pal and Akasa Singh. The music album of this series boasts about 28 songs, crooned by artists like Gippy, Malkit Singh, Afsana Khan, Asees Kaur, Sunidhi Chauhan, Mika Singh, and more.
Tamil | Docu | Rating: UA
This is perhaps the most interesting movie in Tamil in recent times, which is a sequel to Karthik Subbaraj’s hit gangster drama Jigarthanda (2014). The film borrows the core premise from its predecessor. It tells the story of an aspiring filmmaker trying to make a movie with a real-life gangster in the lead. Headlined by SJ Suryah and Raghava Lawrence, the film is set in 1975. Lawrence plays a gangster who wants to break Tamil cinema’s stereotypical notions of skin color. Suryah stars as a filmmaker, an erstwhile assistant of Satyajit Ray, who strives to make a ‘Pandya Western’ movie with Lawrence’s character. Karthik Subbaraj has called Jigarthanda Double X his tribute to Clint Eastwood and Satyajit Ray. The movie also stars Nimisha Sajayan, Shine Tom Chacko, Naveen Chandra and Sathyan.
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