January Is Crucial On OTT

 Some  of  the biggest names from Bollywood are  all set to descend on your  computers, phones  and television screens  this  month. Here are the biggies waiting their turn.

1.     Tribhanga(Netflix; January 15): The talented actress that she  is, Renukha Shahane  was  bound to turn director .The time is now.Tribhanga has the  super-talented Kajol making  her digital debut with a  film about three generations of women, loving fighting and  surviving.While Kajol  occupies centrestage, two other  very talented actreses Tanve Azmi  and Mithila Palkar flank the feisty fraulein .  Incidentally Tanve’s role was  first  offered  to her sister-in-law Shabana Azmiwho  had date issues.

2.     The White Tiger(Amazon  Prime Video;January 22):  The  screen adaptation of Arvind Adiga’s disturbing dramatic  novel on class  unrest  marks the digital webseries debut of  Priyanka Chopra. Though she is not  playing the main character she  is far better placed  here than in her just-released  Netflix fluffy flick We Can Be Heroes.Iranian  American director  Ramin Bahrani has made some  of  the most acclaimed  films of  the 21stcentury.The White Tiger has already released  to rousing reviews  abroad. 

3.     Jeet Ki Zid(Zee5, January 22): Amit Sadh  plays real-life trooper  Major Deependra Singh Sengar in this  bio-pic where Sadh will prove himself as up to the task screen heroics  as  any Bollywood superstar. Amit has trained  extensively before performing the solidier’s role at  the  highest altitudes. The film  is expected to break many myths regarding the tenability  of  the OTT  stars  to reach  Bollywood heights.

4.     Taandav(Amazon Prime, January 15):  Dimple Kapadia makes her digital debut as  a  powerful politician  in this  political drama produced  by Ali Abbas Zafar.  Saif Ali Khan  is pitched against  Dimple in the battle to  the bitter end. The series exudes a  kind of  irrepressible  gusto  which one hopes will sustain the series. Saif told me he saw Tandav at home  with  his son Taimur in his  lap and they both  really enjoyed it. With such impeccable recommendation Taandav can’t go wrong.

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