On Friday I posted a deeply felt and carefully considered analysis of all the streaming options, which broke down to “you should all get Hotstar, it is the only way to live”. So now that (presumably) you all have Hotstar, I am going to recommend two Hotstar movies! One of which is exclusive, the other is also on Netflix
Ranam is the last Prithviraj movie I saw in theaters, it’s a really interesting well-done hyperlink movie about crime within the desi population in Detroit. The specifics of it are clearly made up, but it is a nice reminder that the “model minority” concept is a myth, and there are plenty of South Asians living in poverty, crime, and on the edge of survival. Plus a great title track, and a really wonderful love story for Prithviraj. Watch it on Hotstar! And then join the discussion with me on Wednesday 6/19 when I repost my review, or whenever you get around to watching it.
And then there’s Stree! Which is now on both Netflix and Hotstar. It’s a “horror-comedy” but really it is a social satire about gender issues. It’s funny, it’s fun, and it’s intelligent. Great film all around. Come by on Sunday 6/23 to discuss it and fight about whether the item song is insulting or self-aware!