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In the age of hybrid workforces, many more of us are relying on streaming platforms in search of distraction, escape or just plain entertainment. With a new month comes new possibilities, talent, collaborations and shiny new releases for us to get lost in.

From Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon to Alia Bhatt’s first production venture Darlings, here is a list of what’s releasing this month across platforms.

Netflix

Darlings

When: August 5

A woman (Alia Bhatt) seeks revenge on her alcoholic husband (Vijay Varma) and enlists her mother (Shefali Shah)’s help with the plot.

The Sandman

When: August 5

Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the king of dreams, breaks from after nearly a century of imprisonment and embarks on a journey to reclaim what was stolen from him. The series has been adapted from Neil Gaiman’s comic of the same name.

Indian Matchmaking Season 2

When: August 10

Over eight episodes, professional Mumbai matchmaker Sima Taparia helps clients around the world find their ideal partner.

Never Have I Ever Season 3

When: August 12

Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) finally finds herself in a relationship, but learns it isn’t the answer to all her problems.

Day Shift

When: August 12

Jamie Foxx plays a vampire killer who operates under the guise of a cleaner.

Delhi Crime Season 2

When: August 26

Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, and Rajesh Tailang return for season 2 of the crime thriller series, in which the Delhi police attempt to catch a serial killer.

Amazon Prime Video

Crash Course

When: August 5

The drama series follows eight students who move to Kota to study at its two biggest rival coaching institutes. There is friendship and first love, but also intense pressure and competition.

Thirteen Lives 

When: August 10

Directed by Ron Howard, the film chronicles the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue, in which a junior football team and their coach were trapped in a cave for 18 days.

Peacemaker

When: August 14

The eight-episode The Suicide Squad (2021) spinoff follows Peacemaker (John Cena) after he awakes at a hospital and is recruited to join the mysterious Project Butterfly.

Samaritan

When: August 26

A young boy suspects that his reclusive neighbour (Sylvester Stallone) might actually be a famed superhero who went missing 25 years ago.

DisneyPlus Hotstar

I Am Groot

When: August 10

A collection of five animated original shorts starring Baby Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) follows the Guardians of the Galaxy character as he grows up.

Cadaver

When: August 12

Amala Paul plays a forensic surgeon in this thriller directed by Anoop S Panicker.

She Hulk: Attorney At Law

When: August 19

Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) is an attorney who specialises in superhuman-related legal cases. She’s also a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk. This latest MCU installment is a 6-episode comedy series.

House of the Dragon

When: August 22

Set 300 years before events of Game of Thrones, the series depicts the rise and fall of the Targaryen dynasty.

Apple TV+

Five Days at Memorial 

When: August 12

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink’s book, the eight-episode limited series chronicles the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and its impact on a local hospital.

Bad Sisters

When: August 19

The Garvey sisters (Anne-Marie Duff, Eva Birthistle, Sarah Greene and Eve Hewson) are a tight-knit bunch. When their brother-in-law winds up dead, his life insurers begin to suspect the women, all of whom had reason to kill him.

BookMyShow Stream

Elvis 

When: August 8

Baz Luhrmann charts the rise of rock-n-roll icon Elvis Presley over 20 years, through the lens of his contentious relationship with his manager.

MUBI India

Memoria

When: August 5

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film follows a Scottish woman (Tilda Swinton), who begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome while travelling through Colombia. The film was a co-winner of the Jury Prize at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival and was  Colombia’s official entry for Best International Feature at the 2021 Academy Awards

The Humans

When: August 12

Three generations of a family gather to celebrate Thanksgiving at an apartment in Manhattan. As the evening progresses, their deepest fears are exposed. The film premiered at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival.

ZEE5

Duranga

When: TBD

Gulshan Devaiah and Drashti Dhami star in the Hindi adaptation of the Korean show Flower of Evil. The series follows an inspector investigating multiple gory murders that seem to be carried out by the suspected accomplice of a dead serial killer. Meanwhile, her husband is not what he appears to be.

Beautiful Billo

When: August 11

A pregnant woman moves into the house shared by a couple in the UK and develops a bond with both partners in this Punjabi film.

Hello World

When: August 12

The eight-episode Telugu office drama follows eight youngsters who begin working at a large IT company and discover it’s not as easy as they thought it would be.

SonyLIV

Victim

When: August 5

Directed by Rajesh M, R Chimbudevan, PA. Ranjith, and Venkat Prabhu, this Tamil anthology explores the psyche of people victimised by unfortunate events.

Tamil Rockerz

When: August 19

The series follows a cop (Arun Vijay) who must fight against time, unruly fans, and an anonymous network of cyber pirates to prevent a highly anticipated movie from being leaked.

Lionsgate Play

Becoming Elizabeth

When: August 26

This series traces the childhood of Queen Elizabeth I after her father dies, leaving his son, nine-year-old Edward VI, heir to the throne.

Voot

The Great Weddings Of Munnes

When: August 4

A middle-class man experiences one misfortune after another as he desperately attempts to marry the woman of his dreams in this 10-episode comedy series. It stars Abhishek Banerjee, Barkha Singh and Pankaj Dheer.

Aha

Maha

When: August 5

Hansika Motwani’s 50th film follows a mother who tries to save her kidnapped child.

Hayu

Celebrity Beef S1 

When: August 3

Joel McHale hosts this reality competition show, in which two celebrity contestants must go head-to-head in a cook-off.

Living With A Serial Killer S2 

When: August 7

Over eight episodes, this season of the show covers serial killers across North America and the UK, interviewing the people who knew them best.

Discovery+

Secrets of the Kohinoor

When: August 4

Directed by Raghav Jairath, the docuseries retraces the history and controversies surrounding one of the largest diamonds in the world, including the stories of multiple rulers and their insatiable desire for it, which led to significant wars and ruined dynasties.

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