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In the age of the Coronavirus quarantine, lockdown and self-isolation, 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 Chaitanya Tamhane‘s The Disciple finally getting a release, on Netflix, to madcap comedy Hello Charlie on Amazon Prime Video, here is a list of what’s releasing this month across platforms.

Netflix

The Serpent

When: April 2nd

What does it take to catch a killer? Inspired by real events, The Serpent reveals the story of serial conman Charles Sobhraj (Golden Globe nominee Tahar Rahim) and the multiple attempts to bring him to justice.

Irul

When: April 2nd

A dark rainy night, an empty house, a stranded couple and an unknown man. A sleek game of cat and mouse starts playing, as the three of them find a dead body in the basement. The movie takes the shape of an old-fashioned whodunit — the kind with mystery, suspense and a house which feels like a mousetrap.

Thunder Force

When: April 9th

In a world where supervillains are commonplace, two estranged childhood best friends reunite after one invents a formula that gives them powers to protect their city. It stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.

Ajeeb Daastaans

When: April 16th

Ajeeb Daastaans is an anthology of four contrasting stories which delve into fractured relationships and unexplored spaces. The stories explore jealousy, entitlement, prejudices and toxicity, while taking you on a journey of struggle between the moral dilemma of what’s right and what’s wrong. The Netflix original has been directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan and Kayoze Irani.

Concrete Cowboy

When: April 2nd

While spending the summer in North Philadelphia, a troubled teen (Caleb McLaughlin) is caught between a life of crime and his estranged father’s (Idris Elba) vibrant urban-cowboy subculture. Based on the novel Ghetto Cowboy by G.Neri, Concrete Cowboy is directed by Ricky Staub and co-stars Jharrel Jerome, Byron Bowers, Lorraine Toussaint and Clifford “Method Man” Smith.

Shadow And Bone

When: April 23rd

Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

The Disciple

When: April 30th

Chaitanya Tamhane’s long awaited and highly celebrated second feature finally makes its way to a streaming platform. The Disciple is the tale of an Indian classical vocalist, Sharad Nerulkar, searching for the traditional absolute in a contemporary city that never stops hustling.  The film takes on a musician’s unadulterated devotion, a mirage-like quest for divinity, and the courage to fight your own mediocrity.

Stowaway

When: April 22nd

On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision.

Searching For Sheela

When: TBC

Shakun Batra and Dharmatic Entertainment bring you a documentary about Osho’s controversial ex-secretary, Ma Anand Sheela as she returns to India after 34 years of exile. Having re-shot to fame since the mega reception to the Netflix documentary Wild Wild Country, Searching for Sheela promises to be an intimate look into her journey across India, observing the rebranding of her as a pop-culture icon.

Amazon Prime Video

Hello Charlie 

When: April 9th

Jackie Shroff in a monkey costume for an entire movie in a madcap Bollywood comedy? Sold.

Well Done Baby

When: April 9th

A modern young couple fails to find purpose in their relationship till destiny decides to give them one in this Marathi romance. 

Anbirkiniyal 

When: April 4th 

An ordinary suburban girl suddenly disappears, leaving her loved ones in a desperate search as she must face the ultimate battle – the one for her life. This is the official Tamil remake of the Malayalam film Helen

Them

When: April 9th 

A Black family moves to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.

Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse

When: April 30th 

Michael B Jordan stars in Amazon’s moody action thriller from celebrated director Stefano Sollima and writer Taylor Sheridan. Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy and a spin-off of the Jack Ryan film series, the film tells the origin story of John Kelly (aka John Clark), a U.S. Navy SEAL, who uncovers an international conspiracy while seeking justice for the murder of his pregnant wife by Russian soldiers. 

Disney+ Hotstar

The New Mutants

When: April 10th

In this terrifying, action-filled film based on the Marvel comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are forced to undergo treatment at a secret institution — allegedly to cure them of the dangers of their powers. But it’s soon clear that their containment is part of a much bigger battle between the forces of good and evil.

The Nevers

When: April 12th 

August, 1896. Victorian London is rocked to its foundations by a supernatural event which gives certain people — mostly women — abnormal abilities, from the wondrous to the disturbing. All who belong to this new class are in grave danger. It falls to mysterious widow Amalia True (Laura Donnelly) and brilliant young inventor Penance Adair (Ann Skelly) to protect and shelter these gifted orphans. To do so, they will have to face the brutal forces determined to annihilate their kind.

A Black Lady Sketch Show Season 2

When: April 17th 

A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters and celebrity guests. The show presents sketches performed by a core cast of black women, including Robin Thede, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and Quinta Brunson.

Mare Of Easttown

When: April 19th

As her life crumbles around her, small-town Pennsylvania detective Mare Sheehan (Kate Winslet) investigates a local murder. The series explores the dark side of a close community and provides an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.

Nomadland

When: April 30th 

Following the economic collapse of a town in rural Nevada, Fern (the acting royalty that is Frances McDormand) sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad.

The 93rd Academy Awards

When: April 25th

Each January, the entertainment community and film fans around the world turn their attention to the Academy Awards. Interest and anticipation builds to a fevered pitch leading up to the Oscar telecast, when hundreds of millions of movie lovers tune in to watch the glamorous ceremony and learn who will receive the highest honors in filmmaking. The 93rd Oscars will air live on Disney+ Hotstar Premium on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Voot Select

Couples Therapy

When: March 12th

One of the most celebrated docuseries of the last few years returns for a second season. Couples Therapy follows 8 months of therapy sessions with Dr. Guralnik as she deftly guides couples through honest confrontation with each other, revealing real-life struggles and extraordinary breakthroughs. This season sheds a light on at-home confinement after last year’s COVID-19 shutdown, forcing every  couple – and Dr. Guralnik herself – to examine profound changes within their daily lives.

SonyLIV

Kathmandu Connection

When: TBC

The gripping and engaging narrative revolves around three parallel investigations across borders. Directed by Sachin Pathak, the show has an ensemble cast that includes Amit Sial, Gopal Datt and Aksha Pardasany.

Cinemapreneur

The Great Indian Kitchen

When: April 16th

Like any Indian girl, the lovely, demure bride of the The Great Indian Kitchen moves into her new husband’s house prepared to adapt to their customs and make it her home. Everything seems to be going fine, her husband and his parents love and care for her. But unexpected problems arise when her kind mother-in-law has to be away. She struggles to cope with the mountain of seemingly endless household chores, differences in opinion and unfamiliar traditions.

Aunty Sudha Aunty Radha

When: April 9th

Two widowed sisters, aged 86 and 93, live with their adopted family of domestic help in the village of Lahra, three hours away from India’s capital city. Tanuja Chandra’s documentary is a quiet and colorful portrait of two free, courageous and boisterous women, the sisters who do as they please, paying no heed to anybody’s unsolicited advice.

Ever Slow Green

When: April 22nd

Ever Slow Green tells the story of a 50-year-old tropical forest that evolved in Auroville, South India, through some of the diverse people who dedicate their lives to bringing it to fruition.

MUBI India

The Beach Bum

When: April 3rd

Harmony Korine’s first feature since 2012’s Spring Breakers, The Beach Bum is an original and irreverent stoner comedy that follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large.

Songs My Brothers Taught Me

When: April 19th

Songs My Brothers Taught Me is the 2015 feature debut from Golden Globe award-winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Nomadland), telling a touching and tragic coming of age story set against the stark beauty of South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Praised for its authentic depiction of an underrepresented social milieu, this is a wistful and delicately observed tale of loss and familial bonds.

BMS Stream

Judas And The Black Messiah

When: TBC

Based on the life of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, the film talks about how he inspired a generation of black people to fight for their rights. Simultaneously, it depicts how a small-time thief named William O`Neal is coerced into providing intel from inside the party.

ALTBalaji

Mai Hero Boll Raha Hu

When: TBC

This ALTBalaji series follows a young man, Nawab, who has witnessed bloodshed all his life. He is later roped into a gang in Mumbai. Main Hero Boll Raha Hu is a story filled with twists and turns, with a cast that includes Parth Samthaan, Patralekha and Arshin Mehta.

His Story

When: TBC

ALTBalaji’s urban relationship drama is meant to make one question society’s conditioning. The series follows a married man who is still in the closet about his sexuality. Then he meets the love of his life and chaos ensues.

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