How to make the most of your quarantine
The world is shutting down, one city after another, one country after another. Even though coronavirus hasn’t as yet reached the community transmission stage in. India, offices around the country are encouraging its employees to work from home. Some are self-quarantining. All of this is a good thing because, at the moment, social distancing could well be our only hope to stop COVID-19 from spreading. But being at home needn’t always be a complete wet blanket. There’s enough and more on Netlfix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar to keep you occupied. Conveniently we’ve zeroed in on ten for you:
Yeh Ballet – Netflix
Ballet meet Gully Boy in this Netflix Original. Amiruddin Shah and Manish Chauhan play the two boys whose life changes when an eccentric ballet teacher comes to down to Mumbai. Directed by Sooni Taraporevala, Yeh Ballet is a fictionalised version of her documentary by the same name.
Talvar – Netflix
Directed by Meghana Gulzar, this incredible retelling of the events around the 2008 Aarushi Talvar murder case stars Irrfan Khan in the lead as an investigator probing the case.
Devil's Knot – Netflix
With Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in lead roles (it’s the rare, possibly the only time, Firth plays an American character), Devil’s Knot investigates the Memphis Three murders involving three teenagers accused of murdering three young boys in Arkansas, West Memphis.
Queen – Netflix
The movie that catapulted Kangana Ranaut to the top of the pecking order is a coming-of-age movie of a young small-town girl who gets left at the altar. Rajkummar Rao plays the douchebag fiancé while Ranaut is the eponymous Rani Mehra.
Raazi – Amazon Prime Video
Inspired by the real-life story of an Indian woman who marries a Pakistan Army officer with the sole purpose of passing information back to RAW. Alia Bhatt stars as the mole to Vicky Kaushal’s army husband.
Tanhaji – Hotstar
Two parts fact, three parts fiction, Tanhaji is a retelling of Shivaji’s commander assigned to recapture the strategically important fort of Kondhana (later renamed Sinhagad after Tanaji Malusare who is said to have ‘fought like a lion’) from Udaybhan Singh Rathore.
Chhapak – Hotstar
Director Meghana Gulzar brings to screen the incredible real-life story of Lakshmi Agarwal. Deepika Padukone steps into the shoes of Lakshmi who became the face of acid attacks on women in India.
Ocean's 8 – Netflix
The entire Ocean’s series is available on Netflix, including the 2018 spin-off starring Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter among others. Need we say more?
Maska – Netflix
Set to drop on March 27, Maska stars Manisha Koirala as the mother of a 19-year-old aspiring actor willing to sell his family’s Irani Café to fuel his dreams. Javed Jaffrey plays the (presumably dead) father to Prit Kamani’s Rumi in what promises to be a heart-warming tale of finding roots and taking flight.