It seems that we will be spending most of next month within our homes. But don’t worry, there’s plenty to keep you entertained this month. We bring to you what to watch on OTT platforms in May 2021- on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Hotstar.
Almost every Indian parent’s dream is to be able to send their children to either an IIT or an IIM. But if you are interested in understanding what really goes into making an IITian- here’s a show for you. ‘Alma Matters: Inside the IIT Dream’ is an upcoming documentary series that aims to find out what happens behind the scenes inside India’s premier engineering institute- IIT Kharagpur. Available on Netflix from 14th May 2021, it is directed by Pratik Patra and Prashant Raj. The series also features one of the most successful stand-up comedians in India and IIT Kharagpur alumnus- Biswa Kalyan Rath.
The best way to describe this adult animated anthology series is by calling it “Black Mirror for cyberpunks”. Created by the legendary David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) and Tim Miller (Deadpool), the first season of the series won several awards- including five Emmys. The second season will feature eight episodes and premieres on Netflix on 14th May 2021. Topher Grace, Nolan North, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead make up some of the returning cast members. So, if you like animation, robots, gore, or all three- here is a mind-bending series for you.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s latest directorial venture, featuring Farhan Akhtar in a sports-drama will release on Amazon Prime Video on 21st May, 2021. We will get to see Akhtar playing a gangster who transforms into a national-level boxer, under the guidance of his coach, played by Paresh Rawal. The movie also features Mrunal Thakur, Vijay Raaz and Darshan Kumar.
To be released on Disney+ Hotstar on May 28th, 2021, this crime comedy-drama film is based on the character Cruella de Vil. Cruella is best known as the villain from 101 Dalmatians- the beloved children’s movie which centers around a couple and their 101 Dalmatian dogs. In the new live-action adaption, Cruella de Vil is played by Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone. According to the trailer, the movie’s plot revolves around the origins of Cruella- both as a fashion designer and as the iconic villainess she is. Definitely, one of the most exciting releases from Disney this year.
Bhai fans who can’t watch their hero on the big screen this Eid need not worry. Radhe will be releasing on Zee5 on 13th May, 2021. The movie stars Salman Khan as a cop who’s out to hunt down a drug lord. Directed by Prabhudeva, the movie also stars Randeep Hooda, Disha Patani and Jackie Shroff among others.
Why watch Master of None? Well, for starters, the comedy-drama series has received three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, earned critical acclaim, and appeared on several year-end top ten lists. But also, it was created by and stars the talented Mr. Aziz Ansari. Season 3 of the show drops on Netflix on May 23rd, 2021. This time, instead of focusing on Aziz’s character in the show- the protagonist is Lena Waithe’s character, Denise. All the episodes are directed by Ansari and written by both Ansari and Waithe.
Army Of The Dead
In our list of what to watch on OTT platforms in May 2021, the next one is Army of the Dead. Even if you don’t know who Zack Snyder is, you definitely must have heard of him by now. DC fandom’s one true hero- Synder’s second release this year is Army of the Dead, a zombie heist action movie. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Theo Rossi and Bollywood’s own Huma Qureshi, this is the movie you should watch for thrills and gore (expect plenty of Snyder’s signature slow-mo shots). Releasing on Netflix, on May 21rst, 2021.
The Underground Railroad
One of the most exciting releases from Amazon Prime Video this May, The Underground Railroad is a historical fiction drama miniseries. It is based upon the novel of the same name by Colson Whitehead. The series is set in an alternate timeline where the Underground Railroad is not just a network of safe houses and routes, but an actual railway line built for a sole purpose- to aid enslaved African-Americans in their pursuit to freedom. Directed by Oscar-winning director Barry Jenkins (of Moonlight fame), the series’ cast includes Thuso Mbedu, Joel Edgerton, William Jackson Harper and Will Poulter among others. It will be available on Amazon Prime from May 14th 2021.
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Marvel has a full plate this year with releases almost every month- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier S1 just winded up this April. Next up is M.O.D.O.K.- an adult animated stop motion series which will most probably be available in India through Disney+ Hotstar. The series focuses on an iconic Marvel supervillain- Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing aka M.O.D.O.K. The trailer gave us a glimpse on how the series is vastly different from other Marvel features- with a huge focus on comedy and drama, along with lots of action. It will release on May 21st, 2021 and features Patton Oswalt as M.O.D.O.K. alongside Melissa Fumero, Jon Hamm, Nathan Fillion, and others.
Raj and DK are well-known for their high-octane action films like Go, Goa, Gone or A Gentleman and the brilliant web series Family Man. So, it comes as a surprise when they decide to produce a movie that looks like it has little to no action in it. Cinema Bandi is a Telugu-language comedy drama film written and directed by debutant Praveen Kandregula. The plot revolves around a group of young adults who live in rural Andhra Pradesh- they find a camera and decide to make a movie with it. From the looks of the trailer, this movie can be described as a heartwarming tale about cinema and the people who decide to create them. The movie will be available on Netflix, releasing on 14th May, 2021.
Lucifer S5 part-2
The ever-charming Lucifer Morningstar returns from hell…. to Netflix. Earning rave reviews from critics, Season 5 (Part 2) of the comedy-drama fantasy releases on 28th May 2021. Also, if you are one of those people who watch the show just for Tom Ellis and his British accent- then season 5 will be a treat for you since he will be appearing in a double role.