The “new normal” continues. Let’s admit it, we all have by now well-adjusted to this suddenly-imposed new way of living. As long as we all are safe and have a high speed internet at our disposal, it is not that bad. All thanks to the rise of OTT platforms and the makers’ willingness to release the movies directly to such platforms rather than waiting for cinematic release, we are spoiled with unlimited choices when it comes to “entertainment-from-home.”
Here we have, a compact list of all the Hindi movies releasing in August 2020:
1. Gunjan Saxena:
When: Aug. 12
Janhvi Kapoor stars as the titular Flight Lieutenant Gunjan Saxena, who, along with Flight Lieutenant Srividya Rajan, were India’s first women combat aviators to operate in the Kargil war zone on tiny IAF Cheetah helicopters.
The movie is directed by Sharan Sharma, who has also co-written the script with Nikhil Mehrotra. The film has been produced by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions.
2. Khuda Hafiz:
When: Aug. 14
Set against the backdrop of the 2008 recession, Khuda Hafiz is about a husband’s search for his missing wife, in a foreign country. Vidyut plays Sameer Choudhary, while Shivaleeka Oberoi plays his missing wife. Sameer’s search leads him to make some shady discoveries about human trafficking.
Khuda Hafiz is directed by Faruk Kabir and also stars Annu Kapoor
3. Raat Akeli Hai:
When: Now Streaming
Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte, this whodunnit thriller set in a haveli of a small town in UP amidst an ongoing wedding where the mature-aged groom is found dead. The movie is narrated from the eyes of Inspector Jatil, played by Siddiqui, whose needle of doubt keeps hanging around the young prostitute, played by Apte, who was set to marry the dead landlord.
Raat Akeli Hai, directed by Honey Trehan, will grab your attention right from the start as you will find yourself drawn to the perspective of Inspector Jatil as we see this case through his eyes, sharing his discoveries and confusion.
Where: Hotstar + Disney
When: Now Streaming
Starring Kunal Khemu and Rasika Duggal, Lootcase comes as a total surprise with a simple unadulterated fun and un-apologetically pure puns. The situation and circumstances are quite a fun along with Nandan’s demeanor, played by Khemu, whose harmless antics will make you keep vouching for him.
The dark comedy seems to be an apt satire at a poor man’s insatiable quench for wealth as well as a rich man’s obsession to amass as much as he can. The irony comes when that wealth give birth to more problems than solutions.
5. Class Of 83:
When: Coming Soon in August
Deemed as a comeback movie of Bobby Deol, Class of ‘83 revolves around an upright policeman Kabir (Bobby), whose students grapple with the complexities of honour, morals and devotion towards their nation.
The movie is backed by Shah Rukh Khan’s banner Red Chillies Entertainment, and it is directed by Atul Sabharwal.
When: Aug. 6
Produced and directed by Prakash Jha, Pareeksha is inspired by true events and stars Adil Hussain, Priyanka Bose and Sanjay Suri in main roles. The movie is the story of the hardships of a poor family struggling to secure a good education for their only child.
“The film is inspired by real events and people,” Hindustan Times quoted Prakash Jha as saying. “ Shri Abhayanand is an IPS officer and educationist who while serving as the Police Chief in Bihar’s Naxal infested areas, came across kids from those villages who were so bright with their native wisdom that they inspired him to begin coaching them to crack the IIT-JEE… the toughest exam/test which the young students must clear to be able to join one of the best educational institutes in the country. Their success had a great impact in the crime infested badlands of Bihar and made a difference.”