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What to binge-watch this Diwali weekend

Tinsy Thomas | Updated on October 25, 2019 Published on October 25, 2019

From The Family Man to The Middle and The Laundromat, there’s plenty to keep you entertained through this festival weekend

The long Diwali weekend is the perfect time to binge-watch. The weather gods have predicted a wet Diwali, at least for western India. Here are some great movies and shows to catch up on, in case rain plays spoilsport.

1. The Family Man

Indian series, 2019

Genre: Spy Thriller

Languages:English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu

Time:Season 1, 10 episodes, each episode is approximately 45-50 minutes in length

Where:Amazon Prime

Cast: Manoj Bajpai, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi

Our very own Indian spy with the NIA is fighting terrorists across the border, conducting online surveillance, and getting into gun fights on the streets of Mumbai. But at the end of the day he gets back to his mundane middle-class home, family, and car. This is an edge-of-seat thriller that has enough plot twists and turns to keep you hooked till the tenth episode. There are plenty of laughs too as our protagonist lives out his double life – spy in the office and husband and father at home.

 

2. The Middle

American TV series, 2009-2018

Genre: Comedy

Time: 9 seasons, 215 episodes, each episode is approximately 22 minutes in length

Where: Amazon Prime

Cast: Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, Atticus Shaffer

This family does not always get it right. Debuting after the financial slowdown of 2008, a middle-class family from the fictional small town of Orson, Indiana tries all the tricks in the book to make ends meet. Working 2 to 4 jobs and managing 3 kids cannot be done without American “jugaad” and lots of humour!

 

3. The Laundromat

English movie, 2019

Genre:Drama-Comedy

Director:Steven Soderbergh

Time:1 hour 36 minutes

Where:Netflix

Cast: Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Sharon Stone

As the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI try to track down Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi, hiding away in some faraway land, the common man in India is left wondering how these crooks managed to squirrel away so much money and where are they hiding the money? The Laundromat is money laundering explained in a very simple manner. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, it is a fictional take on the Panama Papers scandal. However, the law firm that the story is based on is very much real. Peppered with dark humour, effortless performances by some big stars make this an eminently watchable movie.

 

4. The Shape of Water

English movie, 2017

Genre:Fantasy

Director:Guillermo del Toro

Time:1 hour 58 minutes

Where:Hotstar

Cast: Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer

The Shape of Water is a fantasy drama about a mute woman with few friends in the world, who falls in love with an amphibious creature from South America. Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, the romantic story about an unlikely pair of lovers won critical acclaim and multiple awards at the Oscars and Golden Globes, among others.

 

5. Inside Syria’s Deadly Dynasty

2019

Genre:Documentary

Time:1 hour 28 minutes

Where:Hotstar

The human tragedy that has been unfolding in Syria has at its centre, a president who was never meant to lead his country. He was an eye doctor. President Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorial rule and systematic attack on his own people has led to the sad state of affairs in Syria. This National Geographic documentary explains how the Assad dynasty captured power and ruled Syria for over five decades. It spells out the circumstances leading up to the current civil war and the continuing geo-political situation in the region.

(Tinsy is a freelance writer based in Mumbai)

Published on October 25, 2019
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