Some of the biggest Indian movie releases this year like Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan: Part One (PS-I) and the Ranbir Kapoor starrer Brahmastra: Part One Shiva are premiereing on OTT tomorrow i.e. November 4, 2022. In lieu of the same, here is a quick list of new releases that are also available to stream this Friday.
1. Ponniyin Selvan: Part One (Amazon Prime Video)
In 969 AD of the Chola Empire, Pandya rebels take an oath to spill royal Chola blood, and the Chola chieftains (Sarath Kumar, Parthiepan) plan a mutiny. Ponniyin Selvan: Part One directed by Mani Ratnam is based on Tamil literature’s most famous 1950s novel of the same name and revolves around who will be the next King of the Chola Kingdom – the wild prince Aditha Karikalan (Chiyaan Vikram), the hermit prince Arunmozhi Varman (Jayam Ravi), their estranged uncle Madurantakan (actor Rahman) or the Pandya rebel Amarabujanga (Master Raghavan)?
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Shobita Dhulipala are the female faces of this film. The movie has music by AR Rahman and cinematography by Ravi Varman.
2. Brahmastra: Part One Shiva (Disney Plus Hotstar)
A super-powers galore fantasy film, Brahmastra: Part One Shiva starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead is another star-studded affair with names like Alia Bhatt, Amitabh Bachchan, Nagarjuna, Shah Rukh Khan (cameo) and Deepika Padukone (uncredited cameo) in it. The movie directed by Ayan Mukerji follows the tale of a young man named Shiva, who on the brink of love gets his world turned upside down.
How he deals with his new found superpower of controlling fire and ventures on an action adventure with a secret society of guardians is what forms the rest of the movie.
3. Enola Holmes 2 (Netflix)
Stranger Things, Godzilla Vs Kong fame Millie Bobby Brown is returning as Enola Holmes for the second movie in this period comedy detective series. Superman star Henry Cavill is also returning as the famed detective Sherlock Holmes.
Enola Holmes 2 serves as a sequel to the 2020 Enola Holmes and follows the titular character’s evolement into an independent detective of her own. As Enola takes on her first case as a private detective, she unravels the mystery of a missing girl with help from old friends and brother Sherlock.
4. My Policeman (Amazon Prime Video)
Based on the 2012 novel of the same name, My Policeman is a period love triangle story starring British pop star and former One-Directioner Harry Styles. In the 1950s his gay character policeman Tom Burgess gets married to school teacher Marion (Emma Corrin). However he is in love with museum curator Patrick (David Dawson) with whom he has an extra-marital affair. How this trio repair the mistakes of the past is what forms the rest of the 113 minute film.
My Policeman is directed by Michael Grandage and has screenplay by Ron Nyswaner.
5. Kaiyum Kalavum (Sony Liv)
The only web-series on this list, Kaiyum Kalavum is presented by Tamil film director Karthik Subbaraj and is written and directed by Roju. Actor Bobby Simha and singer Chinmayi Sripada have narrated the series, which comes with known names like Ramya Nambeesan, Senthil, Madonna Sebastin, Sanchana Natarajan, Karu Palaniyappan among others in its cast list.
6. Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman (Netflix)
A Yoruba/English language movie, Elesin Oba: The King’s Horseman is adapted from Nigeria’s most famous play, Death and the King’s Horseman, written in 1975 by Nobel Prize-winning Wole Soyinka. The movie generated global attention with its TIFF premiere and tells an interesting colonial era tale, where a King’s horseman is stopped from committing customary suicide post the ruler’s death.
How Elesin Oba faces himself, his people and even his well educated son, after what meant important to them was stopped, is what the rest of the movie is about. Odunlade Adekola plays the titular role in this film that also stars Shaffy Bello, Olawale Ibrahim Ashimi, Deyemi Okanlawon, Omowunmi Dada, Jide Kosoko among others.