Netflix is seeking to bring back all your nightmares after watching The Grudge, with Ju-On: Origins, their first Japanese horror Original. It stems from the Japanese-American horror franchise created by Takashi Shimizu, which began in 1998. The franchise consists, to date, of 13 films, including 4 American-produced films starting with The Grudge starring Sarah Michelle Gellar.

After doing the rounds of festivals, Manoj Bajpayee’s film Bhonsle is now streaming on SonyLiv. The story about Mumbai’s decades-old anti-North Indian conflict, releasing amid the nationwide migrant crisis, has found renewed relevance.

Here are more titles that you should check out this week.

Bhonsle (SonyLIV)

A terminally-ill Maharashtrian cop Bhonsle, retired against his will, finds himself forging an unlikely companionship with a 23 year old North-Indian girl and her little brother. As the raging conflict destroying the world around them reaches Bhonsle’s doorstep, he preps for one last battle worth fighting for, but will we succeed? Directed by Devashish Makhija, the movie features Manoj Bajpayee along with Santosh Juvekar, Ipshita Chakraborty Singh and Virat Vaibhav in lead roles.

JU-ON: Origins (Netflix)

The six-episode limited series tells the story of how the house in the JU-ON movie franchise, created by Takashi Shimizu, got its reputation as a cursed home. The house is cursed because of a grudge started when a woman, her son and his cat was killed by her jealous husband. Now, when people see her white-clad visage in the house, they’re haunted for life. But the series is not about how the woman in white came to occupy the house, but how its reputation to haunt whoever has been in the house and seen the woman started.

Hanna Season 2 (Amazon Prime Video)

Created and written by David Farr, directed by Sarah Adina Smith, the thrilling series stars Esme Creed-Miles in the lead, along with Joel Kinnaman, and Mireille Enos. The latest edition revolves around Hanna’s survival after her successful escape, and how she experiences life as a typical teenager while being engineered to combat and fight.

Hamilton (Disney+ Hotstar Premium)

An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world.“Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a core that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

Sufiyum Sujatayum (Amazon Prime Video)

Malayalam title Sufiyum Sujatayum has globally premiered on Amazon Prime Video. Produced by Vijay Babu and directed by Naranipuzha Shanavas, the Jayasurya and Aditi Rao Hydari starrer is the first Malayalam title to release directly on Amazon Prime Video. Sujata (Aditi Rao Hydari) is an innate mute single daughter of Mallikarjunan (Siddique) and Kamala (Kalarenjini). She falls in love with her neighbour, a Sufi (Dev Mohan) but her father gets her married off to a well-do-to NRI Rajeev (Jayasurya), in Dubai. Ten years have passed since and she thinks that she’s left that love in her past until, one day, she gets a call bringing the death news of Sufi. Her husband Rajeev decides to bring her back to the village.

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Actor Akshay Kumar on Monday said theatres have the “first birth right” over movies and though he”s excited his upcoming “Laxmmi Bomb” will stream digitally, he feels sad it couldn”t release on the big screen.

The horror-comedy is set to stream on Disney+Hotstar, bypassing a theatrical release as screens remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The streamer announced its slate of seven film which will have a direct-to-digital release, including Ajay Devgn’s “Bhuj: The Pride of India”, Abhishek Bachchan starrer “The Big Bull”, and “Sadak 2”, featuring Alia Bhatt.

In a virtual press conference, Akshay said OTT release was the only wise option in the current scenario.

“To be honest, today I am excited for this platform. But yes, I’ll say that I am also sad for theatres. After all, movies are theatres first birth right. But in the current situation, everyone’s safety is of utmost priority.

“Today with theatres being shut and people watching movies on OTT platforms, if I can make my fans happy by releasing film on Disney+Hotstar— which is a big platform with a massive reach—then I am glad,” Akshay told reporters.

“Laxmmi Bomb” would be the actor’s first digital release in a career of nearly three decades.

His “Sooryavanshi” co-star and longtime friend, Devgn, said he was equally thrilled to see his patriotic drama “Bhuj: The Pride of India” release on the platform.

“First thing that you want when you make a film is that more and more people get to watch it. The base of Disney+Hotstar is so huge that when ‘Bhuj’ will come every person will try to watch the film, besides the fact that the film should be good. We have tried to make a good film,” the actor told reporters.

Adding to Akshay’s comments, Uday Shankar, President, The Walt Disney Company APAC and Chairman, Star and Disney India, said no one but only fans of artistes have the right over films.

“If anyone has birth right over films, it’s the film goers and film fans. Fans of the actors, directors who want to see these films and it is our duty to show them films.

“What’s going to happen now is that our industry will grow bigger, be more successful, more people will be able to work, we will be able to produce more films. Theatres as well digital screens will survive and grow together with films.”

Shankar was of the view that a similar debate arose when TV first started airing films, with many fearing that people would stop going to cinema halls.

“But that didn’t happen. Cinema halls grew, more people started watching films, our screens grew, the economics of our films also grew.

“The digital premiere will give industry a new lease of life. It”s going to create a completely new world. Theatres will continue to be very important because it”s an experience in itself to go there,” he added.

As theatres continue to remain shut, release of many films have been affected.

Gulabo Sitabo and Shakuntala Devi biopic were among the first films to opt for a digital release on Amazon Prime Video, a move that had irked theatre owners and exhibitors.

Shankar said the digital medium will become an essential outlet for the industry.

“People visit a cinema hall maximum five times a year but watch more number of films on their TV and mobile phones… This will become a huge outlet for our industry to showcase more work. We should see this as big leap for our film industry today,” he added.

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Monday saw the grand announcement by Disney+ Hotstar that the streaming platform will be premiering seven major Bollywood films over the next few months and, within hours, the Carnival Cinemas group has come out to express “disappointment” with the trend of digital release of Bollywood films.

Without taking names, Carnival Cinemas CEO Mohan Umrotkar said in a statement: “We stand by our previous statement. It is very disappointing that the filmmakers are opting digital first route when we are just steps away from the theatrical releases with the reopening of cinema halls across the country with all the necessary precautions.”

“The economy is reopening and malls have already opened. They just need to have some more faith and patience to hold the content for the big screens, that is what it was made for.”

“During the lockdown we have participated in many surveys to realize that the audience is waiting for cinemas to reopen. For the entertainment industry to flourish everyone needs to stand by each other. And if films made for theaters release directly on streaming platforms it may hamper the overall growth of the ecosystem.”

Last month, Carnival Cinemas had issued a statement that said: “Though we are disappointed with the move of filmmakers to go straight to digital, we understand the financial burden/compulsion that one may have in these times…The situation is such that you cannot blame anyone. In this time of uncertainty some producers have decided to release their content directly on OTT. It is within their rights to decide but we will not release those movies in our theatres.”

On Monday afternoon it was announced that seven Bollywood movies will be releasing directly on an OTT platform. These are the Akshay Kumar-starrer “Laxmmi Bomb”, Ajay Devgn’s “Bhuj: The Pride Of India”, “Sadak 2” starring Alia Bhatt, Sushant Singh Rajput’s last film “Dil Bechara”, “The Big Bull” starring Abhishek Bachchan, Vidyut Jammwal-starrer “Khuda Haafiz” and “Lootcase” featuring Kunal Kemmu.

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Mahesh Bhatt released the first poster of his comeback directorial feature Sadak 2, starring daughters Alia Bhatt and Pooja Bhatt, on social media on Monday evening, and was almost immediately fending against massive trolling and hatred. Ever since the suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput earlier this month, Bhatt has been at the receiving end on social media, like many Bollywood celebrities who accused of promoting nepotism and scuttling the chances of outsiders.

Read: Alia Bhatt’s Sadak 2 Poster Invites Massive Trolling, Netizens Say ‘Boycott Film, Mahesh Bhatt’

Anushka Sharma and her new film on Netflix, Bulbbul, are facing social media flak over the lyrics of an age-old Bengali folk song used in the film. The song is ‘Kalankini Radha’, and the words roughly translate to ‘Ill-reputed Radha’. Netizens are upset with the lyrics because they feel it depicts Radha in a negative way.

Read: Anushka Sharma Trolled Over Bengali Folk Song Used in Bulbbul

Monday saw the grand announcement by Disney+ Hotstar that the streaming platform will be premiering seven major Bollywood films over the next few months and, within hours, the Carnival Cinemas group came out to express “disappointment” with the trend of digital release of Bollywood films.

Read: Carnival Cinemas ‘Disappointed’ After Announcements of Laxmmi Bomb, Sadak 2, Bhuj’s OTT Premieres

Shekhar Suman visited Sushant Singh Rajput’s family at the late actor’s ancestral home in Patna on Monday. He took to Twitter to inform everyone about his visit.

Read: Shekhar Suman Visits Sushant Singh Rajput’s Family in Patna, Says ‘No Matter What I Won’t Give Up’

Kartik Aaryan recalled the time when he jumped barricades to meet actress Sagarika Ghatge, in order to request her to convey a message to superstar Shah Rukh Khan. “2008 Mumbai Marathon! I jumped barricades to take a pic with Preeti Sabharwal #sagarikaghatge and also told her ‘Shah Rukh Khan ko mera Hi bolna’ @iamsrk sir did she convey (sic)?” Kartik wrote on social media.

Read: Here’s How Struggling Kartik Aaryan Tried to Get His Message Across to Shah Rukh Khan

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