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Old 24th May 2020, 11:35   #2971
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Killing Eve S03 is out. But with the demise of Hooq, I don't see it on Disney-Hotstar. Does it exist anywhere on a streaming platform? The first two seasons had me hooqed!
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It's on Apple TV. A very compelling story of a TV network involved in the #MeToo scandal. Resse Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston are terrific in their character roles. Even Steve Carell who we usually associate with comedies has turned a great serious performance. A must watch if you like Dramas. Especially the season Finale is one of the best I have seen. A solid 4.5/5 for this.
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A new series on Netflix from the makers of Ghoul - Betaal.



From whatever I have seen of it, seems to borrow ideas from Tumbaad, Avatar, GOT (Whitewalkers) + the usual zombie flicks etc. Plus from Ghoul itself - an army unit in a closed space, facing evil.

Production value seems high and looks slick. No recommendation yet, as I am yet to finish the 1st episode.

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Paatal Lok: 5/5
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Paatal Lok = 5/5 stars. Superb series .
+1 to Paatal Lok. Great screenplay and writing backed by some solid acting. Focusing on the basics of storytelling always delivers! Would rate this higher than Mirzapur and Sacred Games.

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Normal People - Available on Hulu. Can be watched on Stremio.

IMDB Link - 8.7/10

My Rating - 8/10.

A melancholy trip worth taking, if only to remind of one's past teenage years and how vulnerable and emotionally-exhausting young-love CAN get.

It could never have come under my radar but was suggested on a subreddit I visit.
Really liked the vibes! Great chemistry amongst the actors! Reminded me of someone I had shut off in my head.

PS: NSFW scenes aplenty.
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Started with Betaal on Netflix.

Poor story coupled with equally bad screenplay and indifferent acting. I regret having started to watch this. Just continuing for the sake of completing it. One consolation is that the number of episodes are less.

Also watched Pataal lok. One the better hindi series I would say if not the best. Makes for a compelling watch. Jaideep Ahlawat is the show stopper.
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Upload on Prime is recommended for light watching paired with straight story line.
Right now just one season, but I'm sure there's another one in the pipeline
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वैसे ये सब तो शास्त्रों में लिखा है पर मैना WhatsApp पर पढ़ा है।।

A power performance from Jaideep Ahlawat in Prime"s Patallok.
PatalLok is a stunning achievement on virtually every level. A Neo-noir attempt in the series that too with Indian background made wonders. It is a binge-worthy series. It's not possible to watch it in instalment. Hathiram Chaudhary is one crazy cop, he will not let you go that easily. Some words like "outer Jamana Par" or "Need to know basis" or "Masterji" will keep echoing In your mind. The only regret that they wasted one of my favourite Gul Panag.

Good Job Anushka Sharma (as producer)
A must watch.....4/5

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A new series on Netflix from the makers of Ghoul - Betaal.

From whatever I have seen of it, seems to borrow ideas from Tumbaad, Avatar, GOT (Whitewalkers) + the usual zombie flicks etc. Plus from Ghoul itself - an army unit in a closed space, facing evil.

Production value seems high and looks slick. No recommendation yet, as I am yet to finish the 1st episode.
Hi, I just finished watching this day before yesterday. The first episode starts off well and looks like there will be exciting times to come, but later the engine starts misfiring from the start of 2nd episode and after that it gets to state that even a rebuild can't save it.

You can watch/rewatch Ghoul again to see some amazing horror if you want, this one is totally avoid.

0/5 from me on this.
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Saw a few series on Netlfix:-

Narcos - Brilliant depiction of the Colombian drug scene with Escobar (S1 & 2) & Cali Cartel (S3). Good acting & overall pace of the narrative is consistent in most parts. A must watch for people who like this genre.

Narcos: Mexico - Disappointing! A big letdown after Narcos. Story is just not gripping enough. Strictly average watch. Not sure if El Chapo is worth a watch after watching these 2 series.

She - An undercover assignment to expose a drug ring by a Mumbai constable. Did not have much expectations being an Indian series. Had potential & the makers try to buildup something but its neither a thriller nor interesting enough to keep you hooked! Probably needed more of Vijay Verma who puts in a good performance.
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Guys, I strongly recommend Special Ops if you like action + crime thrillers. Superb series on Hot Star with a very engaging story. No surprise it's by Neeraj Pandey who has also made movies like A Wednesday, Special 26 & MS Dhoni.
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Saw a few series on Netlfix:-

Narcos - Brilliant depiction of the Colombian drug scene with Escobar (S1 & 2) & Cali Cartel (S3). Good acting & overall pace of the narrative is consistent in most parts. A must watch for people who like this genre.

Narcos: Mexico - Disappointing! A big letdown after Narcos. Story is just not gripping enough. Strictly average watch. Not sure if El Chapo is worth a watch after watching these 2 series.
Watch El Chapo too.
There is a reference made in Narcos Mexico. Thats a brilliant one, comparable to Narcos.
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I have just finished watching all the seasons of Ozark on Netflix India.
There is finance, financial advisor, drugs, cartels, crime, and FBI. An old wine (Breaking Bad) in a new bottle!
The pacing is slow. Every season, it starts off at a lethargic pace and then gathers steam towards the end.
Apart from that, I don't have much to complain about. The backdrop is scenic, the music is not overdone, the characters are well made and since it takes longer to build the characters, I'm emotionally invested into them.

A good watch if you are a fan of Breaking Bad genre. I would rate them 8 out of 10.
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My personal opinion on series that are popular or which I have liked - listed in no particular order. Obvious names are up front but list widens later. Some oldies that I re-watched recently are also listed - just because they're fresh in my mind. In movies, I highly recommend Tumbbad - an outstanding film shot amazingly well too.

1. Special Ops: (4/5)
2. Ghoul (4.5/5)
3. Leila (3.5/5)
4. Paatal Lok (5/5)
5. Mirzapur (3.5/5)
6. Made in Heaven (4.5/5)
7. Betaal (2.5/5)
8. Money Heist (3/5) - massively overrated IMO
9. Panchayat (4/5) - bit slow I felt but I guess intended to be so.
10. Modern Love (5/5)
11. You (4.5/5)
12. Sacred Games (5/5)
13. Black Mirror (5/5)
14. The Fall (4/5)
15. Sex Education (5/5)
16. Narcos (4.5/5) - but only the pablo seasons. Mexico I didn't like.
17. Perfume (4/5)
18. Coupling (4.5/5) - last season drops a bit but otherwise - brilliant
19. Sherlock (5/5)
20. Yes Minister (5/5)

On a side note, I watched several episodes of Shriman Shrimati on youtube over the course of the lockdown. Its still super funny.
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Paatal Lok: 5/5

Wow, what a refreshing series - showing the underbelly of crime with all the trimmings - caste violence, politics, media bias, gender violence, Islamaphobia, lower class struggles, naxal struggles, sexism and middle-class problems. Did I leave anything out?

What I liked most of all was that the series touched upon all this without dwelling on any of it - it was all locked up in the series. And that not once did you think - "I know how the rest of this series is going to pan out"

I thought Jaideep Ahlawat played the role really well! I would put his performance way up there with Tony Dalton in S5 of Better Call Saul.
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