As we step into the new year of 2024, the echoes of 2023’s cinematic journey still resonate in the hearts of Bollywood enthusiasts. The year brought forth a diverse array of films, both acclaimed and criticized, captivating audiences on the silver screen and the realm of OTT. While some movies secured their spots as must-watch theatrical experiences, others left audiences anticipating their digital debuts.
Among the cinematic treasures of 2023 awaiting their OTT releases, a handful stand out as highly anticipated online watches. Let’s delve into the stories that audiences are patiently awaiting to stream.
Raj Rachakonda’s 8 A.M. Metro, a lighthearted drama featuring Gulshan Devaiah and Saiyami Kher, takes viewers on an unexpected journey of two strangers forming an improbable bond during a chance encounter in the metro. Released in May 2023, the film’s charm is yet to grace OTT platforms.
Iravati, a compelling tale directed by an unnamed filmmaker, follows the life-altering journey of a 29-year-old housewife from Nanded, finding solace in unexpected companionship while caring for her bedridden pregnant sister in Hyderabad. The film promises numerous adventures but is still to make its online debut.
Umesh Shukla’s Aankh Micholi, a November 2023 release featuring Paresh Rawal, Mrunal Thakur, and Abhimanyu Dassani, explores the dynamics of a dysfunctional family. Despite a lukewarm reception at the box office, audiences are eager to catch this comedy on OTT platforms.
The heist thriller Farrey, directed by Soumendra Padhi and released in November 2023, presents a gripping narrative with Alizeh Agnihotri in a leading role. As a sequel to the 2017 Thai film Bad Genius, the film’s intricate plot is yet to unfold on digital screens.
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A Hero is Born, a post-apocalyptic dystopian action comedy featuring Tiger Shroff, Kriti Sanon, and Amitabh Bachchan, faced mixed reviews upon its theatrical release in October 2023. With a budget of ₹200 crore, the film’s online premiere is highly anticipated.
The controversial drama The Kerala Story, directed by Sudipto Sen and Vipul Amrutlal Shah, stirred debates upon its release on May 5, 2023. Despite being the fifth highest-grossing Hindi film of 2023, the film faced criticism for its alleged promotion of Islamophobic propaganda. As legal battles and protests ensue, audiences await its OTT arrival.
Yash Raj Films’ action thriller Tiger 3, directed by Maneesh Sharma and featuring Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Emraan Hashmi, continued the Spy Universe saga after the events of Tiger Zinda Hai, War, and Pathaan. Released on November 12, 2023, the film divided critics, but its global success of ₹466.63 crore has left fans eager for its online premiere.
Yaariyan 2, a romantic drama directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru, explores the coming-of-age adventures of three cousins in Mumbai. Released in 2023, the film awaits its digital debut, promising a tale of love, friendship, and self-discovery.
Laxman Utekar’s Zara Hatke Zara Bachke, a romantic comedy featuring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan, unexpectedly became a hit, earning ₹115.89 crore globally on a budget of ₹40 crore. The film’s quirky plot about a married couple seeking independence is yet to entertain audiences on OTT platforms.
Finally, Nandita Das’s drama Zwigato, starring Kapil Sharma and Shahana Goswami, portrays the unforgiving nature of life in modern-day Bhubaneswar. Premiered at the 2022 Toronto Worldwide Film Celebration, the film’s exploration of the challenges faced by its characters is eagerly awaited by online audiences.
As the curtains rise on 2024, Bollywood enthusiasts are poised for a cinematic feast as these 2023 gems prepare to make their mark on OTT platforms, promising a diverse range of genres and stories for audiences to indulge in.