‘Lust Stories’, ‘Masaan’, ‘Glow’ S2: Top Netflix Picks of June
Netizens in India still can’t devour Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown on Netflix but there’s some respite. Here’s a list of the most coveted originals, movies and TV shows streaming on the platform in June.
From strained marriages to sexual hiccups: four stories of love, lust, sex and desires -- some illicit, some unrequited. With a bevy of formidable names of directors associated with the anthology - Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee - this one makes for a must watch. Lust Stories stars Radhika Apte, Manisha Koirala, Vicky Kaushal, Bhumi Pednekar, Kiara Advani and Neha Dhupia amongst others.
Netflix Original Film Available From: 15 June
Glow Season 2
Armed with leotards, leg warmers and plenty of lipstick, the women of GLOW are back in the ring for a second round. Starring Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron and Sydelle Noel, the GLOW squad acquires a local celebrity status, and must grapple with the double-edged sword of their newfound fame.
Netflix Original Series Available From: 29 June
Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 2
As his popularity soars, Luke Cage finds his world suddenly upended by a mysterious newcomer with astonishing powers -- and sinister plans for Harlem. This time around, the black women seem to be taking centre stage. Exhibit dialogue: “Black women have always had superpowers, turning pain into progress.”
Netflix Original Series Available From: 19 June
One of the most anticipated docuseries from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, The Staircase offers an illuminating, inside look at the high-profile murder case of author Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife in 2001. The documentary series poses uncomfortable questions - What if Michael Peterson didn't kill his wife, but nor did she just accidentally fall down the stairs?
Netflix Original Documentary Available From: 19 June
Sense8 - The Series Finale
The series follows eight people from around the world who share the tenuous connection of an impossible psychic link. Their gift of telepathic communication made them targets for extermination. But it's the one thing keeping them alive. Featuring Indian actors like Tina Desai and Purab Kohli, the fans are already mourning the loss of the show. It marked the first foray into television/Netflix for renowned filmmakers Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski ("The Matrix Reloaded"), who created the series with J. Michael Straczynski ("Thor").
Netflix Original Series Available From: June 8
Brace yourself for Australia’s first Muslim rom-com, from Jeffrey Walker (Difficult People, Modern Family) . After telling a white lie that spins out of control, the son of an Iraqi-born cleric in Melbourne becomes torn between family duty and his own romantic desires. The smart, funny, and poignant film also explores family dynamics and generation.
Netflix Original Series Available From: 8 June
The National Award winning film by Neeraj Ghaywan and writer Varun Grover is now available for streaming. The Cannes winner is a critics’ darling that gave us the wonder of Vicky Kaushal. Then there’s Avinash Arun’s immersive cinematography that captures Benaras without exoticising it. The film’s triumph is its portrayal of the complex social reality of caste.
Anabel abandons her daughter Chiara when she was barely eight years old. Thirty-five years later Chiara returns with a strange request for her mother; she asks her to spend ten days with her. Anabel sees in that trip the chance to get her daughter back, but she is not aware that Chiara has a hidden agenda and that she will confront the most important decision of her life. Sunday’s Illness or La Enfermedad Del Domingo poignantly captures a strained mother-daughter relationship.
Churchill's Secret Agents: The New Recruits
In this history-steeped reality series, 14 contestants undergo the same rigorous four-day selection process as England's top-secret World War II spies. Based on true events, this series delves deep into the top-secret recruiting and training of Britain’s SOE program during World War II.
Available From: 29 June
W. Kamau Bell: Private School Negro
Activist and comedian W. Kamau Bell muses on parenting in the Trump era, "free speech" dustups, woke children's TV and his fear of going off the grid.
Other Titles to Look Out For
Marvel’s The Avengers
Pixar’s The Incredibles
Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger
Cooking on High
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