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30 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 12th September - Part 2 - Bhoot Police, Helmet, Cinderella, Black Widow
We are back after a break of 2 weeks and we have a lot of TV shows and movies to talk about. So this week's watchlist will be in 2 parts. In this 2nd part, we start with the horror comedy Bhoot Police available on Hotstar which stars Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Yami Gautam and Jacqueline Fernandez. It is a story about 2 brothers who normally con people on the pretext of getting rid of ghosts. Yami Gautam finds them to save them from a ghost (Kichkandi) that is haunting her tea estate and during the process they come across actual ghosts. Next we talk about Helmet available on Zee5 and starring Aparshakti Khurana, Pranutan Behl, Abhishek Banerjee and others. The movie centres about the social cause of using contraceptives and how people have a stigma and prejudice against buying condoms in public for the fear of public humiliation. Next we move on to English movies, the first of which is Cinderella available on Amazon Prime and starring Camilla Cabello and others. It is a modern retelling on Cinderella in the form of a musical and deviates from the original story by Cinderella an independent and enterprising woman rather than a damsel in distress Finally we talk about Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour and others and is available on Hotstar. It follows the story of Natasha Romanov in the timeframe between Captain America : Civil War and Avengers : Infinity War where she traces her origins and searches for her pretend parents and sister.
24 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 12th September - Part 1 - Boyfriends and Girlfriends, The Empire
We are back after a break of 2 weeks and we have a lot of TV shows and movies to talk about. So this week's watchlist will be in 2 parts. In the 1st part, we talk about the Hoichoi webseries Boyfriends and Girlfriends starring Rwitobroto Mukherjee, Riddhi Sen, Ishaa Saha, Ujan Chatterjee, Adrija Roy and Madhurima Ghosh. It is a story about three friends and their respective partners and what happens when 2 of them are involved with the same girl which initially leads to fights but eventually friendship prevails. We next talk about the historical fiction called The Empire available on Hotstar starring Shabana Azmi, Kunal Kapoor, Dhrasti Dhami, Dino Morea, Aditya Seal, Imad Shah, Rahul Dev and others. It is based on the novel series Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford and traces the life of Mughal Emperors starting with Babur. The first season sees the rise of Babur from when he was 14 years old to the time when he defeats Ibrahim Lodi and takes control of Hindustan and subsequently dies.
22 minutes | Aug 29, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 29th August 2021 - The White Lotus, The Chair, Cruella
In this week's watchlist, we talk about 2 shows and a movie, all of them English (unfortunately) :-) ! We start with the satirical comedy The White Lotus, available on Hotstar. White Lotus is set in an exclusive Hawaiian resort and follows the stories of various guests and their interactions with the resort staff. As darker dynamics emerge with each passing day, this biting six-episode series gradually reveals the complex truths of the seemingly picture-perfect travellers, cheerful hotel employees, and idyllic locale itself. Next is a show called The Chair, available on Netflix. It stars Sandra Oh who is the newly appointed chair of the English department at Pembroke University. The first woman hired into the position, she attempts to ensure the tenure of a young black colleague, negotiate her relationship with her crush, friend, and well-known colleague Bill Dobson, and parent her strong-willed adopted daughter. Last we talk about Disney's modern adaptation of 101 Dalmatians, Cruella. Cruella stars Emma Stone, Emma Thomson, Mark Strong and others and provides the back story of Cruella de Vil.
25 minutes | Aug 15, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 15th August 2021 - REKKA, Shershaah, Bhuj, The Suicide Squad 2021
In this week's watchlist, we talk about 1 web series and 3 movies that we saw this week. We start with the Bengali web-series Rabindranath Ekhane Kokhono Khete Ashenni or REKKA. This web-series is based on a book of the same name by Bangladeshi author Mohammed Nazim Uddin and is directed by Srijit Mukherjee. It stars Azmeri Haque Badhon, Rahul Bose, Anirban Bhattacharya, Anjun Dutt, Anirban Chakraborty and others. It is about a restaurant called REKKA and it's mysterious owner Mushkan Zaveri and how a journalist tries to trace the origins of the owner and uncover a deadly secret about her. We then talk about the movie Shershaah, available on Amazon Prime, and stars Siddharth Malhotra. It tells the story of Captain Vikram Batra who died during the Kargill War in 1999. Next we briefly talk about Bhuj, available on Hotstar, and stars Ajay Devgn. It tells the story about a few people defending and reconstructing the Bhuj airbase during the Indo-Pakistan war of 1971. In a sharp contrast to Shershaan, Bhuj is an extremely over the top, hyper-nationalistic movie which is not enjoyable Finally, we talk about The Suicide Squad directed by James Gunn. It is about another mission where Amanda Waller sends the Task Force X (official name of Suicide Squad) to Corto Maltese to destroy a project run by the dictator of the small island nation.
23 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
Decade of Decay - Choto Bou
In this new segment called Decade of Decay, we talk about Bengali movies from the 80's and 90's that were so bad that they are good. In this week's episode we talk about the 1988 movie called Choto Bou starring Kali Banerjee, Meenakshi Goswami, Ranjit Mullick, Sandhya Roy, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Debika Mukherjee and others. The movie is directed by Anjan Choudhury and this is his first movie in the Bou series.
21 minutes | Aug 8, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 8th August 2021 - Dial 100, Jungle Cruise, F9, Masters of the Universe: Revelation
In this week's watchlist, we talk about 3 movies that we saw this week. We start with Dial 100, a Hindi movie starring Manoj Bajpayee, Neena Gupta, Sakshi Tanwar and directed by Rensil D'Silva. It is a thriller movie where a mother, Neena Gupta, is looking to avenge his son's death and how Manoj Bajpayee who is a police inspector and his wife Sakshi Tanwar get involved with her. We then talk about Disney's Jungle Cruise starring The Rock, Emily Blunt. It is an adventure movie about the search for the Tree of Life deep within the Amazon forest. Next is the latest movie in the Fast and Furious franchise, F9, starring Vin Diesel, John Cenna and the rest of the gang. This time they go outer space !!! Finally Somok talks about Masters of the Universe: Revelation, available on Netflix
22 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 2nd August 2021 - Mimi, Crash Landing on You, Sarpatta Parambarai, Lihaaf
In this week's watchlist, we talk about the movie Mimi available on Netflix and starring Kriti Shanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Sai Tamhankar, Manoj Pawa, Supriya Pathak and directed by Laxman Utekar. It deals with the issue of surrogacy and how the lives of several individuals get affected when things go wrong. Purbani talks about watching the popular K-drama Crash Landing On You available on Netfilx. Somok then talks about the Tamil boxing based movie Sarpatta Parambarai. We also talk about the short movie Lihaaf which is based on a book by the same name from author Ismat Chugtai. The movie is available on Voot
31 minutes | Jul 27, 2021
Decade of Decay - Sansar Sangram
In this new segment called Decade of Decay, we talk about Bengali movies from the 90's that were so bad that they are good. In this week's episode we talk about the 1995 movie called Sansar Sangram which sees Chiranjit credited as the story, screenplay, producer and director. He also plays the protagonist of the movie along with Ranjit Mullick, Satabdi Roy, Rituparna Sengupta, Dulal Lahiri, Shankar Chakraborty, Anup Kumar and others.
25 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 25th July 2021 - Murder in the Hills, Natkhat, Adi Sonal
In this week's watchlist, we talk about the new web series on Hoichoi app called Murder in the Hills. It is created by Anjan Dutt and stars Arjun Chakrabarty, Rajdeep Gupta, Sourav Chakraborty, Anindita Bose, Suprobhat Das, Sandipta Sen, Rajat Ganguly and Saswati Guha Thakurta. Set in Darjeeling, we see the death of film legend Tony (played by Dutt) and follow the investigative efforts of Arjun as tries to unravel the mystery and motive behind what seems to be a natural death. We also talk about 2 short films, Natkhat and Adi Sonal, which are part of the Voot Select Film Festival. Both short stories have a similar theme of gender inequality and injustices done towards women both in their own family as well as the outside society.
24 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Decade of Decay - Santan
In this new segment called Decade of Decay, we talk about Bengali movies from the 90's that were so bad that they are good. In this week's episode we talk about the 1999 movie called Santan starring Satya Bandopadhay, Geeta Dey, Ranjit Mallick, Chumki Choudhury, Biplab Chatterjee, Rita Koiral, Tapas Pal and others.
23 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 20th July 2021 - Toofan, Hiralal, Fear Street
In this week's watchlist, we talk about the movie Toofan on Amazon Prime and a Bengali movie Hiralal on Hoichoi We also discuss the 2nd and 3rd part of Fear Street on Netflix and Masterchef Australia 2021.
27 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Decade of Decay - Bhai Amar Bhai
In this new segment called Decade of Decay, we talk about Bengali movies from the 90's that were so bad that they are good. This week's episode features the 1996 movie called Bhai Amar Bhai starring Prosenjit, Chiranjeet, Abhishek and others.
19 minutes | Jul 11, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 11th July 2021 - Sophie: A Murder in West Cork, Dujone
In this week's watchlist, we talk of the Netflix true crime mini-series Sophie: A Murder in West Cork and a Bengali show on Hoichoi called Dujone. We also recommend the podcast Mythical Monsters available on Spotify
18 minutes | Jul 4, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 4th July 2021 - Haseen Dilruba, Fear Street Chapter 1, Ted Lasso
In this week's watchlist, we talk of 2 Netflix movies Haseen Dilruba and Fear Street Chapter 1 as well as the Apple TV comedy show Ted Lasso. We also recommend an audio show and podcast.
47 minutes | Jun 28, 2021
Weekly Watchlist - 28th June 2021 - Ray, Sherni
We are back with Bitter Bongs after a long break. We hope to do to a weekly wrapup of movies and shows that we have watched in the last week. This week we talk about Netflix's Ray, Amazon Prime's Sherni. We also talk about Jhinuk Mala as part of the 90's movies this week.
24 minutes | Dec 31, 2020
Top 20 of 2020
In this episode we talk about our top 20 TV shows and movies that we watched this year. This list includes both TV series and films across three languages - English, Hindi and Bengali
20 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
Feluda Pherot - Season 1
In this first episode of Bitter Bongs, we discuss Srijit Mukherjee's latest show Feluda Pherot - Season 1
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