The most binge-worthy releases on Netflix, Prime and Disney+.
By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales
Featuring the stellar acting talents of Shefali Shah (known for her role in Human and Delhi Crime) and celebrated actress Vidya Balan, Jalsa is a gripping story of an A-list journalist and her cook as they navigate what Prime Video is calling “a captivating tale of conflict.” While not much else is known about the film, it promises to have the twists and turns and edge-of-your-seat intrigue expected from a Prime Video and Abundantia Entertainment collaboration, all under the deft directorial hand of Suresh Triveni.
Release date: 18th March
TURNING RED (DISNEY+ HOTSTAR)
While a new Pixar release is always cause for celebration for those of us who’ve fallen in love with their beautiful art and emotional story beats, this time, the animation juggernaut is skipping the cinemas and releasing their latest masterpiece exclusively on Disney+. Only the second-ever Pixar film to feature an Asian protagonist, and the first to be directed solely by a woman (Domee Shi), Turning Red revolves around 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian Mei, who turns into a giant red panda whenever she’s emotional. Despite the potential for hilarity, the film promises to be a coming-of- age tale full of heart that will touch on hard-hitting topics like family duty, puberty, and cultural expectations, and will feature the talents of familiar favourites such as Sandra Oh and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (of Never Have I Ever fame).
Release date: 11th March
BRIDGERTON SEASON 2 (NETFLIX)
Netflix’s smash hit, Bridgerton, is back to grace our screens with another season of regency drama, saucy aristocrats, and eye-catching outfits. Lady Whistledown, whose unexpected identity was dramatically revealed to viewers last season, picks up her pen again to follow Bridgerton scion Anthony’s quest for love, this time with desi British actress Simone Ashley taking on the role of his love interest, Kate Sharma. Following the second novel of the series, The Viscount Who Loved Me (2000), this season promises plenty more of the scandal and steamy romance that launched the first to sky-high popularity.
Release date: 25th March
MOON KNIGHT (DISNEY+ HOTSTAR)
Probably the most-anticipated Marvel series in the first quarter of 2022, Moon Knight promises to be a gritty, eerie, and violent introduction to what many consider to be Marvel’s supernatural version of Batman (yes superfans, we know he’s much more than that!) Featuring the eminently talented and attractive Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector, an Egyptologist who suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, the series follows his slow descent (or perhaps, ascent) to vigilantism, with plenty of compelling cinematography, incredible fight sequences, and uncanny supernatural happenings to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Release date: 30th March