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Patrick Melrose, 1983, The Haunting of Hill House – 5 must watch shows on the web!

Abhishek Srivastava picks his favourites from those web series which have not got the attention they deserve.

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When it comes to TV series, the general discourse through the year has only revolved around the big tickets. Stranger Things, Narcos, Sacred Games, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel hogged both, the limelight and dinner table conversations. But hidden amidst them were plenty of gems which failed to initiate conversation, and in the absence of any promotion, remained confined to the heaps of content on various platforms. Here are five gems which remain largely unexplored but make for a riveting watch.

The Haunting of Hill House

(The Haunting of Hill House is streaming currently on Netflix)

Most of the series on Netflix often carry some sort of noise and hoopla around them. It’s strange that when The Haunting of Hill House landed on Netflix, most did not have a clue. The appeal of Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s classic novel from 1959 lies in its old world charm which has virtually disappeared from the horizon, and has now been replaced by slasher and gory horror. The series deals with a family which is torn apart by a supernatural presence in their house, which takes a toll on each individual member. The novel on which this series is based is considered by many as a benchmark in the haunted house genre. According to Stephen King, the only two novels worthy of being dubbed ‘great’ in the supernatural realm in the past 100 years are The Turn of the Screw and The Haunting of Hill House. It’s recommended that this non-linear series should not be watched alone at night!


(1983 is streaming currently on Netflix)

Though Joshua Long is the showrunner of 1983, two episodes of the series have been directed by Agnieszka Holland, a revered figure in Polish film circles who was also nominated for an Oscar in the category of best writing and screenplay for her Europa Europa. Though Agnieszka has directed only two episodes out of the eight, the finesse and her stamp is evident in the entire series. The series is dystopian and imagines a Poland in which communism never fell. The very theme and the premise is eerie to say the least. The series is set in 2003 and begins with a terrorist attack that took place 20 years back. The Cold War never ended in the series. 1983 is a riveting watch and the Polish language should not be a deterrence. If you are fond of past international events, it’s a disturbing show to say the least.

Patrick Melrose

(Patrick Melrose is streaming currently on Hotstar Premium)

Benedict Cumberbatch delivers his career’s best performance in Patrick Melrose. Based on the Patrick Melrose novels by Edward Aubyn, the mini-series is a terrific watch. The first episode deals with two days in the life of Patrick in 1982, with flashes of his wretched childhood. Cumberbatch is so immersed in the character that by the time you are done with episode one, you can imagine no one except him playing the character. David Nicholls who has penned films like One Day, Starters for 10 and Far from the Madding Crowd in the past, has turned Aubyn’s creation into a disturbing and poignant character. The corruption in the British upper class too has been captured perfectly. If nothing that’s mentioned here appeals to you, watch it for the sheer brilliance of Benedict Cumberbatch.

Better Call Saul

(Better Call Saul is streaming currently on Netflix)

Some might find it strange to see Better Call Saul as part of this list, as the prequel to Breaking Bad has just got over with its fourth season. Though the series has been gathering all the love since the time it started airing, Indian audiences have somehow maintained a distance from it. Better Call Saul might not appeal to those in the audience who are looking for pace. The appeal of Jimmy McGill’s antics is a slow burner and therein lies the series’ appeal. The ease with which the series navigates between the past and the present is never inconsistent and every character is well crafted. It’s a pity that Bob Odenkirk was nominated for three consecutive years at the Golden Globes in the category of Best Performance By An Actor In A TV Series, but remained unlucky everytime. (Spoiler ahead) The series deals with the transformation of Jimmy McGill to Saul Goodman – and this happening only at the end of season four, says a lot about the pace of the series! Better Call Saul is closest to what defines a perfect series.

Escape at Dannemora

(Escape at Dannemora is streaming currently on Hotstar Premium)

One single reason to watch the show could solely be its star cast. Benicio Del Toro, Paul Dano and Patricia Arquette headline the series. The mini-series is based on a true prison break story that hogged the limelight in American newspapers in 2015. Arquette plays Tilly Mitchell, a married prison worker who falls in love with two inmates and helps them escape the confines of the prison. The pace of Escape at Dannemora might put off many but the patience is bound to yield fruits. Del Toro as Richard Matt for whom painting is a passion, is riveting, and so is Arquette. It’s a thrilling ride that’s guaranteed to slowly suck you in.



Angel Has Fallen: Audiences will connect with Mike Banning, says Producer Les Weldon

Producer Les Weldon, who has been with the Fallen series from the start, loves that as Banning is put under crushing pressure, it gives Gerard Butler more room to dive deep.

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Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen witnesses Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) on the verge of becoming the head of the Secret Service when an assassination attempt nearly kills President Trumbull and implicates Mike as the man responsible. Desperate to uncover the truth, he turns to some unlike allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm and save the country from imminent danger.

Producer Les Weldon, who has been with the Fallen series from the start, loves that as Banning is put under crushing pressure, it gives Gerard Butler more room to dive deep. Weldon united with fellow producers Butler, Alan Siegel, Matt O’Toole, John Thompson and Yariv Lerner for this installment. All were excited to see Butler bring a darker, harder edge to the beloved character while showing a new vulnerability—and keeping all the fun intact.

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“From the beginning, Mike Banning has been almost an extension of Gerry. They’re both dedicated, demanding guys, yet both have a really personable, emotional core,” observes Weldon. “That comes out even more in Angel Has Fallen and I think audiences will really connect with him. It’s very revealing to watch an incredible hero you’ve always seen chasing others, become the chased and desperate man.”

Angel Has Fallen also stars Morgan Freeman, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lance Reddick, Tim Blake Nelson, Piper Perabo, Nick Nolte and Danny Huston. The movie is directed by Ric Roman Waugh from a script by Robert Mark Kamen, and Ric Roman Waugh. For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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Here’s how makers of Dream Girl will give major throwback with another music track Dhagala Lagli Kala

Dream Girl’s director revealed that they will be welcoming the festival Ganesh Chaturthi with their yet another music track ‘Dhagala Lagli Kala’ which is a recreation of the original Marathi song and the makers are planning to give their interesting take on it.

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Dream girl poster

When it comes to music tracks, the makers of Dream Girl are on a huge roll with it. After calming our nerves with a fun-filled music track like ‘Dil Ka Telephone’ and getting us into the festive mood with ‘Radhe Radhe’, the film’s director revealed that they will be welcoming the festival Ganesh Chaturthi with their yet another music track ‘Dhagala Lagli Kala’ which is a recreation of the original Marathi song and the makers are planning to give their interesting take on it.

While giving insights about the music track, Raaj shares, “Dhagala Lagli Kala is a classic, iconic song and we have danced to its tune for years. It is peppy, groovy and compels you to shake a leg. It was Ekta’s (Kapoor, producer) idea to recreate this popular foot-tapping number with the Ganpati festival being around the corner. We loved the idea, and feel that as a promotional track, it will widen the scope of the film beyond communities. Our first song, Radhe Radhe, celebrates the spirit of Janmashtami and this one releasing during Ganeshotsav will pump up the festivities.”

Video of Radhe Radhe song:

The director further says, “This song has a different vibe and it’s got amazing Marathi parts, which has a rap-like melody that we have sung ourselves. It has got amazing catchy Marathi beats and we have also added some live guitars as well as electronic programs around it. It has ‘let’s dance’ written all over it. And I think this will be the biggest welcome for Ganesh Chaturthi in terms of music.”

No doubt that this music track is going to be loved by all the fans, as the song Dhagala Lagli Kala has just not been a song, but also an emotion for the youth as it has been a part of fans lives in their childhood and teen years. The makers will be giving the youth the best nostalgia by giving it a dash of live guitars and electronic programs which would make the song even more dynamic. Top of it, this music track been played during Ganeshostav has made all the fans pumped up and they can’t wait anymore to groove on this music track. For more updates from Bollywood stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Here’s why Disha Patani has been roped in to be the new brand ambassador for this iconic brand

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Disha Patani

Disha Patani is the name to reckon with in today’s times. Given her delightful debut with the film MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the actress has left no stone unturned to carve out a strong niche for herself in the industry and has managed to gain a humongous fan following. So much so, that she has been roped in as the new brand ambassador for popular beverage brand Pepsi. As is known, Pepsi has always had big names associated with them, as they appeal to the youth the most. The gigantic popularity of the brand is synonymous with the massive popularity of the superstars who have endorsed the brand in likewise fashion.

The first of them names which were the brand ambassadors of Pepsi India include Aamir Khan, model and ex-Miss World Aishwarya Rai followed by the likes of  Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukherjee, Kajol, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, as well as the national cricket team, amongst many others. Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone were signed for Pepsi’s Youngistan campaign which targeted the youth.


Pepsi’s brand ambassadors over the years.

And now, Disha is the latest icon to be the face of Pepsi and this comes as no surprise as the star is winning hearts worldwide! With her enchanting smile, well worked upon body, and her various skills such as dancing, martial arts amongst others, she is all set to promote Pepsi to the best of her capabilities!

Only three years and three films old in Bollywood, Disha Patani is already known for her wise choices be it MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), Baaghi 2 (2018), and now Bharat which all spell success at the box office every time. Also hailed as Bollywood’s ‘Jawani Janeman’, actress Disha Patani has aced the act in each one of her projects – raking up to a streak of all 100 crore club films.

Owing to her humongous fan base, the actress is famous for her brave choices of films. The actress is not only loved and adored by her fans but film-makers also. She is the face of several international brands and the constant sneak peeks of her dance and fitness videos are a treat to the fans all across. For more updates from Bollywood stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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