Stuck in a global pandemic lapped up in anxiety, elected leaders clowning while playing on sobriety – 2020 has not exactly been the brightest of times. But fear not for the digital age is here to our rescues, being just like alcohol – the problem and the solve.
Along with several other streaming platforms such as Amazon Prime, Disney+, and Hulu – Netflix has been keeping us company and a tremendously active one at that, during these gloomy times. Let’s have a look at some of its engaging content that hooked us, entertained us, and made us think through a pandemic.
1. Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare
Beginning at the latest – Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare hit the small screens only recently. The quirky tale of two sisters on an offbeat path to feminism shines from its title to its credits. Hosting a melee of acclaimed performers – the film belongs to more unheard voices than one can guess at first glance. Konkona Sensharma, giving an insight into the “nosy aunty” through her character Dolly; and Bhumi Pednekar bursting the myths of being a young girl in a big city with her Kitty – glitter in this though-worthy film.
2. Enola Holmes
Speaking of feminist narratives, we cannot forget Eleven’s latest venture. Last seen in BBC produced Sherlock, Sherlock Holmes’ sister fell just short of being aspirational in the television series where her character was shown as a manipulative genius. Enola Holmes, however, corrects this storytelling by introducing a young, bright woman who is constantly jumping through the incessant hoops of patriarchy. Millie Bobby Brown’s bold and powerful stance makes for a fun watch and, a fair chance to the sidetracked brilliant Holmes sister.
Another Vikrant Massey starrer – someone has rightly said that Vikrant Massey of late, has become the Radhika Apte of Netflix. Silently glowing in the role of a dignified Spaceship Captain, this one ‘Asur’ is probably our favorite. Told employing Indian mythology as a background, this sweet film is deeper than its surface allows for. Subtly infusing concepts of rebirths and life after death – this film lightly raises several questions and vanishes into mystery. The treatment is light and casual, yet makes your time very well spent.
4. Never Have I Ever
This US sitcom by Mindy Kaling is a beautiful coming-of-age tale wrapped up in the guise of a teen drama. Life for a first-generation Indian-American, Devi, is refreshingly devoid of any stereotypical pet-peeves. She is clumsy, hopeful, young, and charmingly real. The best suggestion about this series is probably to not judge it by its title. What might come off as yet another teenage chick-flick, is actually a positive, fulfilling, and respectful take at growing up. Not growing up an NRI, or even growing up Indian. Just growing up – if one can stop themselves from culturally appropriating creative content for once.
5. Raat Akeli Hai
To list Netflix contents, and not include Radhika Apte – is that even possible? First and foremost, to burst the bubble: no, it is nothing like Knives Out. This is not a Hindi version of Knives Out. The only similarity between the two is their both centering around investigating a joint family. The similarities stop there. Raat Akeli Hai is a social commentary more than it is a thriller. Brimming with stellar performances from Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, and the like – Raat Akeli Hai is not an adaptation, but a film rightfully of its own.
Do let us know if you would like to suggest some honorable mentions. What did you like watching most on Netflix this year?