F9, The Suicide Squad, Bhuj: The Pride of India, and More: August Guide to Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ Hotstar
Alongside Navarasa, Shershaah, Bhuj: The Pride of India, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Fast & Furious 9 (aka F9) and The Suicide Squad are the biggest international titles to watch this August — the first two are coming to (Indian) cinemas, two are already streaming (in the US) and the other will be. F9 released July 30 on-demand in the US, almost three weeks prior to its August 19 India release date. It was going to release earlier in India but got delayed by two weeks.
The Suicide Squad is hitting India on August 5 in line with its global release date, with Warner hoping to avoid the major piracy situation that Universal finds itself in, with F9 being torrented widely.
The Suicide Squad is out August 6 on HBO Max, after all. Speaking of superheroes, Marvel also has a new (animated) series in What If…? that begins August 11 on Disney+ Hotstar.
From India, there are a couple of pop patriotic war dramas for the Independence Day weekend. Amazon Prime Video rolls out Kargil War-set Shershaah, led by Siddharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, and produced by Karan Johar, on August 12. Disney+ Hotstar will follow it on August 13 with a tale from 1971 Indo-Pakistan War in Bhuj: The Pride of India, starring Ajay Devgn, Sanjay Dutt, and Sonakshi Sinha. Disney+ Hotstar also has a period drama in The Empire, about the rise and fall of the Mughal Empire, in August.
If you are looking for more Indian content, Mani Ratnam presents a nine-film anthology called Navarasa, dropping August 6 on Netflix. Revathy, Parvathy, Anjali, Aditi Balan, Vijay Sethupathy, Arvind Swamy, Siddarth, Prakashraj, and Yogi Babu are among its massive cast.
For those looking for big names, August has Hugh Jackman in the sci-fi film Reminiscence available August 20 on HBO Max. It should come to Indian cinemas at the same time too. Emma Stone is Cruella in Cruella, out August 27 on Disney+ Hotstar.
Nicole Kidman and Melissa McCarthy lead a packed cast for Nine Perfect Strangers, which starts August 20 on Amazon Prime Video in India. Sandra Oh leads the cast of The Chair — Game of Thrones creators are involved — also out August 20 but on Netflix.
On the same day on the same platform, Jason Momoa hunts for the truth and runs from big pharma in Sweet Girl. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt does everything (acting, writing, directing and producing) on his new Apple TV+ series Mr. Corman, premiering August 6.