10 Great Films On Hotstar That You Can Stream Right Now: After Netflix and Amazon Prime, Hotstar is one of the most used streaming apps to watch movies and TV Shows. For a yearly subscription cost of Rs 1,499 (approx. 20 US Dollars), it’s an amazing bargain for the number of options they offer. But still, not every movie out there is worth your time. In this article, we skimmed through a seemingly never-ending list of movies and selected a list of top ten movies you can stream on Hotstar right now. So, sit back and enjoy the list.
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Have you ever come across a film that has the power to transform you, that inconspicuously changes your worldview for the good? Dead Poets Society is regarded as a gem as it gets under your skin, and many don’t even realize how much their behavior gets conditioned a certain way because of this film until someone points it out. Back in the day, when we all were young, do you remember standing still for a moment and thinking about your role in the grander scheme of things? The brimming youth overflowing with hormones hardly thinks about these issues. They enjoy the moments they come by. The film dives deep into these emotions and makes you realize how big of a responsibility you have on you to make this world a wonderful place even by a small gesture.
Dead Poets Society is an English teacher’s story in a private academy that uses unorthodox methods to teach his students about poetry. His pedagogy certainly forces you to become a philosopher in order to feel the poetry run through your veins while making you question some heavy mysteries of humanity. Did we take birth in this world to work for the big corporations? We are all dust, and we will go back to being dust. We have so little precious time that it should be utilized to make a difference and not waste it away. As John Keating puts it, “we have a moral obligation to seize the day and make our lives extraordinary.”
The Favourite (2018)
The Favourite, set in 18th Century England, narrates the story of young Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, and her cousin Abigail, who want to earn the Queen’s affection. Both concoct different plans driven by self-interest. The difference in their motives leads to a bitter rivalry. The film is aesthetically flawless, as it explores the corruptive nature of power with a savage morality play. Without a doubt, the acting is superb, with the actors delivering pseudo-omniscient glare with a dark absurdist tone.
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The pitch-black comedy and the characters’ eccentricity do remind of Lanthimos’ The Lobster (2015) and The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017). It begins with a relatively comical first half but ends on a very dark note. The perfect way to describe this movie is to regard it as merciless satire, where the true nature of people’s pettiness comes out entirely as the battle for power ensues.
Isle of Dogs (2018)
If you love the cinema of Wes Anderson, there is no reason why you shouldn’t watch Isle of Dogs. This animated story is set in the Japanese city of Megasaki, 20 years after the outbreak of canine influenza. To save all the other town population, mayor Kobayashi’s ruling kitten party concludes moving all the dogs to a garbage island, essentially meaning death. But how can anyone give up on their loyal little pooches? A 12-year-old definitely couldn’t, and thus, he embarks on a journey, acquainting five stray malnourished dogs to save his pet dog.
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This film is a beautiful composition of all the emotions one gets to mature through during their pre-teens. There are moments to laugh about, to shed a tear, think about things, and ultimately smile about. This animation gem raises serious issues of political corruption, ecological damage, animal rights, and the basic idea of freedom that generally the world is so desperately fighting about.
Indian cinema is changing, and so is Indian audience’s sensibilities. Masaan revolves around love and loss and how these things intertwine the lives of its protagonists in the small town of Varanasi. The film doesn’t waste a single moment, and right from the start, the tragedy of its characters is unloaded upon you. The intensity of its tragedy makes you go numb right after watching the first 10 minutes of his movies. Masaan tackles many sensitive issues such as sexuality, caste-ism, greed, and the effects of corruption.
The power of a good story and cinematography makes you feel helpless as you cannot do anything to help the characters and find yourself glued to your seats. This movie presents its audience with a chance to evaluate their own lives and contemplate inwardly. It manages to teach you about the injustice people in several parts of India still face.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense stars Bruce Willis, who works as a child psychologist and is determined to remove the only speck he has in his otherwise fantastic career – an ex-patient’s suicide. Bruce promises to treat a child who confesses he can see dead people. The story sets a collaborative atmosphere of horror and psychology that keeps the viewer wondering what will happen next. M. Night Shyamalan, the writer and the director, is a master of psychological arts as he provides the audience with enough moments that can send a chill through your spine.
The film tries to draw attention to and address the problem each and everyone has – human communication. One superbly told ghost story brings this problem to our attention and explains with such truthfulness how interpersonal breakdown is sometimes irreversible, and it’s okay to be fearful. Every character has some communication problems in their personal lives, and even as the odds stack up against them, they stand up courageously and face their existential fears – even after they are dead. In short, Sixth Sense is a masterwork that provides well-rounded entertainment touching almost all the blue emotions in your body—a chilling and also a terrifying story about the victory of the human spirit.
An ugly state of the human mind and how greed controls ordinary people’s lives is brilliantly portrayed in Anurag Kashyap’s Ugly. Anurag Kashyap, time and again, reminds us why he is in a league of his own, as he keeps off steering from films that portray glitz and glamour. Ugly is about an ordinary group of people entwined in extraordinary circumstances of a little girl’s kidnapping. The characters in Ugly are extremely multi dimensional and as the film progresses, you can constantly sense your feelings towards the characters changing.
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Many other films that revolve around investigation stories, makes the viewers become their own detectives trying to predict each move just after 30 mins of watching it. In Ugly, the characters are constantly evolving and so it is always surpassing a viewer’s anticipation of the story’s progress. There are moments that are exceptionally hard-hitting and brings out a vivid response that can be different from person to person. If you’re looking for a good thriller, this is the film for you.
Vada Chennai (2018)
It took more than a decade to finish filming this movie, and it’s understandable. The movie is so well etched together with the characters’ portrayal, that the dialogues set in this non-linear narrative have become its own standard in showcasing mafia stories for Tamil films. This gangster movie can be easily placed alongside the likes of “Untouchables,” “The Godfather,” “Satya,” and “Gangs of Wasseypur.” The plot revolves around the journey of a boy raised in the slums, surrounded by petty gangsters, and his rise to the top.
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The protagonist’s narrative has been crafted in such details that it does not feel like a scripted film at all. As the movie goes on, you will find yourself cheering for the lead character played by Dhanush. The viewers are sure to have their moments where you will cry, hoot, have a gulp in your throat but end up with a smile on your face. Enjoy this intensive lawless film, where dirty politics is how you survive and ponder the right and wrong question.
Pixar’s whimsical romantic sci-fi set 800 years in the future; “Wall-E” explores a tender and heartwarming story of a lonely robot Wall-E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class), who is lives alone on the future’s trashed and abandoned Earth by humankind. Since the Earth became inhabitable, the humans drift into space to find a new planet and end up getting lazy living off in the spaceship for a couple of centuries. However, a probe, Eve (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), is sent back to Earth to search for any traces of life where Wall-E and Eve’s paths get entangled.
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Wall-E presents Eve with a ground-breaking revelation happening on Earth while also falling in love with her. As a masterpiece of silent modern cinema, it notches a level up by presenting the plot as a children’s tale but of the future dystopian world. It subtly yet powerfully throws light upon one of the most important environmental issues- unrestrained consumption. This masterpiece is possibly Pixar’s most original work with a fantastic visual design and poignant music imagery.
Force Majeure (2014)
Force Majeure is a ticking bomb, that explodes on emotional levels. A thin plot that revolves around a Swedish family as they visit a ski-resort in the holiday season, slowly evolves into a Bergman-esque drama and the results are devastating. While the family was having a nice breakfast at the deck of the lavish resort facilities, a controlled avalanche hits too close to the deck leaving everyone running for their lives inside the hotel. The instinctive reaction of the husband who grabs his iPhone and not the kids, leaves a gaping hole in their marriage.
Knowing that his husband ran for his life when the avalanche came too close leaving the wife and kids vulnerable, she later resents his reaction, assembling an argument every time they are with their friends. Force Majeure exceptionally exposes human frailty, and fickle decisiveness when something life-threatening happens. The display of how the inner morality of a person is weaker than we convince ourselves of, can hamper the emotional bond later when it comes to oneself and loved ones.
Mommy is a coming of age story, in which a mother (Anne Dorval) finds it challenging to help her troubled son (Antione Olivier Pilon). A glimmer of hope emerges out of nowhere when a mysterious neighbor offers her help and places herself in the household. Mommy has a profound effect as we begin to resonate with the three main protagonists and immerse ourselves in their world.
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It is also emotionally violent and unpredictable. ‘Mommy’ manages to draw inspiration from crises and challenges experienced by real-life people. Speaking of a profound effect, Mommy does remind one of the other coming of age movies like ‘Requiem for a Dream’ and ‘Basketball Diaries.’ It’s a gem by young filmmaker Xavier Dolan.