While I patiently wait for Doctor Strange: Multiverse Of Madeness’ theatric release this Friday, I’ll occupy myself with some solid OTT releases for the next two weeks. And as I won’t be over how fantastic the movie will be (’cause, you know, I’m a die-hard Marvel fan and love all the films), I will treat my withdrawal symptoms by watching the remaining shows and movies thereafter. Whether you’re as crazy a fan as I am or simply on the hunt for what to watch this May, we round up some of the cool new shows and movies for you to be entertained throughout the month.
1. Modern Love: Mumbai
The original international anthology series was an interesting watch with diverse stories centred around love. Now, we get an Indian version of the show, which I’m equally keen to see. Modern Love: Mumbai features six stories by filmmakers Vishal Bhardwaj, Hansal Mehta, Shonali Bose, Dhruv Sehgal, Alankrita Shrivastava, and Nupur Asthana. The official synopsis of Modern Love Mumbai reads, “Exploring six diverse stories of different shades of love, Amazon Original Modern Love Mumbai is one of those unique stories that come out very rarely. The series is going to take the audience on an amazing journey of love stories, exploring their different moods.” But out of them all, I’m personally intrigued by the ones involving Ranveer Brar and Pratik Gandhi, Masaba Gupta and Ritwik Bhowmik, and Chitrangada Singh and Arshad Warsi. And after Modern: love Mumbai, the series extends to Modern Love: Chennai and Modern Love: Hyderabad.
Releasing on Amazon Prime Video on May 13
2. The Pentaverate
Watch the Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers make his comeback on a TV series for the first time after more than a decade. The six-episode show revolves around a secret society that has been trying to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347 (Illuminati, much?). Here’s where Myers comes into the picture tho. The actor plays a Canadian journalist who sets on a journey to unravel what’s been hidden from the world and discover the truth!
Releasing on Netflix on May 5
The month of May sees another sports drama unfold on screen and this time, it has Amitabh Bachchan as the lead. Jhund is based on the life of Vijay Barse, a retired sports teacher who founded an NGO called Slum Soccer. He managed to rehabilitate the lives of street kids by keeping them off drugs and illegal activities by discovering their hidden talent of playing soccer, turning them into soccer players, and building a whole team.
Releasing on May 6 on Zee5
Father-son duo Anil Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor come together on screen once again (after AK VS AK) for Thar. Set in the eighties, the action-packed drama essays the story of an antique dealer Siddharth (Harshvardhan). He shifts to Pushkar–a remote village in Rajasthan that has recently been rocked by a series of violent killings–for a job, and embarks on a journey to avenge his past.
Releasing on Netflix on May 6
From a live-action drama to multiple reinterpretations, you never get bored of watching the classic fairytale. Last year, Amazon Prime Video released its rendition starring Camila Cabello as Cinderella. This time, Disney+ Hotstar will release a gender-flipped spin on the original story as a musical. Glass slippers are replaced with sneakers! Set in the avant-garde street-sneaker subculture of New York City, the feel-good story is about an aspiring sneaker designer, El (played by Chosen Jacobs) from Queens who works as a stock boy in the shoe store that once belonged to his late mother. When he has a chance encounter with Kira King (Lexi Underwood), things change for the better. And with passion and a sprinkle of magic, El finds the courage to achieve his dream. We’re fascinated to see how this reimagined tale unfolds on screen.
Releasing on May 13 on Disney+ Hotstar
6. Senior Year
Imagine you’re a high school cheerleader who performs a stunt that goes wrong and puts you in a coma just before your much-anticipated prom. Twenty years later, you wake up and wish to return to high school to reclaim your status and become prom queen. This is exactly the order of events for Stephanie Conway in the upcoming film, Senior Year. And her role is portrayed by the entertaining star Rebel Wilson.
Releasing on Netflix on May 13
7. Meltdown: Three Mile Island
The Three Mile Island accident is widely considered the most serious accident in the U.S. commercial nuclear power plant operating history, and the upcoming four-part documentary revolves around this near-catastrophic event. According to the official synopsis, “It tells the story of ordinary people having the courage to do extraordinary things. Meltdown tackles the near catastrophe at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania through the lens of chief engineer and whistleblower, Richard Parks, as well as the community it impacted. Dramatic reenactments, archival footage, never-before-seen home video, and in-depth interviews bring viewers into the worst nuclear incident in U.S. history.”
Releasing on Netflix on May 4
These aren’t the only new shows and films coming this May. there are many more. Stay tuned for part two!
And in case you missed any of the releases from last month, here’s a list to help you keep up.