We have plenty of streaming services that offer great content from all over the world available to us at the wink of the right broadband bandwidth.
But where do you go to if you want to watch something desi, something starring Amir Khan or Shah Rukh Khan in the 90s? You can now log on to Spuul, a streaming service that provides you the new, the old and the gold of Indian cinema. The subscription costs a measly ₹ 150 per month, so go ahead make an account and log in. Here’s what we think you should start your Spuul binge watching spree with:
This isn't the right movie to see if you are looking for candy floss entertainment and plush sets.Dark and realistic are two words that can describe this movie. Kanu Behl's directorial debut takes us into the lives of a family of carjackers in suburban Delhi. Behl not only portrays the emotional angst of the family very well, but he also shows the disturbing class difference that urbanisation and corporate culture have brought to big cities.
Shootout at Wadala
Looking to entertain yourself with a good ol’ fashioned gangster movie? Then this is your perfect pick. Sanjay Gupta, the director of the film, gives us a stylized and over-the-top account of an encounter between Mumbai police and gangster Manya Surve in 1982, where the gangster was shot dead.
There’s a lot of gore, blood and a generous portion of expletives used in the film. There are plenty of loopholes in the plot, but hey, this is movie is just meant to be an entertainer, so the director is allowed to take cinematic liberties.
Not many directors venture into the space of dark comedies in Bollywood. However, Abhishek Chaubey made an exception with the 2010 film Ishqiya.
Ishqiya has an age old plot consisting of small time gangsters and revenge – but with a twist.
The plot follows Krishna Verma (played by Vidya Balan), the grieving widow of a local goon who seduces her late husband’s friends, played by Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi to help her kidnap another local goon.
What’s the plot twist you ask? Watch the movie to find out.
This rom-com is free from all the clichés that make you want to roll your eyes. Farooq Shaikh and Deepti Naval’s love story set in the pre-polluted Delhi of the 1980s is so hilarious that you will have tears of laughter rolling down your eyes.
This screwball comedy-of-errors is fun and a great watch because of the great performances and a fun script which doesn’t include grandiose sets or over dramatic plot lines.
Chak De India
Here’s a sports drama starring the king of Bollywood, King Shah Rukh Khan. Watch in anticipation as Khan plays a coach to the Indian girls hockey team as they try to prove to the world and themselves that they are more than just a bunch of frail women wielding hockey sticks.
Detective Byomkesh Bakshy
Can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot? Watch the Indian take on one of the best detectives in the world. Byomkesh Bakshy, in a series of books by Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay is the bong version of James Bond (cue into the James Bong t-shirt joke). In this film, he solves his first mystery in the pre-independence Calcutta of 1942.
This 1978 movie marks the rise of Amitabh Bachchan as a superstar and tells us the story of the rise and fall of a wanted criminal, aptly nicknamed ‘Don.’ Amitabh, Zeenat Aman and Pran star in this thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat. And if it doesn’t, sit back and watch this for its foot tapping music.
The early 90s were the days when Juhi Chawla was a sensation, Sunny Deol a great leading man, and Shah Rukh Khan was relegated to playing a villain with a nasty obsession for the leading lady. A nail biting thriller, this is the story of a love triangle gone awry.
Fight Club — Members Only
Don’t get too excited. This isn’t a Bollywood sequel to David Fincher’s price piece starring Brad Pitt. Four hasbeen stars, namely Suniel Shetty, Zayed Khan, Sohail Khan and Dino Morea come up with a local homegrown version of a fight club to settle scores with their enemies and things don’t go as planned. Why should you watch it? This film falls into the ‘it’s-so-bad-it’s-good’ category.
Watch Fight Club - Members Only on Spuul
Rhenaa Hai Terre Dil Mein
Wondering what to watch to impress your girlfriend? This Madhavan, Dia Mirza and Saif Ali Khan star would do it. It has a cliched love triangle between the three actors. The plot is simple: poor boy loves girl, rich boy loves girl, girl chooses poor boy because she is in love. But don’t worry, the soundtrack is great to sing aloud to.