A new year means a fresh resolution of watching the best of content on Disney+ Hotstar and if you are still not feeling the new year spirit, ‘Taaza Khabar’, starring one of India’s most beloved content creators, Bhuvan Bam might change that. It’s a one-of-a-kind uplifting series that will take viewers on a riveting new ride of a man stumbling upon a stroke of fortune and the ripples it creates in his humble life.
Another unique story that’s going to spice up your taste buds is the restaurant thriller ‘The Menu’ starring Ralph Fiennes that satirizes a very specific kind of elitism with a wildly over-the-top depiction of the gourmet food world.
Meanwhile, K-drama fans and those who love other non-english international series are in for a treat with ‘Bloody Heart’, ‘Lost Man Found’, and many more terrific new stories. To know more, scroll down and welcome the new year with a bouquet of great movie and shows:
‘Taaza Khabar’ (January 6)
A gritty comedy-drama series set in South Mumbai, it is seen from the perspective of a shauchalaya worker, Vasant Gawde, aka Vasya, whose mundane and poverty-stricken life turns upside down when a simple dua from a good deed gives him surreal powers. Along with his tight-knit squad of friends, he uses his newfound superpower to master his own destiny until karma beckons again.
Cast: Bhuvan Bam, Shriya Pilgaonkar, JD Chakravarthy, Deven Bhojani, Prathmesh Parab, Nitya Mathur, Shilpa Shukla and Mithilesh Chaturvedi
‘Chasing Waves’ (January 11) (Season 1)
In the wake of surfing’s debut at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, ‘Chasing Waves’ shines a spotlight on the people and places that are defining Japan’s reach in the global surf culture and examines the diverse regions, unique characters, and endless surf along the over 18,000 miles of coastline that makes Japan one of a kind.
Cast: The docu-series features extraordinary pro surfers Mahina Maeda, Yuma Takanuki, Sara Kohrogi, 2021 Olympic Silver Medallist Kanoa Igarashi and Australian-Japanese surfer Connor O’Leary.
‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ ( January 4) (Season 2)
Months have passed since the events on Kamino, and the Bad Batch continues their journey navigating the Empire after the fall of the Republic. They will cross paths with friends and foes, both new and familiar, as they take on a variety of thrilling mercenary missions that will take them to unexpected and dangerous new places.
Cast: Dee Bradley Baker, Michelle Ang
‘The Menu’ (January 4)
In ‘The Menu’, a couple, Margot (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Tyler (Nicholas Hoult), travel to a coastal island in the Pacific Northwest to eat at an exclusive restaurant, Hawthorn, where the reclusive, globally celebrated Chef Julian Slowik (Ralph Fiennes) has prepared a lavish tasting menu for select special guests. Joining the couple are three young, already inebriated tech bros, Bryce (Rob Yang), Soren (Arturo Castro) and Dave (Mark St. Cyr), an older wealthy couple and repeat clients, Anne and Richard (Judith Light and Reed Birney), renowned restaurant critic Lillian Bloom (Janet McTeer) and her slavish magazine editor Ted (Paul Adelstein), and a famous middle-aged movie star (John Leguizamo) with his assistant Felicity (Aimee Carrero).
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nicholas Hoult, Hong Chau, Janet McTeer, Judith Light, Reed Birney, Paul Adelstein, Aimee Carrero, Arturo Castro, Mark St. Cyr, Rob Yang and John Leguizamo
‘Will Trent’ (January 4) (Season 1)
Special Agent Will Trent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI) is determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was.
Cast: Ramón Rodríguez as Will Trent, Erika Christensen as Angie Polaski, Iantha Richardson as Faith Mitchell, Jake McLaughlin as Michael Ormewood and Sonja Sohn as Amanda Wagner.
‘911: Lone Star’ (January 18) (Season 4)
Nearly 20 years ago, Owen Strand was the lone survivor of his Manhattan firehouse on 9/11. In the wake of the attack, Owen had the unenviable task of rebuilding his station. After a similar tragedy happens to a firehouse in Austin, Owen, along with his troubled firefighter son, T.K., takes his progressive philosophies of life and firefighting down to Texas, where he helps them start anew. On the surface, Owen is all about big-city style and swagger, but underneath he struggles with a secret he hides from the world – one that could very well end his life.
‘Bloody Heart’ (January 18) (Season 1) (Korean)
Lovers turn into political enemies amidst an intense battle for power. Lee Tae is the king, forced to abandon his love to survive a veiled feud in the palace, while Jeong must become Queen to save her own life. Set in the Joseon Dynasty, Tae and Jeong draw their swords at each other amid political conflict in this bloody romance.
‘The Watchful Eye’ (January 31) (Season 1)
Elena Santos, a young woman with a complicated past, maneuvers her way into working as a live-in nanny for an affluent family in Manhattan. She quickly learns that everyone in the mysterious building has deadly secrets and ulterior motives. What they don't know, however, is that Elena has some shocking secrets of her own.
Cast: Mariel Molino, Warren Christie, Kelly Bishop, Amy Acker, Jon Ecker, Lex Lumpkin and Henry Joseph Samiri