Sharmaji Namkeen To Emma: Our Film Selection Will Cheer You Up This Weekend

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If OTT wants to have a film selection that appeals to everyone, then its two most popular original movies this month are doing a fantastic job at that. A renowned Jane Austen novel adaption is exactly what Netflix is dishing out this month.

Persuasion, starring Dakota Johnson and directed by Carrie Cracknell, should excite Jane Austen fans who are bored of Pride and Prejudice remakes.

Feel-good Movies For This Weekend

Persuasion is one of the most sombre works by the renowned humorous author. But let us find out which movies Netflix and Amazon Prime have previously added to their catalogue and for this weekend by reading on.

Mean Girls, (Netflix)

Queen Bees and Wannabes, a book by Rosalind Wiseman, was turned into a movie by Tina Fey, and the outcome was one of the funniest teen comedies of its time as well as a critique of high school social customs. Lindsay Lohan plays Cady Heron in Mean Girls, a high school student who battles to find love while living under the dictatorial rule of The Plastics, a group of popular girls led by the devious Regina George (Rachel McAdams). Even if the viewers have not seen the movie, they have probably already learned a fair amount about it from memes and other forms of cultural osmosis. But over two decades after it was first released, Mean Girls is still hilarious and quotable.

Cobalt Blue, (Netflix)

The 2022 film Cobalt Blue, directed by Sachin Kundalkar, is based on the 2013 release of the author’s sole book of the same name. Kundalkar has produced documentaries, written the script for a Hindi film, directed a few Marathi films, and acted in plays about homosexuality. It is a film that explores the isolation and fear associated with same-sex relationships. The Cobalt Blue novel would be turned into a feature film for Netflix, it was revealed in November 2018. It was initially planned to begin streaming on the platform on December 3, 2021, but it was subsequently delayed. Kundalkar wrote and directed it. On April 2, 2022, it was eventually made available.

Sharmaji Namkeen, (Amazon Prime)

The movie begins with Brij Gopal Sharma, better known by his stage as Sharmaji, being forced into retirement by the appliance firm where he has spent decades working. He reluctantly kills time by watching TV, mending the neighbours’ water tanks, and socialising with other retirees around his New Delhi house since he is unable to embrace post-retirement life and the monotony it entails. All the necessary components for a feel-good movie are present in Sharmaji Namkeen.

The final act of Rishi Kapoor is a wholly authentic performance that, had he finished it, would have been a big-budget movie based on his own performance. The film reveals to us the essence of metropolitan life, which is essentially the same in all metros. Paresh Rawal as a replacement for Sharmaji gets a special mention because it is unheard of in movies for another actor to pick over the unfinished role of a deceased soul and make it a livelier one with nerve. 

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Emma, (Amazon Prime)

Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), the “mistress” of an English country estate, is the focus of both Jane Austen’s novel and Autumn de Wilde’s film. Both take as their subject a happily single Emma Woodhouse as she fills her days by launching a series of ego-driven (though well-intentioned) matchmaking schemes. Universal Pictures presented Emma on February 14, 2020, in the UK, and on February 21, 2020, in the US. It received three nominations at the 26th Critics’ Choice Awards, three nominations for Best Costume Design at the 74th British Academy Film Awards, and two nominations for Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the 93rd Academy Awards. It also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical (for Taylor-Joy) at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.