After delivering its first original series from India – Sacred Games – in July, Netflix has two more local offerings in the month of August: Ghoul, a horror miniseries starring Radhika Apte on August 24, and Brij Mohan Amar Rahe, a dramedy earlier in the month on August 3. Meanwhile, Matt Groening's new animated series Disenchantment, arriving August 17, and the return of Jason Bateman-starrer crime drama Ozark on August 31 are the big names on the international front.
With that, here are our four picks for August 2018 that you should watch out for, and the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix India after that.
Disenchantment / August 17 Nearly two decades after he created Futurama, the first new show from Matt Groening – best known for The Simpsons – is an adult fantasy animated series about a hard-drinking young princess named Bean (voiced by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson) who runs away to find herself along with two companions including an elf named Elfo (voiced by Oscar-winning screenwriter Nat Faxon) and her "personal demon" called Luci (voiced by comic Eric Andre).
Infernal Affairs (2002) / August 1 Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winner The Departed, starring Leonardi DiCaprio and Matt Damon, was a remake of this equally-gripping and critically-acclaimed Hong Kong film, co-directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. Just like Scorsese's, it tells the story of two individuals, a police officer and a triad member, who infiltrated their opposite organisations – the triad and the police force – to gather intelligence years ago, and are then tasked to find each other in the hunt for the mole.
Iron Man (2008) / August 1 The film that kicked off Marvel's crazy cinematic universe – and revived Robert Downey Jr.'s career – still stands as one of the best the studio has made. (We placed it at #2 on our list for a reason, after all.) Anyone who watches superhero movies has seen this one (hopefully), but there's no better time to revisit the story of a billionaire, conceited genius building a suit to fight his own legacy than in its tenth anniversary year, andreflect on how far we've come.
Touch of Evil (1958) / August 1 Orson Welles wrote, directed and co-starred in what is now regarded as among his best work and one of the last examples of classic-era film noir. It was listed on Sight & Sound's 2012 poll, though not for the version Welles saw in his lifetime. He was unhappy with the initial edit and published a lengthy memo setting out his grievances, but a re-edited version incorporating his requests would only see the light of day over a decade after his death.
Here's the full list of all the new content coming to Netflix India in August 2018:
August 1 Animal Kingdom: Season 3, weekly Casino Tycoon Chinese Odyssey 1: Pandora's Box Chinese Odyssey 2: Cinderella Coffee Shop Colombiana Discovery of Love: Season 1 Edge of Fear Election Election 2 Explained: Season 1, weekly Gigli Help Hero History of Joy Infernal Affairs Infernal Affairs 2 Infernal Affairs 3 Initial D Invisible Iron Man Kaaliyan Kaattu Lavell Crawford: Can a Brother Get Some Love? League of Gods Lechmi Lockout LOL Love in a Puff Love in the Buff Mahabharat Melle Meteor Garden: Season 1, weekly Wed-Fri Ong Bak 2: The Beginning Ong Bak 3 P Se PM Tak QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 1 Race Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage Sudani from Nigeria Tactical Force Tekken The 100: Season 5, weekly The Clapper Tikli and Laxmi Bomb Touch of Evil
August 2 Meteor Garden: Season 1, weekly Wed-Fri Para Sempre Chape Star Trek Beyond Switched: Season 1 The Could’ve-Gone-All-the-Way Committee: Season 1
August 3 Brij Mohan Amar Rahe Cocaine Coast: Season 1 Like Father I AM A KILLER: Season 1 Marching Orders: Season 1 Meteor Garden: Season 1, weekly Wed-Fri Shooter: Season 3, weekly
August 4 Bring It On: Fight to the Finish Bring It On: In It to Win It Monkey Twins: Season 1, weekly Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, weekly Sat-Sun On Children: Season 1 Pride & Prejudice Vanity Fair
August 5 Flavors of Youth: International Version Insidious: Chapter 3 Life: Season 1 Mr. Sunshine: Season 1, weekly Sat-Sun
August 7 Chennai Express Men on a Mission: 2018, weekly
August 9 The Most Unknown
August 10 Beyond the Clouds Demetri Martin: The Overthinker Insatiable: Season 1 Perdida The Birth Reborn The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society The Ponysitters Club: Season 1 Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7
August 11 All About the Washingtons: Season 1 Million Pound Menu: Season 1 The House of Flowers (La casa de las flores): Season 1 The Package
August 12 Pete's Dragon
August 14 The Secret Life of Pets
August 15 Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate The Danish Girl
August 18 Big Fish & Begonia The Motive (El Autor)
August 20 The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 2
August 23 Follow This How to Get Away with Murder: Season 4
August 24 Ask the StoryBots: Season 2 Bert Kreischer: Secret Time Deadwind: Season 1 GHOUL: Season 1 The After Party The Innocents: Season 1 The Magic Pill The Power of Grayskull: The Definitive History of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
August 26 Dawn of the Croods: Season 1-2
August 29 Pixels
August 31 Ozark: Season 2 Paradise PD: Season 1 The Comedy Lineup: Part 2 The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las Leyes de le Termodinámica) Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest
We discussed Ghoul on Transition, Gadgets 360's pop culture and gaming podcast. The Ghoul discussion starts at 34:40. You can listen to it via Apple Podcasts or RSS, or just listen to this week's episode by hitting the play button below.
Akhil Arora covers entertainment for Gadgets 360, interviewing stars such as Christian Bale and Anurag Kashyap, covering series premieres, product and service launches across the globe, and looking at American blockbusters and Indian dramas from a global socio-political and feminist perspective. As a Rotten Tomatoes-certified film critic, Akhil has reviewed over 150 movies and TV shows in over half a decade at Gadgets 360. When he is not completely caught up with new film and TV releases, Akhil