Jahnvi Kapoor as Gunjan Saxena in Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl
Lucifer season 5 part 1 out August 21 on Netflix
Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl available August 12
Masaba Masaba, Class of ‘83 also slated for August
Netflix has announced three Indian originals for August, but only one of them has an exact release date. That's the Janhvi Kapoor-starrer military drama biopic Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl — out August 12 on Netflix — about the titular flight lieutenant who was one of the first Indian women to fly in a combat zone. Class of ‘83, led by Bobby Deol, produced by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies, and based on the eponymous book from last year, is the second Indian Netflix original movie releasing in August. That leaves Masaba Masaba, a semi-autobiographical series that involves mother-daughter duo Neena and Masaba Gupta showing their world of film and fashion as they play a version of themselves.
Internationally, the biggest title is the return of the DC Comics fantasy series Lucifer for its penultimate fifth season, with the first half worth of eight episodes available August 21 on Netflix. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt clash in the crime drama Project Power, rolling in August 14, which features a drug that grants superpowers for five minutes. YouTube's best original and Karate Kid sequel — Cobra Kai — moves to Netflix on August 28 with the first two seasons. No release date as yet for season 3. And lastly, the interactive Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt special will finally be available August 5 globally, having been delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
There are some big names on the licensed front as well in August. The Godfather joins The Godfather Part II at the start of the month on Netflix in India, followed by Gangs of Wasseypur on August 4, Spider-Man: Homecoming on August 20, and How to Get Away with Murder season 6 on August 23.
Football fans might want to check out Anelka: Misunderstood — available August 5 on Netflix — which looks at the French striker's controversial legacy and features interviews with Thierry Henry, Didier Drogba, and Arsène Wenger among others.
With that, here are our eight picks for August 2020 that you should watch out for, and the full list of movies and TV shows coming to Netflix India after that.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend / August 5
Delayed due to voice actors working from home, the one-off interactive special return for Tina Fey's comedy is finally here. It continues the story of that had been neatly wrapped up early last year. Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) is set to marry a British prince (Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe) but she must first foil the Reverend's (Jon Hamm) evil plot. Or must she? It's in your hands, after all.
The Godfather (1972) / August 1
In what is considered one of the greatest films of all-time, an aging leader (Marlon Brando) of a New York mafia transfers control of his empire to his youngest son (Al Pacino), who goes from a reluctant outsider to a ruthless boss. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, who followed it up with The Godfather Part II — already on Netflix — which some consider better than the original.
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012) / August 4
Inspired by the 2008 Tamil film Subramaniapuram, Anurag Kashyap concocts a gangster epic — divided into two parts owing to its five-hour-plus runtime — that blends politics, vengeance, and romance as it looks at the power struggles between three crime families in and around the Jharkhand city of Dhanbad, the epicentre of the coal mafia. Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Huma Qureshi star.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) / August 20
After an introduction in the nearly-Avengers movie Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland got his first solo adventure with Iron Man and Captain America dropping by. Spider-Man: Homecoming eschewed the all too well-known details for a look at a young Peter Parker trying to grow up too fast and how that gets him in terrible situations, each worse than the previous one.
Ryan Gosling teams up again with La La Land director Damien Chazelle on this understated biopic of the first person to walk on the Moon — Neil Armstrong — that traces eight years of his life from being a X-15 test pilot to the landmark “small step”. At the centre of it all is the unavoidable prospect of death, which is paralleled with the death of Armstrong's two-year-old daughter.
A soundtrack to beat, as well as the titular talented getaway driver (Ansel Elgort), Edgar Wright's Baby Driver is a runaway entertainer. It's pretty straightforward: to be with his dream girl, Baby (Elgort) — that's the character's name, yep — must pull off an impossible heist that he's been coerced into by a crime boss (Kevin Spacey, #MeToo accused). Jon Hamm, Jaime Foxx, Jon Bernthal, Lily James, and Eiza Gonzalez also star.
Cobra Kai (2018–19) / August 28
A YouTube Premium membership — known as YouTube Red when Cobra Kai premiered — wasn't something many opted for, which is partly why Cobra Kai is moving off YouTube. With Netflix acquiring all of it, you can catch the first two seasons that take place 34 years after the Karate Kid films and shift to Johnny Lawrence's perspective, the guy who lost to the Karate Kid.
They Shall Not Grow Old (2018) / August 1
Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson is at the helm of this World War I documentary that largely relies on archival footage — videos from Imperial War Museum, and audio from BBC and IWM — most of it previously unseen. But that's far from the pull. The footage has been colourised, and new dialogue and sound effects have been added, to increase the immersion.
Netflix August 2020 releases — the full list
Here's the full list of all the new content coming to Netflix India in August 2020. We've marked Netflix Original titles in bold for your convenience.
August 1 Basic Instinct Berserk: Seasons 1–2 Beverly Hills Cop Beverly Hills Cop II Blow Crocodile Dundee Crocodile Dundee II Daddy's Home The Godfather The Godfather Part III The Learning Tree A Man Apart The Manchurian Candidate Miracles from Heaven The Mirror Has Two Faces My Life My Perfect Landing: Season 1 The Next Step: Season 6 Operation Ouch!: Season 1 Primal Fear The Ruins Save the Last Dance Seed of Chucky Super Monsters: The New Class They Shall Not Grow Old Thomas and Friends: Season 23 Transformers Transformers: Dark of the Moon Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
August 2 Connected: Season 1
August 3 Immigration Nation The Switch
August 4 The First Purge Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 1 Gangs of Wasseypur: Part 2 Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave Mystery Lab [Mundo Mistério]: Season 1 Sam Jay: 3 In the Morning A Toot-Toot Cory Carson Summer Camp
August 5 Anelka: Misunderstood [Anelka: L'Incompris] Sin City (2019) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend World's Most Wanted: Season 1
August 6 Nasha Natasha The Rain: Season 3 The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods
August 7 Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Go Team Roberts Berlin, Berlin: Lolle on the Run First Man High Seas [Alta Mar]: Season 3 The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids in Space Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again ¡Nailed It! México: Season 2 The New Legends of Monkey: Season 2 Selling Sunset: Season 3 Sing On! Germany: Season 1 Stars in the Sky: A Hunting Story Tiny Creatures: Season 1 Wizards: Tales of Arcadia: Limited Series Word Party Songs: Season 1 Work It
August 8 The Governor: Season 1
August 10 Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event: Season 1
August 11 Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids
August 14 3%: Season 4 Dirty John: Season 2 Fearless Glow Up: Season 2 The Great Heist [El robo del siglo]: Season 1 Honey 2 The Invention of Lying Land of the Lost Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun Project Power Teenage Bounty Hunters: Season 1
August 15 Rita: Season 5 Stranger: Season 2 Takki: multiple seasons
August 17 Crazy Awesome Teachers Glitch Techs: Season 2
August 19 The Crimes That Bind [Crímenes de familia] DeMarcus Family Rules: Season 1 High Score: Season 1
August 20 Biohackers: Season 1 Great Pretender: Season 1 John Was Trying to Contact Aliens Overlord Spider-Man: Homecoming Unfriended: Dark Web
August 21 Alien TV: Season 1 Dark Forces [Fuego negro]: Season 1 Hoops: Season 1 Lucifer: Season 5 Rust Valley Restorers: Season 3 The Sleepover Welcome to Marwen
August 22 Ojos in d' House: Season 1
August 23 How to Get Away with Murder: Season 6
August 25 Emily's Wonder Lab: Season 1 Trinkets: Season 2
August 26 Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol: Season 1 Million Dollar Beach House: Season 1 Rising Phoenix
August 27 Aggretsuko: Season 3 The Bridge Curse David Foster: Off the Record
August 28 All Together Now Cobra Kai: Seasons 1–2 I Am A Killer: Released: Season 1 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight Unknown Origins [Orígenes secretos]*
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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