Are you feeling fed up staying at home for days after days during the quarantine period? Worrying about COVID-19 pandemic can weaken your immune system. You can watch entertaining movies, and web series to keep your mind engaged avoiding anxiety. In this article we have selected and reviewed some Netflix romantic comedy movies and web-series which are worth watching during your quarantine.
This American romantic comedy film has been directed by Roger Kumble. This film starts with Gabriela (played by Christina Milian), housing designer, who resides in San Francisco, USA. Gabriela’s jackass boss could hardly value her talent and passion for work. The indifferent attitude of her numb boyfriend leads to their break up. Losing both her job and boyfriend Gabriela gets broken-hearted. While sobbing on the couch and indulging into wine she pours her emotion into an online essay writing contest called “win an inn”. As a stroke of luck, she wins the contest and from this point the real story starts.
Through a long uncomfortable journey, Gabriela finally reaches her inn located somewhere in rustic New Zealand. Here she meets a handsome muscular guy named Jake (played by Adam Demos). The inn looks gorgeous only in picture, but is in haphazard state in reality. The small town is populated with unsophisticated inhabitants. You will enjoy the shrewish activities of Charlotte (played by Anna Jullienne).
As a local building contractor, Jake extends a helping hand towards Gabriela to repair the inn. Though she shows disinterest initially, later she made a partnership with Jake. While working, the chemistry between the duos mounts over the business deal. Then she has to make a decision between way back home with her dumb boyfriend and starting a new life with Jake in New Zealand.
Written and directed by Atul Malhotra, this movie plots on the friendship of three young men living in West London. This movie triggers towards the assimilation of varied ethnic groups. The three main characters of this movie were raised in the same neighborhood. The story starts with a Sikh boy Amar, who immigrated to England with his family. Amar’s father opened the 14th Indian restaurant on the High Road. Akbar, the second main character, was raised by an immigrant Muslim family. The third character Tony represents a white young man who belongs to an Irish catholic family.
As the story forwards, these three friends grow up, fall in love with different girls and try to find good jobs. Tony falls in love with an Asian girl who has a wicked brother. The story takes a sharp turn when Amar was sentenced three-year jail for the accusation of an accidental murder while saving the lives of his two dearest friends at a dance club. The real climax of this film starts off, when Amar got released from prison. The reactions of society, sympathy of friends and struggle of Amar will encourage you to see life from a different perspective. Though not a political film, this ‘Amar, Akbar & Tony’ focuses on Britain immigrants. With a superb blend of comedy, emotion, romance, and drama, this film can make your quarantine period enjoyable.
Always Be My Maybe is a marvelous romantic comedy. It is a story of two childhood best friends Sasha and Marcus (played by Ali Wong and Randall Park as adults) who grow up in the same neighborhood, then get apart choosing different paths of life, and eventually reunite as adults, discovering themselves in a total reverse economic circumstances.
Sasha, the female lead role, acquires the position of a famous celebrity chef, while Marcus, the male lead role, still lives in his childhood residence and assists his father in their family-run air conditioning company. The duo meets again and remembers the moments they spent together, when Sasha visits her hometown after several years. The chemistry between this pair will entertain you. As the story advances the complicacies of life prohibit them to stay together. Marcus suffers from self-doubt, while Sasha bears ambitions to launch more restaurants. Their different personalities and approaches in life shoot a challenge in their relationship.
This well-written, well-filmed, and well-structured movie will charm you with sharp dialogues in an upbeat tone. Though this film won’t show any new theme, it will make you laugh with traditional and familiar flavor. Watching this romantic comedy you can be entertained and have a great time.
It is an Asian (Indian) web television series created by Pocket Aces. The language used is mostly English, with a few expressions in local dialogue. The theme circulates around a couple - Kavya Kulkarni (Mithila Palkar) and Dhruv Vats (Dhruv Sehgal) - living in Mumbai. This romantic series focuses on the day to life of this couple explored through feelings, struggle, problems, challenges, and conversation.
The couple represent the young generation of this time who often go through the fear of missing out due to social media, trying restaurants for new cuisines, late-night cravings for fast food, etc. Besides fun and romance, the characters experience some personal and professional crises. Dhruv tries to reconnect with an old friend with whom he grew up. Later Dhruv quit from his job due to a loss of interest, which makes him acting like "aimless" while Kavya gets promoted with a pay hike. This difference triggers a fight between them.
In this web series the story highlights upon realistic issues that a couple may face every now and then. Furthermore, this web series will draw your attention on how the impact of urbanization and social structures of the large cities are shrinking humanity. Watching this series you may find many similarities with your own life.
The singer Pink had tested positive for COVID-19, she said Friday, also announcing that she is donating $500,000 each to two emergency funds.
In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician. Her family had already been sheltering at home and continued to do so, she said. They were tested again "just a few days ago," and were negative.
The Grammy Award-winning artist behind eight studio albums and hits like "Get the Party Started," "What About Us," "Raise Your Glass" and "Just Give Me a Reason" called for for free and widespread testing.
"It is an absolute travesty and failure of our government to not make testing more widely accessible," she wrote. "This illness is serious and real. People need to know that the illness affects the young and old, healthy and unhealthy, rich and poor, and we must make testing free and more widely accessible to protect our children, our families, our friends and our communities."
She announced she's donating $1 million across two coronavirus-related relief funds, with $500,000 each going to the Temple University Hospital Fund in Philadelphia and the COVID-19 response fund run by the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles.
The Temple University donation honors the singer born Alecia Moore's mother, Judy Moore, who worked at the hospital's cardiomyopathy and heart transplant center for nearly two decades, she said.
She called health care workers "heroes" and ended her post with an appeal to the public.
"These next two weeks are crucial: please stay home," she wrote. "Please. Stay. Home."
From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness in the elderly and those with preexisting medical conditions.
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER TURNS TO YOUTUBE
Iconic composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is making some of his filmed musicals available for free on YouTube.
On Friday, the 2000 West End adaption of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring Donny Osmond will be streamable, followed a week later by the rock classic "Jesus Christ Superstar" from the 2012 arena show starring Tim Minchin.
Further shows will be announced later, all hosted by the YouTube channel The Show Must Go On. Each show will be available at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific for a 48-hour period online, with no charge or sign up required.
BROADWAY LEGEND SICK WITH VIRUS
Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell has tested positive for COVID-19.
The actor and chairman of the board of The Actors Fund announced the news of his diagnosis in a Twitter video, reassuring fans that he was already beginning to feel better. He says his wife and son don't have symptoms.
In a statement, The Actors Fund said Mitchell's diagnosis is an example "of why it is vitally important that we each do everything we can to slow the spread of this virus."
Mitchell won a Tony for his lead performance in the 1999 musical "Kiss Me, Kate." Other Broadway figures who have tested positive include Gavin Creel, Aaron Tveit and Laura Bell Bundy as well as composer David Bryan. It has claimed the life of four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.
CARNEGIE HALL, CHICAGO OPERA CANCEL SEASONS
Carnegie Hall has canceled the rest of its season because of the new coronavirus and is projecting a $9 million operating deficit on its $104 million budget.
The Lyric Opera of Chicago also scrapped the remainder of its season.
In a statement Thursday, Carnegie says it is "assessing the Hall's overall programming and operations with an eye to redefining them for the next and future seasons in response to the changed economic conditions."
"It will take considerable time, even after we reopen Carnegie Hall, before we can expect to see a full recovery, and, even then, this is likely to be over an extended period," executive director Clive Gillinson says. "With this in mind, we are taking immediate steps to safeguard the fiscal health of our institution as well as plan creatively for the future."
Carnegie canceled all events in its auditoriums through July 25. It also called off summer tours for its National Youth Orchestra of the USA, NYO2 and NYO Jazz but hopes to host the musicians and have local events around residencies at suburban Purchase College.
Carnegie expects to re-open in mid-September ahead of opening night on Oct. 7.
The Lyric Opera postponed its production of the musical "42nd Street" from May 29-June 21 this year to the spring of 2022. The staging is from Paris' Theatre du Chatelet.
"Blue," by composer Jeanine Tesori and librettist Tazewell Thompson, was put off from June 16-28 to next January. "Proving Up," by composer Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek has been postponed from January to a later season.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift is helping out a Nashville record store closed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Grimey's co-owner Doyle Davis said Thursday the store got a call last week from Swift's publicist asking how Swift could help. It was the just after Nashville's mayor issued a stay-at-home order and Davis was sending all the employees home.
The store, which also serves as a small concert venue, has been a Nashville fixture for 20 years, working closely with local record labels and many up-and-coming artists.
Swift's donation will provide direct relief to the store's 10 full time employees and three months of the health care costs for the store's group insurance plan.
"It was completely out of the blue," Davis said. "It gives me a sense of security, knowing we are solid. ...Now I know my people are taken care of."
Davis said he's never seen Swift in the store but her publicist assured him she has purchased records there.
Are you feeling bored staying at home due to coronavirus home quarantine? Due to the lock down situation – imposed by the Government to prevent Coronavirus outbreak – in the whole country, most of the offices, supermarkets restaurants, and other public places have been shut down. In this situation, you can hardly meet your friends. Even if you go out of home it might risk your life. For the safety of you and your family members you need to stay at quarantine for some more days otherwise you may get contaminated by the deadly COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus 2019. Now how to keep your mind engaged in the quarantine days! In this article we are going to review the Netflix series “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore”.
The soul enriching writings of Rabindranath Tagore ameliorated Bengali literature with contextual modernism. This polymath author was the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913. If you have read the novels of Tagore, and imagined the characters inside your mind, don’t miss the drama “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” created by renowned Indian director Director Anurag Basu. The 26 episodes of this series have been plotted through the adaptation of original stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. Translating the novels into drama, this Netflix series will also entertain those who have never read any writing of Rabindranath Tagore.
The Indian film director Anurag Basu is notorious for his unique stories and creative style of visual storytelling on the silver screen. Starting career as an assistant director in television serials Basu proved his talent in making versatile television shows under varied genres. After stepping his career in film direction Basu got huge applause from critics and audiences. With the Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Basu has made a memorable comeback to television after a huge gap.
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The ‘Stories By Rabindranath Tagore’ is composed of 26 episodes based upon 14 great stories by Tagore including Chokher Bali, Atithi, Charulata, Shasti, Nosto Neer, Tyaag, Monihara, Kabuliwala, Maanbhanjan, samapti, Detective, Chutti, etc. With the shade of his own talent the director Anurag Basu decodes the stories of Tagore into life-drama keeping the main themes almost unchanged. To narrate each story, the director assigns about two to three episodes. However, a few short stories have been covered in single episodes. Though each episode is 60 minutes long, you won’t feel it tedious. What makes these episodes highly entertaining is the showcase of unique background, authentic costumes of artists and atmosphere complying with each different story.
Watching “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” you will go back to the conservative society of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The heartwarming Characters – like Binodini, Bihari, Tarapodo, Giribala, charulata, Fotik, Gokul, Kusum, and so on. – portrayed by Tagore can introduce you with the various dimensions of complex human nature comprising kindness, sanctimony, greed, revenge, love, lust, self-esteem, etc. Each character will make you rethink the true meaning of life through the lens of morality.
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In these stories Tagor shaded light upon the emotions, desires, dreams, and dignities of women which was never seen before in the concurrent subcontinent literature. For instance, in the story ‘Chokher Bali’ Binodini denies to sacrifice her lust even if being a widow. In another story ‘Maanbhanjan’, Giribala was neglected by her husband for Latika, a famous theater heroine. Instead of shading tears for her bad luck, Giribala starts a new life as an actress and eventually acquires the top-most position in media which was a long-cherished dream of Latika. Finally the revenge was taken gracefully. The way how Tagore spoke for women empowerment in his stories will leave you thrilled.
The stories of Tagore also reveal the thoughts, passions and dignities of women. In the story ‘Samapti’, the new bride Mrinmoyi questions the norms of society which imposes post-marital binding solely on women leaving men’s life same as before. Through the voice of Mrinmoyee Tagore questions is it really necessary for women to get married? In the story ‘Shasti’, Chandra becomes the scapegoat of patriarchal society. In the story ‘Dui Bon’, Tagore highlights two dimensions of women character. One woman character endows passionate romance and another woman character offers selfless love like a mother.
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Another amazing fact of this series is each story is linked with the next one in a natural flow of life. The technique of visual story-telling will not only amuse you, but also help you to understand the narratives in an easy manner. The show was filmed in a colossal set built in several locations of old Kolkata. Each story nicely demonstrates the cultural references, political situation, as well as social manifestations.
What is more? In each episode, you will enjoy some mind-blowing songs by Tagore which wonderfully blend with the respective theme of each story. Tagore’s Bengali songs have been re-created and tuned through the voices of notorious Indian singers including Shalmali Kholgade, Shaan, Arijit Singh, etc. on the whole “Stories by Rabindranath Tagore” is must-watch drama which can make your quarantine entertaining.