Nope, Laal Singh Chaddha & More: August Movie Guide For OTT & Cinemas

Laal Singh Chaddha is the biggest offering in Indian cinema this month, as Aamir Khan plays an autistic army man in what is a (much delayed) remake of the Hollywood movie Forrest Gump. The film will be released in theaters across the country on August 11. On the Bollywood side, we also have the Alia Bhatt-led Darlings, part of the Indian Originals lineup for Netflix in August. Starring Shefali Shah, Vijay Verma and Roshan Mathew, Darlings will premiere worldwide on Netflix on August 5.

Bullet Train, a frenzied action thriller starring Brad Pitt, is leading the pack for Hollywood’s biggest movies in August 2022. The surrounding hype is shocking, especially for the Indian demographic as Sony Pictures gears up to give the film an entire to show us the day before. Not only that, but the film will be released in multiple Indian dubs – English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on its first day, on August 4. Another highly anticipated entry is Jordan Peele’s western sci-fi horror film, Nope, which is his second collaboration with Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya. Nope will be released in India on August 19.

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The month of August has even more movies to offer, including a new Sylvester Stallone superhero movie on Prime Video, based on the graphic novel series Samaritan. For your convenience, we’ve selected the best August 2022 releases coming to theaters, Netflix, and Prime Video, which you can check out below.

bullet train

When: August 4
Where: Cinemas

From the director of Deadpool 2 comes Bullet Train – a thrilling thriller set on the rails of modern Japan. Inspired by the action scenes in Train to Busan, this Brad Pitt starrer takes a ridiculous John Wick-esque premise and throws it on a speeding train. The hapless killer Ladybug (Pitt) is determined to do his job peacefully after several failed attempts. As fate would have it, his ride is packed with four other assassins sharing different objectives, setting off a chain reaction of bone-crushing battles.

Time is running out as the bullet train reaches its destination Kyoto, revealing each deadly adversary and their motives. Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been fond of action movies since Tenet, taking on the role of Tangerine, a British hit man adept at hand-to-hand combat. Joey King plays an age-appropriate role, an assassin in the guise of a schoolgirl, while Hiroyuki Sanada wields a katana to slice past incoming hordes.

Director David Leitch adapted the film from the Japanese novel Maria Beetle, which is also the name of Sandra Bullock’s character, Ladybug’s handler. The cast is loaded, as the oversaturated poster shows, with Michael Shannon, Andrew Koji and Zazie Beats as the killers, while Karen Fukuhara (The Boys) plays a train crew member.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brad Pitt in Bullet Train
Photo credits: Sony Pictures


When: August 5
Where: Netflix

Set against the background of a poor neighborhood in Mumbai, Jasmeet K. Reen’s directorial debut explores the lives of a mother-daughter duo, who takes their love lives through strange circumstances. Alia Bhatt and Shefali Shah lead the cast of Darlings as the duo – the former playing a troubled housewife hoping to solve her volatile husband’s drinking problem.

Vijay Sharma (Mirzapur) plays alcoholic husband Hamza, who has tantrums at the suspicion that his wife is cheating on him with Zulfi (Roshan Mathew) – a man about the same age. The Darlings trailer hints that Zulfi is in a relationship with the mother. As feelings of distrust lead to a gruesome act, it’s up to Badru and her mother to take a bold, if clumsy, revenge.

The 134-minute Darlings also stars Rajesh Sharma (The Tashkent Files), Vijay Maurya (Gully Boy), and Pooja Swaroop (That Girl in Yellow Boots).

Watch Netflix’s Darlings Official Trailer

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Alia Bhatt and Vijay Sharma in Darlings
Photo credit: Netflix

Thirteen lives

When: August 5
Where: Prime Video

Directed by Ron Howard (Apollo 13), Thirteen Lives is based on true events that took place in Thailand just four years ago. When a group of young boys and their soccer coach become trapped in a system of submerged underground caverns, an international rescue team is called in to rescue them. The acclaimed filmmaker brings his expertise in true stories to attempt to dramatize the 2018 Tham Luang Cave rescue operation for the public at home.

Colin Farrell makes his first movie appearance since The Batman, as one of the veteran divers tasked with saving the kids. He is joined by Viggo Mortenson (Crimes of the Future) and Joel Edgerton (The Green Knight), as they tirelessly make their way through the damp, dark caverns as walls close around them.

Visually, the film seems to take notes from Neil Marshall’s The Descent, creating a suffocating, claustrophobic feel with dimly lit hallways and handheld cameras to ramp up the suspense. And while there is a documentary online based on said events, Ron Howard’s touch is simply magical.

Laal Singh Chaddha

When: August 11
Where: Cinemas

A Hindi remake of Academy Award-winning Forrest Gump marks Aamir Khan’s return to movies in nearly four years. Laal Singh Chaddha (Khan) follows the life story of an autistic person with big dreams, who takes the audience on an emotional ride from childhood experiences to his service as a decorated member of the Indian Army.

judging by the Laal Singh Chaddha trailer, director Advait Chauhan seems to have adapted the plot to Indian sensibilities – setting the story in Punjab and introducing romantic tropes for Bollywood aficionados.

Kareena Kapoor plays the love interest Rupa, who understands the complexities of life with someone like Chaddha, while Mona Singh plays the ever-loving mother. The film also stars Naga Chaitanya, Manav Vij and Kim Sharma.

Watch the official trailer for Laal Singh Chaddha

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Aamir Khan plays an autistic person Laal Singh Chaddha
Photo Credits: Aamir Khan Productions


When: August 19
Where: Cinemas

Another remake on this list comes from filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who is trying to reimagine the Spanish Netflix film Mirage. Taapsee Pannu (Pink) leads the cast as Antara who moves into a new home with her family. An old TV set found in the storage room triggers a series of strange events as Antara is able to communicate with a child’s spirit through the broadcast. The brief interaction causes a disturbance in the space-time continuum – altering reality and influencing events in the present.

The Dobaaraa trailer never really explains the logic behind the events, but fans can expect horror themes and an age-old murder mystery.

Hardy Nation (as featured on IMDb) plays the 12-year-old boy who delivers the message 25 years into the future, while Rahul Bhat plays Antara’s carefree husband. Pavail Gulati, who co-starred with Pannu in 2020’s Thappad, returns as a DCP officer, while M. Nassar (Baahubali movies) plays a scientist of sorts in Dobaaraa.


When: August 19
Where: Cinemas

Judging by the scant information in the trailers so far, Jordan Peele’s Nope looks pretty dope. Set in a remote California town, two siblings, played by Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer, discover a strange phenomenon in the sky above. A UFO, whose presence is informed by violently reacting horses, occasionally appears to devour the beasts at night. Jupe – played by Steven Yeun (Minari) – the owner of an adjacent theme park, takes note and tries to take advantage of the alien phenomenon by using horses as bait.

From here on things seem to go wrong as the aliens start attacking everyone in sight. It is also suggested that looking at the sky could put you in danger, as evidenced by Palmer repeating to himself, “Don’t look.” Compared to his last two films, Get Out and Us, Peele has a wider range to work with here – even adding cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to his arsenal for those large-scale images. Nope is already out in US theaters, while Indians will have to wait a few more weeks.


When: August 26
Where: Prime Video

Sylvester Stallone (rocky) plays Joe Smith, a retired superhero who is way past his prime in this new Prime Video original. Samaritan, based on the graphic novel series of the same name, takes a grounded approach to storytelling – similar to M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable. Set in the fictional Granite City overrun by criminals, the plot follows a 13-year-old Sam Cleary – played by Javon Walton (Euphoria) – who realizes that his elderly neighbor is the famous superhero Samaritan, who died 25 years ago. was reported.

As the friendship blossoms between the two, a new villain, played by Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), begins to destroy the city and force Joe out of retirement. Bragi F. Schut, one of the original creators of the comic, made it into a screenplay, directed by Julius Avery. Before that, the film went through multiple delays due to various studio acquisitions, and at one point was even slated for a theatrical release.

Samaritan also stars Martin Starr (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Dascha Polanc, Moisés Arias, Natacha Karam and Jared Odrick.

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Sylvester Stallone in a still from Prime Videos Samaritan
Photo credits: Amazon Prime Video

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