Streaming Guide: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Movies


In our Streaming Guide series, we list the works of a filmmaker or actor that are available on streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar, Eros Now and YouTube among others.

This edition features Bollywood filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has films like Aks, Rang De Basanti, Delhi-6 and Mirzya to his credit. Recently, his film Toofaan had a digital release on Amazon Prime Video.

Aks

Broadcast on: YouTube

aks movie online A poster of Aks.

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Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra made his directorial debut with the crime thriller Aks. It revolved around an assassin Raghavan Ghatge (Manoj Bajpayee) who is hanged to death, but killings identical to his modus operandi continue. The search for an impersonator leads to policeman Manu Verma (Amitabh Bachchan) who arrested the assassin and then got possessed by his mind. The film also stars Raveena Tandon and Nandita Das. It was praised by critics, but it failed to hit any box office cash.

Basanti Rank

Streaming on: Netflix

university life in the cinema A photo of Rang De Basanti.

The film, directed by Mehra, told the story of a group of young people who draw inspiration from Indian freedom fighters and confront injustice and corruption. Starring Aamir Khan, Kunal Kapoor, Siddharth, Atul Kulkarni, Sharman Joshi, Soha Ali Khan, Madhavan and Alice Patten, it’s a cult classic, entertaining while delivering a social message. Special mention to the music of AR Rahman in the film.

Delhi-6

Streaming on: Netflix

Located in Old Delhi, Delhi 6 is the story of Roshan Mehra (Abhishek Bachchan), who accompanies his grandmother (Waheeda Rehman) to India. In his review of the film, Indian Express’s Shubhra Gupta wrote, “The problem with ‘Delhi 6’ is just this: Mehra is so focused on the right set that he forgets to move his film forward. It is one thing to convey the slow, old quality of the place; it’s another for your story of struggling to get some fresh air.

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Bhaag Milkha Bhaag

Streaming on: Disney Plus Hotstar

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag watch online Farhan Akhtar in Bhaag Milkha Bhaag.

Sports drama Bhaag Milkha Bhaag is a biopic of the late legendary sprinter Milkha Singh. Farhan Akhtar slipped into Singh’s shoes for the film and succeeded in his role as an athlete. The creators showed various aspects of Singh’s life, from the impact of the score on him, to his struggle to become the best. The film is among the best Indian sports biopics.

Mirzya

Streaming on: Disney Plus Hotstar

mirzya Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher in Mirzya.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra recreated Punjabi folklore of Mirza-Sahiban for his film Mirzya. It marked the Bollywood debut of Anil Kapoor’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor and Saiyami Kher. The film questions whether an eternal love story like Mirza Sahiban can survive in today’s times. If you have an eye for beautiful people, stunning visuals, and a lot of drama, Mirzya is for you.

Simple Pyare Prime Minister

Streaming on: Netflix

Photos of Prime Minister Mere Pyare A photo of Prime Minister Mere Pyare.

In Mere Pyare, Prime Minister, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra focused on the issue of open defecation and lack of toilets in rural India. Set in the slums of Mumbai, it follows the story of an eight-year-old Kanhu boy and his mother Sargam (Anjali Patil). One night, her mother is raped as she goes out to relieve herself in the open air, and that’s when Kanhu decides to build a toilet in her slum. While well-intentioned, the film fails to get big.

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Toofaan

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

tropfan release date Toofaan by Farhaan Akhtar is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

The latest version of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra tells the story of a thug Aziz Ali who often brawls in the streets. It is his sweetheart, played by Mrunal Thakur, who motivates him to put his talent to good use and he takes up boxing. But his world crumbles when he gets embroiled in controversy and is banned from boxing. The directors described the film as “a story of hope, faith and inner strength fueled by passion and perseverance.”

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