Star Wars, Avengers Or Coco: We're Binge Watching Disney+ Hotstar

Whether you’re 8 or 80 years old, the fact that Disney+ is now on Hotstar will make you super excited! And obviously so! Bringing with the Marvel Universe, all of the old-school fairytale films (what, it’s needed sometimes!) and even the Star Wars saga, users will automatically be upgraded, and charged for the new service when you recharge or renew your subscription. Available for streaming in local languages too, including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. And for those living under a rock, Disney now also includes Pixar so, yaaaay! 

Here’s our top favourites, though there are so many more which we will naturally binge-watching as if it’s our full time job! 

The Mandalorian

The dapper Pedro Pascal stars as Din Djarin (The Mandalorian) lone ranger and helmeted bounty hunter in what is the first-ever live-action Star Wars series. For those who don’t follow Star Wars, and for fans too who haven’t been in the loop, this one is created by Jon Favreau (so it comes with solid expectation, of course!) and is set post Return of The Jedi, and before The Force Awakens. This is also the Baby Yoda starrer if you're wondering!

The Lion King - Live Action And Disney Original

Nothing to beat the original The Lion King with Rowan Atkinson, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg and Matthew Broderick voice starring. What fine animation, and it still hits you right in the feels! Which is why, we highly recommend first watching the newer live-action version which has a stellar star cast (including Beyonce, Donald Glover, Seth Rogen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, among others), no less. The newer one has the same story line and the same voice of James Earl Jones for Mufasa, but somehow, it lacks a bit of heart! Then watch the real deal again, and again…

Pro-Tip: Other live action updated films and the original include Dumbo and Aladdin.

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Avengers, Thor, Black Panther...And The Entire Marvel Universe

Finally! Be it The Avengers, Captain America, Black Panther, Ant-Man Wasp, Thor, Spidey, Doctor Strange or Captain Marvel, the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is here for your viewing! We love that the animated ones are available as well, as some of those are almost as good (some even better) that the live action ones. From those, Guardian of The Galaxy and Spider Woman are our favourites.

Earth Live

This one will have you awestruck at how stunning the earth really is. And in a time like this, you will fall in love with nature, as you should, all over again. It has Jane Lynch, Phil Keoghan and wildlife expert Chris Packham take you on an absolutely stellar trip around the world, with focus on wildlife and the great outdoors. Essentially, it is everything you would love to see but never had the change. Be it from trap cameras, places the public isn’t otherwise allowed to go two and with dreamy equipment only National Geographic will have, it’s the ride you never imagined, and it’s all real!

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Coco

This film is a great nod to Mexican culture, animation that will appeal to all ages, and music. It follows Miguel, whose family has banned music after his great grand father abandoned his wife and child (Coco) to pursue music. Miguel however wants to become a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. He’s somehow transported to the Land Of The Dead, where he meets prankster Hector, and the two then go on a magical journey into the past where Miguel sees his real family history. But will he also shun music, or will it lead him to a new truth? Watch, and be amazed, and cry, like I did! 

Cool Runnings

A proper throwback to the 1990s, this one is based on the real life story. It’s about when...hold your breath...in 1988, Jamaica had a bobsled team, that actually qualified for the Winter Olympics to be held in Calgary, Canada. A fabulous and funny film about grit and determination, it sees four Jamaicans practicing on their island, with no ice or snow, and how their manager actually trains them to be a pro team. As with most sports films, this one too is full on emotion, and will pump you up, and make sure you’re rooting for these lads from your couch! 

Togo

Before you watch this Disney+ movie, keep plenty of tissue by your side. Why? It features a dog and there's plenty of moments where there will be happy tears, worried tears, and sad tears. Sniff. We wept through most of the movie that's based on the real-life incident of the 1925 serum run to Nome, Alaska where dog-sledge teams relayed diphtheria antitoxin serum 1,100 kilometres to save the town from an epidemic. The film stars Willem Dafoe as the legendary musher Leonhard Seppala who does the run with his equally legendary dog, Togo. 

Aladdin

If you are wondering whether you need to watch the animated one or the live-action one, well, you are in luck as both the versions are available. Of course, our heart is always for the animated version where Robin Williams voices the Genie, but to see Aladdin in real life, played by the charming Mena Massoud does make our heart flutter. Will Smith stars as the Genie in the live-action version along with Naomi Scott who delivers a solid performance as Jasmine. Trust us when we say that you'll be listening to her sing Speechless on loop. Also, Marwan Kenzari aka Hot Jafar is a treat. 

The Jungle Book

It doesn't get any better than spending your time at home singing Bare Necessities along with Baloo and Mowgli. The live-action and animated versions are both available to stream on Disney+Hotstar and you should do what we did -- watch them both back-to-back. The live-action The Jungle Book is filled with a stellar voice cast and Idris Alba as Sher Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, and Christopher Walked as King Louie are our favourite voice cast. Excuse as we continue to hum "Look for the bare necessities, The simple bare necessities, Forget about your worries and your strife"

Toy Story

Toys coming to life and going on adventures is what the first Toy Story film is all about. It's one of the best-animated movies out there and whether you are going to watch to for the first time or the millionth time like us, it's going to make you warm, happy, and fuzzy. The loveable duo Woody and Buzz Lightyear voiced by Tom Hanks and Tim Allen respectively are what makes this movie truly special. And the song You've Got A Friend In Me, which we highly recommend you sing along with your BFF. Oh, and in case you are wondering, all the four Toy Story films are available to stream. It'll take you just 6 hours and 19 minutes to binge-watch all of them. To infinity and beyond, right? 

Star Wars

Whether you are a fan of the original trilogy, prequel trilogy or the sequel trilogy, eight of the nine movies are there for you to stream (the one missing is the latest Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker). If you are the kind of person who's been putting off watching Star Wars forever, maybe now it's the time to be part of The Force. We obviously recommend starting with A New Hope as that's where Darth Vader, Chewbacca, Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and R2D2 and C-3PO all make their first appearance. It's part of the original trilogy that consists of The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi and the whole trilogy is 6 hours and 17 minutes long.

Time to get the lightsabers out, we say! 

Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted

Nat Geo is there on Disney+ Hotstar and one of our favourites series is Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted. Starring the titular chef, the series follows the chef through six different locations around the world. The first episode is in Peru and Gordon Ramsay explores various cuisines and cooks them too. We love how the entire series is both a culinary and visual treat, and gives so much insight into the kind of cuisines that are around the world. Without spoiling much, you need to watch the episodes on Alaska and Laos. You'll probably want to end up going to both the places after the episode. We've currently put flight tickets to Laos on Skyscanner. 

The World According To Jeff Goldblum

This actor is a proper star! And as eccentric as Goldblum, this documentary matches up to those levels and how! The series follows a curious Goldblum as he rediscovered the most ordinary and mundane things, through a different and more scientific light. It may seem really familiar, but this show will change your mind with the wonders of science and quite fascinating connections between seemingly unrelated things!

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