'Cinema Bandi' becomes Netflix India's most-popular movie, days after release
Producers Raj & DK are overjoyed after their Telugu film Cinema Bandi became the most popular movie on Netflix India. The film released on May 14, and it was received positively by critics and viewers alike. The duo took to social media to express their excitement, and wrote, "Thank you all for showering love and warmth! Here's to indie films!"
The duo, also known for Amazon Prime's Family Man, commented on how a 'regional' film achieved the feat. Another part of their tweet read, "How incredible is this! Who would have thought a 'tiny' 'regional' film like Cinema Bandi will become the No 1 thing in the country!" The film has been directed by debutant Praveen Kandregula, and also has a relatively fresh cast.
How incredible is this! Who would have thought a "tiny" "regional" film like Cinema Bandi will become the No 1 thing in the country! 😊 Thank you all for showering love and warmth! Here's to indie films!#CinemaBandi #CinemaBandiOnNetflix pic.twitter.com/r1iTmZG6f2— Raj DK (@rajndk) May 16, 2021
The film tells the story of Veera, who is an auto-rickshaw driver, struggling to make ends meet. One day he finds a movie camera in his auto, and decides to change the fate of his family and his village. He and his friend Gana choose to make a movie that will put their village on the map. It is a heart-warming tale of dreamers.
In our review of Cinema Bandi, we called it a 'must-watch' and gave it a solid 4.5/5 rating. The acting, direction, and overall production are impressive. The film's story was compared to The Bicycle Thief by Vittorio De Sica, while the in-your-face tragedy was replaced with a feel-good story. We found it to be a thought-provoking comedy.
Separately, fans eagerly waiting for the duo's Family Man Season 2 might get to see it soon. Even though no official announcement was made, rumors suggest it will drop on June 11. The Go Goa Gone pair has also teamed up with ace directors Russo Brothers to work on the Indian version of their Amazon series Citadel. It stars Priyanka Chopra and Richard Madden.