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What to watch on OTT this weekend: Before Thar, check out Fast and Furious, Mad Max, The Italian Job and other cool car-centric movies

Thar has been presented as an inspiration from Italian spaghetti westerns, but we’ve actually had spaghetti western inspirations in the past, known here as curry westerns, including classics like Sholay, Mera Gaon Mera Desh, Khote Sikkay, Loha, and Thar is nowhere close to their league. It has interesting, well-acted (except Harshvardhan Kapoor) characters, but they do nothing as a unit to make the plot interesting or even take it forward. The Anil Kapoor and Harshvardhan Kapoor starrer drifts aimlessly on fumes for 3/4ths of the film, and finally, when things supposedly come together in the climax, it’s a huge letdown and looks done to death – so much for being different in Hindi cinema, eh?

So, if, like us, you, too, have been majorly disappointed by this spaghetti western wannabe, then you can take a semblance of solace it from it focusing on some cool, weather-beaten jeeps, involving at least one good car chase sequence. And if you thirst for for more such movies, then you’ve landed at the right place as we’ve dug through our movie archives for you to come up with the most cool, car-centric movies on OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Apple TV…

Fast & Furious 7 (Amazon Prime)

The big daddy of car-based franchises, but we’ve chose the seventh part as it’s our favourite.

The Italian Job (Netflix)

We’re going with the 2003 remake instead of the 1969 original purely because of how much more entertaining it is.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (Netflix)

If you loved Mad Max: Fury Road, then you absolutely must watch the OG Mad Max road movie, full of car stunts.

Bullitt (Apple TV)

The 1968 classic is often credited to have the best car-chase sequence in the history of cinema.

Lost Bullet (Netflix)

One of the best French action movies ever, with one of the most underrated car scenes of all time.

Coming back to Thar, well…being boring isn’t the only problem of this Netflix film though as it’s just scratchily plotted and weakly directed. These new-age Bollywood filmmakers need to first and foremost understand the difference between dull filmmaking and art filmmaking, and secondly that they’re hardly reinventing anything as what they think they’re doing, obviously motivated by international filmmakers, has been done decades ago by our own past masters.

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