Money Heist is by far the most anticipated title coming in September, with the Netflix series' fifth and final season kicking off on September 3. The first weekend of the month is packed in fact. Fast & Furious 9 makes its very belated entry into Indian cinemas on September 2. Amazon has a new Cinderella musical movie due on September 3. And Marvel has not one but two titles on September 3, with Shang-Chi taking off in cinemas, while Black Widow appears on streaming. Other major titles internationally in September include the sixth and final season of Lucifer, debuting September 10 on Netflix, with the third season of Sex Education following a week later on September 17. That day also brings Ryan Reynolds' Free Guy to India. And lastly, Daniel Craig's final 007 entry, No Time to Die, enters Indian cinemas on September 30.
From India in September, the biggest name is TVF's Kota Factory, which moves to Netflix for its second season — it's out September 24. Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Yami Gautam star in the horror comedy Bhoot Police, available September 10 on Disney+ Hotstar. A week later on September 17, Disney+ Hotstar will unveil another horror comedy allegedly in Annabelle Sethupathi, with Taapsee Pannu and Vijay Sethupathi. Elsewhere, Konkona Sensharma and Mohit Raina lead a harried and terrified hospital staff in Mumbai Diaries: 26/11, out September 9 on Prime Video. And there's a three-film anthology in Ankahi Kahaniya, coming September 17 to Netflix.
If you are looking for more big names, Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon return for the second season of Apple TV+'s flagship series The Morning Show on September 17. Impeachment: American Crime Story will chronicle the scandalous affair (and its aftermath) between US President Bill Clinton and then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky — she worked on the project as a producer — starting September 8 on Disney+ Hotstar.
With that, here's our September 2021 guide to Netflix, Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, and the cinemas.
Fast & Furious 9
When: September 2Where: Cinemas
It's time for family — over three months late. Following several delays, first due to cinema closures and then owing to Universal Pictures' (unfulfilled) desire to avoid other big-ticket releases, the ninth chapter of The Fast Saga finally, finally rolls into Indian cinemas. If you're worried about being in an enclosed space with strangers, Fast & Furious 9 is available on-demand elsewhere, though you'll need to use a VPN. It's a safer albeit more expensive alternative, and the only way to watch it right now for those who live where cinemas haven't reopened.
As is the norm for Fast & Furious titles, the plot is just an excuse to keep putting the star studded cast in over the top situations, and in the latest installment you will see: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, John Cena, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Michael Rooker, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, and Charlize Theron. Fast Five director Justin Lin is back behind the camera. F9 has already grossed over $700 million (about Rs. 5,197 crores) since its May debut internationally.
Watch the Final Trailer for Fast & Furious 9
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty OrtizPhoto Credit: Universal Pictures
When: September 3Where: Disney+ Hotstar
It's here, finally. Thanks to COVID, it took Marvel over two years (since Spider-Man: Far From Home) to release its next movie. And thanks to COVID, again, Black Widow wasn't available in India in line with the rest of the world. Now, it's arrived — and Scarlett Johansson's first (and only) standalone run as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow is available to everyone, in six languages.
As for the movie itself, Black Widow is set following the events of Captain America: Civil War, with Natasha taking a trip back home to see her family of sorts: Florence Pugh as sister-figure Yelena Belova, David Harbour as father-figure Alexei Shostakov, and Rachel Weisz as mother-figure Melina Vostokoff. Like Natasha, Yelena and Melina were also trained at the KGB Red Room in the art of Black Widow. Pugh will even take over from Johansson in the MCU, what with Natasha having died in Avengers: Endgame.
O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale), William Hurt (Civil War), and Ray Winstone (The Departed) also have roles. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will cameo as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, whom we first saw in the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Cate Shortland (Somersault) directs.
Black Widow Trailer Promises to Bring Scarlett Johansson Home
Rachel Weisz, Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh in Black WidowPhoto Credit: Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios
When: September 3Where: Amazon Prime Video
Have there not been enough Cinderella movies? Sony Pictures thinks it has something worthwhile to offer — or it did, until it took it off cinemas and sold it to Amazon — with this quasi-revisionist take on the fairytale traditional that finds the titular orphan (Camilla Cabello, making her acting debut) rejecting Prince Charming (Nicholas Galitzine) because she cares about her career: selling her signature dresses. But that's easier said than done, when you've got the world in your face.
As part of its modernisation, Cinderella stars Billy Porter as a genderless take on fairy godmother. The standard roles are still in place: Idina Menzel as the annoying stepmother, Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver as the King and Queen, and three mice who turn into men in James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan, and James Acaster. And oh, it's a musical, did I mention that? Kay Cannon (Blockers, Pitch Perfect) writes and directs.
Watch the Official Trailer for Amazon's Cinderella
Camilla Cabello in and as CinderellaPhoto Credit: Kerry Brown/Amazon
When: September 3Where: Netflix
The beginning of the end. The fifth and final season of Netflix's most popular Spanish series and second most popular non-English series (behind Lupin) will be divided in two five-episode halves — Volume 1 is due in September, with Volume 2 due in December. And the gang has to face major problems on Money Heist season 5: The Professor (Álvaro Morte) is in Sierra's (Najwa Nimri) clutches, and the government is ready to send in the army to clear them out. A robbery has become a war.
All five episodes of Money Heist season 5 part 1 will be available at once.
Watch the Official Trailer for Money Heist Season 5 Part 1
Najwa Nimri, Álvaro Morte behind the scenes on Money Heist season 5Photo Credit: Tamara Arranz/Netflix
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
When: September 3Where: Cinemas
Kim's Convenience star Simu Liu gears up as Marvel's first Asian superhero lead Shang-Chi, a skilled martial artist and the troubled son of his crime lord father Wenwu, played by award-winning Tony Leung, who is also the leader of the titular terrorist organisation. Escaping those daddy issues, Shang-Chi takes off for San Francisco but he's forced to confront his past a decade later, after his father pushes him to take his rightful place alongside him.
Awkwafina plays Shang-Chi's American friend Katy, Meng'er Zhang is his estranged sister Xialing, Fala Chen portrays Shang-Chi and Xialing's mother Jiang Li, Benedict Wong returns as the sorcerer Wong from Doctor Strange, and Michelle Yeoh plays Shang-Chi's aunt and mystical city Ta Lo guardian Jiang Nan — the second character she has played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following her tiny role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
If theatres aren't open in your area, you can expect Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings to drop October 18 (or later) on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.
Watch the Final Shang-Chi trailer in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada
Impeachment: American Crime Story
When: September 8Where: Disney+ Hotstar
The Clinton–Lewinsky scandal is the focus of the third season of this anthology series, with Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky, Clive Owen as former US President Bill Clinton, Sarah Paulson as Linda Tripp who secretly recorded their phone calls, Margo Martindale as Lucianne Goldberg who advised her to do so, Annaleigh Ashford as Paula Jones who sued Clinton for sexual harassment, and Edie Falcon as then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. Lewinsky served as a consultant and producer on the series.
Based in part on Jeffrey Toobin's best-seller “A Vast Conspiracy”, with newcomer Sarah Burgess — this is her first credited series — adapting it for screen. Two episodes upon premiere, with the remaining eight following once per week.
Mumbai Diaries: 26/11
When: September 9Where: Amazon Prime Video
The Cama & Albless Hospital was one of the early targets during Mumbai's 26/11 terror attacks, with doctors, nurses and staff forced to use all sorts of rudimentary measures — a fridge, chairs, an X-ray machine, and medicine trolleys were used to bar entry — to keep patients safe from the AK-47-wielding terrorists. That's the story being fictionalised in this Amazon series, whose title suggests an anthology approach should the first season do well.
Konkona Sensharma, Mohit Raina, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Natasha Bharadwaj, Mrunmayee Deshpande, Tina Desai, Satyajeet Dubey, Prakash Belawadi, Indraneel Bhattacharya, Pushkaraj Chirputkar, and Balaji Gauri are part of the Mumbai Diaries: 26/11 cast.
The Mumbai Diaries: 26/11 trailer hints the doctors treated an injured terrorist, even in the face of heavy opposition from the police and other patients, which isn't something I have found news evidence for. Clearly, the Amazon series is taking some creative liberties here. Nikkhil Advani (Batla House) and Nikhil Gonsalves (Hasmukh) share directing duties; the latter is also co-writer.
When: September 10Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez, and Yami Gautam star in this horror “comedy” that finds two god-fearing exorcists (Khan and Kapoor) facing the biggest case of their lives. But not a single joke in the Bhoot Police trailer landed for me, and the parts that weren't supposed to be funny are funny. Javed Jaffrey co-stars. Pavan Kirpalani (Ragini MMS, Phobia) directs.
When: September 10Where: Netflix
Lucifer's little sister Rory (Brianna Hildebrand) and — in what seems like a bit of a red herring — and his detective lover Chloe Decker (Lauren German) are seemingly both gunning for the Devil in the series' sixth and final season. Actually, that should say the newly-anointed God, though Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) isn't really showing any enthusiasm for the new job. Even as his reluctance to step into the role is causing all sorts of problems for Earth's denizens.
Watch the Official Trailer for Lucifer's Final Season
Tom Ellis as Lucifer in Lucifer season 6Photo Credit: John P. Fleenor/Netflix
When: September 17Where: Netflix
Netflix's love for anthologies continues with three new directors — Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Abhishek Chaubey, and Saket Chaudhary — presenting tales of love, longing, relationships and human emotions, as the streaming service describes it.
In front of the camera, we have the likes of Abhishek Banerjee, Rinku Mahadeo Rajguru, Dellzad Hiwale, Kunal Kapoor, Zoya Hussain, Nikhil Dwivedi, and Palomi. Banerjee is in Tiwari's film, Chaudhary's stars Kapoor, Hussain, Dwivdei and Palomi, while Chaubey brings in newcomers Rajguru and Hiwale.
Like Lust Stories and Ghost Stories, Ankahi Kahaniya — that's Hindi for “Untold Stories” — comes from producers Ronnie Screwvala and Ashi Dua Sara.
When: September 17Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Taapsee Pannu and Vijay Sethupathi star in the lead of this movie that we know very little about honestly. It's a horror comedy, reportedly. Pannu tweeted the poster with a caption that suggested rebirth might be part of the plot. Even the first look tells us very little. Sethupathi appears in regal Indian attire, while Pannu dons more old-fashioned Westernised outfits. Is Annabelle Sethupathi set during the British era or something?
And though it will originally be in Tamil it seems, Disney+ Hotstar is also unveiling Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi versions (where it's called Annabelle Rathore). Deepak Sundarrajan makes his directorial debut.
Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu in Annabelle SethupathiPhoto Credit: Disney+ Hotstar
When: September 17Where: Cinemas
Ryan Reynolds is a bank teller who doesn't know he exists as a background character inside a video game for the enjoyment of others. Read: being killed repeatedly as gamers perform bank heists. But when some code that is accidentally pushed allows him to tinker with said world, Guy (Reynolds) discovers that his world is soon about to be shut down. Naturally, he sets out to save his world, with a little help from the coders who made him, including Killing Eve's excellent Jodie Comer.
Free Guy released August 13 in cinemas globally, but because Disney India was reluctant to bring films to the country then, it's taken over a month to get here. It's also exclusive to cinemas, and not on Disney+ or Disney+ Hotstar, because Free Guy is made by 20th Century Studios — erstwhile 20th Century Fox — whom Disney acquired. Hence, the existing deals in place don't allow a day-and-date release. That said, Free Guy is coming to video-on-demand on September 28 in the US.
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The Morning Show
When: September 17Where: Apple TV+
Jennifer Aniston's morning news presenter gets her job back in the 10-episode second season of Apple's highest-profile series, and naturally renews her rivalry with Reese Witherspoon's fellow morning news presenter. One new episode will air every week until November 19.
New this season are Julianna Margulies as another news anchor, Hasan Minhaj's as Reese's co-host, Greta Lee as tech world wunderkind, Ruairi O'Connor as a YouTube star, Holland Taylor as the chairwoman, Tara Karsian as news producer, and Valeria Golino as a documentary filmmaker.
The rest of the original cast — Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Néstor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Bel Powley, Desean Terry, Jack Davenport, and Steve Carell — return as well. Except Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Creator Kerry Ehrin continues as showrunner.
When: September 17Where: Netflix
In the wake of the deleted voicemail, Otis (Asa Butterfield) takes the casual-sex route to distract himself in the third season of Sex Education. Meanwhile, his mother Jean (Gillian Anderson) is preparing for the new baby's arrival, popular-girl Aimee (Aimee Lou Wood) has discovered feminism, new headteacher Hope (Jemima Kirke) is trying to turn Moordale around, and former headmaster Michael's (Alistair Petrie) older and more successful brother Peter (Jason Isaacs) shows up.
Al of the other main cast — Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), Maeve (Emma Mackey), Adam (Connor Swindells), Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling), Ruby (Mimi Keene), Anwar (Chaneil Kular), Olivia (Simone Ashley), Lily (Tanya Reynolds), Ola (Patricia Allison), and Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) — also return. Dua Saleh will recur as new non-binary student Cal Bowman.
Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey in Sex Education season 3Photo Credit: Netflix
Star Wars: Visions
When: September 22Where: Disney+ Hotstar
Anime comes to a galaxy far, far away as Disney hands over the creative tools to seven different Japanese anime studios, who deliver nine short films for the first season of this Star Wars anthology series. You can watch them in Japanese or English, as you like, with a voice cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Neil Patrick Harris, Alison Brie, David Harbour, Simu Liu, Kyle Chandler, Masaki Terasoma, Akeno Watanabe, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Akio Kaneda, and Tokuyoshi Kawashima.
As for the nine short Star Wars films themselves, they are about a princess, space bunnies, a fallen Jedi, Samurai-esque Jedi and Sith, a droid who wishes to be a Jedi, a straw hat-donning astromech droid, a daughter of a lightsabersmith, eight Force-sensitive warriors, Luke and Leia-type twins born to the dark side of the Force — and a “Star Wars rock opera”. I cannot wait to see them all, but I especially can't wait to see the last of those.
Watch the Official Trailer for Star Wars: Visions
A still from Star Wars: VisionsPhoto Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm
When: September 24Where: Apple TV+
Isaac Asimov's Foundation series has never been adapted, until now. And it's looking like The Expanse meet Game of Thrones. Whether we will get to the end is another matter already, given the Foundation books span centuries. Ask David S. Goyer (Blade, Batman Begins), he wrote it after all.
Genius mathematician Hari Seldon (Jared Harris) has predicted, nay forecasted, the fall of the Galactic Empire. Naturally, it's upsetting to those in power — and more so to those without. With Hari's help, who says the future of humanity will need a foundation they can use to build upon, a band of exiles start to save the most essential parts of civilisation. Easier said than done really.
Three episodes — with the pilot from Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders — release upon premiere, with the remaining seven to debut in weekly instalments.
When: September 24Where: Netflix
The second season of TVF's black-and-white revelation is headed to Netflix, following the acqui-newal — that's an acquisition and a renewal, I just coined the term — announcement in March. It was previously free-to-watch on YouTube and the TVF website. The first season is still on YouTube, and it's also now on Netflix. This also means that Kota Factory season 2 won't have a weekly release. Instead, all five episodes will be available at once.
The venue might have changed, but the story remains the same. Through its protagonist Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More), Kota Factory will continue to comment on the state of Indian education, as we see Vaiabhav try to get into Kota's leading institute Maheshwari, while balancing friendships, his relationship with his mentor (Jitendra Kumar), and the looming pressure of getting into IIT.
Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Ahsaas Channa, Revathi Pillai and Urvi Sing also star. Raghav Subbu directs; he also served as co-showrunner alongside Shreyansh Pandey. Kota Factory creator Saurabh Khanna is among the writers alongside Abhishek Yadav, Puneet Batra, and Manoj Kalwani.
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No Time to Die
When: September 30Where: Cinemas
Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as James Bond, the MI6 spy with the famous codename 007, is finally locked for release. Barring an unseen catastrophe. One of the first films to get delayed when COVID-19 first struck, No Time to Die has been bounced around the calendar a few times now — first from April 2020 to November 2020, then to April 2021, before getting its current October 8 date. But it's actually out eight days earlier in several markets, including India and the UK.
Set five years after the capture of Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) in Spectre, Bond has left active service — with the 007 codename going to Lashana Lynch's Nomi. Shortly after, Bond is approached by his CIA friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), who seeks his help in finding a missing scientist. Bond discovers the scientist has been kidnapped — and there's a lot more to that. It involves Rami Malek's villain who has some nefarious plans in store.
Léa Seydoux returns as Bond's psychologist love interest Dr. Madeleine Swann, as does Ben Whishaw as the MI6 quartermaster Q, Ralph Fiennes as the MI6 chief M, Naomie Harris as M's secretary Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as M's chief of staff Bill Tanner, and Waltz as Blofeld. Ana de Armas and Billy Magnussen play CIA agents. Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) directs, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) among the contributors to the screenplay.
Watch the Final Trailer for No Time to Die
Daniel Craig as James Bond in No Time to DiePhoto Credit: MGM/Universal Pictures/EON