Hoichoi, a BDT499/year Bengali alternative to Netflix

What if we tell you that there is a video streaming platform with a subscription of only BDT 499 per year? Yes, Hoichoi is here with a library of over 500 Bengali movies, exclusive original shows and shorts, and they are adding new content every month!

Hoichoi, a 499BDT/year Bengali alternative to Netflix?

They also have over 1,000+ Bengali songs from the most popular albums for the music buffs out there. Their collection doesn’t end here. Hoichoi is releasing films and documentaries soon.

Easy payment methods

All of this, for only BDT 499 a year! And to make the payment process easier and accessible to everyone, they have all sorts of transaction options. Including the major cards and even bKash.

About Hoichoi

Hoichoi is a Bengali on-demand video streaming service based in West Bengal. A concern of SVF films of Kolkata, Hoichoi boasts an impressive collection of West Bengal based films and TV series’ as well as a decent but growing number of Bangladeshi based content.

From Satyajit to Srijit, it offers all types of films. Starting from classics these days’ modern films and all the genres in between. Hoichoi offers videos in every quality options generally available: 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.

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The same with music! You get to listen to popular Bangla songs of the past two decades on Hoichoi. No more struggle of downloading songs separately, let them take care of that. And just when we thought it can’t get any better than this, the music streaming is completely free on Hoichoi mobile app!

Is it worth it?

Chances are, you, the reader, are a member of the young generation, who worships Netflix and Amazon Prime. Hoichoi might not sound very “worth it” to you even after all this.

But you can consider getting the subscription for your parents who are old-school, who probably might not understand the hype of Netflix, but will definitely love this site. For the love of Satyajit and Uttam Kumar at least. Let them also get on the hype train of online streaming!

Hoichoi is a place for all Bengali culture lovers. Doesn’t matter if you are divided by boundaries, every source of Bengali entertainment can be in your grasp through this site. You now can enjoy non-stop Bengali entertainment online, anytime and anywhere!

TV shows you shouldn’t have watched but did anyway

TV series usually helps us to waste our time in a productive manner. However, there are a few TV series that we watched while growing up even though we knew that these were not worth our time and energy. Here is a glimpse at such mistakes –

Grey’s Anatomy

Everyone has been through the Grey’s Anatomy phase during their high school days when watching McDreamy and McSteamy on the screen made them want to join Med school. Weirdly enough, some of us probably even joined med school just for the Grey’s Anatomy experience. But then we grew up, had children, our children went through puberty and are now going through a mid-life crisis but Grey’s Anatomy is still running on tv.

15 seasons of absolute fantasy fiction about the love life of one woman who happens to be a doctor.

We all know that this show wasn’t going anywhere right after the death of most of the major characters. Sadly enough, we are loyal enough fans who have absolutely nothing to do in life than to watch Meredith Grey mess up stories over and over again.

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Riverdale

Watching Riverdale was proof of how cool and pop culture aware you are. But that was back in 2015 when the first season of the show was released. The first season was excellent. Totally worthy of the “Netflix and Chill”. But then right after the release of the first episode of the second season, 3 min into the first episode and we all realized that this is a colossal waste of our Netflix subscription.  But we refused to let go of the show throughout the black hood tragedy which encouraged the producers to give us a season 3, which was ….. let’s just say the finale of Game of Thrones made more sense than the season 3 of Riverdale

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Supernatural

Watching Sam and Dean kill demons and pay a visit to Purgatory every few seconds was fun until Season 5. Then we decided to give them 9 more seasons just so that they can run out of Villans to fight and come up with extremely complicated mythology that makes the plot a giant spider web.

Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman, a show about a horse that talks and walks and somedays he feels like he is in love with an owl, somedays he feels like he is in love with a cat and on other days he likes humans and underaged deers. And we have watched this series for 5 whole seasons because somehow we all feel like this horse is a reflection of who we are.

Honorary mention: SplitsVilla

Watching Roadies for an infinite number of seasons can make sense if we imagine ourselves as masochists but even then I can’t make sense as to why we secretly watched 12 seasons of Splitsville.

That ’70s Show: The criminally underrated sitcom you need to binge.

“Hello, Wisconsin!”

If those words do not ring any bell to you, chances are you have never watched “That ’70s Show”. For those who are unfamiliar with this sitcom, here is a piece of television history for you. That ’70s Show is an American period sitcom that aired between 1998 and 2006. It ran for 200 episodes, spanning 8 seasons.

If you are a patsy for comedy, now might not be the best of times for you.

The Big Bang Theory is closing its curtain with its twelfth and final season this year. Modern Family will return for its final season in 2020. And I know you have already binged Friends a bazillion times (for some people, HIMYM applies as well). In case you feel void of a great sitcom in your life, here is a cue for you. Go watch That ’70s Show. You will be hooked. By hooked I mean you will not rest easy until you finish all of the 8 seasons. Oh, you are not convinced yet? Fine, let me take the lead then.

The resurgence of retroelements in pop culture is an indication that audiences, mostly millennials are obsessed with nostalgia. We love living in the past. This is why you will fall in love with That ’70s Show. It is set in the bell-bottom era of th mid-’70s, chronicles the lives of 6 high schoolers and interprets the cultural aspects of that period that few shows ever could. Keep in mind that this is a show about living in the ’70s and it was produced in the ’90s.

The plot

Without further ado, let’s delve into the cast and settings. The pilot episode opens in a basement of a middle-class house. 6 teenagers are orchestrating their plan to steal beer cans from Eric Forman’s dad. They are all in Eric’s house so Eric is coerced to go upstairs and scavenge the cans for them. We just met our lead cast of the show and most of them are very recognizable actors. Eric (Topher Grace) is a boy desperate to become a man, oftentimes get lectured by his funnily rude dad. Eric has a love interest, named Donna (Laura Prepon) who is not your typical retro chick. Her independent and strong nature is a hint of the burgeoning gender equality of that era.

Jacky and Kelso are an ever quarrelling couple played by real-life sweethearts Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. Jacky does not fit into the group yet sticks with them whereas Kelso is a stupid good looking guy whose greatest challenge in life is to break up with Jacky. Hyde (Danny Masterson) is a nihilist and rebel. He is easily my most favorite character in this show. His Zeppelin t-shirts and love for good old rock and roll makes me like him even more. And last but not least, we have Fez (Wilmer Valderrama), a foreign exchange student who is still recovering from cultural shock. Fez is the heart of this series and he will do anything to steal your girl.

What makes this show an underrated gem

One of the prime focus of this show is the chemistry between Eric and Donna. Their “More than friends but not really in love” affair is something to die for. Kelso-Jackie, the other two lovebirds put on quite a show as well. Ashton Kutcher does a phenomenal job playing Michael Kelso. Mila Kunis who was 14 while filming the pilot, is equally impressive. That ’70s show hilariously showcases the practice of smoking pot which gained notoriety in the ’70s. 4 teens lock themselves up in a basement, smoke pot and trash talk until their shenanigans get hindered by Eric’s dad. One of the most memorable scenes of this show, I can vouch for that.

I have met with mixed responses when I argued this is a gem of a show and quite underrated. Some people disagreed. The reason some people may not enjoy the jokes and sentiments of this show is because not all of us can relate to the references that entwines the music, norms and relationships of that time. Nevertheless, it rests with a special place in my fandomverse.

You will love the theme song. Rock, disco and pop reigns throughout the show. The soundtracks are unmissable, do check ‘em out!

Gillette commercial and the chronically offended

For 30 years, Gillette has been using the slogan “The best a man can get.” Gillette is an American company that principally caters to men by manufacturing grooming products such as razors. Their slogan might have been a bit vague but it certainly isn’t controversial.  “The best a man can get” shouldn’t be a controversial proposition: The best a man can be is kind instead of cruel, generous instead of petty, protective instead of predatory. After the launch of their new commercial however, people did not seem to see it that way anymore because ever since it surfaced, this has been all the internet seems to be talking about.

What’s so wrong with the advert?

The Gillette advert takes on some of the most pressing social problems, bullying and sexual harassment and misogyny in the media. The advert begins by showing a boy getting cyber bullied and called a “sissy,”a group of entertained audience laughing along as a man on a sitcom set grabs at a woman’s behind, a businessman in a corporate boardroom mansplaining to a female employee – while a voice over notes that men keep on “making the same old excuses”: Boys will be boys. I haven’t only seen random strangers on the internet saying it, but at my own home by my own family. We have been excusing bad behavior by men for generations. 

The advert then transitions into men stepping up and being the better version of themselves. Intervening against sexual harassment, a man teaching self-love to his daughter, promoting peace over violence, all while little boys watch and absorb. “It’s only by challenging ourselves to do more,” the ad concludes, “that we can be our best.” Throughout the short film, Gillette tries to tell men that they can be kind and nurturing for their future generations but this simple straightforward message seems to have triggered a huge response among people. The video has generated only 527K likes but over a million dislikes. Even considering the fact that lifeless trolls has opened multiple accounts just for the reason that they can add to the number of dislikes, the numbers are staggering. While the commercial was inspiring and asked men to not only to treat women better, but to treat other men better as well. But the fact of the matter is that,you can always find a way to be offended if you are determined enough.

Corporate giants and social stance

Corporations have been jumping on the social activism train for some time now. We have seen in from Pantene, Dove and Nike. I am sure we haven’t forgotten about Nike’s commercial featuring Colin Kaepernick. We had witnessed almost the same kind of backlash from a certain community. One pattern I have always noticed is that any righteous message delivered to a mass population always gets similar reactions as long as it does not cater to every demand of the privileged. The privileged be someone belonging to the racial or ethnic majority, it might be because someone holds a patriarchal mindset which is often considered “cool” in our patriarchal society or a religious majority.

A billboard featuring former San Francisco 49ers quaterback Colin Kaepernick is displayed on the roof of the Nike Store on September 5, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

On the contrary, being sensitive and showing empathy towards other human beings is considered emasculating. When I was explaining to someone about why the backlash was due to fragile masculinity, a random guy asked me how I would define “fragile masculinity”. This term is closely relevant to another term called “toxic masculinity”. Toxic masculinity refers to the idea that cruel and predatory behavior is part of men’s natural makeup. There’s a stereotype that feminists hate men, but the opposite seems to be true: Anti-feminists who claim to be defending men are the ones who actually seem to have a fairly low opinion of themselves. Thus, when a man does not meet their criteria of manliness, they are bullied and mocked. These particular men have their masculinity held up like a house of cards and the slightest bit of murmur about them being imperfect crashes it and this is referred to as fragile masculinity and that is when these men feel emasculated.

Gillette ain’t no saint

Obviously, Gillette was not promoting equality out of the goodness of their hearts. None of the bold advertising we’ve seen in recent times has been but it does not have to be either. Gillette needs to sell their products and as the saying goes, “No such thing as bad publicity”.The commercial generated all the buzz they needed and they indeed needed it. In the past decade, more men have started to opt for the “ragged” look instead of the cleanly shaven kind. Their profits have also been undercut by more affordable brands of grooming products. So even though the Piers Morgans of the world have threatened to boycott Gillette, that might end up generating more publicity. Feminist men and women might buy more Gillette products to counteract the loud and angry men. 

I mean come on, large companies like Gillette don’t advertise on concepts they think will tank their profits. This is why so many advertisements have been so sexist for so long.

Buying consumer goods will not bring on gender-equality, but that does not mean that the commercial is bad. These are definitely pleasant changes from seeing misogyny serve as a tool for capitalism. If corporations use their platforms to stand up while also benefitting from the advertisement, it’s a win-win. This is why Nike’s commercial was a success. People tend to put a higher value on brands they think has a better moral compass.

The Gillette commercial was inspiring and motivating, not controversial. But if you are like Piers Morgan and think that the proper reaction to it is tweeting about an imaginary “war on masculinity”,then sadly Gillette was wrong. You are petty and this is as good as you’re ever going to get.