The ten best Hindi web series released via OTT in 2020. Go streaming with some great Indian content.
Author: Deepa Bajaj |
December 30th 2020
Being the year of coronavirus, 2020 has been a year busy with streaming options through various platforms. Amidst the sea of many, ten series stood out to us. If you have not watched these yet, add them to your watchlist! For my list of best Hindi films of 2020, go here.
1. Scam 1992 - The Harshad Mehta Story Limited Series Where: Sony Liv Scam 1992 - The Harshad Mehta Story yet? The story of the 1992 securities scam in the Indian stock market, India’s first major financial fraud. And the antihero of the series or this story is the main alleged perpetrator, stockbroker Harshad Mehta. Spoiler-free review here. Director: Harshad Mehta Co-Director: Jai Mehta Based On: Sucheta Dalal and Debashish Basu's 1993 book The Scam: Who Won, who Lost, who Got Away Starring: Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
2. Aarya Season 1 Where: Disney+ Hotstar Aarya tells the tale of a woman who is catapulted into the hot seat of her family business, a pharmaceutical concern with a dark underbelly when her family life is jeopardised. After initial reluctance, Aarya Sareen takes charge as almost a natural successor to a legacy of crime. But will she stay, or will she go as she had planned to before it all? Creators: Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi Based On: Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis Starring: Sushmita Sen, Vikas Kumar, Namit Das, Sikandar Kher, Chandrachur Singh.
3. Paatal Lok Season 1 Where: Amazon Prime Video A down and out cop lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed in the assassination attempt of a journalist. The pursuit of it leads him to 'Paatal Lok' (hell), and to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects. Creator: Sudip Sharma Directors - Avinash Arun, Prosit Roy Starring: Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Neeraj Kabi, Swastika Mukherjee, Ishwak Singh, and Abhishek Banerjee.
4. Pushpavalli Season 2 Where: Amazon Prime Video Pushpavalli was supposed to finish her Food Science degree and marry a man that her mother approved of. All that changed after meeting the charming Nikhil Rao. She secretly follows the man to Bangalore, finding work at a children's library, staying as a paying guest with an eclectic landlady. She likes to convince herself that she is not stalking Rao. What do you think? Creator: Sumukhi Suresh Director: Debbie Rao Starring: Sumukhi Suresh, Manish Anand, Naveen Richard
5. A Suitable Boy Limited Series Where: Netflix The story of Lata, a young woman in a young India, just after Partition, is in the search of a suitable boy for marriage. Whether through love or through an arrangement, What and whom does she consider in the end as suitable? Director: Mira Nair, Shimit Amin Based on: Book by Vikram Seth called A Suitable Boy Starring: Tanya Maniktala, Ishaan Khattar, Mahira Kakkar, Danesh Razvi, Tabu
6. Bandish Bandits Season 1 Where: Amazon Prime Video Indian classical singer Radhe and pop star Tamanna cross paths when Tamanna is facing an artist's block. Radhe is an old school classical musician on a path of devotion through music whereas Tamanna is chasing fame. Despite their contrasting personalities, the two set out together on a journey of self-discovery in music and in love. Creators: Amritpal Singh Bindra, Anand Tiwari Starring: Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Chaudhry, Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni, Sheeba Chaddha, Rajesh Tailang
7. Panchayat Season 1 Where: Amazon Prime Video Produced by The Viral Fever, the series chronicles the life of engineering graduate who takes on the job as a Panchayat secretary of Zilla Phakauli, in a remote village Phulera of Uttar Pradesh. Having landed there due to lack of better job options and not receiving the requisite percentile to grab an MBA seat, Abhishek Tripathi (Jitendra Kumar) ends ups on a journey of becoming truly worldly-wise, whether he wants to or not. Director: Deepak Kumar Mishra Starring: Jitendra Kumar, Raghuvir Yadav, Chandan Roy, Neena Gupta
8. Mirzapur Season 2 Where: Amazon Prime Video Akhandanand Tripathi is the mafia boss of Mirzapur. His son Munna, an unworthy, power-hungry heir, stops at nothing to continue his father's legacy. Season 2 continues with the journey of two brothers, Guddu and Bablu, lured by the idea of power only to have been consumed by it in Season 1., Mirzapur is an amped-up portrayal of India's heartland replete with drugs, guns, and lawlessness. Creators: Puneet Krishna, Karan Anshuman Directors: Karan Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh Starring: Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Vijay Varma, Rasika Dugal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
9. Please Find Attached Season 2 Where: Dice Media on Youtube Please Find Attached tells the story of Shaurya and Sanya, two millennials working in a startup in Mumbai. While Season 1 showed their journey as they decided to move into a flat together and later fall for each other, Season 2 follows their journey as they try to strike a balance between professional and personal life. Director: Nayana Shyam Starring: Ayush Mehra and Barkha Singh
10. Operation MBBS Season 1 Where: Dice Media on Youtube Operation MBBS chronicles the story of three first-year medical students Nishant, Huma and Sakshi who join one of the best MBBS colleges in the country to become doctors. But they are poles apart in their dreams, personalities and approach towards life. Nishant (Ayush Mehra) is the unwilling student who has been pressured into joining by his father, doctor from Bulandshahr, UP. Huma (Sarah Hashmi) is the highly ambitious, well to do, overachiever raised by a single mother. And Sakshi (Anshul Chauhan), Huma’s roommate belongs to a small town in Maharashtra and has struggled her way to the top. What propels them forward? Director: Amrit Raj Gupta Starring: Ayush Mehra, Sarah Hashmi, Anshul Chauhan
Two more series worth special mentions are Hundred and Special Ops, both of which premiered with their first season in 2020 on Disney+ Hotstar.
If you have not watched all of these yet, now is the moment to go find them and watch. And here's to a Happy 2021 with lots more to watch.