2018 was an epic year for OTT shows. Replete with new market players, brilliant shows and performances-par-excellence – the year had them all. We fell in love with many web shows. However, when we decided to share the list with all of you, we wanted those to be shows that are best for repeat watching, and every time you watch them, there is a new layer that is peeled off. For all our readers, we are presenting 6 shows that ensure we start looking at OTT platforms, increasingly, as a source of mainstream entertainment.
Sacred Games – Netflix
Netflix released its first Indian original Sacred Games in July this year. Dark and Gritty, it unapologetically showed Sex, Nudity, Violence and foul language like never before. Based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel, the show stars Saif Ali Khan as Inspector Sartaj Singh, Nawazuddin Siddiqui as Ganesh Gaitonde and Radhika Apte as a RAW agent Anjali Mathur. The show starts with Ganesh Gaitonde, a sworn criminal calling Sartaj Singh for a chat. Sartaj discovers his identity and starts the search for a notorious criminal who had been absconding for years. The search for him doesn’t end as Sartaj had hoped. Gaitonde shoots himself, and with that, starts his backstory and the race to save Mumbai from destruction. Showcasing stellar performances, Sacred Games ruffled few feathers offline too, with a petition being filed against Nawazuddin Siddiqui for calling Rajiv Gandhi the one responsible for Bofors scandal. The portion was eventually retained in the show, with Netflix refusing to remove it.
Bodyguard – Netflix
If you want a thriller that won’t let you think, even for a second, that you shouldn’t have started watching it in the first place, this is the show for you. Originally produced for BBC One, Bodyguard, a Netflix show, has been nominated for Golden Globe Awards for Best TV Show and Richard Madden for Best Actor – Television Series Drama. The show starts with Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden) saving a train from getting blown up, which gets him the job of protecting the Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). However, an attack on her takes the show to a whole new level of suspense altogether, especially since Budd knows the shooter, and hides the fact. The show doesn’t let one get any other work done – it is that addictive – and so is Richard Madden’s sexy British accent. We can’t get enough.
Yeh Meri Family – The Viral Fever (TVF)
Yeh Meri Family is the show that brought tears of nostalgia in the eyes of every viewer. It took us back to that time when summer vacations meant lots of time with family, homework, sibling fights and of course, good food. Starring Mona Singh and Akarsh Khurana, the show is so full of love, that it makes you call up your mom, dad or maybe both, and tell them how much you love them. Created by Sameer Saxena, the man known for TVF Tripling and Permanent Roommates, the show has three kids – Vishesh Bansal (Harshu), big brother Ahan Nirban (Dabbu) and little sister Ruhi Khan (Dhwani). It also has Mr. Know-It-All Shanky, played by Prasad Reddy. The story is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Harshu. The song ‘Dhaaga’ sung by Nilotpal Bora is sure to give you goosebumps. The music has been composed by Vaibhav Bundhoo.
Marvelous Mrs Maisel Season 2 – Amazon Prime Video
The first season of Amazon Prime Video’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was a superhit. It was all about Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) discovering a flair for comedy and having her life turned upside down when her husband Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen) leaves her for his secretary. The second season starts with her mother Rose Weissman (Marin Hinkle) leaving her father and going to Paris and her husband Abraham “Abe” Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) not realizing that till much later. When the start is so hilarious, how can rest of the season be far behind. Being a successor to a season that was so popular, can’t be easy. However, this season can afford to be fearless. It is brilliant.
Mirzapur – Amazon Prime Video
Released in November, Amazon Prime Video’s Mirzapur is based in rural India and shows organised crime in the rural Badlands of India, the battleground being Mirzapur. A dreaded don, Akhandanand Tripathi, aka Kaleen Bhaiya, rules over the illegal arms trade in Mirzapur. His family includes his son – Munna, his second wife – Beena and his father. Munna is a difficult son. Once, he even shoots a groom and that brings the Tripathi family with the Pandit family, comprising of a lawyer and his two sons – Guddu Pandit and Bablu Pandit. Having the makings of an iconic crime-based web series, Mirzapur is definitely a must watch.
Little Things Season 2 – Netflix
The first season of Little Things was adorable. It made you want to fall in love. Dhruv (Dhruv) and Mithila Palkar (Kavya) played the role of a living-in couple. After the first season’s raging success, Netflix released the second season of the show, with the protagonists now finding themselves in grown up situations. It is interesting to see how their professional lives create unwanted situations in their personal lives too.
Romance, Action, Drama, Comedy – 2018 gave us all that, and so much more. OTT platforms gifted us new talents who presented content that was real and heartfelt. Freedom was availed by these platforms, owing to the nature of the medium, but we feel that at no stage, was it misused. This is the online medium, where we choose the content we watch. If we don’t like it, we can always turn it off. We vote for freedom of speech and freedom to choose, wouldn’t you?