Amazon Prime is one of the leading OTT platforms for web series in India. During the lockdown period, it has gained a lot of subscribers and a good amount of reputation amongst the millennials. Here are some of its most popular web series.
1. Bandish Bandits
This romantic musical drama series created by Amritpal Singh Bindra and Anand Tiwari is full of emotions and sacrifices. It is a story of two singers who differ in their mindset, music, culture, family background, and lifestyle. But they fall in love with each other in due course of time. Starring Ritwik Bhowmik (Radhe), Shreya Chaudhary (Tamanna), and Nasiruddin Shah(Pandit Radhemohan Rathod) in lead roles, this series impressed everyone with its storyline and music.
All the songs of this series were no less than a musical masterpiece. Especially, Sajan Bin, sung by Shivam Mahadevan and Jonita Gandhi, had a remarkable impact on the fans. This series has set a benchmark in the world of musical dramas. It has also successfully depicted the beauty of Rajasthani music and culture. The shooting locations entice the audience to visit the Pink City Jaipur, and they also promote Rajasthan tourism.
2. The Family Man
This Indian web series written by Raj and D.K is a blend of dark comedy and action. The leads in the first season of this web series were Manoj Bajpayaee, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, and Neeraj Madhav. As the name suggests, this is a story of a family man who has to manage his family life and work-life effectively. But, the story has a twist; he faces a challenge to conceal his real profession from his family for the sake of their security. Manoj Bajpayaee, who is playing the role of a cop, Srikant Tiwari, in the series, has a wife, Suchitra Iyer Tiwari (Priyamani), and two children, Dhriti Tiwari (Ashlesha Thakur) and Atharva(Vedant Sinha).
The character of Srikant’s best friend, JK (Sharib Hashmi), is amusing and loyal at the same time. Apart from these, other roles like Zoya(Shreya Dhanwantary), Arvind (Sharad Kelkar), Milind (Sunny Hinduja), Sameer (Darshan Kumar), Sajid(Shahab Ali) glorified the series even more. The entry of Rajji (Samantha Akkineni) in the second season was full of suspense and surprise. Fans of the series consider Samantha as the lucky charm of the show. She impressed everyone with her intense action sequences and excellent performance. The second season did not disappoint the viewers as each actor had put their heart and soul into the character.
The fans made many speculations about the series. When they found the second season surprisingly phenomenal with the unexpected twists, they couldn’t resist admiring all the characters, writers, and the entire team. The role of Chellam Sir played by Uday Mahesh was praised by everyone. He thanked the makers and fans for all the love he received. Also, this series tried to unify the regional film industry at a national level, which was an appreciable attempt.
This Indian thriller series produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar, and Bhaumik Gondaliya was best in the first season. But, the exit of Vikrant Messy’s character Bablu and the second season’s storyline disheartened the fans. Pankaj Tripathi (Kaleen Bhaiya), Divyendu Sharma(Munna Bhaiya), Ali Fazal (Guddu Pandit), Vikrant Messy (Bablu Pandit) were four pillars of the web series. Mirzapur has been a source of memes since the first season, promoting the series more than its advertisements. It also includes strong female characters like Beena Tripathi (Rasika Duggal), Gajgamini Gupta(Shweta Tripathi), Dimpy Pandit (Harshita Gaur), Sweety Pandit (Shreya Pilgaonkar), Madhuri (Isha Talwar), which the viewers loved. Fans are expecting much more from season 3. May their expectations meet.
4. Patal Lok
This Neo-noir produced by Anushka Sharma has explained many moral values through the story and its phenomenally portrayed characters. Inspector Hathi Ram Chaudhary(Jaideep Ahlawat) is struggling hard to be a good husband of Renu Chaudhary(Gul Panag), an accountable father of Siddharth Chaudhary (Bodhisattva Sharma) and a loyal police officer. When he gets the charge of a high-profile case, he passionately works hard with Imran Ansari (Ishwak Singh) to find the real culprits. During the investigation, he realizes that the accused of the murder – Hathoda Tyagi (Abhishek Banerjee), Tope Singh(Jagjeet Sandhu), Kabir M(Asif Khan), and Cheeni(Mairembam Ronaldo Singh), are victims of sadism, which in turn has made them reluctant to commit heinous crimes out of revenge.
This story also has journalist Sanjeev Mehra( Neeraj Kabi), his wife, Dolly Mehra ( Swastika Mukherjee), and his love interest Sara Matthews ( Niharika Lyra Dutt) in important roles. Sanjeev Mehra doesn’t value the caring nature of his kind-hearted wife and cheats her. It has successfully shown the dark sides of casteism in Indian society. The painful stories of the four accused questions humanity. On the other hand, the character of Dolly Mehra inspires us to adopt stray dogs and sympathize with animals around us.
This Political drama directed by Ali Abbas Zafar is one of the most controversial web series of the decade. Starring Saif Ali Khan (Samar Partap Singh), Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Shiva Shekhar ), Kritika Kamra (Sana Mir), Sunil Grover (Gurpal Singh), Sarah-Jane Dias (Ayesha Pratap Singh), Dimpal Kapadia (Anuradha Kishore), Gauahar Khan (Maithili Sharan) in lead roles, the first season received both, love and hate from the audience. The story of this series revolves around two ambitious politicians and the people associated with them. As the story proceeds, it unveils the true colors of every character gradually. The suspense in every episode urges viewers to binge-watch the series with total concentration.
Every character in the series had an extraordinary impact on the audience. Though none of them overshadowed any other role, they still managed to make a different fan base. The mixed emotions performed by every actor made the audience fall in love with the script. It also tends to change our perception of politicians and the political world. The courage to show the truth on screen is commendable. The exit of Kritika Kamra’s role in the series was unexpected. Let’s see what the next season brings.
These were the top 5 Indian Web Series of Amazon prime. Tell us about your favorite ones in the comment section below.
Edited by Prakriti Arora