With the OTT space giving the public access to content from around the world, viewers know how to pick the wheat from the chaff. The OTT world and its competition has encouraged writers, actors and directors to push the boundaries and put their best foot forward. Although many did not achieve what they dreamed of, some series stood out and received huge love from the audience. Now that we’re six months into 2022, here’s the list of the best we’ve had so far.
This SonyLIV series proves that science isn’t boring and it doesn’t have to be serious. The Nikkhil Advani project is based on the lives of Homi J Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, excellently performed by Pataal Lok’s Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh respectively. It is dramatic, staying true to the timeline and culture to which Bhabha and Sarabhai belonged. Speaking of the series, Nikkhil Advani told indianexpress.com, “Dr Bhabha was the father of atomic energy and Dr Sarabhai Baba was the father of space research, but their life was much more than just that. So when you watch Rocket Boys, experience it’s about the period 1942-1962 in a healthy way. It’s not just about science, it’s about the people of that period, the culture, the art and what these two men did to influence it.”
2022 was also a year when crime/thrillers worked, drama and romance were equally praised. The makers of Panchayat 2 were under pressure to outperform the critically acclaimed previous season. But the second season managed to surprise us, and in the right way. Starring Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav, Panchayat 2 stuck to its rootedness and simplicity while serving a compelling storyline. This season was yet another proof of how a simple yet strong script, supported by great artists, can take a series/movie to another level. In an interview with indianexpress.com, Panchayat 2 director Deepak Kumar Mishra revealed the secret behind the series’ success. “It’s the simplicity. Every other show on the web talks about backcountry violence. With Panchayat, people saw themselves as the characters. I think it’s the recognizability and simplicity that did the trick,” he said.
The world of OTT proved that only a star or a big name can’t run the show, and Gullak 3, currently streaming on SonyLIV, is a perfect example. Starring Jameel Khan as Santosh Mishra, Geetanjali Kulkarni as Shanti Mishra, Vaibhav Raj Gupta as Annu Mishra and Harsh Mayar as Aman Mishra, the series is a glimpse into every middle-class family learning to live and find happiness in small things. What makes Gullak 3 appealing is the fact that it hosts more than one recognizable characters and dreams that will leave you grinning and sometimes with tears in your eyes. The credit for this heartwarming series goes to the writer Durgesh Singh and the actors.
Crime thrillers aren’t new to the OTT world, but what makes Mai different is the look. Mai is told from the point of view of actor Sakshi Tanwar. She plays a mother in the series. In the Hindi film industry, there is nothing a mother can’t do, and the role of Sakshi does just that. She is a grieving mother who finds answers to why her daughter was killed. The series shows an imperfect, needy side of a mother, excellently portrayed by Sakshi. She is the hero, she is the narrator. Mai opened rave reviews. “Mai delivers a tough feat: it persuades you to suspend tons of disbelief for being drawn into his world and invested in his characters. Every time you go, how is that even possible (and this happens time and again), you’re pulled back into the story, enjoying every gritty, dirty, ultra-violent beat,” said Shubhra Gupta, critic of The Indian Express …in her review.
Modern Love Mumbai
Love knows no gender. It doesn’t look at gender, age, caste or anything else. Modern Love Mumbai states exactly that through various stories based on the city of dreams, Mumbai. Whether finding the power of self-love and independence in Raat Rani or proving that love or attraction knows no age limit in I Love Thane and My Beautiful Wrinkles, Modern Love Mumbai will leave your heart feeling full. However, some stories lack perfection. For example, the intimacy scene between Pratik Gandhi and Ranveer Brar could have been better. But overall, it’s one of this year’s must-sees.
The Disney+Hotstar series, starring Shefali Shah and Kirti Kulhari, shows the dark side of the noble profession. The series revolves around the concept of human drug testing and how it can ruin lives. From the script to performances by Shefali and Kirti, everything about this series stands out. Vishal Jethwa and Riddhi Kumar are one to look forward to.
While we’ve already mentioned the best of the year so far, here’s a shout out to some of the series in this “special mention” segment:
If you liked Gullak 3 and if you are an animal lover, then Pet Puraan is a series for you. In the series, Lalit Prabhakar and Sai Tamhankar play a married couple who have to deal with the pressure of having a baby because they have been married for five years. However, unwilling to become parents, they decide to get a pet to plunge into that world of responsibility. But the catch is that Lalit’s character Atul wants a dog and Sai’s Aditi a cat. And accidentally own them both. The series addresses their journey and struggles. It’s one of the best series promoting the message of coexistence, and we recommend you give it a try.
Like Gullak, Home Shanti also revolves around a middle-class family of four. But in this film, the characters of Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa, who play a middle-class couple, take us on a ride full of challenges and emotions as they build their dream home. Manoj Pahwa’s comedic timing and Supriya’s perfect maternal avatar make this series a winner. It will be streamed on Disney+Hotstar.
The fame game
Madhuri Dixit’s web debut The Fame Game presents the Dhak Dhak girl in a role that is familiar to her but different to her fans. It takes us into the life of a superstar. In this one you should definitely watch out for Madhuri’s chemistry with Manav Kaul.
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