If there’s anything worth looking forward to in the remaining months of 2020, it is the unlimited access to the original and quality content that the OTT platforms, particularly Amazon Prime Video, have been rolling out every week and month. From Palatal Lok to The Family Man, the platform has kept us entertained by releasing a slew of great original series. To save you from aimless surfing on the platform, we’ve shortlisted seven Indian originals on Amazon Prime Video that you can watch right now.
1) THE FAMILY MAN
Srikant Tiwari is a middle-class man who also serves as a world-class spy. Srikant tries to balance his familial responsibilities with the demands of the highly secretive special cell of the National Intelligence Agency that he is working for. A working man from the National Investigation Agency tries to protect the nation from terrorism, but he also needs to keep his family safe from his secret job. Almost every possible sensitive element is covered, connected and handled extremely non-Controversially, non–Monotous-ly, reasonably and perfectly well from different angles of reality. Every small to big real incidents from Terror, politics, Religion, Standing for the national anthem in Movie theatres controversy etc. of the largest democratic country is perfectly connected and well taken to make the drama so hair-raising real, Eye-Opening and sensitive but not controversial. Everyone did their jobs immensely well especially Obviously Manoj, Neeraj Madhav, Sharib Hashmi and special mention to Priya Mani as a Simple Worried complaining Wife handling two reactive kids and her job.
Akhandanand Tripathi made millions exporting carpets and became the mafia boss of Mirzapur. His son Munna, an unworthy, power-hungry heir, stops at nothing to continue his father’s legacy.
The ensemble cast has done a brilliant job. Be it the wretched politician played by Pramod Pathak (Chief Minister’s Brother) or his concubine Anagsha Biswas or the helpless Dad (Rajesh Tailang) of Guddu Pandit; be it the sharp cop Amit Sial or the identical twins with non-identical characteristics, played simultaneously by Vijay Verma – the actors were beautiful & radiant. Sheeba Chaddha (Guddu Pandit’s Mom), Dibyendu Bhattacharya (Not to be misunderstood with “Divyendu” of Munna Tripathi fame) and Shaji Chaudhary (Maqbool, Kaleen Bhaiya’s principal henchman), in spite of the limited opportunity and screen presence, will mesmerize you, especially Sheeba Chaddha. Rasika Dugal’s role was author-backed and she did damn good justice to the space given to her. Veteran Kulbhushan Kharbanda was no doubt good, but the character suffered from monotony, due to scriptwriter’s casual approach Divyendu – Our Munna Bhaiya was just incredible.
Restlessness, abusive motor mouth, having no principle, being funny, experiencing a change of heart, falling in love with wife – all shades were executed with equal finesse Ali Fazal as Guddu Pandit was also quite good and so was his new Heroine Shernavaz Jijina (Shabnam). But Golu (Shweta Tripathi) stole the thunder as the revenge thirsty sister. Her frustration, silent pain and loneliness as a lover and a crusader as well, would surely leave an impact.
3) INSIDE EDGE
The Mumbai Mavericks are playing their sixth season in the power play league. The preliminary rounds are going well, but when the team gets a new owner, the climate in the team changed devastating. Greed and fame come to the fore.
Inside Edge is the story of the Mumbai Mavericks, a T20 cricket franchise playing in the Powerplay League. Set in a landscape of conflicting interests, where selfishness is almost a virtue, where money and power go hand in hand, the series traces the ups and downs in the Powerplay league as the Mumbai Mavericks face ownership problems along with accusations of match-fixing. In the next edition of the PPL, a volatile Vayu Raghavan leads the Mumbai Mavericks to face their biggest adversary yet, the Arvind Vashisht-led Haryana Hurricanes. But they must also counter colossal scandals that’ll rock the world of cricket. In the sport’s upper echelons, Zarina Malik allies with Bhaisaab, but those in the shadows threaten to destroy the very game they seek to control.
4) FOUR MORE SHOTS PLEASE!
Four unapologetically flawed women live, love, blunder and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and tequila in millennial Mumbai.
The series follows the story of four unapologetically flawed women (two in their 30s and two in their early 20s) as they live, love, make mistakes and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and shots of tequila in millennial Mumbai; The series is Amazon Prime Video’s first all-women-protagonists Indian original starring Sayani Gupta, Bani J, Kirti Kulhari, and Maanvi Gagroo. Reviewers have referred to the show as a “desi version of Sex and The City. The first season was one of top three most-watched Amazon Original Series from India in 2019, and season two was called “the most-watched Indian show on the platform” in May 2020. Shortly after season two was released, Amazon announced that season three was in the works.
5) PAATAL LOK
A cynical inspector is tasked with investigating a high-profile case which leads him into a dark realm of the underworld. 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’, and to shocking discoveries in the past of the four suspects.
Totally worth the hype!! Paatal Lok comes surprisingly forward as an intriguingly suspenseful faced-paced thriller with an epic storyline backed by memorable performances. Of course not neglecting the factoid that Jaydeep Ahlawat does utter justice to his role as the irreplaceable Hatiraam but rest assured all antagonists have depicted their part really well! The show deals with all aspects and is an amazing blend when it comes to every nuance be it humanity or justice system as a whole, whether the caste discrimination happening or how consequences and past shape up a man’s future are just meticulously shown herein. We no more come across such great shows, but things are piling well for Indian shows lately with Mirzapur and sacred games already building the foundation. Undoubtedly there’s no cliffhanger left for a second season with the starcast reprising their roles but definitely a show you shouldn’t miss.
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