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Top 10 Indian Originals to Watch on Netflix during Covid-19 (Coronavirus) Lockdown

Mar 15, 2020 | visibility 2891 | Filed under: EntertainmentVideosTips / Recommendations

 

The chilling premises of all those Contagion and Pandemic type movies has become a creepy and unbelievable reality of our lives. As society comes to a grinding halt for the next few weeks, or maybe even months, there is nothing to do but hunker down in the safety of your home and wait it out. If you've had an overdose of the news and need a break from the new normal, check out these top picks to Netflix and Quarantine.


Jamtara

Synopsis: A group of small-town young men run a lucrative phishing operation, until a corrupt politician wants in on their scheme -- and a cop wants to fight it.

Starring: Amit Sial, Dibyendy Bhattacharya, Aksha Padhasany, Sparsh Shrivastava, Monika Panwar, Anshuman Pushkar

Genre: Crime TV Drama

Opinion: Gritty setting, superior performances, and a gripping storyline makes this a top pick for anyone who enjoys a good thriller.




Sacred Games

Synopsis: A mysterious phone call from an anonymous man leads police officer Sartaj Singh on a chase around Mumbai in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Kalki Koechlin, Aamir Bashir, Surveen Chawla, Radhika Apte, Ranvir Shorey

Genre: Crime TV Drama

Opinion: If you're late to the Sacred Games party, it's not too late! A true Anurag Kashyap offering, this show catapulted Nawazudding Siddiqui to the spotlight with his epic portrayal of the crime boss, Ganesh Gaitonde, as well one of the best performances of Saif Ali Khan's career. 



Little Things


Synopsis: A cohabiting couple in their 20s navigate the ups and downs of work, modern-day relationships and finding themselves in contemporary Mumbai.

Starring: Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Palkar

Genre: Romantic

Opinion: A glimpse into modern millennial life in Mumbai reveals that human nature is the same everywhere - we all just want to find love, we all just want to find ourselves, and it is in the little things in life that we find both. 



Selection Day


Synopsis: When a 14-year-old boy tries out for Mumbai's under-19 cricket team and meets his older brother's rival, everything in his world begins to change.

Starring: Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Rajesh Tailang, Mahesh Manjrekar, Karanvir Malhotra, Ratna Pathak Shah, Akshay Oberoi

Genre: Sports Drama

Opinion: For any cricket fan and anyone who has played gully cricket, this gritty and heartfelt show brings back lots of childhood memories and emotions.





Leila


Synopsis: Based on the 2017 eponymous novel by Prayaag Akbar, Leila follows the story of Shalini, who tries to find her missing daughter in a totalitarian regime in the near future called Aryavarta.

Starring: Huma Qureshi, Siddharth, Leysha Mange, Seema Biswas, Rahul Khanna, Sanjay Suri, Arif Zakaria 

Genre: Dystopian Drama

Opinion: For viewers of The Handmaid's Tale, this premise may seem jaded, however, the Aryavarta setting and the gripping performances make this a compelling watch.





Delhi Crime

Synopsis: Based on the 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case that is famously known as the Nirbhaya Case, this series delves into the behind the scenes of the investigation that followed the brutal incident. While there is some minor dramatization of events, the story is extremely gripping when told from the female Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vartika Chaturvedi's point of view. 

Starring: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Aakash Dahiya, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang

Genre: Crime Drama

Opinion: A bit hard-hitting and not for the weak stomached, this show brings to light the aftermath of the famous Nirbhaya Case and how the police handled it. 





Typewriter

Synopsis: Three inquisitive friends form a ghost club and decide to seek a ghost at an old haunted villa in their neighborhood in Bardez, Goa.

Starring: Palomi Ghosh, Purab Kohli, Sameer Kochchar, Aarna Sharma, Aaryansh Malviya, Palash Kamble, Mikhail Gandhi

Genre: Horror 

Opinion: Horror lovers will like this story which is reminiscent of the Goosebumps series. 




Bard of Blood

Synopsis: When four Indian intelligence officers are compromised before they can relay an important piece of information to India, an Ex-RAW Agent is tasked with finding them on an off-the-books covert mission. 

Starring: Emran Hashmi, Kirti Kulhari, Sobhita Dhulipala, Vineet Kumar Singh

Genre: Spy Thriller

Opinion: Emraan Hashmi is a delight in this role and the story itself does hold through short series. Worth a watch.





Ghoul

Synopsis: Set in a dystopian future, Ghoul is the story of a dreaded terrorist who ignites a series of horrifying events when he is captured and held in a secret government internment camp. 

Starring: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, S M Zaheer, Mahesh Balraj

Genre: Horror

Opinion: Another interesting selection for horror fans. This show received a lot of acclaim from critics for its story line as well as performances.




Taj Mahal 1989

Synopsis: In and around Lucknow University in 1989, couples of varying ages explore the politics of love through marriage, budding romances and friendships. 

Starring: Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Danish Husain

Genre: Romantic

Opinion: An understated story that captures the true human emotions and realistic portrayal of the day and age.





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