The new face of entertainment for the Indian audience and a worthy competitor to Indian Netflix Originals, Amazon Prime Video, redefined the viewer’s perception on Indian TV Shows by showcasing few heartwarming stories and also multiple entertaining dramatic thrillers. With their partnerships with Excel Entertainments and other major film studios, the content is only getting better. So, here are the Best Indian TV Shows on Amazon Prime which are an easy binge and have an incredible entertainment value through in and throughout.
10. Bandish Bandits
Starring – Ritwik Bhowmik & Shreya Chaudhry
Director – Anand Tiwari
Genre – Musical / Drama
Ritwik Bhowmik and Shreya Chaudhry starrer musical-drama Bandish Bandits is also yet a different outing. It revolves around Radhe, who is forced to focus on classical singing, and Tamanna, a sensation who aspires to become an international pop star.
What unites them is the unconditional love for music. Premiered on Video Prime, Bandish Bandits was a big success for the streaming giant as it had received exceptional response from viewers across the globe. A delightful and one of the Best Indian TV Shows on Amazon Prime.
9. Paatal Lok
Starring – Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi
Directors – Avinash Arun & Prosit Roy
Genre – Crime Thriller
[This excerpt comes from Surya’s ‘Paatal Lok’ Review]
Paatal Lok, the new Neo-noir thriller stars Jaideep Ahlawat as the main protagonist with Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Swastika Mukherjee, and Gul Panag as the strong supporting cast. Drifting around similar boundaries as Netflix’s Sacred Games and Prime Video’s Mirzapur, when it comes to the setting and the overall vibe.
Paatal Lok impresses for the most part, especially with a tight narrative and well-established characters. Regardless of the storyline not ending on a high note, this show still manages to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat the entire time and is an easy binge inside and out.
8. The Family Man 1 & 2
Starring – Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani
Creators – Raj & DK
Genre – Spy / Action / Drama
[This excerpt comes from Surya’s ‘The Family Man’ Review]
The Family Man, the new original series from Amazon Prime Video stars Manoj Bajpayee in the lead role with National-award winner Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi and Neeraj Madhav filling in the supporting cast roles. The storyline of the show follows the journey of Srikant (Bajpayee), a government employee, National Security field agent and a prototypical Indian family man who juggles through a myriad of problems in his daily life.
To sum it up, The Family Man falls under the same category of Amazon Prime shows wherein you notice multiple problems and issues when it comes to the writing, etc. But, in the end, the show keeps you entertained, and is an effortless watch on any given day. Even though ten-episodes feel like a stretch, I’m sure you’ll be able to get through the entire series without any regrets.
7. Made in Heaven
Starring – Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur
Creators – Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti
Genre – Drama
[This excerpt comes from Anushree’s ‘Made in Heaven’ Review]
Created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, Made in Heaven is the story of two wedding planners as they seek to establish their business while their own personal lives are completely dysfunctional. The story beautifully navigates through some complex issues (cheating spouses, homosexuality) in the lives of the two main protagonists Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan (Arjun Mathur), while dealing with equally complex issues in the various weddings they help organize.
Each episode deals with a different couple getting married and a different social issue. From the practice of dowry and superstitious beliefs to rape to how remarriage is perceived for an older woman, this show uncovers all the holes in the social fabric of our society that are just festering under the surface. Despite the scale of its weddings, the stories at the heart of the show are engaging and relatable for the audience. Made in Heaven is a wonderful take on Indian weddings that is both bizarre and poignant despite some writing flaws.
6. Laakhon Mein Ek S2
Starring – Swetha Tripathi
Creator – Biswa Kalyan Rath
Genre – Drama
With a hard-hitting story and a spectacular performance from one of the most underrated actors in B-Town, Swetha Tripati, Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2 is one of the most compelling series’ available on Amazon Prime. This eight episode drama follows the life of a young doctor and the hardships she faces when she goes on a medical camp to a village. Biswa Kalyan Rath returns as the creator to this season and proves that he is an effective story-teller.
Writers Abhishek, Biswa and Hussain Haidry had done thorough research on the medical profession, its discrepancies and provided a wholesome story, evoking strong emotions. The cinematography deserves a special mention, as it was on point, capturing the untidy government hospitals to the pretty locales of Sithlapur and also ensuring the essence of the story. – Nirmal Raj
5. Four More Shots Please! 1 & 2
Starring – Various
Director – Anu Menon
Genre – Drama / Comedy
[Also Read: ‘Four More Shots Please! 2’ Series Review]
Directed by Anu Menon, Four More Shots Please! is a ten episode series which revolves around the life of four women, who can’t get their sh*t together and become friends in a bar, which later becomes their hangout spot where they discuss their everyday problems. The writers managed to talk about the problems faced by modern women in society. Each of the characters goes through their own life trauma and seek each other’s company to find solutions to their problems.
4. Breathe S1
Starring – R. Madhavan, Amit Sadh
Director – Mayank Sharma
Genre – Crime / Drama
With R. Madhavan in the lead, Breathe is the second Amazon Prime Original series after Inside Edge, directed by Mayank Sharma who also penned it with Abhijeet Deshpande. This series tells the tale of a pained father, doing whatever he could to save the life of his ailing son. With stellar performance from R. Madhavan, the series is a bit let-down by sloppy screenplay and pace in which the show is set with excessive use of filler scenes.
But still, the content was fresh, apart from the cons, it was interesting, thrilling, and the connections set correctly without leaving a loophole. If only the makers concentrated more on the pace and made the characters even more engaging, it would have been even better by the standard of its production works. Nevertheless, it’s an easy one to binge on. – Nirmal Raj
3. Inside Edge
Starring – Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadda
Creator – Karan Anshuman
Genre – Sports / Drama
Created by Karan Anshuman, Inside Edge is Amazon Prime’s first Indian original series, starring Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadda and an ensemble cast. The series is an inside look on the politics behind the Cricket Premier League, a fictionalized take on the Indian Premier League.
Moving on to the execution, there are many decent moments in this series and twists executed decently. The main lead, Vivek Oberoi was a stand out in every scene, and Richa Chadda doesn’t let you down in her anti-hero role. Overall, Inside Edge is an easy binge and is equally entertaining at the same time. – Nirmal Raj
Starring – Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav
Writer – Chandan Kumar
Genre – Comedy / Drama
[This excerpt comes from Jitu’s ‘Best Indian TV Shows of 2020’ list]
Amidst the sea of thrillers that we usually see on Indian OTT platforms, Panchayat is a series that tickles your funny bone. A light-hearted social comedy-drama series that features Jitendra Kumar in the lead role who rose to fame with TVFs much-loved show Kota Factory.
Panchayat chronicles the journey of Abhishek Tripathi, an engineering graduate, who, after struggling to find his desired job, takes the job as a Panchayat Secretary in a village called Phulera. This eight-episode long rural drama perfectly defines the saying, “When the right script meets the right talent, the output would be entertaining.” A worthy watch for the flawless narration and natural performances.
Starring – Ali Fazal, Pankaj Tripathi
Creators – Karan Anshuman, Puneet Krishna
Genre – Action / Crime / Thriller
[This excerpt comes from Surya’s ‘Mirzapur 2’ Review]
Written by Puneet Krishna and Vineet Krishna, directed by Mihir Desai and Gurmmeet Singh, Mirzapur stars Ali Fazal, Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu, Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgoankar, Shweta Tripathi Sharma in primary roles. With Rasika Dugal, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Harshita Shekar Gaur, and Rajesh Tailang as the supporting cast.
The storyline of this crime-drama revolves around Akhandanand Tripathi, who successfully made millions exporting carpets, illegal weapons, and drugs that make him the indisputable King of Mirzapur. However, his son Munna, a shameful, eager for power beneficiary, remains determined to proceed with his dad’s heritage.