The year 2022 has been incredible for OTT, with quality material pouring in from all directions. From drama to action, romance to suspense, OTT platforms provided viewers with the greatest in entertainment and kept them glued to the screen. With only a few days remaining in this “entertaining” year, we look back at the Top 7 series that dominated OTT platforms such as Netflix, Zee5, Disney + Hotstar, and MX Player.
Panchayat Season 2 – Prime Video
The release of Panchayat Season 2 on Prime Video earlier this year delighted viewers after the first season’s success. The series, starring Neena Gupta, Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Chandan Roy and Faisal Malik, exceeded expectations regarding its plot, screenplay, director, dialogues, and actors’ performances. During the second season, Abhishek (Jitendra) took a greater interest in local politics while studying for his CAT examinations. Season 2 was the ideal combination of drama, emotion, and humour and received an IMDb rating of 8.4+.
Aashram Season 3 – MX Player
The third instalment of Prakash Jha’s renowned television series Aashram surprised audiences with its unexpected plot and twists. Aashram chronicles the exploits of Baba Nirala (Bobby Deol), a godman/con artist who has established a political/criminal empire under cover of a spiritual venture. The third season began when one of Baba’s pupils, Pammi (Aaditi Pohankar), escaped his grasp after being sexually molested by him and is now seeking vengeance. Baba’s hunger for power and ladies, as well as the shifting political fortunes of the state where his ashram is located, were shown through numerous personalities and plotlines in the backdrop. Ek Badnaam features a superb cast, including Bobby Deol, Chandan Roy Sanyal, and Aaditi Pohankar. Aashram premiered on June 3, 2022, and critics and viewers responded enthusiastically. The series, which has a 7+ rating on IMDb, is available for free streaming on MX Player.
Delhi Crime 2 – Netflix
The second season of the Netflix original series Delhi Crime, featuring Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, and Rasika Dugal, returned this year. Season 2 centred on a dramatised account of a 2012 real-life incident in which serial criminals brutally murdered elderly city residents. Despite the increase in death rates, however, the authorities were unable to identify the perpetrator. Vartika’s crew will face difficulty in putting an end to this horrifying string of murders. While the sequel was more savage and gory, it had enough compassion and delicacy to capture audiences’ attention.
Gullak Season 3 – SonyLIV
Sony Liv’s Gullak, one of the most popular slice-of-life programmes, maintained a rare accomplishment with the season this year and improved. The Mishras returned to present their kisse-kahaniya about a struggling middle-class family who is as real as everyone else. In Season 3, Vaibhav Raj Gupta, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Jameel Khan, and Harsh Mayar had significant parts as the Mishra brothers as adults. Annu’s aspirations expand as Aman’s dreams rise, but he believes it’s best to sacrifice them for the benefit of the family. The family drama smashed the ball out of the park with immaculate acting and solid scripting.
Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach Season 3 – Disney+ Hotstar
Season 3 of the popular Disney+ Hotstar series Criminal Justice debuted this year. The latest season focuses on the mysterious death of prominent adolescent celebrity Zara Ahuja (Deshna Dugad), with Pankaj Tripathi donning his lawyer’s robes as Madhav Mishra once more. In this case, her stepbrother Mukul (Aaditya Gupta), the major suspect, is detained, and Madhav Mishra is sent to his aid. This eight-episode season was an instant sensation due to the captivating script and superb acting.
Dharavi Bank – MX Player
Dharavi Bank, one of the most anticipated flagship properties from MX Player, was published on November 19, 2022.
The series, which marks Suniel Shetty’s digital debut, is hailed as one of the best revenge dramas of recent years, with an IMDb rating of 9+.
The drama is set in the slums of Mumbai’s Dharavi and focuses on the power struggle between Dharavi’s feared criminal, Thalaivan, who has reached the slum’s deepest roots, and Chief Minister Janvi Surve and Joint Commissioner of Police Jayant Gavaskar.
From high-octane action to drama, emotions to thrilling performances, Dharavi Bank captivated audiences, who are now impatiently anticipating Season 2.
The series, directed by Samit Kakkad and starring Suniel Shetty, Vivek Oberoi, Luke Kenny, Sonali Kulkarni, and Freddy Daruwala, is currently available for free viewing on MX Player.
Saas Bahu Aur Achaar Pvt Ltd – Zee5
Saas Bahu Aur Achaar Pvt Ltd, starring Yamini Das, Amruta Subhash, Manu Bisht, and Anjana Sukhani, is one of the finest drama series of 2022. The plot is about a lady who struggles to establish her pickle business and earn enough money to gain custody of her children from her ex-husband. She receives assistance from her ex-mother-in-law in marketing and selling her pickles while her children take the wrong route and create fresh obstacles. It is a straightforward, realistic series with a positive message. This Zee5 clip stands out due to the skill with which the drama conveys the bittersweet bond between the protagonists.
Even if you haven’t seen them yet, you may still make the most of your time before the New Year!