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Best Hindi web series of 2022 so far: Rocket Boys, Panchayat 2, Gullak 3 lead the way

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With the OTT space giving its audience access to content from around the world, viewers know how to pick the wheat from the chaff. The OTT world and the competition associated with it has encouraged writers, actors and directors to push the boundaries and put only their best foot forward. While many failed to achieve what they dreamed of, some series stood out and received immense love from the audience. Now that we’re six months into 2022, here’s the list of the best we’ve had so far.

Rocket Boys

This SonyLIV series proves that science isn’t boring and doesn’t have to be serious. The Nikkhil Advani Project is based on the life of Homi J Bhabha and Vikram Sarabhai, excellently portrayed by Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh of Pataal Lok respectively. It is dramatic, stays true to the timeline and culture that Bhabha and Sarabhai belonged to. Speaking about 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 so much more than that. So when you watch Rocket Boys, you’ll experience the 1942-1962 period 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.

Panchayat 2

2022 was also a year where while crime/thriller worked, drama and romance were equally hailed as well. The creators of Panchayat 2 were pressured to do better than its critically acclaimed final season. But the second season managed to surprise us, and in a good way. Starring Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta and Raghubir Yadav, Panchayat 2 true to its grounding and simplicity while serving up a compelling storyline. This season was another proof of how a simple yet solid script supported by great performers 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 simplicity. All the other web shows are about backcountry violence. With Panchayat, people saw themselves as the characters. I think it was the reliability and the simplicity that did the trick,” he said.

Panchayat 2 is on Amazon Prime Video.

Gullak 3

The OTT world has proven that only a star or big name can’t run the show, and Gullak 3, which is currently streaming on SonyLIV, is a perfect example of that. 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 family middle class who learns to live and find happiness in small things. What makes Gullak 3 appealing is the fact that it hosts more than one character and relatable dreams that leave you smiling and sometimes teary eyed. Credit for this heartwarming series goes to writer Durgesh Singh and the cast.

May

Crime thrillers aren’t new to the OTT world, but what makes Mai different is the look. Mai is told from the perspective of actor Sakshi Tanwar. She plays a mother in the series. In the Hindi film industry, there’s nothing a mother can’t do, and Sakshi’s role does just that. She’s a grieving mother, finding answers to why her daughter was killed. The series shows a flawed and needy side of a mother, which is portrayed perfectly by Sakshi. She is the hero, she is the storyteller. Mai opened to rave reviews. “Mai pulls off a difficult feat: it causes you to suspend tons of disbelief because you’ve been drawn into its world and invested in its characters. Every time you go, how is that even possible (and it happens over and over again), you’re pulled back into the narrative, which savors every gritty, grimy, ultra-violent beat,” said Shubhra Gupta, reviewer of the Indian Express. in his review.

may sakshi tanwar Sakshi Tanwar in May.

Modern Love Bombay

Love knows no gender. It doesn’t look at gender, age, caste or anything else. Modern Love Mumbai states just that through different stories based in the city of dreams, Mumbai. Whether it’s finding the power of self-love and independence in Raat Rani or proving that love or attraction has no age limit in I Love Thane and My Beautiful Wrinkles, Modern Love Mumbai will fill you up. However, some tales 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-have watches.

Human

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 drug trials on humans and how it can ruin lives. From the script to the performances of Shefali and Kirti, everything about this series stands out. Vishal Jethwa and Riddhi Kumar are ones to watch.

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:

Pet Puraan

If you liked Gullak 3 and if you love pets, Pet Puraan is the series for you. The series stars Lalit Prabhakar and Sai Tamhankar as a married couple who are facing the pressure of having a baby as they are five years of marriage. However, they are not ready to be parents and decide to have a pet to familiarize themselves with this world of responsibility. But the catch is that Lalit’s character Atul wants a dog and Sai’s Aditi wants a cat. And accidentally, they end up owning both. The series discusses their journey and their struggles. It’s one of the cutest series that promotes the message of coexistence, and we recommend you give this one a try.

house shanti trailer Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa play Home Shanti on Disney+ Hotstar.

Home Shanti

Like Gullak, Home Shanti also revolves around a middle-class family of four. But in this one, Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa’s characters, who play a middle-class couple, take us on a challenging and emotional ride as they build their dream home. Manoj Pahwa’s comedic timing and Supriya’s perfect avatar make this series a winner. It is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

The fame game

Madhuri Dixit’s web debut The Fame Game features Dhak Dhak’s daughter in a role that is familiar to her but different to her fans. He takes us into the life of a superstar. In this one, you absolutely have to pay attention to Madhuri’s chemistry with Manav Kaul.