10 Indian series to watch on Netflix, starting with the award-winning RRR

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In 1920, in an Indian jungle, a muscular man in a loincloth roars at a Bengal tiger and defeats it. Later, a Hindu soldier in the service of the British Raj single-handedly puts down a rebellion against King George VI (Elizabeth II’s father) with blows of a stick. Both will cross Indian blockbuster film RRRavailable on Netflix, which expands global curiosity about this country.

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For this, perhaps, many have wondered What series can be seen on this platform to learn more about India?

before sending ten key fictions on Netflix you have to understand because RRR has revived interest in Indian movies and series.

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In the three hours in an epic, historical, melodramatic, fantastic and musical keyimagine the fictional meeting of independence heroes Komaram Bheen and Alluri Sitarama Raju (played by the world famous NT Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan), in full liberation from British rule, in the 20th century.

RRR means “Rise, Roar, Revolution”. it is spoken in the Telugu language and emerged from the Tollywood film industryfrom West Bengal, e different from bollywood (the largest film factory in the world).

This Sunday the 15th RRR won Best Foreign Film in the critics awards, defeating Argentina, 1985, who had won the same award at the Golden Globes. And, almost certainly, RRR will attend the Oscars of March.

For that reason, those who were fascinated by that movie, here it is ten series from India -on Netflix- to delve into this vast country with its triumphs, sorrows and mysteries.


First season of eight episodes

It premiered on December 9, 2022

In the Punjab in northern India, the spy Gurnam Singh (the actor Randeep Hooda) roll up his own dastar -sacred turban- to hide his long hair: prepares to infiltrate drug gangs that bleed their ancestral region.

Gurnam served as a police informant in the 1990s during the Sikh nationalist insurgency (in 1984, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had been killed by two of her Sikh bodyguards).

The suspense will be heartbreaking for the spyas he owes allegiance to policeman Sehtab Singh, after saving his brother Sunny from drugs. The criminal excuse in Cat serves as a portrait of this complex and fascinating region. of Northern India which is Punjab.

Police: the chapter in Bihar

First season of seven episodes

It premiered on November 25, 2022

In north-central India is the battered region of Bihar – just below Nepal – where More than 110 million people live in poverty, anemia, malnutrition, spiritual elevation and baseness of the ruling class. There the Bihar police (mostly one person) will face the dark intentions of the new political authorities.

A sentence from the series well defines his moral lesson: “Power does not corrupt people, people corrupt power”. In the midst of the bullets, someone else will want to mobilize the people: “If it’s a crime to speak out against injustice, then I’m a criminal”.

At first sight, this series could take place in any country in Latin Americabut it will soon reveal all the faces that suffer and pray in Bihar.

Mai: A mother’s fury

A six episode season on Netflix

It premiered on April 25, 2022

“What happened? Has anyone said or done anything to you? I’ll take care of it”promises Sheel Chaudhary (famous actress Sakshi Tanwar) e his deaf daughter Supriya (Wamiqa Gabbi) answers him just before the trauma unfolds. Sheel won’t slow down until someone tends to her pains.

Revenge, hunting and a negligence system to interrogate and disarm. Mai generates a healthy addiction, but also a related indignation, typical of subgenre of thrillers about working moms turned avengers.

shell was a middle-class nurse in an adult home. After taking an irretrievable step, we will continue to collect this physical and emotional debt, in view of the upcoming second season of Never.

criminal delhi

Two seasons with twelve episodes in total

The first is from 2019 and the second from August 2022

Already This crime drama by Richie Mehta that mixes fiction and reality is a classic. The first season reconstructed how a high-ranking force officer tracked down the perpetrators of a gang rape in 2012 in the Munirka neighborhood of south Delhi. Y It was a success for its truthfulness, its pace and its sensitivity. Also, she won the International Emmy Award in 2020.

This year’s second season focuses on the Chaddi Baniyan Gangs, gangs that rob and kill dressed only in underwear and masks. “I am Deputy Police Commissioner Vartika Chaturvedi (Indian star Shefali Shah) and it is with all my regret that I have to tell you that your parents were killed last night.” This is how this series begins again. criminal delhithat never disappoints.

nine emotions

A nine episode season

Launched in August 2021

The unfathomable of the individual can be touched through aesthetic introspection: in creative communion with others. Giving to be, receiving to understand, returning to stay. To thank. this series explore the nine mood swings (the “shave”), which form the aesthetic basis of classical Indian dance and theatre: anger, compassion, courage, disgust, fear, laughter, love, peace and wonder.

In the Tamil languagethis series with nine independent episodes was born after the filmmakers Mani Ratnam and Jayendra Panchapakesan team up to help support the South India Film Employees Federation, in crisis after the pandemic. A good opportunity to enter “Navaras”, the theory of art and spirit that inspired this subtle production.

The beginning of Bombay

First season of six episodes

Launched on March 8, 2021, International Women’s Day

The feminist revolution is slowly crossing the country of Mahatma Gandhi. In this series, five women (“begums” means “queens” in Hindi) they weave their personal challenges and ambitions within the Bombay corporate worldas competitive as it is linked to voracious abuse and not at all gender fair.

Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Plabita Borthakur, Aadhya Anand and Amruta Subhash are stars of the Indian television industry, as is their director, Alankrita Shrivastava. They make up these entrepreneurs of art, finance, a family business and even nightlife.

They won’t be able to beat the caste system yet, but they will know how to deal with leaders and fellows who see them as their lords and masters. Y they will be able to embrace, together, their dreams in Bombay.


A six episode season on Netflix

since 2019

In an urgent and light confrontation, this series could be described as “India’s answer to The Handmaid’s Tale”. But an empathic response, different from that of those who try to deny machismo out of fear of losing their privileges, could define it more precisely. Just look at the castes of India -in a double sense- a understand how oppression really works.

Here is denounced in a dystopian and ultra-religious key. Under a totalitarian regime, Shalini (Huma Qureshi) married a Muslim and had Leila (Leysha Mange). But, since they considered her “mestizo”, at the age of three she was separated from her mother. What will be Shalini’s personal journey to get Leila back once she is able to rebel? This intense series adapts a famous book by Prayaag Akbar.

sacred games

Two seasons of eight episodes each on Netflix

They debuted in 2018 and 2019

“They have twenty-five days to save the city,” warns gangster Ganesh Gaitonde, who disappeared 16 years ago. And the troubled turban-wearing cop Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) sets off. But when he sees the chain of corpses in his path, he reasons: “There is no place for an honest man in this country.”

Sartaj Singh is not referring only to criminals but to a legion of crooked copsin the underworld of the mega port city of Bombay.

The flashback they will reveal the extremist conspiracy that intends – fictionally – to destroy the country. It was the first Netflix original series in India and adapts the bestselling novel of the same name by Vikram Chandraof 2006. A thriller that puts the imagination in dialogue with the story.


Miniseries in three episodes on Netflix

Released in 2018

A macabre entity of Arab folklore, the demonit is the trigger for the confused danger that could engulf a prison-fortress, once the interrogation of terrorist Ali Saeed begins.

demon takes place in a secret camp in India during a dystopian future (which it seemed to anticipate the pandemic, due to its preventive isolation). There, cunning agent Nida Rahim (Radhika Apte is the actress, of great physical and mental display) he will have to deal not only with the supernatural monster, but with the worst of all: he will have to get rid of fascism of his way of thinking.

This was the second Netflix original production in India after jsacred games. It was created by Bombay-based Englishman Patrick Graham and was funded with contributions from innovative horror production company Blumhouse.

Tales of Rabindranath Tagore

One season of 26 episodes

since 2015

“Tagore, Whitman, Neruda, Machado, Juan Ramón Jiménez, have expanded the spiritual geography of their lands, which are, in the universal concept, our land”wrote Atahualpa Yupanqui in 1972.

the Bengali Rabindranath Tagore, Nobel Prize in Literature in 1913, was a poet, storyteller, scholar and cultural reformer who resisted prejudice. Today it is synonymous with India and that’s why this series adapts his stories with a progressive and humanist gaze.

Many of them have represented strong women in the midst of a conservative society, where extreme violence against the female gender is recurrent. India and its contradictions: an industrial and cinematographic power, a philosophical and meditative powera universe of beauty and pain that Tagore shaped and questioned without ceasing to love.

Source: Clarin

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