All the OTT platforms are having a good run as the number of web series is increasing. Apart from all the other platforms, Hotstar is going big with its original content especially with its Hotstar Originals and Specials category. If you are running short of shows to watch, then here are the Best Hindi Hotstar Web Series that you can binge-watch in 2021.
The success of these digital streaming platforms can be seen through the renewal of its shows for a second season. So before the second or further seasons are released, make sure you watch these ones.
21+ New Best Hotstar Webseries 2021 – Hostar Originals
A lot of web series and films have been released on Hotstar that are worth watching. If you have missed out on any of these, then here is your complete list of shows for your holiday season.
Mayanagari- City of dreams
Mayanagari- City of Dreams is an Indian mystery, crime thriller hotstar series directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. It’s available in the Hotstar Specials section. The plot shows how multiple lives get interconnected after an attempt for the assassination of the polarizing political figure of Mumbai. You will get to some outstanding Marathi actors like Sachin Pilgaonkar, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth Chadekar, and Priya Bapat along with Eijaz Khan.
It’s the story about the Gaikwad family and the feud which erupts after the assassination is attempted on a senior Gaikwad. You can enjoy the mesh of dynasty politics, power struggles, and dirty money. However from strong language to violence, sex and nudity the show has got it all, but then also it doesn’t stand up to the mark as expected,
Based on the British Television drama series by Peter Moffat Criminal Justice is an Indian adaptation by Shridhar Raghavan. The show was released on 5th April 2019 under its Hotstar Specials section. The show stars Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi Jackie Shroff, Mita Vashisht, and Anupriya Goenka in lead roles.
The story focuses on Aditya who is a cab driver and has been charged in case of the murder of one of her passengers. Is he the killer?? This crime thriller, directed by Vishal Furia and Tigmanshu Dhulia keeps you at the edge of your seat that you cannot leave the show mid-way. The story and its two central characters have worked well for the show.
Another Hotstar Specials that you can watch this year is Kanpuriye. It’s a Hindi anthology film starring Aparshakti Khurana, Harshita Gaur, Divyennudu, Vijay Raaz, Harsh Mayar, and Rajshri Deshpande. It released on the digital platform on 25th October 2019.
The film is about three Kanpuriye i.e., three locals of Kanpur who are trying to achieve something in their life. Jaitun who works in a leather factory dreams to marry Bulbul, the love of his life. While Jagnu is tuck between his dreams and his father’s dream for him. Lastly, Vijay who is a law graduate is unable to pursue his career because of a court case impending on him. The cast is totally killing it, and with its realistic characters, it is definitely an interesting watch.
Another Indian adaptation that gained popularity is Hostages, based on Israeli series by the same name. The show is available in seven different languages starring Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Ashim Gulati, Parvin Dabas, and Mohan Kapoor.
The show focuses on Dr. Mira Anand, a well-renowned surgeon who is scheduled to perform Chief Minister’s surgery. But on a night before this routine operation, her family is taken, hostage. To save her family she is ordered to murder the minister on the operation table. Will Mira choose her family over her profession? You can stream Hostages on Hotstar.
The Office is an Indian adaptation of one of the most successful BBC comedy series by the same name. It is now streaming on Hotstar under the Hotstar Specials label. The series revolves around the office branch of Wilkins Chawla. Jagdeep Chaddha plays the boss of a 9 to 5 office setup. Mr. Chaddha is always trying to keep the morals of his employees high.
Unlike other bosses, he is an over-familiar one who tries to be pals with his employees. However, his lame jokes and failed attempts at friendship, does not fail to impress his employees and also bore them. Their quirky work-space drama tries to bring clean and sensible comedy to your screen. However, it will be a strange experience for you if you are a devoted fan of the original series.
Roar of the Lion
All of us are aware of IPL and how two teams were accused of spot-fixing. The Roar of the Lion is a documentary about one of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings who was banned for two years for their involvement in the 2013-spot-fixing scandal. The team led by M.S. Dhoni returned in 2018 and even won the title.
This multilingual documentary reveals the experience and the emotional memories of the most successful caption of the Indian Cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He too was alleged of being involved in fixing. In the trailer, Dhoni reveals about the bad days and how they coped up with it. It is a try to develop the extraordinary connect with the fans.
Out of Love
The latest release on Hotstar specials is a thriller-drama series called Out of Love. It is another Hotstar special directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Aijaz Khan starring Purab Kohli and Rasika Dugal in main roles. The story revolves around a happily married couple Akarsh and Meera, until one day when Meera notices a hair on her husband’s jacket.
She further obsesses to find about the mistresses. Her confidant though asks her to be normal she still continues digging to find evidence. As her world starts to crumble Meera is adamant to find about her husband’s lies and his affair with a younger woman. The series has garnered highly positive reviews and so is a must-watch.
The Office 2
After gaining huge applause, the second season of Office 2 released on 15th September. The second season is a continuation of the story of Wilkin Chawla’s employees. Also in the new season, you would see some new faces as well like Mallika Dua. With the entry of new characters, the makers promise to bring more laughter.
The Office Season 2 digs deeper into the life of its employees and the everyday situations they face. Also, you can expect nuances of unexpected relationships with some unique twists and maybe an “it” couple. Tune in to Hotstar to know more.
If you haven’t seen this web series, then it should be on the top of your list. This is my personal favorite. Tanhaiyan starring the heartthrob of many Barun Sobti and Surbhi Jyoti in the lead roles is a romantic web series and a Hotstar Originals. It is a nine-episode long show which was released on Valentines Day.
Set against the wedding backdrop, Haider and Meera cross paths and fall in love. Both the individuals have disturbed past and the show beautifully covers their journey and how they overcome the loneliness in their lives. With outstanding dialogues and a stellar performance by the cast, the show is a must-to-must watch.
On Air with AIB – Funniest of Hotstar Originals
All India Bakchod created a web series by the name On Air with AIB that was released on the digital platform Hotstar. While the first season also aired on Star Plus and Star World, the next two seasons could exclusively be streamed on Hotstar.
The first season is a 10-episode long series anchored by Tanmay Bhat and Gursimranjeet Singh Khamba in Hindi, and by Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya in English. The show is an attempt at a television satire show developed on the lines of Last Week Tonight, SNL and The Daily Show. However, the second season had a changed format in which they invited guests and introduced podcasts segment. However the show is now appreciated by the critics, you can still give it a quick watch.
Chappad Phaad Ke – One of the Hotstar Originals Comics
Chappad Phaad Ke is a satire, Hindi comedy film on Hotstar starring Vinay Pathak, Ayesha Raza, Siddharth Menon, and Seethal Thakur in lead. The story of the film focuses on a middle-class family having high morals, but running low on income. Their life takes a complete turn when their family finds a bag full of money.
The film is about hypocrisy and consumerism, set in a Maharashtrian family called the Gupchups. The head of the family Sharad Gupchup is a morally uptight man, and as the story progresses they go down the ethical crisis as their aspirations come in their way. You can watch this twisted comedy under the Hotstar Specials category.
The November Story
The November Story is a forthcoming web series starring Tamannaah Bhatia. Produced by Ananda Vikatan. The November story is said to be a crime thriller directed by Ram Subramaniam. The original release date of the series is not yet released. However, the show will be shot in the Tamil language.
The show is going to mark the digital debut of the actress who is trying her hand like her contemporaries in the digital circuit. The story revolves around the relationship between a father and her daughter. It is a female-oriented web series, where Tamannaah tries to save his father’s reputation. It’s going to be really exciting to know how the story unfolds.
Nikkhil Advani’s next lavishly-mounted venture is with Hotstar which is temporarily titles as Moghuls. This Hotstar Originals is going to be a screen adaption of the Empire of the Moghul a historical fiction by Alex Rutherford. The series will begin with the era of Babur and end with the reign of Aurangzeb.
According to the news, Ronit Roy will be playing the role of Babur, Shabana Azmi will essay the role of Esan Daulat, his grandmother and Dia Mirza will play his sister Khanzada. According to the makers, the first season will focus mainly on Babur, so you can expect the next season as well.
As I’m Suffering from Kadhal
This next Hotstar original is called “As I’m suffering from Kadhal”. It is a romantic web series from 2017. The series is originally made in the Tamil language however you can check out the Hindi version called As I’m Suffering from Pyaar. This 10 episodes long web series is created by Balaji Mohan.
The series is set in the urban part of Chennai and revolves around the life of four couples conferring the various meanings of modern-day love. If you are looking for a fresh rom-com then you can binge-watch this series. It is a funny, bold, and relatable story, especially if you are living in a metro city.
Hotstar’s horror web series, Shockers is a commendable try at this genre. It’s like a less scary version of the Horror shows that come on TV channels like Aahat. It is a 6-episode long web series starring Dia Mirza, Pratik Babbar and Kalki Koechlin in the lead roles. The show includes everything that you would expect from a horror show like dead characters coming back, blood laden footprints. But it’s still not that scary.
The soundtracks are quite dramatic and secretly reveal the plot of the episode. The show has commendable actors however you might feel that the delivery of the storyline was not up to the mark. But if you don’t like horror shows, that much, you can check out this one.
Under the Special Picks category on Hotstar, you will find a web series based on relationships by the title Pyaar Actually. Under the Real is Rare campaign the Diamond Producers Association launched this web series. It comprises of four stories that display love across different generations and among different people. The four episodes star some celebrated personalities like Bhumi Pednekar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Saurabh Shukla, Mandira Bedi, and Dino Morea.
The show focuses on the happy and delightful moments of life that go unappreciated. They emphasize how diamonds have always been an important part of our relationships, trying to keep the audience engaged and entertained at the same time. Just like Diamonds, every relationship is real and rare.
If you have a lot of time to kill and are ready to go through a crazy half baked series then you can watch White Matter, another awesome Hotstar Originals. The show loiters on the border of science fiction, without even digging into the depth.
The show witnessed the coming together of a mad hatter scientist, an anguish-ridden rock star, and a fatally ill-single mother. The storyline is neither too complicated nor too simple. It moves at a fast pace keeping you engaged. YOu will be able to see Bollywood actress Isha Koppikar after a long time on screen against Ajmal Ameer.
Son of Abish – The most popular Hotstar Original
One of the most unique Hotstar Originals is Son of Abish. Abish Mathew, an Indian stand-up comedian came up with us comedy talk show inviting guests ranging from musicians to Bollywood celebrities and comedians. The show involves interviews along with various hilarious segments.
It is one of the best series to watch if you have had a long day and are looking for some moments of true laughter. The show has concluded five seasons, hosting some popular faces like Irrfan Khan, Vidya Balan, Abhay Deol, Mithila Palkar, Kenny Sebastian and Bhuvan Bam to name a few. You can select an episode of your choice featuring your favorite celebrity.
Hostages Season 2
The first season of Hostages starring Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra was quite successful. This crime-thriller series is now renewed for a second season. The makers announced the renewal in the previous month. The show right now is in the pre-production stage and you can soon expect it to be on your screens.
The first season of Hostages focused on a surgeon who is asked to assassinate the Chief Minister at the stake of her family’s life. Now it will be interesting to know the plot of the second season.
20+ New Hotstar Web Series of 2021
- Mayanagari – City of dreams
- Criminal Justice
- The Office
- Roar of the Lion
- Out of Love
- The Office 2
- On Air with AIB
- Chappar Faad Ke
- The November Story
- As I’m Suffering from Kadhai
- Pyaar Actually
- White Matters
- Son of Abish
- Hostages Season 2
- Special Ops
- Malgudi Days
- Ted Talks India
Hotstar has become one of the leading OTT platforms and this year has been great not only for it but also for every other digital platform like this. This is the complete list of Hotstar Originals and Specials that you can binge-watch this season. We hope you have a great time.