Hindi shows that will change your mind about Indian media

  1. Laakhon Mein Ek Season 2
    Created by Biswa Kalyan Rath, season 2 of this anthology features the story of a newbie medical intern who selflessly tries to help underprivileged villagers, but instead gets stuck between corrupt politicians and the egoism of the hospital board. The plot depicts the harsh reality that only one kind heart in a million is not enough to change an unjust world.
  2. Made in Heaven
    This Zoya Akhtar directed TV show has successfully captured various cultures across India through the eyes of two wedding planners and the characteristic social injustice that comes with it. Both Tara and Karan are partners in a wedding planning agency who get to witness many unethical problems surrounding marriages in the Indian culture. As much as they try to stay out of trouble, they end up taking it personally and eventually start to take a stand on these issues, amidst problems in their own lives. The show also celebrates homosexuality and raises issues related to homophobia in Indian culture.
  3. Delhi Crime
    Based on the heinous bus gang-rape case of Nirbhaya in 2012, the outstanding performances of the show’s cast will make you vicariously live through the exhaustion and devastation experienced by the Delhi Police while solving the case. The show is as disturbing as the actual crime, as the show’s creator Richie Mehta had thoroughly studied the whole case and its investigation before creating the series. Everything related to the crime has been showcased brilliantly in the series: people’s outrage and protests, the low integrity of the media, corruption in the police department, unapologetic psychotic criminals and every struggle the female DCP goes through; before finally tracking every convict and bringing them to justice.
  4. Family Man
    A drama-action series featuring a secret underpaid government agent who juggles preventing any possible terrorist attacks and being the perfect father and husband to his family. There are many light-hearted moments in the show that will make you laugh, but it also has its fair share of impactful moments that highlight Islamophobia, innocent-killing, radicalism, and the dynamics of a large well-planned terrorist attack.
  5. Ghoul
    A three-episode series based on Arabic folklore in which a flesh-eating, blood-drinking Ghoul preys on humans by using its shapeshifting powers. The story takes place in a dystopian near future where the nation has been wrecked by fascism. Nida (played by Radhika Apte) is an interrogator who is promoted to a distant detention centre. There she meets a prisoner and finds him to be infected by a ghoul. As the plot thickens, she finds more shameful truths about the military, making her regret her decisions.

Written by Dipita Saha Shweta

Anindita Rhine

Anindita Rhine is a senior majoring in English Literature at BRAC University. She spends most of her time looking at puppers and wishing to be the Mother-of-All-Doggos on Earth. Reach her at anindita.hossain.rhine@g.bracu.ac.bd

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