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24 Must watch Hotstar Web Series in 2021 | list of 24 Hotstar Web Series

24 Must watch Hotstar Web Series in 2021 | List of 24 Hotstar Web Series

We’ve collected some amazing Hotstar web series because with OTT platforms cruising through in this current timeline, it is screaming for quality web series. Disney plus Hotstar is another such platform that offers audiences a number of their favorite shows with their up-and-coming original shows as well growing.

You will require a Disney plus Hotstar VIP subscription to watch their original contents and to watch the web series in English you will require a Disney Plus Hotstar Premium subscription. Here are a few Hotstar web series recommendations for all you Hotstar subscribers.

Hotstar web series list

1. Roar of the Lion (New Hotstar web series)

Cast: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

IMDB: 7.8/10

Sypnosis and Review:

Roar of the Lion dives deep into the cricketing fixing scandals specifically unfolded from the point of view of Chennai Super Kings and Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In 2015, the team was banned along with Rajasthan Royals from playing in the IPL for two years following the 2013 corruption scandal which left a black mark on Indian cricket.

Roar of the Lion is narrated by M.S. Dhoni himself who generally does not open up to any media’ scrutinies as such. Spanning over five episodes long it talks about the rise and fall and the rise again of the South Indian Giants who come back after two years of absentee’ to lift the trophy yet again.

The fans were and are colossal support for the three-time champions and due recognition and acknowledgment has been exhibited in that area. Carefully knit together with the stories of the players, the higher authorities and powers, and the frenzied fans. Roar of the Lion is a dramatic narrative of between twenty-two yards that you are going to commend well. Even if you are a cricket fan or not. This is Must watch Hoststar web series, especially for mahi fans.

2. Aarya

Cast: Sushmita sen, Virti Vaghani, Chandrachur Singh, Gargi Sawant, Namit das

IMDB: 7.9/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Adapted from the Dutch television series ‘Penoza’, (Sushmita Sen). She takes on the role of Aarya who has to manage three kids and live amongst a mafia gang so as to get back at her husband’s murder.

Taken up by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi to create Penoza in an Indian dialect. Aarya had been a long ongoing project which has its season one released as a Hotstar Special. And season two up on post-production which was delayed owing to the pandemic.

This hotstar web series runs for nine lengthy fifty-minute episodes which gives enough time to detail out the smaller ingredients to form the whole series. Each episode will leave the audience with a cliffhanger making them yearn for the next episode and to pop out that suspense.

It is blissful to watch Sushmita Sen back in action as we don’t even find anybody else more fitting for this sassy mommy role. With her serene and tranquil figure yet vulnerable in every motherly sense. Sushmita has been striking in every aspect of the series. With a good amount of screen time, the rest of the cast also eases in with some good quality performances. Aarya is nothing out of the blue but just sublime storytelling at its best.

3. The Office

Hotstar Web series

Cast: Mukul Chadda, Gopal Dutt, Sayandeep Sengupta, Samridhi Dewan

IMDB: 6.4/10

Sypnosis and Review:

India’s own version of the much-acclaimed U.S show ‘The Office’. which itself is a copy made of the British edition but turned out to win more hearts than the Brit one. Amidst all the loathing and tattle on why do you need an Indian Office? especially by the O.G fans of the show, you have to give it a shot and not start detesting it just because it’s ‘Indian’.

We get to watch a carbon copy of central figures in the form of Jagdeep Chadda (Michael Scott) played by Mukul Chadda, T.P Mishra (Dwight Scott) as played by Gopal Dutt, Amit by Sayandeep Sengupta and Pammi by Samridhi Dewan are the Jim & Pam of the Delhi based Office.

For the most part, The Office is supposed to be cringe comedy. Hence once you get used to the cringe and weird uncomfortable structures, you’re in for a ride. Hence, after a long day at work, switch off your mental filter and take on India’s version of The Office and try out a different hotstar web series.

4. City of Dreams

Cast: Priya Bapat, Flora Saini, Amrita Bagchi

IMDB: 7.7/10

Sypnosis and Review:

City of Dreams follows the Gaikwad family which is challenged after a failed assassination on the patriarch. Fuelled with family feuds and misogyny running deep, this hotstar web series brings a telltale with a realistic touch to it.

After Amey Rao Gaikwad (played by Atul Kulkarni) falls victim to attempted murder, is left with severe injuries. It is now up to his heirs Poornima Rao Gaikwad (Priya Bapat) and Ashish Rao Gaikwad (Siddharth Chandekar) to take up the mantle. A sibling war erupts for power remarkably portraying wear and tear yet held on a dear relationship.

Eijaz Khan(who plays the role of SI Wasim Khan) adds to the firepower with his bloke aggressiveness and bringing in his own recital to the web series.  Created, written, and directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, who has admirably depicted the patriarchal society. And the extent to which they would go, to feed their power.

City of Dreams sets out on a high level setting the premise up for a striking story. Spread over ten episodes City of Dreams is a Hotstar web series in Hindi that you should not miss.

5. Out of Love

Cast: Rasika Dugal, Meenakshi Chaudhary, Purab Kohli, Sanghmitra Hitaishi

IMDB: 7.1/10

Sypnosis and Review:

Out of Love adapted from the BBC’s “Doctor Foster” follows the life of Akash Kapoor and Meera Kapoor. They are subjected to the ugly sides of a marriage. Dr. Meera Kapoor (played by Rasika Dugal) starts developing doubts about her partner Akash’s loyalty on the basis of finding out certain feminine facets of him which do not belong to her. As the story progresses, layers of their relationship are peeled off one after the other.

Rasika Dugal as Dr. Meera is the backbone of the web series as she with her sheer class carries it forward. Purab Kohli in his own ways adds to the allure of Out of Love. This Hotstar web series does not hold a lot of suspense or thrill to sell it off, but it just downright drama. Stretched across five episodes, Out of Love is an easy binge with simple knots uncomplicated to pull out.

6. Criminal Justice

Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Rucha Inamdar, Vikrant Massey, Anupriya Goenka

IMDB: 8.1/10

Sypnosis and Review:

One of the best original Hotstar web series that portrays the stories of the innocent and the guilty. Individual par performances lined up one after the other are set leaving the audience asking for more.

The line-up itself should be more than enough to convince anybody to binge on this web series. Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Mita Vashist, Anupriya Goenka and to top it all off like a cherry on the top of the cake. We see Jackie Shroff as well in a familiar local dialectic goon, or should we just say ‘bhidu?’  

Pankaj Tripathi, this man has delivered and has just been delivering stellar performances back to back. Vikrant Massey as the innocent kid who learns and matures under the course of the season plays a perfect role that’s made for him. Mita Vashist and Anupriya Goenka behind the black coat are splendid in their respective attorney roles.

In the second season Pankaj Tripathi, Mita Vashist, and Anupriya Goenka reprise their roles as a new case unfolds into their hands. Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors was released as a Hotstar web series in 2020.

7. The Night of

Cast: Riz Ahmed, John Turturro, Michael Williams

IMDB: 8.5/10

Sypnosis And review:

The Night of is crime drama series based on the Criminal Justice (2008) of the UK, which follows the same story of the Criminal Justice created by Shridhar Raghavan in India owing to their same paternal roots.

Though watching either one of them does take the suspense out of it. But The Night Of can still be appreciated for its cinematic beauty and storytelling. The cast is phenomenal in its respective roles. The Night Of is a hotstar web series also went on to win a number of awards including five Emmy wins as well.

8. Hostages

Cast: Anangsha Biwas, Tisca Chopra, Ronit Roy, Malhar rathod

IMDB: 6.9/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Hostages is a thrill-filled hot star web series with an ingenious plot to keep it running.  The web series starts with Dr. Mira Anand (played by Tisca Chopra) and her family being held hostages by a group of terrorists.

Before she was supposed to be performing surgery on the Chief Minister of Haryana the next day. Dr. Mira Anand is forced to act against her ethics if she is to save her family.

As the story progresses Ronit Roy as the police SI Prithvi Singh is introduced who is again a charming watch. Hostages come up with ceaseless twists and turns which will leave you gasping. This Hotstar web series runs two seasons long with gripping storytelling for a suspense-packed watch.

9. Special Ops

Cast: Kay kay Menon, Sana Khan, Sajjad Delafrooz, Karan Tacer

IMDB: 8.6/10

Sypnosis And Review:

For all Neeraj Pandey fans, this is another delightful treat from the man himself. With some terrific storytelling and outstanding character portrayals, Special Ops dissects terrorism and anti-terrorism forces in the country.

Kay Kay Menon plays the role of Himmat Singh of the RAW who has spent the last couple of years searching for a terrorist who was missed by the investigators back then.

Neeraj Pandey beautifully computes the real-life hideous terrorist attacks that have taken place in the country in the last two decades or so. With some enticing cinematography and alluring storytelling, Special Ops is a Hotstar web series in Hindi not to be missed.

10. Chernobyl

Cast: Jared Harris, Stellan Starsgard, Emily Watson, Jessie Buckley

IMDB: 9.4/10

Sypnosis And Review:

What a disaster. You can feel the awfulness, dread, and pain of the disaster that took place in the Soviet Union have been. This hotstar web series was created and written by Craig Mazin who after thorough research presents the tale of the horrors of April 1986.

Chernobyl addresses the hows, whos, and whats of the disaster trying to get into the root of the cause. The catastrophe depicted as an utter catastrophe is nothing less than cinematic artistry.

The vision to see and live through the stories of the spoken voice and written down books, and to exhibit it in a way so as to pass on the fear, pain, and horrors of living that experience is a mastery of cinematographer Jakob Ihre and director Johan Renck.

11. The Plot Against America

Cast: Zoe Kazan, John Turturro, Winnona Ryder, Morgan Spector

IMDB: 7.3/10

Sypnosis And Review:

“The Plot Against America” is based on an alternate history, that if Roosevelt was not elected the President of the States, i.e. if Charles Lindbergh came into power which is based on the novel by Philip Roth.

The what-if situation dives deep into the fate of the United States in this particular scenario and their hand in the World War. “The Plot Against America” is a thought-provoking Hotstar web series with some wonderful narration of the 1940s Spanning over six episodes.

12. The Outsider

Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo, Jason Bateman, Julianne Nicholson

IMDB: 7.7/10

Sypnosis and Review:

What happens when you convert a Stephen King book into a series? Consequently nothing less than a pure suspense-filled mystery with its touches and tinges of horrors and terrors. With so many crime investigation series to compete with, “The Outsider” is a must-watch on your Hotstar web series list.

When the dead body of Frank Peterson an eleven-year-old boy is found with mysterious marks on his body, detective Ralph Anderson is on the case and has already found the evidence and arrests the culprit in an open and shut case.

Except that it is not. Subsequently, the story takes its turn with its load of enigmas and dreads in a beautifully constructed storyline. All ten episodes of The Outsider are streaming now on Disney plus Hotstar.

13. City on a Hill

Cast: Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jill Henessey, Amanda Clayton

IMDB: 7.6/10

Sypnosis And Review:

City on a Hill is an indirect account of the ‘Boston Miracle’ of the 1990s. To begin with the series right from the word go is bound to hook you up namely because the characters John Jackie Rohr and DeCourcy Ward are played with some stellar performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge respectively. Together they address and face the criminal uprise in and around Boston.

It is just a nonstop action-packed thriller experience. City on a Hill has been renewed for a second season which is set to release on the 28th of March 2021. This is one of the best thriller hotstar web series.

14. Big Little Lies

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoe Kravitz

IMDB: 8.5/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Big little lies follows the lives of five women who get entangled in a murder investigation with a star-studded star cast of Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz, Big Little Lies is spot on with its realistic depictions and addressing of the real-life issues as well. The show bagged a number of awards in its premier season itself.

This hotstar web series is Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, shall we stop right here? Liane Moriarty creates what can be said to be personal bits and pieces which every reader finds and attaches themselves with, and she has precisely done that yet again. With its ongoing suspense and recurrent drama, Big Little Lies is an extremely admirable watch which you should not miss.

15. The Mandalorian

Cast: Pedro Pascal, Gina carano, Carl Weathers

IMDB: 8.8/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Set in the aftermath of the Return of the Jedi, The Mandalorian explores the world of Star Wars furthermore. Being the first live action series in the franchise, the whole series has ingenious levels of visual effects with equally mystical locations. Creator & Executive Producer Jon Favreau employed different directors to the episodes, which gives a magical touch and a director’s mark to each one of them.

The series revolves around the tale of the main character Din Djarin or Mando who is a bounty hunter. He is recruited by impotent realms for the quest to search the child Grogu. Soon things get complicated for Mando as his adventure faces Moff Gideon who also is on the pursuit of Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian further expands the Star Wars World, and executes it as well in a profound manner. It also brings forward the Mandalorian mythology which is in itself quite fascinating as well. With the intriguing characters and a fine storytelling The Mandalorian is another Hotstar web series that you should not miss at any cost.

16. Mildred Pierce

Cast: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel wood, Melissa Leo

IMDB: 7.7/10

Sypnosis and review:

Another must watch Hotstar web series is Kate Winslet starrer Mildred Pierce. Based on the 1941 novel by James Cain, this hotstar web series is set during The Great Depression that shook the economic stability worldwide. But it is explored through the eyes of a struggling mother who has her discrepancies with her husband and scuffles with the world to keep her kids safe and sufficient.

At a time when the economy of the whole world is collapsing, she runs a restaurant of her own in order to make ends meet. The hotstar web series further traverses across her love life and the issues she faces of raising two daughters on her own.

Mildred Pierce is crisp and a quick watch of five episodes. The direction of Todd Haynes brings a alluring storytelling with bits and pieces all over the place for the audience to put it all together. The casting is sublime with Evan Rachel Wood shining as Veda Prince, and Kate bringing in her usual vigour and appeal to the series.

17. Live Telecast

Cast: Anandhi, Ashwin Kakumanu, Kajal Aggarwal, Priyanka

IMDB: 4.2/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Venkat Prabhu has put together a horror thriller hotstar web series with a strong cast and fair enough narrative to back it up. Live Telecast revolves around a group of college friends who together run a horror reality show called ‘Dark Tales’ where they bring forth frightening experiences of paranormal activities.

In the pursuit of gaining more viewership and TRP ratings, they discover a family and a house which is rumored to have faced certain mystic events. They prepare to make a show and live telecast it, but to keep their show safe they also plant two actors as fake ghost.

When the day arrives, nothing goes as planned and they are forced to use the actors as ghosts. But things turn haywire as the actor gets possessed by a spirit and they experience the spirits first hand.

Live Telecast is a wonderful Indian experiment in the horror thriller genre made in Tamil language. There are complex characters at play which adds to the sublime storytelling. Feel free to add this to your hotstar web series list to watch.

18. Mare of Easttown

Cast: Kate Winslet, Evan Peters, Guy Pearce, Jean smart

IMDB: 8.5/10

Sypnosis And review:

Another Kate Winslet starrer hotstar web series is Mare of Easttown. Created and written by Brad Ingelsby the series explores the life of Mare Sheehan, a police detective in Philadelphia.

She is set on investigating the murder of a teenage mother all the while juggling her own share of problems of being a divorcee and having just lost her son to suicide. She has the weight of an unsolved case from the previous year, and a custody battle with her addict daughter-in-law for Mare’s grandkid.

Mare of Easttown stands tall as a series with as many as sixteen nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards of 2021. It has a beautiful story arch alongside complex and well-built characters to fit right into it. Mare of Easttown is a hotstar web series that you shouldn’t miss at any cost.

19. 1962: The War in the Hills

Cast: Hemal Ingle, Abhay Deol, Akash Thosar, Pawan Rajand

IMDB: 6.3/10

Sypnosis and Review:

One of the best hotstar web series hindi is 1962: The War in the Hills. Filled with a fabulous cast and undying patriotic spirit, the series explores the lives of the soldiers, even beyond their uniforms.

Based in true events, 1962: The War in the Hills narrates the tale of 124 soldiers of the Indian Army Battalion ‘C Company’ who battled almost 3000 Chinese soldiers in Ladakh. Abhay Deol plays the lead character of Major Suraj Singh, and as the supporting cast we have Sumeet Vyas as Officer Ram, Akash Thosar as Sepoy Kishan, and Mahie Gill plays Ms. Shagun Singh.

The series received mixed criticism, the negative mainly targeted at the long length of the series and the short exploration of the characters and plot done in that timeline. Nonetheless 1962: The War in the Hills is a good watch which carries across and talks about different aspects the war, the soldiers, and their personal lives. Add it to your hotstar web series list 2020 to watch.

20. November Story

Cast: Tamannah, G.M Kumar, Namita Krishnamurthy, pasupathy

IMDB: 7.9/10

Sypnosis And Review:

November Story is another crime thriller hotstar web series, written and directed by Indhra Subramanian. The web series begins with Ganesan (G. M. Kumar), a crime novelist whose old age has affected him with Alzheimer.

The whole plot revolves around when Ganesan is found at a crime scene but with no memory of what happened. He is soon confined and his daughter Anuradha Ganesan (Tamanna Bhatia) sets out to unravel the truth.

November Story has a slow building storyline only to add on to the suspense of the plot. Vidhu  Ayyanna’s cinematography is a delight to watch. With a running length of seven episodes, the web series is a perfect watch from all crime thriller lovers, and you should definitely check out this Tamil language hotstar web series.

21. Grahan

Cast: Wamiqa gabbi, Pavan Malhotra, Namrata Varshney, Neel Dogra

IMDB: 8.6/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Set in 2016, the story revolves around Amrita Singh (played by Zoya Hussain) an IPS officer who is set up in a team that reinvestigates the 1984 Anti Sikh Riots that took place in Jharkhand. Soon the investigation brings forth a jarring truth, that Amrita’s father Gurusevak (played by Pawan Malhotra) was also a part of the riots that took place years ago.

The series further explores the raw love story of the past that existed between youngsters of diverse castes in the 80s. Moreover secrets are revealed, relationships are uncovered and a hell of a lot of political facets make Grahan a must watch hotstar web series.

22. True Detective

Cast:Alexandra Daddario, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan

IMDB: 8.9/10

Sypnosis And review:

Created by Nic Pizzolatto, True Detective is another hotstar web series that you should not miss. It is a crime drama series filled with it’s share of mystery and suspense. Spanning for three seasons, each season presents a brand-new cast, and a completely revamped crew working on it as well, only keeping the idea of True Detective parallel.

Season one cast consists of the likes of Mathew McConaughey, Michelle Monaghan, Woody Harrelson and others, where in the plot is set in Louisiana exploring Police Detectives who are trailing a serial killer who seems to have certain supernatural and psychic connections.

True Detective has always received admiration from the critics and have maintained the high ratings, piling up a number of awards as well. It was highly commended for its sublime cast and acting, delightful cinematography, and suspense filled writing and direction. If you haven’t already, add True Detective to your watchlist of hotstar web series list.

23. Watchmen

Cast: Angela Abar, Jeremy Irons, Tim Blake Nelson

IMDB: 8.2/10

Sypnosis And Review:

Watchmen is based on the DC Comic series of the 1986 that run along the same title. Much like the Zack Snyder film version of the same made in 2009, the hotstar web series made in 2019 by Damon Lindelof runs across nine episodes ranging to be around an hour long, giving more time and flow to the storyline of the comics to act itself out.

The series is set 34 years after the events of the comics, hence subsequently works as a sequel to it all the while conserving the same alternative dystopian reality. Lindelof brilliantly put forth more new interesting characters and plots into the main storyline rather just designing a revamp film version of the comics.

Watchmen received several awards including 11 Primetime Emmy wins, and is highly rated as 8.2 on IMDb and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. The series explored the 1921 Tulsa Race massacre, which was spotted on and appreciated by the audience and critics alike in the wake of the issues prevalent in the world right now.

With an ensemble cast of Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Tom Mison, Sara Vickers, Jeremy Irons, Andrew Howard, Tim Blake Nelson and many others, Watchmen has put together a fantastic piece from the DC Universe which is absolutely worth the watch. Add this series to your watchlist of hotstar web series now!

24. Euphoria

Cast: Zendaya, Hunter Schafer, Sydney Sweeny, Jacob Elordi

IMDB: 8.4/10

Synosis and Review:

Euphoria is an American made teen drama hotstar web series which revolves around the lives of a couple of youngsters through their substance amplified gatherings and day to day routines filled with anxiety and stress. It is based on the series made in Israel by the same name, and is created by Sam Levinson for the English audience.

The series begins with main character Rue Bennett (played by Zendaya), a drug addict who just got out of rehab. She has her friend Jules Vaughn (played by Hunter Schafer) who faces gender identity crisis, Chris McKay (Algee Smith) who finds it difficult to adjust in a college environment, Kat Hernandez (played by Barbie Ferreira) who is keen on exploring her sexuality.

Nate Jacobs (played by Jacob Elordi) a youngster with anger issues and Cassie Howard (played by Sydney Sweeney) who experiences nightmares because of her sexual history. Euphoria explores the lives of these youngsters as they suffocate but still try to breath amidst the weight of society and mental health related problems.

Euphoria has a wonderful aesthetic and color play for anyone who would like to follow. It was heavily criticized for its portrayal of drug abuse and addictions, which could be triggering. Nonetheless the series explores a number of issues through the eyes of the youngsters which might be a new look altogether. Euphoria is one of the hotstar web series that you shouldn’t miss to watch.

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