Sunny Leone to Sacred Games – It’s raining Originals in OTT space
The OTT (over-the-top) space has been gaining rapid momentum and the entry of new players has intensified the competition. With this, OTT players are now seeing an increase in viewership and subscriptions.
Given the good traction for Original content on OTT platforms, there are more frequent new releases seen, with the shows increasingly spanning diverse genres – thriller, romance, comedy, drama, action, biopics and even food-related shows.
Adgully takes a look at some of the shows that hit the digital screens in July 2018, with more to follow…
‘Sacred Games’ is Netflix’s first Indian web series, based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 thriller novel of the same name. The web series is produced in a partnership with Phantom Films. ‘Sacred Games’ tells the story of Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), a jaded police inspector living under the shadow of his deceased father and seeking validation from a police force he nevertheless loathes for its corruption.
Karenjit Kaur – The untold story of Sunny Leone
ZEE5 recently launched its latest web series – ‘Karenjit Kaur – The untold story of Sunny Leone’. The series went live on July 16, 2018 and is available in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi languages. The show captures the journey of adult star-turned-Bollyood star Sunny Leone, born as Karenjit Kaur in a middle-class Sikh family, and her makeover from being an innocent girl to an adult film actress and eventually a Bollywood sensation.
Amazon Prime Video has launched their new Prime Original series – ‘Comicstaan’, which is produced by OML and hosted by Abish Mathew & Sumukhi Suresh. ‘Comicstaan’ is a talent hunt to discover India’s next big comedic talent. The show brings together seven of India’s best comedians – Tanmay Bhat, Kenny Sebastian, Sapan Verma, Naveen Richard, Kaneez Surkha, Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath – to guide, mentor and judge the budding talent, as they compete each week to win the coveted title. The show is already live on Amazon Prime across 200 countries and territories.
ALTBalaji is set to stream a new show, ‘Hum – I am because of us’, from July 30, 2018. The story revolves around the life of three ordinary sisters in the big city. The show focuses on the strong bond between the three sisters and how their individual desires and ambitions change their relationship and affect this bond when destiny brings them to Mumbai. Directed by Parth Mitra, the show features Kushal Tandon, Ridhima Pandit, Karishma Sharma and Payal Bhojwani in pivotal roles.
Viu has introduced another spectacular original, titled ‘Memories’, which stars Ronit Roy and Priyal Gor in the lead roles. Written and directed by veteran ace director Vikram Bhatt, the series will take the viewers on an intriguing journey amidst a crime drama plot. ‘Memories’ is the story of Manav Malhotra, the suave and handsome anchor of a popular news channel, who possesses an extraordinary superpower which makes him a trusted aide of the police department. He has the power to touch any lifeless body and access information about the person’s life, including their memories, wishes, experiences, desires and secrets.
In a first-of-its-kind series, ZEE5 has launched ‘The Story’, a web series that gives a quirky peek into the lives of celebrities through incidents that are either their worst nightmares or their favourite fantasies. ‘The Story’ is a web-series which has a different take on bridging the gap between reel and real life. The series highlights select incidents from the lives of each of the actors. The series is available on ZEE5 in Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi languages.