List of Indian Amazon PrimeVideo Original Shows
Amazon’s Prime Video debuted in December 2016 in India. It started with all the Amazon originals from the west. To engage the Indian audience, Amazon started focusing on India specific content starting with Standup Specials in January 2017. Amazon PrimeVideo plans to create 18 originals series for Indian audience – Inside Edge, Laakhon Mein Ek, Pushpavali, Going Viral & 2 animated shows for kids have already launched. To start with, Amazon will focus on Hindi audience and then move on to regional markets – Tamil, Telugu, Kannada & Bengali.
Though Amazon Originals are not as sensational as Netflix’s Sacred Games or Lust Stories, they are unique in their own way with out of the box reality shows for DJs & comedians, nail-biting thrillers & dramas soaked in teenage memories.
Here is the list of Indian Amazon Prime Original TV Shows
Breathe(2018) – Thriller
IMDb Rating – 8.6
Star Cast -R Madhavan, Amit Sadh
Breathe is a nail-biting crime drama from the producers of Airlift and Baby. Revolving around the life of a single parent Danny (Madhavan) trying to save his only child Josh’s life. It becomes an ugly fight between morality and a father’s blind love when he sets out to find an organ donor for his child. On the other side Kabir, a brilliant rule-defying cop finds a mysterious connection between the deaths of people with AB negative blood. Will Danny succeed in saving his child’s life or will Kabir crack the case and bring justice? Breathe leaves you with questions about mortality and fate. Right and wrong are ordinary aspects of life which we tend to overlook in daily life.
Laakhon Mein Ek(2017) – Drama
IMDb Rating – 8.5
Created by – Biswa Kalyan Rath
Laakhon Mein Ek brings out the gloomy hyper-competitive atmosphere of IIT Coaching, the stress that comes with it and mismatch between student’s aspirations and society/parent’s expectations. This drama close to every 90’s kid is written by Biswa Kalyan Rath. It talks about a 15-year-old boy, Aakash, whose life’s aim is acting & post mimicry videos online but is trapped in the burden of his father’s dreams. As Biswa would quote “Aakash is launched in a projectile by his parents, to a pressure chamber of coaching, finds his equilibrium on meeting Bakri & Chudail, but his roots are ripped off, he hits a Minima & finds himself by embracing the Entropy of life”. Will he survive in the jungle or will he quit and pursue his dreams? Is IIT that important that the actual dreams are secondary? The title Track – ‘Pending Sapne’ itself invites you to watch the whole series.
Inside Edge(2017) – Drama & Thriller
IMDb Rating – 8.2
Star Cast – Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi
Amazon Prime Video’s first Indian Original, Inside Edge, was released as a 10-episode series in June 2017 with a promising star cast consisting of Vivek Oberoi, Angad Bedi and Richa Chadha. This series is based on a T20 fictional team, Mumbai Mavericks. It will send a thrill down your spine as it unfolds the game that goes on behind the actual game. A story that defines sex, money, power, selfishness as the virtues to survive in the game, you cannot help but notice the stark similarity in the fictional team & its owners and actual teams in league cricket & their owners in reality.
Harmony with AR Rahman (2018) – A Musical Travel Documentary
IMDb Rating – 9.3
Star Cast – A R Rahman
A R Rahman embarks on a journey to search for rare Indian music & understand music is stitched in Indian culture & the value it holds in the heart of artists. In this musical travel documentary, A R Rahman discovers the story behind 4 music instruments (a percussion, a woodwind, a string instrument & a singer) and then combine them in one harmonious arrangement, bringing out the individual prowess of each of the instruments. The 4 instruments are – Mizhavu, a percussion instrument played in temples of Kerala; A century-old string instrument, Rudra Veena from Mumbai; the natural song form, Khunung Eshei from Manipur; Pangthong Palith, a bamboo flute played by the Lepchas from Sikkim. The fifth and the final episode makes us realize the depth of music & the effort put in behind those soulful performances we love on Coke Studio.
Comicstaan(2018) – Comedy Reality Show
IMDb Rating – 6.8
Judge Panel – Sapan Verma(EIC), Kaneez Surka, Naveen Richards, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kanan Gill, Kenny Sebastian, Tanmay Bhat
Anchors – Sumukhi Sures & Abish Matthew
7 best comedians in India are on a run to select India’s next big comic! This 9-episode series (one-hour each) brings to you loads of laughter by a fresh bunch of aspiring comedians. Each of the 7 mentors train the contestants in 7 different types of comedy – Anecdotal Comedy by Biswa, Topical Comedy by Tanmay, Observational Comedy by Sapan, Improv Comedy by Kaneez, Sketch Comedy by Naveen, Impromptu Comedy by Kanan and Alternate Comedy by Kenny. By letting us deep dive into the different genres of comedy, Comicstaan brings to light the hard work that goes into creating that 10-minute show of jokes (that we enjoy so much) as the 7 comedians mentor their upcoming competition only to crown one of them as the winner of Comicstaan! Unlike other reality shows, the contestants in this show are themselves writing their scripts, learning a new genre, keeping it all funny and acting it out in just one week! A one-of-its-kind reality show which will haunt you if you don’t watch it soon enough! Hop on this journey and notice for yourself the growth of jokes and comedians themselves from Episode 1 to Episode 7 and how they find comfort in discomfort while they tickle your funny bones.
Chacha Vidhayak Hain Hamare(2018) – Comedy
IMDb Rating – 8.2
Created By – Zakir Khan
A lie that gets Ronny(Zakir Khan) into a trouble every day! A lie that is making Ronny’s life difficult! Yet Ronny lives this lie because who doesn’t want to be an MLA’s nephew and enjoy the perks that come up with it? Or at least that’s what the world thinks about him. Ronny, a 26-year old jobless man with troubles and adventures in all spheres of his life, lives a double life. Thanks to his surname, he becomes the messiah of the local people, his friends and the girl he is trying to flatter for they think he is the nephew of the local MLA. Will Ronny get the love of his life or will his lie ruin all relations? Watch Ronny, as he takes you to 8 episodes of his life while juggling through his dual life.
Pushpavalli(2017) – Comedy
IMDb Rating – 7.5
Created by – Sumukhi Suresh
A fun take on the life of an ordinary girl, Pushpavalli (Sumukhi Suresh), whose life is set as her mother has fixed her match for marriage as soon as she finishes her Food Science degree. But who knew she will fall for the charming Nikhil Rao (Naveen Richards) and move to Bangalore for him, only to be trapped in a PG owned by a not-so-sweet landlady and also turn into a stalker? Well, as it’s said, everything’s fair in love and war! Watch Pushpaali as she works in a library, conducts a bird workshop in the same library, attends a comedy gig and even breaks her leg only to get the attention of the love of her life. But do things really turn her away?
The Remix(2018) – Music Reality Show
IMDb Rating – 7.0
Judges Panel – Nucleya, Sunidhi Chauhan & Amit Trivedi
A must-watch for all the EDM music lovers, The Remix brings to you one of its kind music reality show where the contestants – a singer & a DJ team up to remix Bollywood songs and produce a melody you would love to listen! With an appropriate panel of judges – Sunidhi Chauhan, Nucleya & Amit Trivedi, the series starts off with a head-banging performance by each of them and continues for total 10 episodes wherein you see the contestants mixing retro music in songs or performing with a live band or mixing day-to-day kitchen, garage sounds to their songs. All this with continuous power-packed performances by guests singers and the judges! Watch this one-of-a-kind show to discover new artists & see which team finally manages to impress the judges and win the show!
Gangstars(2018) – Crime Drama (Telugu, Tamil, Hindi)
IMDb Rating – 7.1
Star Cast: Abhilash, Aishwarya, Anantha
Gangstars is the first Amazon Original in Tamil & Telugu. A black comedy revolving around the lives of two movie stores, two ex-lovers & merciless criminal cum producer. These seemingly unrelated characters are connected with a mysterious murder and the 12-episode series builds up the mystery slowly and then unravelling it fast at the end in a classic “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron” style.
You can watch Gangstars. in Hindi, Telugu & Tamil
Shaitan Haveli(2018) – Comedy Horror
IMDb Rating – 7.2
Created by Varun Thakur
This is a review, not a description because we at FlickZee want to save your precious time.
Shaitan Haveli aspires to be a mockery on the B-grade horror movies of the 80s. The movie revolves around a B-grade filmmaker shooting his horror film using the age-old props, stories & effects. This being a mockery of a horror show is neither funny nor haunting. The note in the beginning which advised the audience not to take the movie seriously seems to be misused and as a cover up for the poor plot, overacting & a film taken too lightly. Karan Agarwal, the writer of Laakhon Mein Ek did an excellent job there but the writing falls flat in this Shaitan Haveli.
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Going Viral Pvt. Ltd.(2017) – Comedy Drama
IMDb Rating – 5.6
Star Cast: Abhinav Chaturvedi, Sophiya Chaudhary, Zachary Coffin
Going Viral Pvt. Ltd. aims to get anything viral – be it giving an investment advice, impressing someone’s girlfriend, a standup comedy or a political campaign. With the wave of social media where everyone aspires to be popular instantly, ‘Going Viral’ wants to expose the shallow reality of social media in a comic way but instead appears dumb and unfunny at all levels, the writing is flat and it is nowhere near watchable with poor acting & dumb dialogues.
Hear Me. Love Me (2018) – Dating Reality Show
IMDb Rating – 3.8
Star Cast: Shilpa Shetty Kundra
Hear Me. Love Me is a dating reality show where Shilpa Shetty acts as a wing-woman to 9 girls and 1 boy to pair them up with 3 probable partners. The catch is that it all happens on a TV and not in a restaurant or a cafe and none of the parties can see each other’s face. The show seems to be focused around ‘instagrammy and snapchatty’ Millenials but feels incomplete because the show hasn’t been matured enough, nothing interesting events, no wow factor and even the participants don’t seem much involved. It looks like peeping onto someone’s date and the discussion they have with a wingman but the lack of continuity, excitement and content leaves the viewer bored even after the first show.