As we bid farewell to another year of remarkable storytelling, it’s time to reflect on the gems that illuminated our screens. The world of OTT has been a treasure trove of diverse narratives, keeping us hooked throughout 2023. From gripping dramas to heartwarming comedies, each web series and audio series has etched its own unique space in our hearts.
With its engaging plot, “Asur 2” on JioCinema demonstrated why it was one of the biggest hits of 2023 and captivated viewers. With his conviction in season one, Shubh Joshi—the vengeful serial killer—raised the stakes for the task. The protagonists, a miserable Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi) and a devastated Nikhil Nair (Barun Sobti), faced the daunting task of stopping him. The show’s plot, script, photography, and soundtrack were all excellent, and its thrilling and rewarding ending kept spectators enthralled. The series maintained viewers’ interest throughout all eight episodes, with unexpected twists and turns. It is definitely a must-watch sequel that had viewers glued to the screens all the way to the very end.
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Pocket FM’s blockbuster audio series ‘Insta Millionaire’ secured its place as a hit, narrating Lucky’s extraordinary journey from rags to riches. Overcoming challenges with unwavering determination, Lucky’s story resonates with the common man. Despite facing relentless hardships, an unexpected message promises an end to his struggles and immense wealth. The series poses a compelling question: Will Lucky stay true to himself or succumb to newfound fortune’s temptations? Join us on Pocket FM for this immersive and inspiring tale that underscores success achievable without compromising core values. Through Lucky’s relatable character, experience the power of humility, determination, and a genuine willingness to help others. With over 1000+ episodes, Insta Millionaire, available in Hindi, English, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada, took the world by storm, surpassing 1 billion plays cumulatively. Not only this, it also became the first audio entertainment title to exceed Rs. 100 crores.
Guns and Gulaabs
Netflix’s “Guns and Gulaabs” garnered praise for its dark comedic crime thriller plot, making it one of the biggest successes of 2023. Krishna D.K. and Raj Nidimoru created the series, which took place in the made-up town of Gulabganj, where opium with a government licence was legal and in high demand. Along with a gripping story, the seven-episode series had complemented by excellent acting by the ensemble cast including Rajkummar Rao, Dulquer Salmaan, Adarsh Gourav, Goutam Sharma, Gourav Sharma, Sanchay Goswami and Gulshan Devaiah. While Raj and DK created a world in which individuals participated in illegal activities and conflicts, bringing the imaginary realm to life on screen, the eccentricities of lesser-known performers made a lasting effect. The ethically gray area that the characters occupied gave the story more realism, making the series a memorable watch.
Scam 2003: The Telgi Story
A compelling financial thriller biography drama directed by Tushar Hiranandani, “Scam 2003: The Telgi Story” on SonyLiv became one among the blockbusters of 2023. The ten-episode series, which tells the actual story of fruit vendor turned forger Abdul Karim Telgi, engages viewers with its many twists and turns. The series immerses viewers in a world of immorality and deranged fun organized by the cunning criminal, providing a realistic representation of Mumbai during Telgi’s age. Accessible on Sony Liv, the series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats even as it describes the measures used by law enforcement and politicians to hide their involvement. “Scam 2003” reveals the complex manipulation of the nation’s financial system and is a must-binge.
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Devil Se Shaadi
Pocket FM’s hit audio series, ‘Devil Se Shaadi,’ took listeners on a riveting journey of love and conflicts. Centered around Rajveer, an arrogant figure in his family, and Ishqi, the story explored the unexpected union that defined their fate. The question lingered: Would Rajveer’s arrogance dominate, trapping Ishqi in fear? Or could love soften Rajveer, fostering understanding and consideration? Amidst the couple’s journey, external factors and meddling family members added unpredictable twists. “Devil Se Shaadi” unfolded an enthralling tale of love and passion, showcasing the challenges when two contrasting personalities collide, leaving an indelible mark on the year’s audio storytelling landscape.