Streaming wars: Upcoming Amazon Prime shows which make it the clear winner against Netflix in India

By Arindom Deka | 1.3k |

Netflix, undoubtedly started the streaming revolution in India with their epic crime saga Sacred Games, but ever since the first season and a few other solid outings such as Delhi Crime, Selection Day and the recent Jamtara: Sabka Number Ayega, all their other Indian content can be ranked from mediocre to downright terrible. It seems like Netflix has become the dumping ground for bad and okay-ish material for directors to dump on.
Amazon Prime, on the other hand, has been consistent with its quality of content. Their first Indian original Inside Edge was highly praised and they followed it with more great shows like Laakhon Mein Ek, Mirzapur, The Family Man, Hostel Daze and that's not even the end of the list. With their focus on quality, Prime Video has now become home to some of the finest web-series that India has to offer.
While fans have been waiting for the return of their favorite shows, Prime Video went a step ahead and announced 13 new and returning shows, including 7 brand new shows that they will release over the course of the year.
The 4 returning shows include the latest seasons from Mirzapur, 4 More Shots Please, The Family Man and Breathe. All of them have been well-received by critics and audiences alike. Here is a list of all the new shows announced.

Brand New:

The Forgotten Army

Release Date: 24 Jan
Starring: Sunny Kaushal, M.K. Raina, Shruti Seth
Directed by: Kabir Khan
Based on his directorial documentary debut in 1999, it took 20 years for Kabir Khan to finally bring us this war saga about the men and women in the Indian National Army led by Subhash Chandra Bose. Khan perfectly delivers in telling us this historic tale of the Azad Hind Fauj or the 'forgotten army', the ghosts of war that still haunt our country and capturing the ideas of identity, independence and the cost of freedom.
Source: Amazon Prime

The Last Hour

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Sanjay Kapoor, Raima Sen
Directed by: Amit Kumar
Academy-award winner Asif Kapadia (Amy, Mindhunter) makes his return as executive producer in this supernatural thriller set in a Himalayan hill-station. The show will be helmed by Amit Kumar (Monsoon Shootout, Colonia) and will star Sanjay Kapoor and Raima Sen.
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Bandish Bandits

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Ritwik Bhowmik, Shreya Singh Chaudhry, Naseeruddin Shah, Atul Kulkarni
Directed by: Anand Tiwari
After the successful Love per Square Foot and Bang Baaja Baaraat, director Anand Tiwari will bring us a musical love story between a classical singer and a pop star. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy will be behind the soundtrack.
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Dilli

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Sunil Grover
Directed by: Ali Abbas Zafar
After the success of Sacred Games, Saif Ali Khan will once again don the digital screen with his newest collaboration with Ali Abbas Zafar, a political thriller, titled Dilli. The show is set in the titular Delhi and will explore the darkness lurking in the world of politics. With an astounding cast, this is one of the most awaited shows of the year.
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Paatal Lok

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, Jaideep Ahlawat
Written by: Sudip Sharma
A police crime drama, produced by Anushka Sharma's Clean Slate Films, and written by Sudip Sharma (Sonchiriya, Udta Punjab), this show will be a dark exploration into the world of police and crime. With talents like Neeraj Kabi, Gul Panag, and Jaideep Ahlawat involved, we can only expect something spectacular.
Source: Amazon Prime

Gormint

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Amol Palekar, Manav Kaul, Shikha Talsania, Girish Kulkarni
Produced by: Only Much Louder
After a lot of delays and the firing of original showrunner AIB's Gursimran Khamba and the eventual exit by Irrfan Khan, the much-awaited political satire is finally gracing us. The show is set to star Manav Kaul in the lead, replacing Khan along with Amol Palekar, Girish Kulkarni and Shikha Talsania in her digital debut.
Source: Amazon Prime

Mumbai Diaries 26/11

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Tina Desai
Directed by: Nikkhil Advani
After quite a few iterations of the infamous terror attacks of 26th November 2008, director Nikkhil Advani is set to bring his own tale of the horrors that befell on the people during that tragic event. Advani's story will be set around the terror attack that took place in Cama Hospital and boasts of a strong cast with Konkona Sen Sharma and Mohit Raina in the lead.
Source: Amazon Prime

Sons of Soil: Jaipur Pink Panthers

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Jaipur Pink Panthers
Produced by: BBC Productions
While not much detail has been released about this show, except that it is being produced by BBC productions, from the glimpses of what is out, we see the training and interviews with the owner, Abhishek Bachchan.
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Comicstaan Tamil

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Rajmohan Arumugam, Karthik Kumar, Praveen Kumar
Produced by: Only Much Louder
After their hilarious two-season runs, Comicstaan is now ready to hunt the country's finest Tamil comedian. Judged by three of the best Tamil comedians working right now, Rajmohan Arumugam, Karthik Kumar, and Praveen Kumar, this is definitely going to be a laughter-filled ride.
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Returning:

Mirzapur Season 2

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi
Directed by: Karan Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh
After a successful first season, the much-awaited second season of Mirzapur is back. After the events of the first season, fans have been waiting for a long time to go back to the world of crime and Kaleen Bhaiyya's empire.
Source: Amazon Prime

4 More Shots Please Season 2

Release Date: TBC
Starring:Sayani Gupta, Bani J, Kirti Kulhari, Maanvi Gagroo
Directed by: Nupur Asthana
The first season marked the beginning of an era of celebrating women for who they are, not who society thinks they should be. With 4 of the most amazing women in the industry, this show has set the boundaries for female-centric shows in India and is soon going to return for the second season. We can't wait to go back into the lives of these 4 friends once again.
Source: Amazon Prime

Breathe Season 2

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Saiyami Kher, Nithya Menon
Directed by: Mayank Sharma
Breathe Season 1 was a surprising breath (pun intended!) of fresh air with a convincing thriller and strong performances by Madhavan and Amit Sadh. The second season will mark the digital debut of Abhishek Bachchan and Sadh will be seen again in the role of Inspector Kabir. What will the second season be all about! We can only wait and find out.
Source: Amazon Prime

The Family Man Season 2

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi
Directed by: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
What more can we say about The Family Man that hasn't been said enough? A surprisingly funny action-thriller with Manoj Bajpayee in the lead that has some of the best one-liners, espionage, and family drama along with a roster of incredible supporting characters. Bajpayee, of course, delivers as usual but we all know the scene-stealer is Vedant Sinha as Bajpayee's son, Atharv.
Source: Amazon Prime

Inside Edge Season 3

Release Date: TBC
Starring: Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Aamir Bashir, Angad Bedi
Directed by: Karan Anshuman
Two seasons full of twists, turns and the fascinating world of cricket. Inside Edge is a force to be reckoned with and if the last two seasons were not enough for you, the third season has also been announced. Even though no other information is available but it is sure to not keep fans waiting for their third season, like it did with their second.
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