The Best of Netflix in 2023: Curating the Top 10 projects on the streaming service that made a splash
What a year it has been for content, and especially for a streaming giant like Netflix
Published: Monday,Dec 18, 2023 17:45 PM GMT-07:00
Best of Netflix 2023
What a year it has been for content, and especially for a streaming giant like Netflix! One of the leaders in the OTT space, 2023, has yet another great year for them as it went on to produce and present some of the best content. What began with Trial By Fire in January 2023 continued on, and only a few days ago, saw the Zoya Akhtar directorial, The Archies, in December 2023 and will be ending the year with Kho Gaye Hum Kahan next week. However, this piece rounds up some of the best local and international shows and films that made a splash in India-
Trial By Fire
Trial By Fire
Trial By Fire is a gripping Netflix series recounting the tragic Uphaar Cinema fire of June 13, 1997, in South Delhi, where 59 lives were lost and 100 others were injured. The heart-wrenching narrative follows Neelam and Shekar Krishnamoorthy, parents who endured the devastating loss of their children in the incident. Led by showrunner and director Prashant Nair, the series vividly depicts the parents’ relentless pursuit for justice amid the aftermath of the catastrophic incident. The honest, brilliant and sensitive depiction of the story, backed up by outstanding performances from the cast landed Trial By Fire accolades and high praise from audiences and critics alike.
In Sex Education's fourth and final season, Otis and Eric embark on a fresh chapter at Cavendish Sixth Form College, encountering a mix of nerves, laughter, and emotional highs. The season unfolds against the backdrop of evolving relationships and personal growth, marked by a global turn as Maeve pursues her dreams at Wallace University in the US. The series bids a poignant farewell, leaving fans with a blend of love, laughter, and the exploration of both new and enduring connections.
The Hunt For Veerappan
The Hunt For Veerappan
For 17 years, Koose Munisamy Veerappan, India's most wanted criminal, confessed to 132 murders, the killing of 2000 elephants, and high-profile abductions. The Hunt for Veerappan is a documentary-style exploration of his life, detailing the challenges faced by two state governments in capturing him amid public ambivalence and the state's determined efforts. Offering a unique perspective on his life, the series delves into Veerappan’s roles as a husband, father, and leader, presenting insights from those close to him—his wife, family, and gang members. The ominous music, skillfully integrated and appreciated for enhancing the series' gripping tone, contributes to its captivating appeal, making it a standout exploration of one of India's most notorious figures.
The captivating series inspired by Jigna Vora’s book- ‘Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days In Prison’, weaves the compelling narrative of a seasoned female journalist accused of a shocking murder alongside a notorious sharpshooter, a nefarious bookie and underworld kingpin Chhota Rajan. As she awaits trial, the truth is suppressed and buried. The series dominated India's Top 10 for nine weeks but also resonated globally, captivating audiences in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and beyond. The audience loved the well-crafted show, and the media praised it for revealing an unfamiliar side of their world, creating a strong connection with their experiences. Along with marvellous audience reviews, the show went on to win several big honors at multiple award functions.
Never Have I Ever
Never Have I Ever
The final season of Never Have I Ever takes the high school show to new heights, blending hilarity, awkwardness, and relatability. Devi and her diverse crew bid farewell to typical boy drama, embracing a rollercoaster of emotions, classic Devi tantrums, and unexpected revelations. As a global fan-favourite, it not only captures the Indian-American teenage experience but also creates a relatable bridge for teens worldwide, introducing them to the chaotic charm of desi teenage life!
Under the direction of Sujoy Ghosh, Kareena Kapoor Khan steps onto the digital stage with a captivating debut in Jaane Jaan. She embodies the role of a resilient single mother navigating a web of crime. Enter Jaideep Ahlawat, portraying her neighbor, a brilliant math teacher with an unexpected talent for unraveling mysteries and offering an equation of support. Meanwhile, Vijay Verma, in the role of the determined cop, relentlessly pursues the truth, delving into the shadows and revealing a complex tale where neighborly bonds and the pursuit of justice collide.
Guns & Gulaabs
Guns & Gulaabs
Picture this: scene after scene of complete chaos and humour blended together with intersecting storylines and some hilarious performances. That’s what Raj & DK’s perfectly crafted series, Guns & Gulaabs is all about! A gangster comedy at its helm and a visual delight peaking in 90s nostalgia - from ice chuskis to PCO booths and audio cassettes, Guns & Gulaabs is the ultimate ride through the retro era. Put this together with quirky characters, sassy one-liners, unimaginable plot twists and a catchy soundtrack throughout, and it’s a recipe for a hit series - one that has won the hearts of audiences and made its way to the global trending charts!
Crafted by creators Sudip Sharma and Randeep Jha, the critically acclaimed and multi-award-winning cop drama, Kohrra, explores the darker facets of love and intricate relationships. Set in the heartland of Punjab, this Hindi-Punjabi mystery series is adorned with robust plots, unexpected twists, and intricate character dynamics, unfurling its narrative slowly yet meticulously. Breaking away from clichés, it prioritizes a compelling script over conventional star power, offering an atmospheric and beautifully realized viewing experience.
A critic and audience favourite, Kaala Paani is set in the year 2027 and unveils a gripping tale as a mysterious disease shrouds the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, leading to a quarantine that forces islanders into an unprecedented challenge—escaping the Kaala Paani. This first-of-its-kind survival drama explores the breathtaking landscapes of the archipelago, weaving a narrative filled with drama, suspense, and thrilling character journeys. Along with being called out for its unique storyline, the series also stood out and justified the portrayal of a post-pandemic world. Kaala Paani captivated viewers with its compelling storyline and engaging character developments and emerged as the ideal binge-watch.
The Railway Men
Netflix and YRF Entertainment marked the beginning of their creative partnership with The Railway Men, a four-episode limited series inspired by true stories. It portrays the indomitable spirit of humanity and heroism set against the backdrop of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. The story had the viewers emotionally moved, garnering immense appreciation for its depiction of the disaster from a completely different lens, celebrating the selfless act of the railways’ employees who went beyond their duties to save lives. Audiences have lauded the terrific performances by Kay Kay Menon and Babil Khan.
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