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Best Indian political dramas to watch online

Vaibhavi | OTTplay

Vaibhavi | OTTplay
May 14, 2021

Political dramas are most definitely a risky project, but they could make for a great storyline if done perfectly. In recent years, with the popularity of online platforms, the political drama genre has garnered interest among the viewers. With new and interesting political content coming out on OTT platforms, political dramas make for thrilling content.

From corrupt leaders and assassination attempts to conspiracies and what-not, new-age Indian political dramas bare it all. While the tally of Indian political dramas is low, the numbers are growing swiftly, attracting more audiences. Here’s a shortlist of some entertaining Indian political dramas to watch online

1
Tandav
3.3OTTplay Rating
Set in the national capital, Tandav gives an insight into the back doors of politics and power and the extreme lengths people stoop down to in their chase to power. With excellent performances by a star-studded cast featuring Saif Ali Khan, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Kritika Kamra, Dino Morea and others, this drama marks the digital debut of director Ali Abbas Zaffar. This drama will grab your attention with interesting twists and turns.
2
Queen
9.3OTTplay Rating
Directed by Ramya Krishnan, the fictionalized story of Queen chronicles the life of Shakti, a character who bears striking resemblance to Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J.Jayalalitha. The story records the life and struggles of Shakti right from her childhood, from emerging as a state topper in academics to her becoming a superstar in the Tamil film industry and then ultimately going on to become the youngest Chief Minister of the state. Queen is a story of a strong-headed woman fighting for her destiny.
3
City of Dreams
8OTTplay Rating
This politically charged ten-episode series is directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. Set in Mumbai and New Delhi, the story encapsulates the family feud within the Gaikwads after an assassination attempt on Mumbai’s most influential and polarizing political leader. A fight to take charge of the political party, this thriller offers entertainment of all sorts. Exploring the themes of gender, violence, politics and sex trade, City of Dreams is worthy of a binge-watch.
4
Dark 7 White
8.2OTTplay Rating
The story of Dark 7-White revolves around the death of a young privileged politician all set to become the Chief Minister, followed by a pool of conspiracies and suspects for his murder including his close social circle. Loosely adapted from Shweta Brijpuria’s novel Dark White, the 10-episode series is a compelling ride. The show features web star Sumeet Vyas. His cathartic presence on screen and in voiceovers, make up enough reasons to watch this show.
5
Paatal Lok
8.3OTTplay Rating
In the first instance, Paatal Lok is a dangerous chase between a haggard cop and a wanted criminal, but the chase is a gambit planned by two corrupt and powerful politicians and the web of commanders that follow them. These include the police and journalists who work towards keeping the media and public away from the dirty secrets of their political party. The show uncovers the filth and lust for power running through the political realm, spitting out dirty secrets, which makes it an interesting watch.
6
Sacred Games
8.8OTTplay Rating
Netflix’s first Indian original, Sacred Games is credited with increasing the popularity of Indian web shows. An intricate cop-and-criminal chase story, Sacred Games is dark, grim, bold, emotional and thrilling, but also funny. It showcases the dirty politics that goes on behind the doors to keep politicians afloat. Coming from a pool of powerhouse talents like Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover, Sacred Games, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saif Ali Khan in the lead roles, is one series you shouldn’t miss.
7
Mirzapur
8.2OTTplay Rating
Revolving around an iron-fisted mafia don, Akhandanand Tripathi (played by Pankaj Tripathi) and his illegal business empire, Mirzapur is a gut-punching thriller. Revelling the interdependent relationship between crime and politics, the show is heavy-handed in its depiction of the close ties between the two realms. Hilarious dialogues, exceptional performances and a catchy background score make Mirzapur a perfect watch.
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