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Con movies and shows on OTT that will get you hooked to your screens

From Bunty Aur Babli to Matsya Kaand, here are some interesting movies and web series based on con artists and scams that you can binge-watch 

  • Akhila Damodaran

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Last Updated: 11.44 AM, Dec 01, 2021

Con movies and series

India has witnessed several conmen and scams. Stories of scams by con artists make regular headlines in the media. They devise an almost impossible plan, cheat their victim and disappear from the crime scene. Such stories have inspired several works in the Indian entertainment industry, leading to movies and now, web series being made on them. The dramas packed with action and comedy often make for an interesting watch. Here are some of the series and movies you can watch on OTT. So grab a bucket of popcorn and find your spot on the couch to binge-watch them.

Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story
The Harshad Mehta Story is a web series based on the 1992 stock market scam by the stockbroker Harshad Mehta. The series shows how many Indians lost their savings when the stock market crashed. The series is led by Pratik Gandhi alongside Shreya Dhanwanthary. It also has Satish Kaushik, Anant Mahadevan, Rajat Kapoor, K K Raina, Lalit Parimoo, Hemant Kher and Nikhil Dwivedi in pivotal roles. Upon release in October 2020, it became one of the most-watched series on SonyLIV. Directed by Hansal Mehta, the series helped Pratik rise to fame and even bag a lead role in a Bollywood film.
Bunty Aur Babli
A perfect fit as a masaledaar Hindi flick, Bunty Aur Babli is about two crooks, played by Abhishek Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, who even go to the extent of selling the Heritage Site Taj Mahal to a naïve tourist. Directed by Shaad Ali and Jaideep Sahni, the film marked the first on-screen collaboration of the Bachchan father-son duo. The film was the second-highest grosser of the year and won eight Filmfare nominations. The film was also remade in Telugu and has spawned a sequel, Bunty Aur Babli 2, which is currently running in theatres. The sequel stars Rani Mukerji, Saif Ali Khan, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sharvargi Wagh and Pankaj Tripathi.
Jamtara: Sabka Number Ayega
Directed by Soumendra Padhi, the web series is about a group of young men who run a full-fledged phishing operation in Jamtara, Jharkhand. The crime drama takes an exciting turn when a politician shows interest to be a part of the team and gets together to run the scam. Finally, a cop takes a plunge to fight them all. The series features Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Aksha Pardasany, Sparsh Shrivastav, Monika Panwar, Anshuman Pushkar and Aasif Khan.
Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar
The last directorial of Raj Kaushal, the series revolves around a group of friends who decide to create India's first fake bank. Inspired by real-life scams in the country, they devise a plan to get people to deposit money in their bank and run away with it. The series features Vicky Arora, Anuj Rampal, Shishir Sharma, Swati Semwal, among others. Motivated by love, greed and revenge, will they be able to successfully rob people and escape without getting caught?
Special 26
The drama starring Akshay Kumar is based on the real-life heist of March 19, 1987, where con artists posed as government officials and raided a jeweller in Mumbai. A great con movie, it is fun to watch how a whole group executes raids and goes on to steal expensive jewellery while they also dodge the police department. The film also stars Manoj Bajpayee, Kajal Aggarwal, Jimmy Sheirgill, Anupam Kher and Divya Dutta in lead roles. The film was well-received by the audience and critics alike and is considered one of the finest films of the year. The film was also remade in Tamil in 2018. It is called Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and it too opened to positive reviews. The film starred Suriya, alongside Karthik, Ramya Krishnan, Keerthy Suresh, Nandha, Kalaiyarasan, RJ Balaji, and Suresh Chandra Menon.
Matsya Kaand
The recent series stars Ravii Dubey, Ravi Kishan, Piyush Mishra, Zoya Afroz and Madhur Mittal amongst others in key roles. Directed by Ajay Bhuyan, the crime-thriller series will put in a dilemma of choosing between a genius conman and the cunning cop. They’re two sides of the same coin – smart, shrewd, and unafraid to break the rules. While Ravii Dubey essays the role of a charming con Matsya Thada, who uses his intelligence and aptitude to pull off these con jobs, Ravi Kishan plays his nemesis and brings alive the madness and tenacity of a tough cop. The two make the intense cat and mouse chase a thrilling watch.

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