Crime dramas, murder mysteries, thrillers, and crime documentaries are virtually always the most riveting and binge-worthy shows. These shows get you hooked right away, and are totally worth your time on a lazy weekend. With every passing day, the list of murder mystery and criminal drama series keeps getting bigger and bigger on OTT platforms. Wondering what you should watch this weekend? Here are some Indian crime dramas that you won’t be able to get enough of.
The crime drama Breathe is engrossing and gripping. It first aired on Amazon Prime in January 2018 and received a lot of positive feedback. Danny learns that his son Joshua's life is in jeopardy due to organ failure. As Joshua's health deteriorates, he vows to find him an organ donor by any means necessary. The series has a compelling plot that leaves us wondering how far you would go to save someone you care about. Breathe: Into the Shadows, the second season of the series starring Abhishek Bachchan, released in July 2020.
Aarya is a crime drama based on the Dutch drama series Penoza. The series on Disney+ Hotstar marked Sushmita Sen's comeback as well as her digital debut. After the death of her entrepreneur husband, Aarya pursues a career in the underworld to pay off debts. Sushmita dazzled the audience even more in the second season of the web series, which premiered in late 2021.
3. Delhi Crime
The much-acclaimed show Delhi Crime is based on the 2012 Nirbhaya case. The show resurrects the harrowing and raw memories of Nirbhaya's brutal rape and murder. It follows DCP Vartika Chaturvedi, played by Shefali Shah, as she leads the case despite constant media interference and political pressure. The show is available for viewing on Netflix.
4. Criminal Justice
Do you like crime suspense dramas? If yes, then Criminal Justice (season 1) is the perfect show for you. In Mumbai, Aditya works as a taxi driver. He picks up a lady passenger one day and spends the night with her. He wakes up the next morning in a pool of blood with the passenger's dead body nearby. He flees the scene of the crime but is apprehended and charged with rape and murder. The series delves into the nitty-gritty of criminal law and is available for viewing on Hotstar.
5. Paatal Lok
Paatal Lok is a crime drama series that premiered in 2020 to much fanfare. The plot of the series revolves around a man on a mission to solve a high-profile case in which a journalist's life may be jeopardised. Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Niharika Lyra Dutt, and Swastika Mukherjee play pivotal roles in the series.
6. The Raikar Case
The Raikar Case is a suspenseful criminal drama that promises to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. The series has a superb cast, with Atul Kulkarni, Kunal Karan Kapoor, Neil Bhoopalam, Ashwini Bhave, and Parul Gulati playing significant roles. Everyone is a suspect in the murder because of the unusual and intriguing family dynamics, which keeps you fascinated until the very end. The show has a good number of red herrings, which are important in constructing a compelling mystery. The show can be streamed on Voot Select.
Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari, Ram Kapoor, and Seema Biswas feature in key roles in the much-acclaimed Disney+ Hotstar series, Human. This medical thriller deals with several sensitive and dark themes, primarily focusing on drug trials and medical scams. Shah portrays Gauri Nath, as an ambitious and headstrong doctor willing to do anything for what she wants—including conducting illegal drug trials on people who may die as a result.
8. Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein
The series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein, starring Tahir Raj Bhasin, Shweta Tripathi Sharma, and Anchal Singh, was recently released on Netflix and was a big hit with the audience. The eight-episode thriller revolves around Vikrant (Tahir), Shikha (Shweta), and Purva's lives (Anchal). Purva goes to great efforts and employs a variety of strategies in order to be with Vikrant, who clearly does not want to be with her.
9. Rudra: The Edge of Darkness
Rudra – The Edge of Darkness is a fast-paced thriller set in Mumbai that digs into the minds of extremely brilliant criminals and the investigator who pursues them. While a singular storyline continues throughout the series, each episode in the series introduces a new challenge, depicting the tremendous personal cost DCP Rudra Veer Singh has to pay in order to pursue criminals and killers. Ajay Devgn, Raashi Khanna, Esha Deol, and Ashwani Kaleskar play significant parts in the series. The show is available on Disney+ Hotstar.