When it comes to Hindi TV series, Hotstar has a massive library of content from all the Star TV channels you usually watch through cable TV. However, some of the best Hindi TV series on Hotstar are the ones that have been produced as Hotstar Specials. Most of these TV shows are excellent, except for a few. We’ve listed the nine best Hotstar Hindi shows in this article for your viewing pleasure.
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Best Hindi TV series on Hotstar:
Editor’s note: We will keep adding to this list of the best Hindi shows on Hotstar as and when new ones are announced.
1. Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice is a Hindi TV series on Hotstar with an ensemble cast consisting of big Bollywood names like Jackie Shroff, Pankaj Tripathi, and Vikrant Massey. The thriller TV series follows almost the same plot as HBO’s The Night Of. It also shares its story with the first season of a 2008 BBC series named Criminal Justice. So in a sense, this is a Hindi remake of both of those shows. The Hotstar version of the TV series tells the story of Aditya (Vikrant Massey), a cab driver who has a one-night stand with his passenger Sanaya (Madhurima Roy). He spends the night at her place, but when he wakes up, he finds himself in a pool of her blood. Soon the cops pin Sanya’s murder on him, and it’s up to his lawyer Madhav Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi) to get him acquitted from the charges.
2. Special Ops
This is a Hindi espionage thriller on Hotstar that tells the story of a RAW agent (Kay Kay Menon) who believes that a single terrorist has perpetrated a series of terror attacks. He is under an official inquiry though, for his excessive use of government funds. The series unfolds as Menon describes how he selected and trained a number of special operatives to bring down the anarchist behind some of the biggest terrorist attacks in India and around the world. The eight-part show is a bit stretched, but Menon keeps the mood going and makes this an overall satisfactory watch.
3. Out Of Love
Out of Love is a five-part TV series on Hotstar based on BBC One’s Doctor Foster. It stars Purab Kohli and Rasika Dugal in lead roles of husband and wife duo Meera and Akarsh. The two are shown happily married until Meera finds a woman’s hair on Akarsh’s scarf. She starts sleuthing around to figure if Akarsh is having an affair with someone. When she finds out that he is indeed involved with someone, she falls into chaos and makes several bad decisions, only to come to a point where she must decide between forgiving, forgetting, or fighting with her better half. The TV series is extremely engaging and will pull you in with its fantastic performances.
This is a crime thriller Hindi TV series on Hotstar wherein a doctor’s family is taken hostage by four masked men a night before she’s scheduled to operate on a highly influential and powerful politician. She can either save her patient or her family, but instead, she chooses to take on her the tormentors and turns the tables on them. Hostages stars some pretty well-known TV celebs like Tisca Chopra, Ronit Roy, Parvin Dabas, Aashim Gulati, and Mohan Kapoor. The plot of this TV series is not something to write home about, but it’s fast-paced and keeps you at the edge of your seat right up till the end.
5. City of Dreams
This Hindi political drama on Hotstar has been created by Nagesh Kukunoor and is one of the best shows to watch on this list. The plot of the TV series is centered around a fictional political dynasty in Mumbai. An assassination attempt is carried out on the patriarch and one of the most influential leaders of this family, following which a power struggle begins between his daughter and son, blurring the lines between what’s moral and immoral. The show has some brilliant performances by lesser-known actors like Priya Bapat and Siddharth Chandekar. Meanwhile, it also casts well-known TV actors like Atul Kulkarni, Sachin Pilgaonkar, and Eijaz Khan in key roles. City Of Dreams will remind you of existing political dynasties in India, and we don’t even have to name them — you’ll get it when you watch the show.
This is the story of a happy, well-to-do family in Rajasthan that is rocked by the unexpected murder of its patriarch (Chandrachur Singh). It’s now time for the matriarch (Sushmita Sen) to take matters into her own hands and make sure her family survives the drug war it’s been forced into. She can’t trust anyone, not even her closest friends. Will she and her kids make it out alive? The nine-part thriller series is one of Hotstar’s best original productions. Yes, it can get a bit over the top at times, but watch it just for Sushmita Sen’s big acting comeback.
Want to lighten the mood? Then you should definitely check out PariWar on Disney Plus Hotstar. The comedy series follows a group of quarrelsome family members who gather in their hometown in hopes of inheriting a lucrative piece of land. Little do they know that the inheritance is but a ruse created by the family patriarch to reunite them and solve their petty differences.
8. Malgudi Days
Go all the way back to the 80s with Malgudi Days on Disney Plus Hotstar. The cult classic Hindi series is based on short stories written by famous Indian author R. K. Narayan. All the 54 episodes of the original series are now available to stream on Hotstar for those of you craving some nostalgia.
9. Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors
Hotstar’s ultra-popular courtroom drama Criminal Justice returned with a fresh installment in 2020. It’s a completely new story and not season two of the previous show with the same name. The plot of Behind Closed Doors revolves around a young woman named Anuradha Chopra who goes on trial for stabbing her seemingly perfect lawyer husband. Her case seems open-and-shut to many but years of marital abuse are behind her desperate act of self-preservation. Starring Pankaj Tripathi and Kirti Kulhari in the lead roles, this is a must-watch for fans of the legal genre.
So those were the best Hindi TV series you can watch on Hotstar right now. The options here are limited, but Hotstar also has a wealth of English TV shows to watch so you can get to them once you’re done going through this list.
Looking for more good Indian originals across other streaming platforms? Check out our list of the best Indian TV shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime.