Recently, Ranbir Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor starrer – Tu Jhoothi Main Makkar – hit the theatres. And, given the success of Ranbir Kapoor’s earlier movies in the rom-com space – Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani and Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani to name a few – the movie hype is justified. But, unfortunately, Ranbir’s rom-com failed to live up to the hype!
The much-awaited rom-com opened to mixed reviews. As per Hindustan Times, “Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor’s problematic romcom is a montage of monologues. The funny parts are extremely funny, and the boring parts are intolerably boring in this Ranbir Kapoor-Shraddha Kapoor film directed by Luv Ranjan.” According to a famous critic – Film Companion – “Ranbir Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor star in romcom ruined by Luv, Sexism, and Dhokha.”
Indian Express called the movie boring! While reviewing the movie, the critic wrote, “The writers of Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar clearly didn’t get the memo on brevity being the soul of wit: the film drags on for two hours before it comes to the last twenty minutes, which is when the pace picks up.”
While few called the movie Paisa Vasool, there were some, who pointed out how the movie objectifies women in every disgusted manner! There were a few critics who felt that the movie lacks originality and freshness.
While Ranbir’s TJMM disappointed many, these hard-hitting OTT shows and movies of 2023 are the saving grace.
These unconventional OTT movies and shows are just a reminder of the power of good content. From Farzi to Gulmohar, here are 7 exemplary web series and movies of 2023 that you simply can’t miss.
1. Farzi | IMDb: 8.5
Shahid Kapoor made his digital debut with Farzi on Amazon Prime Video. The web series which also stars Raashii Khanna and Vijay Sethupathi, received a lot of love from fans and critics. The series had plenty of action, crime, scams, corruption, and dark humor. The series revolves around Shahid’s character who becomes the focal point of the world of fake currency and the black market. In case you haven’t watched it, then do stream it on Amazon Prime. We promise you won’t regret it. Wanna read Farzi reviews? You can read them here!
Where to watch Farzi: Amazon Prime Video | IMDb: 8.5
2. Minus One | IMDb: 8.5
The creators of this simple rom-com engage you so much that you would like to finish the whole series in one sitting. Simple, progressive, and retable, this show won’t leave you disappointed. Starring Ayush Mehra and Aisha Ahmed, the show tends to shatter many relationship assumptions.
In Minus One: A New Chapter, you can watch Varun and Ria deal with several brand-new difficulties in their relationship in an unconventional way. In case you haven’t watched it yet, then don’t forget to stream it on Lionsgate as creators have strived hard to shatter clichés with a fresh theme: forever isn’t always.
Where to watch Minus One: Lionsgate Play | IMDb: 8.5
3. Taaza Khabar | IMDb 8.2
Finally, the famous YouTuber Bhuvan Bam gets his own web series – Taaza Khabar. Many critics lauded Bhuvan’s attempt of reinventing himself beyond self made fictional characters.
Playing the lead role of a worker at a public toilet, he accidentally acquires the power to know about any news in advance. Along with Bhuvam Ban, the show also stars Shriya Pilgaonkar, Shilpa Shukla, and Deven Bhojani. In case you haven’t watched the show yet, you can stream it on Disney+Hotstar.
Where to watch Taaza Khabar: Disney+Hotstar | IMDb: 8.2
4. Gulmohar | IMDb: 8.0
Gulmohar is an intriguing and emotional family drama starring Manoj Bajpayee, Simran, Suraj Sharma, and veteran Bollywood actress Sharmila Tagore. The movie received great reviews from critics as well as fans. Wanna read Gulmohar reviews? You can read them here!
The plot revolves around the Batra family, who decides to move into their new home, which is situated in another city. How this family handles this emotional decision and moves forward in life is what makes this movie so special. Amol Palekar plays a significant role in the film, which is directed by the very talented Rahul Chittella.
Where can you watch Gulmohar?: Disney + Hotstar | IMDb: 8.0
5. The Romantics | IMDb 8.0
Consider switching things up from your normal TV and movie offerings. If so, The Romantics on Netflix is the ideal documentary series for you. It pays homage to well-known director Yash Chopra and his studio, Yash Raj Pictures, which has been making movies for 50 years.
Where can you watch The Romantics?: Netflix | IMDb: 8.0
6. Mission Majnu | IMDb: 7.2
Starring Sidharth Malhotra and Rashmika Mandanna, Mission Majnu is a spy thriller set in the post-1971 era. The movie received great reviews from critics as well as movie buffs. The movie revolves around undercover spy Majnu who tends to destroy Pakistan’s plan to initiate a nuclear attack on India. In case you haven’t watched it yet, you can watch it on Netflix.
Where can you watch Mission Majnu: Netflix | IMDb: 7.2
7. The Night Manager | IMDb: 7
Starring Aditya Roy Kapur and Anil Kapoor, this show is an adaptation of the popular English TV thriller series of the same name, starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Colman. We must say definitely the original has a much wider fan following, but the remake also doesn’t disappoint you.
The series, which is based on John le Carré’s novel, follows the story of an ex-military man who is determined to bring down the arms dealer who killed his dear one.
Where to watch The Night Manager: Disney+ Hotstar | IMDb:7
Which one was your favorite? Tell us in the comments below.