Disney+ Hotstar has an extremely diverse collection of movies and web series, catering to the interests of different subscribers. It also houses some pretty bold content, handling sensitive and taboo topics — themes encompassed in shows that are of global and Indian origin. Here is a list of the boldest and the hottest shows on Disney+ Hotstar, curated by us for you.
1. Out of Love
Based on Doctor Foster by Mike Bartlett, the Indian television series Out of Love was created by Hotstar under the banner of Hotstar Specials. Rasika Dugal and Purab Kohli play the leading roles in this Tigmanshu Dhulia and Aijaz Khan production. On November 22, 2019, Hotstar hosted its debut. The show was renewed for a second season, the first two of which premiered on April 30, 2021, and the last episode of which aired on May 21, 2021.
2. The Empire
The Empire is a Nikkhil Advani and Mitakshara Kumar produced web series based on the Alex Rutherford novel series Empire of the Moghul for Disney+ Hotstar. On August 27, 2021, Disney+ Hotstar aired the series’ debut. The first season of the show premiered to generally positive reviews, with compliments for the graphics, settings, costumes, and acting of the main cast, as well as criticism for several scenes with inadequate VFX. Shabana Azmi’s portrayal of San Dawlat received particularly positive reviews.
Based on the 2008 British television series of the same name, Criminal Justice is an Indian Hindi-language crime thriller legal drama web series on Hotstar Specials. It was written by Shridhar Raghavan and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Furia. The tale follows people as they through a heartbreaking journey through the criminal justice system with Pankaj Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka, and Mita Vashisht as the key characters. On 5 April 2019, Criminal Justice was shown on Hotstar. Critics gave it a favourable review, praising Tripathi, Massey, and Shroff’s portrayals of the three main characters. The second season of Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, which debuted on Disney+ Hotstar on December 24, 2020, was confirmed by the show’s creators in February 2020.
The American medical drama television programme Grey’s Anatomy made its midseason debut on ABC on March 27, 2005. The show centres on the lives of surgical interns, residents, and attendings as they advance to more experienced physicians while juggling their personal and professional ties. The phrase “Gray’s Anatomy” is a reference to Henry Gray’s well-known textbook of the same name, which was originally printed in London in 1858. The series’ pilot was created by Shonda Rhimes, who also wrote for it up until 2015. The current showrunner is Krista Vernoff, who previously collaborated with Rhimes. Along with Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, Rob Corn, Mark Wilding, Allan Heinberg, and most recently, Ellen Pompeo, Rhimes served as one of the project’s executive producers. Grey’s Anatomy has been lauded worldwide for its portrayal of various taboo issues and the brave content it produces, and is one of the boldest shows on Disney+ Hotstar.
It is a comedy-drama mystery thriller show that stars an ensemble star cast including Steve Martin, Martin Short, Selena Gomez, Maryl Streep, and Cara Delevingne. This show will give you a chance to take out your magnifying glasses and become a ‘home detective’. It shows the story of a residential building where three quirky residents group together to solve the mysterious deaths occurring in their building. It is a different kind of dark comedy with a pinch of mystery- a must-watch!
It is an American drama miniseries about an Indian immigrant Somen ‘Steve’ Bannerjee who starts and runs a successful male revue that turns into a widespread cultural phenomenon. It is a biographical black comedy created by Robert Siegel. It will take you on a bold and hot ride inside that magical and somewhat surreal world that Steve has created- a bold empire where men expose themselves and for a change- shine more than women do in strip clubs!
This indigenous US show, tells the story of 4 indigenous teenagers belonging to the rural part of Oklahoma who steal, robe, save, and do a lot more to survive. They have dreams of eloping to the mysterious and happy places of California and fighting with the druggists from the junkyard to move past them. The story is narrated in the boldest and most ruthless manner.
Sushmita Sen made her debut on OTT with this show which created a buzz on its release. The show which has got a good IMDb rating of 7.8/10 shows the story of a woman who gets entangled in crimes and now has to turn her life upside down to save herself and her family. This crime thriller drama is compelling in every way- it got a good response and reviews from the viewers as well as critics. For a bold crime thriller with hidden trusts and twisted fates- this is a perfect watch!
Starring fine actors like Shefali Shah, and Kriti Kulhari in lead roles- this medical thriller drama seeps deep inside the drug and medical scams and scandals that the common world is not aware of. It shows the merciless world of drug testing where poor humans are put under new drug trials and there is a whole nexus of pharma companies, govt officials, and large private hospitals involved. The show will take you to a dark and bold reality of the treatment world to knock your socks off! This 10 episodes long show has a gripping storyline and definitely worth watching.
All these shows, though enlisted under the boldest shows category on Disney+ Hotstar are extremely different from one another and encompass diverse themes. From crimes to sex, exploitation, and social issues, all these shows are incredibly potent in their own right. We assure you that they will all draw you in and keep you hooked with their amazing plots. We hope this list helps you to find new favorites or gives you something to watch over the weekend.