Shows that rocked the OTT platforms last year
As the digital world continues to flourish, so does the landscape of our entertainment industry. The year 2023 witnessed an exceptional array of Bangla web series, with platforms like Chorki and Hoichoi presenting a range of captivating shows. 2023 has been a year of celebration of creative excellence, showcasing a blend of seasoned and emerging talent. From gripping narratives to powerful performances, these web series have not only captivated audiences but have also raised the standards of story-telling.
Here, we take a closer look at the top 5 Bangla web series of 2023, highlighting the reasons why they stood out and are worth watching.
Hoichoi series Mohanagar 2, directed by the visionary Ashfaque Nipun is more than just a sequel – it’s a series that pushes the boundaries of traditional story-telling. The series builds on its predecessor’s success, offering a more detailed narrative, brilliant acting, and thought-provoking themes. The cinematography of Mohanagar 2 is a visual feast and Nipun subtly employs the cityscape as a character – capturing the essence of urban existence and adding more depth to the plot. The ensemble cast, led by Mosharraf Karim, equally delivers exceptional performances that breathe life into the characters.
Mercules stands as a riveting addition to the Chorki web series lineup, directed by Abu Shahed Emon. This crime thriller, released in 2023, features well-known names in showbiz, including Sabila Nur, Zakia Bari Mamo, Iresh Zaker, and Aisha Khan, each delivering commendable performances. The actors bring their A-game, delivering performances that add depth to this complex narrative. The series explores the murky links between extra-judicial killings and issues like rape, skilfully blending elements of crime and suspense. The story’s pacing and plot twists keep viewers on the edge of their seats, making Mercules a series that both entertains and provokes thought.
Myself Allen Swapan
Shihab Shaheen’s Myself Allen Swapan, streamed on Chorki ranks third on this list, offering a gripping origin story set against the backdrop of the government’s 2018 crackdown on drugs. This series combines drama and suspense in a narrative that has resonated with viewers, evidenced by its record-breaking streaming numbers. The story-telling in Myself Allen Swapan strikes a delicate balance between suspense and emotional depth, arguably outshining its prequel, Syndicate (2022). The success of the series is testament to its ability to connect with the audience on multiple levels.
Buker Moddhye Agun
In fourth place is Buker Moddhye Agun, a series that explores the intertwined themes of romance and betrayal. Directed by Taneem Rahman Angshu, the narrative is centred around the mysterious death of a film actor and a 20-year-old cold case reignited by a viral video. The series is notable for its integration of real-life rumours and incidents related to the death of legendary actor Salman Shah, adding a layer of authenticity and emotional weight. The cast, including Ziaul Faruq Apurba, Yash Rohan, Abu Hurayra Tanvir, and Toma Mirza, delivers performances that are both powerful and poignant, making Buker Moddhye Agun a series that is as relatable as it is engaging.
Rounding off the list is the web series Internsheep, a witty and insightful look into the world of corporate internships. The latest addition to Chorki’s repertoire, directed by Rezaur Rahman, unravels the chaotic world of agency life through the lens of its protagonist, Shuvro, portrayed by Shommo Jyoti. Through the experiences of its protagonist, Shuvro, portrayed by Shommo Jyoti, the series unfolds the challenges, chaos, and comedy that ensue in a young graduate’s journey at AgenZ. The supporting cast, including Sarah Alam, Shampa Reza, and Morshed Mishu, adds to the narrative’s vibrancy, making Internsheep a satirical yet thought-provoking reflection of the professional world as seen through the eyes of its youngest members.