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Independence Day develops as a moment of reflection and joy amid the echoes of freedom and the heartbeat of a nation.
And what better way to honour the spirit of this day than to immerse yourself in a variety of web series that excite the soul and fan the flames of patriotism?
These aren’t simply anecdotes; they’re emotional experiences that transport us back to the sacrifices, challenges, and unwavering love we have for our homeland.
Grab a tissue box as the sky drapes itself with the colours of freedom, for we’re about to embark on an emotional rollercoaster with these captivating web series that capture the essence of India’s Independence Day.
The Family Man Season 1 and 2
The spy thriller series ‘The Family Man’ centres around Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee), who works for the National Investigation Agency. He must balance his covert function as an intelligence officer with the protection of his family from both his deadly job and terrorist threats. Srikant’s persona takes centre stage, balancing national security with the well-being of his family. For its fascinating storyline and spectacular action, the show, which has been accessible on Prime Video for two seasons, has received accolades from both critics and audiences. The popular series’ third season will be released soon.
‘Rocket Boys’ tells the incredible story of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha and Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, two extraordinary men who helped build India’s scientific future. The Sony Liv series dives into their profound friendship, tenacity, and selflessness, culminating in India’s maiden rocket launch. The show, starring Jim Sarbh, Ishwak Singh, and Regina Cassandra, depicts their trip through India’s formative years in science from the 1940s to the 1960s.
The second season, which premiered on March 16, 2023, continued to show their unusual lives as they navigated political upheaval and worldwide attention while working to make India a nuclear power. This moving documentary explores their friendship, sacrifices, and essential role in establishing India’s scientific and technological landscape.
‘Special OPS’ is a gripping espionage thriller inspired by true acts of terror in India, most notably the sad events of Mumbai 26/11, which occurred over a 19-year period. This series, which is available for streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, features a cast led by prominent performers such as Kay Kay Menon and Divya Dutta. Directors Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair are in charge of the creative direction.
The story centres around Kay Kay Menon’s portrayal of Himmat Singh, a RAW operative who embarks on a rigorous pursuit to unearth the truth behind the suspects implicated in the 2001 Parliament attack, in its first season. Himmat receives assistance from Vinay Pathak’s character, an aiding police officer. The series pulsates with high-stakes action, and the deep intricacies of the inquiry are portrayed elegantly through Pathak’s character.
Bard of Blood
The acts of an ex-IIW agent are central to the Indian spy thriller. The series, based on Bilal Siddiqi’s 2015 spy novel of the same name, stars Emraan Hashmi, Kirti Kulhari, Jaideep Ahlawat, and Sobhita Dhulipala. ‘Bard of Blood’ is a Netflix original film directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced by Red Chillies Entertainment. After a terrible mission, Kabir Anand (Emraand Hashmi), a former IIW agent, becomes a literature teacher in the show. When Indian intelligence personnel are kidnapped by the Taliban, Kabir is unwillingly asked to save them, setting in motion a gripping tale of intrigue, peril, and espionage.
Avrodh: The Siege Within
This captivating performance, adapted from a chapter of Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor’s gripping book ‘India’s Most Fearless,’ stars Amit Sadh and Neeraj Kabi. The series focuses on the seismic Uri surgical strike in September 2016, which was a watershed moment in history. The series, directed by the imaginative Raj Acharya, invites you to SonyLiv for an exclusive viewing experience.
Major Videep Singh, a stalwart Para SF leader, guides you through a highly exaggerated recreation of the Uri incident and its subsequent surgical strikes. The series, inspired by the chapter fittingly titled ‘We Don’t Really Know Fear,’ excites spectators with Amit Sadh starring in Season 1 and Abir Chatterjee starring in Season 2.
The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye
The ‘The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye’ series recounts the true events of Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA). The Indian National Army (INA) was formed from Indian soldiers who joined the Empire of Japan during WWII, and it featured the first women’s infantry regiment since the Russian units of 1917-1918. The story depicts their unrelenting fight for India’s independence, but their effort faded, leaving them as “the forgotten army.” The series, starring Sunny Kaushal and Sharvari Wagh, shines light on their sacrifices. It is available on Prime Video and depicts their struggle for Indian independence during World War II
1962: The War in the Hills
The film ‘1962: The War in the Hills’ depicts the Sino-Indian War, with 126 Indians defending against 3,000 Chinese troops. The series, directed by Abhay Deol and available on Disney+ Hotstar, dramatises their brave battle. Mahesh Manjrekar wrote and directed the film, which stars Abhay Deol, Sumeet Vyas, Rohan Gandotra, Mahie Gill, and Akash Thosar.
The show tells the story of genuine fights at Galwan Valley and Rezang La, where 125 Ahir troops defended against a 3,000-strong People’s Liberation Army. The series, which is based on historical events, depicts the bravery of 124 Indian soldiers led by Major Suraj Singh. They zealously defend Ladakh’s claim amid personal challenges and brotherhood.
Bhaukaal Season 1 and 2
‘Bhaukaal’ is a web series based on true events that takes place in Muzaffarnagar in 2003, when it was known as India’s crime capital. The plot follows a brave officer who embarks on a journey to cleanse the city, battling powerful locals and restoring the common man’s faith in justice. In this action-packed crime thriller, Mohit Raina takes the lead and delivers an enthralling performance. The series, which is available on MX Player, depicts the officer’s unrelenting pursuit of crime eradication and change, all while giving a vivid image of Muzaffarnagar’s grim reality.