Streaming platforms are notorious for their lack of transparency, allowing them to quote numbers that are tough to verify. Ormax Media, a media consulting firm, has began tracking viewership figures of the top releases across major platforms.
Here’s a list of the most-viewed shows and movies from the Indian streaming space during the week of March 8th, 2021 – March 15th, 2021. The numbers are all estimates based only within India.
1) 1962: The War In The Hills, Disney+ Hotstar
Views (million): 4.6
The 10-part show follows the backstory of soldiers who fought in the 1962 Sino-Indian War under Major Suraj Singh played by Abhay Deol. The cast also includes Sumeet Vyas, Akash Thosar, Mahie Gill, Meiyang Chang.
2) The Married Woman, ALT Balaji & Zee5
Views (million): 2.7
Based on Manju Kapur’s novel of the same name, this is a story of two women (Ridhi Dogra and Monica Dogra) who fall in love in 1990s Delhi that is frayed by anti-Muslim rhetoric.
3) Bombay Begums, Netflix
Views (million): 1.9
Bombay Begums is a 6-part series about 5 women at different stages of their life: Pooja Bhatt as Rani, the CEO of a bank, Shahana Goswami as Fatima, a senior staff at the same bank, Amruta Subhash as Lily, a bar dancer turned sex-worker, Plabita Borthakur as Ayesha, a junior staff at the bank, and Aadhya Anand as Shai, the 13-year old step-daughter of Rani.
4) Chakravyuh: An Inspector Virkar Crime Thriller, MX Player
Views (million): 1.8
Starring Prateik Babbar as the investigating inspector who tries to uncover a ring of people who drug, rape, record, and extort women. It released on the 12th.
5) Coming 2 America, Amazon Prime
Views (million): 1.5
A follow up to Eddie Murphy’s 1988 Coming To America this film takes place 30 years into the future in the world of Zamunda. Filled with meta-humour, this is a light comedy that props up the black aesthetic.