At a time when it feels more challenging than ever before to keep track of every release within the ever-growing Indian streaming space, the bigger challenge still is finding out which releases are attracting the largest audiences. Streaming platforms are notorious for their lack of transparency, allowing them to quote numbers that are tough to verify. Enter media consulting firm Ormax Media which has began tracking viewership figures of the top releases across major platforms.
From brand new releases to older ones that are still going strong, here’s a list of the most-viewed shows and movies from the Indian streaming space during the week of October 25th -November 1st, 2020. (The following numbers are all estimates based only within India).
1) Mirzapur 2 – Amazon Prime
Views (Million): 16.8
Amazon Prime Video’s flagship drama starring Shweta Tripathi Sharma, Divyenndu, Pankalj Tripathi and Ali Fazal sees our favourite gangsters back to get their revenge on.
2) Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story – Sony LIV
Views (Million): 6.0
SonyLIV’s 10-episode series from director Hansal Mehta continues its run in the top 5 this week. Set in 80s and 90s Bombay it follows the true story of infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta, who single-handedly took the stock market to dizzying heights. The series examines his rags to riches rise to power and subsequent catastrophic downfall. The series stars Pratik Gandhi in the lead role with Shreya Dhanwanthary playing Sucheta Dalal, the journalist who first broke the scam.
3) High – MX Player
Views (Million): 2.3
An ensemble crime drama which follows a war between drug dealers and the police has an impressive cast including Akshay Oberoi, Prakash Belawadi and Ranvir Shorey.
4) Aashram – MX Player
Views (Million): 2.2
Despite releasing at the end of August, MX Player’s Bobby Deol-starrer from director Prakash Jha is still going strong. The social drama sees Deol play a God man within a wider cast which includes Chandan Roy Sanyal and Anupriya Goenka. The second season drops on November 11.
5) A Suitable Boy – Netflix
Views (Million): 1.9
Based on Vikram Seth’s 1500 page novel, this 6 part series set in 1951 follows a mother’s search for a suitable boy for her daughter as India gets ready for its first election. It stars Tabu, Ishaan Khatter, Tanya Maniktala, Rasika Dugal, Ram Kapoor among a cast that features more than 100 actors.