Bhashak, State v/s Ahuja to Scoop; Here’s a List of Must-watch Dramas That Dive Deep into Hard-Hitting Cases

In a world filled with endless entertainment options, some stories stand out for their gripping narratives and impactful themes. From riveting courtroom dramas to intense crime scene investigations, these series and films delve into hard-hitting cases. They not only entertain but also educate and raise important questions about justice, morality, and human behaviour.

Whether you’re a true crime enthusiast or simply looking for a thought-provoking watch, these titles are sure to keep you hooked.

Bhakshak

“Bhakshak” is a gripping crime thriller film on Netflix, produced by Gauri Khan and starring Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, Aditya Srivastava, and Sai Tamhankar. The story revolves around Vaishali, a journalist, who uncovers a dark secret at a shelter home where young girls are being abused. Despite facing threats to her family, Vaishali is determined to expose the truth. With the help of a courageous girl named Sudha and a supportive police officer named SS Jasmeet Gaur, she fights against the powerful perpetrators. The film highlights the importance of standing up against injustice and fighting for what’s right.

State v/s Ahuja

“State v/s Ahuja” on Watcho Exclusives is a gripping web series that follows Bollywood superstar Ansh Ahuja, accused of a serious crime by his maid. The show takes viewers on a thrilling journey of crime investigation and courtroom drama, with surprising twists and turns. As the story unfolds, viewers are kept guessing about Ansh’s guilt and the truth behind the accusations. With a talented cast including Ashmit Patel, Jaswinder Gardner, Sarika Singh, and Anurekha Bhagat, “State v/s Ahuja” promises suspense, excitement, and a gripping storyline.

Dahaad

“Dahaad” on Prime Video is a gripping web series created by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar. Set in Mandawa, Rajasthan, the series inspired by Mohan Kumar (Cyanide Mohan), follows sub-inspector Anjali Bhaati’s investigation into the mysterious disappearances of twenty-seven women. Uncovering a pattern, she suspects a serial killer at large. With time running out, Anjali races against the clock to catch the culprit and uncover the truth. Starring Sonakshi Sinha, Gulshan Devaiah, Vijay Varma, and Sohum Shah, this eight-part suspenseful series promises unexpected twists and turns.

Scoop

“Scoop” is a gripping Netflix series created by Hansal Mehta and Mrunmayee Lagoo Waikul. Starring Karishma Tanna, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, and Harman Baweja, the story follows Jagruti Pathak, a crime reporter who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of another journalist. Accused of using her underworld connections to eliminate her rival, Jagruti must fight to prove her innocence. Based on the true story of Jigna Vora, as told in her memoir “Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days in Prison,” the series delves into the complexities of crime, journalism, and the pursuit of justice.

Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai

“Sirf Ek Bandaa Kaafi Hai” is a gripping courtroom drama directed by Apoorv Singh Karki and starring Manoj Bajpayee. Based on true events, the film follows lawyer Adv. PC Solanki’s relentless fight for justice for a minor victim over five years. As the case progresses to the Session Court, witnesses face threats from the culprit’s henchmen. Despite challenges, Adv. PC Solanki remains resolute in his quest for justice. Watch this compelling story on Zee5, witnessing one man’s unwavering pursuit of truth and his courageous battle against powerful forces to ensure justice prevails.

Delhi Crime

“Delhi Crime” on Netflix is a gripping police series featuring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, and Rajesh Tailang. Based on the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, the series tracks the journey of South Delhi’s DCP Vartika Chaturvedi as she establishes a specialized team of officers to pursue the six perpetrators, all while contending with inadequate infrastructure, bureaucratic hurdles, and escalating public scrutiny. With powerful performances and a compelling plotline, “Delhi Crime” offers a captivating portrayal of crime, investigation, and resilience. It’s a must-watch for fans of engaging and thought-provoking dramas.

Bhaukaal

“Bhaukaal” is a gripping crime drama series on MX Player directed by Jatin Wagle. Starring Mohit Raina, Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor, Bidita Bag, and Pradeep Nagar, the story follows Naveen Sikhera (played by Mohit Raina), newly appointed Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), as he confronts the rampant crime in the city. Assigned to a troubled area ruled by two notorious gangs, Sikhera takes on the challenge to restore law and order, even as he faces resistance from within the police force. Inspired by the real-life encounter specialist Navniet Sekera, “Bhaukaal” offers a thrilling portrayal of one man’s fight against organised crime.

Jaswinder Gardner REVEALS what made her say yes to the Watcho Exclusives series State v/s Ahuja

Actress Jaswinder Gardner, known for her roles in Ready, V for Victor, and Missing, recently portrayed the role of Divya Ahuja, the wife of Ansh Ahuja (played by Ashmit Patel), in the Watcho Exclusives series State v/s Ahuja. The actress has now revealed insights into her character and what made her say yes to being a part of the series, which is streaming on Watcho.

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Sharing deets on her character Divya, Jaswinder said, “I play the character of Divya Ahuja, Ansh Ahuja’s wife in the Watcho Exclusives series State v/s Ahuja. So, Divya’s life changed after marriage. In one scene, she describes how she went to college, fell in love, her dream was to help Ansh fulfil his dream, and after marriage that became her priority. All she wanted was for him to achieve everything he dreamed of, always standing by his side. She also had to adjust to his stardom, which involved more betrayal, affairs, and mistreatment than she ever expected. She thought she would always be the one he would be with, so it all came as an unexpected shock to her.”

Revealing what convinced her to be a part of the series, “Divya’s character has a lot of range; she is a wife who undergoes turmoil when her husband is accused of a heinous crime such as rape. Her happy-go-lucky life suddenly goes haywire; it’s in bits and pieces. I liked the characterization and the character arc, which is challenging to play, but it also allows me to perform as an artist, to show my potential as an actor. So, I wanted my audience to see my potential, and I signed up for the role without any second thoughts. Also, it’s an intense thriller, which usually interests viewers. Plus, I got the opportunity to work with a fantastic team.”

State v/s Ahuja delves into the life of Ansh Ahuja (Ashmit Patel), a Bollywood superstar whose world is rocked by scandal when his maid accuses him of rape. As the narrative unfolds, viewers are immersed in a captivating realm of suspense, investigation, and courtroom theatrics, where unexpected revelations keep them on edge. The series poses a gripping question: Did Ansh truly commit the alleged crime, or is there a darker conspiracy lurking beneath the surface? Produced by Suresh Thomas under the banners of Crescendo Films and Amicable Crew, the show boasts an ensemble cast, including Anurekha Bhagat, Sarika Singh, Swapnil Ralkar, Apeksha Verma, Drishti Patil, Manish Jaitley, Arjun Krishna, Vicky Baidyanath, and Harsh Gautam. This Watcho Exclusives series is streaming on Watcho.

5 reasons you shouldn’t miss State v/s Ahuja on Watcho Exclusives

Watcho Exclusives, the leading OTT platform from Dish TV India Limited, recently launched the gripping thriller web series ‘State v/s Ahuja,’ marking the return of Actor Ashmit Patel after a brief hiatus. Directed by Tarun Chopra, ‘State v/s Ahuja’ narrates the captivating tale of Bollywood superstar ‘Ansh Ahuja’ facing rape accusations from his maid.

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The series is streaming on the Watcho App and is receiving immense adulation from viewers. If you haven’t yet tuned into Watcho Exclusives to watch the series, here are 5 reasons that will compel you to watch it right away!

1. Ashmit Patel Returns: After a self-imposed brief hiatus, Ashmit Patel is back on screen, and he’s bringing his A-game. Known for his captivating performances, Patel’s return promises to add depth and intensity to the series. His portrayal of Ansh Ahuja will certainly keep viewers hooked from the first episode.

2. An insight into an Actor’s Life: The series gives an insight into the world of actors. It delves into their personal and professional struggles, the relentless rumours that surround them, the controversies they navigate, and the intricacies of balancing the perks and pitfalls of public life. With State v/s Ahuja, viewers will get a deeper understanding of the sacrifices, triumphs, and complexities that shape an actor’s journey in the spotlight.

3. Intriguing Plot Twists: State v/s Ahuja isn’t your typical courtroom drama. With unexpected twists and turns at every corner, the series keeps viewers guessing until the very end. From shocking revelations to complex character dynamics, there’s never a dull moment.

4. Powerhouse Cast: With a talented ensemble cast, including Ashmit Patel, Jaswinder Gardner, Anurekha Bhagat, Sarika Singh, Swapnnil Ralkar, Apeksha Verma, Dristi Patil, Manish Jaitley, Arjun Krishna, Vicky Baidyanath and Harsh Gautam, the performances in State v/s Ahuja are top-notch. Each actor brings their character to life with authenticity and depth, making the story even more gripping.

5. Thought-Provoking Themes: Beyond its thrilling plot, State v/s Ahuja explores thought-provoking themes of justice, power, betrayal and humanity. Through its compelling storytelling, the series prompts viewers to reflect on important issues while keeping them entertained.

New Series ‘State v/s Ahuja’ marking Ashmit Patel’s on-screen comeback

Mumbai: Watcho Exclusives, the leading OTT platform from Dish TV India Limited, has unveiled its first original series of 2024 – ‘State v/s Ahuja’. The enthralling thriller series marks the return of Actor Ashmit Patel after a brief hiatus. Directed by Tarun Chopra, ‘State v/s Ahuja’ narrates the captivating tale of Bollywood superstar ‘Ansh Ahuja’ facing rape accusations from his maid. The series is exclusively available on the Watcho App from February 9, 2024, onwards.

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The story follows Ansh Ahuja (Ashmit Patel), a Bollywood superstar embroiled in controversy after being accused of rape by his maid. As the plot thickens, viewers are drawn into a riveting world of suspense, investigation, and courtroom drama, where unexpected revelations keep them hooked. With evidence pointing in different directions, the audience is left to question Ansh’s innocence amidst a web of deceit and conspiracy. The series poses the compelling question: Did Ansh truly commit the crime, or is there a sinister conspiracy at play? With each episode, the suspense deepens, keeping audiences on the edge of their seats until the final revelation.

Over the years, Watcho has delighted viewers with a diverse range of exclusive series spanning various genres such as ‘Oh My Wife!’, ‘Luck Shots’, ‘Aarambh’, ‘GillHarry’, ‘Explosive’, ‘The Morning Show’, ‘Manghadant’, ‘Avaidh’, and ‘Jaunpur’, among others. The OTT App is now gearing up to celebrate its fifth anniversary in 2024 and promises to captivate audiences with a new lineup of original series.

Mr. Sukhpreet Singh, Corporate Head of Marketing at Dish TV India Ltd, said, “We are excited to introduce our latest Watcho Exclusive series, ‘State v/s Ahuja’. This marks our first major release of 2024, setting the stage for an exhilarating year ahead. ‘State v/s Ahuja’ will captivate viewers with its compelling narrative, intriguing characters, and unexpected twists. At Watcho, we are committed to bringing you engaging content that resonates with viewers from all walks of life. As we continue to evolve and grow, we are dedicated to delivering quality entertainment that not only engages viewers but also leaves a lasting impact.”

Actor Ashmit Patel, who plays the titular role of Ansh, said, “I’m thrilled not only to return to the screen after a brief break (during which time I’ve been working on my music production and doing my DJ gigs) with such an intriguing concept. ‘State v/s Ahuja’, a Watcho Exclusives series, delves into complex themes and keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The character of Ansh offers a depth and complexity that immediately intrigued me. As an actor, I’m always drawn to roles that push boundaries and provoke thought. ‘State v/s Ahuja’ offered me exactly that opportunity. It allowed me to challenge myself in new ways. When I read the script and the character details, it felt like the perfect project to break my self-imposed hiatus, and without a second thought, I went for it. Now that the series is streaming on Watcho, I can’t wait for viewers to experience this suspenseful story with me.”

‘State v/s Ahuja’, produced by Suresh Thomas under the banners of Crescendo Films and Amicable Crew, features an ensemble cast including Jaswinder Gardner, Anurekha Bhagat, Sarika Singh, Swapnil Ralkar, Apeksha Verma, Drishti Patil, Manish Jaitley, Arjun Krishna, Vicky Baidyanath, and Harsh Gautam.

Immerse yourself in the gripping story of ‘State v/s Ahuja’, exclusively on Watcho, to unravel the truth behind the allegations and the unexpected twists that emerge.

From Aarya: Antim Vaar Part 2 to State v/s Ahuja: 9 Releases You Can’t Afford to Miss on February 9th!

Aarya - Antim Vaar

Forget Friday the 13th; it’s all about Friday the 9th now! Why? Because on February 9th, 2024, nine films and series are hitting OTT platforms. From Sushmita Sen concluding the ‘Aarya’ series with ‘Antim Vaar’ to Ashmit Patel’s return with Watcho Exclusives ‘State v/s Ahuja’, to Bhumi Pednekar’s exploration of shocking tales from India’s heartlands in ‘Bhakshak,’ and the uproarious laughter of the second instalment of ‘Khichdi,’ the OTT landscape offers a diverse range of offerings. This promises an exciting week brimming with entertainment to keep you engrossed and enthralled.

Get ready for a 9-9 fever with nine must-watch releases on the 9th that will keep you entertained and engrossed.

Aarya: Antim Vaar Part 2

Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

Date: 09th February

Prepare for an electrifying conclusion as Aarya returns in the second part of its third season, titled Aarya: Antim Vaar, streaming exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar from February 9. Crafted by the visionary Ram Madhvani, this instalment promises to be the ultimate showdown as Sushmita Sen reprises her role as the formidable Aarya. Amidst family dynamics and business intricacies, Aarya navigates through a maze of challenges, leading to a climactic confrontation. Joining Sen are an ensemble cast including Ila Arun, Sikandar Kher, Indraneil Sengupta, Viren Vazirani, Vikas Kumar, Maya Sarao, Geetanjali Kulkarni, and Vishwajeet Pradhan, ensuring a riveting viewing experience.

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State v/s Ahuja

Platform: Watcho

Date: 09th February

State v/s Ahuja is a gripping web series that follows the story of Bollywood superstar Ansh Ahuja, accused of rape by his maid. As the plot unfolds, unexpected twists and turns lead to a suspenseful journey of crime investigation and courtroom drama. Viewers will be hooked as evidence surfaces, hinting at a shocking revelation. The series raises the question: Did Ansh truly commit the crime, or is he a victim of a sinister conspiracy? Featuring a talented cast including Ashmit Patel, Jaswinder Gardner, Sarika Singh, Anurekha Bhagat, and others, this Watcho Exclusives series promises suspense, intrigue, and a riveting storyline that will keep audiences glued to their screens. Binge on State v/s Ahuja exclusively on Watcho from February 9th, 2024.

Bhakshak

Platform: Netflix

Date: 09th February

Inspired by true events, Bhakshak is set in rural Bihar and revolves around the ground reality of crimes against women in the state. The movie is a fictionalised version of the alleged sexual abuse of minor girls that took place in a shelter home. Revolving around the journey of an unwavering woman’s quest to seek justice and her perseverance in getting a heinous crime to light, a struggling local journalist begins a dogged investigation into harrowing cases of abuse being covered up at a shelter for young girls. With its intriguing plotline, this OTT release should definitely be on your list, featuring Bhumi Pednekar, Sanjay Mishra, and Sai Tamhankar.

Khichdi 2: Mission Paanthukistan

Platform: Zee5

Date: 09th February

Gather your family for a weekend of laughter with the latest OTT movie directed by Aatish Kapadia, starring Supriya Pathak Kapur, Rajeev Mehta, Anang Desai, Vandana Pathak, and Jamnadas Majethia. Follow the uproarious journey of Praful (Rajeev Mehta), an ordinary man thrust into the role of king in the whimsical land of Paanthukhistan, tasked with saving the world from destruction. However, his eccentric family ensures that chaos ensues, leading to a series of comically disastrous situations. Don’t miss out on the chance to bond over this delightful cinematic escapade filled with laughter, heartwarming moments, and unforgettable antics.

Lantrani

Platform: Zee5

Date: 09th February

Lantrani” on Zee5 takes you on a soul-stirring expedition as three national award-winning directors unite to unveil emotional narratives from the heartland of India, offering nuanced tales of anguish and resilience.”, the latest anthology film, is a collaborative effort of Gurvinder Singh, Kaushik Ganguly, and Bhaskar Hazarika, featuring their independent films – “Dharna Mana Hai,” “Hud Hud Dabang,” and “Sanitized Samachar” – all unified under the umbrella of ‘Lantrani’. Each film within the anthology offers a glimpse into the absurd realities of rural life, promising to captivate audiences with its authenticity and depth. Don’t miss out on adding this compelling cinematic experience to your binge-watch list.

Guntur Kaaram

Platform: Netflix

Date: 09th February

“Guntur Karam” marks Mahesh Babu’s 28th leading role film. The story revolves around Guntur Karam, a notorious underworld figure, who experiences a transformative journey after developing feelings for a journalist determined to uncover illegal activities. Providing a refreshing alternative to Bollywood releases, the film explores political intrigue, family drama, and personal vendettas spanning 25 years. As hidden truths come to light and loyalties are challenged, the narrative builds towards a gripping climax set to premiere on Netflix on February 9th.

Puppy Love

Platform: Lionsgate Play

Date: 09th February

Starring Lucy Hale and Grant Gustin, this heartwarming tale follows wild-child Nicole and socially anxious Max as they endure a disastrous first date, leading them to mutually agree to erase each other’s numbers. However, fate intervenes when they discover that their dogs are expecting puppies. Forced into the unexpected role of co-parents, Nicole and Max embark on a journey of responsibility that unexpectedly leads them to find love in each other’s company. Join them on this charming adventure and watch as their bond grows amidst the chaos of puppy parenthood. Perfect for a cozy movie night with friends or that special someone, this film promises to warm hearts and leave you with a smile.

Ashes

Platform: Netflix

Date: 09th February

The story follows a wealthy married woman on a quest to find the mysterious man mentioned in a book she had read. However, as she embarks on an affair with him, she is confronted with formidable choices that ultimately shatter her life irreversibly. From an intoxicating fantasy to a perilous affair, “Ashes” delves into the complexities of desire and consequence, promising a riveting viewing experience.

A KILLER PARADOX

Platform: Netflix

Date: 09th February

A Killer Paradox, adapted from Kkomabi’s Naver Webtoon of the same name, introduces viewers to a young man whose mundane existence takes a dramatic turn when he inadvertently kills a serial killer. As the situation escalates, a relentless detective becomes entangled in the case, piecing together evidence to uncover the truth. When one accidental killing begets another, an average college student finds himself ensnared in an endless cat-and-mouse pursuit with a cunning detective who stops at nothing to apprehend him. In this gripping tale of unintended consequences, the lines between predator and prey blur as a man who accidentally eliminates a serial killer faces off against a determined detective in a high-stakes game of wits and deception.