Anthologies are all the buzz on the OTT. From Unpaused, Modern Love to Lust Stories, and the most recent Kaali Peeli Tales on Amazon Mini TV, the list is endless. Unlike a certain genre of web show or a film, anthologies offer a mix of themes, explore different emotions and attract a wider viewership. Here are 5 of the best anthology series of recent times that should be on your must-watch list:
Kaali Peeli Tales
Amazon Mini TV’s Kaali Peeli Tales is an anthology of six entertaining short stories capturing the essence of love, relationships and complexities of life in the city of Mumbai. The symbol of Mumbai, the iconic black and yellow taxis, is a common thread across among the tales in the series. The stories are titled as Single Jhumka, Love in Tadoba, Marriage 2.0, Fish Fry aur Coffee, Harra Bharra, and Loose Ends. The six unique narratives, featuring popular actors, Vinay Pathak, Gauahar Khan, Sayani Gupta, Maanvi Gagroo, Soni Razdan, Hussain Dalal, Sharib Hashmi, Priyanshu Painyuli, Tanmay Dhanania, Sadiya Siddiqui and Adeeb Rais, revolve around young, urban characters on the crossroads of change and acceptance.
Modern Love is an American romantic comedy series developed by John Carney, and is based on the weekly column of the same name that was published by The New York Times. With its two seasons streaming on Amazon Prime Video, the show introduces us to the many forms of love, including sexual, platonic, romantic, and self-love. This show is heart-warming, makes you smile as well as leave you teary-eyed.
This anthology film consists of four short film segments directed by Shashank Khaitan, Raj Mehta, Neeraj Ghaywan, and Kayoze Irani. Ajeeb Daastaans, available on Netflix, captures the complexities of troubled human relationships. The anthology features popular actors such as Konkona Sen Sharma, Aditi Rao Hydari, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Jaideep Ahlawat, Nushrratt Bharuccha, Abhishek Banerjee, and many others.
Unpaused is set during the coronavirus pandemic and showcases how different classes of society tackled it. This Amazon Prime Video exclusive anthology talks about life, moving on, second chances and fighting hard even when we face the worst. It brings five amazing directors together – Avinash Arun, Nitya Mehra, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nikkhil Advani and Raj & DK and features Gulshan Devaiah, Saiyami Kher, Komal Chhabria, Richa Chadha, Ishwak Singh, Sumeet Vyas, Lillete Dubey, Rinku Rajguru, Abhishek Banerjee, Geetika Vidya Ohlyan, Palash Prajapati, Ratna Pathak Shah and Shardul Bhardwaj.
Ray on Netflix is a four-episode mini web series created by Sayantan Mukherjee that features talented actors such as Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, Shweta Basu Prasad, Gajraj Rao, Kay Kay Menon, Harsh Varrdhan Kapoor, Radhika Madan, and others. Based on the works of the great Satyajit Ray, the series is directed by Srijit Mukherji, Vasan Bala and Abhishek Chaubey. The gripping storyline and amazing performances make this a thrilling watch.