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If 2016 was the year international online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon announced themselves in India with big-ticket acquisitions and critically-acclaimed shows, 2017 would have to go down as the year when the trend caught on with Indian companies.

This year, Indian OTT players like Hotstar, Voot and Alt Balaji have in more ways than one showed that they are ready to dig into this relatively new segment, armed with content worthy of satiating the new-age audience’s growing appetite.

Listed below are the top five shows from the Indian OTT industry that made a mark this year.

Inside Edge: Amazon Prime’s first Indian original series has set the bar high for Netflix and other entities looking to pr

Bose Dead or Alive: This project made a lot of headlines this year, particularly because of two people involved in it – Rajkummar Rao and Hansal Mehta.

Bose Dead or Alive gave OTT player Alt Balaji a much-needed boost after its the false start with Nagesh Kukunoor-directed Test Case, which has seen only one episode released so far.

Needless to say, Rajkummar Rao’s acting, along with some tout direction and suspense helped this show make quite the splash.

Laakhon Mein Ek: Adding to Amazon Prime’s India success in 2017 was Laakhon Mein Ek, a very refreshing take on the pressure faced by children from small cities and towns to enter the hallowed IITs.

Playing the role of Aakash, Ritvik Sahore followed up his acclaimed performance in in Dangal as Aamir Khan’s young nephew very well on the show. The series struck a chord with a large section of the audience and garnered rave reviews.

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai Take 2: Making a sequel of any cult show is always going to be a daunting task and no one would have realised it better than the makers of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, the cult half an hour daily show that was aired every Monday on the erstwhile Star One.

While the new show aired exclusively on Star’s OTT platform Hotstar and evoked a mixed response, there’s no denying that the show did bring out some nostalgia and viewers were immersed in the quirky world of the Sarabhais for 30 minutes a day.

Time Out: This series, which aired on Voot and starred Tahir Raj Bhasin and Sarah Jane Dias, is a quirky series about a urban couple.

The story is about a man, who while dealing with the pressures of a job and married life, along with the weight of expectations, decides to hit the pause button in life.

What appealed to the younger audiences was the refreshing take Time Out provided on marriage, which is otherwise a subject of great interest for people in nearly every age group.

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Netflix coming ‘Narcos 3’

Netflix has confirmed that Narcos will return for a third series 

Only the most hardened of binge watchers will have got through series two, which dropped last Friday.

Those 10 episodes followed the final months of drug lord Pablo Escobar’s life, with many thinking it would also mark the end of the show.

But the makers clearly feel there is more to tell. If you’ve got through to the end of series two, you’ll have had a clue the story would continue.

We remember what it was like when Netflix first started coming around with Narcos, its Pablo Escobar TV show. It seemed fun, then, and maybe a little dangerous. (Heck, maybe it was fun because it was a little dangerous.) In any case, it livened up the streaming service’s schedule, and made it more fun to talk about at parties. And sure, we rolled our eyes when Netflix renewed the show for season 2. We made snide little jokes to hide our nervousness about all this new Pablo paraphernalia. But it’s not like Netflix had a problem, or anything.

Now, Deadline is reporting that the service has ordered Surviving Pablo Escobarfor itself, meaning it might be time to confront the ugly truth: Netflix is addicted to shows about Pablo Escobar, and it has been for a while.

AIB to debut news comedy series on Hotstar and Star Network

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Star Network is gearing up to launch a new news comedy series by comedy collective AIB, called ‘On Air with AIB’, in October. The 20-episode show will be released on Star’s OTT platform Hotstar first, followed by weekend airing on Star World and Star Plus. Ten of the episodes will be in English and the remaining 10 in Hindi

When asked to comment on the series, Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, reluctantly said, “I am told that based on extensive, exhaustive research, AIB are considered mildly entertaining and we should give them a show on our network. I have complete faith that we will regret this in the months to come.”

Ajit Mohan, Head of Hotstar, added here, “We are sort of excited to bring AIB’s brand of mature humour to our platform. This may be the start of a new era of quality content in India, I am told. Janta hamein maaf karein (May the public forgive us)!”

Meanwhile, all four members of AIB had this to say, “We have no idea why anyone in their right minds would ask us to inflict our views on unsuspecting audiences. Also, we live in such a perfect country where everything is amazing and where the maddening, infuriating and often silly state of affairs is not a comedic goldmine, so why would you have us do news comedy? But we’re doing this because we want to see what it’s like to be on a show that requires us to put on pants.”

‘On Air with AIB’ will be a weekly series with English and Hindi episodes airing simultaneously on Hotstar on Thursdays and on Star World and Star Plus on Sundays. The series will cover themes of national and local interest.