Mirzapur Vs Rangbaaz and other Webseries

Rangbaaz web series

Rangbaaz is a ZEE5 Original web series that was released in December 2018. It is set around in the 1990s in the village of Gorakhpur, India. Series 2 was released in the following year, December 2019.


Rangbaaz web series is a biopic of Shri Prakash Shukla (Shiv Prakash in the series) who is a hardcore criminal in northern India, Uttar Pradesh. He is supported by two powerful politicians- criminals. It is the story of a 25- year old who gets sucked into the big bad world of organized crime supported by the two politicians.

  • Jimmy Shergil
  • Gul Panag
  • Ranveer Shorey
  • Ravi Kishan
  • Saqib Saleem
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia
  • Sushant Singh
  • Mohammad Zeeshan
  • Ayyub
  • Director: Bhav Dhulia

Both the seasons did well, with 90% of the google users liking the web series.

“Rangbaaz is a Masterpiece, one definitely which the makers would be proud of for some time to come and justifies its IMDb 9.4/10 rating.” Shivam Kumar Gupta, Content Writer

“After Kaleen Bhaiya’s Mirzapur and Gaitonde Bhau’s Sacred Games, finally comes a web series on an Indian ganglord who actually existed”  Jayant Shilanjan Mundhra, Movie lover!

“Binge-watching worthy gangster drama with a difference” aggarwalm-5927923 Dec 2018

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Mirzapur is an action crime thriller web series on Amazon Prime which was released in November 2018. It is set in the village of Mirzapur, U.P


The plot revolves around the life of 2 brothers who after becoming friends with the son of a mafia don become a part of a world full of violence and drugs.

  • Pankaj Tripathi
  • Vikrant Massey
  • Ali Fazal
  • Shweta Tripathi
  • Shriya Pilgaonkar
  • Rasika Dugal
  • Harshita Gaur
  • Divyendu SharmaKulbhushan Kharbanda

Mirzapur did phenomenally well with 95% of the google users liking it.

The critics have given it mixed reviews.

Indian Express considered it “a washed-up Anurag Kashyap universe that is trying too hard to please longtime Kashyap loyalists” and that “the show tries to surprise the audience with some anti-climactic twists in a few scenes but you can already see them coming”

Rahul Desai of Film Companion rates it 3.5/5, calling it “a choppy but fearless crime epic.”

Rohan Naahar of the Hindustan Times, rating it 2/5, calls it “a needlessly violent Anurag Kashyap rip-off has the maturity of an ill-mannered teen – loud, obnoxious and aimless”, saying it’s “a show without a moral center, which is problematic – not only ethically, but narratively. Without a single character to latch on to, the show is left with no option but to revel in the violence, which is often needlessly over-the-top.”

Paatal Lok Web series

It is an Amazon prime action crime series that was released in May 2020. It is set in contemporary times with a storyline that keeps you guessing till the end.


The plot revolves around an inspector who gets caught up in an assassination attempt by a prominent news editor. In the event of finding out the suspects, he comes across a most wanted serial murderer. The storyline is engaging and keeps you guessing what will happen next. It keeps you on the edge of the seat till the very end.

  • Jaideep Ahlawat
  • Gul Panag
  • Neeraj Kabhi
  • Swastika Mukherjee
  • Ishwak Singh
  • Abhishek Bannerjee
  • Director: Avinash Arun and Prosit Roy

82% of the google users liked this show.

Anurag Kashyap tweeted that Paatal Lok is “the best crime thriller to come out of this country, “adding that “It comes from the understanding of Real India. The dark heart of India, the communal and casteist India”

Filmstars Manoj Bajpayee and Alia Bhatt praised the show and the acting on twitter.

Paatal Lok is intelligently written, fast-paced, and engrossing, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. – Shubhra Gupta (Indian Express)

Aarya Web series

Aarya is a Hotstar original that was released on 19th June 2020. It is a crime thriller set in Rajasthan, which has Sushmita Sen as its protagonist.


The storyline seems to be predictable in the beginning however as the series unfolds it becomes more and more intriguing. The plot revolves around Sushmita Sen who is ready to do anything for her three kids. The series starts with a happy setting where everything seems normal and hunky-dory.  However, underneath the normal façade emerges the workings of the drugs mafia.

  • Sushmita Sen
  • Chandrachur Singh
  • Sikander Kher
  • Ankur Bhatia
  • Namit Das
  • Created by- Ram Madhvani

53% of the google users liked the show

“A slick and enjoyable web series”- Indian Express

“Sushmita Sen makes an impressive comeback as a drug lord, Disney+ Hotstar delivers rare goodness”- Hindustan Times

Aarya is Refreshingly Gripping Sans the Same Old Profanity Template-  Ratnam Singh, A Writer

Criminal Justice

It is a crime thriller web series which is a Hotstar original. It was released in April 2019.


The series is set in Mumbai. It involves an innocent man who gets framed in the murder of a woman. It is based on a BBC series Criminal Justice by Peter Moffat.

  • Pankaj Tripathi
  • Vikrant Massey
  • Jackie Shroff
  • Anupriya Goenka
  • Mita Vashisht
  • Pankaj Saraswat
  • Rucha Inamdar
  • Madurima Roy
  • Directed by- Tigmanshu Dhulia and Vishal Fulia

‘Criminal Justice’ Web Series Review: Vikrant Massey starrer better than ‘Sacred Games’- freepressjournal.in

Hotstar’s latest ‘special’ relies on its actors to do the heavy lifting. Fortunately, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, and especially Jackie Shroff, are tremendous. Rating: 3.5/5.Hindustan Times

“Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi make it worthwhile” -timesofindia.indiatimes.com

“Criminal Justice is engaging, though at times we wish the pace picked up. It is a welcome change from the otherwise so-called ‘gritty’ shows that are currently streaming”- Indian Express.

These are some of the crime thrillers on various web platforms. In my opinion, all are riveting and engaging, though my personal favorite is “Paatal Lok”. All these shows depict crimes that are shown in a very realistic manner and the viewer doesn’t remain passive but gets involved in the storyline and finds it hard to stop seeing the show till its completion. Be it Hotstar or Amazon Prime, both keep churning out criminal thrillers that keep you hooked on till the very end.

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