Netflix emerged as the giant killer in the 21st century entertainment industry by slaying the video rental business and a then thriving cable TV subscription. The streamer has established an industry around subscription and streaming. But one of the key factors that makes Netflix a cultural phenomenon than a business model in the entertainment industry is the streaming platform’s localization drive. It has emerged emerged as a leading payer offering content for non-English speaking markets. Almost all the streamers have produced successful TV shows from countries like Brazil, Korea, South Africa, and India, among others. The localization strategy helps them to multiply the number of subscribers all over the world.
For a long time, Indians were in need of engaging television shows which would not be steeped in melodrama, and thus when shows like ‘Ghoul‘ or ‘Sacred Games‘ released, they quickly became staples in the lists of must-watch shows for Indians. The horror series ‘Typewriter‘, co-written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, is another important addition to Netflix’s body of original content from India. Following the recent success of ‘Stranger Things‘, this series uses child characters as its main protagonists, but the impact left on the audiences is hardly as all-encompassing as its American counterpart. The plot follows the four children who probe into the mystery behind a haunted house. But soon realize that they are out of their depth in handling the evil that lurks inside the house.
‘Typewriter’ is an interesting attempt by the director, but he is unable to create a long-lasting impact on the viewers. Tagged as India’s ‘Stranger Things,’ the five-episode series demands your patience to a great deal. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Typewriter’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Typewriter’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Ghoul (2018)
The second Indian original production from Netflix, ‘Ghoul‘ does manages to push the boundaries beyond the constraints of the conventional Indian television industry in terms of plot, budget, technical perfection, and stellar performances. The three-episode miniseries depicts a dystopic future where the entire country is ruled by a fascist government. Within this government’s structure, there is severe discrimination against religious minorities and books are banned as if they are narcotics. But as always, in the times of severe oppression, there’s always a counter force emerging in some form or the other.
The central character of the story is a bright young policewoman called Nida Rahim who at first takes to heart the preaching of the fascist government. Despite belonging to a religious minority herself, she is sworn to carrying out her duty no matter what under the fascist regime. Nida’s loyalty is severely tested when an infamous rebel is brought in for interrogation. The mysterious man unravels a violent dark force which can kill anything in its path. ‘Ghoul’ keeps the viewers on the edge of their seats with Patrick Graham’s brilliant direction and soundscapes. Moreover, the stellar performances of the lead actors, Radhika Apte and Mahesh Balraj, make the series a must watch. Set withing the confines of an army facility, the entire story unfolds during a single night of torrential rain and thunder. The setting adds a lot to the horror quotient of ‘Ghoul.’