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Top 5 Indian Documentaries: Gripping Real Stories You Can't Miss on OTT Platforms

By magicpin

Updated - May 9, 20243 min read

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In the realm of storytelling, real-life incidents often outshine fiction, leaving a lasting impact on our minds. Indian documentaries, based on true events, have been making waves on OTT platforms, giving viewers an unfiltered glimpse into the country's diverse tapestry.


From heart-wrenching tragedies to triumphant tales of courage, these documentaries are a testament to the power of reality captured on screen.


1. "India's Daughter"



Director: Leslee Udwin

OTT Platform: Netflix

Synopsis: Released in 2015, "India's Daughter" delves into the infamous Nirbhaya gang-rape case, unraveling the societal attitudes and systemic issues that led to the tragic incident. Through interviews and testimonials, the documentary sheds light on the prevailing gender inequality and the need for change.



2. "The Act of Killing"



Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Synopsis: Available on Amazon Prime Video, "The Act of Killing" (2012) challenges conventions by allowing Indonesian death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass killings. A haunting exploration of guilt, this documentary blurs the lines between reality and representation.



3. "Fire in the Blood"



Director: Dylan Mohan Gray

OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar

Synopsis: Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar, "Fire in the Blood" (2013) exposes the dark side of the pharmaceutical industry, highlighting how Western governments and pharmaceutical giants hindered access to affordable AIDS drugs in Africa and India.



4. "Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai"



Director: Nakul Singh Sawhney

OTT Platform: YouTube

Synopsis: Available on YouTube, "Muzaffarnagar Baaqi Hai" (2015) provides a chilling account of the Muzaffarnagar riots in 2013. Director Nakul Singh Sawhney's unfiltered exploration showcases the deep-seated communal tensions that culminated in violence.



5. "The Forgotten Army"



Director: Kabir Khan

OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Synopsis: Streaming on Amazon Prime Video, "The Forgotten Army" (2020) directed by Kabir Khan chronicles the untold saga of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's Indian National Army. Set against the backdrop of World War II, the series highlights the sacrifices of those who fought for India's freedom.



 Whether it's advocating for change, uncovering uncomfortable truths, or celebrating unsung heroes, these documentaries are a must-watch for anyone seeking to understand the tapestry of India's journey.