5 Hindi Crime Dramas That Give You North India Feels

5 Hindi Crime Dramas That Give You North India Feels

Crime dramas
By Sanjana Subramanian12 November, 2020 3 min read
5 Hindi Crime Dramas That Give You North India Feels

Crime dramas such as Money Heist and Breaking Bad are all well and good. But you’ve got to admit that Hindi crime shows set in north and central India or the largely Hindi-speaking belt, are just as good. The fast-paced action, the characters, the thrills, the drama….did we hear you say Mirzapur? If you’re still new to this genre, here’s where to start.


One of the most popular crime shows across streaming platforms today, Mirzapur is all about one throne and one title – the King of Mirzapur. With two action-packed seasons and an eclectic bunch of characters, the show centres around the illegal businesses and other crimes that take place in Mirzapur, helmed by Akhandanand Tripathi, aka Kaleen Bhaiya and his hot-headed son, Munna. A tale of revenge, lawlessness and more, this show is believed to showcase the rivalry and crime that prevails in Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh.
Creators: Puneet Krishna, Karan Anshuman
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Rasika Duggal, Shaji Chaudhary, Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgaonkar
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2020)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video


This Zee5 original is set in the 1990s in Gorakhpur. Based on the life of Gorakhpur’s most wanted criminal, Prakash Shukla, the show chronicles his life as first a DDU student and then a notorious criminal. It has Saqib Saleem, Jimmy Sheirgill, Gul Panag and Aahana Kumra among others. Rife with politics, mobsters, guns and more, this show was such a sensation that it was renewed for a second season, Rangbaaz Phirse, in 2019.
Directors: Bhav Dhulia, Sachin Pathak
Writer: Siddharth Mishra
Cast: Jay Joshi, Saqib Saleem, Jimmy Sheirgill, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gul Panag, Ravi Kishan, Sharad Kelkar, Ranvir Shorey
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Zee5


Another immensely popular show is Bhaukaal, which revolves around SSP Naveen Sikhera. The city is steeped in lawlessness by the time Sikhera joins as the new SSP. His only goal then is to rid the city of its many criminals and violent local gangs. With Mohit Raina in the lead, the show also features Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor and Sunny Hinduja.
Director: Jatin Sachin Wagle
Writer: Jay Bansal, Rohit Chouhan, Akash Mohimen, Jatin Sachin Wagle
Cast: Mohit Raina, Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor, Bidita Bag, Sunny Hinduja
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: MXPlayer


An MX Original series, this crime drama is inspired by real events that transpired in Purvanchal in the 1980s. The show is about corruption in the state government’s process of distributing tenders for public works. It spotlights the crime empire of Waseem Khan, who helms the tender mafia and who is challenged by Vijay Singh, a young criminal out for vengeance.
Director: Ritam Srivastav 
Sarvesh Upadhyay
Nikitin Dheer, Kranti Prakash Jha, Soundarya Sharma, Ronjini Chakraborty, Pramod Pathak
1 (2020)
Streaming on: MXPlayer


This crime drama (pictured above) revolves around a true story – that of a phishing scam that took place in the Jamtara district of Jharkhand. While this phishing racket is initially successful for the boys who kickstart it, things soon take a turn when a corrupt politician arrives on the scene, having sniffed out the scent of potential profits.
Director: Soumendra Padhi
Trishant Srivastava, Nishank Verma
 Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Aksha Pardasany, Sparsh Srivastava, Monika Panvar
1 (2020)
Streaming on: Netflix


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Tags: #Bhaukaal #Jamtara #Mirzapur #Raktanchal #Rangbaaz
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