One of the few good things this year has been the top notch quality of television. While we were locked down at home, streaming platforms delivered content that enriched our minds and made us forget, brief, the tough times we were passing through. One of the platforms that gave viewers a pleasant surprise was the newly revamped SonyLIV.
It transformed from being a platform that catered primarily to sports enthusiasts, into one that offered a slate of noteworthy content. In June 2020, SonyLIV entered the original content space with Your Honor, a crime thriller starring Jimmy Sheirgill. Soon after, a series of shows followed such as Undekhi, Avrodh, JL50 and Scam 1992, which has been one of the most popular shows of the year. Recently, the platform also began streaming an original sketch comedy series, Uncommon Sense with Saloni, featuring comedian Saloni Gaur.
Here’s a look at six SonyLIV shows we enjoyed in 2020.
SonyLIV’s very first original was a thriller. The son of a reputed judge from Ludhiana is involved in a hit-and-run case. To save his family, Bishan Khosla, who is a righteous judge, must subvert the law and in doing so, begins to make some serious mistakes. Read our review here.
Creator: E Niwas
Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Pulkit Makol, Mita Vashist
When a police officer is killed in the Sunderbans, DSP Barun Ghosh comes to investigate, but discovers that the two prime suspects have vanished. Soon, all hell breaks loose and it’s up to DCP Ghosh to bring the criminals to justice. Read our review here.
Creator: Ashish R. Shukla
Cast: Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Harsh Chhaya, Surya Sharma
Steeped in a shroud of mystery, JL 50 is about a flight that took off from Kolkata in 1984, but crashed only in the year 2019. It’s up to CBI Officer Shantanu to discover what happened to the plane in all these years. Read our review here.
Creator: Shailender Vyas
Cast: Abhay Deol, Pankaj Kapoor, Ritika Anand
‘Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story’
Set in the 1980s and 1990s, this popular show (pictured above) tells the story of stockbroker Harshad Mehta and the securities scam he ran that rocked the nation when it was uncovered. While showcasing what happened, the show, directed by Hansal Mehta, also lets you decide whether Harshad Mehta was really a criminal or just a victim. Read our review here.
Creator: Hansal Mehta
Cast: Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Chirag Vohra, Hemant Kher, Faisal Rashid
‘Uncommon Sense with Saloni’
With a different theme running across each episode, this refreshing new offering on SonyLIV features comedian Saloni Gaur who highlights topics revolving around typical middle-class family life. At the same time, each episode sheds some light on current affairs, albeit through a humorous lens.
Creators: Prem Mistry, Sachin Negi
Cast: Saloni Gaur, Shubham Gaur
‘A Simple Murder’
A dark comedy, this show revolves around a debt-ridden guy Manish, who meets a corrupt pandit and is mistaken for a contract killer. Manish is then given the task of killing a politician’s daughter because she has eloped with a Muslim man. All of these misunderstandings soon culminate in the wrong person ending up dead. Read our review here.
Creator: Sachin Pathak
Cast: Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub, Priya Anand, Amit Sial