5 Best Thriller Series on Hotstar

Best Thriller Series on Hotstar

Looking for a great thriller series to binge-watch on Hotstar? Look no further! Here are five of the best options available right now. Whether you’re a fan of action-packed suspense or psychological thrillers, there’s something for everyone on this list. So get cozy and prepare to be entertained!

Here are our top picks for the best thriller series on Hotstar. Don’t miss out!

Special OPs

Special Ops is a thrilling Indian Hindi-language web series for Hotstar Specials created and directed by Neeraj Pandey, with credits from Shivam Nair serving as co-director. It stars Kay Kay Menon in his titular role of Himmat Singh – an agent from RAW who forms team five members to track down one person responsible for recent terror attacks across India.

Special Ops was released by Hotstar on 17 March 2020. The series got a positive response from critics, admiring the performances of the cast members, storyline, direction, technical aspects.

In 2010, Neeraj Pandey conceptualized the idea of a television series entitled “Aath,” which he later revived in 2019. The series was shot in various countries, including Turkey, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates.

Special OPS was released on March 17, 2020. It received positive reviews from critics, and it was nominated for various awards at the inaugural Filmfare Online Awards.

  • Total Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: S1=8, S2=4


Aarya is one of the best crime thriller series on Hotstar. Sushmita Sen and Chandrachur Singh have come back with a vengeance this time, after taking an extended hiatus from their roles as Aaryaa & Chander! The storyline follows our protagonist – heir apparent at a pharmaceutical company who’s married into a business dynasty that actually deals in opium; but when things turn upside down for them (as most do), she finds herself forced into action once again.

Aarya was initially slated to release on 29 March 2020, but it has been postponed. The series marked the comeback of Sushmita Sen, as well as her digital debut; it also garnered positive reviews from critics who praised its performance by actress-actors such that they nominated this film in several categories, including Best Actress – Female & Male Lead (Satyaraj) at Filmfare Awards OTT 2019 along with eight nominations total!

Aarya is a caring mother and loving wife, but she’s unaware of the illegal business being done by her husband in drug trafficking. After he dies under mysterious circumstances with only his family left to grieve for him. However, they were targeted by various syndicates that sought out revenge against them because of what was happening at home-Arya joined their ranks as queens seeking vengeance through violence on behalf of all those wrongfully murdered while taking care also managing three kids still left behind from previous relationships or abandoned as herself had been before hooking up.

  • Total Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: S1=9, S2=TBA


Directed by Sudhir Mishra, this crime thriller revolves around a surgeon played by Tisca Chopra. Her family is taken hostage the night before she’s due to operating on India’s Chief Minister, and it becomes clear that her patient must die if they want peace of mind for their safety from those who would see them dead- both within their own community as well as without; even going so far at one point in time where an outsider may think about taking over or assassinating what should be considered sacred ground: The operating room itself!

  • Total Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: S1=10, S2=12

Criminal justice

Before Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi began work on Mirzapur, they were seen on Hotstar Special Criminal Justice. It is among the underrated crime thriller shows on the streaming platform. It was also featuring Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka, and Mita Vashisht in pivotal roles.

This series follows a cab driver who experiences his worst nightmare when a passenger he picked up is later found dead. All the evidence points towards him, but he has no memory of committing the crime.

  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: S1=10

City of Dreams

City of Dreams is an Indian series directed by Nagesh Kukunoor, which is available on Hotstar on its new label Hotstar Specials from 3 May 2019. Starring Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Eijaz Khan, Siddharth Chandekar and Adinath Kothare. 

The idea for the show came from Rohit Banawlikar’s writer team member. They co-wrote an anthology to be used as a feature film. But as digital platforms grew in India, they started realizing that it would be scope for a series.

The conflict between the Gaikwad family, for whom politics and power have always been a way of life, is at its core. After an assassination attempt on one figure in particular who was loved by many but hated equally as much has powerful implications that will be felt far after their story ends.

Moral ambiguity brings about difficult decisions when dealing with this type of situation – what should one do if they know there’s some kind of deception happening right before them? City Of Dreams takes us deep into how people can sometimes find themselves caught up in terrible betrayals without even realizing it until afterward, while still others may be trying hard not to let those evils happen again so close around them!

  • Total Seasons: 2
  • Episodes: S1=10, S2=10
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