Netflix versus Amazon Prime Video: Which Platform Offers a Better Option?
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Netflix versus Amazon Prime Video: Which Platform Offers a Better Option?

Be it Netflix’s Sacred Games or Amazon Prime Video’s Mirzapur, or many others, we list down some of the best films and series on the platforms and tell you which one is a better watch

While people still continue to flock to cinemas to watch some of the most-anticipated films, many are also heading towards digital streaming services as their primary form of entertainment. With affordable subscriptions and the comfort of being able to watch their favourite films and TV shows on the go, the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and several others have been very popular. Not only do these streaming platforms feature some good content from Hollywood, it has also a number of original productions. But like any other thing in the world, there is also a competition when it comes to which one is better streaming service. And while we may not be able to assess that properly, there are a few shows – from each platform – that you can replace with a better one from the other. Following is a list of some of the most popular shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and which one we think, is a better watch:

Sacred Games or Mirzapur?

Starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan and several others, Sacred Games revolves around the story of a con named Ganesh Gaitonde and how he calls a police officer, Sartaj Singh and asks him to save Mumbai within a matter of 25 days. Without giving any more hints, Sartaj needs to find Ganesh and get the details of what will be happening in the city – which he believes is going to be a terrorist attack. Sartaj along with a research officer, Anjali Mathur, finds out details of Ganesh and all the people who inspired him to become a con.

On the other hand, Mirzapur – much like Sacred Games – is also a crime thriller, but it revolves around the lawlessness of the town of Mirzapur. It shows the governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime that prevail in the UP district. Based on true events, the show features Pankaj Tripathi as the famous Kaleen Bhaiya along with Ali Fazal and Vikrant Massey as Guddu and Bablu Pandit – who get involved in smuggling and killing after getting into an argument with Kaleen bhaiya’s son – Munna.

While both the series are equally popular, Netflix’s Sacred Games is a better choice – but Mirzapur isn’t a bad watch either.

Four More Shots Please! or To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before?

Four More Shots Please! chronicles around the lives of four unapologetic women who have their own share of thick and thin of life but still somehow manage to empower each other. Damini Roy, the very successful journalist and start up founder is never stable in her personal life. Anjana Menon, a successful lawyer and a single mother who lands herself in trouble because she is jealous of her ex-husband’s romance with another woman. Umang Singh is a Punjabi gym trainer who is trying to make it through life after her family’s disapproval of her sexuality. Lastly, there is Sidhi Patel who tries to find out the true meaning of love under the constant interference of her mother.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before is an American teen romance film based on Jenny Han's 2014 novel of the same name. Lara Jean Covey is a high school student, who writes letters to all of her past loves but the letters are meant for her only. However, one fine day all the love letters she has ever written are sent out to her previous loves and her life is soon thrown into chaos when her foregoing loves confront her one by one.
We recommend switching on to Amazon Prime Video to enjoy the chick flick of the present times with Four More Shots Please!

Orange is the New Black or Girls?

Orange is the New Black aired its series finale earlier this year after a seven-year run. It’s comedy-drama created by Jenji Kohan based on Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. The show, like her book, talks about her experiences at a minimum-security federal prison. It also touches up on the lives of the other inmates, how they ended up at the facility and if or why they want to get out of it. Talking about rights of women, minorities and a whole lot more, Orange is the New Black is one show that is bound to make you laugh and cry, at the same time.

Girls is an American comedy-drama created by and starring Lena Dunham. It follows the lives of four young women living in New York City. Drawing inspiration from Lena’s life, aspiring writer Hannah is shocked when her parents tell her that they will no longer be able to support her financially. Left to her own devices, Hannah then makes it through her 20s, making one mistake at a time – along with her circle of friends.

We pick Netflix’s Orange is the New Black as it offers more intriguing storylines and much more thought-provoking material as compared to Girls.

Love Per Square Foot or Made in Heaven?

Love Per Square Foot is a romantic comedy starring Vicky Kaushal and Angira Dhar. It revolves around the story of Sanjay and Karina who try to find a house in Mumbai but are held back because of problems in their personal lives. Everything changes when Sanjay finds out about a joint housing scheme, and asks Karina to apply for the scheme with him. She agrees and what follows are a series of problems they face as they try to buy the apartment as an unmarried couple.

Made in Heaven chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan, two wedding planners running an agency named Made in Heaven. The show portrays today’s India as a blend of old and new where tradition works along with modern aspirations against the backdrop of Big Fat Indian Weddings. It is a telling series about human nature and greater social dynamics in Delhi and how that impacts personal lives of everyone involved – be it the couple getting married, their parents, or the wedding planners themselves.

We suggest watching Amazon Prime Video’s Made in Heaven as it shows how ugly beautiful weddings can get in a matter of seconds, and how despite all the trouble, wedding planners only try to make others’ lives better.

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By Shaheera Anwar
A multimedia journalist who keeps a keen eye on the latest happenings in the world of entertainment and often writes reviews along with opinion pieces on some of the most-talked-about debates