The platform of OTT saw a big boom with a lot of the noted and popular Bollywood personalities doing well in the year 2022. The medium of web has been the most sought-after platform for the best content and creative satisfaction. The year 2022 has been a big buzz and the various OTT streaming platforms have flourished!! In our IWMBuzz.com Year-Ender story, we bring forward to our readers, our list of the ‘Most Popular OTT Stars of 2022. Check below.
Abhishek Bachchan: Dasvi (Netflix) and Breathe: Into The Shadows 2 (Amazon Prime)
The time has finally come for Abhishek Bachchan to reap the rewards of his hard work. He has been unstoppable this year, with him roaring like a King in the Tushar Jalota-helmed social comedy film Dasvi that launched on Netflix. In the role of Ganga Ram Chaudhary, his endeavours to study and move on from being called ‘aathvi pass’ chief minister were engaging to the core. While the first half of 2022 belonged to Abhishek Bachchan’s Dasvi, the second half of the year totally belonged to his characters Avinash Sabharwal and J in Amazon Prime’s Breathe: Into The Shadows Season 2. Season 2 of the extremely well-received web series turned out to be a big hit, with Abhishek winning rave reviews for his all-the-more complex characters and their executions.
Ajay Devgn: Rudra: The Edge of Darkness (Disney+ Hotstar)
Ajay Devgn was yet another popular Bollywood personality who made inroads for the first time on the web medium. His psychological thriller Rudra: The Edge of Darkness which launched on Disney+ Hotstar was huge for the actor. In the role of DCP Rudraveer Pratap Singh, Ajay Devgn ensured that he went to all the extremes possible to give a towering portrayal. And the result is in front of you all!! He was simply loved as Rudra.
Amit Sadh: Duranga (ZEE5) and Breathe: Into The Shadows 2 (Amazon Prime)
He continued to have a steady and successful march in the medium of OTT in 2022. He had two releases, in ZEE5’s Duranga and Amazon Prime Video’s Breathe: Into The Shadows 2. Though he was not much seen in the first season of Duranga, the story and plot revolved around his character. Also, his character of Sammit Patel is surely to make inroads in the next season. Of course, the Season 2 of Breathe: Into The Shadows 2 had Kabir Sawant in action again. And he was superlative in fighting the case of Avinash Sabharwal.
Arunoday Singh: Apharan 2 (Voot Select) and Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein (Netflix)
This actor never fails his audience!! He was back as Rudra Shrivastava in Apharan 2 on Voot. This time, Rudra and his escapades abroad won bigger laurels and appreciation. The fans of Arunoday Singh received a double whammy this year, as he had an impactful special appearance in Netflix’ series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein. His character as a contract killer only got bigger in the climax of Season 1. Surely Arunoday will be back in a bigger manner in Season 2.
Ishwak Singh: Rockey Boys (Sony LIV)
This Paatal Lok fame actor has grown leaps and bounds in the challenging roles that the medium of the web offers him with every project. In the role of Vikram Sarabhai in the recently launched Sony LIV series Rocket Boys, Ishwak packed a punch. He has received rave reviews for his masterclass performance. He has a lot of good work and challenging roles up his sleeve that will truly win him more laurels in the time to come.
Jitendra Kumar: Panchayat 2 (Amazon Prime Video)
As Abhishek Tripathi in Panchayat, Jitendra Kumar has delivered a top-notch performance. The first season appeared in 2020, and amid bigger expectations, season 2 was launched this year in 2022. Jitendra Kumar was beyond all expectations in the amazingly scripted comedy-drama series created by The Viral Fever for Amazon Prime Video.
Naveen Kasturia: Pitchers 2 (ZEE5) and Breathe: Into The Shadows 2 (Amazon Prime)
The actor has won rave reviews for both of his releases this year. While his portrayal in the TVF series Pitchers 2 was well-anticipated, his portrayal in the off-beat role of Victor in Breathe: Into The Shadow 2 came as a very pleasant surprise. Naveen won all the limelight he could for both of his outings, thus making him one of the sought-out actors on the OTT platforms in the year 2022. These two roles were as different as chalk and cheese, and this brought out the brilliance in him as a performer.
Rohit Saraf: Mismatched 2 (Netflix)
Rohit Saraf’s effervescence as a performer lingered on in the year 2022. The young actor has flourished leaps and bounds in the last few years and he is certainly on the rise as a celebrity actor. In Mismatched 2, he took his portrayal of Rishi Shekhawat to another new level. This coming-of-age romantic drama series on Netflix was appreciated in Season 2, just like how it was in its first season.
Suniel Shetty: Dharavi Bank (MX Player)
Suniel Shetty emerged as the ‘ultimate’ Thalaivan in his first OTT launch. Dharavi Bank the gangster drama series on MX Player brought out a never-seen-before avatar in the sincere performer Suniel Shetty. As Thalaivan, the actor roared like never before, creating huge impacts. We are certainly going to see more of Suniel in the content to come on the OTT platform.
Tahir Raj Bhasin: Looop Lapeta (Netflix) and Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein (Netflix)
The year 2022 also belonged to the young performer Tahir Raj Bhasin. He gave a very heart-warming and emphatic portrayal as Vikrant Singh Chauhan in the Netflix series Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein. His innocence in love, and aggressiveness to get out of the tangled situation that he found himself in, were key highlights of Tahir’s performance in the series. His comic endeavour as the leading boy opposite Taapsee Pannu in Looop Lapeta further enhanced his versatility.
Vijay Varma: Darlings (Netflix)
Vijay Varma’s extremely impactful performance as the alcoholic who beat his wife, in the Netflix film Darlings, continues to give us goosebumps even today, when we recollect our watching experience. That’s the impact that Hamza Shaikh provided. Extremely adept in his portrayal, while being abusive as well as the victim, Vijay and his capabilities as an actor were watched, observed and talked about widely with Darlings.
These were our picks on the ‘Most Popular OTT Stars 2022’. Now, you pick your favourite.