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Sakal Times
Friday, 13 July 2018

Some shows have a great plot and some have a stellar cast. Let’s take a look at shows that have both

While a good script is essential to a valuable storyline, an even better and bigger cast ensures that the script is executed well. Contrary to the belief that a massive cast breeds confusion, it rather brings a new dimension to the storyline and gives the viewer a chance to explore the possibilities or loops in the storyline. It adds perspective and feeling to a story that would be incomplete if focused solely on one character. It helps to mitigate the risk of the character overpowering the actual story. 
Here’s a list of some shows that absolutely kill it with a wonderfully huge cast and a riveting storyline:

Game Of Thrones

Considering that a lot of people die on the show, it’s no surprise that the brutal show is packed with a stellar cast. Each character therefore is fleshed out for viewers to feel genuine pain (or in most cases a mild heart attack) when a character is killed off. In Game Of Thrones, it is also supremely essential to the storyline. The cast is widespread, covering over 15 main characters. However, it still doesn’t make it hard to follow due to the amazing definition each character is given. It is also great to see how different characters merge together to form unlikely alliances and fight battles both within themselves and in the world. 


The Westworld cast is phenomenal, predominantly in their background. Each cast member is backed with admirable credentials that come to fore when they interact with their roles. It almost feels like roles were made specifically for the performers. The series comprises the highly venerated Anthony Hopkins who leads the star-studded cast and is joined by the equally talented Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, and James Marsden. The show makes each character nuanced in both their action as well as dialogue. Seeing the formidable ‘Man in Black’ interact with the ‘Damsel in Distress’ played by Evan Rachel Wood is wonderful. Westworld airs on Star World in India. 

Big Little Lies 

The women-centric show combines both — a powerful story line as well as a powerful cast. The show has clear and refined roles that are played by the famed Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and  a host of other well-known actors. It also stars the Academy Award nominated Laura Dern and the young talent Zoe Kravitz. With the compelling and inherently strong female cast, Big Little Lies is already making heads turn. 

Bose: Dead/Alive

Bose: Dead/Alive is an Indian historical drama web television miniseries based on the book India’s Biggest Cover-up by activist Anuj Dhar. On August 18, 1945 after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Japanese-occupied Formosa (now Taiwan) Subhas Chandra Bose (Rajkummar Rao) is presumed dead. However, his family in Kolkata receive a telegram from Mahatma Gandhi to not conduct his last rites. It then begins with speculation about his death and other characters who suggest how he has vanished in the past as well, with all of them suggesting his possible return. Also starring Patralekha Paul, Alexx O’Nell, Surendra Ranjan, Sanjay Gurbaxani and a host of stellar actors, the web series is available on ALTBalaji. 

The Indian Detective

The Indian Detective is a Canadian crime comedy-drama series which debuted on Netflix in 2017. The show stars Russell Peters as Doug D’Mello, a police officer from Toronto who gets embroiled in a murder investigation while visiting his father (Anupam Kher) in Mumbai during a one-month suspension for incompetence. The fourth episode ended in a cliffhanger, hinting at a possible second season. It also stars Canadian actor (who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek franchise) William Shatner as David Marlowe, and English actress Christina Cole as Robyn ‘Bob’ Gerner.

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