Dhoop Ki Deewar Or State Of Siege 26/11, Which Should Be Your Next Binge Watch

OTT platforms have turned into the biggest source of entertainment in the post pandemic world. In India, Zee5 is the platform that took the responsibility to serve the best in business. However, with all the shows appearing on top of the list, its time to decide what you should watch first. In between Dhoop Ki Deewar and State of Siege: 26/11, the two best rated hits of Zee5, here’s your guide to decide which one you should watch first.


September 19, 2021

Web Series

6 min


Online shows have seen a great rise in the last two years. The dramatic surge, caused by the pandemic, has resulted in the production of some best web series across the globe. And in India, Zee5 is thriving in this league to provide you with the best in business. Dhoop Ki Deewar and the State of Siege 26/11are two such shows from the house of Zee5 that kept the fans craving for more. And today, we are going to tell you which of these two superhit Zee5 web series should be next on your watch list.

Dhoop Ki Deewar and State of Siege 26/11 are the kind of shows, produced once in a lifetime. Both the shows are of different genres. While State of Siege 26/11 is an action-packed thriller based on the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Doop Ki Deewar, on the very other hand is a drama story that revolves around two individuals from skirmished torn India and Pakistan. Both the programmes have received huge received appreciation from critics and are rated 7.5 out of 10 at IMDB. All in all, even though Dhoop Ki Deewar and State Of Siege 26/11 take place in a different setting with a different genre, the reception of both the shows have made them a tough competitor for each other.

The Plot

Dhoop Ki Deewar is a story of two individuals Sarah Sher Ali, a Pakistani and Vishal Malhotra, an Indian. The two Army brats lose their fathers in an Indo-Pak border skirmish. And this brings them face to face with each other. However, what starts as a bitter clash on social media between the two, later turns into a romantic bond of unending love and care as the two souls embark on a journey of tear and reconciliation.

State of Siege 26/11, as its name hints, is based on the 26/11 Mumbai attack. However, unlike other shows based on the same theme, State of Siege 26/11 approach the even in a different manner. The action thriller masterpiece is crafted from the lens of NSG commandos, who struggles to retake the city from 10 terrorists. The State of Siege: 26/11, is also the first 26/11 based show that covers all the locations, such as the Chabad House, Leopold Café and Albless Hospital etc, attacked by terrorists.

The Cast

Shot entirely in Pakistan, Dhoop Ki Deewar is a starstudded show involving Sajal Aly as Sarah Sher Ali, Ahad Raza Mir as Vishal Malhotra,  Manzar Sehbai as Nasir Ali (grandfather of Sarah) and Samiya Mumtaz as Sunanda Malhotra (Vishal’s grandmother) along with other widely popular and recognized stars.

State of Siege 26/11, meanwhile, is shot in India and includes the gems of the Indian Film and Drama Industry. The cast includes Arjan Bajwa as Colonel Kunal Sahota, Arjun Bijlani as Major Nikhil Manikrishnan, Vivek Dahiyya as Captain Rohit Bagga, Mukul Dev as Terror Head Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi alongside Tara-Alisha Berry as Parvati Patil.

Number of episodes

State of Siege 26/11 is an eight-episode package loaded with twists and turns in almost all the episodes. The story is fast-paced and actively covers all the aspects of different circumstances in the best possible manner. It shows failure, struggle and finally success in getting back the hold of Mumbai for Dreaded terrorists.

On the other hand, Dhoop Ki Deewar is a combo of 18 long episodes. The timing for all the episodes is different, varying anywhere between 44-24 minutes. The popular drama may appear moving slowly in the few initial episodes but remains engaging throughout all its episodes. And as soon the viewer indulges in the classical hit, time just flies.

Final Words

Directed by Haseeb Hassan and penned by Umera Ahmad, Dhoop Ki Deewar is a wonderful work of fiction. The perfectly crafted drama left no stone unturned in revealing a great story of love and sorrow. The perfect storyline is the USP of this cross-border drama. In a long while, Dhoop Ki Deewar impeccably draws similarities between the people of two neighbouring countries that have fought two wars. It beautifully reflects how the basic human want for love and peace exists in all the sections of society in India as well as in Pakistan.

State of Siege 26/11 which is a combined work of Matthew Leutwyler and Prashant Singh is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11. The story is based on real-life accounts and covers the entire attack that gripped Mumbai in its bloody trail for three consecutive days.

While both the shows involve India and Pakistan in script and settings, it’s the final execution of events that displays the odd relations between the two nations.

If you are a fan of love and tragedy stories, Dhoop Ki Deewar is the perfect stop for you. However, in case you are someone who prefers action-based patriotic stories with a mix of thrill, then State of Siege 26/11 is a must watch for you.

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