Are you stuck in the home like me? The Indian Government has announced 21 days of lockdown to eradicate the virus from spreading. Apart from all the household chores, cooking WFH, how will you be spending your time?
Indian web series has created a lot of buzz in the entertainment industry. A series of episodes that tell a story and allows the audience to watch at their convenience.
Even two years ago, the concept of web series in India wasn’t so popular among the audience.
The audience that these web series targets are the youth. Eventually, with more fresh availability of content, it has taken over the daily melodramatic TV soap serials.
In fact, if you see the web series business is becoming more competitive and challenging in terms of bringing to the audience new stories and perspective of imagination.
So, there are many Indian web series accessible to you these days. Now, you can’t watch all. No one has that much time to watch all the web series.
So, if you are looking for suggestions that will eventually save your time, please continue reading the article.
The name ‘Sacred Games’ is not unknown to anyone who loves movies and TV series. Just a few days back, Sacred Games season 2 was out, and it seems this was Netflix’s one of the highest ever investment.
Sacred Games is one of the Indian best web series to watch undoubtedly. It will literally, glued you to stick with it until the episode is over. The popular series has several good actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi, Saif Ali Khan, Kalki Koechlin, Radhika Apte, etc.
The series is complex, dark and has a layered story for each character. Season 2 is way lot more complicated than season 1 I believe so. There are a lot of details to explore in the series. It shows that such intriguing characters and narrative is the level of Indian web series now.
The ending of Sacred Games season 2 has left many open questions which indicates that there will be a season 3 in the process.
Netflix’s Delhi Crime, which is a seven-episode series, based on the real-life one of the most gruesome gangrape incident happened in Delhi on December 2012.
The series has been created incredibly well and with much attention to the Delhi police-criminal story.
The narrative was perfectly woven in collaborate with all the characters. Especially, Shefali Shah, who played DCP Vartika Srivastav, the protagonist of the show. The series has also mocked the inefficiency and callous attitude of the Delhi male police department.
Also, how ill-equipped, undertrained, and understaffed the department is, resulting in a delay in solving the cases quickly and proficiently.
Delhi Crime is one of the best Indian crime web series to watch on Netflix.
Neeraj Pandey’s thriller series ‘Special Ops’ that is streaming on Hotstar, is totally worth a watch in the 21 days of lockdown in India.
Kay Kay Menon, who is an intelligence officer has created a team of brilliant agents who are chasing the whereabouts of a terrorist leader who attacked the Parliament in 2001, Mumbai in 2008 and involved in the Kashmir terror too.
We have seen other similar movies of Neeraj Pandey too like Baby, Naam Shabana, A Wednesday, Special 26 and many more. In ‘Special Ops’ it is Kay Kay Menon who is the lead actor and rests all supporting actors have acted well too.
You can definitely add this amazing web series on your list of watch.
Yeh Meri Family
TVF’s Yeh Meri Family is a beautiful, fresh, nostalgic, and lovely web series that will take you to your good old teen days. A story about a family that we all could easily resemble, especially kids of the 90s. The theme of the series is ‘importance of family, mother, father, and the relationship that siblings share.’
The writer has smartly incorporated small things like playing Mario and Monopoly, games of FLAMES to find out lovers, a best friend with whom we share everything, WWF trump cards, and so many other minor things with which we could connect ourselves.
Yeh Meri Family is more of remembrance to us of the old days that we used to do during summer vacations. It is like visualizing those golden moments of our life one more time.
So, not only does Netflix and Amazon Prime has brought to us some of the best Indian web series. Other OTT platform like TVF is also trying to make its mark in this business to give its audience something best worth remembering.
Kota Factory is one of the most mature and best narratives of web series which has been filmed in black and white. It is an educational irony based on IIT aspirants and their daily struggle life in Kota.
An engaging web series which tells a realistic story of how the IIT coaching schools in Kota is a business and how millions of IIT aspirants are running to Kota to fulfill their and mostly their parents’ dream.
The series follows the story of Vaibhav Pandey played by Mayur More, whose subtle and powerful character portrayal is highly compelling. Also, his companion Meena (Ranjan Raj) and Uday (Alam Khan) deserve an appreciation in doing justice to their character.
How can I not say about Jeetu Sir aka Jitendra Singh, who shines as the problem solver of all the aspiring student
A must watch one of the best Indian web series.
TVF’s Hostel Daze
TVF’s ‘Hostel Daze’ is a beautiful web series on college, hostel days, and hostel friends. It is a laughter ride through the adventures and misadventures of friends who becomes your family in happiness and sadness.
It is a light-hearted and fun web series that TVF has brought to its viewers and undoubtedly has inflicted upon us our old memories.
There are a few characters like Jhantu, aka Jatin, whose performance is laughable. I loved the character Chirag who is a lovable and shy kid with a good heart. There is Shubham Gaur as Rupesh whom we often see on Youtube giving Bollywood movie reviews for Mensxp.
Hostel Daze is perfect for the young adult who would love to have a journey back to their college days memories.
If you have missed this amazing web series, in any case, I would recommend you to watch it now on Amazon Prime Videos.
With Netflix and Amazon Prime, we have Hotstar, which is India’s biggest OTT platform. Criminal Justice is Hotstar’s Original web series, which is a crime-prison drama an official adaptation of BBC’s same name series.
Vikrant Massey, played the protagonist here, a young MBA aspirant good lad who got allegedly accused of murdering a girl.
Criminal Justice is more focused on how the life of a prisoner looks like in an Indian prison. With goons all around, even a good-heart guy can also get change to survive that kind of horrid environment.
Made in Heaven
‘Made in Heaven’ is Amazon Prime’s web series, which shows stories behind the big fat Indian weddings. Among all the actors, the performances of Arjun Mathur and Sobhita Dhulipala were complicated and compelling. The web series is a collaborative creation of director Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti.
The plot narrates the lies and betrayals of holy matrimony. The nine-episodes were divided between four directors, and each episode tells a unique story that makes this web series one of the best.
‘Permanent Roommates’ of TVF is perhaps the best Indian web series I would say. It is a humorous, entertainment-friendly, fantastic narrative and character portrayal by the actors.
Actually, it is TVF who came up with the web drama series format in India.
Sumeet Vyas got his popularity by playing the character Mikesh in Permanent Roommates. A guy who is in a long-distance relationship for three years with Tanya (Nidhi Singh). The story is carved beautifully about two adults who are in love and how the two evolve under various silly yet life-changing circumstances.
Those who have watched Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Mirzapur’ season 1, for them here is the good news that season 2 is coming soon.
For them who haven’t yet watch the series, they should watch ‘Mirzapur’ for its story and thrilling performances by the actors.
Mirzapur is a power-filled character portrayal of two brothers Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu(Vikrant Massey) who gets entangled in the bloodshed, power-hungry crime world. Pankaj Tripathi and Divyendu Sharma have both excelled in their performances.
Hence, Indian web series has marked its success with the popularity of Mirzapur in Amazon Prime Video too along with Netflix.
Amazon Prime India has brought to its viewers ‘Inside Edge’ which is a web series that focuses drama and thriller on commercial cricket. There are two seasons, the first season was quite impressive to watch with a few interesting characters.
Mumbai Mavericks is the team that surrounds with controversies related to drugs, money-laundering, and political issues. As I said, the first season was something new to watch, but the second season was pretty flat.
Although there were a few twists and turns in the climate, it couldn’t help delivering an ineffective season.
Still, I would say you can watch especially season 1 for the performance of Richa Chaddha, Vivek Oberoi, Aamir Bashir, and Angad Bedi.
Director Sujoy Ghosh’s attempt to work on a thriller web series with Netflix has raised the bar of Indian thriller web drama series.
A haunted folklore tale which is not scary of course but has definitely a haunted factor.
The story set in Goa in a haunted house named Bardez Villa where the owner Madhav Matthews died. Later, his granddaughter Jenny moves back to her ancestral home with her family but ever since they moved, weird incidents are happening.
Now, what happened or how? All these answers are there in the ending episodes. So, if you are brave and don’t get scared of watching haunted stories, ‘Typewriter’ is for you, and it is still streaming on Netflix.
Bang Baaja Baarat
‘Bang Baaja Baarat’ which is YRF’s contemporary rom-com web series that narrates the urban relationships. It is more like a movie in several episodes featuring Ali Fazal and Angira Dhar in the lead.
It has every element of humor, tragedy, climax, romance, drama, and songs. Great performances by all the actors and consistently able to reach its broad audience in India.
YRF’s web series represents the whole point of marriage narrated in a witty and hilarious manner.
If you have missed watching this web series in any way, you can still enjoy watching it on YouTube.
You can check out: Best Movies to Watch on Amazon Prime Video 2020
TVF’s Tripling is a popular web series that features Sumeet Vyas, Amol Parashar, and Maanvi Gagroo in the lead as three siblings. It has two seasons.
The story of ‘Tripling’ about three siblings who are not so close to each other neither do they stay in touch, but whenever they meet, they are siblings who had each other’s support always.
All three characters are different from each other and have different stories of life. How they end up together in the circumstances and how their road trip takes them to the solutions has been told in the series of episodes.
Although, I felt season 1 was far better than season 2 in terms of story, freshness, and narrative. Season 2 got repetitive and lacks the newness in the story which makes it an average watching season.
Amazon Prime’s new Indian series ‘The Family Man’ tells the story of an Intelligence agent where Manoj Bajpai who played the lead role of Srikant Tiwari. He is a married man juggling between his ‘trouble in paradise’ status and the work he loves to do.
Srikant is the best agent in the team but, at one incident, his decision killed three innocent young college-goer. He is trying hard in cracking a case that involved a major terrorist attack in India.
Like always, Manoj Bajpai shines with his natural acting prowess and the witty dialogues. The narrative and cinematography both are superb. ‘The Family Man’ is capable of keeping you hold till the end. There are not much action sequences involved like any other spy movies. But Manoj Bajpai kills with his dialogues itself.
The story evokes a sense of patriotism and realization of how effectively our intelligence department is working to keep the nation safe from any threat.
‘The Family Man’ is a newly added web series on Amazon which you must watch.
You must be aware of Filter Copy, mostly seen in Facebook videos. The season1 of Little Things first came out on Filter Copy and later the season 2 was streaming on Netflix.
The web series ‘Little Things’ is about a couple of Dhruv and Kavya who are in a live-in relationship, amidst various problems of life they are trying to find happiness in little things.
The series narrates through them that how happiness can be found in little things. To express love for each other, it doesn’t have to be grand even through small things you can find love for each other in a relationship.
A story with a clear vision and message to the youth who are in love is worth your time to watch.
Check out the review of Season 3 of Little Things
The Aam Aadmi Family
Yet another web series of TVF’s has proved that they are the unique content creator in the web series business.
The Aam Aadmi Family tells a story about how unconditional love binds a family together always. It is about the Sharma family, who is the typical Indian middle-class family, each member of the family represents the generation and mindset of the generation.
Each episode and character carry some humor which makes it a light-hearted web series giving good vibes and an excellent familiar gesture.
A web series that is focused around four friends who leave their current job for starting their own start-up. The series was released in 2015 and ever since it remained one of the best-watched web series of TVF.
The series of episodes narrates what these four friends are going through and facing challenges to gain funding for their start-up.
I believe ‘Pitchers’ is every entrepreneur’s favorite web series because they could relate themselves with the four characters. Netflix has recently released a similar startup based movie ‘Upstarts’, you can also watch this.
With the rising trend of web series in India, ALTBalaji is another video streaming platform, which is trying to make its position in this competition.
Unlike Mirzapur and Sacred Games, ALTBalaji has also brought its original crime thriller web series named ‘Apaharan.’ The story features Arunoday Singh, Mahie Gill and Nidhie Singh in the lead. The interesting thing about this web series is its narration, which is extremely spellbinding and mysterious.
The web series is a 12 episode long, and at some places, it may remind you of the Mirzapur and Sacred Games, if you have seen both.
Mahie Gill, as usual, had delivered the best performance. Although her screen presence is less, she was as amazing as Arunoday Singh, who played the character of a corrupted cop.
Netflix’s original series ‘Selection Day,’ which is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Arvind Adiga, is a story about two brothers, their obsession for cricket, abusive father who controls them, and their struggle to live in Mumbai.
Selection Day has two seasons. Season 1 shows the core theme of the series, which is the journey of two brothers along with their arrogant and abusive father landed in Mumbai in quest of becoming the next best batsman.
Season 2, focuses more on the emotional and mental state of both the brothers and how desperately both want to get rid of their father. The sexual interest of Manju has also been explored in season 2.
If you haven’t watched this beautiful series, you can stream on Netflix now.
Breathe is one of the best Indian web series on Amazon Prime, featuring Madhavan, and Amit Sadh in the lead. You can put this web series in the category of ‘thriller.’ The series is extremely gripping with both the actors give outstanding performances of their life.
Amit Sadh, who is an alcoholic cop and emotionally broken by the death of his only daughter. On the other hand, Madhavan plays a doting father whose 6-year-old kid is suffering from lung disease. His kid is in the long waiting list of getting a new lung from donors in the hospitals.
The story narrates at what length a father can go to save his kid, even murder. Madhavan played Danny’s character with much precision.
This is one of the unusual web series to watch, which will make you believe that Indian content creators are pushing their imagination really high.
Laakhon Mein Ek
Amazon prime’s ‘Laakhon Mein Ek’, both the season, has a very relatable and compelling story to tell.
In season 1, the story of an average student who has been pushed to fulfill his parents’ dream of becoming an IITian.
Although this is not what he wants still, he has to do it by all means. A lot many young students will relate to this story. A series of episodes that capture the mental and emotional status of a teen who is forced to go for IIT coaching far away from his home and landed into the world of rat-race. Confusions, chaos, pressure everything makes him vulnerable.
Season 2 has also brought to the audience a challenging and harsh reality story about the medical conditions and ill-equipped facilities in the remotest villages of our country.
Here, in this story the character Dr. Shreya tried her best to make some changes in the small village medicine clinic but soon she realizes how the members of the elite classes toy with the lives of the villagers.
Both the season has successfully delivered a message to the audience through the story and characters.
Netflix’s Indian horror web series is terrifying, gruesome, and dark that narrates Arabic folklore. Radhika Apte as Nida Rahim is the star of the series and has the majority of screen presence.
Ghoul is thrilling to watch with an intense mysterious set, a labyrinth-like high-security prison. The fierce background music suffices to create the suspense and a horrifying element in the series.
It has an old-school approach, basically a zombie monster who attacks everyone in the security prison except Nida. A familiar ending although but still worth watching series on a frantic Saturday night.
Girl in the City
Web series ‘Girl in the city,’ narrates a very ordinary tale of a girl who comes to Mumbai to fulfill her dreams and passion. It is a very relatable story.
Tons of girls’ lands in Mumbai from small towns of India with dreams in their eyes. Some get success on their path of the journey, and some keep fighting as long as they can.
Actor Mithila Palkar is that girl in the story, who represents the tale of thousands of girls in the city. There are several twists in the plot like her daily struggle in the city, her love life, her friends, and her work-life challenges.
Overall, ‘Girl in the city’ is pretty much what you will love to watch on YouTube.
TVF’s web series ‘Fathers’ is a witty and beautiful series that revolves around three fathers who are retired and pretend to be cool to get mingle with the new generation.
They try to cut off being a strict father and becoming a cool father who sits and drinks with their son, discussing startup and many more things. The three fathers are trying to break free the stereotypes of what the Indian fathers stand for.
All three actors Brijendra Kala, Gajraj Rao and Atul Srivastava are fun to watch. It is great to see that TVF is trying to create something new with each web series.
So, if you are open to humor ‘Fathers’ is a must-watch web series from the list.
Almost all the video streaming platforms have a lot of numbers of web series, but you have to sit and search for which one to watch.
So, I have compiled a list of Indian web series that I believe are the best and have got a great response from the audience and critics too. It is an attempt to save time and energy.
If you have something in mind that you want me to add on this list of web series, please feel free to let me know.