Indian web series has witnessed a tremendous content boom over time. Web series have emerged as a viable option for viewers looking to diversify from TV and movies. Above all, thanks to online platforms such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, there is no dearth of web series one can binge-watch on. To help readers decide, we have composed a list of 10 Best Indian Web Series to binge on.
Best Indian Web Series: Thriller & Action
Sacred Games came out in 2018 and took the web series space by a storm. The story is based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel by the same name. It was Netflix’s first original Indian series. In addition, Vikramaditya Motwane helmed the direction while Anurag Kashyap stepping in to produce it under Phantom Films.
The story revolves around honest cop Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Gaitonde issues a challenge to Sartaj Singh where he must save the city in 25 days or the gangster promises to destroy it. The series chronicles the events that follow. This Indian Web Series creates a world of corruption, mystery, drama, and action that will keep viewers glued through to the end.
The web series boasts of a star-studded cast with Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and more.
Network: Amazon Prime Video
Mirzapur is a 2018 crime thriller web series that has been renewed for a second season. The story centers around Akhandanand Tripathi (Pankaj Tripathi) who becomes the mafia boss of Mirzapur. His son Munna tries to uphold his father’s legacy of chaos and unlawfulness. This ride is one that viewers won’t want to get off with its array of guns, mafia, drugs, and chaos.
This Indian web series features Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur, Divyendu Sharma, Kulbhushan Kharband and Amit Sial.
Best Indian Web Series: Comedy & Drama
Network: Eros Now
Metro Park is a 2019 social comedy directed by Abi Varghese. Giju John and Bhuvanesh Shrivastava are the show producers. Additionally, the show is often compared to Malayalam sitcom Akkarakazhchakal which also deals with similar themes.
It is the quirky tale of an Indian Gujrati Family living in Metro Park in the US. Kalpesh (Ranvir Shorey) and Payel Patel (Purbi Joshi) try to balance living in America while holding on to their Indian roots. Their typical Gujrati ways often have to succumb to the American way of living. This leads to situationally comedic moments where the two vastly different sides clash.
Metro Park stars Ranvir Shorey, Purbi Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Vega Tamotia, and Pitobash amongst others.
Network: TVF Play, YouTube
Permanent Roommates is the web series that arguably brought the format to notice. This Indian web series was created by The Viral Fever(TVF) and Biswapati Sarkar and released in 2014. Directed by Sameer Saxena, Permanent Roommates was an enormous hit with millions of viewers. The acting, writing, and direction on this web series set it apart from the rest.
The series is the story of Tanya and Mikesh. They have been in a long-distance relationship for 3 years. However, now they have to decide about their marriage. Permanent Roommates resonates with a lot of long-distance couples and this is the reason for its immense popularity. TVF has released 2 seasons of the series and both have been very well received by audiences.
The Permanent Roommates cast includes Sumit Vyas, Deepak Mishra, Nidhi Singh, and Nidhi Bisht.
Best Indian Web Series: Romance Drama
Love, Lust & Confusion
Love, Lust & Confusion is Viu’s 2018 romantic drama web series. Directed by Victor Mukherjee, this Indian web series is not just a romantic show but a coming-of-age story. The story revolves around Poroma Sarkar, a dreamer trying to make it in the world. It also explores romance, social interactions and concepts like lust and polyamory from a millennial’s perspective.
Above all, actors like Tara-Alisha Berry, Meiyang Chang, Rajat Barmecha, and Gaurav Chopra make it an absolute must-watch.
Network: ALT Balaji
Baarish is a 2019 romantic and social drama. It was created by Ekta Kapoor and tells the story of Anuj and Gauravi. They are two completely different people brought together by an arranged marriage. Anuj is a successful Gujrati businessman while Gauravi is a middle-class Marathi girl who believes in the value of education. The name Baarish comes from the fact that the Mumbai rains from the picturesque backdrop of their love story.
This web series stars Sharman Joshi and Asha Negi in the lead roles.
Best Indian Web Series: Biography
Karenjit Kaur – the story of Sunny Leone is directed by Aditya Datt and premiered on 16 July 2018 on ZEE5. It captures the journey of pornstar-turned-actor Sunny Leone. The story takes viewers back when she wasn’t Sunny Leone but Karenjit Kaur. Born in a middle-class Sikh family, this Indian web series captures the story of her transformation to an adult film actress and a Bollywood Star.
This biographical account of sorts is captured through 10 episodes and is available in multiple languages, including Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi. The cast for this biographical series includes Sunny Leone, Bijay Anand, Grusha Kapoor, Raj Arjun, and Karamvir Lamba.
Roar of the Lion
Network: Hotstar Specials
Roar of the Lion is a documentary drama series aired in March 2019. It has been produced by Kabir Khan and directed by Amir Rizvi. Its single season has five episodes. Roar of the Lion followed the IPL team Chennai Super Kings as they made their return to IPL in 2018. The team was served a two-year ban for allegedly being involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
The series is available on Hotstar in Hindi and Tamil.
Best Indian Web Series: Horror
Ghoul is a chilling series created by the makers of Insidious, Get Out and Udta Punjab. This Indian web miniseries came out in August 2018 and consists of 3 episodes. Ghoul is based on Arabian folklore. It is written and directed by Patrick Graham. Jason Blum, Anurag Kashyap, Ryan Turek, Vikramaditya Motwane, Michael Hogan, Kilian Kerwin, John Penotti and Suraj Gohill produced the series under their respective banners Blumhouse Productions, Phantom Films and Ivanhoe Pictures.
The story is set in a dystopian, near-future India where a prisoner arrives at a remote military interrogation centre. Things take a turn for the worse when the prisoner starts revealing shameful secrets of the interrogator (Nida Rahim).
The Ghoul cast includes Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Mahesh Balraj, and S. M. Zaheer.
Parchhayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond
Parchhayee is a horror web series based on the works of author Ruskin Bond. It brings the Ruskin Bond horror stories to life and those who enjoyed the writer as a child will certainly be fascinated by this web series. Every episode has a different short story by Bond as its script with eight episodes in total.
The cast for this web series consists of Isha Talwar, Sumeet Vyas, Anurita Jha, Farida Jalal, Sarah-Jane Dias, and others.
These are the 10 best Indian web series which you must watch in 2020. If we have missed out any, please do let us know in the comment section below.