No doubt in saying that web series has changed the entire world. And, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, and other online streaming platforms; have been determining the future of the big screen in recent years. But during the coronavirus pandemic, OTT platforms have taken the digital media by storm. It is really strange that one of the bleakest years in modern history has become the glowing year for online streaming platforms. A variety of web-series and shows on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar, and ZEE5; are keeping the Indian audience hooked to their mobile and laptop screens. In this article, we will talk about the top 10 Indian web series.
With so many web series across various OTT platforms, choosing a host of 'must-watch' is tough. To make the task easier, we list the top 10 Indian web series. That you can probably watch to make the most of your time. With amazing content, and a screenplay, dialogue delivery, and casting. These web series take a little from all to make a perfect combination.
Released on October 6, 2020, Scam 1992 is the debut web series of Hansal Mehta, a National Award-winning director. It is based on the scam run by a stockbroker called Harshad Mehta in 1980s-90s Bombay. With just a couple of episodes, Scam 1992 can easily draw yours completely into the world of the share market.
This series has raised the bar for Indian web content, and the impact of this Pratik Gandhi-led series will surely go a long way. In this modern era where violence and gore sell like hotcakes. This show proved that quality content does not need to be dumber down to reach the masses. Everything from its simplification of technical jargon, to its theme music. To even its choice of filter worked in the show's favour. The casting of the show has been praised from the start and today; it is among the top 10 Indian web series.
The first Indian web series on Netflix that successfully captured the viewer's attention, Sacred Games is an amazing web series. When its first seasons aired, it became the subject of memes. The source of iconic dialogues, and a lesson in all things, unsanskaari and the audience loved every part of it. The show has two seasons and some mind-blowing characters that will stay with you even after the shows, no doubt it is considered as one of the top 10 Indian web series.
It was produced by Netflix in India and with a duo of talented directors like Anurag Kashia and Vikramaditya Motwane. The star cast includes many mind-blowing stars like Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte.
This is perhaps the first Indian web series that convinced the audience to develop theories and analyze everything, including the show titles.
Starring Manoj Vajpayee, The Family man is an edgy action drama that revolves around a middle-class man who's a secret agent for the National Investigation Agency. What makes it one of the best Indian web series, its well-scripted plot and an amazing array of characters? And of course, Manoj Vajpayee's stellar performance.
Generally, spies based drama is all about the action on the field that we witness in any movie or show. There is a very low focus on the character and his personal life. The Family Man focuses on the personal life of the main lead closely, it also addresses a very sensitive issue regarding how Muslims are mistreated as we see many students are shown being harassed and humiliated by the cops for no reason other than the fact that they are Muslim.
The Kota Factory is India's first black-and-white web series, follows the life of Vaibhav, a young IIT-aspirant and his life in Kota. Vaibhav joins a coaching institute that pres students for the Indian Institute of Technology entrance examination.
Over the years, the series has received a great reputation of mass-producing IIT graduates. It gives us a birds-eye view on the functioning of this conveyer belt routine that produces these future 9-to-5ers.
It also features Jitendra Kumar in a pivotal role, who gave an impressive performance as the teachers, mentor and overseer Jeetu Bhaiya. Made by Saurabh Khanna the show does not only focus on the struggles that the young minds go through at these coaching institutes, but it also takes us through the cherishable moments of student's life when they make new friends and fall in love.
High on the drama and action show, Mirzapur gained massive viewership for its first and second seasons. This iconic show seems like a violet revenge drama, but it became much more than a tale of guns and curses because of its unexpected plot twists and fleshed out characters.
It is among the top 1 Indian web series on Netflix, Amazing Prime Disney+ Hotstar, Volt, TV Play, and Voot in the gangster genre. The story life features the multiple talented actors, Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi and more in pivotal roles. While Pankaj Tripathi's ability to nail a layered character was never in doubt, Divyendu Sharma and Ali Fazal's performance were a pleasant surprise indeed.
Among the brilliant Indian web series, Special Ops revolves around real-life terror incidents that have occurred in India. Neeraj Pandey is well-known for seat edge action-thriller movies and now he made his debut on the digital platform with Disney Plus Hotstar's Special Ops. It follows the story of Himmat Singh, a RAW officer who is in the manhunt of a mastermind who is behind all the attacks. Kay Kay Menon played the lead role and he gave a fantastic performance.
This web series is based on the role Indian intelligence played in a series of real terror attacks that Indian faced over the last 19 years, this spy action thriller includes eight episodes, each of which features real cases like the 2001 attack on Indian Parliament, 26/11, Kashmir terror attacks and more.
Apart from Kay Kay Menon, the series has an ensemble cast comprising Vinay Pathak, Sana Khaan, Karan Tacker, Divya Dutta, and Saiyami Kher among others.
This TVF series, Panchayat set against a rural backdrop, revolves around an engineering graduate named Abhishek, who takes up a job as the secretary of the village Panchayat Chief.
The show's uncomplicated nature introduced us to characters that were extremely fantastic. The best part about Panchayat was its strong casting supported by Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, and Chandan Roy. TVF is popular for narrating alternate stories. They did the same with Kota Factor and they nail it yet again.
From desperately trying to get out of the village to finally developing a liking towards the people around him, Panchayat is one of the best Indian web series that you can watch with your family.
A well-scripted and performed crime drama, Patal Lok attained hit status and joined the list of top 10 Indian web series of all time, just after it was released. This show will open your eyes to your privileges and split open the class system that is so deeply embedded in Indian society.
Weaving in awareness and recognition of modern Indian makes it political, and elevates it; Patal Lok is intelligently fast-paced, written and engrossing. This amazing TV series has given us characters that will always be a part of our country's pop culture. Be it Hathi Ram Chaudhary or Hathoda Tyagi.
Among the list of top 10 Indian web series, Asur comes with a very different concept because of its mythological nature. Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti play the lead role in this crime thriller.
This show slowly and steadily sucks you into its dark mystic world. The story, in this Indian web series, unfolds across two timelines. The story's plot begins with the sudden death of a priest in front of his teenage son. In the incidence of a series of gory murders, a forensic expert is set to catch this brutal serial killer. How the two talented investigators begin to unravel the mystery behind the serial killer, who often refers to himself as Asur, forms the crux of the show.
Among the top 10 Indian web series, we can forget to mention the Sushmita Sen-led fantastic series, Aarya. This crime drama starring Sushmita Sen was premiered in Hotstar. Soon after the first episode started, it was obvious that Aarya was going to be a binge-worthy rise. And it proved to be so with every episode that rolled out after.
The show focuses on a normal woman after a tragic entry into her husband's drug empire. The layered characterization, Sushmita Sen.'s screen presence and the smart use of old Hindi film music also helped Aarya's cause.
These are the top 10 Indian web series streaming on different OTT platforms from the world of fiction, animation, and real-life incidents that one can binge-watch. Irrespective of the thematic relevance and narrative diversity these shows are just fundamentally solid works of filmmaking.
You just need to hold a popcorn bowl and you are all set to make your weekend special.
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