Each one of us has been through a phase where we finished binge-watching a month's worth of episodes of web series and just didn’t know what to do anymore. It takes just one gripping episode to make you want to slide into comfy pyjamas, fill a bowl full of chips & soda and get set to finish an entire season in one sitting. We’ve all had those days where we told ourselves to stop after a particular episode and then slyly clicked on the next episode pop-up. Let’s face it, we’re not the one-episode-a-week kind of people, we’re more of the one-season-a-day kind of people!
There is no better way to connect with large audiences to showcase your talent than to use the internet. Global OTT production platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV etc. have given an opportunity to many budding screenwriters, actors and directors to reach the populace worldwide. It gives a chance to rookie artists and cast members to bring their story to the world and to gain recognition for their creativity. Blockbusters like Mindhunters, Stranger Things, Orange is the New Black, Narcos etc., have really amped up and glorified the web series community.
When we watch a 3-hour long movie, we might end up taking a thought or two from the message it intended to convey. We think or feel slightly different about certain aspects and then the impact slowly fades away as we go about our day. But when you watch a web series or a TV show, you are a part of this incredible journey where the entire story and sequence of events resonates with you on a personal level. You are able to analyze and relate to the characters and their emotions. Comedy lovers, Suspense and Thriller buffs, Sci-Fi fanatics, Chick flicks, you name it! There is a feel-good show from every single genre for all kinds of viewers.
The web series culture in India has gained immense popularity in the past 5 years. Production giants like Netflix, Amazon, Hotstar and TVF have since released numerous remarkable web series that have lured in millions of viewers across the globe, and it comes as no surprise that the reviews have been stellar! While there are several other shows that should make it to your watchlist, these are 10 Indian web series that you must watch without a doubt!
1. Sacred Games (2018, IMDb - 8.7)
The first Indian Netflix Original, this series is a flashback thriller revolving around the dark and dreadful life of a gangster named Ganesh Gaitonde and a junior police officer, Sartaj Singh from the Mumbai Crime Branch. Set in the city that never sleeps, this exhilarating series slowly weaves a complex web of crime, politics, corruption, religion, and cultism. A nail-biting 25-day countdown, filled with unfathomable twists, and a narrative so gripping that it'll make you a part of its world just one episode in. Aham Brahmasmi!
2. Stories By Rabindranath Tagore (2015, IMDb - 8.9)
A glimpse into the early 20th century Bengal, adapted from the renowned writings of the famous Indian Nobel laureate, Rabindranath Tagore, and under the brilliant direction of Anurag Basu, this series on Netflix is an aesthetic compilation of short stories highlighting the bravery of women from diverse cultures and backgrounds who took fearless decisions in a politically volatile era, working towards an equal and just world.
3. The Family Man (2019, IMDb - 8.6)
For the special agent movie fans! This Indian action drama series focuses on the double life of a high-calibre superspy; Srikant Tiwari who is juggling between being an ideal husband and father figure to his wife and kids, who are completely unaware about his highly classified job, and his duty to protect his country from potential terrorist threats. It is a remarkable mix of light-hearted and hard-hitting scenes that keeps you hooked till the very end. Watch it on Amazon Prime India.
4. Made in Heaven (2019, IMDb - 8.3)