Remember those melodramas of Saas-Bahu serials, people especially the young generation is completely bored with such melodramatic situations as a result web series has replaced television series and is gaining popularity in India. Netflix India, Amazon Prime, and other OTT platforms have even started producing original Indian web series keeping the interests of the Indian audience in mind.
What I personally love about these Indian web series is that I can watch it anywhere and at any point of point. These web series are small, unlike the television dramas which goes on for years and years. Above all, the new concepts with new creativity and unpredictable plots make me even more eager to watch it.
To get you started here are some of the best Indian web series that you’d love to watch on repeat.
Who doesn’t miss their college days or those chaotic hostel lives, we all do right? TVF’s “little things” of campus comedy genre is about the playful middlers of the engineering-college universe. The series streaming on Amazon Prime Video has shown all those incidents which happen in the boy’s hostel.
A must-watch series for all those living in the hostels or have completed their golden times in hostels. For me, it was just like having the entire glimpse of my hostel life in hours. I won’t go in the depths of each and every character, but every character whether from the roommate to the Photocopy shop wale Bhaiya everything was so relatable. After watching the trailer, I was eagerly waiting for this show, and when I started watching it, I couldn’t stop myself from binge-watching all the episodes of it.
The captain of the ship, Raghav Subbu orchestrates everything superbly, like a perfect symphony, he ups the ante here and pleasantly surprised me by showing how innovative and creative he is. Some scenes were framed so well that for a moment I forgot that it was a fictional world.
In conclusion, I would like to say that Hostel Daze is a brilliant web series that will take you on a nostalgic ride of your hostel days and will leave you laughing and cheering.
2. TVF PITCHERS
This web series was among the early web series that earned a lot of talk around it. TVF put together a story of four unlikely men, who quit their well-paying jobs to run a start-up. For anybody looking for inspiration to take the plunge into making their idea into a business should definitely watch this series.
The premise of the plot was not entrepreneurship but the strength of their friendship. The fact that will make us all relate best to the story is that every group of friends has one whom everyone blindly trusts (Naveen), one makeshifter (Yogi), the workaholic (Jitu) & one fathead (Mandal). The storyline is so catchy, they very neatly and in a “Desi” comical style brought out the facts about opening the startup, challenges today’s youth faces in the so-called “IT INDUSTRY.”
Till today we have all been enjoying great epic series like The Big Bang theory, F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Game of Thrones, Gossip Girls, and these are just a few spokes of the wheel, I’ll just say that this web series won’t let you down and you are going to get damn addicted to it.
3. KOTA FACTORY
Almost all parents in India want their kids to crack the IIT entrance exams and “uske baad to life set hai”. While we all know how much “set” the lives of IIT Engineers and non-IIT Engineers are. Recent gems that I came across with is TVF’s original series “Kota Factory” that talks about the life of students while trying to crack the IIT.
All the characters are so relatable but my favorite any day would be “Jeetu Bhaiya.” The most beautiful part of Kota Factory is that it talks more about the solutions and less about the problems and that’s where it touched my heart. The black and white template of the web series is another masterstroke by the makers. That’s right! The whole show is void of colors yet kept me hooked from the get-go.
The struggles and pressures that Indian students face to top an exam or prepare for an entrance exam were depicted in the most real and honest way in the series.
If you haven’t watched ‘Kota Factory’ go now and binge-watch!
4. SACRED GAMES
Sacred Games, the Netflix series based on Vikram Chandra’s novel, is a masterclass in modern-day dramatic television. Sacred Gamesprobes the mechanics of peculiar Indian insanity and lays bare our hypocrisies. Complaining is futile; enduring is mandatory. “We keep saying that there’s no place for an honest man in this city, this country. But who makes the system?” Sartaj asks Katekar at one point. “Who makes Mumbai? Who makes India?” Katekar keeps looking at Sartaj, trying not to answer questions he’s all too familiar with.
So, when they announced that they are making a live adaptation of Sacred games I was quite excited. I can say this was one of the best-adapted screenplays. The way they conceived it from the book is simply awesome. You simply can’t resist yourself just by watching one episode I watched all 8 episodes in one go.
Theone of the best Indian web series streaming on Amazon Prime Video depicts a gangster saga but the real heroes of the show are the guns.
When I started to watch Mirzapur this weekend, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to because most of the reviews about it on the net were a bit negative. But then I decided to watch a couple of episodes anyways. For the first few episodes, I was a bit bored. But then 4 episodes later, the stories start to pick its pace, gets more even interesting; and before I even realized, I ended up watching the all 9 episodes one after another in a single night.
The show is a bit slow to begin but I will still recommend you give Mirzapur a try.
The web series streaming on Netflix and TVF play is a story set in the summer of 1998 about conflicting emotions towards family members from the eyes of a twelve-year-old. The series is fresh, emotional, nostalgic, and entertaining that will surely take you to your pre-teen days.
This Indian web series is subtitled, ‘The Summer of 98’– a plot that immediately grabbed my attention. It was very hard for me not to relate to any of the characters. The true hallmark of a well-made emotional roller-coaster of a show is its ability to make you cry. Yeh Meri Family not only made me cry, but it also made me sob. The icing on the cake was the songs that were fresh and symbolic. A magical tango on-screen with the sublime composition, Dhaga was the one I bawled my hearts out like a baby.
It is the kind of story you sink into like the softness of eiderdown and will make you laugh, cry, feel. It’s at once funny and charming, unreservedly relatable and utterly capable of summoning long-lost memories that lurk in unknown crevices within our brains.
It’s one show you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on.
7. DELHI CRIME
Delhi Crime, a seven-part original now streaming on Netflix, is a police procedural drama that follows the six days after the horrific rape of Nirbhaya on a moving bus. The fictionalized narration is woven together by Canadian-Indian filmmaker Richie Mehta, based on case files, and interviews.
I wasn’t sure if I could bear to watch a dramatic recreation of the events that unfolded on 16 December 2012 because my response to it began as an uncomfortable ball of dread in my chest which quickly cascaded into anger. The series depicts the story through the lens of cops.
This heartbreaking real-life crime became a catalyst for social change in India, to a certain degree. The series won’t be an easy watch.
Now no more planning your schedule around your favorite TV show when you have the freedom to watch your favorite show anytime that too without those not so pleasant advertisement breaks.