Gone are the days when you had to stay 3 hours at a stretch in theatres to watch a movie. Times have changed and the entertainment industry seems to be evolving along with the changing times. You no longer have to wait for the theatrical release of a movie and go out to watch it. OTT platforms have taken over and have expanded the scope of entertainment. Thanks to the Indian web series, we are getting fresh and innovative content to watch; that too on our smart devices.
So, if you are someone like me who loves to binge-watch web series over the weekend, I have got some great choices for you. There is an endless list of web series available on several OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Zee5, Hotstar, and more; so choosing a few out of them to watch over the weekend can be quite tricky. So, here I have compiled a list of top Indian web series that is a must-watch so that you can prepare your weekend watchlist without any confusion.
Streaming on: Voot
Cast: Barun Sobti, Arshad Warsi and Riddhi Dogra
Undoubtedly, one of the best web series, Asur is a crime thriller that will take you to its dark secret world. You will see the story unfolding in two timelines. 11 years ago, you will see a boy killing his own father during an initiation ceremony in Varanasi. Back to the present, you will see ex-CBI officer Nikhil (Barun Sobti) teaching forensics at a University in America. Everything turns upside down for him when he starts receiving pictures of corpses from an unknown number. This brings him back to be an investigation officer and he joins his coach DJ (Arshad Warsi) to untangle the mystery behind the serial killer, who calls himself Asur (Satan in Hindi).
Streaming On: Amazon Prime
Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Raghuvir Yadav, Chandan Roy
Panchayat has its name in the list of top web series for the sole reason that it is so fun to watch even when some scenes don’t make sense until the climax. The story has been set up in a village as the name suggests and revolves around an engineering graduate named Abhishek (Jitendra Kumar), who has joined as the secretary of the village Panchayat Chief. There he gets to see a completely different India; this web series by TVF is again a hit just like the Kota Factory. Throughout the journey of Abhishek, you will see how he starts liking the place and people after spending more days there. One of the best Hindi web series of 2020, Panchayat gives you new hope in life.
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Streaming On: Amazon Prime
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Divyendu Sharma, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Rasika Duggal, Shweta Tripathi, Kulbhushan Kharbanda
A typical gang war drama where people can go to any extent to secure power, Mirzapur has managed to be in the limelight since its release. This Indian web series has the power to bind you from the very first scene. Majorly shot in Uttar Pradesh, Akhanda Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) is the ruler of the lawless land who runs a carpet business to cover his involvement in illegal activities. His son Munna, (Divyendu Sharma), a power-hungry successor who wants to see himself as the controller of the town. Munna’s introduction to Guddu (Ali Fazal) and Bablu Pandit (Vikrant Massey) initiates the war; however, the duo, later on, joins Munna’s father’s business after Kaleen bhaiya notices their aggressiveness. However, this will not go well with Munna as he sees them as an obstacle in his way of obtaining power.
Mirzapur Season 1- Watch All 9 Episodes
Streaming on: Zee5
Cast: Saqib Saleem, Jimmy Shergill, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Gul Panag, Ravi Kishan, Sharad Kelkar, Ranvir Shorey
Rangbaaz is based on the life of the notorious criminal Shree Prakash Shukla; the name is changed to Shiv Prakash Shukla in the series. The story was set up in 1992, Shiv Prakash Shukla (Saqib Saleem) is shown as an innocent twenty-year-old happy boy. Things take a wrong turn when Shukla kills the eve teaser who harassed his sister. Ram Shankar Tiwari (Tigmanshu Dhulia), a local politician, tries to take full advantage of this situation and sends Shukla to Thailand to protect him from the arrest and get favors in return. The web series is all about how a simple boy turns into the most wanted man and a special mention for Saqib Saleem whose performance was one of the best of his career. You will not realize if you are watching an actor or the real gangster itself due to his terrific performance.
5. Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang and Rasika Dugal
Zakir Khan is one name that is synonymous with stand-up comedy. With his web series, Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare, Zakir Khan has once again proved his caliber and impressed the audience. He plays the role of a simple guy who is found exaggerating the truth to show his domination in society. The story is less complex and more real and the other characters in the story apart from Ronnie (Zakir), are genuine and relatable, which makes it one of the best Indian web series to watch.
6. Pataal Lok
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Ishwak Singh, Neeraj Kabi and Abhishek Banerjee
Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat) heads the investigation of a celebrity anchor who is the target of a group of killers. Inspector along with his colleague Ansari (Ishwak Singh) tries to solve the mystery, however, due to an unfortunate incident, Inspector Hathiram Chaudhary is taken off the case but after that, he continues with his investigation; his unending thrust to crack the case will keep you bound with the story. The story is a mystery that you need to solve on your own only if you watch the complete web series. The performance of the other characters in the story is also worth appreciating.
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Streaming on: TVF Play
Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Arunabh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar, Abhay Mahajan
Four friends who quit their job to work on their idea, Pitchers is their story who wants to turn their dreams into reality. They want to shift from their everyday corporate lives to become the boss of their life. In the 5 episodes of this web series, you will get to see their struggles; their hard work towards turning the dreams into reality. This web series seems to be inspired by Silicon valley but the characters and the storyline have been changed to a huge extent. You cannot put it in the category of a typical comedy as the story comes out to be intelligent and there are no cliche jokes.
8. Stories by Rabindranath Tagore
Streaming On: Netflix Cast: Radhika Apte, Sumeet Vyas, Rohan Shah, Amrita Puri
Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, one of the top Netflix Hindi web series, is a collection of short stories of Rabindranath Tagore. Set in the 1920s, the stories are mainly focused on the relationships that were spoiled by the flaws and peculiarities of human nature. One interesting fact about the stories is that the female characters have been shown as strong and dynamic figures opposite to what we get to see in the conservative atmosphere of our country especially back in that time. Each story comes with a different concept and you will be able to get the feel of the 1920s in every story. Every character has performed their part really well in each story.
9. Sacred Games
Streaming on: Netflix
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, and others
Sacred Games, the first web series produced by Netflix in India. Directed by the talented duo Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane, Sacred Games created bigger expectations in the people’s minds. In the very first scene, you will see a dog falling from heights and that makes sure the web series is not going to show subtlety. The level of brutality you are going to see in this Indian web series on Netflix defines its cornerstone. Having all the Indian cast, this web series is a must-watch for those who are fine watching brutal scenes.
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10. Yeh Meri Family
Streaming on: TVF Play
Cast: Vishesh Bansal, Mona Singh, Akarsh Khurana, Ahan Nirban, Ruhi Khan, Prasad Reddy, Revathi Pillai, Brij Bhushan Shukla
Yeh Meri Family definitely has its place in the list of top 10 web series as it is a lightweight Indian web series that will take you on a nostalgia ride. The story is all about how an average Indian family spends the summer holidays. 13-year-old Harshu (Vishesh Bansal) declares summer to be a festival and not just a season. Within a few minutes of watching this web series, you can easily decide if you want to go on the nostalgia ride and relive your childhood. The web series is filled with all the elements of nostalgia and you will surely relate if you have lived all these moments in your life like hearing cricket commentary on the radio, talking on cordless phones, drinking Rooh Afza, phantom cigarettes, and WWF trump cards. The web series covers all the incidents that happen in an average Indian family during the summer season.
11. Little Things
Streaming On: Netflix Cast: Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Parkar
This Indian web series list is incomplete without this Netflix series; ‘Little things’ is for the romantic ones; the web series revolves around the life of a couple in a relationship. The story is set up in Mumbai and is about a refreshing take on love between two youngsters. The web series has been released in 3 seasons and you will see the story growing differently in every season. You will get to see how the new-age couple lives together, fix their difference, and make minor and major decisions together. You are definitely going to love the series due to the simplicity depicted and the performance of the lead pair is quite appreciable. The story tells us how to celebrate the imperfections of love and life and gives a hint of the reality that happens when you fall in love and live together.
12. Made in Heaven
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video
Cast: Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin, and others
One of the popular web series of 2019, Made In Heaven shows the life of two Indian wedding designers. Mainly, this web series shows the real dark truth of a perfect looking rich Delhi wedding scene. Made in Heaven is the story of two wedding designers and the bride and groom they are in contract with, most of the time lie to get their way but most of the people who lie or cheat, don’t always get away with things easily, hence you will see if they are able to get closure or not.
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video Cast: R. Madhavan, Amit Sadh, and Sapna Pabbi
In Breathe, the talented R. Madhavan does some crazy things to save the life of his only son Josh, who has 6 months to survive and is in need of a lung transplant, the only hope of his survival.
A must watch web series, is the best answer to Breaking Bad. Amit Sadh who is playing the role of inspector Kabir Sawant who lost his daughter to a gunshot and with that incident, his marriage also ended. He is trying to get back to his life and is addicted to alcohol to put an end to his guilt.
14. Delhi Crime
Streaming On: Netflix Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang and Rasika Dugal
We all are aware of the Nirbhaya rape case that shook the entire country; even after several years have passed, the people of the nation have still the haunting memories afresh. Although there were a lot of web series that have been made around the story, Netflix has brought the best through its web series and explains how Delhi Police look for criminals during such fragile situations. The 7-episode series shows the details of the efforts made by the Delhi Police in catching the criminals responsible for the act. Shefali Shah is the clear star of the show and her performance doesn’t let her gender come in the way of her duty and how she stays away from getting into the trap of police politics. This web series will force you to appreciate the efforts made by policemen in our country.
15. Kota Factory
Streaming On: TVF Play
Cast: Mayur More, Alam Khan, Jitendra Kumar, Ahsaas Channa, Ranjan Raj
Kota is popular for mass-producing IIT graduates; over the years, we were only witnessing the success rate of the city, however, this Indian web series will take you on the journey of people who are forced into becoming an IIT graduate and are often called ‘misfits’. The Kota Factory will show you the functioning of the institutes that are working to produce the future of our country. Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More), joins a coaching institute to prepare for the IIT examination. Vaibhav along with his friends have to go through a cruel schedule to pursue their dream. The web series revolves around the life of these young aspirants and you will also see Jitnedar Kumar as the teacher, mentor, fondly known as Jeetu Bhaiya.