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15 Best Indian Web Series to Watch


In an era of masala flicks with overbaked characters and repetitive stories. A new generation of web series has arrived in the form of redemption for the films we had to watch earlier. With the advent of OTT platforms, web series have become extremely popular in India. In fact, it has given directors the opportunity to contribute their utmost abilities in a way they won’t get to do in a film or are restricted from doing in a film. During an era where most movies are over the top and have stale plot lines, I have to appreciate OTT platforms such as Netflix and Prime for allowing Indian filmmakers the freedom to develop stories and characters in depth. Prior to the Web series revolution, there had been many times where filmmakers had to chop off scenes from their films due to the stereotyped views of producers, or actors. However, with the emergence of OTT platforms, that’s not going to happen anymore. As an audience, we are always looking for engaging content, and see what’s on the other side of the coin and explore themes we’ve never come across. Thank goodness we have the kind of web series that will keep us on the edge of our seats. These indian web series are perfect examples of what can be done when a director is given complete creative control. Here are 15 of the best Indian web series to watch.  

 

15. Made in Heaven

made in heaven best indian web series

Made in Heaven is one of those rare Indian web series that tackles sensitive issues like homosexuality, dowry, traditions, greed, and royalty which are usually overlooked & underplayed most of the time. This web series, however, nails its target audience perfectly. It explores dark aspects of the aforementioned elements in a way that is spellbinding, and it will open your mind up to a whole different viewpoint of a coin that you otherwise would not have known about. The series is definitely a must-watch for Indian web drama fans that will expose you to many darker aspects of marriage and family. 

IMDb Rating: 8.3/10

Directed by: Nitya Mehra, Zoya AkhtarPrashant Nair, & Alankrita Shrivastava

Cast:    Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, and more..

Plot: The series follows two marriage planners and as it goes by, you will be unlocked to secrets and dark lies.

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14. Breathe

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Breathe might not have received the recognition it deserves. But it remains one of the best-underrated series that most viewers missed. Breathe deserves your attention, eye, and at last, it’s worth watching. Watching it, is sure to make you regard it as one of the best web series. This show has everything viewers need. This show simply discusses viewpoints, ideologies, and moral principles. There’s nothing like it to capture your attention and make you wonder which character you should root for. While introducing characters that you love, it also introduces characters who do morally questionable things, and they kind of fall in the grey area. In a sense, you want to be able to support them. There are some scenes that make you question the current state of affairs.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this incredible series, which includes a gripping narration, unforgettable characters, and everything not to miss.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by:  Mayank Sharma

Cast: Madhavan, Amit Sadh, Sapna Pabbi , and more.

Plot:How far will two men go to save their loved ones?

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13. Gullak

Gullak web series 2021

If you’re someone who is a big fan of Yeh Meri Family web series and craving for more likes of it. Gullaks comes into your quest.

We rarely come across an episode that becomes instantly relatable and that absorbs its audience to the point where we just want to hang out for a little longer. Gullak is one of them. The actor’s performance, the punchlines, and the writing are all top-notch.  Gullak is so witty, rustic, and yet so heartwarming. It is such a simple story about the everyday events of a middle-class family. Challenges they face, love, real-life events filled with petty crime, and a hint of revenge. I believe you might even connect with the characters because they’re so real.

It is an original and perfect work by the makers who have managed to capture every emotional aspect and more also utilizing the local language and accent as well. It’s as if you’re watching real-life people on screen because the performances of the actors are impeccable. I commend TVF for providing top-quality content without fail. 

IMDb Rating: 9.2/10

Directed by: Amrit Raj Gupta, and Palash Vaswani

Cast: Jameel Khan, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Vaibhav Raj Gupta and more.

Plot: A realistic and relatable tale of middle-class family “Mishra family”.

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12.  College Romance

College Romance best indian web series 2021

One hell of a web series for young adults, College Romance is full of bromance that is extremely enjoyable to watch, especially with friends. There’s nothing funnier than a romantic comedy that’s racy, silly, and hilarious. Considering that it presented a real-life look at college, this series was absolutely fantastic. I think you may even relate to each of the characters and each of them is well-written and captivating. College romance also explores the themes of love, romance, sex, shenanigans, and misadventures in college life. With its characters and storyline, this show hits its viewers right on the head. For every Indian teenager (and adult), college romance is the perfect rom-com. There are a few parts that remind you of Netflix’s Sex education.

Directed by: Amrit Raj Gupta, and Palash Vaswani

Cast: Manjot Singh, Apoorva Arora, Keshav Sadhna, and more.

Plot: A trio of best friends sets out to find love, laughs, and lifelong memories in college.

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Read more: 10 Best Netflix Series of All Time

 

11. Special Ops

 special cops best indian web series 2021

One of the web series that was applauded by many audiences recently was Special Ops. Every episode is filled with fantastic cliffhangers that leave you wondering what’s going to happen next. The story revolves around events that happened in India and is one of the most gripping and thrilling Indian web series out there. The story is based on true events with a bit of dramatization for the sake of storytelling. Special Ops holds the audience’s attention with its spellbinding background score, vivid visuals, narration, and performances, making it an incredibly engaging show. Almost everything about this series is wonderful and it deserves a lot of praise.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by: Neeraj Pandey, and Shivam Nair

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Karan Tacker, Gautami Kapoor, and more.

Plot: The series revolves around nineteen years of national missions and espionages that had happened in India.

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10. Yeh Meri Family

Yeh Meri Family

Yeh Meri Family is one of the best Indian web series that captures the sense of nostalgia and reminds you about your childhood memories. It is a tear-jerker because it revolves around our shared life cycle with characters such as “a father, mother, you, and siblings.”. It is a complete family drama set in the 90s that depicts childhood, making it an evergreen masterpiece. If you’re Indian, it is so relatable and you will be able to connect with every character. This show primarily depicts life without technology in its most basic form. The story has so many evocative elements that resonate with you, bringing forth all kinds of good memories. You will miss a truly timeless series if you don’t watch Yeh Meri Family. 

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

Directed by: Sameer Saxena

Cast:  Vishesh Bansal, Mona Singh, Akarsh Khurana , and more..

Plot: Set in 1998, the series follows a 12-year boy eye in a middle-class family.

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9. Flames

Flames

Flames is something that you might be looking for. It’s an engaging web series that explores teen love in all its facets. Perhaps you’re a young guy reading this line right now. In case you are, oh boy, you are going to be overjoyed watching this web series. Despite the teen love story, Flames ends up delivering beautiful life lessons of love that are worth considering and make you ponder. This web series was crafted in a way that can connect to any teenager across the country, if not the world. It’s just as grounded and realistic that show portrays not the fantasy love story in mainstream films, but a bittersweet love story you may have faced or yet to face? 

You don’t want to miss this captivating tale of teenage love if you’re in fact fan of the romance genre.

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

Directed by: Apoorv Singh Karki

Cast: Ritvik Sahore, Tanya Maniktala, Sunakshi Grover, and more.

Plot: The story of a slow-burn young romance that unfolds naturally.

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8. Mirzapur

mirzapur best indian web series 2021

Mirzapur is regarded as the first mobster Indian web series that has captivated the audience with its engrossing characters and gripping plot. It isn’t merely a series; people admire characters in Mirzapur. I’d say Mirzapur is known for its characters. As a web series, Mirzapur is a gritty and violent drama filled with blood, gore, violence, and boldness that will make you glued to the screen. I urge that people who are not comfortable with graphic violence steer clear of this show since it represents violence quite a lot. Regardless, as someone who can stand gory scenes. Wow! I was literally in awe as I was watching those scenes. There’s just something about it that reminds me of Quentin Tarantino. In case you enjoy Tarantino alike style, You will not only love this series but you will also be hooked on the characters.

Seeing how the director crafted the characters, the anarchy, and the plotline, this is definitely a binge-worthy Indian web series.

IMDb Rating: 8.4/10

Directed by: Karan Anshuman, Gurmeet Singh, & Mihir Desai

Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Divyendu Sharma, and more..

Plot: A series of events in a lawless city that revolves around two families.

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7. Sacred Games

sacred games best indian web series 2021

Sacred Games is seemingly the first Indian web series that created a buzz across the web. This series will surprise you on every level. The OTT audience considers it to be one of the best web series, and so do you, after watching it. This thriller drama, Sacred Games, is packed with riveting scenes that will lift you up as every episode progresses. As of course, you won’t be able to hold back your excitement thanks to Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui’s memorable performances. This drama series is a charmer and the director has a real knack for narrating and describing the plot. It is an all-around web series that excels in all areas. Kudos to the actors for their incredible performances. It doesn’t matter if it’s a screenplay, plot, acting, music, or visuals. It will have you hooked until the very end.

IMDb Rating: 8.7/10

Directed by: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Neeraj Ghaywan

Cast:  Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Pankaj Tripathi, and more..

Plot: A police officer receives a call from an anonymous gangster telling him to save the city within 25 days. This forces him to embark on an arduous mission.

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6. Panchayat

Panchayat best indian web series 2021

Panchayat is a very distinctively crafted piece of work. Essentially, it tells of a middle-class engineering student struggling to achieve his aspirations, while also having to support himself at the same time through taking any job. As someone who has lived in rural areas for a while, I can say that this whole foundation feels truly natural and not at all forced. It is certainly a satisfaction to watch, especially since most of the scenes revolve around insignificant events that are made meaningful in village. On the other side, it brings subjects like class division, dowry, gender bias, population control, flexible virtue, and many others to the fore. The storyline of Panchayat is very refreshing, humorous, and practical. The actors, directors, writers, and producers deserve a lot of praise for creating such a riveting TV show.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Directed by: Deepak Kumar Mishra

Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Raghuvir Yadav, Chandan Roy, and more.

Plot: A comedy tale of the journey of an engineering graduate named Abhishek joins a panchayat office as a secretary in a remote village of Uttar Pradesh due to a lack of better job options.

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5. TVF Pitchers

tvf pitchers best indian web series 2021

Despite the fact that it was released in 2015, TVF pitchers came to the spotlight in 2020 and became instant fan favorite for young audiences in India. There is something very real about the characters that intrigue the audience. Sometimes it was like watching yourself or what you wanted to do, and this series has a lot of reliability and realism. TVF pitchers had a number of aspects in common that made them so captivating & charming. Even though it explores real issues such as relationships, hurdles, & choices. It never loses its humor essence until the end. Do you have one day off? Then watch the TVF pitchers. It is a five-episode mini-series.

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

Directed by: Amit Golani

Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Arunabh Kumar, Jitendra Kumar, and more.

Plot: Four young entrepreneurs quit their jobs to start their own company.

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4. The Family Man

the family man best indian web series

The Family Man is probably the second web series that has captivated every corner of India. Great stories have no boundaries, they can go anywhere, even to foreign countries. The show was even watched by audiences in other countries. And it’s only because of how amazing the series is. What I personally love about the family man is how it blends multiple genres in a perfect way that is seamless and harmonious. Throughout the entire series, there is a fascinating plotline, fantastic characters, spectacular visuals, stunning cinematography, and action episodes that keep you riveted. Hats off to Raj & DK who achieved such amazing work. Especially, there are several scenes in the show that leaves you wondering how long each scene lasts. Kudos to the cinematography and technical departments. Regardless, the Family man stands up to any genre, be it comedy, action, drama, crime, or family, and needless to say, every actor is stellar. It’s indeed one of the best Indian web series 2021.

IMDb Rating: 8.8/10

Directed by:  Raj & DK, Suparn S Varma Raj

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Vedant Sinha, and more.

Plot: The story revolves around a spy who pretends to be an ordinary employee who engages in missions to save the city, while how he blends in with his family.

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3. Kota Factory

Kota Factory best indian web series

Just like Scam 1992, Kota factory is on the same page as the best Indian web series. What’s so unique and distant about Kota factory is it was depicted in monochrome. Kota Factory is the first and possibly the last black-and-white Web series made in India. It is many things. Aspirants who are studying for the IIT-JEE can relate so much to Kota factory that they may feel as though they are watching themselves. An exceptional web series in India, it portrays the struggles of getting a seat in an IIT, and also represents teenage hostel life, friendship, pressure, hurdles, and crushes. 

The Kota Factory is near perfect in every department. It was well-crafted, perfectly directed, and every actor nailed their roles. To sum up, Watch Kota Factory right now if you want to meet your replica.

IMDb Rating: 9.1/10

Directed by: Raghav Subbu

Cast:  Mayur More, Jitendra Kumar, Ranjan Raj, and more..

Plot: The series depicts the problems faced by ITT aspirant in day to day lives.

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2. Aspirants

aspirants best indian web series

Aspirants is another perfect Indian web series. The fact it was so popular & successful is primarily due to the pragmatism the show has portrayed. Especially the specific category of people who are UPSC aspirants couldn’t relate to this web series more. From a series point of view, Aspirants has the same feel as Kota Factory but is deeper and more sophisticated. It comprises of brilliant screenplay & amazing direction, which are enough to give breath to a first-class product. Above all of that, All three main actors are flawless in their performance and delivery of dialogue.  Ultimately, Aspirants explores the harsh reality of how tedious hours of study can physically and mentally exhaust a human.

It’s a down-to-earth & realistic series that you wouldn’t want to miss. It has just recently gained immense popularity and went onto the list of best Indian web series 2021.

IMDb Rating: 9.7/10

Directed by: Apoorv Singh Karki

Cast: Naveen Kasturia, Shivankit Singh Parihar, Abhilash Thapliyal, and more.

Plot: A tale of the journey of three UPSC (public service competitive exams in India) aspirants who go against the odds.

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1. Scam 1992

scam 1992

Scam 1992 is a biography of Harshad Mehta, an Indian stockbroker who reached the summit from zero. Scam 1992 is what I consider to be the best Indian web series of all time. It’s top-tier and on-point in all departments. Be it writing, direction, storytelling, acting, or production, They are all master-class. It’s not just me who feels that way, Scam 1992 is critically acclaimed and also highly lauded by the audience. Moreover, The renowned media company “Times of India” also described it as “Desi Version of Wolf of the Wall Street”, which isn’t a headline that you would turn a blind eye to. 

The first thing everyone says after watching Scam 1992, is the stellar performance of Prathik Gandhi. He’s Harshad Mehta himself, and all supporting cast members, including Shreya Dhanwanthary as Sucheta Dala, performed brilliantly.

If you’re someone who’s looking for a flawless web series that you want it to put you on the edge of your seat. Go binge-watch Scam 1992. It is live and available on Sony liv.

IMDb Rating: 9.5/10

Directed by: Hansal Mehta

Cast:    Arjun Mathur, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jim Sarbh, and more..

Plot: The Life Journey of Harsh Mehta.

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Which is your favourite Indian Web Series ?

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