In an era when western shows have jailed us with its versatile show, we end up neglecting our very own Indian web works. Indian web series is a reflection of what has happened in our society, history, tradition, and everyday life. While some are simply a waste of your time with all the cliches and cringy stuff. Thankfully, however, platforms like Disney+Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have given us some of the best Indian web series to gobble up in our free time. Here are some you should definitely watch in 2020. Ready for some desi bingeing?
Aarya: Disney+ Hotstar
Aarya is an Indian crime drama, an official remake of Dutch drama series Penoza. This nine-episode show narrates a story of a woman (Sushmita Sen) who takes charge of the family’s opium and drug business after her husband gets killed gruesomely. How Aarya manages to keep her three children out of the dirt and will she find the killer is the crux of the series. With a great casting and subtle acting from Sushmita Sen, Aarya is a must-watch Indian web series.
Sacred Games: Netflix
Do we need to say about this grand show? With an ensemble of amazing actors like Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Saif Ali Khan, and Kalki Koechlin, it’s the best Indian web on Netflix. If you haven’t watched this series, what are you even watching on Netflix? The story revolves around inspector Sartaj Singh, trying to stop a terror attack planned by Gangster Ganesh Gaitonde. Sartaj has an ultimatum of 25 days. Whether he can solve the puzzle and find Gaitonde’s real motive is a two-season thriller.
Paatal Lok: Amazon Prime Video
A group of killers want to kill a TV Anchor. What is their gain? Why is the celebrity anchor the victim? An unimaginable thread of dots starts to connect when Hathi Ram Chaudhary (Jaideep Ahlawat) enters the dark realm. Paatal Lok digs deep on society’s foundation with utmost dirt, blood, rawness, and tons of gaalis. (censor alert) The writers make us question the light and dark side of the world in a sinister fast-paced terrific runtime. This is an Indian web series you should not miss watching.
Imtiaz Ali’s directorial debut on the small screen tells an empowering story of a female cop in the criminal world. When Bhumika (Aditi Pohanker) gets assigned to go undercover in a drug ring racket, she discovers her real power. She is a seven-episode story, united with impressive direction and performance and an Indian web series on Netflix you should not miss.
Asur: Voot Select
Director Oni Sen mergers the concept of Hindu Mythology into a psychological thriller with Asur. The body of a woman is brutally charred and found across a field. Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi) heads the investigation of serial killings with a group of experts. Asur starts with a definite black and white ideology of Devas being righteous and Asuras being evil. As the narrative proceeds, the color starts to turn grey as we discover the story of the killer. So, who is right, asuras or devas? Will the Kalki avatar happen? This question makes us engaged throughout this adrenaline-inducing Indian web series.
A gang of small-town boys trick people by using phishing techniques to steal money in this Indian web series on Netflix. What happens when a corrupt politician joins hands, is a ten-episode crime drama. While police Inspector Dolly Sahu (Aksha Pardasany) is determined to catch them. Can the group succeed in fooling her or, can Dolly put a full-stop is something you need to binge to know.
The Bard of Blood: Netflix
Bard of Blood is a spy show dealing with the tension between India and Pakistan intelligence as they unravel the knots in a foreign land. Kabir Anand (Emraan Hashmi), deals with troubled past and teaches Shakespeare’s Macbeth after being removed as a spy. Thankfully the spy-world lures him into the Taliban territory. Can he succeed in his mission of saving four Indian agents? The Bard of Blood, derived from Bilal Siddiqi’s novel of the same name, presents a suspense tale with outstanding actors, forcing you to binge through the Indian web series on Netflix.
Taj Mahal 1989: Netflix
We all crave love stories. Love is an emotion that binds the universe. A comedy cum romance-drama tells us the love story of Dharam and Rashmi, having different dreams. With multiple subplots and well-developed characters, Taj Mahal 1989 beautifully sweeps you into the chaotic world of romance. It’s a seven-episode Indian web series that explores more about love and politics.
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