India has made a great attempt in rising its digital game via online platforms. Recently emerged, MX Player and Zee5 have also contributed to digital content marketing with breath-taking shows and individual experimental web series. From comedy to thrillers and horror to love stories, we Indians are always hungry for Bollywood and digital content which have made web series gain a significant position in our lives. To get started, we have shortlisted some of the best Indian web series based on reviews and number of views which you would love to see repeatedly.
Best Indian Web Series in 2021: Action and Thriller
Starring Saif Ali Khan, Sacred Games is probably one of the best Indian web series you would love to watch in crime and action thrillers. The story is based on the fiction Sacred Games and revolves around Sartaj Singh who is a Mumbai based police officer chasing a gangster Gaitonde. This web series flows smoothly passing through several emotional sequences, mystery, corruption and thrills, particularly the fights happening in between them is worth watching. The whole story plot is designed in a way that keeps its watchers glued till the end.
This Web series reveals one of the most devasting rape cases happened in India. Delhi Crime has even won critical acclaim once it was aired for the first time. The second season was also a big hit just like the first one. Starring Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang and Adil Hussain, this series is based on 2012 Delhi gang-rape case where a woman was assaulted and beaten in a running bus near Munirka.
This is a crime mystery story taking place at Goa beachside. Many popular actors like Kalki Koechlin, Mandira Bedi, Jim Sarbh and Amit Sial together explores themes behind mafia, drugs and crime. A murder mystery story is set around a serene atmosphere of Goa which shatters the illusionary safety and bliss. ACP Pereira takes the follow-up and proposes to clean up the mess after being approached by CM of the state.
Another Indian crime mystery trending on Amazon has unexpectedly taken the audience by wave due to outstanding plot and acting. Most of the storyline is based on Mirzapur city while few shots include locations such as Jaunpur, Gorakhpur and Ghazipur. Akhandanand Tripathi played by Pankaj Tripathi is the lead character while the story revolves around drug, mafia and crime.
This crime thriller directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia is based on a BBC show named Criminal Justice. Many talented actors have acted for this Indian web series who show thrill, drama, suspicion and crime. A girl dies due to drug abuse and one-night stand for which Aditya is accused and suspicioned. As he wakes up with a knife in hand and the girl lying dead, he needs to find out what happened so that his guilt can be proved in front of the justice system and law.
The Final Call
Aired on Zee5, this brilliant web series casts Arjun Rampal, Javed Jaffrey, Sakshi Tanwar and Vipin Sharma. An ATS team with Kiran Mirza saves passengers flying in Skyline Flight 502. Watch the Final Call to find out whether the flight run by Captain Karan Sachdev will successfully save its passengers or not!
Best Indian Web Series: Comedy and Humour
This comic series of Voot is based on a wedding planning business. This show is themed around boys who have big dreams regarding their future and decides to become wedding planners. With an excellent opportunity and talent, their hilarious journey is worth watching.
This light social comedy revolves around a Gujarati family living in Metro Park of the US. Payel Kalpesh makes every effort to hold their Indianness despite living in an American country. The contrasting cultures between the two nations end up making them undergo hilarious situations and a series of confusions. Ranveer Shorey, Om Vaidya, Purbi Joshi and Pitobash are few of the actors who will make you laugh with their humorous talks and incredible family life.
Plying on TVF, Inmates stars Mukti Mohan, Kashyap Kapoor, Akanksha, Ashish Verma and Raghav Raj Kakkar who are five friends living together. Learn about their crazy secrets and love life where Madhav, the virgin guy uses Tinder for finding love match and realises that the one which is found is older than him and desperate for some spice in boring life!
Best Indian Web Series: Romance, Lust and Relationships
This compilation of four stories throws light on sex, desire, lust and affection in modern relationships. Every story showcasing on Netflix ends on a note where your imagination starts wandering about the next series. All the stories are directed by renowned directors including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar and Dibakar Banerjee.
Four More Shots Please
Inspired by the famous television series, Sex and the City, this Indian web series is based on city lives of four young women. The story reveals about four friends who struggle for love, success in career and orgasm! When Milind Soman is introduced, a spicy twist is added in their lives. High street fashion and friendship makes Four More Shots Please a must to see web series to explore female viewpoints on career, relationship and friendship.
This is an improved version of engineering hostel life where three engineering girls aspire to reach the pinnacle in their career in spite facing various challenges. Starring Barkha Singh, Kritika Avasthi and Sejal Kumar the trio falls in love while approaching their dreams and finally establishes their own business together along with their college work.
Best Indian Web Series: Biography
This biography-based web series revolves around the life-story of Sunny Leone who is named as Karenjit Kaur by her parents. 24 episodes have been shot exclusively for Zee5 which stars Sunny Leone herself along with Raj Arjun, Karamvir Lamba and Rysa Saujani. As the name says, the story is based on Sunny’s life from a simple Sikh girl to a porn star and finally entering Bollywood as a successful actress. The series is available in various languages and includes few scenes shot in Cape Town as well.
The roar of the Lion
Trending on Hotstar, this documentary series is based on Indian cricketer MS Dhoni. The entire series is a five-episode drama which has gained much appreciation from its watchers. After the CSK team failed in 2013 due to the spot-fixing scandal, the series reveals how cricketers are emotionally hurt during the trying time. After the comeback in 2018, Dhoni leads the team and team gains victory.
A historical drama, Bose: Dead/Alive is a web series which depicts life history of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The series stars Rajkumar Rao as Bose along with Edward Sonnenblick, Anna Ador and Naveen Kasturia. The story is on the plane crash event of 1945 August when Bose is presumed to be dead. However, the Bose family receives an indication from Gandhi that he is alive from where the mysterious foray starts to find what happened exactly and whether he is alive or not.
Best Indian Web Series: Love Stories
Yeh Hai Aashiqui
This romantic anthology of Bindass is based on love stories streaming since four seasons and with 144 episodes. Rithvik Dhanjani hosts the series and reveals some heart-warming love stories in front of the audience that can be related to modern-day relationships. The last episode showcased the marriage of the host himself after he narrates his love story with another co-actor Asha Negi.
Kaisi Yeh Yaariaan
This is a beautiful story of love, friendship and relationships aired on Voot. Three seasons have been released till date and stars Parth Samthaan, Niti Taylor and Ayaz Ahmed besides many others. The first season had Manik and Nandini who contests between friendship and love while the second season continues from the point the first one ends. The last season shows a mature and grown-up version of Manik and Nandini where they behave responsibly and are still in love with each other.
Spotlight is a two mini web series which explores the entertainment and Bollywood world. Vikram Bhatt is the director who uses protagonists to tell the story of Bollywood actor Sana Sanyal. The actress is very successful but is lonely from inside and searches for true love. The second series revolves around a musician who becomes depressed after losing singing ability. His girlfriend helps in finding new hope and rebuild his life once again.
Broken But Beautiful
In this web series, Veer and Sameera portray characters of conflicting personalities. The connection between them is exclusively shown on screen by Ekta Kapoor. After they are left with a broken heart, they meet each other and finds similarity in their story. The love story of Broken But Beautiful undoubtedly will make you believe in the healing power of love.
This romantic yet social drama aired on ALT Balaji stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Parul Gulati besides several others. The story is based on Kashmir and depicts the story of hope, dream, war and love within the unrest seen in Kashmir. Khandelwal is a Doctor who remains sceptical of love after he is cheated by his wife and had to raise his daughter all alone. All the characters in the story makes every possible move to keep their dreams alive to find happiness and love.
Love by Chance
This romantic series which was previously aired on Bindass and depicts stories based on real-life events where people accidentally find their love in unlikely incidents. Kavi Shastri hosts the entire series of 36 episodes and proves that love can be found by chance in the darkest situation also.
Best Indian Web Series: Reality Shows
Aired on Amazon Prime, this reality web series was premiered on 2018 and is based on a musical challenge show in which contestants need to sing Bollywood remixes. They were judged by Amit Trivedi, Sunidhi Chauhan and Nucleya and hosted by Karan Tacker. This series will surely make you enjoy some exclusive and famous Bollywood numbers with fresh essence.
Hear Me Love Me
This is a reality dating show aired on Amazon Prime. Hosted by the diva herself, Shilpa Shetty does every justice to add glamour in the web series. This show was premiered in 2018 and shows how contestants found love without looking at the appearance or personality of the person. As per communications established, the participant had to choose an idle match and then decide whether to move ahead for a date or not. Shilpa acts as a guide and mentor while sharing personal anecdotes on relationships.
This is a stand-up comedy reality show where contestants compete with each other in the name of humours. In this nine-episode series, very talented comedians are judged by Biswa Kalyan, Tanmay Bhat, Kanan Gill and Naveen Richard along with few others and hosted by our beloved Abish Mathew and Sumukhi Suresh. This series received a title of most-watched Indian web series in its first week itself.
Best Indian Web Series: Horror
This horror cum thriller stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul. The story is based on a feared terrorist who is jailed and been interrogated by Radhika Apte. The prisoner is believed to be involved in many suspicious activities and takes on the turn when the interrogator i.e. Nida Rahim finds a ghoul inhabiting the prisoner.
Parchhayee is a horror web series aired on Zee5 and based on short stories written by Ruskin Bond. The series is led by many famous stars cast and reveals some very interesting supernatural stories that can capture anyone’s mind. Every story tells a different incident based on horror and mystery which can prove bone-chilling and wow at the same time.
This is another horror series which is aired on Eros Now. Many independent stories based on supernaturalism and mystery is shown in the entire three-episode web series. Watch for yourself to find more on Twisted Tales and experience some thrilling and terrifying moments.
Best Indian Web Series: Fiction and Literary Arts
Stories by Rabindranath Tagore
This web series is based on popular stories written by Rabindranath Tagore. Director Anurag Kashyap reveals some finest classics in his series presenting 20 famous tales enacted by stars like Radhika Apte, Amrita Puri and Sumeet Vyas. Every story depicts strong and bold characters involved in relationships and family. Get a taste of Bengali literature to comprehend the era of Tagore.
Aired on Voot, Shortcuts showcases 12 different short movies as a part of the web series. Every story adds to thrill, fantasy and fiction that leaves viewers overwhelmed. You will find many twists in the plot and amidst a family roller-coaster ride while watching the show.
Girl in the City
This is yet another one of the best Indian web series aired on Bindass.com. Starring Mithila Palkar, Danny Sura and Rajat Barmecha, the story revolves around an archetypal girl who struggles with adulting in the new city. The story is based on a girl who comes to Mumbai with her aspirations and dreams but faces many tribulations and trails in the three-episode show.