Introduction of Indian web series came as a breathe of fresh air and has taken the entertainment industry by storm. Without a doubt, our western counterparts are producing phenomenal content, but the desis are head to head when it comes to producing exceptional content.
Here are the top 10 picks (in chronological order) over the years that dished out amazing content and jam packed performances. Which ones your favourite ?
It came in when web series were yet to find a niche. The show revolves around Mikesh & Tanya’s relationship, how the two deal with the prospect of them getting married & instead move in together. The writing is simple and easy going. The lead actors’ adorable yet goofy chemistry is heartwarming and frankly more realistic than sacrificial sob fests in telly dramas. This sprinkled with witty dialogues leave you in splits.
After the success of “Permanent Roommates”, TVF once again comes up with TVF Pitchers. And boy, it nails it again. The story revolves around the trials and tribulations of four friends who decide to launch their own start-up. The series is funny, serious, inspiring, real and was quick to capture the minds of youth. The Indian audience was more than happy to be treated with content this fresh.
3.Bang Baaja Baarat
A sleek YRF production, this series depicts the dynamics of contemporary, urban relationships albeit in a comical way. The extravagant scale of production proves that YRF has surely up the ante. The romcom deals with central characters - Shahana & Pawan, trying to stay sane amidst the chaos and ruckus that ensues in their wedding while dealing with loony yet endearing characters. And without a doubt the fresh narration and acting are praiseworthy and do justice to the series.
Amazon once again impresses with this psychological thriller. A story of father ready to go to any extent for his son, blurring the lines of right and wrong. A not so cliché plot, wonderful writing and effortless performances by the likes of R. Madhavan & Amit Sadh keep you hooked.
An adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s novel of the same name, the series was the first Netflix original series in India. Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai police officer, receives an anonymous phone call from a gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde who tells him to save the city in 25 days. The series chronicles the chain of events that ensues. Dark, intense & brutal in its narrative, this series is touted as a revolution in storytelling and filmmaking. It is treated no less than mainstream cinema either by the makers or by the audience. The series for sure is an edge of seat entertainer.
An Amazon prime original, the series is a typical gang war drama and definitely managed to please the masses. This crime thriller perfectly depicts the underbelly of Uttar Pradesh- lawlessness, guns and lust for power. The rustic backdrop along with the impeccable acting chops of lead actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey and Devyendu Sharma sets the tone and make it more convincing.
7. Made in Heaven
A story of two wedding planners in Delhi, Karan and Tara. MIH proves to be a well layered series that is set against big fat indian weddings. The grey characters naturally evolving over a period of time in addition to powerful narrative give a masterpiece. The depiction of multiple social issues without making it preachy is done with absolute finesse. Be it taking witty jibes at suffocating customs, subtly depicting feminism or addressing homosexuality in the most mature way, the series doesn't sag even for a minute and is a must watch.
8. Kota factory
India’s first black and white web series, it highlights struggles of engineering aspirants amidst various pressures. This series reinstates the fact that TVF is still at the top of their game. Depiction of subject left untouched for years and the realistic portrayal of the rat race plaguing students made it easy for youngsters to connect. A recent masterpiece with brilliant acting and direction, Kota factory would definitely won't disappoint you.
9. City of dreams
A hotstar special, city of dreams is a political drama wherein the struggle for power forms the core of the narrative. The show brilliantly depicts how a chair can play with lives of people. The actors are more than convincing with their realistic portrayal of characters and when treated right with bold yet effective writing, deliver this gem of a political saga.
A Netflix original drama not for the one to get easily offended. It's a story of a mother trying to find her daughter taken away by the oppressive regime. Dystopian fiction is comparatively newer for Indian audience, which explains the polarized reviews for this art piece. If we expect film makers to keep delivering class content, we too as audience need to grow up. The drama easily offended a whole lot of bunch but it doesn't change the fact the narrative is indeed powerful and brave. A must watch if you can treat it as a work of fiction.
Deserving mention : ALISHA, Baked, Trippling, Selection day, Typewriter & Lakhon mein ek.