Indian web series are some of the best and most desired forms of video entertainment. They are becoming better and better, and can rival the best products of Hollywood as well. However, there are still way too many of them to simply pick and start watching one. With that in mind, in this article, we will go over 15 of the best Indian web series currently available.
1. Sacred Games
This show is one of the best when it comes to action, drama, and crime. It is based on a book of the same name, and the story mainly follows Sartaj Singh who is a police officer working in Mumbai, and a gangster by the name of Gaitonde, who exhibits a god complex.
The show is filled with mystery, corruption in law, fighting and all sorts of action. This is a quality show worth your time. The suspense and the development of this game will glue you to the screen, and have to wanting more after each episode ends.
The show is available on Netflix and stars Saif Ali Khan, Radhika Apte, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and more. Season 1 is already out and available for streaming.
This crime thriller series is available on Amazon Prime, and it has taken the audience by storm thanks to the impeccable acting of the stars, and a rather interesting and exciting plot. The story is based in Mirzapur, while there are also scenes made in Jaunpur, Ghazipur, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, and Lucknow.
The plot follows dealings with guns, mafia, drugs and overall mayhem of that life, and the main character is Akhandanand Tripathi, played by Pankaj Tripathi. He is the mafia boss of Mirzapur and his son Munna wants to follow him and continue this legacy of chaos and lawlessness.
The show also stars Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Vikrant Massey, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur, Divyendu Sharma, and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.
This is yet another crime series, and a rather new one as it began in January of this year. This series has taken the Indian storytelling to a whole new level, and the plot revolves around ordinary men faced with some very unexpected situations.
Kabir Sawant is the lead character, a talented crime division officer. He has to piece together the missing pieces of unrelated deaths, which then lead him to a lead suspect. The drama is ever present, and the mystery unfolds between the suspect who wants to save his dying son, and an officer of law who wants justice.
4. Delhi Crime
This drama series has the most notorious rape case in India as its plot. “Delhi Crime” has so far won some major critical acclaim, and after the great success of season one, the second season has been announced and is in the works.
This famous show starts Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal, as well as other actors, and follows the 2012 New Delhi gang rape case, commonly known as the Nirbhaya case. In this tragic story set in Munrirka, New Delhi, a 23 year old girl and her male friend were brutally beaten up and assaulted in a running bus. They were on their way home after a night out where they saw movie.
The girl was beaten with an iron rod and gang raped, after which her friend and her were thrown naked and injured alongside the road. The suspects then tried to run them over with the bus. The story in the show is told from the perspective of the police officers working the case.
5. Criminal Justice
This show is the Indian version of the hit BBC show that shares its name. Tigmanshu Dhulia is the director, and the show stars Jackie Shroff, Anupriya Goenka, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, and Mita Vashist. This is a great blend of drama, thrill, and crime, and the suspense will keep you at the edge of your seat and glued to the TV.
Character Aditya is accused of murder following a tragedy where a girl ends up dead in his cab after a drug experience and a hook up. He wakes up and finds this girl dead with a knife in his hands. He must find out what happened during that night and who wants to set him up, thereby proving his innocence to the police and the justice system.
This TV show is a Zee5 original, and starsArbaaz Khan, Riya Sen, Tanuj Virwani, and Freddy Daruwala. The crime thriller has one season so far, and a total of 11 episodes. The actors give great performances, and the story is quite interesting.
The plot follows the experiences of Ranveer, who has ended his jailed sentence and moves to Goa to seek revenge on his enemies. Other protagonists are DSP Vikram, and don Antonio Verghese. VIkram has the goal to catch Verghese who also operates in Goa, and the story brings and tangles the three of them together.
This crime mystery thriller is also set in the beach state of Goa, like the previous show we presented. It stars actors Jim Sarbh, Mandira Bedi, Kalki Koechlin, Gulshan Devaiah, Amit Sial, and others, and explores crime, drugs, and mafia in this Indian area.
Goa is generally a peaceful yet vibrant place, full of beaches and parties. However, a double murder completely shatters the feeling of safety, after which ACP Pereira is tasked with cleaning the state and removing the drug cartels and other criminals.
8. Whiskey Cavalier
This is an American comedy, drama, thriller and action combination. The series premiered in February of this year, and it is available on Amazon Prime. It is a nice mixture of a spy thriller and a comedy show, and it is full of relationship problems. So far, it has 10 episodes.
The story follows an FBI agent Will Chase, whose codename is Whiskey Cavalier. He experienced a tough break up, and has now been teamed up with a new partner, CIA agent Francesca Trowbridge. They lead a team of spies and have to save the day in many interesting and intense scenarios.
This is another original Zee5 series. It stars actors Kunal Khemu, Maninee Mishra, Elnaaz Norouzi, Gopal Singh, Deepak Tijori, Rituraj Singh, and Sandeepa Dhar. Every episode of this great show is based on one real life crime or incident. Two episodes come out each month.
Khemu portrays the character Abhay Pratap Singh, who is an investigating officer and the leader of the Special Task Force. The first episode has the 2006 Nithari case in Noida, India as the plot. In this case, two men were arrested on the suspicion of serial murders, cannibalism, necrophilia, and sexual abuse. Abhay and his adventures gives a realistic glimpse into the crime world in the country of India, and we also experience his daily struggles and psychological issues.
10. The Investigation
This brilliant crime thriller is the product of Eros Now, and it stars Hiten Tejwani, Leena Jumani, and Aryamann Seth. This the story of crime, conscience, and coincidence, and it is set in the city of Mumbai.
A Crime Branch investigative officer in Mumbai receives a murder case that raises a question of his find own innocence, and he must decide if he will turn himself in or use the position he is in to influence the case in his favor. The case involves conspiracy and cover up of the death.
11. The Final Call
Zee5 has tons of great series, and this original thriller features an ensemble cast of Arjun Rampal, Neeraj Kabi, Javed Jaffrey, Sakshi Tanwar, Anupriya Goenka, and Vipin Sharma. It is an adrenaline filled show that will have your blood pumping while it tells its gripping adventure story on an airplane flight.
Captain Karan Sachdev committed suicide while he was piloting the Skyline flight 502 and put more than 300 passengers and crew at risk of crashing. A team including the airline officer Kiran Mirza spurs into action to save the scared passengers.
This show is also the work of Zee5, and it is available for online streaming. The crime thriller series began in December of last year, and it is set in the ‘90s in the rural Gorakhpur. Actors Saqib Saleem, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ranvir Shorey, Ravi Kishan, Aahana Kumra, and others play the interesting characters in this show, based on the true story of Shri Prakash Shukla. He was a notorious gangster who lived and operated in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
The series Shiv Prakash Shukla and his journey from a DDU student to the most wanted criminal in all of India. Other characters are also important, including Ram Shankar Tiwari and Chandra Bhan Singh, two other inspirations of real life characters.
This modern age thriller is available for stream on Viu. It debuted in 2018 and it has one season so far. The cast includes Sayani Gupta, Namit Das, Madhurima Roy, Rannvijay Singha, Omkar Kapoor, and others. The themes of the show are friendship, trust, and loyalty, in the world filled with crime an drama.
The follows a group of friends who, at the first glance, seem perfect. However, every single one of them has a deep dark secret that can impact and change all of their lives. The plot unveils the secrets and lies and how they can damage even the strongest friendships.
This series is a suspense thriller set in the beautiful mountain city Mussoorie. So far, there is onlt one season with six episodes available. Actors include Shriya Pilgaonkar, Viraf Patel, Shoaib Ahmed, Ashwini Koul, and many others. The show deals with a serial killer with a mysterious background.
Aditi Bisht is a brave journalist and the daughter of a police officer. She goes on a mission to reveal the mysterious serial killer, Aks. After reveling some shocking truths, she closes the case without naming the suspect. When a copycat killer emerges impersonating Aks, she realizes this new criminal is more deranged and dangerous than the first.
15. Truth or Tamanna?
This web series is a missing person thriller, available on Viu. It has only one season so far, which has 13 episodes. The actors in the series are Priyanshu Jora, Suchit Singh, Abhitesh Khajuria, Kushal Punjabi, Vrushika Mehta, and Himani Sahani.
The plot of the show is based on Tamanna and Dhruv, two people who love each other. Before they are supposed to travel to London together, Tamanna mysteriously disappears before the flight. Dhruv must investigate the disappearance of his girlfriend, after which he involves himself with a whole other world he never knew existed, and questions if he even knew the real Tamanna.