Top 16 Best Indian Web Series That You Must Watch In 2020
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The popularity of Indian Web series seems to have overtaken Bollywood movies. Looking at the popularity of Hindi web series, several B-Town stars have already made their digital debut. Yes, there are several Indian web series that became the talk of the town due to its story, cast or adult content. In the article, we will be talking about the best Indian web series that are currently streaming on Netflix, Amazon Prime, MX Player, Ullu App, TVF, ZEE5, AltBalaji or Primeflix.
Yes, these all are Hindi web series and you can watch it for free. Notably, days are gone when web series was used to associated with only low budget projects. Apart from these OTT platforms, you can watch several web series on YouTube and TVF. Dozens of Indian web series were released in the last two to three years but we have listed only best and top web series that you would love to watch on repeat.
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Instead of watching small video clips and short films, people now tend to watch Hindi web series, which have now become the source of inspiration and entertainment. Thanks to Amazon, Netflix, MX Player, Alt Balaji and Ullu App for providing such kind of entertaining contents. After seeing the following list of best Hindi web series, you will definitely say that the future of digital media is already here.
Top 16 Best Web Series To Binge-Watch Now
1. Sacred Games — Netflix
- Date of release: May 6, 2018
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
- Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni
- Director: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Sacred Games turned out to be a turning point for web series in India. Yes, the digital thriller series was based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same title. The first season of Sacred Games was directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap — who produced it under their banner Phantom Films. After seeing the success of its first season, the makers of the show are gearing up for its second season.
The story of Sacred Games revolves around a troubled police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan), who receives a phone call from a gangster named Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), who tells him to save the dream city within 25 days. The series also features Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni, Neeraj Kabi, Jeetendra Joshi, Rajshri Deshpande, Karan Wahi, Aamir Bashir, Jatin Sarna, Elnaaz Norouzi and Kubra Sait in main roles.
If you have not watched Sacred Games, you should watch it right now. Once you start watching it, you will find yourself amidst mystery, drama, corruption and a lot of fights. Going by the name of this web series, the show is designed as a part of a game which will keep you glued the end of each episode with tons of excitement.
Sacred Game is currently streaming on Netflix.
2. Mirzapur — Amazon Prime
- Date of release: November 16, 2018
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
- Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Rashika Duggal, Harshita Gaur, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Amit Sial, Sheeba Chaddha, Kulbhushan, Kharbanda, Anangsha Biswas
- Director: Karan Anshuman, Gurmeet Singh
In our list of best Hindi web series, Mirzapur comes at number 2. Pankaj Tripathi starrer Mirzapur has undoubtedly taken the audience by storm with its engaging storyline. The web series was mainly based in Mirzapur, some of the shot was filmed in Ghazipur, Azamgarh, Lucknow and Gorakhpur.
The story of Mirzapur revolves around drugs, guns and anarchy. The show portrays the putrescence, governance and rule of mafia dons and the rivalry and crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh. The second of Mirzapur will be launched soon.
You will see Pankaj Tripathi in never before seen avatar. Yes, In Mirzapur, Pankaj Tripathi earned crore of rupees by exporting carpets and end up becoming one of mafia boss of Mirzapur and his son named Munna, who makes all efforts to follow his father’s footsteps.
Mirzapur features other stars such as Vikrant Massey, Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Divyendu Sharma, Rasika Dugal, Harshita Gaur and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in the lead.
The first season of Mirzapur is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
3. Ghoul — Netflix
- Date of release: August 24, 2018
- Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
- Cast: Manav Kaul, Radhika Apte, Rohit Pathak, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Sunil Soni, Kailash Kumar, Harry Parmar
- Director: Patrick Graham
Ghoul is one of the first horror Indian web series, which features Bollywood actress Radhika Apte in the lead role. The web series is based on the Arab folklore monster ghoul. This was the second Netflix Original web series after Sacred Game, which was created, written and directed by Patrick Graham.
The story of Radhika Apte starrer Ghoul depicts an army interrogation centre where a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed is locked up as a prisoner. In the series, Radhika Apte plays the main character Nida Rahim supported by Manav Kaul, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, S. M. Zaheer, Mahesh Balraj, Rohit Pathak and Mallhar Goenka in prominent roles.
The web series took an interesting turn when Ali Saeed makes a startling revelation about the interrogator Nida Rahim. The story takes yet another turn when the Nida shockingly discovers a ghoul inhabiting the prisoner (Ali Saeed). Later, Rahim comes to the conclusion that Ali does not belong to this world and has some supernatural entity. The series consists of merely three episodes that you can watch it one go.
The web series is currently streaming on Netflix.
4. Breathe — Amazon Prime Video
- Date of release: January 26, 2018
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
- Cast: R. Madhavan, Amit Sadh
- Director: Mayank Sharma
Breathe was Amazon Prime Video’s second Indian original series after 2017’s Inside Edge, which was premiered on 26th January 2018. The web series turned out to be hit and the makers are all set for its second season. The first season of Breathe features R. Madhavan, Amit Sadh, Hrishikesh Joshi, Sapna Pabbi, Atharva Vishwakarma and Neena Kulkarni.
The story of Breathe revolves around two desperate men who make all possible effort to save one beautiful soul. The series asks you a simple question, How far will you go to protect your beloved one?
Breathe is an Indian drama that explores the lives of ordinary men faced with extraordinary circumstances. Kabir (Sadh), a brilliant but non-conventional officer of the Crime Branch, gathers missing pieces together of seemingly unconnected deaths of organ donors that lead up to a common suspect – the affable Danny (Madhavan). Kabir will not stop until he cracks the case and imparts justice.
The web series Breathe is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
5. Delhi Crime — Netflix
- Date of release: 22nd March 2019
- Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
- Cast: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang
- Director: Richie Mehta
Delhi Crime is one of the most-watched Indian Web series that released on 22nd March this year. The crime drama is set in the aftermath of the 2012 brutal gang rape, which is widely known as Nibhaya case. Notably, the first two episodes of Delhi Crime were premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the Indie Episodic category. The second season of Delhi Crime will be released soon.
Depicting Delhi’s bone-chilling incident, Delhi Crime has won several major critical acclaims since it aired the first season. The drama features Shefali Shah, Adil Hussain, Rasika Dugal, Rajesh Tailang, and many other brilliant actors.
The story of Delhi Crime was based on a 23-year old girl and her male friend were mercilessly beaten up in a moving bus near Munirka in New Delhi while they were going home after watching a movie. In the running bus, the girl was gang-raped and assaulted with an iron rod, following which the pair was thrown naked and injured on the road, after which the culprits tried to run them over with the bus.
In Delhi Crime, the makers have shown how Delhi Police have dealt with what emerged as the most brutal rape case India has ever witnessed.
The show is currently streaming on Netflix.
6. Permanent Roommates — TVF
- Date of release: 29th October 2014
- Genre: Comedy, Romance
- Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Nidhi Singh, Deepak Kumar Mishra
- Creators: Biswapati Sarkar, Sameer Saxena
Permanent Roommates is an Indian web series created by The Viral Fever(TVF) and Biswapati Sarkar. The story of this popular series revolves around a young couple named Tanya and Mikesh. The first season of this series premiered on YouTube on 29th October 2014. The second season of Permanent Roommates was dropped on TVR Play on 14th February 2016. The series was renewed and its third season was premiered in 2018.
Owing to its immense popularity, they are reported to have received $10 million from Tiger Global. Permanent Roommates, it was TVF’s first drama, which turned out to be flawless. It is one of the best web series that has the best of situational comedy from their channel.
Looking at the popularity of such kind of web series, the day is not far, when web series or OTT platforms will replace the mainstream. For many Indian, it is already doing so.
This romantic show is currently streaming on TVF.
7. Inside Edge — Amazon Prime Video
- Date of release: 10th July 2017
- Genre: Drama, Sport
- Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chadha, Angad Bedi
- Creators: Karan Anshuman
Inside Edge is an Indian web series, which has the highest IMDB rating. The story of this web series revolves around a fictional T20 cricket team, Mumbai Mavericks that plays in the Power-Play League. The show is set in a landscape of conflicting interests, where sex money and power are mere means to an end.
The first episode of Inside Edge premiered on 10th July 2017. Interestingly, this is the Amazon Prime Video’s first original content which features Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chada, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Tanuj Virwani and Angad Bedi. The series has received rave reviews from both critics and audience alike. Do you know that Inside Edge was nominated for Best Drama series at 46th International Emmy Awards? The series has been renewed for a second season.
This web series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime’s video.
8. Flames — Timeliners
- Date of release: 2018
- Genre: Romance
- Cast: Ritvik Sahore, Tanya Maniktala, Sunakshi Grover
- Director: Apoorv Singh Karki
Flames is yet another Indian best web series created by The VIeal Fever (TVF)’s Timeliners. The story of Flames revolves around a young romance that unfolds as a chemical reaction. Studious Rajat falls for Ishita, the new girl in the tuition. Rajat’s BFFs, Pandey & Anusha’s friendship is beginning to turn into a relationship. The equations of friendships develop in the first season of this teenage romance. The series is renewed to its second season.
In this web series, a Class topper named Rajat falls for a beautiful girl Ishita, who is a new girl in the tuition centre. Rajat’s BFFs, Pandey and Anusha’s friendship is beginning to turn into a relationship. The equations of friendships evolve in the first season of this teenage romance. This web series takes you to the time when everything seemed innocent – when the idea of spending time with your crush meant helping them finish their homework.
This college romance web series is currently streaming on TVF.
9. Bang Baaja Baaraat — Amazon Prime Video
- Date of release: December 2015
- Genre: Romance, Comedy
- Cast: Ali Fazal, Angira Dhar, Rajit Kapoor
- Director: Anand Tiwari
Bang Baaja Baarat is another Indian web series, whose story revolves a love and relationship. In this web series, two people belonging to different background want to get married but they do want to take the blessing of their own parents.
Three days before their wedding day, they somehow introduce each other with their respective parents and all hell breaks loose. This is a story of two crazy families and one unexpected wedding. Bang Baaja Baaraat is created by YRF’s Y-Films, which stands apart instantly because of the scale of its production. After watching three episodes from the series in an exclusive media preview, it would not be exaggerated to say that this has been treated no less than a mainstream feature film in terms of its look and feel, and characters played by people don’t lack acting chops either.
If you love watching rom-com then Bang Baaja Baaraat is a must-watch for you. This web series does not shy away from showing the more risqué aspects of urban relationships.
This rom-com web series is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
- Date of release: 2016
- Genre: Sex/Education
- Cast: Anand Tiwari, Kabir Shaikh, Sachin
- Director: Ashish Patil
Sex Chat with Pappu & Papa is one of the funniest Indian web series, which opens in a park with Pappu at his Cricket coaching class. The series takes an interesting twist when Pappu throws its first question at his Papa, and the question is about masturbation. The way his poor Papa handles the situation while his own father keeps distracting them to stop talking about masturbation.
The web series is created by Durex & Y-Films. Sex Chat With Pappu & Papa is one of the most-watched Indian web series, that explores all possible ways to demystify sex and themes around sex including, pregnancy, condoms, periods and homosexuality in a simple, clean, honest and fun manner.
According to research, sex talk with parents is directly and clearly linked to safer sexual behaviour. The series aims to deliver information across different sex/sexuality related themes. In an honest style with a lot of humour. Featuring a curious 7-year-old boy, Pappu – who throws the most outrageous questions to his Papa, Anand.
Sex Chat With Pappu & Papa is currently streaming on Yash Raj Film’s website.
11. Metro Park – Eros Now
- Date of release: 2019
- Genre: Social Comedy
- Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Purbi Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Vega Tamotia, Pitobash
- Director: Abi Varghese
Metro Park is a 2019 social comedy directed by Abi Varghese. Giju John and Bhuvanesh Shrivastava are the show producers. Additionally, the show is often compared to Malayalam sitcom Akkarakazhchakal which also deals with similar themes.
It is the quirky tale of an Indian Gujrati Family living in Metro Park in the US. Kalpesh (Ranvir Shorey) and Payel Patel (Purbi Joshi) try to balance living in America while holding on to their Indian roots. Their typical Gujrati ways often have to succumb to the American way of living. This leads to situationally comedic moments where the two vastly different sides clash.
Metro Park is currently streaming on Eros Now.
12. Baarish – ALT Balaji
- Date of release: 2019
- Genre: Romance
- Cast: Sharman Joshi, Asha Negi
- Director: Nandita Mehra
Baarish is a 2019 romantic and social drama. It was created by Ekta Kapoor and tells the story of Anuj and Gauravi. They are two completely different people brought together by an arranged marriage.
Anuj is a successful Gujrati businessman who quit his studies while Gauravi is a middle-class Marathi girl who believes in the value of education. Anuj has created his own empire ‘Mehta Jewelers’ where Gauravi is employed.
The name Baarish comes from the fact that the Mumbai rains from the picturesque backdrop of their love story.
Baarish is currently streaming on ALT Balaji.
13. Karenjit Kaur – ZEE 5
- Date of release: 2018
- Genre: Biography
- Cast: Sunny Leone, Bijay Anand, Grusha Kapoor, Raj Arjun, Karamvir Lamba
- Director: Aditya Datt
Karenjit Kaur – the story of Sunny Leone is directed by Aditya Datt and premiered on 16 July 2018 on ZEE5. It captures the journey of pornstar-turned-actor Sunny Leone. The story takes viewers back when she wasn’t Sunny Leone but Karenjit Kaur. Born in a middle-class Sikh family, this Indian web series captures the story of her transformation to an adult film actress and a Bollywood Star.
This biographical account of sorts is captured through 10 episodes and is available in multiple languages, including Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Marathi.
Karenjit Kaur is currently streaming on ZEE5.
14. Roar of the Lion
- Date of release: 2019
- Genre: Docudrama
- Director: Amir Rizvi
Roar of the Lion is a documentary drama series aired in March 2019. It has been produced by Kabir Khan and directed by Amir Rizvi. Its single season has five episodes. Roar of the Lion followed the IPL team Chennai Super Kings as they made their return to IPL in 2018. The team was served a two-year ban for allegedly being involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal. This is M.S. dhoni’s story as he put the darkest phase of his career behind him to come out victorious. Dhoni-led CSK to victory in their very first comeback tournament.
The series is available in Hindi and Tamil.
Roar of the Lion is currently streaming on Hotstar.
15. Love, Lust & Confusion
- Date of release: 2018
- Genre: Romance
- Cast: Tara-Alisha Berry, Meiyang Chang, Rajat Barmecha, Gaurav Chopra
- Director: Victor Mukherjee
Love, Lust & Confusion is Viu’s 2018 romantic drama web series. Directed by Victor Mukherjee, this Indian web series is not just a romantic show but a coming-of-age story. The story revolves around Poroma Sarkar, a dreamer trying to make it in the world. It also explores romance, social interactions and concepts like lust and polyamory from a millennial’s perspective.
This show is a comedy of errors with a gauntlet of confusions and perplexities, love and desires, choices and dilemmas. It also has a cast of lovable characters who depict today’s confused selves of the millennials. Love Lust and Confusion is the perfect depiction of the age of indecisiveness, age of physical exploration and the age of confusion.
Love, Lust & Confusion is now streaming on Viu.
16. Parchhayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond
- Date of release:15 January 2019
- Genre: Horror, Thriller
- Cast: Sumeet Vyas, Isha Talwar, Anurita Jha
- Director: Victor Mukherjee
Parchhayee is a horror web series based on the works of author Ruskin Bond. It brings the Ruskin Bond horror stories to life and those who enjoyed the writer as a child will certainly be fascinated by this web series. Every episode has a different short story by Bond as its script with eight episodes in total.
The cast for this web series consists of Isha Talwar, Sumeet Vyas, Anurita Jha, Farida Jalal, Sarah-Jane Dias, and others.
List of Top 50 Indian Web Series to Watch in 2020
- Sacred Games
- Chat With Pappu & Papa
- Gandi Baat
- Ragini MMS Returns
- I Love US
- Dance Bar
- Mona Home Delivery
- Dev DD
- One Night Stand
- Boys With Toys
- Fuh se Fantasy
- 3G – Gaali Galoch Girls
- Fuck Buddies
- Four More Shots Please
- Wanna Have a Good Time
- Dubeyji and The Boys
- Baby Come Naa
- XXX Uncensored
- Love, Lust & Confusion
- Dotted Or Flavoured
- Dupur Thakurpo
- Class Of 2017
- Le De Ke Bol
- Black Coffee
- Ghapa Ghap
- College Romance
- Maid In India
- Generation Gap
- Anniversary Surprise
- Right or Wrong
- Melting Cheese