5 Indian web series based on novels you need to watch

Reading a book allows you to play with your imagination and envision the described events in your mind the way you want to. However, there are times when you need a different perspective and see how others envision the same events maybe via a film or a web series.

What about people who are not into books at all but want to experience some great stories hidden between those pages?

Well, we have a solution for all these problems. Presenting a list of shows that promise to bring the stories from the pages of your book to your screen and to make you experience them to the fullest.

Here are our picks of the top web series adapted from books that you need to watch:

Sacred Games

Available on: Netflix

Sacred Games is a widely popular and critically acclaimed web series. It is based on the novel of the same name by Vikram Chandra. Sartaj Singh, the protagonist of the show, receives a tip-off about a serious threat by a dangerous criminal, Ganesh Gaitonde. 

What begins as a chase soon spirals into something that is out of Sartaj’s control. He discovers Gaitonde’s past and embarks on a mission to save his city. The show has two seasons, as of now, and stars popular actors like Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.

State of Siege: 26/11

Available on: Zee5

State of Siege: 26/11 is based on Sandeep Unnithan’s book, Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11. The web series depicts the events of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Unlike other depictions in the popular media, the show portrays them from the point of view of the NSG.

Apart from showing the defense team in action, it also shows the planning that went into taking down the terrorists while ensuring the safety of the civilians. The web series has eight episodes and is created by Abhimanyu Singh.


Available on: Netflix

Based on a dystopian novel by Prayaag Akbar, Leila is a story of a woman, named Shalini. The events of the show take place in a totalitarian regime in the near future. In a society where communities are strictly segregated, Shalini gets arrested for overstepping this division and loses her daughter.

Her search for her daughter takes her to places that make the viewers take a hard look at their reality. The show forces the viewers to think by commenting on the political and social condition of present-day India. 


Available on: MX Player

Samantar is a show that is based on the novel of the same name by Suhas Shirwalkar. The thriller follows a man, Kumar Mahajan, who seeks to know his future, but his future is the past of another man.

Kumar leaves no stone unturned to find this man and change his life, but it is not easy to find a man who does not want to be found. The plot of the show is unique and gripping as the viewers join Kumar in his quest. Samantar stars Swapnil Joshi and Tejaswini Pandit.  

A Married Woman

Available on: Coming soon on ALTBalaji


This web series is based on Manju Kapur’s novel, A Married Woman. It explores the life of a woman, Astha, who has everything, and yet she is unsatisfied. The story is set in 1992; when the political unrest in the country was at its peak, Astha fell in love with the widow of a political activist.

The web series aims to show that love transcends all boundaries of gender and religion. It stars Ridhi Dogra and Monica Dogra and is still in the making. It is expected to release this year.

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