Ever since the OTT wave started taking over the globe, creators have churned out great content at the speed of light. From original films, web series to exclusive documentary features, we’ve got them all. Furthermore, the rate at which the releases are lining up is only bound to go up once we beat the ‘pandemic’ level of our planet’s videogame.

However, bless the makers, digital platforms have led from the front during these times and shoved cinemas towards the big ‘goodbye, thank you for coming’ exit door. At least for the time being. The icing on the cake is that it’s not just prestigious Hollywood running this race but platforms have managed to bring the best out of countries all over the globe.

Indian content too has proved itself worthy in front of a global audience. Our country has had its share of commercial cinema obsession but reality driven digital films and web series have rung the bells of acceptance towards stupendous talent which otherwise would have been swept casually under the rugs of item numbers and blatant physics defying cinematics.

Boasting of brilliant writing, acting and other aspects of filmmaking, here is our list of the 10 best Indian web series of all time, ranked from 10 to 1.

10Kota Factory

Available on: TVF Play

Focusing on the trials and tribulations of student taking coaching classes in Kota to crack the IIT-JEE exam, this web series is an overwhelming punch in the gut because of its narrative and relatable characters. The story follows Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More) and his journey from moving to Kota to becoming another one of those kids whose only aim in life is to get into IIT. The web series is full of reality checks and life lessons mixed with some subtle comedy.

9Delhi Crime

Available on: Netfix

Based on the gruesome 2012 gang rape in Delhi which claimed the life of the victim, this web series follows the aftermath of the incident. Deputy Commissioner of Police Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) is handed the reigns of the case and tasked with finding the culprits and bringing them to justice. The story has been adapted from Delhi Police’s case files.

8State Of Siege: 26/11

Available on: ZEE5

The webseries narrates the first ever interpretation of the 2008 Mumbai attacks from the National Security Guards’ perspective. It is a gritty and apparently accurate interpretation of the events that took place in the city and claimed many innocent lives. The performances and pace of the plot are near perfect to keep you hooked.

7Pitchers

Available on: TVF Play

Highlighting the start-up scene of India, Pitchers tells the story of four friends who quit their full time jobs to start their own company and make it big. However, things are not a cakewalk and they realise that starting a company is one thing but making it successful is another ballgame. Pitchers efficiently depicts all the trials and tribulations that come along with being an entrepreneur in India.

6Asur

Available on: Voot Select

When a deranged serial killer becomes impossible to track, a former forensics expert and a senior CBI officer team up to apprehend him before more lives are lost. The killer’s philosophies and motivations stem from concepts in Indian mythology and this web series does a brilliant job of merging the world of science and technology with it.

5Aarya

Available on: Disney+ Hotstar

Aarya Sareen has to face her fears when her husband is shot and her children are under threat. She discovers that her husband’s business partners are involved in illegal trading of drugs and when his standing up to them leads to an attempt on his life. Instead of running away, Aarya gears up to enter the business herself and eliminate all dangers firsthand.

4Made in Heaven

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

The web series narrates the lives of two wedding planners based in Delhi, Karan and Tara. Their experiences showcase a brilliant duality to India’s marriage traditions and cultures when modern thinking meets traditional. The show unravels the so-called upper class society when dowry transactions, virginity tests, and other long shunned concepts creep into the big fat Indian wedding idea.

3Sacred Games

Available on: Netflix

When a wanted gangster resurfaces after 16 years and contacts Inspector Sartaj Singh, the cogs for a series of unfortunates events are set in motion. The gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde, warns Sartaj of an impending attack on Mumbai in 25 days. As he delves deeper into the mystery and tries to save his city, Sartaj chances upon a conspiracy spanning decades and an uncanny connection between his father and Gaitonde.

2Mirzapur

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

In the city of Mirzapur, which is ruled by gangster Akhandanand Tripathi, two brothers from a middle class family, Guddu and Bablu, yearn for a better future. One day their paths cross with Tripathi’s son, Munna, who is a selfish and hot headed brat. The conflict leads to Tripathi realising the boys’ potential and hiring them which rubs Munna the wrong way. As the two grow powerful, Munna devises a plan to destroy them.

1Paatal Lok

Available on: Amazon Prime Video

A down and out cop, Hathi Ram Chaudhary, lands the case of a lifetime when four suspects are nabbed for a planned assassination of a well known journalist. The case turns out to be a treacherous maze where there is more to everything than meets the eye. Chaudhary’s investigation leads him to the dark corners of society as he tries to track the suspects’ pasts. This web series has the ability to send shockwaves across the audience’s conscience.


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