TV and Movies·Posted on 21 May 202349 Indian Web Series That You Won't Be Able To Stop Yourself From Binge-WatchingSo much to watch, such little time!by Sumedha Bharpilania, Rushali Natarajan, Ritu ChandiramaniFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Dahaad Excel Entertainment Directed by Reema Kagti with Zoya Akhtar serving as one of its creators, Dahaad stars the likes of Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah, and Sohum Shah. The series documents sub-inspector Anjali Bhaati (Sinha) as she investigates a series of puzzling suicides of women in Mandawa, a small town in Rajasthan. As she delves deeper into the case, she begins to suspect that the suicides could be the work of a serial killer. The show has deservedly been praised for its gripping storyline, strong performances, and suspenseful atmosphere. It has also been noted for its sensitive handling of issues like caste and violence against women.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 2. Jubilee Phantom Studios Jubilee is a gem that is set in the golden age of the Hindi film industry and tells the story of an ensemble of characters and the gambles they're willing to take in pursuit of their dreams, passions, and ambitions. The show follows the lives of several characters, including a studio owner, a rising star, a struggling actor, a filmmaker, and a journalist, while exploring the themes of love, loss, ambition, and, betrayal.Created and directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, it boasts of a talented cast with names like Prosenjit Chatterjee, Aparshakti Khurana, Sidhant Gupta, Aditi Rao Hydari, Wamiqa Gabbi, and Ram Kapoor. Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 3. Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo Maddock Films There's power and then there's betrayal — that's what Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo is all about. Savitri is a powerful matriarch of a drug cartel in the lawless Borderlands. When her sons return home, she must find a way to protect her empire from their enemies. However, Savitri's three daughters-in-law play a key role as they each have their own secrets and agendas. Dimple Kapadia is a treat to watch (when is she not?) in this Homi Adajania creation.Where do I watch it: Disney+ Hotstar 4. Dancing On The Grave India Today A gripping and disturbing look into a real-life case, Dancing on the Grave is a four-part true-crime docuseries that tells the story of the murder of Shakereh Khaleeli, a wealthy heiress who was found buried alive in her home in Bangalore, in 1991. The series explores the events leading up to her murder, the investigation into her death, and the trial and conviction of her husband, Shradhananda.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 5. Taj: Divided by Blood and Taj: Reign of Revenge Contiloe Pictures Taj is a historical drama web series that tells the story of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. The series follows the lives of Akbar, his three sons, and their wives as they vie for power and control of the empire. Set against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent times in Indian history, the show stars legends such as Dharmendra and Naseeruddin Shah.Where do I watch it?: ZEE5 6. Rana Naidu Netflix An official adaptation of the 2013 crime TV series, Ray Donovan, Rana Naidu follows the story of, well, Rana Naidu (Rana Daggubati), a fixer who makes a living by cleaning up the messes left behind by his famous clients. He is known as the "fixer of the stars," and he takes his work very seriously. Rana struggles at home and his connection with his wife and two children is irreparably damaged, despite the fact that he is skilled at solving problems and assisting people in leading stress-free lives. When his father, Naga Naidu, is released from prison after fifteen long years, Rana grapples with family secrets and personal conflict and realises that the only problem he can't fix is his own.Where can I watch this?: Netflix 7. Tooth Pari: When Love Bites Netflix Rumi, a rebellious vampire with a broken tooth falls in love with a shy dentist named Dr. Roy. However, their love is forbidden by the vampire council, and they must find a way to be together without risking their lives. The city of Kolkata plays a central character in the show and Tanya Maniktala is great as the protagonist.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 8. The Night Manager (2023) Banijay Asia / Highgate Entertainment / The Ink Factory / Disney+ Hotstar Based on a novel by John Le Carre and a remake of the British television series starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager is about a former Indian Navy officer (Aditya Roy Kapur) who is hired by Indian intelligence to bring down the gang of a powerful arms dealer (Anil Kapoor). I honestly can't wait for Part 2 of this gripping show to land in June of this year.Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 9. Farzi D2R Films / Amazon Prime Video India's answer to Breaking Bad, Farzi takes us through the life of Sunny, an artist who gets embroiled in the murky world of counterfeit money. Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, and Kay Kay Menon are all excellent while Bhuvan Arora is the breakout star of this show. If you're a fan of The Family Man, you have several surprises in store for you.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 10. Panchayat (Seasons 1&2) The Viral Fever / Amazon Prime Video The unassuming residents of the Phulera village have Abhishek Tripathi serving as their secretary for yet another year and the second season of this adorable comedy-drama takes us through the ensuing events. Jitendra Kumar, Neena Gupta, Raghubir Yadav, and Chandan Roy should be declared national treasures at this point.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 11. Delhi Crime (Seasons 1&2) Golden Karavan / Netflix Delhi Crime chronicled the horrific Nirbhaya case of 2012 in such a brilliant yet sensitive manner, that it very deservedly won the International Emmy for the Best Drama Series in 2020. While chasing down the "Kaccha Baniyan Gang", DCP Vartika Chaturvedi proves, yet again, that one can always count on her. With Shefali Shah at its helm, Delhi Crime Season 2 is just as good, if not better, than its predecessor. Tillotama Shome is a wonderful addition to this masterpiece of a show.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 12. Khakee: The Bihar Chapter Friday Storytellers / Netflix Amit Lodha, an upstanding cop, is on the hunt for a ruthless criminal while also tackling the problem of rampant corruption in Bihar. Where will this chase land him? Karan Tacker and Avinash Tiwary deliver fabulous performances in this binge-worthy series.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 13. The Romantics Netflix This four-part docuseries is an ode to the legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra and the many timeless love stories produced by Yash Raj Films. Bollywood's biggest stars, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, and Aamir Khan sit down for interviews and we also get to see the otherwise elusive Aditya Chopra.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 14. Shark Tank India (Seasons 1&2) Sony Pictures Television Studios / Sony LIV India's answer to the popular American television series, Shark Tank India is educational, inspiring, and entertaining in equal measures. There's everything from truly revolutionary ideas, endearing contestants, and extremely bizarre pitches, to a panel of judges that have basically become meme fodder.Where do I watch it?: SonyLIV 15. Trial By Fire Endemol Shine India / Netflix The heart-wrenching Uphaar Cinema tragedy of 1997 uprooted several lives and Trial By Fire documents the fight for justice of two such grieving parents. It is, in fact, based on a memoir of the same name written by Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy. Abhay Deol and Rajshri Deshpande deliver their career-best performances in this deeply poignant show.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 16. CAT Movie Tunnel Production / Netflix In order to save the life of his brother, a former police informant is forced to go back to being an undercover agent. While on this new mission, he uncovers information that brings him face to face with the ghosts of his past. CAT is perfect from start to finish and Randeep Hooda is an absolute delight to watch.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 17. Class Bodhi Tree Multimedia / Netflix An adaptation of the Spanish show Elite, Class is a murder mystery set in a posh high school in Delhi that essentially serves as a commentary on religious discrimination, homophobia, and India's caste system. The cast mostly consists of fresh faces who are all incredibly promising.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 18. Suzhal: The Vortex Wallwatcher Films / Amazon Prime Video A Pushkar–Gayathri creation, Suzhal: The Vortex is about a crime that takes place in Sambaloor, a small town in Tamil Nadu, which ends up uncovering some shocking revelations about its social fabric. The many twists and turns in this story will keep you hooked throughout. Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 19. Mirzapur (Seasons 1&2) Prime Video Deeply entrenched in blood, guns, drugs, deceit, and power politics, Mirzapur documents the life of Akhandanand Tripathi, or Kaleen Bhaiya, who will stop at nothing to hold on to his position as the mafia lord of Mirzapur, despite the recklessness of his unworthy son, Munna.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 20. The Family Man (Seasons 1&2) Prime Video Created by Raj & D.K., the incredibly fast-paced The Family Man is centred around Srikant Tiwari, an analyst at the "Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell", who fights terrorists while also desperately trying to be a good father and husband. The second season of the show was much-awaited and this time, however, the covert operation was a lot more personal as Srikant Tiwari's own daughter was involved. Oh and Samantha Ruth Prabhu stole the show as Raji (We already know Manoj Bajpayee is amazing, come on!).Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 21. Made In Heaven Prime Video Made In Heaven follows the many adventures of Delhi-based wedding planners and best friends, Tara and Karan. It helps the audience delve into the lives of the rich and fabulous while also offering an insight into just how regressive our society still is. Season 2 is, apparently, just around the corner (or is it?).Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 22. Paatal Lok Prime Video An incredulous Delhi Police officer Hathi Ram Chaudhary's life changes when he is tasked with investigating a high-profile case — an assassination attempt on journalist Sanjeev Mehra — and is dragged into the murky underbelly of India's heartland. Jaideep Ahlawat, you beauty!Where do I watch it?: Prime Video. 23. Scam 1992 — The Harshad Mehta Story SonyLIV Scam 1992 is the story of stockbroker Harshad Mehta, the "Amitabh Bachchan of BSE", and the person behind the biggest financial scam to have come out of India. It is directed by the celebrated Hansal Mehta and has the dazzling Pratik Gandhi playing its titular character. If you miss this show, Mehta's newest offering — Scoop — is almost here!Where do I watch it?: SonyLIV 24. Laakhon Mein Ek (Seasons 1&2) Prime Video The brainchild of Biswa Kalyan Rath, Laakhon Mein Ek traces the toxic and often unrewarding worlds of coaching institutes and medical camps through its protagonists — efficiently played by Ritwik Sahore and Shweta Tripathi.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 25. Sacred Games (Seasons 1&2) Netflix Based on the eponymous novel by Vikram Chandra, Sacred Games is essentially a puzzle created by crime boss Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) that the troubled police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) is desperately trying to solve in order to save the city of Mumbai from an impending disaster. While the second season ended on a cliffhanger and then got cancelled, the show is wonderfully made and deserves your time.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 26. Bandish Bandits Prime Video A love story at its heart, Bandish Bandits is also the story of opposites — Radhe, a student of classical music and Tamanna, a pop star — as they traverse through a musical journey. Ritwik Bhowmik is fantastic to watch!Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 27. Human Sunshine Pictures This thriller-drama starring Shefali Shah, Kirti Kulhari, Vishal Jethwa, Ram Kapoor, and many other well-known actors, documents the dangers that lie within the world of human drug testing. In the course of its ten episodes, it makes you feel a myriad of emotions, ranging from fear and shock to absolute disgust. You can watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar 28. Rocket Boys (Seasons 1&2) Roy Kapur Films Rocket Boys represents the magnificent journey of some stalwarts of Indian science such as Homi Bhabha, Vikram Sarabhai, C.V. Raman, and A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. In the second season, the story continues from 1964 and traces the involvement of the CIA in our affairs and the Pokhran nuclear test of 1974. Jim Sarbh and Ishwak Singh are a pleasure to watch on screen and this show is certainly the kind that you can't miss.You can watch it on: SonyLIV 29. Mai Clean Slate Filmz Mai starring Sakshi Tanwar, Wamiqa Gabbi, Vivek Mushran, and Raima Sen is a gut-wrenching but brilliant story of an enraged mother who is on a mission to find out the truth about her daughter's death.You can watch it on: Netflix 30. Home Shanti Posham Pa Pictures When a show has a starcast that consists of Supriya Pathak and Manoj Pahwa, you know you're in for a treat! Home Shanti is a comedy-drama that revolves around the Joshi family and their journey of building their dream home in Dehradun. While this journey is full of ups and downs for them, it has several laughs in store for you.You can watch it on: Disney+ Hotstar 31. Aarya (Seasons 1&2) Disney+ Hotstar Aarya Sareen is back in India and is, yet again, toiling day and night to protect her children from foreign gangsters, rival kingpins, and her own family members. However, unlike the previous season, Aarya is now well-aware of the tricks of the trade. Sushmita Sen proves, for the millionth time, that she is an absolute powerhouse of talent.Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 32. Tabbar SonyLIV When the existence of his family is threatened due to an unfortunate occurrence, the upstanding Omkar Singh, a former police constable, will go to any length to protect them. Pavan Malhotra and Supriya Pathak shine in this out and out thriller. Where do I watch it?: SonyLIV 33. Asur (Seasons 1&2) Voot An edge-of-your-seat thriller that draws greatly from Indian mythology, Asur follows forensic experts and CBI officers Nikhil Nair (Barun Sobti) and Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi), as they hunt down a cold-blooded serial killer. The show also stars Ridhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka, Sharib Hashmi, and Amey Wagh. If you liked Sacred Games, you'll certainly love Asur.Where do I watch it?: Jio Cinema 34. Grahan Disney+ Hotstar Largely based on "Chaurasi", a novel by Satya Vyas, Grahan is a compelling crime drama that builds a bridge between two worlds that are several decades apart. We see a beautiful love story being destroyed by the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 and we also follow the present-day trials and tribulations of IPS officer Amrita Singh, as she unravels the truths of her past and present. Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 35. Special Ops Disney+ Hotstar A Hotstar special created by Neeraj Pandey, Special Ops is the story of RAW Agent Himmat Singh, played by the fantastic Kay Kay Menon, who is an expert at identifying similar patterns behind terrorist attacks, such as the 2001 Parliament Attack, and is on the hunt for the mastermind.Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 36. Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story Disney+ Hotstar A perfect prequel to Special Ops, Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story helps us unravel the enigma that is Himmat Singh as it takes us through the events before he becomes an R&AW officer. Kay Kay Menon is exceptional, as always and we also get to see Aftab Shivdasani as Vijay Kumar.Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 37. Kota Factory (Seasons 1&2) The Viral Fever A TVF production and the first "black and white" Indian web series, Kota Factory deals with the lives of IIT aspirants by throwing light upon the city of Kota, famed for its coaching centres, and how it treats its nouveau, starry-eyed residents like machines. The show came back for a second season in 2021, and this time, we saw the main characters going through a lot more ordeals.You can watch it on: Netflix 38. Ray Netflix This anthology series is based on four short stories by Satyajit Ray. From satire to thriller, every one of the episodes is a masterpiece with a brilliant cast. You can watch it on: Netflix. 39. Little Things (Seasons 1,2,3,&4) Netflix What started as a cute mini-series on YouTube, Little Things soon became an audience favourite! This story of a cohabitating couple in their twenties, navigating the ups and downs of life, work, and relationships, struck a chord with many over the past few years. The fourth and final season of Little Things aired in 2021.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 40. Gullak (Seasons 1,2,&3) The Viral Fever Media Labs Gullak is a feel-good show that features a middle-class family of four who are living through life's tribulations with a smile on their faces with the hope that, one day, they'll make it big. The third season follows Annu, the Mishra family's son, becoming an important member of the household as he bags a great job. You can watch it on: SonyLIV 41. Maharani (Seasons 1&2) SonyLIV This wonderful political drama chronicles the endeavours of Rani Bharti, the wife of Bihar's Chief Minister, as she becomes his successor, much to the chagrin of the powerful men surrounding her. Season 2 of the show documents how CM Rani Bharti navigates being accused of misgovernance. Huma Qureshi delivers a truly fantastic performance.Where do I watch it?: SonyLIV 42. Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega (Seasons 1&2) Tipping Point Jamtara — Sabka Number Aayega is a fictional story based on real-life incidents wherein a group of young men from the state Jharkhand run a phishing organisation and scam thousands of unsuspecting Indians. The newest season stars the likes of Seema Pahwa, Monica Panwar, Amit Sial, and Sparsh Shrivastav.You can watch it on: Netflix 43. Tripling (Seasons 1,2&3) The Viral Fever A must watch for all siblings, the newest season of Tripling shows how the three siblings — Chandan, Chanchal, and Chitwan — navigate the news of their parents (played by Kumud Mishra and Shernaz Patel) getting a divorce. This heartwarming comedy-drama is definitely bound to make you feel comforted. You can watch it on: ZEE5 44. Taaza Khabar Bb Ki Vines / Disney+ Hotstar The life of Vasya, a sanitation worker, really takes a turn when a good deed bestows supernatural powers upon him. With Bhuvan Bam and Shriya Pilgaonkar as its fantastic leads, Taaza Khabar is a rollercoaster that you absolutely must experience.Where do I watch it?: Disney+ Hotstar 45. Mumbai Diaries 26/11 Amazon Prime Video Based on the events of the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, Mumbai Diaries 26/11 documents the struggles of the doctors and staff of the Bombay General Hospital during that fateful day, and also follows the hostage situation at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. This engrossing medical drama stars Konkona Sen Sharma, Mohit Raina, and Shreya Dhanwanthary.Where do I watch it?: Prime Video 46. Aranyak Netflix Aranyak is essentially a murder mystery which is peppered with everything from political subterfuges and personal rivalries to a murderous mythical beast. Set in the fictional town of Sironah in Himachal Pradesh, this show is Raveena Tandon's OTT debut.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 47. House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths Netflix This three-part documentary, created by Leena Yadav, retraces the many theories surrounding the chilling deaths of as many as 11 members of the same family from the Burari area of Delhi. I can guarantee that this one will give you sleepless nights.Where do I watch it?: Netflix 48. Aspirants TVF This TVF original is about three friends preparing for their IAS exams. The show goes back and forth between the past and the present of these three aspirants, documenting what they aspired to be and where they are now. If you can get past the constant ad placements, the show might leave you quite emotional.You can watch Aspirants here or on YouTube. 49. Sunflower ZEE5 The show revolves around a murder mystery in a housing society called "Sunflower". The story has two obvious murder suspects and some twists, but certainly not as many as a conventional thriller. Sunil Grover, however, stuns with his performance throughout. You can watch Sunflower on Zee5. Which ones did we miss? Let us know in the comments!