Have You Watched These Terrific Indian Shows Yet?

Have You Watched These Terrific Indian Shows Yet?

By Neel Gudka17 February, 2021 4 min read
Have You Watched These Terrific Indian Shows Yet?

OTT is hot in India right now. In the last few years, streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime and others have churned out top notch content that is bringing about a paradigm shift in Indian entertainment. We’ve shortlisted 11 web series that have stood out, and must most certainly be on your watchlist in case you haven’t watched them already.

‘Asur’

One of the most riveting police procedurals in recent times, Asur: Welcome To Your Dark Side follows a team of forensic experts as they chase a serial killer whose actions appear to be driven by Indian mythology. The show marked Arshad Warsi’s web series debut, who nailed his part as top CBI cop Dhananjay Rajpoot.
Director: Oni Sen
Creator: Gaurav Shukla
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Riddhi Dogra, Anupriya Goenka, Sharib Hashmi
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: Voot

‘Criminal Justice’

The first season of Criminal Justice was an adaptation of BBC’s eponymous series, a gripping courtroom drama in which Aditya (Vikrant Massey), a college student and part-time cab driver, is falsely accused of a gruesome murder. He is represented in court by rookie lawyer Madhav Mishra, played by the brilliant Pankaj Tripathi. The second season, titled Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors, sees Madhav Mishra take up a new case. Read our review of season two here.
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vishal Furia, Arjun Mukerjee, Rohan Sippy
Writer: Shridhar Raghavan, Peter Moffat (original British series), Apurva Asrani
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka, Vikrant Massey, Kirti Kulhari
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar
Seasons: 2 (2019, 2020)

‘Delhi Crime’

Based on the Nirbhaya case that rocked the nation, Delhi Crime revolves around the Delhi police’s search to find and convict the perpetrators of the heinous crime. The Netflix series became the first Indian show to win an International Emmy. Watch it for powerful performances by Shefali Shah and Rasika Dugal, who play cops.
Director: Richie Mehta
Writer: Richie Mehta
Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (2019)

‘Made In Heaven’

Tara Khanna (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan Mehra (Arjun Mathur) are two friends running a wedding planning company called Made in Heaven. The show reflects upon the prejudices, superstitions and unsavoury practices that plague Indian weddings even today.
Directors: Nitya Mehra, Zoya Akhtar
Writers: Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Cast: Sobhita Dhulipala, Arjun Mathur, Jim Sarbh, Kalki Koechlin
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 1 (2019)

‘Mirzapur’

Mirzapur is easily the most popular Indian show there is. Set in the lawless town of the same name in central India, the series hinges on the power games surrounding the illegal arms empire of Akhandanand Tripathi aka Kaleen Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi). Read our review of season two here.
Director: Gurmmeet Singh, Karan Anshuman
Writer: Karan Anshuman, Puneet Krishna, Vineet Krishna
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Divyendu Sharma
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2020)

‘Paatal Lok’

Amazon Prime’s Paatal Lok is a crime drama that centers around a failed plot to assassinate a prominent journalist in Delhi. Further investigation reveals that the case is far from what it appears to the eye. Apart from being a compelling thriller, the series also touches upon a few brutal realities that exist in Indian society. Read our review here.
Directors: Avinash Arun, Prosit Roy
Writers: Sudip Sharma, Gunjit Chopra, Sagar Haveli, Hardik Mehta
Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Abhishek Banerjee, Ishwak Singh, Swastika Mukherjee, Gul Panag
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘Panchayat’

A big city lad is compelled to take up the secretary’s job at the gram panchayat of a small village. Panchayat is a slice-of-life comedy by The Viral Fever (TVF) that paints a vivid picture of rural India. Read our review here.
Director: Deepak Kumar Mishra
Writer: Chandan Kumar
Cast: Jitendra Kumar, Raghuvir Yadav, Neena Gupta, Chandan Roy
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 1 (2020)

‘Sacred Games’

A phone call by fugitive gangster Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) sends police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) on an expedition to save Mumbai city. The first Indian original by Netflix, Sacred Games (pictured above) is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s eponymous novel. Read our review of season two here.
Director: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Neerak Ghaywan
Writer: Vikram Chandra (novel), Abhishek Chaudhary, Varun Grover
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Saif Ali Khan, Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir
Streaming on: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)

‘Scam 1992’

Adapted from Sucheta Dalal and Debashis Basu’s book The Scam, SonyLIV’s Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story is a biographical drama on infamous stockbroker Harshad Mehta, the man credited with pulling off the largest financial scam in India’s history. The ten-part series takes us through the man’s rapid rise on Dalal Street as he exploits loopholes in the Indian system to build his empire, and the steep fall from grace that followed once his secrets started unraveling. Read our review here.
Director: Hansal Mehta, Jai Mehta
Writers: Saurav Dey, Sumit Purohit, Vaibhav Vishal, Karan Vyas
Cast: Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Ananth Mahadevan, Nikhil Dwivedi, Ananth Mahadevan, Hemant Kher, Chirag Vohra
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: SonyLIV

‘The Family Man’

Srikant Tiwari is an intelligence officer par excellence, but not the ideal family man. Watch Manoj Bajpayee catch bad guys and struggle with household problems in Raj and DK’s action thriller, that also packs a generous amount of humour. Season two was originally scheduled to release of February 12, but has been postponed indefinitely. Read our review of the first season here.
Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Writer: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK, Sumit Arora, Suman Kumar
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Priyamani, Neeraj Madhav
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Seasons: 1 (2019)

‘Undekhi’

An intense, gripping thriller based on real-life events, Undekhi revolves around the cold-blooded murder of a young tribal girl at a wedding in front of a thousand eyewitnesses. The perpetrator and his influential family try to cover up the crime with the help of corrupt cops, but a young cameraman who was present at the wedding has recorded the entire incident. Read our review here.
Director: Ashish R. Shukla
Writers: Siddharth Sengupta, Varun Badola, Umesh Padalkar, Mohinder Pratap Singh
Cast: Harsh Chhaya, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Abhishek Chauhan, Surya Sharma, Ayn Zoya
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: SonyLIV

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Tags: #Amazon prime #Asur #Criminal Justice #Delhi Crime #Hotstar #Made In Heaven #Mirzapur #Netflix #Paatal Lok #Panchayat #Sacred Games #Scam 1992 #SonyLIV #The Family Man #Undekhi
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I gave up a career in finance to do this. Clearly I shouldn't be making more decisions.
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