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8 Youth-Centric Indian Web Series To Watch While You Wait For ‘Kota Factory’ Season 2

8 Youth-Centric Indian Web Series To Watch While You Wait For ‘Kota Factory’ Season 2

By Sanjana Subramanian17 September, 2021 3 min read
8 Youth-Centric Indian Web Series To Watch While You Wait For ‘Kota Factory’ Season 2

When ‘Kota Factory’ first released, it made a deep impact on the Indian youth. Apart from showcasing the plight of students preparing for the biggest exams in the country, the makers also shed light on the many friendships that are formed along the way. Now, the series returns with season two, which airs on September 24 on Netflix. While you wait for season two to drop, here are other youth-centric Indian shows that you can watch, which explore similar themes.

‘Engineering Girls’

Set in an engineering college, this show tracks the lives of three engineering students – Sabu, Maggu and Kiara. Together, they deal with dorm drama, relationship issues and more. In season two, the girls are in their final year and begin to get serious about life after college.
Creator: Apoorv Singh Karki
Cast: Barkha Singh, Sejal Kumar, Kritika Avasthi
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2021)
Streaming on: Netflix (Season 1) & Zee5 (Season 2)

‘Laakhon Mein Ek‘

Season one of this show is all about Aakash Gupta (Ritwik Sahore), who wants to make mimicry videos and become famous. His father however, wants him to go to IIT. When Aakash doesn’t get into any college in Raipur, his father sends him off to a coaching institute, where he’s a total misfit. In season two, the show focuses on Dr Shreya Pathare (Shweta Tripathi) and her battle with the government to provide healthcare in the village of Sitlapur.
Creator: Biswa Kalyan Rath
Cast: Season 1: Ritwik Sahore, Alam Khan, Jay Thakkar, Biswa Kalyan Rath
Season 2: Shweta Tripathi, Sandeep Mehta, Rupesh Tillu, Milind Joshi
Seasons: 2 (2017, 2019)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘Little Things’

In this show (pictured above), Kavya (Mithila Palkar) and Dhruv (Dhruv Sehgal), a couple in their 20s, are living together and dealing with the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives. The series explores simple everyday moments and millennial problems in a refreshing and engaging manner. Season four airs on Netflix on October 15.
Creator: Dhruv Sehgal
Cast: Dhruv Sehgal, Mithila Palkar
Seasons: 3 (2016, 2018, 2019)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Hostel Daze’

This dramedy spotlights the lives of four engineering students who are also wing mates in an Indian hostel. From dealing with issues such as identity crises and ragging to girlfriend troubles and exam prep, the show offers a deep dive into Indian hostel culture.
Creators: Saurabh Khanna, Abhishek Yadav
Cast: Adarsh Gourav, Nikhil Vijay, Shubham Gaur, Luv Vispute, Sahil Verma
Seasons: 2 (2019, 2021)
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

‘Girls Hostel’

The perfect mix of rivalry and friendship set against the backdrop of a girl’s hostel, this series focuses on two groups – medical students and dental students – and their clashes. Especially Zahira (Parul Gulati), Mili (Simran Natekar), Richa (Ahsaas Channa) and Jo (Srishti Shrivastava), who are a close-knit bunch of dental students who always stand up for each other.
Creator: Chaitanya Kumbhakonum
Cast: Parul Gulati, Simran Natekar, Ahsaas Channa, Srishti Shrivastava
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2021)
Streaming on: SonyLIV

‘Puncch Beat’

This show takes place inside the walls of Rosewood High, Dehradun, a school that is renowned for boxing, dancing and discipline. With the arrival of a new semester come new surprises and challenges including an ultimate boxing competition and a new Rosewoodian who must fight many battles to pursue her dreams. Things heat up in season two, with the mysterious death of a student.
Creator: Vikas Gupta
Cast: Harshita Gaur, Priyank Sharma, Siddharth Sharma, Khushi Joshi
Seasons: 2 (2019, 2021)
Streaming on: ALTBalaji, MX Player

‘Mismatched’

Based on Sandhya Menon’s novel ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’, this show explores the budding romance between, two youngsters. Dimple Ahuja (Prajakta Koli) is a gamer who wants to be a tech whiz. Rishi Singh Shekhawat (Rohit Saraf) on the other hand, is a guy who believes in the traditional ways of dating and is on the lookout for his ‘future wife’ at Aravalli Institute. When their paths cross, Rishi falls for Dimple and wants to marry her.
Creators: Akarsh Khurana, Nipun Dharmadhikari
Cast: Prajakta Koli, Rohit Saraf, Rannvijay Singha, Vidya Malvade
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: Netflix

‘Flames’

From first love and teenage romance, this show captures it all. It focuses on the lives of Ishita (Tanya Maniktala) and Rajat (Ritwik Sahore), two teenagers who attend the same tuitions and fall for each other. The two seasons capture this vulnerable teenage relationship and its many phases. But how do you ever know if it’s love at first sight or just a passing crush? This is what the show aims to explore.
Creator: Apoorv Singh Karki
Cast: Ritwik Sahore, Tanya Maniktala, Sunakshi Grover
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
Streaming on: MXPlayer

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