There’s no doubt that some of the best content is being produced by OTT platforms. As a result, they’re attracting the best talent out there, including actors, who might not find the roles they deserve in mainstream cinema and television. Radhika Apte is perhaps the name that comes immediately to mind. She’s been in so many Netflix shows and movies that her presence on the platform inspired a rash of memes. We rounded up a list of six actors, other than Apte, who’ve made a mark in web series with award-worthy performances.
Jitendra Kumar (pictured above) is a popular Indian actor ruling the Indian web series circuit. He starred in The Viral Fever’s sketch video Munna Jazbaati: The Q-tiya Intern in 2013 which instantly went viral, after which there was no looking back. He rose to fame with TVF’s series Permanent Roommates and Kota Factory. He is also well known for his role as Abhishek Tripathi in Amazon Prime’s Panchayat which got great reception from viewers. Besides, he has forayed into films like Netflix’s Chaman Bahaar and Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhaan.
Maanvi Gagroo began her career with Dhoom Machaao Dhoom on Disney Channel back in 2007, and has gone on to star in some of the most popular web-series including Made in Heaven, TVF Tripling and the most popular of all, Four More Shots Please!. She has also made her presence felt on the big screen with her roles in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan and Ujda Chaman.
Mithila Palkar is best known for playing the lead role in the Netflix series Little Things. She started her career with the YouTube video Confusing Things a Girl Says, and went on to become a viral sensation with her Marathi version of the cup song. Her other notable work in web-series include her role in Official Chukyagiri, Girl In The City and Girl In The City Chapter 2. She is also a popular name in Marathi cinema, having made her debut on the big screen in the short film Majha Honeymoon in 2014. She also has a few Bollywood movies in her kitty such as Katti Batti and Karwan, starring Irrfan Khan.
Parul Gulati is an alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, and is a familiar face on several web series today. She started her career in 2010 with a supporting role in the television series Yeh Pyaar Na Hoga Kam, and then won a lot of critical acclaim for her role in the 2012 film Burrraahh. In 2016, she appeared in the film Zorawar, and Star Network’s TV series P.O.W.- Bandi Yuddh Ke, but since then has primarily been seen in web series. In 2018, she starred in Selection Day, a Netflix original based on Aravind Adiga’s 2016 novel of the same name. She has also starred in Girls Hostel by The Viral Fever Girliyapa, Illegal and The Raikar Case on Voot and most recently SonyLIV’s Your Honor.
Rasika Dugal has been a number of Bollywood films and has a growing presence in the web content world. She did a cameo in season two of TVF’s Permanent Roommates, and went on to play the lead in Humorously Yours, another TVF production. It was, however, Amazon’s hit crime drama Mirzapur that really made her a household name. She has also played challenging roles in Netflix’s Delhi Crime and Disney+ Hotstar’s Out of Love, and will be seen in the BBC series A Suitable Boy coming soon on Netflix. Apart from this, she has also starred in the Indian-German drama film Qissa.
Sumeet Vyas is an actor, writer, and a hugely popular face in Indian web series. His most noted role was undoubtedly in TVF’s Permanent Roommates, while Bang Bajaa Baarat won him several fans too. Since then, he’s gone on to be a supporting actor in several Bollywood movies that include English Vinglish, Guddu ki Gun, Jashn, Parched, Aurangzeb and Veere Di Wedding. He made his TV debut with a small role in the Doordarshan serial Woh Huye Na Hamare. He also starred in the TV show Rehna Hai Teri Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein, and played an important role in Stories by Rabindranath Tagore. Besides this, he continues to remain active in the theatre scene.