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Women’s Day Special: Celebrating the Women of the Indian Web


The Indian Web Entertainment Industry rose to new heights in the past few years in all of its areas, be it story, cinematography, or acting. India’s digital space witnessed some brilliant performances by actors and actresses that had an impact on the audiences.

Several web series did have some amazing male leads, but females weren’t behind either and shined as bright as their male counterparts, if not more. We list down five actresses (out of many such actresses) of the Indian Web Entertainment Industry that had a powerful presence on the screen and had a long lasting impact in the minds of the audience. They’ve surely raised the bar high with their excellent performances.

Here we present some of the outstanding female performers that excelled recently on the Indian Web:

#1 – Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte went out on a wholesome Netflix outing this year. From films like Lust Stories to web series like the much-acclaimed and popular Sacred Games, as well as Ghoul, Radhika Apte was on all the big Netflix projects. After playing R.A.W. officer Mathur in Sacred Games, she played the intelligence officer Nida Rahim in the dystopian-thriller-horror Ghoul. Her performances earned her a well-deserved place in the top performances of 2018.

#2 – Mithila Palkar

Mithila Palkar

Mithila Palkar played Kavya Kulkarni in Dice Media’s Little Things, the season two of which premiered on Netflix in 2018. The series followed the journey of a couple, Kavya and Dhruv, through their relationship as well as towards self-discovery. Her performance in the show gave power to the character, and she portrayed the naïve, affectionate, yet focused Kavya in a flawless manner.

#3 – Samridhi Dewan

Samridhi Dewan

Samridhi Dewan totally slayed the role of Isha Sanghvi in The Zoom Studios’ quirky romantic comedy, Imperfect. With a convincing performance of Isha’s antics, her emotions, her expectations, her disappointments, and her aspirations, Samridhi managed to bring a character that seemed too imperfect, in a perfect manner on-screen. The solid performance will make us root for Isha throughout her journey despite her various, at times chuckle-worthy, setbacks.

#4 – Swara Bhaskar

Swara Bhaskar

In 2018, Swara Bhaskar made her appearance in an episode of ZEE5’s The Story, and then reprised her role as Meera in the second season of Voot’s It’s Not That Simple. And boy, she was fiery! As Meera, Swara managed to bring the ‘Claire Underwood’ of ‘House of Cards Season 6’ persona to the Indian screen, albeit in a different context and on a more personal scale. She’s bold, brave, intense, strong and spear-headed, and calmly sets her enemies’ lives on fire. Swara totally dominates the screen and steals all the limelight that she can.

#5 – Shriya Pilgaonkar

Shriya Pilgaonkar

Shriya Pilgaonkar played the lead role in Viu India’s thriller mystery 13 Mussoorie, and one of the female leads in Amazon Prime’s crime drama Mirzapur. In the former, she played an investigative journalist trying to track a mysterious serial killer; while in the latter, she plays a young gangster’s strong and smart love interest. Both characters help Shriya portray her talents and skills on the screen and she effortlessly does her usual best.

Other than the aforementioned, the other women that shined on the web and deserved to make the list includes names such as Eisha Chopra (The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family, What The Folks), Yashaswini Dayama (Adulting), Srishti Srivastava (PA-Gals, Girls Hostel), Rasika Dugal (Mirzapur), Aisha Ahmed (Adulting), Parul Gulati (Haq Se, Selection Day, Girls Hostel), Mona Singh (Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain, Yeh Meri Family), Supriya Pilgaonkar (Home), Shweta Tripathi (The Trip 2, Mirzapur), Maanvi Gagroo (Tripling, The Good Vibes), and Aahana Kumra (Official CEOgiri, It Happened in Hong Kong, Ready 2 Mingle, Rangbaaz), among others.

Also Read: All Time Favourite Indian Web Series


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