Best of 2019: 10 Indian Web Series That Stepped Up The Game.
As the year comes to an end, Webfare brings to you top 10 best Indian web series of 2019 from across the streaming spectrum that upped the game in terms of content, creativity, storytelling, production, as well as performances. Read on!
The year 2019 witnessed India’s Web Entertainment Industry growing at an exponential rate, unmatched by any other entertainment medium. As the digital space expanded beyond its traditional borders in terms of creativity, production value, and audiences, a great mix of indigenous productions emerged. Streaming platforms, homegrown and international alike, released web series that not only made a worthy watch, but excelled in content, storytelling, and all of their aspects.
With the year’s end inching closer, we’re listing down different web series from across the streaming spectrum, ones that really upped the game in 2019.
1. Made in Heaven:
Channel: Amazon Prime Video.
Directors: Zoya Akhtar, Alankrita Srivastava, Nitya Mehra, and Prashant Nair.
Made in Heaven revolves around two wedding planners, Karan (Arjun Mathur) and Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala), who run a business that caters to Delhi’s rich folks, managing their wedding ceremonials, all while handling turbulences in their personal lives as well. Although centered around the Big Fat Indian Wedding, it goes beyond the glam, bringing out the dark realities of society. Other than Sobhita and Arjun, the series stars Kalki Koechlin and Jim Sarbh, among other known personalities. With a crisp screenplay and phenomenal performances, Made in Heaven is storytelling at its finest. Writing credits for this gem go to Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, and Alankrita Srivastava.
2. Delhi Crime:
Channel: Netflix India.
Director: Richie Mehta.
Delhi Crime is based on the infamous Delhi gang rape case of 2012, following the investigation in its aftermath. The series focuses on DCP Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) as she goes on a hunt to find the perpetrators, tirelessly working amidst societal and political pressure, and catching all of the culprits responsible for the heinous crime within five days. Other than Shefali, who delivers an intense performance, the cast also includes brilliant actors such as Rasika Dugal, Aakash Dahiya, Adil Hussain, Rajesh Tailang, and several others.
Director: Amrit Raj Gupta.
Gullak is a short and sweet slice-of-life that revolves around the Mishras, an always-bickering but lovable family living in a quaint street in North India. The series is a collection of relatable and amusing anecdotes wherein the Mishra family – consisting of Santosh Mishra (Jameel Khan), his wife Shanti (Geetanjali Kulkarni), and their sons Annu (Vaibhav Raj Gupta) and Aman (Harsh Mayar) – will definitely win your hearts and refresh your own memories of home, family, and childhood.
4. The Family Man:
Channel: Amazon Prime Video.
Directors: Raj & DK.
The Family Man is an engrossing action-drama that revolves around the life of Srikant Tiwari (Manoj Bajpayee), a middle-class man who works for a special cell of the NIA. The show follows him balancing between his job as an undercover agent protecting the country from dangers, and as a man who has to take care of his family as well. The show features actors like Bajpayee, Sharib Hashmi, Neeraj Madhav, Priyamani, Sharad Kelkar, Gul Panag, among others. The Family Man coalesces a family drama with an intensely engaging thriller, layered with an impeccable screenplay and strong performances.
5. Kota Factory:
Channel: The Viral Fever.
Director: Raghav Subbu.
Kota Factory delivers us a glimpse into the student life in its rawest form – without extolling or debasing the education system. Set in the backdrop of Kota, the so-called city of IITians, the series follows the story of Vaibhav Pandey (Mayur More), an IIT-aspirant, who finds himself struggling to settle into the new lifestyle, and with his friends (portrayed by Ranjan Raj and Alam Khan), wrestle his way through the course. Kota Factory is all about the mundaneness of student life in a city where education is commodified, polished with excellent storytelling, brilliant performances, and ingenuity.
Channel: MX Player.
Director: Prem Mistry.
ImMature is a tale that brings back the nostalgia of the bygone school times in a refreshing and memorable way. The series revolves around Dhruv (Omkar Kulkarni) and his friends, Kabir (Chinmay Chandraunshuh) and Susu (Visshesh Tiwari), eager to experience adulthood and have fun. Dhruv also has a crush on the class topper, Chhavi (Rashmi Agdekar), and goes out of his way to impress her. ImMature’s entertaining storyline and relatable characters will surely have you reminiscing your school and college days.
Channel: Eros Now.
Directors: Bejoy Nambiar and Aman Sachdeva.
Flip is an anthology of four dark and twisted tales that will leave you baffled. Each episode is a different story – relating to a dystopian world, a bully, a strange out-of-the-world massage, and a curse – and the twist is something you never see coming. The show has an ensemble cast with Ranvir Shorey, Shruti Marathe, Arjun Mathur, Shweta Basu Prasad, Sarang Sathaye, Jim Sarbh, Viraf Patel, Sandeepa Dhar, Naman Shaw and many others dominating the screens. Flip is India’s own Black Mirror-esque web series, equally dark and thrilling in its concept.
Director: Pradeep Sarkar.
Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala revolves around two chefs – the hot-headed and fiery Nitya Sharma (Divyanka Tripathi) and calm Vikram Singh Chauhan (Rajeev Khandelwal) – who come face to face eight years after their old romance ended bitterly. With new professional dynamics in the kitchen and sourness from the past coming to surface, new things seem to be brewing in the pot. The series has all the ingredients required for a well-cooked romantic drama.
Director: Sujay Dahake.
Sex, Drugs & Theatre is a Marathi web series with an captivating storyline set in the aftermath of a student activist’s death and how his friends, still recuperating from the loss, stage a theatre play for a prestigious competition – an act that bravely lifts the curtains from the face of truth. This series features actors like Suyash Zunjurke, Mitali Mayekar, Shalva Kinjawdekar, Adish Vaidya, Nayannah Mukey, Abhishek Deshmukh, and Mayuri Tilekar, among others, in pivotal roles. It’s bold, underrated, and deserves more recognition.
10. Adulting Season 2:
Channel: Dice Media.
Directors: Ankita Sharma and Nayana Shyam.
Adulting is a coming-of-age story revolving around two young women, Nikhat (Aisha Ahmed) and Ray (Yashaswini Dayama), who are sharing an apartment in Mumbai, trying their very best to deal with the struggles of adulthood in the fast-paced urban life of the city. Season 2 takes it up a notch higher, with professional struggles and dating added to the mix. Featuring a majorly-women team, Adulting is a breath of fresh air amidst all the crime-dramas and thrillers that have permeated the industry.
You cannot afford to miss out on these shows!