The Best Indian Web Series of 2021 So Far to Watch
It is the end of 2021, and we are already more than 1.5 years into the pandemic. Yet, it seems only yesterday that we got our first COVID tests done, reunited with our long-lost hobby, experimented with new recipes, and experienced the meaning of binge-watching in its most authentic essence.
According to Statista’s April’21 report, India recorded around $2 billion from OTT and other video services in 2020. Not only this, but the statistics company also estimates this rise in OTT popularity to generate $7 billion of revenues by 2026.
While YouTube continues to clinch its top rank in video streaming, OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+Hotstar are other key industry players.
With a gazillion web series available for Indians out there, the whole process of picking and watching a good one can be overwhelming. Some of us like to know the existing cultures outside India, while others like to watch stories that connect them with today’s reality.
In the latter case, watching the best Indian web series can mean a meaningful investment of your time. Don’t you agree with us?
We at Selectra understand that browsing and choosing a new web series to watch can be time-consuming. Hence, we have collated a list of the best ones released in 2021.
But before we move on to the best ones as of July 2021, let us look at the Indian web series of 2020, which blew our minds and swept our hearts:
Without further adieu, we’ll now jump on to the list of the best Indian series of 2021 as we write this in July!
Do Not Miss Out on Watching These Best Indian Web Series of 2021
there are around twenty-nine (29) categories of web series genres? These can range from Action, Animation, Comedy, Drama, Crime, Conspiracy, Dark, Erotic, Fiction, Horror, LGBT, Mystery, Non-fiction, Political, Science-fiction, Teen drama, Thriller, and Docuseries.
The Best Indian Web Series on Amazon Prime
The Family Man 2
- Creator: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru
- Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Akkineni, Priyamani
- Synopsis: Nail Biting, Politics, Suspense
The Family Man 2 follows a similar storyline to its predecessor, ‘The Family Fan,’ where Manoj Bajapyee continues to thrill his fans and followers. Sri, the lead role, continues to fulfill his professional obligations as an undercover to the Indian government and personal commitments as a family man. While the first edition was about safeguarding the country from northern terrorists, the new edition has moved to the south.
The Best Indian Web Series on Netflix
- IMDB Rating: 4.9/10
- Creator: Alankrita Shrivastava
- Stars: Pooja Bhatt, Shahana Goswami, Amruta Subhash
- Synopsis: Gripping. Drama. Indian Women’s Realities
Have you watched Dolly Kitty Aur Woh Chamakte Sitare or Lipstick Under My Burkha? Well, if you have watched these and liked them, then you probably don’t want to miss out on watching Bombay Begums. This Indian web series systematically wovens the lives of five (5) women in Mumbai who have different socio-economic statuses and struggles to break the existing dogmatic social orders.
- IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
- Creator: Sayantan Mukherjee
- Stars: Manoj Bajpayee, Ali Fazal, Harshvardhan Kapoor
- Synopsis: Poetic Tribute. Adaptation. Crime. Thriller.
Ray Season 1 is an adaptation of Satyajit Ray’s (author) short stories. One can consider Satyajit as India’s Shakespeare, and we are not even exaggerating. Ray is anything from a satire to a psychological roller-coaster. The adaptation of Satyajit’s four short stories has till now received extreme reactions.
The Best Indian Web Series on Disney+ Hotstar
- IMDB Rating: 8.6/10
- Creator: Shailendra Jha
- Stars: Zoya Hussain, Wamiqa Gabbi, Anshuman Pushkar
- Synopsis: Indian History. Drama. Action
Grahan is inspired by Satya Vyas’ famous novel ‘Chaurasi.’ The story revolves around two different worlds set apart by three decades yet mystically interconnected by a common truth concerning the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Grahan is an 8-episode series packed with countless emotions, so don’t get surprised if you feel overwhelmed while watching it.
The Best Indian Web Series on SonyLIV
- IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
- Creator: Sachin Pathak
- Stars: Anshuman Pushkar, Anurag Arora, Aksha Pardasany
- Synopsis: Crime. Spy. Revenge.
Kathmandu Connection received mixed reviews – for example, Selectra found this web series a mix-and-match of other hit shows like Special Ops and The Family Man. The storyline blends three events (a kidnap, a murder, and stalking) happening in three parts of the country, for they all share a common connection in a Kathmandu-based casino.
- IMDB Rating: 7.5/10
- Creator: Subhash Kapoor and Karan Sharma
- Stars: Huma Qureshi, Sohum Shah, Amit Sial
- Synopsis: Drama. Politics. The 1990s.
Maharani is a 10-episode political drama web series revolving around India’s typical spousal politics. For instance, in 1997, Bihar’s chief minister was replaced by his wife in the event of tricky events. As a result, the wife, played by Huma Querisha, was pulled away from cattle rearing to run a State.
The Best Indian Web Series on Other OTT Platforms
- IMDB Rating: 9.7/10
- Creator: Arunabh Kumar, Shreyansh Pandey
- Stars: Naveen Kasturia, Abhilash Thapliyal, Shivankit Singh Parihar
- Synopsis: Engaging. Realistic.
Aspirants is a five-episode web series believably telling the stories of three (3) buddies preparing to give the UPSC exam together. This product is available on TVF’s YouTube channel, free for anyone to watch! After releasing shows like Kota Factory, Pitchers, and Panchayat, Aspirants is the series you’d not want to miss, for it is equally engaging! Out of the other options we mentioned, we’d say that Aspirants is the best Indian web series to watch with the entire family.
Additionally, you can give the below Indian web series a try:
- Code M Season 2 on ZEE5 (Release Date Yet to be Declared)
- Mumbhai Season 2 on ALT Balaji (Expected Release Date in August)
- Chhatrasaal on MX Player (Release Date: 29th July)
We hope that we hit the nail while picking these options in our list of Best Indian Web Series to watch in 2021. We made intentional efforts to include a wide range of genres backed up with high IMDB ratings. So check them out this weekend! And don’t forget to revisit our website for more such fun blogs.