In no time, the world went crazy over online web series. Highly compelling stories combined with impressive direction and performances; make web series far more interesting than movies or TV shows.
This year, Indian web series gained a lot of popularity for which the majority of credit goes to Netflix India's Sacred Games and Radhika Apte starrer Horror web series, Ghoul. Both the series produced by Netflix did amazing business all over the globe which resulted in the increased trend of watching web series. However, a web series is not promoted as much as that of a movie and hence, it gets very difficult to know what to watch and what not to watch.
Well, in order to make sure that you do not miss out on some of the most intriguing Indian web series, here is a list of 8 Indian web series which are a must watch and are free-to-watch unlike Netflix and others:
The Reunion is a story about best friends. This show tells tales about meeting someone you loved, cared for and shared plenty of memories after a gap of 10 years. The show will make you nostalgic and take you right down memory lane. 'The Reunion' revolves around four friends being portrayed by Sapna Pabbi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Anuj Sachdeva, and Veer Rajwant Singh and their journey, which is filled with unexpected twists and turns.
The Vibe's 'Rushes' shows a concept that we haven't seen in a very long time in India. It uncovers the stories of India's home-grown adrenaline junkies, who are driven by their passion to lead an alternate, counter-cultural lifestyle. The series introduces us to seven different path-breakers embarking on adventures, fuelled by an insatiable hunger for extreme sports. The makers have tried to document their escapades that will leave you both impressed and inspired at the same time. This is one show that should definitely be on your must-watch list!
It happened in Hong Kong
Viu's 'It Happened In Hong Kong' is a series that you just can't stop watching once you start. The show is about two lone travelers Ahaana and Amol, who are trying to overcome different obstacles in life. Ahaana just ended her engagement and Amol is dealing with his father's death. The fun begins when they decide to travel and explore Hong Kong together. The series shows how a short-lived friendship unfolds a lot of secrets and truths untold.
Love On The Rocks
Love can be experienced in the most expected ways in the most unexpected places. MensXP's 'Love On The Rocks' is all about short stories that somehow connects to our lives. The series brings 8 different stories of modern relationships. From talking about falling in love, live-in relationships to complexities that we often face, this show should be on every millennial's list. Touching different genres, every episode brings a new tale altogether highlighting what love today stands for. To watch 'LOTR' you don't have to watch every episode to understand the story but honestly, once you start watching it you wouldn't want to miss any.
Vikram Bhatt's 'Maaya' was the most talked about series for its depiction of BDSM and now he is back with 'Maaya 2'. This time, Vikram shows the emotions, apprehensions, and tensions in the LGBT community. The story revolves around Simmi and Ruhi who are lesbians. We see Simmi, who is engaged to a man and is secretive about her sexuality, and Ruhi, who is bold and vocal about who she truly is. The series shows how the two women accept their love, lust, and desire for each other. The best thing about 'Maaya 2' is that you don't really need to watch the first season in order to understand the second one, as both bring out different stories altogether.
Tere Liye Bro
This show is about friendship and how everything changes after the sudden death of a close friend. The plot revolves around how a group of best friends, along with the deceased friend's sister, try to fulfil his bucket list. The show makes us wonder, how in our busy schedules we sometimes lose touch with our key relationships. It makes you realise the importance of certain relationships and why you should make some serious efforts to maintain them.
This web series was selected for Cannes and will soon roll out on the web. The show is about a 16-year-old boy Dhruv, who is in a hurry to grow up. This story focuses on young love, heartbreak, and every phase that one goes through at this age. With the help of his best friends, Dhruv tries to woo his first crush who is way out of his league. In the process of trying to grow faster, the three friends have multiple experiences like trying their first drink, their first brawl and their first heartbreak. And with it being the only Indian show to have reached Cannes, this one can't be missed.
Remember those hectic tuition days? Assignments, bunking lectures, pranking the teacher and having a crush on the cutest boy/girl from our coaching classes! Well, 'FLAMES' is all set to make you reminisce those days. This TVF show is set in West Delhi where students of 11th & 12th standard brush up their Maths and Chemistry skills. The show is narrated by the head of the coaching center, played by Deepesh Sumitra Jagdish. The show will soon transport you back to the 90's where Pehla Nasha was the most romantic song.
So, which one of the above mentioned series are you going to binge-watch this weekend? Please let us know your views and suggestions in the comment section. And stay tuned for more updates related to the Indian TV industry.