With indigenous productions getting nominated at the International Emmys, you need no further mark to know that we’re upping our game. So, here’s a list of the best Indian web series of 2019 to watch before the year ends.
Undoubtedly the web series that created the maximum buzz this year, ‘Made in Heaven’ made a space in all our hearts. With Bollywood bigwigs like Zoya Akhtar, Alankrita Srivastava, Nitya Mehra, and Prashant Nair directing this eight-episode series, it’s no surpirse that the end product was a cinematic gem. Crisp writing, powerful acts, fitting background score, and impeccable screenplay wrapped this up as the perfect binge watch material. The shows take us through the stories and awakenings of Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) and Karan (Arjun Mathur), two friends who set up a wedding planning business—and the ups and downs they go through in their personal lives while they strive to bring others their happily ever after. The show also touched upon pertinent topics without being overbearing, such as dowry, seniors’ choice to remarry, and LGBTQ+ rights.
Based on the infamous Delhi gang rape of 2012, ‘Delhi Crime’ follows DCP Vartika Singh (Shefali Shah) as she cracks the case. The seven-episode series is based on in-depth research, and focuses on the hurdles faced by the police when trying to solve a case, especially one that has the nation’s sentiments attached to such great extent. Director Richie Mehta has tried to present the aftermath of such heinous acts, and how it impacts everyone involved. A mix of fact and fiction, the pull here is the to the point projection, no frills added narration, which is what the real-life episode requites. Performances by Shah, Rasika Duggal, and Yashaswini Dayama are to lookout for.
If you’re a fan of good acting, the fact that Manoj Bajpayee is heading this series is enough to make you watch ‘The Family Man’. A riveting action-drama, the series follows Srikrant Tiwari (Bajpayee), a typical middle-class man who has an undercover life as a government agent. Working with a National Investigation Agency special cell, the show tracks him flitting between the agent role and the family man role—protecting the country from terrorists by day and being the unassuming husband and father at night. Sharp storyline interspersed with comic moments, and on point acting is what you’ll find here.
A short and sweet series, the five-episode ‘Gullak’ is about a family in a small town of North India. But, it could very well be any family in the country. Parents and their two sons tread through everyday life, from financial hiccups to preparing for government exams to the fear of unemployment—replete with the mother’s sarcasm, the brotherly love and rivalry between the sons, and the easy-going father. An ice cream treat post-dinner to lift the moods, and such sweet moments punctuate this perceived-to-be-mundane life. And the reality of the series, gliding through the lows and making your own highs through life, is what will warm your heart.
The stunning Dia Mirza comes to the small screen with ‘Kaafir’. An eight-episode drama, the series is about a Pakistani woman, Kainaz Akhtar (Mirza) who accidentally comes over to the Indian side of Line of Control (LoC)–inspired by a real-life story. Presumed to be a militant, she’s imprisoned, and gives birth to a daughter during this time. Met with undeserved treatment, it is when a journalist, Vedant Rathod (Mohit Raina), learn about their story and makes it his mission to seek justice for the mother-daughter duo when their fight for fairness beings. Needless to say, the topic is relevant today, and the acting and direction is worthy of all the praise it received, the delicate issue of Indo-Pak relations is commendable.
After Mirzapur, Vikrant Massey shined again in yet another web series. This 10-episode series is a gripping thriller which deals with crime, police, and court workings. A remake of the eponymous BBC show from 2008, ‘Criminal Justice’ revolves around a common man stuck in a crime scene and his lawyer. Aditya Sharma (Massey) is a cab driver who wakes up covered in the blood of his previous night’s passenger. As he tries to prove his innocence in the killing, he and his advocate, Madhav Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi) learn new things not only about the system, but about themselves too.