Over the last 5 years the Indian streaming business has seen marvellous growth. With a number of big players entering the market including Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hotstar. The All India Web Series has seen an explosive growth of content. According to App Annie’s report, mobile video streaming in India has increased by nearly 200% over the last two years – the highest of the ten countries tracked in the report. People have really got bored with TV serials and oft-censored Bollywood. Many of the big bollywood stars have even tried their hands in the web scenario and gained a lot of appreciation. You have plenty of genres to binge into every weekend. While I have fallen in love with thrillers. So, in this article, I give you 9 Indian thrillers web series that are a must watch this season.
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Breathe is surely on the top of the list. This is a thriller drama web series on Amazon Prime. The series stars R Madhavan and Amit Sadh. The story revolves around R Madhavan aka Danny who is a dad who is seeking an organ donor for his son. While Amit Sadh plays an unconventional Crime Branch officer Kabir who is trying to put the pieces of seemingly unconnected deaths of organ donors, All the clues lead him to Danny. Kabir is determined to crack the case and deliver justice for the victims’ loved ones. The case opens up a world of surprises for Kabir. Watch the series for a brilliant performance by Madhavan. The series is a short one with just 8 episodes.
Sacred Games is one of the best Indian web series. The series is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. The series has two seasons. Each one has 8 episodes. The series have various characters that speak different languages ranging from Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi and Gujarati. The main characters of this series are Ganesh Gaitonde, Sartaj Singh and Mathur. The series starts with police officer Sartaj Singh getting an anonymous tip about the location of criminal overlord Ganesh Gaitonde. He starts the chase to find Gaitonde. Gaintonde gives him a run to his story. After this Singh begins his own investigation as he works to save Mumbai from impending doom. Flashbacks reveal some of the crimes that Gaitonde has committed through the years. The web series stars like Kalki Kochelin, Radhika Apte, Pankaj Tripathi, Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui are just a few. This web series has been nominated in the Best Drama Category at the International Emmy Award.
Apaharan is ALTBalaji production. The series has been directed and co-produced by Siddharth Sen Gupta. The series stars Mahie Gill and Arunoday Singh. The story revolves around Rudra Srivastava played by Arunoday Singh, he plays a senior inspector with Uttarakhand police who is lured into kidnapping a young girl named Anusha played by Monica Chaudhary, at her mother Mahie Gill’s request. The plot starts with a simple plan to extort money in exchange for her release. When a chain of events go wrong, the series of lies starts opening up expressing that Arunoday Singh is in deep trouble. The big question is that will he become the victim or come out from the web of lies.
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If you are looking for a series with twists and turns then this one is the best choice. This web series can make you go bonkers with surprises. This web series has even more twists than the usual Saas Bahu Serial plot ever could. The series has Drama, Romance, Comedy and Thrill. The series has been based on Peter Moffat’s 2008 BBC series of the same name. You will see Vikrant Massey change his character at every inch. In every stage the character gives a different look from an asthmatic kid into Bulked-up bodies. His character becomes bold every time. Whatever you thought all the way through wasn’t true at all. At every point in the series you would be judging Aditya’s character. Whether he is guilty or innocent. Criminal Justice wins the show because of Vikrant Massey’s brilliant performance. The serial killer is nowhere near your predictions. It is a must watch series for all those who love Criminal Mind series.
The series is an adaptation of an Israeli series by the same name premiered on Hotstar. The series stars names such as Praveen Dabas, Ronit Roy and Tisca Chopra in the lead roles. The series has been directed by the star-maker Sudhir Mishra known for film making as well. The series revolves around the life of Dr. Mira Anand played by Tisca Chopra. She is a surgeon who plans to operate on a minister. Just the night before the operation Dr. Mira’s family is taken, hostage. He plays SP Prithvi Singh, who tactfully handles a teen on the last day of his duty before getting retired. However, after retiring the first thing that he does is take Mira and her family as hostages. The reasons behind his actions are explained towards the end. Prithvi is sympathetic yet he knows how to get his work done. Surya Sharma who plays Prince in the series is quite impressive as the psycho gunman who doesn’t think twice before hitting the trigger. Now she has a choice either to save the minister or save her family. The show has a complex plot that becomes a little tiresome in between. But, if you are looking for a binge thriller then this is a good choice.
A.I.SHA: My Virtual Girlfriend
A.I.SHA is a sci-fi thriller available on the SONY LIV app. The series has no airs and big names but if you love something the X-Files then we are sure this is equally thrilling. The story of a relationship between a man and woman, the only issue is that the woman is the first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence Simulated Humanoid Assistant (A.I.SHA). Sam is a 26-year-old genius app developer working at Future Lens. He is the usual shy guy who is in love with a colleague Kriti (Auritra Ghosh).The problem is he is too shy to talk to her while Sid (Raghu Ram), his boss makes his life a living hell at the office. In order to deviate him from the problems, Sam puts all his effort into the creation of a true artificial intelligence program, an autonomous virtual assistant whom he calls ‘Aisha’. The problem starts when Siddhu, Sam’s only friend, threatens him about A.I.SHA. While A.I.SHA develops a mind of her own and falls in love with Sam.
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Inside Edge was Amazon Prime Video’s first Indian original series. The series stars big names like Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chada, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Tanuj Virwani and Angad Bedi. The story revolves around a fictional T20 cricket team, Mumbai Mavericks that plays in the Power-Play League. Arvind Vashist (Angad Bedi) is the captain and Niranjan Suri (Sanjay Suri) plays the coach of Mumbai Mavericks’ captain. While the team is owned by Bollywood actress named Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha). The cricket league is owned by the debonair and fiendish Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Oberoi). The team’s main player played by Vayu Raghavan (Tanuj Virwani) looks much like Virat Kohli. He’s brash and aggressive but with a heart of gold. Behind all this is a plot that talks about conflicting interests, money power, and selfishness. All this with a love for cricket and accusations of match-fixing. It has been awarded as the Best Drama series at 46th International Emmy Awards. Although it is much of a thriller than a drama that keeps you at the edge of the seat.
City Of Dreams
The series is from Hotstar directed by the brilliant director Nagesh Kukunoor. The series stars big names such as Atul Kulkarni, Priya Bapat, Sachin Pilgaonkar, Eijaz Khan and Siddharth Chandekar. The plot revolves around the Gaikwad family, when the feud within the Gaikwad family, which erupts after an assassination attempt on a polarizing political figure. Blurring the lines between moral and immoral, in a struggle for power forms the core of this transfixing narrative. But what stands out is the wounded politician’s daughter Poornima played by Priya Bapat fighting her way out of the control of dissolute brother Ashish (Siddharth Chandekar). Though the series did not get too much hype but it is a great choice if you love political backdrops.
BOSE DEAD OR ALIVE
Well, when it is Rajkumar Rao you really can’t be disappointed. The name BOSE is controversial and big in India, The man. The legend. The mystery. The man has fascinated the country in life and even after death. On 18 August 1945 after his overloaded Japanese plane crashed in Japanese-occupied Formosa (now Taiwan) Subhas Chandra Bose (Rajkumar Rao) is presumed dead. However, his family in Kolkata received a telegram from Mahatma Gandhi to not conduct his last rites. Now, the speculation about his death starts believing in his possible return. This is the story of India’s biggest cover-up: Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose and the mystery of his alleged death.