While the majority of Bollywood and Television-based filmmakers and production houses are still trying to please the censor board and serve topics according to the conservative audience’s taste, web-series producers in India are experimenting with the free hand they’ve been afforded.
Bidding adieu to the nonsensical tv series catering to the old school thought process, a number of web series have come up in the past few years and are providing video content that the youth can relate to.
Dump the notion that ‘free isn’t as good’, because these are totally worth your time.
If you’re thinking of what to watch in your free time, then check out these web series as soon as possible.
The Viral Fever’s (TVF) web series Pitchers, which was launched in 2015 on the company’s YouTube channel as well as their official TVF Play website, has gathered much acclaim, so much so it has made it into IMDB’s top 250 tv series list.
The series follows the lives of four young professionals who quit their jobs in order to venture out into the wild entrepreneurial world. Each episode is 40 minutes long, on an average, but you’ll be left asking for more at the end of every one of them.
2. Permanent Roommates
The series follows the story of a couple who have been in a long distance relationship for the past three years and now when they finally meet, the prospect of marriage awaits them.
TVF has done a fantastic job tapping into the audience’s mind while exploring the nitty-gritty’s of a relationship in the current era and the story doesn’t seem superficial — you can relate to it too.
The latest offering from TVF is a simple story about three siblings who embark on a road trip together — not by choice, but by force of circumstances.
Plagued by an unstable marriage, divorce and joblessness, the trio find solace in this journey as they head home to find comfort. The series gives an insight into the urban rat race that bothers a young fledgeling mind and how family is the answer to most of our problems.
4. Man’s World
Imagine if the world was opposite — as in there was a role reversal between the men and women of our society — how does such a world sound? Puzzled and excited at the same time right?
YFilm’s Man’s World follows a fictional account of a guy whose life is turned upside down as he now lives in a world where women are the dominating gender and all the issues faced by women today are faced by him.
5. Bang Baaja Baaraat
Bang Baaja Baaraat is a hilarious take on marriages in the present date and culture where in arranged marriages are a thing of the past. The story revolves around a couple who meet and click instantly and soon decide to get married.
But as is said, when everything is jolly and good, life has a struggle in store for you. Their decision to get married turns their life upside down as they can not cope with the added family pressure. Will their love survive?
The story follows the life of a fashion aficionado who is trying to make it big in the fashion industry after moving back to Mumbai from Los Angeles and her life unfolds into a series of mysterious events.
Alisha is our very own desi version of Sherlock. This series by Blush is meant for anyone who loves mystery novels/movies/tv shows.
7. Life Sahi hai
A much-needed reprise to the Pyaar ka Punchnama titles in a web-format, Life Sahi Hai explores the lives of four carefree friends, who’re all different kinds when it comes to women.
The series follows the lives of bachelors in New Delhi and gives a hilarious take on the challenges they face with women — be it their boss or girlfriend. A must watch for every bachelor, and even if you’re not — relive the good old days with these guys.
A.I.SHA is the first web series from India to explore the sci-fi world and has done a pretty amazing job. Coming from the famed production of Raghu Ram, the series is a must watch for all the science fiction lovers and geeks alike.
The series follows the story of a web developer and the artificial intelligence created by him.
9. Official Chukyagiri
Arre’s Official Chukyagiri chronicles the life of a young boy who enters the professional world with big dreams alongwith middle-class moral and ethics. But does he leave his morals and ethics behind to kick start his professional life in this unforgiving world? Watch out for more.
10. I Don’t Watch TV
I don’t Watch TV follows the life of a TV star whose career is in jeopardy due to a drunken rant in an after party following an award show. The series further explores the twisted topsy-turvy world of the television industry.
11. Hip Hop Homeland
The series by 101 India follows the growing underground hip-hop scenes in India, traversing different artists from the country in a documentary format. The show is a must watch for freestyle enthusiasts.
12. All About Section 377
All About Sec 377 is aimed at educating the masses of the struggle faced by people from the LGBT community in the country. The plot follows the life of a straight guy who lives with two gay guys and how this teaches him a thing or two about the issues faced by his flatmates in the Indian society.
#LoveBytes follows the story of a couple who’re very much in love and very much living together too. It chronicles the differences they have due to the different cultures they come from.
Baked follows the lives of three Delhi University students who have opened up a food delivery service and the challenges they face regularly — both in business and personal life. It’s a fun series to watch and will surely make you miss your college days.
15. Girl in the City
Girl in the City is a story about a 21-year-old fashion enthusiast who wishes to make a claim in the fashion industry. The series chronicles her life in the bustling metropolitan of Mumbai and the struggles she faces in her personal as well as professional life.
16. Happy to be Single
Happy to be Single is a bilingual comedy which revolves around the life of three youngsters who’re in constant search for love. The series is in Tamil and English.
17. Not Fit
Another one from TVF and Dice Media, Not Fit is a mockumentary that follows the life of a struggling actor in Mumbai, his daily challenges as he is trying to make it big in the entertainment industry.
18. Chai Sutta Chronicles
TVF’s Chai Sutta Chronicles is another innovative idea from their gang of writers who never seem to disappoint. This series follows snippets of the lives of friends and the conversations they have while sipping on their tea alongwith cigarettes.
19. Chinese Bhasad [Voot]
This one isn’t on YouTube but nonetheless is worth giving a try. The show follows the life of an Indian boy and a Chinese girl and the troubles they face from society when they wish to marry each other.
20. Sinskaari [Voot]
Sinskaari is an adult talk show hosted by the Alok Nath, who was made even more famous due to internet trolls. The host will interview celebrities and ask them their deep dark secrets on the show. Tune in for more.
21. Love Shots
Love Shots follows six different love stories set in different settings and cultures of India. A must-watch for all the die-hard romantics out there — maybe you’ll find someone too, just keep looking.
22. Starting Up
Starting Up follows the lives of a newly-wed couple — a techie from US and an Indian bride. In this fast paced world, will the two millenials be able to bring their life in a confluence or will they fail to make this arrangement work? You’ll have to wait to know more, as the series is yet to be released, but do watch the trailer.
23. Barely Speaking with Arnub
Barely Speaking with Arnub is a mock-show which represents a one of the most famous new hour hosts of India. It’s as witty as things get and irrespective of whether or not you like Arnab (oops! Arnub), this one is a must watch just to enjoy the script. Ps. Shah Rukh Khan is the first guest who faces the brunt of Arnub.
24. Ladies Room
Ladies Room follows the exploits of Khanna and Dingo – besties by choice. Follow their adventures through six different washrooms, as they boggle your mind with their never ending dose of fun and struggle to grow up as they grow old.
25. Shaadi Boys [Voot]
The show follows the lives of three friends and their hilarious charades as they try to get into the ‘wedding’ business. The struggling film junkies find a perfect way to earn some bucks and score some women in this series — find out how!