Indian Growing Digital Market has given some of best content of previous years. But this year made a huge difference among all the previous hits in every streaming site. Indian streaming sites mostly preferred quantity over quality but this time we had seen different in most of the established platforms and original networks. Here we picked some of the best Premium Original Shows and Indian Web Series 2018.
National stars like Saif Ali Khan, R Madhavan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Bobby Simha has shown interest in doing Television-Web Series. Netflix made debut in India with their first series with most loved series of all time in India. Here is a list of Best Indian TV-Web Series 2018.
Best Indian TV-Web Series 2018
The first Indian Netflix Original started with a bang. Sacred Games is based on Vikram Chandra’s book of the same name. Sacred Games is about to made in English by ABC Studios from years but later it handed to Netflix. Vikram Aditya Motwane is the first one to come on board. Later Anurag Kashyap shot the entire flashback shot on the 1980s to late 90s. The screenplay written by Varun Grover is highly appreciated for its engagement and references are given to Hindu mythology.
Sacred Games is undoubtedly the best television-web series 2018. The whole premise of Sacred Games is about Sartaj Singh, Inspector of Mumbai Police who received a call who tells him all is about to go end and only a guy name “Trivedi” will survive. Later Sartaj gets to know the caller is an ex-gangster of Bombay who is also friend with his father.
Sacred Games Season 1 is ended with a cliffhanger where the Trivedi is disclosed in the last episode “Yayati” and Khanna Guruji played by Pankaj Tripathi will have a more pivotal role for Season 2. The recurring cast of the series is loved by the fans, Kukoo’s character comes as a surprise and the character is improvised more than the book. Original Network: Netflix IMDb: 9.0 Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi
#2.TVF Yeh Meri Family
This year summer TVF has only one original show from their main channel. TVF Yeh Meri Family looks like the most ambitious show to date. Yeh Meri Family is set on 98 in Jaipur Rajasthan. The post-production of the series took almost a year for it, Yeh Meri Family is the only series which didn’t consist any abusive language. The series is voice-over by the character of Harshal Mehta, like Netflix House Of Cards.
TVF cares about Indian audience a lot, and Yeh Meri Family is a great show on their resume. The series is created by Sameer Saxena, who had previously created the hit show “Permanent Roommates”. The show consists of seven episodes each having more than 30 minutes of runtime. The only TVF web series 2018 has given ends with an emotional ending with Harshu’s brother leaving the house for coaching in KOTA. In a podcast show in The Screen Patti with Zakir Khan, the creators have also mentioned for the second season of the show. And also fans are demanding a spin-off show on the character Shanky played by Prasad Reddy. Original Network: The Viral Fever (TVF) IMDb: 9.6 Cast: Mona Chopra, Vishesh Bansal, Prasad Reddy
#3.The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family
This web series of 2018 revolves around a fictional modern Ranaut family. The series explores the estranged relationships between two brothers Samar Ranaut played by Barun Sobti and Vikram Ranauat by Kay Kay Menon. ALT Balaji is till considering quantity over quality, ALT Balaji produced most web series of all time this year, but some of them are really turn out to be watchable.
The first web content of Kay Kay Menon is taken a long time but in a healthy character. Kay Kay Menon had played a disturbed retired army who is now handicapped and train young militants. His disturbing element is not only his brother also many things including his relationships with his daughter and his best friend got messed due to a mess created by his own daughter.
The family look likes a very normal usual family but there are lots of secrets behind them in every character. The show is real, dark and at the same time, it was funny. The show deals with acceptance in the society from their weird behavior or their respective sexuality. Original Network: ALT Balaji IMDb: 7.6 Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Barun Sobti, Swaroop Sampat
One of the huge production of the year is Amazon Prime’s Mirzapur produced by Farhan Akhtar’s Excel Entertainment. Mirzapur is a crime drama with huge bloodsheds and violence in a Game of Throne’s style. Mirzapur is the second series created by Puneet Krishna and Karan Anshuman, their previous work is “Inside Edge”. There are many scenes which used an easter egg in this series.
Mirzapur is highly appreciated for its high octane well-choreographed action sequences. Just like Sacred Games this series also ended with a cliffhanger but it looks predictable much before that some of the characters will be alive and some lovable character dead. Yes, the series is perfect except the last episode, where the end didn’t convenience you as like the previous episodes. Ali Fazal for the first-time action performed is a delight to watch, he looks perfect as a bodybuilder. Original Network: Amazon Prime Video IMDb: 8.6 Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Devyanshu Sharma, Vikrant Massey
Home is an Indian web series 2018, streamed in ALT Balaji for nine episodes. The series stars a stellar cast comprising Annu Kapoor, Supriya Pilgaonkar, Amol Parashar, Parikshit Sahni, and Chetna Pandey and is directed by Habib Faisal. The first season of Home ends with one more problem in their lives, and some relationships became balanced than before.
The web series revolves around the bond of a family and their fight against the system due to which they have to empty their ‘Home’. Home is the third family genre web series 2018, and second series from ALT Balaji platform. Home is a web series based on a true event from Campa-Cola society. Anu Kapoor and Habib Faisal won awards for respective work on their fields in Streaming Awards – September Edition. Original Network: ALT Balaji IMDb: 8.5 Cast: Anu Kapoor, Amol Parashar
Breathe is an Amazon Prime Video’s Original show created and written by Mayank Sharma. Breathe was the second Prime Video series in Hindi which is also dubbed in Tamil and Telugu. Breathe ends the story in the first series, which revolves around Danny Mascarenhas, a charismatic football coach, lives with his young son, Josh and elderly mother, Juliet in Mumbai.
Danny becomes desperate to save Josh, who has weak lungs, after learning that his son only has five months to live unless they find a donor for his son. After several attempts, he failed, and then started killing the donors but he also messes with Senior Inspector Kabir who missed his daughter several years before, which also leads to a bad relationship with his wife because Kabir blames himself. Original Network: Amazon Prime Video IMDb: 8.6 Cast: R Madhavan, Amit Sadh
Ghoul is a mini-series developed by Hollywood production house “Blumhouse Television” and Phantom Films. Ghoul is a way ahead of its time series which set on a dystopian world. Ghoul is a highly controversial subject than Sacred Games but less understanding of art doesn’t make it a huge news. Ghoul is about a newly recruited Nida Rahim who is against her father and she makes him into prison because he is educating the students that have been banned by the government.
Netflix Ghoul received critical acclaim for its mind-bending sequences from the critics and horror lovers of other movies of Blumhouse. Ghoul is compared to 2017 Oscar-winning movie “Get Out”. The series had 3 episodes and end with the death of Sunil Dacunha and Nida leads to prison where she calls the Ghoul again. Original Network: Netflix IMDb: 7.2 Cast: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul
Haq Se stars Rajeev Khandelwal and Surveen Chawla and Parul Gulati in pivotal characters. Haq Se is a third show created by Ken Ghosh which is loosely based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Haq Se consists of 20 episode have 18-25 minutes runtimes. The second season of ALT Balaji’s Haq Se is going to floor in late 2019. The series was also criticized for its boring storytelling and essence of television soap.
ALT Balaji’s Haq Se revolves around four blood-bound sisters with four passionate dreams. Terrorism and other traditional problems faced by people of Kashmir well showcased. It is developed as a modern-day story of dreams, desires, love, war and the eternal pursuit of happiness, set against the breathtaking beauty and unsettling unrest of Kashmir. Original Network: ALT Balaji IMDb: 8.4 Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Parul Gulati, Surveen Chawala
Vella Raja is a Tamil Indian web series 2018, which stars Bobby Simha and Parvathi Nair in lead. This is the first direct Tamil original show premiered in Amazon Prime Video and also available in Hindi and Telugu dubbed versions. Vella Raja revolves around the lives of characters who land up in trouble while staying at a lodge. How Deva saves himself without getting caught by the police and his rivals forms the rest of the story. Original Network: Amazon Prime Video IMDb: 9.0 Cast: Bobby Simha, Parvati Nair
Kallachiruppu is Indian Web Series which follows 24-year-old Mahati (Amrutha Srinivasan) through a series of misadventures that begin after being forced into an arranged marriage. Newly married Mahati accidentally stabs her husband to death in self-defense after a heated argument. She then promptly wipes her blood-spattered face and calls her boyfriend to clean up the mess. This sets off a chain of events that the true nature of every character involved in this marriage.
Kallachiruppu is produced by the director of Rajnikanth starrer Petta “Karthik Subbaraj” and directed by Rohit Nadiadwala. The series is well received for its non-linear narrative and its bold statements on LGBT, abortion, and pornography. Kallachiruppu was the second series streamed in ZEE5 after the comedy “American Mapillai” which was premiered in the same year. Among all the Hindi and Telugu Web Series produced by ZEE5, Kallachiruppu is the only web series which took place in our list of “10 Best Indian Web Series 2018“. Original Network: Zee5 IMDb: N/A Cast: Amrutha Srinivasan, Rajalakshmi