Popular and Critically Acclaimed Indian Web Series of 2023!

As we bid farewell to the year, explore the dynamic landscape of Indian OTT gems—unveiling the hidden treasures that garnered both popularity and critical acclaim, and the undiscovered gems praised by critics but overlooked by the masses, and vice versa.

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As we approach the culmination of 2023, the Indian OTT landscape stands adorned with a plethora of web series that not only captivated audiences but also earned critical acclaim. In this year-end feature, we navigate through the dynamic realm of streaming, unravelling the tapestry of success and recognition that adorned some of the finest creations.


Indian Web Series of 2023 which were Popular and Critically Acclaimed both:

Rocket Boys: The Stellar Sequel

Rocket Boys soared to new heights in 2023, proving that the success of its first season was no fluke. With an IMDb rating of 8.9, the second season delves into the turbulent post-independence era, chronicling the extraordinary lives of Dr. Homi J. Bhabha, Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, and Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as they strive to make India a nuclear power.


Rocket Boys Season 2 OTT Release Date Confirmed: Hit Season Coming Back on  SonyLIV on March 16 - MySmartPrice

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The Railway Men: Courage Amidst Chaos


Netflix's The Railway Men earns its stripes with an 8.5 IMDb rating. Released on 18th November, the series portrays the bravery of railway workers facing an unspeakable disaster after a deadly gas leak in Bhopal.

The Railway Men (TV Mini Series 2023) - IMDb

Asur 2: Mythology Meets Thrill


Continuing the success of its first season, Asur 2 emerges as a compelling mythological thriller, garnering an impressive IMDb rating of 8.5. Released on 1st June, the series keeps the audience on the edge with its gripping narrative.

Asur Season 2 - Syndication

Farzi: Shahid's OTT Debut Triumph


Shahid makes a remarkable OTT debut with Farzi, boasting an IMDb rating of 8.4. Released on 10th February, the series follows an artist entangled in high-stakes cons, with a determined task force officer hot on his trail.

Farzi review: Vijay Sethupathi and Shahid Kapoor deliver on point in this  tumultuous, binge-worthy ride

The Jengaburu Curse: Nature's Beauty, Human Greed


SonyLIV's The Jengaburu Curse unfolds as an engaging thriller, juxtaposing the beauty of nature with human greed. With an 8.3 IMDb rating, the series challenges conventional OTT content norms, released on 9th August.

Watch The Jengaburu Curse (Hindi) Web Series Online - All Episodes in Full  HD only on Sony LIV

Jubilee: A Thrilling Poetic Tale


Amazon Prime's Jubilee weaves a thrilling yet poetic tale around ambitious characters, earning an IMDb rating of 8.3. Released on 7th April, the series explores the gambles individuals take in pursuit of their dreams, passion, ambition, and love.

Jubilee Review (Part 2): Much Beyond Cinema History, Vikramaditya Motwane  Is A Beast Creating A Flaring Spectacle That Fascinates & Comforts

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The Freelancer: Internet Waves in No Time

The Freelancer swiftly makes waves on the internet with an 8.1 IMDb rating. Released recently, the series, based on 'A Ticket To Syria,' follows Avinash Kamath, an ex-cop turned mercenary, on a mission to rescue a girl trapped in war-torn Syria.

Watch The Freelancer Season 1 Episode 5 on Hotstar Specials.

Guns and Gulaabs: Quirky Crime Thriller

Netflix's Guns and Gulaabs scores a 7.7 IMDb rating. Directed by Raj & DK, the series delves into a sleepy town's chaos, where a mechanic struggles to escape his gangster father's shadow. An honest officer and a reluctant cartel heir add to the entangled narrative, released on 18th August.

Guns & Gulaabs': Meet the characters of Netflix's black-comedy series

Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo: Unapologetically Brutal

Standing tall with a 7.7 IMDb rating, Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo dismantles patriarchy and showcases the raw power of a woman wronged. The series remains equally popular among both audiences and critics.

Saas, Bahu Aur Flamingo' Review: The bold characters in the series takes a  ride of emotions and action

Trial By Fire: Echoes of Tragedy

Netflix's Trial By Fire revisits the tragic 'Uphaar Cinema Fire' of 1997, earning a 7.7 IMDb rating. The series poignantly captures the heart-wrenching true story and resonates with audiences.

Trial By Fire' Netflix series review: Anatomy of a man-made disaster - The  Hindu

The Night Manager: Roaring Success

Not just one but two back-to-back seasons of The Night Manager roared in 2023, earning an extensive fan following and an IMDb rating of 7.6. The series follows Shaan Sengupta, an ex-soldier, infiltrating an arms dealer's inner circle to dismantle his empire of war.

The Night Manager Part 1 Review: Aditya Roy Kapur & Anil Kapoor Charm Their  Way Through This Faithful Adaptation That Promises Fire In Part 2

Bambai Meri Jaan: Post-Independence Intrigue

Amazon Prime's Bambai Meri Jaan intrigues with a 7.6 IMDb rating, offering a glimpse into post-independence Bombay and the crime-ridden streets. An honest cop's journey unfolds as he strives to protect his family.

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Dahaad: Superhit Realism

Dahaad emerges as a superhit with an overall IMDb rating of 7.6. The Amazon Prime original is lauded for its realistic screenplay and impeccable performances, following Sub-inspector Anjali Bhaati's investigation of a series of mysterious deaths.

Prime Video: Dahaad - Season 1

Popular but Not Critically Acclaimed Web Series of 2023:

Taaza Khabar: Bhuvan Bam's Magical Journey

Despite its great popularity and an impressive IMDb rating of 8.1, Taaza Khabar didn't receive much critical acclaim. Bhuvan Bam's series revolves around a sanitation worker stumbling upon magical powers, leading to a riveting transformation in his humble life.

Watch Taaza Khabar All Latest Episodes on Disney+ Hotstar

Made In Heaven 2: A Sequel's Struggle

The much-anticipated Made In Heaven season 2, released on 10th August, struggled to match the critical acclaim of its predecessor. Audience hype didn't translate into critical success, leaving the series in a paradox.

Made in Heaven season 2 release date, release time, where to watch  episodes, plot - The Statesman

Adhura: Supernatural and Unrecognized

Adhura's supernatural thrills captured the audience's attention, but it failed to win the hearts of critics, earning a 6.6 IMDb rating. The series, set in an elite boarding school, unfolds a dark secret.

Prime Video: Adhura - Season 1

Charlie Chopra & The Mystery of Solang Valley: Underrated Gem

Unappreciated by critics, Charlie Chopra garnered praise from the audience as an underrated gem on SonyLIV, released on 30th June. The series, delving into murder mysteries, remains a hidden treasure.

Charlie Chopra & The Mystery of Solang Valley - Agatha Christie

Critically Acclaimed but Not Popular Web Series of 2023:

Kaala Paani: Andaman's Struggle for Survival

Despite its critical acclaim with an 8.1 IMDb rating, Kaala Paani didn't attain widespread popularity. The series portrays a desperate fight for survival amidst a mysterious illness in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Kaala Paani Netflix Cast Name & Story - Web Series | Showbiz Hut

Aarya 3: Maternal Power

Aarya 3 stands as a testament to maternal strength, earning a 7.8 IMDb rating. While critics appreciated the series, it didn't generate significant buzz among the audience, diverging from the success of its predecessor.

Aarya' Season 3 series review: Despite Sushmita Sen's gutsy turn and  goodwill, the action runs out of steam - The Hindu

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Kohrra: Turbulence Unraveled

With a 7.5 IMDb rating, Kohrra dives into the unravelling of a troubling case after a bridegroom's mysterious death. Despite critical acclaim, the series struggled to gain widespread recognition.

Watch Kohrra | Netflix Official Site

Scam 2003: Telgi's Ingenious Scheme

Based on Telgi's ingenious scheme, Scam 2003 received critical acclaim with a 7.5 IMDb rating. However, it couldn't replicate the massive popularity of its predecessor, Scam 1992, among the audience.

Scam 2003 The Telgi Story Volume 2: Here's when SonyLIV will stream all  episodes, and the wait is slightly long

As we bid farewell to 2023, the Indian web series panorama reflects a diverse array of narratives, blending popular appeal with critical acclaim or standing out in their own right. These 21 series, each with its unique flavour, have defined the digital entertainment landscape, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating what 2024 has in store.


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