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Year Ender 2023: Must-Watch Indian Web Series of the Year!

Dive into the captivating array of OTT web series narratives that held audiences spellbound, ranging from historical epics to spine-tingling supernatural thrillers that defined the year 2023. Check out the listicle.

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By Ruchita Kishan Ushakola
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As we close the curtains on 2023, we find ourselves surrounded by a vibrant tapestry of Indian web series that have etched unforgettable stories on the canvas of the digital realm. This year has served as a showcase for the narrative brilliance of Indian content creators, presenting audiences with a captivating fusion of genres and compelling storytelling. Come along as we embark on a journey through the standout web series that have not only defined the year but also raised the bar for the cinematic experience in the world of digital entertainment.

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Must-Watch Indian Web Series of the Year:

Rocket Boys 2 (SonyLIV):

Rocket Boys 2 on SonyLIV immerses viewers in the tumultuous landscape of post-independence India. Against a backdrop of political upheaval, shifts in power, and international scrutiny, the series masterfully captures the essence of a nation undergoing significant transformation. An enthralling depiction of a country in flux, this instalment is a compelling viewing experience that should not be missed.

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Scam 2003: The Telgi Story (SonyLIV):

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Building on the triumph of Scam 1992, Hansal Mehta introduces a compelling spiritual successor that delves into the notorious stamp paper scam masterminded by Abdul Karim Telgi. This captivating narrative intricately unfolds the complexities surrounding one of India's most significant financial scandals.

The Railway Men (Netflix):

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"The Railway Men" unravels the unexplored tale of the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984, presenting a historical drama that showcases the courageous endeavours of railway workers amid a catastrophic toxic gas leak. This captivating series illuminates a pivotal episode in Indian history, bringing to the forefront the untold heroism of those involved.

The Night Manager 1 & 2 (Disney+ Hotstar):

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Embark on a riveting journey with a former Navy Lieutenant, now navigating the challenges of a hotel night manager. Headlined by the dynamic duo of Aditya Roy Kapoor and Anil Kapoor, the series intricately weaves suspense, drama, and the pursuit of justice into a spellbinding narrative.

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Guns and Gulaabs (Netflix):

Nestled in a peaceful town, "Guns and Gulaabs" intricately spins a compelling tale interwoven with the lives of a mechanic, an upright officer, and an unwilling heir to a cartel. Unfolding in surprising twists, the story explores themes of love, self-discovery, and tumultuous upheavals.

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Taali (JioCinema):

"Taali" endeavours to shed light on the dreams and ambitions of the third gender, dispelling misconceptions and championing their rightful respect as equal citizens in a free society. This narrative not only challenges stereotypes but also cultivates a sense of inclusivity, urging viewers to embrace diverse stories and experiences.

Taaza Khabar (Disney+ Hotstar):

Featuring renowned YouTuber Bhuvan Bam, "Taaza Khabar" presents an enchanting fusion of unexpected twists and entertainment. Centred around a sanitation worker discovering mystical abilities, the series embarks on a captivating and exhilarating adventure.

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Dahaad (Amazon Prime Video):

In the small village of Mandawa, Sub-Inspector Anjali Bhaati investigates a mysterious case of 27 missing women. "Dahaad" unfolds as a gripping mystery, exploring the resilience of a community in the face of adversity.

 

Aarya 3 (Disney+ Hotstar):

Aarya, the crime lord, embarks on a quest for absolute dominance over the drug trade. Faced with formidable challenges, she confronts a vengeance-driven vendetta and relentless pursuit, creating a thrilling narrative.

Jubilee (Amazon Prime Video):

Set in newly independent India, "Jubilee" brings together a diverse cast whose paths cross in the pursuit of stardom and riches. A tale that explores ambition, love, and the intricacies of post-independence life.

Asur 2 (JioCinema):

The riveting narrative of "Asur 2" picks up where the first season left off, with a ghoulish serial killer on the loose. Forensics expert Nikhil Nair embarks on a journey of justice and personal redemption.

 

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Kaala Paani (Netflix):

When a mysterious illness descends upon the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, a desperate fight for survival collides with a race to find a cure. "Kaala Paani" offers a gripping narrative of suspense and survival.

 

Dhootha (Amazon Prime Video):

Starring Naga Chaitanya, "Dhootha" is a supernatural thriller where a journalist's life takes a chilling turn as newspapers predict ominous incidents. A series that explores the thin line between reality and the supernatural.

 

Kohrra (Netflix):

After a dead body is found, "Kohrra" unravels the links between a wedding and a missing foreigner. As the lives of Balbir and Garundi unravel, unspoken yearnings and family secrets emerge.

 

Farzi (Amazon Prime Video):

Starring Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi, "Farzi" follows Sunny's quest to address income inequality. As he teams up with his friend Firoz to make counterfeit money, challenges arise from a gangster and a cop.

 

SCOOP (Netflix):

Unveiling the gripping narrative from Jigna Vora's book, 'Behind Bars in Byculla: My Days In Prison,' SCOOP delves into the life of a seasoned female journalist accused of a shocking murder. Amidst a maze involving a sharpshooter, a bookie, and underworld kingpin Chhota Rajan, she unravels buried truths while awaiting trial.

Saas Bahu aur Flamingo (Disney + Hotstar):

A family led by a formidable matriarch operates the largest drug cartel in South Asia. "Saas Bahu aur Flamingo" offers a unique blend of crime, family drama, and the mythical environment of Runjh Pradesh.

 

The Freelancer (Disney+ Hotstar):

Centered around a rescue mission, "The Freelancer" follows Avinash Kamath, an ex-cop turned mercenary, on a journey to bring back the daughter of his best friend from war-torn Syria.

 

Made In Heaven 2 (Amazon Prime Video):

In the second season of "Made In Heaven," the protagonists strive for equal space in society and more acceptance. Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti explore themes of equality and societal challenges.

 

The Jengaburu Curse (SonyLIV):

A London-based analyst returns to Odisha in search of her missing father, unravelling a conspiracy involving bauxite mining and international connections. "The Jengaburu Curse" combines mystery and social commentary.

 

CLASS (Netflix):

Directed by the acclaimed National Film Award winner Ashim Ahluwalia, CLASS unfolds a tale of intrigue within an elite Delhi high school. Three underprivileged students grapple with secrets, conflicts, and murders, creating a riveting narrative that explores societal divides. Adapted from the Spanish hit 'Elite,' this series offers a unique perspective on the complexities of privilege and ambition.

Kaalkoot (JioCinema):

Set in fictional Uttar Pradesh, "Kaalkoot" is a police procedural that dissects societal systems. Vijay Varma's compelling portrayal of conflicted policeman Ravi Shankar Tripathi adds depth to the series.

 

Maya Bazaar for Sale (ZEE5):

Directed by Gautami Challagulla, "Maya Bazaar for Sale" is a Telugu comedy-drama series set in a posh community in Hyderabad. The story unfolds as the government declares the entire community illegal, disrupting lives in unexpected ways.

 

Trial By Fire (Netflix):

"Trial By Fire" narrates the difficult yet resilient journey of Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamoorthy, seeking justice for two decades. A powerful series that explores the pursuit of justice in the face of adversity.

 

Ayali (ZEE5):

Written and directed by Muthukumar, "Ayali" is an Indian Tamil-language series challenging patriarchal norms. The narrative follows Tamizhselvi, a young girl determined to defy customs and traditions to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.

 

Bambai Meri Jaan (Amazon Prime Video):

"Bambai Meri Jaan" provides a window into the streets of post-independence Bombay, steeped in crime. Tracking the path of an upright police officer, the series unfolds as he navigates challenges to safeguard his family.

Modern Love Chennai (Amazon Prime Video):

Embark on a journey through the heart of Chennai with 'Modern Love Chennai,' a series that intricately weaves together amusing, unconventional, profound, and enigmatic love stories. Delve into the essence of Chennai, discovering its soul through distinctive landscapes and a myriad of captivating characters.

Adhura (Amazon Prime Video):

"Adhura" is a supernatural thriller set in an elite boarding school, unveiling a dark secret that shakes the lives of everyone connected to it. The series promises a thrilling exploration of the unknown.

Paper Rocket (ZEE5):

In the creative vision of Kiruthiga Udhayanidhi, "Paper Rocket" takes viewers on a journey across Tamil Nadu with six strangers pursuing significant wishes from their bucket lists. Featuring Kalidas Jayaram and Tanya Ravichandran in prominent roles, the series assures an emotionally charged and captivating storyline.

In the entertainment world of the Indian web series, 2023 emerged as a captivating journey for enthusiasts, offering a cinematic feast that spanned gripping historical sagas, tantalizing supernatural thrillers, and narratives that courageously questioned societal conventions. The digital landscape blossomed with an array of creativity and diversity, painting a vibrant tapestry of storytelling. As we embark on a new year, these web series serve as a vibrant testament to the ever-evolving narrative prowess of Indian content creators, signaling a promise of even more enthralling adventures awaiting audiences in the years ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

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