From stories based on real-life women to those fictions based on their real-life struggles, there’s a plethora of web series available that should be a part of every women’s watchlist. Not only are these stories igniting self-confidence and pride but also acting as a catalyst for motivation for many such women who relate to those characters. Indian web series has grown to become one of the best sources of inspiration and entertainment. Here’s the list of the top web series that every woman should definitely add on her watch list. Experience your own profundity through entertainment!
1. It’s Not Simple!
The first in the list is, It’s Not Simple, which revolves around a woman’s stand on marriage and love, streaming exclusively on Voot. Featuring Swara Bhaskar, Vivan Bhatena, Akshay Oberoi and Karanveer Mehra, this web series is sure to make one go on the emotional rollercoaster. Written by Charudutt Acharya and directed by Danish Aslam, this is the story of a young couple and college sweethearts, who vowed to share the rest of their lives and responsibilities amidst themselves and respect each other’s individuality. But with the birth of their daughter, Meera, played by Swara Bhaskar is busy with her mom and wifely duties.
This story isn’t about Meera’s post-marital sartorial choices, rather it’s about her one hell of a school reunion. Which, along with memories, also brings back a little part of Meera that was lost in being a ‘good wife’. This indeed is a controversial, thought-provoking and yet a real relationship drama. There is a paradigm shift in how relationships and marriages are perceived today compared to how they were before. Meera’s story will force you to look at the complexities of urban marriages and realize that there are no easy answers to life, the choices are always hard to make and the stakes are high.
2. Haq Se
The second on the must-watch list is an ALT Balaji original Haq Se, produced by Viraj Kapur and Karan Raj Kohli. Directed by Ken Ghosh revolves around four blood-bound sisters with four passionate dreams, all yearning for one goal; fulfillment. It is a modern-day story of dreams, desires, love, war and the eternal pursuit of happiness. Set against the breathtaking beauty and unsettling unrest of the valleys of Kashmir. Starring Rajeev Khandelwal, Surveen Chawla, and Parul Gulati, the story revolves around four sisters Meher, Jannat, Bano, and Amal. When their father’s medicine factory was burnt in a riot, he was forced to leave for Siachen as an Army’s doctor to cater to his family’s needs. With military, political, and religious tension mounting by the moment, these girls are fighting hard to keep their passions alive.
3. Made in Heaven
Made in Heaven portrays today’s India as a potent blend of vintage norms and newness. Where tradition jostles with modern aspirations against the backdrop of Big Fat Indian Weddings. Juxtaposed against the story of the two protagonists, Tara and Karan, it is an amalgamation of the chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan. Two wedding planners in Delhi running a wedding planning agency named Made in Heaven. The series is Amazon Video’s fourth fictional Indian original series. It stars Arjun Mathur as Karan, Sobhita Dhulipala as Tara and Kalki Koechlin as Faiza, including Jim Sarbh, Shashank Arora, Shivani Raghuvanshi and Vikrant Massey in a guest appearance.
Made In Heaven is a 2019 Indian drama web television series that premiered on Amazon Prime Videos and instantly became a web sensation. It was produced by Excel Entertainment and written and created by Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Alankrita Shrivastava.
4. Delhi Crimes
Delhi Crime is a Netflix original Indian crime drama series written and directed by Richie Mehta. Starring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain, and Rajesh Tailang, the series is set in the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case that took place in the neighborhood of Munirka, in South Delhi. The series follows the proceedings on the case, where Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Vartika Chaturvedi is tasked to find the culprits, responsible for the assaults and death of the female victim. Based entirely on the real events it portrays the struggle of a female police officer, who not only has the entire case responsibilities on herself but also has to deal with the criminals and a very curious and questioning teen daughter. Not only does it show the dark brutal side of the Indian lifestyle but also shows the rage and power of the Indian women today.
Netflix’s latest Indian original Leila is the dystopian drama that has caught everyone’s attention with its gritty, powerful, and brave political narrative. Starring Huma Qureshi and Rahul Khanna, the show opens with a happy family couple Shalini and Rizwan Chowdhury, and their small daughter Leila, enjoying their time in a swimming pool as they await a visit from a family member.
All seems well in their world until the next moment when they are attacked by someone. Rizwan is killed and his wife, Shalini is captured, what happens to the daughter will be known later in the series. The story then takes a mysterious yet thrilling turn, when Shalini wants to do anything and everything to reunite with her daughter, Leila. Leila is based on Prayaag Akbar’s book of the same name and has been adapted by writer Urmi Juvekar of Oye Lucky Lucky Oye and Shanghai fame. This show has all the ingredients of a perfect dystopian drama that strike a chord with the viewers. The fear makes you uncomfortable, the suspense on edge of your seat, the tragedy makes you miserable while the horror of it all surrounds you with all its intensity, as the possibility of impending doom lurks.
6. Ladies Room
Ladies Room is the raunchiest Yash Raj Films series featuring its wildest leads, Dingo and Khanna. Directed by Ashima Chibber and produced by Ashish Patil, this webs series is exclusively available on YouTube. Starring Saba Azad and Shreya Dhanwanthary, this is a story of two besties and crazy mental adventures they go through in six different loos over the six-episode series. It is a show about modern young ‘girl bros’ struggling to grow up even as they grow old.
These girls are mad, bad and completely unapologetic about it. Traveling from Goa to Mumbai, Dingo & Khanna are living their routine life, smoking up & chilling all day through. Things go south when they are encountered by 35 policemen on the go. A series of fun events roll out in the life of the protagonists. It’s not only a fun easy going comedy series, but it also represents the carefree youth of the present.
7. Dev DD
Dev DD is a 2017 Hindi web series, conceptualized and produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor, and directed by Ken Ghosh, for video on demand platform ALTBalaji and also available on Jio Cinema. It is like a modernized version of Devdas where feminism, sexism, homophobia and a lot of other things society refuses to speak about are stressed upon in a very entertaining way.
It revolves around Vicky, the type of girl society usually frowns upon because she smokes, drinks admits how much she loves to have sex and a feminist at heart. She is the kind of girl who men and some regressive women usually label as a slut or characterless, basically, she’s judged by everyone. But she is her father’s pride, and he loves his daughter the way she is. Vicky meets Paro aka Parth, whom she falls in love with and gets heartbroken, obviously. This is her tale of emotional trauma, standing firm on her grounds and most of all being who she is unapologetically. It is indeed a must watch for the millennial audience who resonates on being judged for being who you are.
8. Girl in The City
Girl in the city, a Bindass original show, is about a young girl who comes to Mumbai to live her dreams and aim at her aspirations. This show is about her journey in the big city and how she copes with a different milieu all alone. Like most girls at her age, the protagonist, Meera is on a strict timeline, that is 3 months to achieve her dreams and fulfill all her aspirations. She explores the city with her beloved scooter, MIA who helps her keep pace with the city. This series is all about her hard work and all the excitement & adventures in her new life that she goes through in this big city of dreams. It is indeed a must watch show and shall make you feel the need to be independent and youthful.
9. The Test Case
Next up is The Test case. It is a 2017 Hindi web series, directed by Vinay Waikul and Nagesh Kukunoor. Starring Nimrat Kaur, Akshay Oberoi, Atul Kulkarni, Rahul Dev and Anup Soni in lead roles along with Juhi Chawla in a guest appearance, this series is based on the gender differences and how a woman thrives to be equal.
Protagonist Captain Shikha Sharma, who is training to be the first woman test case in a combat role, within the Indian Army, is the only woman in a group of Indian Army officers training to join the Special Forces. She is also the first woman to be undertaking the course making her a “test case” for inducing women into combat-oriented roles in the Indian army. The storyline revolves around her journey of overcoming challenges at home to biases by her colleagues despite being an intelligent and a highly motivated individual. This is the story of the first female army general and how she strived to be what she wanted. This is an impeccable must-watch series, that will show you the struggles a woman has to go through.
The Sonam Nair-directed web series, Kaafir, is backed by a credible screenplay penned by Bhavani Iyer. Starring Mohit Raina and Dia Mirza, it’s exclusively premiered on Zee 5 on June 15, 2019. The story weaves around a young man Vedant, a lawyer-turned-journalist who accidentally chances upon the footage of a young little girl, named Sehar.
Asked by his boss to do a ‘human-interest’ story with an emotional angle, he decides it’s best to pursue the beat of that child and find out what her story really is. He then discovers that Sehar’s mother, Kainaaz, has been kept in prison for over seven years as she is believed to be a Pakistani militant. However, nothing is as it seems, as later Vedant finds out through a series of interviews and interrogation, he conducts with Kainaaz. This is a spine-chilling story and is a sheer portrayal of the strength and truth of a woman and the undying politics that divide our nations.
11. Four More Shots Plesee!
Four More Shots Please! is an Indian web television series streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Directed by Anu Menon, the series follows the story of four unapologetically flawed women, two in their thirties and two in their early twenties, who are struggling with four typical problems of their own. They live, love, make mistakes and discover what really makes them tick through friendship and shots of tequila in millennial Mumbai. Starring Gurbani Judge, Sayani Gupta, Kirti Kulhari and Maanvi Gagroo, this show is spread across two seasons with the second one premiering on June 3, 2019.
The show weaves around Damini, Umang, Anjana and Siddhi, where Damini Roy, the very successful journalist and startup founder wins four “fearless journalist” awards in a row despite the board posing hindrances for her but is never stable in her personal life and ends up losing Jeh, whom she truly loves because of some misunderstandings.
Followed by Anjana Menon, a successful lawyer who constantly tries to get over her estranged husband’s budding romance with Kavya and ends up getting jailed because of drinking and driving while taking her sick daughter to the hospital. Next is Umang Singh, a Punjabi PT teacher from Ludhiana, and a bisexual, who constantly tries to recuperate from the pangs of a breakup she is given by her girlfriends. And last but not the least, Sidhi Patel, a very bubbly 23-year-old virgin, tries to find out the true meaning of love under the constant interference of her overcritical mother Sneha.