The ability of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon to show-cast web series that creatively, stigmas about web-based media. Audience reception of short form of digital content is changing. No longer are web series associated only with low-budget or on-off pastime projects. Digital streaming platforms like YouTube and TVF have turned the Internet into a home for original and progressive storytelling. Driven by the changing perception, this year we saw lots of web series coming into showings. Here are the best Hindi web series of 2018 that prove the future of digital media is already here.
Date of release: November 16, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Divyendu Sharma, Shweta Tripathi, Rashika Duggal, Harshita Gaur, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Amit Sial, Sheeba Chaddha, Kulbhushan, Kharbanda, Anangsha Biswas
Director: Karan Anshuman, Gurmeet Singh
Produced by Prime Originals, this Hindi web series deal with Indian crime prevailing in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh. The series is primarily shot in Mirzapur, with some shots in Lucknow, Gorakhpur etc. The series revolves around smuggling, drugs, and business of guns. It depicts the governess and rule of mafia dons in some back dated regions. Its season 1 consists of 9 episodes in total.
2. SACRED GAMES
Date of release: May 6, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte, Girish Kulkarni
Director: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Produced by Netflix, the first Hindi original web series, based on Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same name. It has a thrilling crime drama with fine mixture of expert storytelling and brilliant acting. The series showcases the transformation of Mumbai from a city to a character. Its season 1 consists of 8 episodes.
Date of release: April 18, 2018
Cast: Aisha Ahmed, Yashaswini Dayama, Manmee singh, Sheeba Chaddha
Director: Jessica Sadana
Dice Media’s first web series which is a story about two young women trying to handle the responsibilities of being independent adults in the fast-paced, urban city of Mumbai. Their social media-struggles, managing money, career problems make this an extremely relatable show, which of course you could watch with your friend or better say, roommate.
Watch episodes of Adulting here
Date of release: August 24, 2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Cast: Manav Kaul, Radhika Apte, Rohit Pathak, Ratnabali Bhattacharjee, Sunil Soni, Kailash Kumar, Harry Parmar
Director: Patrick Graham
Produced by Netflix, is an Indian horror web series. This series showcases a mysterious prisoner sent to a remote military interrogation center where he turns the tables on his captors by exposing their most shameful secrets and unleashing a demon from Arabic folklore. This series consists of 3 episodes.
Date of release: December 22, 2018
Genre: Biography, Crime, Action
Cast: Saqib Saleem, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Ranvir Shorey, Ahana Kumra, Ravi Kishan
Director: Dhulia Bhav
It is a ZEE5 original web series which is a crime thriller set against the rustic background of the Gorakhpur of 1990’s. Shiv Prakash Shukla a 25yrs old boy becomes the deadliest gangsters of Uttar Pradesh and works for powerful politicians and is involved in organized crimes. The series consists of 9 episodes in season 1.
Date of release: December 14, 2018
Genre: Drama, Action, Thriller
Cast: Arunoday Singh, Mahie Gill, Monica Chowdhary, Nidhi Singh, Varun Badola, Saanand, Ram Sujan Singh, Surender Singh, Sanjay Batra
Director: Siddharth Sengupta
This Hindi action suspense web series streams on a demanded platform, ALTBalaji. The series is set against the backdrop of 1970’s and revolves around kidnapping, suspense, mystery, and never-ending action. Its season 1 consists of 12 episodes.
Date of release: January 26, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama
Cast: R. Madhavan, Amit Sadh
Director: Mayank Sharma
Produced by Prime Originals, 2nd Indian web series. It is an Indian drama web series that explores the lives of ordinary men faced with extraordinary circumstances. This series show casts a different side of a fathers love. Unlike other soap operas, we finally have grey characters as lead. Its season 1 consists of 8 episodes.
8. GIRL IN THE CITY CHAPTER 3
Date of release: July 13, 2018
Cast: Mithila Palkar, Rajat Barmecha, Swati Vatssa
Director: Samar Shaikh, Samar Iqbal
Bindass Original, this series traces the journey of a small town girl who comes to the big city of Mumbai to pursue her dreams to become a fashion designer. The series deals with the hurdles both personally and professionally of young minds so, it easily connects with the young viewers. It show casts the social media life as well as the friendship between friends. Its season 3 consists of 13 episodes.
Watch Girl In the City Chapter 3 Episodes here
9. THE REUNION
Date of release: April 28, 2018
Cast: Sapna Pabbi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Veer Rajwant Singh, Karan Ashar, Trisha Kale, Karan Sharma, Anuj Sachdeva, Prabodh Bhajni
Director: Karishma Kohli
The Zoom Studios Original series explores the lives of four adult friends, who meet at their college reunion and therefore come to acknowledge the change in their lives as well as individual personalities. The pleasant moments will of course remind you of your college days. Its season 1 consists of 10 episodes.
Watch episodes of The Reunion here
10. ENGINEERING GIRLS
Date of release: June 1, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Cast: Barkha Singh, Sejal Kumar, Kritika Avasthi, Kunal Aneja, Purnendu Bhattacharya
Director: Apoorva Singh Karki, Kunal Aneja
Produced by The Timeliners, the series deals with the engineering college and hostel life of female students. It revolves around the life of 3 friends navigating drama clubs, love, practical submissions, startup projects. It connects with the engineering students as it showcasts all the hurdles of the students relating friends, pressure, submissions. This perhaps is the first time that the life of female students have been displayed in such graceful manner. Its season 1 consists of 5 episodes in total.
Watch the Engineering Girls Episodes here –
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