"I loved it, because I don't know anything about cricket"
With the success of web-based streaming, the number of Indian Netflix series is increasing.
Gone are the times when the saas-bahu drama serials would dominate the television screens.
With constant updates, Netflix India has a selection of series, reflecting several genres. These include sports, thriller, romance, family and crime.
Some of the series on Netflix are originals, whilst others have earlier been shown on other platforms and networks.
Top Indian actors such as Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Shefali Shah all feature in some of these series.
Here is a list of 10 Best Indian Netflix series, which one could watch:
Powder is a crime series that follows the story of a drug trade going on in Mumbai. After making a successful debut on Sony Entertainment Television, the series was made available on Netflix.
Manish Choudhary (Usmaan Malik) and Pankaj Tripathi (Naved Ansari) play two opposite ends of the law.
Usmaan is the Head of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), with Naved the Mumbai drug lord.
Catch a thrilling sight of the cops chasing the goons at your comfort.
Stories by Rabindranath Tagore (2015)
Director Anurag Basu picks out some of the original masterpiece stories written by Rabindranath Tagore and gives them his own touch.
Most of the stories penned by Rabindranath were progressive of his time, showing society and women from a different angle. Anurag has kept that essence alive.
Few of the stories, which are part of this series include Kabuliwala (1892), Detective (1898) and Choker Bali (1901).
This is a must watch for both young and old to understand Rabindranath as a progressive writer and to refresh old memories.
Little Things (2016)
Little Things is a two-season series starring Dhruv Sehgal and Mithila Palkar.
This is a new-age love story of a Mumbai based couple who are in a mature relationship. They find love from the sweet little things they do for each other every day.
They have their own relationship challenges but always finds a way out.
With a blend of drama and comedy, Little Things is a must watch to feel good after a long tiring day.
Sacred Games (2018)
Sacred Games is the first Indian Netflix original series. The first series of the thriller drama made an instant impression on fans.
Based on a Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel, the web series showcases a marathon between a cop Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) and the gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
The story unfolds as Ganesh challenges Sartaj to save Mumbai in twenty-five days.
The stellar performances of Saif and Nawazuddin make this spine-chilling web series a real treat to watch.
Scared Games set the tone for more Indian creatives and artists to enter the world of Netflix.
No doubt super talent Radhika Apte has ruled as military officer Nida Rahim in the Netflix mini-series, Ghoul.
Her powerful acting style makes her suitable for the role in this horror-thriller.
Ghoul is based on supernatural powers in an era where terrorism has shaken the entire country.
Each episode of this series is forty-five minutes long. Manav Kaul (Colonel Sunil Dacunha) and SM Zaheer (Shahnawaz Rahim_ are the other key actors from Ghoul.
Selection Day (2018)
Selection Day is a sports web series, featuring two brothers, Radha Kumar (Yash Dholye) and Manju Kumar (Mohammad Samad) who head for Mumbai to chase their dreams.
This fictional series is an adaptation of the 2016 novel Selection Day by Aravind Adiga.
The two boys learn to find their way out through many struggles in life.
Their biggest achilles heel is their own father who wants them to get selected in the cricket team by hook or crook.
Besides an obsessive father, they also get to learn how the system and society work in reality.
Yeh Meri Family (2018)
Story of Harshu (Vishesh Bansal), Yeh Meri Family shows the innocent troubles of a teenage kid born in a middle-class family.
Harshu has a lot to deal with in this life. He is always being compared to his obedient and intelligent brother. He teaches his younger sister a lot of things, which he himself should not be doing.
Harshu needs to impress his friends. But taking money from his parents is a huge issue. The series is a roller coaster ride showing Harshu’s life and his challenges while growing up.
Watch this web series to see how Harshu handles all this and overcomes all the troubles to gain victory in life.
Lust Stories (2018)
Lust Stories is a unique mix of short stories by four directors – Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Karan Johar.
The film shows the relationship between people of different ages, groups and social status.
All four short stories have a common premise of ‘lust’.
It depicts women’s perspective of love and relationship, which are socially perceived as wrong and are not highlighted in general.
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians (2019)
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians is made for die-hard lovers of the sport, particularly fans of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team, Mumbai Indians.
This is not a fiction story, but a true emotional journey following the team during season 9 of the 2018 IPL.
The sports series provides an insight into the team both on and off the pitch. There is a specific focus on the lives of the players, the coach and the owner.
Loving the series, a fan wrote a review on IMDb commenting:
“This is like an Cricket version of HBO’s Hard Knocks. I loved it, because I don’t know anything about cricket, so this was a great introduction, through the eyes of 1 team!”
Delhi Crime (2019)
The Nirbhaya 2019 rape case is recreated through this Netflix series. Richie Mehta is the director of this crime drama, featuring Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Adil Hussain and Rajesh Tailang.
The story revolves around Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Vartika Chaturvedi (Shefali Shah) who has the task to find the criminals that committed the assaults and death of the female victim.
The DCP takes this case as a personal challenge to nab the culprits and send them behind bars.
The reconstruction of the real-life gruesome crime via this series will surely give viewers some goosebumps.
The series shows the sheer determination of the police, which leads to the arrests and convictions of those responsible for this horrific crime.
This power pack list of ten Netflix Indian series will surely offer you a lot of comedy, drama and thrilling moments, keeping you glued to the TV.
Many of the series we have presented, have more than one season, giving viewers a lot of content to watch.
No doubt in the coming years this list will expand, with Netflix launching more originals.