“It was a tender moment between a husband and wife."
Since 2017, a lot of creatives have been producing successful bold Indian web series.
Producers and directors are enjoying the freedom to express themselves to showcase adult and mature themes with sexual content.
Despite India’s relaxed censorship policy most of these web series are targeting people above the age of eighteen.
Several hit web series with a sexual nature are available via popular streaming networks such as Netflix and through a range of Over-The-Top (OTT) providers.
Many top actors star in these series, with some also featuring in scenes reflecting nudity. Famous director Vikram Bhatt is supporting such brave content and has already worked on a few series.
Ekta Kapoor and her company ALT Balaji are also backing such web series, which are full of sexy adult content.
Here is a list of 10 bold Indian web series for adults to watch and enjoy.
Dupur Thakurpo (2017)
Dupur Thakurpo is among the first originals launched by Hoichoi and is now two seasons old. The content of this web series provides popular adult comedy.
The basic premise of the series is a boudi (sister-in-law) who is being pursued by Thakurpos (devars: brothers-in-law).
The main male lead character tries to discipline others but will he succeed with this. The main actors to feature in this series include Swastika Mukherjee, Monalisa and Akshay Kapoor.
One Night Stand (2017)
One Night Stand is a romantic Adda Times original Bengali web series.
This is a story of three strangers (Dhrubo: Ambarish Banerjee, Debi: Prriyam Chakraborty and Debo: Saurav Das) who are new in the town and meet each out just by fate AT an unknown party.
They decide to know each other more while smoking and drinking in one’s house.
The real twist comes after that where they bump into true emotions.
Though a regional web series, it has an out of the box storyline that has gathered a lot of fan base. Thus makes it to the list here.
Twisted is a two seasons erotic murder mystery web series by Vikram Bhatt.
A husband (Ranbir Raichand: Namit Khanna) having an extramarital affair becomes the prime suspect of his wife’s (murder along with his mistress.
Nia Sharma (Aaliyah Mukherjee), one of the sexiest Asian woman, is a lead actress of the web series. Her superb acting and bold content kept the viewers’ interest going.
It is interesting to watch how the cops zero down on the prime suspects and find the true murderer. Other key actors in the web series include Tia Bajpai (Disha Agrawal) and Dilnaz Irani (Arunima).
This is another gem by Vikram Bhat. Maaya is an erotic love story showing a married woman with a relationship with a married man.
The lead actress Shama Sikander (Sonia) is involved in a Bondage, Dominance, Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) relationship.
Following a nervous breakdown, Sonia fails to remember her life and hubby Abhishek (Veer Aaryan).
Meanwhile, her husband discovers she herself has a hidden life of extreme sensuality and twisted imaginations.
Her husband who is hurt beyond boundaries is the only one who can be the saviour.
Ragini MMS Returns (2017)
Popular video-on-demand platform ALT-Balaji are the producers of this web series, driving energy from the hit Ragini MMS franchise
The stars of this series include Karishma Sharma (Ragini), Siddharth Gupta (Rahul), Riya Sen (Simran) and Sakshi Pradhan (Simon).
An abandoned college is at the heart of this erotic-horror web series. Scenes between Karishma and Sakhi are particularly steamy and bold.
Season 1 finished on a good note with all eyes on season 2. The “master of suspense” Alfred Hitchcock rightly once said:
“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”
Gandii Baat (2018)
The Sachin Motile direction Gandii Baat is a seasonal Hindi dramatic web-series, which has a rural Indian background.
Each episode is a short erotic love story depicting different emotions of a human being.
The series captures the essence of sexual desires, social standards, gender and class.
Narayani Shashtri (Preeto – Season 1: Episode 4) did receive nomination under the ‘Best Actress’ category at the Indian Television Academy Awards (2018) for her acting in Gandii Baat.
Other actors to feature in the series include Neetha Shetty (Gunja – Season 1: Episode 1), Yamini Singh (Rekha – Season 1 – Episode 3), Flora Saini (Sajjeeli – Season 2: Episode 1) and Vikas Verma (Kishan Singh Sandhu – Season 2: Episode 5).
Sacred Games (2018)
Sacred Games is the first original Indian web series on Netflix. The first season became very popular with the viewers.
Based on the 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, this is a thriller drama showing a Mumbai cop, Inspector Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) chasing the criminal, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
The series does not shy away from showcasing emotions in its raw nature – be it anger, frustration or nudity.
There are some steamy nude scenes between Kubra Sait (Kukoo) and Siddiqui. The latter also has some sex scenes with Rajshri Deshpande who plays his wife Subhadra. Rajshri defending the intimate scenes and having a dig at the audiences expressing:
“It was a tender moment between a husband and wife. Sex is a beautiful thing… coming close is a beautiful thing. It is unfortunate that people are talking about it this way.
“They (the audiences) are immature and don’t understand the relevance of these (sex) scenes. I am not dancing on something which is derogatory. I am making love to my husband and that too not in a crass way.”
A Hoichoi original web series, Charitraheen, is based on the novel by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay.
Directed by Debaloy Bhattacharya, the essence of the original story is maintained with all the twists and turns to ensure it syncs well with contemporary times.
True to its name Charitraheen which means characterless, all the characters are shown characterless, making it almost impossible to guess what is in store next.
The stars of this thriller series include Somendra Battacharya, Ankita Chakraborty and Gaurav Chatterjee.
I Love Us (2018)
I Love Us is a romantic new age love story between two girls. Directors Falguni Shah and Deepak Pandey handle the sensitive issue of a same-sex relationship in a very delicate and mature way.
Harsha Chopda, Ashmita Jaggi and Ali Merchant are the three lead characters in the web series.
There are quite a few intimate moments, including several kissing scenes in the web series. Ali who earlier had apprehensions, spoke about the series saying:
“When I was told to be part of the lesbian love story initially, I was very apprehensive. But when I heard the whole story and understood the concept, it looked rather interesting to me.
“The story shows respect for a particular genre of people of similar sex, and this is the beauty of the web-series. We live in a democratic India, so we need to respect such people.”
Produced by Vikram Bhatt, Spotlight is a wonderful addition to his genre of love stories. This is streaming Hong Kong provider Viu.
With two seasons out, this has created a fan base of its own. Hence this is a must watch for all.
The story of season 2 revolves around the life of a young performer (Vicky: Karan Grover) who is successful.
His entire life shatters when he loses his ability to sing. However, there is a twist when his girlfriend (Aditi Arya: Jyotika) helps him regains his faith back into music. It is worth watching how true love can change people for good.
Notable omissions from this list of bold Indian web series include Rain (2017) and Dev DD (2017).
It is quite evident that there has been a surge of web series based on erotic stories or depicting bold sexual scenes because of limited censorship on the content.
It has opened a path for filmmakers to produce love in its raw form. Besides any sexual content, each of these web series promises an intriguing storyline for the viewers.
However, there has been opposition from NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisation’s), with influential elements of Indian society filing PIL (Public Interest Litigation) in the Supreme Court alleging that online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.
The PIL has also alleged that the content of several shows via online platforms violated provisions of the Indian Penal code (IPC) and the Information Technology Act.
It will be interesting to see if the government tries to regularise this sector as well or not. Whilst, this is not the case, everyone can enjoy these bold Indian web series, which are entertaining.