10 Indian Netflix Shows to Watch during Lockdown

There are many amazing Indian Netflix shows you can watch during the lockdown. DESIblitz selects 10 amazing shows for you to watch.

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"I honestly cannot rate this show enough, it is truly amazing!"

While the lockdown has been extended and can be extremely boring, you often find yourself sitting and thinking of what to do. Why not indulge in an Indian Netflix show with the family, or even on your own?

There are many great shows to watch on Netflix, however, with many of them being English, it can be hard to find the right Indian shows.

We have selected a few different shows for you to watch, with something to suit everyone’s taste. These include a few crime-based dramas as well as a few light-hearted family-based comedy shows.

Female empowerment seems to be extremely popular in Indian Netflix shows at the moment. Many of the shows we have picked reflect this topic and subject.

DESIblitz handpicks 10 amazing Indian Netflix shows to watch during the lockdown.

Delhi Crime

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Delhi Crime which was first released in 2019 is a drama-based Indian Netflix show. It consists of one season containing seven gripping episodes.

Each episode is around 50 minutes long, giving you enough satisfaction and entertainment during the lockdown.

Arif Mahmood speaks to DESIblitz about Delhi Crime (2019), he says:

“I started watching this show in the second week of the lockdown and I have been hooked. There is always something interesting that happens in every episode.”

The story of this Indian Netflix show is based on the Delhi gang rape and murder in 2012 (Nirbhaya Case). A woman was raped and sexually assaulted by five men on a private bus in Delhi.

When she revealed the story of what had happened to her on the bus, there were mass protests spreading awareness on the safety of women in India.

Delhi Crime (2019) is solely based on the investigation case of this appalling incident that took place, trying to find justice for the woman who was raped.

There are various interesting themes portrayed through this Indian Netflix show. It shows the viewers how political policies in India are sprung upon the police.

The stance of the media and the reaction from the public also play vital roles in the show. It shows how a tragic incident like this opens up so many debates on how to protect women from vicious men.

Some of the cast members consist of Vartika Chaturvedi who plays Shefali Shah, Kumar Vijay who plays Adil, Sudhir Kamar as Gopal and many more.

Sacred Games

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Sacred Games is an Indian Netflix crime show and was first released in 2018. The show has two seasons, each with eight episodes.

Saif Ali Khan plays the protagonist in the show which instantly means that it will be full of entertainment. The show is based on the 2006 namesake novel by Vikram Chandra and is directed by Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap.

Season one of the show starts with Saif Ali Khan who plays the troubled police officer named Sartaj Singh. He shares hatred towards the police for the corruption of the city and sets out to discover the dark underworld of India.

The police are investigating India’s crime lord, Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) after removing Sartaj Singh from the case.

Sartaj decides to take on the case by himself instead and receives an interesting phone call from Ganesh himself.

Crime lord, Ganesh Gaitonde orders Sartaj to save the city within 25 days where he discovers many secrets of the crime world and Ganesh’s background.

In season two, Sartaj Singh digs up more information and uncovers secrets about Ganesh and his father.

This season is full of many intriguing flashbacks to get more of an insight into the life of Ganesh, his father and their plans for the city.

Little Things

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If you find that you are not one to watch an action-packed show, then the Indian Netflix show Little Things (2019) is for you. This show is on the light-hearted side, portraying the normal day to day life of a young Indian couple.

Luckily for you, there are three amazing seasons of Little Things (2019) which gives you enough to get on with throughout the rest of the lockdown period.

Little Things (2019) is about an Indian couple in their 20s who are working through life, going through ups and downs in their relationship.

The show reflects the modern-day definition of young relationships and how they eventually make things work.

The fantastic actors Mithila Palkar and Dhruv Sehgal play the lead roles in the Indian Netflix show. They play their roles brilliantly as their personalities in the show bounce off each other making them a perfect couple.

Even though they are inseparable, they still have arguments and issues just like any other couple do. They often question each other about where they stand in their relationship and how far things will go.

So, if you are a sucker for romance with a hint of comedy, then you must watch Little Things (2019). It will definitely liven up this lockdown period and will make your day go by faster.

Yeh Meri Family

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Yeh Meri Family (2018) is an Indian comedy Netflix show and is one of the most perfect shows to watch with your family.

It is written by Saurabh Khanna and is directed by Sameer Saxena. The show is set in Jaipur, Rajasthan in the 1990s and revolves around family life.

The season consists of seven episodes following the life of a twelve-year-old Indian boy, Harshu Gupta (Vishesh Bansal). Harshu is exploring and getting to know what it feels like to grow up in an Indian family.

Yeh Meri Family (2018) is a show based on the story told from Harshu’s point of view. Each episode is narrated by the twelve-year-old, portraying the typical day to day life of an Indian household.

Harshu comes from a middle-class family and is forever questioning the actions and dynamics of the family. During every episode, he is trying to understand the relationship he has with each member of his family as well as school crush, Vidhya.

At the end of the season, Harshu comes to the realisation that family is one of the sole purposes of his life. He finally comes to terms with how important they are through many stages of his life.

Jamtara

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Indian Netflix show, Jamtara (2020) is a crime based drama and is an addictive show to watch. It consists of one season with ten episodes, each episode leaves you wanting to watch more.

Jamtara (2020) is directed by Soumendra Padhi and is written by Trishant Srivastava. The show revolves around the phishing operations occurring in the Jamtara district of Jharkhand.

In the show, a group of young men get together and set up a phishing operation. As they are continuing with their plans, a corrupt politician wants in too.

However, even though the politician is working with the group of young men, there is a cop who is willing to fight the lucrative operation.

IMDb rates Jamtara 7.5/10 which is a good review and is reflective throughout the show. So, if you are in need of a terrific Indian crime drama on Netflix, you may have found it right here!

Engineering Girls

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Another light-hearted Indian Netflix show, Engineering Girls (2018) is great to watch if you need something quick to watch. It consists of one season with episodes around 20 minutes long, however, each episode is entertaining and brilliant.

The plot of Engineering Girls (2018) is pretty straight forward and is easy to follow. Three Indian girls are studying Engineering at college and live in dorms.

They experience dorm drama frequently as well as taking on the pressures of their engineering course. The viewers follow the lives of the girls, witnessing their daily troubles and stresses.

However, it is not all drama and bickering as the girls are also experiencing the dating world. It is interesting as an audience to witness the girls and their friendship.

The show is very girly, meaning that it would relate to a specific type of audience. At the end of the show, all that the girls want is to build a successful life for themselves.

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

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Stories by Rabindranath Tagore is a powerful and meaningful Indian Netflix show. It was first released on Netflix 2015 and is directed by Anurag Basu.

The show is set in the 1920s in Bengal where Nobel prize winner, Tagore, recreates short stories mainly based on the empowerment of women.

In many of his stories, women play the protagonists and hold themselves confidently in a corrupt Indian society.

Tagore raises awareness on the taboo topics in India such as rebellion, adultery, death and sorrow through his stories. He has released his short stories to widen the minds of the Indian society, changing their perspective and mindset.

The stories are told through one season with 26 episodes, where each episode is approximately 45 minutes long. Each episode is educational, making you think about things about the world you would have never have thought about before.

Reema Khan speaks to DESIblitz about how she loves this show, she mentions:

“I honestly cannot rate this show enough, it is truly amazing!

“Tagore’s stories are so inspirational and they always teach me some sort of lesson.”

IMDb rates this show a solid 8.9/10 which shows how astounding it really is and how you should give it a watch.

Tagore’s stories give the viewers a real insight into the lives of individuals living in Bengal and some of the troubles they go through.

Overall, it will make us more grateful during the lockdown as we do not go through such issues.

Ghoul

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Ghoul is another Indian Netflix show you could watch during the lockdown. It was released on Netflix in 2018 and consists of one season.

The show is dark, eerie and full of action and adventure. It follows an interrogator, Nida Raheem (Radhika Apte) as she investigates terrorist behaviour at a detention centre.

Nida’s search for the truth becomes a life and death situation as she ends up fighting to save her life. She becomes an interrogator for the detention centre once she exposes her fathers’ anti-government activities.

During the investigation, a range of supernatural activities occurs at the detention centre. Nida then begins to question whether the terrorist (Ali Saeed) has been possessed by something out of this world.

If you enjoy horrors and thrillers then this Indian Netflix show is the perfect thing for you to watch. We advise you not to watch it with the whole family where children are involved, as it could scare them!

However, when the kids are asleep, grab some popcorn and why not binge-watch the whole series? After all, there are only three episodes!

She

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She is another crime Indian Netflix show and was first released in 2020. It is an amazing show to add to your list during the lockdown.

The show is written and created by Divya Johry and Imtiaz Ali and is directed by Arif Ali and Avinash Das. To this date, there is one season consisting of seven episodes, each lasting for approximately 35 minutes.

She creates awareness of female empowerment in India where it needs to be made aware of the most.

The show is based on a female constable, Bhumi (Aaditi Pohankar) who carries out an undercover operation to catch an underworld drug gang.

Bhumi goes through various complications along the way where she uses her initiative and strength to overcome them. In the first episode, she goes undercover as a prostitute to find clues about the drug leader.

At first, Bhumi comes across as timid, however, along the way, she becomes much more powerful and brave. One of the main themes throughout the show is, of course, female empowerment proving the Indian society wrong.

Once you have watched the first season of She (2020), you will be happy to know that She season two is anticipated to be released in 2021.

Mere Papa Hero Hiralal

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Mere Papa Hero Hiralal is a sentimental and heart-touching Indian Netflix show, first released in 2018.

There are a whopping number of 65 episodes in season one, giving you plenty to watch during the lockdown. However, the episodes are fairly short at only 20 minutes long making them perfect to watch while eating your breakfast or lunch.

The show is based on a rickshaw driver, Hiralal Tiwari (Sarwar Ahuja) in Lucknow who is doing everything he can to support his ill daughter. All Hiralal wishes to do is to give his daughter a happy and comfortable life.

There are many happy moments in the film as well as emotional, heart-touching moments. The relationship between the father and daughter is heartwarming and lovely to watch.

So, to kick the boredom out of the lockdown, turn on Netflix and find this show. It truly is a beautiful show giving off many heartwarming messages.

With our list of Indian Netflix shows, you will not get bored during the lockdown again. There is so much choice and there is something purely for everyone.

Whether you are into crime or light-hearted comedies, our list provides you with exactly that. Even when the lockdown is over, you can still enjoy our amazing list.

Suniya is a Journalism and Media graduate with a passion for writing and designing. She is creative and has a strong interest in culture, food, fashion, beauty and taboo topics. Her motto is "Everything happens for a reason.”

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