Creativity knows no bounds and amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian web series has become a foremost source of entertainment. The OTT platforms such as Amazon Prime, Disney+Hotstar, Netflix, Zee5, etc. have given people a reason to forget their worries for some time. Upcoming Indian web series 2021 you should not miss, that is worth the watch. The following shows will be keeping us hooked to the screens! The year 2020, was mostly dominated by Indian web series such as Scam 1992, Paatal Lok, Bandish Bandits, Panchayat, Special Ops, Mirzapur 2, and the list goes on.
The Covid-19 induced lockdown affected the people. But this digital content has given us an opportunity to explore the hub of new talent as well as some amazing collection of Hindi web series that has made binge-watching our favorite activity.
So mark your calendars as some amazing shows are coming your way this year.
Netflix India 15 new series:
The popular streaming service Netflix has completed five years of launch in India. Netflix will roll out 41 Indian films and shows this year. Netflix has unveiled 41 Indian titles for 2021 consist of a Star-studded list. In 2020, Netflix released 31 Indian titles, including 10 series, 16 movies, and five comedy specials.
Netflix also announced new seasons of its Indian originals such as crime drama series ‘Delhi Crime’ and ‘Jamtara’, romantic comedy ‘Mismatched’, crime drama ‘She’, comedy-drama series ‘Masaba Masaba’, and ‘Little Things’.
In India, Netflix competes with Disney+ Hotstar, Amazon Prime Video, Times Internet-owned MX Player, Essel Group’s ZEE5, Sony Pictures Network’s SonyLIV, and Reliance-backed ALTBalaji.
The Viral Fever (TVF) will stream the second season of its comedy-drama web series ‘Kota Factory’ on Netflix after streaming the first season on YouTube.
Aranyak — starring Raveena Tandon
Bombay Begums — from Alankrita Shrivastava
Decoupled — starring Madhavan
Delhi Crime: Season 2 — an International Emmy winner
Feels Like Ishq — starring Radhika Madan, Tanya Maniktala, Zayn Marie Khan, Neeraj Madhav
Finding Anamika — starring Madhuri Dixit Nene
Jamtara: Season 2 — from National Award-winning director Soumendra Padhi
Kota Factory: Season 2 — from The Viral Fever
Little Things: Season 4 — starring Mithila Palkar
Mai — from Anushka Sharma
Masaba Masaba: Season 2 — starring Neena Gupta, Masaba Gupta
Mismatched: Season 2 — starring Prajakta Koli
Ray — from director Abhishek Chaubey
She: Season 2 — from Imtiaz Ali
Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhein — starring Shweta Tripathi
Netflix India 6 comedy specials:
Aakash Gupta stand-up special (Untitled)
Comedy Premium League
Kapil Sharma stand-up special (Untitled)
Prashasti Singh stand-up special (Untitled)
Rahul Dua stand-up special (Untitled)
Sumukhi Suresh stand-up special (Untitled)
Upcoming Indian web series on Amazon Prime–
Web series not limited to Netflix only. Amazon Prime has given some incredible shows with breakthrough performances. Mirzapur, Family Man, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Made in Heaven etc has made the audience glued to the screens! Moreover, Last year proved to be a breakthrough year for Amazon Prime.
Most importantly the difference between Amazon Prime and Netflix is that Netflix offers a three-tier subscription service consisting of Standard Definition, High Definition, and 4K Ultra HD, while Amazon provides the one service which is included with its Prime membership or available for individual purchase.
Here are some best Indian web series of Amazon Prime Video in Hindi that will definitely be a must-watch for you:
Made in Heaven
Family Man -Season 2
Four More Shots Please Season 2
Kota Factory Season 2
Gullak Season 1 & 2
Mirzapur Season1 & 2
Breathe Into The Shadows
Mumbai Diaries 26/11
Upcoming Indian web series on Zee5–
ZEE5 is an Indian on-demand Internet streaming media provider run by Essel Group. Zee 5 is also giving tough competition to other streaming services. With content like Nail Polish, Kaagaz, Jeet Ki Zid and more Zee 5 kept the entertainment quotient high. The streaming service has added some news shows and movies to the upcoming 2021 list.
Zee 5 original web series recently gained huge popularity among the Indian people. The most fascinating thing about Zee 5 is that you can browse the latest Hindi TV Serials on it!
Tujhse Hai Raabta
Apna Time Bhi Aayega
Kyun Rishton Mein Katti Batti
Hamari Wali Good News and more..
List of Zee5 must-watch Web series :
Code M – Season 2
Broken But Beautiful – Season 3
The Test Case -Season 2
Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain
Never Kiss Your Best Friend
Abhay- Season 3
The Final Call-Season 2
The Married Woman
Upcoming Indian web series on Alt Balaji–
With fresh, original, and exclusive stories, Tailored especially for Indians across the globe ALTBalaji a true alternative to mainstream entertainment. The popular streaming platform hosts premium, high-quality shows featuring popular celebrities, acclaimed writers, and award-winning directors.
With the rising demand for content produced by OTT platforms, Alt Balaji also joined the race. However, Alt Balaji is part of the leading production house Balaji Telefilms owned by Ekta Kapoor. As a result, Alt Balaji is having many series which are running now.
But the good news is for users of JioFiber, as Jio bundles the service free of charge along with its Silver, Gold, Diamond, Platinum, and Titanium plans. ALT Balaji has been launched at affordable pricing. The monthly subscription plan is priced at Rs. 43 for a single screen while the annual subscription plan is priced at Rs. 300 for a single screen.
Who’s Your Daddy?
Kehne Ko Humsafar Hain
It Happened In Calcutta
Class of 2020
Hum Tum And Them
Ragini MMS Returns
Broken But Beautiful
Here is a list of 35 ALTBalaji web series:
- Virgin Bhasskar
- Gandii Baat
- The Verdict – State vs Nanavati
- Mission Over Mars
- Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat
- Romil and Jugal
- The Test Case
- Dil He Toh Hai
- Class of 2017
- Puncch Beat
- Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2
- Dev DD
- Bose: Dead or Alive
- Medically Yours
- Bewafaa Sii Wafaa
- Galti Se Mis-Tec
- Haq S
- The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family
- Zaban Sambhal Ke
- Baby Come Naa
- Coldd Lassi Aur Chicken Masala
— ALTBalaji (@altbalaji) March 24, 2021
New & Upcoming Shows:
Upcoming Indian web series on Voot-
Firstly, Voot is the Indian subscription-based video-on-demand (SVOD) site that streams varieties of shows, web series, and originals. Secondly, Voot is the online arm of Viacom18 that provides shows in multiple languages such as Marathi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Bengali, and Gujarati. Best voot web series can be easily found on their site.
Voot was earlier a free-of-cost streaming platform. Now offering customers premium content at a subscription cost of Rs 99 per month and at Rs 999 per year. Nowadays people are mostly like to watch web series rather than TV serials. However, if you have missed out on nail-biting episodes of your favorite daily soap then worry not. As in Voot, you can browse Indian TV Serials and reality shows.
From the engaging storyline, screenplay, and impressive performances by the actors, Voot dominated the OTT business. Voot series was released to positive reviews and is regarded as some of the best Indian web series on the market today. One such show is Asur streaming on Voot. One of the most successful Voot original web series, Asur is a crime thriller web series directed by Oni Sen.
Voot is a popular platform not only for Web series, TV show, or reality shows but most importantly it is the center of attraction to cricket lovers. The latest Cricket match can be watched on Voot Select.
Voot has announced three new web series, including a second season of the excellent Asur.
Check out these Must-watch Web Series on Voot Select:
‘The Gone Game’ Season 2
The Raikar Case
It’s Not That Simple
Fuh se Fantasy
Feet up with stars
In conclusion, Indian content on OTT platforms has garnered millions of viewers. Govt has now imposed few rules for OTT Platforms in India. It is called Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021. As a result, a digital website or content publisher will have to appoint a grievance redressal officer based in India who will have to act upon a complaint within 15 days.
Meanwhile, OTT platforms are required to classify all films, web- series or other shows, based on:
- age of viewers
themes and messages
- violence, nudity, sex, language, substance abuse, horror, content, tone and impact
- implement parental controls
In short, Publishers of news on digital media will be required to observe Norms of Journalistic Conduct of the Press Council of India and the Programme Code under the Cable Television Networks Regulation Act, so far followed by print and TV respectively.
Therefore, Ratings under the Rules – U/A, U/A 7+, U/A 13+, U/A 16+ are similar to the age-sensitive categorizations proposed by IAMAI (Internet and Mobile Association of India) under its self – regulatory code issued last year.
Until now, over-the-top platforms (OTT Platforms) curating content enjoyed a free reign in India in terms of the content made available by them.
To sum up, the intent behind the rules seems to be to curtail problematic content, empower viewers to make more informed choices.