Three actresses from one of Bengali Web Series posing for the cover poster.

The thing that makes India so beautifully diverse is that it has so many different cultures and languages. You can cross a hundred kilometers and experience a whole different lifestyle.

There are many benefits of such diversity and one of them is entertainment. Thanks to many languages we get to see great movies, web series of different languages and not just Hindi and English.

We all can agree that Bengali culture is one of the most beautiful in India. Their traditions, clothing, food, accent, literature, everything is great. I don’t fully understand Bengali but as an Indian web series fan, I decided to watch the Bengali web series to know more about the culture.

After watching over 30 Bengali web series, I can confidently say that I am hooked. The stories are great, acting is phenomenal, the cinematography is over the top. What else you need?

So, I decided to share my 15 Best Bengali Web Series to all of you people who are interested in watching the Bengali web series.

1. Byomkesh

  • Logline: A web series that show thrilling adventures of Byomkesh Bakshi, a very popular private detective from Calcutta.
  • Year: 2017
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Mystery, Detective
  • Cast: Anirban Bhattacharya, Subrat Dutta, Ridhima Ghosh

I mean who doesn’t know about Byomkesh Bakshi? He’s our very own Sherlock Holmes. A fictional novel character that came into existence in the early 1930s, is still as relevant as ever.

The name came into fame after Doordarshan started a TV serial ‘Byomkesh Bakshi’, which was a massive hit at that time. Hoichoi has tried to take the good name of Byomkesh Bakshi and created a web series to reach larger masses and without a doubt, it has succeeded in it.

The web series shows the early 1930’s Calcutta. Each episode took inspirations from the original stories and does full justice to it. The production quality is top-notch, and acting is fantastic. I’ll highly recommend you to watch this series if you like mysteries, suspense, and adventurous stories.

2. The Senapatis

  • Logline: A real-life story of a refugee family from East Pakistan who travels to Kolkata during partition and rises to become the overlords of Kolkata.
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Addatimes
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Cast: Prriyam Chakroborty, Suvajit Kar, Joy Banerjee,

It is the highest budget web series from Addatimes costing over 1.5 crores which is indeed a moment of surprise for Bengali web series viewers. Addatimes have been popularly known for providing entertaining content at a low budget but here Addatimes breaks the record and creates one of the best Bengali web series ever made.

The Senapati’s is based on true historical events. When East Pakistan was bearing partition and the country was in chaos, the Senapati family fled off to Kolkata and thus begins their journey to becoming the most fearful family of Kolkata.

The cast includes some famous Bangla personalities like Suvajit Kar and Prriyam Chakraborty who are a real-life couple too.

3. Kaali

  • Logline: A thrilling story of a helpless woman(Paoli Dam) who is racing against time to save her son who has met with a serious accident.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Zee5
  • Genre: Thriller, Crime
  • Cast: Paoli Dam, Tanmay, Anindya Banerjee, Mouni, Kamalika Banerjee, Aniket Bose

With Kaali, Zee5 has officially entered into the race of creating Bengali content for its viewers. And their first Bengali Originals is no less than a marvel. It is one of the best thriller stories ever created in Bengali.

Paoli Dam, a beautician by profession is the mother of a teenage son and a wife of a drug dealer. Her life turns upside down when her son meets a tragic accident. The accident caused serious injuries and the surgery required 6 lakhs which she had to deposit in twelve hours. Now she is forced to do things that she never even thought of doing.

The show represents the irrepressible spirit of a mother who is on a quest to save her son. The series is summed up in 8 episodes, each one of which is named after a Goddess, signifying woman strength.

4. Eken Babu

  • Logline: Eken Babu is an ordinary-looking guy but he is a very intelligent detective. The web series follows his adventurous stories of solving mysteries.
  • Year: 2017
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Detective, Comedy
  • Cast: Shoumo Banerjee, Anirban Chakrabarti, Deepanjan Ghosh

Bengali literature has given us many great detective stories. Characters like Byomkesh Bakshi, Feluda have become synonyms to word detective. Despite so much competition, there’s a detective story that made a name of itself and that is Eken Babu.

Eken Babu is not your typical detective, he is a short bald guy with a funny face. But as one says looks can be deceiving. Eken Babu has a very sharp mind for deduction and solving mysteries.

The web series shows the adventures of Eken Babu in Bangalore city. As he begins to settle down in the new place, he simultaneously looks for strange mysteries to solve.

5. Dark Web

  • Logline: A guy hacks into an anonymous portal while searching for new video games. He soon realizes it was the single biggest mistake of his life.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Royal Bengal Rahasya, Gorosthane Sabdhan, Khaad, Bheetu

The web series in a way is trying to educate people about a very serious threat that our world is facing today and that is Cyber Crime.

As our world is getting more and more connected through the internet, there is a high risk of someone becoming a victim of the dark web. The dark web is that potion of the internet where mostly all the illegal activities happen.

It is one such story of a guy named Indra who hacks into an untrusted portal to play a video game. It starts off with a simple game but things take a turn for worse and his whole family becomes the victim of cyber-crime.

6. Charitraheen

  • Logline: Charitraheen’ is a story that talks about immorality and infidelity in the modern context.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Adult, Drama
  • Cast: Naina Ganguly, Gourab Chatterjee, Saayoni Ghosh, Saurav Das 

Charitraheen which literally means Characterless in English is a Bengali web series inspired by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel of the same name.

The novel came in 1917 and talked about immorality and infidelity which was certainly a very controversial topic at that time. Hoichoi has used the novel as source material and has done slight changes to make it relatable to the modern audience.

Charitraheen is the story of four people who are destined to be ruined as their twisted lives are tainted with lust, desire and betrayal. It is the story of their struggle to come out clean but not all will be able to redeem themselves. Someone will get the tag of being ‘Charitraheen’.

7. Sufiana 2

  • Logline: It is a story of a woman who has feelings for two men who are rivals of each other. One is a Naxalite leader and the other is an Assistant Commissioner of Police.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Addatimes
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: SaoliChattopadhyay, TathagataChaudhuri, Arna Mukhopadhyay, Tomali Chaudhuri

1971 was one of the most difficult times in Bengal’s history. On one side there were high tensions in Bangladesh and on the side, Calcutta was under political unrest caused by the Naxalites.

Though this not a story of govt’s fighting against the Naxalites. It is a story about a woman called Sufi, who is a singer by profession. During the time of the unrest, she develops a bond with then ACP Apratim Sen.

But when she meets her childhood love, things start to complicate and to make matters worse, that guy is the Naxalite leader.

If you like stories with a love triangle, this Bengali web series will surely interest you.

8. In their life

  • Logline: A young guy is killed in a road accident that devastates his family and friends. The father decides to take revenge for his son’s death.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Addatimes
  • Genre: Thriller, Drama
  • Cast: Sabyasachi Chakrabarty, Mithu Chakraborty, Sawon Chakraborty

There’s a thing about classic revenge stories that makes them so great. You know that the main character is going to do something unlawful but you still root for them with all your heart.

This is one such story that will make your heart boil with rage and you will feel the anger that our lead cast is going through. Papai is a young 20-year-old something guy who is hit by a car and dies. His family and friends are devastated by their loss. But Papai’s father feels more hurtful when he sees the guy who killed his son, not at all remorseful about what he did.

At that moment he decides that he will take revenge for his son’s death by killing the guy responsible for all of this. The web series perfectly highlights all the emotions and the predicament of the characters.

9. Kamini

  • Logline: Men are going missing in a village, people blame a mysterious woman for all the disappearances. Now it’s up to the two detectives to solve the mystery.
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Horror Comedy
  • Cast: Barkha Bisht, Saurav Das, Apratim Chatterjee, Trina Saha

It is evident from the list the Bengalis love mysteries and they have mastered the art of creating stories that are full of suspense.

The Hoichoi web series is about a strange village where males are disappearing. Villagers believe it is the work of a witch who lures men and prays upon them. Two goofy detectives who are intrigued by the story decides to investigate the village to find the truth.

‘Kamini’ is a horror-comedy series with lots of suspense and mystery. If you are looking for a light-hearted yet effective web series, then ‘Kamini’ is a perfect fit.

10. Paap

  • Logline: Durga puja festivities turns into a series of murders and crime scenes involving a lot of mysteries and suspense..
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Suspense, Drama
  • Cast: Puja Banerjee. Saheb Bhattacharya. Rahul Banerjee. Bhaswar Chattopadhyay. Solanki Roy.

Hoichoi had been consistent in releasing at least one special web series on Durga Puja every year. This year Haichoi has come up with- Paap. Paap means to sin and the series goes well enough in defining its name.

The web series starts with a family getting together for the Durga pooja festival. But the family reunion is spoiled after they witness a dead body in a lake nearby and later the situation gets worse when two more people are murdered with a crushed piece of paper inside their mouth that contained a strange message.

The web series goes well and beyond to keep the story exciting. It is one of those murder mysteries that, I’ll highly recommend everyone to watch.

11. The Stoneman murders:

  • Logline: A web series inspired by true events, a serial killer who used to kill its victims by smashing their heads with stones.
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery
  • Cast: Swastika Mukherjee, Rajatava Dutta, Rupankar Bagchi

This is one of those stories that will shake you to your core. It’s a story based on a real-life serial killer who killed over 25 people in Kolkata and Mumbai in the year 1985 to 1989. His identity is still unknown to this date.

The serial killer popularly known as ‘The Stoneman’ killed its victims by smashing their heads with huge rocks. Though in reality, no one knows who the Stoneman is or how he looks? This Hoichoi web series has taken some liberties to create a compelling story for their viewers.

The Story starts with Sneha who is a journalist and by chance stumbles upon Stoneman’s diary. After reading the stories from the dairy, she gets really curious about the identity of the Stoneman and decides to find out all the details about him.

12. Do Not Disturb

  • Logline: Six stories of different flavor and shade with just one thing common, all of it happens in a hotel room.
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Spice of life
  • Cast: Sudiptaa Chakraborty, June Malia, Anindya Banerjee

Earlier the main source of Bengali entertainment used to be Bengali movies and tv serials. It was very difficult to find a stage to present short stories. With the rise in OTT platforms like Hoichoi, now there’s a new place for creators to show their talents.

This Bengali web series presents six different stories of love, hate, betrayal, death, life, and survival. But one thing that is common in all the stories is the hotel room.

A hotel host people from different walks of life and everyone has their own unique stories. ‘Do not disturb’ is not like other web series on the list. Even if you don’t like one episode, you still might like the rest of the series.

13. Dhaka Metro

  • Logline: Kuddus is a prominent man in Dhaka but he’s fed up with city life and decides to take a road trip to clear his mind.
  • Year: 2019
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Dark Comedy
  • Cast: Aupee Karim, Shariful Islam Shamim, Sharmin Joha Shoshi, and Mostofa Monwar

Hoichoi has big goals for its company. It has acknowledged India is not the only market for them. Bangladesh that has a majority Bangla speaking population is the place where the real growth lies.

So, to appeal to the Bangladeshi audience. Hoichoi partnered up with one of the best actors and directors of the country and made ‘Dhaka Metro’.

It is a story of a corporate man Kuddus who is frustrated with his city life and decides to leave Dhaka. He goes on a soul searching road trip and along the way he meets people from different walks of life that helps him in discovering himself.

14. Mismatch

  • Logline: A woman who wants some thrill in her life decides to indulge in a friendly couple swapping. The outcome of this decision changes the dynamics of their relationships.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Hoichoi
  • Genre: Erotic
  • Cast: Rachel White, Rajdeep Gupta, Rachel, Suparna Malakar

If you think Hoichoi is all about mysteries, then you might be surprised when you hear about this Bengali web series. It is one of the most erotic web series I have seen in Indian web series.

The story starts with Diana and Shubro who are both unhappy with their sexual lives and want more enthusiasm from their respective partners. Whereas their partners just want a normal relationship. But Diana and Subro convince them to indulge in a couple swap. The outcome of this decision changes the dynamics of their relationships.

What makes it so much better than the other adult web series is the story’s quality, which is not at all compromised. If you want to watch more shows of this type, you can visit my other post on ’20 Best Adult Web Series’.

15. Oh mother

  • Logline: Saurav is a teenager who accidentally impregnates his girlfriend. What follows is his struggle to take charge of his life and own up to his mistakes.
  • Year: 2018
  • Platform: Addatimes
  • Genre: Erotic
  • Cast: Bibriti Chatterjee, Roshni Bhattacharya, Anirjit Hore Roy

This list has very few comedy genre shows, so I had to add this web series. It is a story about a boy named Saurav who is fed up with women (his mom and girlfriend) dictating his life decisions.

The problem starts when he gets his girlfriend pregnant and now has to beg his mother for help. The only person that back him is his friend Pablo
and a Drug Dealer roommate EJ.

The whole series is funny and you’ll be laughing a lot. It’s also a ‘coming to an age’ kind of story where you can see Saurav owning up to his mistakes and taking charge of his life.

Bengali is not my language and I might have missed some great web series due to that language barrier. I’ve made this list with the best of my ability and hope it’ll be helpful to you in some kind. If you have any suggestions or queries, mention them in the comment box below. If you liked the content then don’t forget to share it with friends.
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