20 BEST ZEE5 WEB SERIES (2020)

Zee, as we all know, is a very big name in TV show biz. Since the rise of OTT platforms in India, many companies like Zee have decided to set up their online presence. Zee5 is Zee Entertainment’s way of reaching its audience online.

Currently, Zee5 is more famous for providing Zee TV soap dramas online but slowly but steadily Zee5 is also producing web series and movies so that it can give competition to other players in the market.

In this post, I’ll be telling you about the 20 Best Zee5 web series created to date. 

An infographic showing the best zee5 web series list

1. Code M

  • Logline: A military lawyer is asked to investigate what seems to be just an open and shut case, but is it really that simple?
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller
  • Cast:  Jennifer Winget, Tanuj Virwani, Kundan Roy 

Jennifer Winget is not an unknown name to the Indian audiences. She has been a famous face in Indian Television Dramas for years. This is her debut web series and that too a big one.

The story revolves around a military lawyer, Major Monika Mehra, who is ordered to investigate a case involving the encounter between terrorists and army personals. But she soon discovers that somethings are being purposely hidden and there’s some conspiracy going around.

The show is a treat to watch. Jennifer is a pure badass in this Alt Balaji web series. The story keeps you hooked at all times and the climax is really satisfying. 

2. State of Siege 26/11

  • Logline: A detailed depiction of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Action
  • Cast: Shoaib Kabeer, Vikrant Chaturvedi, Vivek Dahiya

Based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, this Zee5 web series is adapted from the book Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11 by Sandeep Unnithan. 

This new web series is an account of the rescue operations performed during the terrorist attack. The show focuses more on the commandos and task forces involved rather than the victims and the trauma caused by the attack.

This 8 episode mini web series celebrates the heroic efforts of the courageous Indian soldiers who played their part in bringing the terrorists down.

3. Rangbaaz 

  • Logline: A story based on a real-life gangster from Gorakhpur in the 1990s. 
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Crime, Action 
  • Cast: Saqib Saleem, Jimmy Sheirgill, Tigmanshu Dhulia 

I always had a great fascination with real-life gangster stories. So watching a web series based on the life of one of the most notorious gangsters was just pure treat.

The story revolves around Shiv Prakash Shukla who was an ordinary guy until one day when he accidentally kills some. To evade punishment he takes the hand of some bad people and ultimately becomes the part of their gang. Thus start the journey of Shiv Prakash Shukla from an ordinary guy to one of the biggest gangsters of all time.

The Zee5 web series deserves all the praise it gets. It’s realistic, well written and beautifully acted show. Also, there’s another season that came out in 2019. So if haven’t watched Rangbaaz yet then you have a lot to catch up.

4. The Verdict – State vs Nanavati

  • Logline: Indian Naval commander Nanavati returns home to find about his wife’s affair. Jealousy leads to a murder that sparks a nationwide drama.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Courtroom Drama
  • Cast: Manav Kaul, Sumeet Vyas, Elli AvrRam

Have you watched the Bollywood movie ‘Rustom’ by Akshay Kumar? If yes, then you know what the story is. But trust me, you can’t miss this one just because of that. And for those who haven’t watched the movie, let me give you a brief synopsis of this Zee5 web series.

Set in the period of 1950s Bombay, this is a real story based on the life of Naval Commander Nanavati. On April 27, 1959, Officer Nanavati shots dead a Sindhi businessman with his gun for having an affair with his wife. Then he goes to the police to surrender but pleads ‘Not guilty’.

What follows is a serious courtroom drama filled with many emotions– from anger, sympathy to laughter. Despite being based on a murder case, you will find great humor in this show. Even if you are not into such type of shows, this show deserves your time.

5. Bhram

  • Logline: Alisha usually sees a girl. At first, she thinks it’s just hallucination but later finds out that the same girl died 20 years ago.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Horror
  • Cast: Kalki Koechlin, Bhumika Chawla, Sanjay Suri, Eijas Khan

The star of this series, Kalki Koechlin is one of the finest actresses in the Indian entertainment industry and her acting in ‘Bhram’ just proves that fact. Zee5 has gone all the way out to get the best actress and the best location for this Hindi web series.

It is the story of Alisha Khanna ( Kalki) who is an author by profession. Her life takes a 360′ turn after she gets into a car crash. To mellow things down in her life she moves to her sister’s house in Shimla. However, upon reaching there, she starts seeing a girl.

At first, she ignores everything, thinking it as mere hallucinations, but upon research, she finds that the girl she saw had died 20 years ago. As Alisha’s interaction increases with that girl, she becomes inquisitive about her past and the reason for her death.

To put it all together, Bhram is an ideal content for binge-watching, which one has to watch if they love a got mystery-horror story. If you want to see horror shows, check out my list on the best Indian Horror web series.

6. Chargesheet – The Shuttlecock Murder

  • Logline: A true investigative story relating to a murder mystery of a famous Badminton player.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Crime, Mystery
  • Cast: Arunoday Singh, Shiv Pandit

The show is inspired by the true events happened in the ’80s. The Zee5 web series revolves around a murder mystery that shook the entire nation and was in the headlines for a long time.

A seven-time National Badminton Champion is shot dead in broad daylight in front of the stadium. The CBI takes the player’s friend into custody for questioning. Is this a case of betrayal or jealousy or something else?

If you want to know realistic details, you can go and check out the official documents about the case on the internet. But I’ll recommend you see the story unfold on screen first.

7. Abhay

  • Logline: A crime Thriller revolving around a cop haunted by the sinful demon inside him.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller
  • Cast: Kunal Kemmu, Deepak Tijori, Elnaaz Norouzi, Rituraj Singh, Maninee Mishra

A zee five original series starring Kunal Kemu as a rude unsmiling cop investigating intense criminal cases. Being outside the scope of the censor board, the creators of Zee5 goes deep into portraying insanity and brutality possessed by the story.

Abhay Pratap Singh, played by Kunam Kemmu is a genius cop who is devastated after his wife’s death and keeps his full focus on work to avoid tragic memories. 

The story unfolds a series of brutal killings and mishappening in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Officer Abhay is committed to bringing the criminals down but is constantly haunted by his past demons.

8. Never Kiss Your Best Friend

  • Logline: An unintentional kiss sparks of love in a 7-year long friendship.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Romantic, Comedy
  • Cast:  Nakul Mehta, Anya Singh, Suchitra Krishnamoorthi

Based on a book of the same name by Sumrit Shahi, Never Kiss Your Girlfriend is the latest rom-com web series that streams on Zee5. The web series sets in plot two best friends Tanie and Sumer who haven’t seen each other for the past five years. 

The show is a lot about friendship than two friends falling for each other. The protagonists can be seen supporting each other in their respective love affairs and family issues and there are no signs of love developing between them in the first 5 episodes.

Apart from best friends in love syndrome, the show deals with peer pressure, drugs, and the idea or open relationship.

9. The Final Call

  • Logline: A pilot puts the lives of passengers in danger when he decides to suicide in the middle of a flight.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Drama, Thriller
  • Cast: Arjun Rampal, Javed Jaffrey, Neeraj Kabi

The final Call is based on a book called ‘I Will Go With You’ by Priya Kumar. What happens when an airplane is highjacked by the pilot itself? Well, that’s not the exact storyline but it is enough to give anyone goosebumps.

The story revolves around Karan Sachdeva who is a pilot and going through serious life traumas. One day while operating a flight he decides to commit suicide. His decision puts the lives of the 300 plus passengers in danger. Airline officer Kiran Mirza along with the ATS team swings into action to save the passengers.

The Zee5 web series would have been more impactful if they’d put more money into the CGI and post-production. Overall it’s still a watchable series.

10. Fittrat

  • Logline: A story of a girl who wants to rise in society by marrying a rich guy but life has other plans for her. 
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Drama, Romance
  • Cast:  Jan Kamar, Krystle D’Souza, Aditya Seal

There’s a term in Urban English called ‘Gold Digger‘ which means- a person (mainly referred to a woman) who gets into a relationship with others for money and fame. ‘Fittrat’ is a story of a woman who blatantly accepts that she is a Gold Digger and can do anything to fulfill her ambitions.

Tarini is a small-town girl with big dreams. She aims to get rich and famous and to achieve that she has a plan. She wants to find a very rich guy and marry him. But on her hunt to find ‘Honey with money‘, she gets into a tricky love situation with her best friend’s fiancée. With both love and friendship gone, she decides to strive for her dreams with her hard work.

The story is simple yet has a lot to offer to its audiences. Tarini is not a perfect character, she has her flaws but it makes the show even better to watch. The story has a great message that ‘one should work for their goals and not look for shortcuts’.

11. Gandii Baat Season 4

  • Logline: Erotic stories depicting dark fantasies from rural India.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Erotic
  • Cast: Anveshi Jain, Flora Saini, Yamini Singh, Vikas Verma

You might be thinking that Gandii Baat is Alt Balaji web series. Yes, that’s true but Zee5 partnered up with Alt Balaji to make the fourth season of Gandii Baat. You’ll find many more web series in this list that is available on Alt Balaji as well because of the tie-up between two OTT platforms.

The adult web series focuses on portraying the sexual fantasies of rural India which was an unchartered territory until now. Rural India has always been shown as a simple orthodox society where sexual fantasies are no more than just a taboo.

Every episode’s a different story with a different cast but one thing remains the same- ‘The Desiness of Gandii Baat’. If you want to watch some Alt Balaji web series then check out my post about 15 Best Alt Balaji web series to date.

12. Karanjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone 

  • Logline: A biopic web series of an adult film actress turned Bollywood star.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Biography, Drama
  • Cast: Sunny Leone, Bijay Anand, Raj Arjun, Karamvir Lamba

This Zee5 original taps into the journey of Sunny Leone from being an innocent kid to pornstar and then a Bollywood superstar.

Directed by Aditya Datt the web series boldly expresses Sunny’s life decisions from her point of view from getting into the adult film industry to her success as a Bollywood actress.

The series highlights the unexplored personal life and challenges faced by Sunny Leone. Definitely not the best choice to binge but anyone interested in exploring Sunny’s personal life may add this to watchlist.

13. Bombers

  • Logline: A story of a guy building a new football team after his previous team died in a tragic accident.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Sports, Drama
  • Cast: Shivam Bhargava, Taher Ali, Annuup Choudhari

Directed by the makers of Criminal Justice Vishal Furia this Zee5 original follows the rise of a fictional football club Bombers FC striving to win the Zee Bangla Football League. 

On their return from winning a tournament, the Bombers FC team have a tragic accident that killed all team members except the team captain Badol. Getting over the shock of losing his teammates Badol vows for not letting his club down and rebuilt a team from scratch.

The story moves fast between the episodes showing frequent football actions and overwhelming relations between the newly met team members.

14. RejctX

  • Logline: A group of youngsters determined to make it big in hip hop.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller
  • Cast: Taranng Takrani, Kubbra Sait, Ridhi Khakhar

Streaming on Zee5, RejctX web series talks about a bunch of high school friends passionate about rap and hip hop even though their roots don’t allow them to even think about going beyond their academics. 

Yes, you guessed it right, the plot seems much inspired by Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy. 

Clever title name depicts the world of rejects having an X factor to stand out from the world. Though the theme resembles Gully Boy, each character in the show has a different reason that holds them back from showing their talent.

If you are a hip hop or rap music fan this Zee5 Show is highly recommended to you.

15. Life Sahi Hai

  • Logline: A story of four guys moving into a big city to live an independent life.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Cast: Tarun Jain, Suhail Nayyar, Siddhant Chaturvedi

Created by the writers of Pyar ka Panchnama, Life Sahi is a comedy web series that revolves around four bachelors who moves to Delhi with a hope to live an independent life.

Each character holds unique characteristics that land them in some or the other problem making it a hilarious comedy show to watch.

Between handling job, relationships and day to day disasters, four of them realizes that there is nothing like independence in this word till you pay a price for it and goes by living “Life Sahi Hai”

An underrated and highly recommended TV series for all who likes to watch comedy shows.

16. Mentalhood

  • Logline: Six different mothers handling similar parenting problems.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Slice of Life
  • Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Sandhya Mridul, Tillotama Shome, Sanjay Suri

This Zee5 web series the debut of Karishma Kapoor in digital series. The series stars some popular names from the Industry like Sanjay Suri and Sandhya Mridul. 

Mentalhood casts Karishma Kapoor as Meira Sharma, former Miss Kanpur who had to give up on her modeling career to bring up her Kids. After moving to Mumbai, Meira gets associated with other mothers of her age who discuss the idea of parenting, its challenges, and solutions. 

A light-hearted Indian Drama inclined towards the methods of parenting. One of the very few Indian web Series that you can watch with your parents or children. 

17. Poison

  • Logline: A story of a man who’s ready to go to all ends to get revenge from his enemies.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Crime, Thriller
  • Cast: Freddy Daruwala, Archanna Gupta, Bikramjeet Kanerwal

To be honest, this Zee5 web series can be called as the cheap imitation of the iconic Hollywood movie, Cape Fear. But that doesn’t mean its totally bad, the show has its merits too.

The story revolves around Ranveer who was falsely accused of a crime and sent to jail. After getting out he vows to take revenge from all those who are responsible for ruining his life.

In the movie where the main lead was totally unforgivable but in ‘Poison’, the main lead has been made a little compassionate. Overall, the series is good enough to be watched in free time.

18. Mission Over Mars

  • Logline: A story of four women scientists who play a major role in sending India’s first mission to Mars.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Sci-fi, Slice of life
  • Cast: Mona Singh, Nidhi Singh, Neetu Sinha, Palomi Ghosh

Another Akshay Kumar’s movie ‘Mangalyaan’ shares the same plot with this web series. Both of them show Indian space agency’s efforts to send an Indian orbiter mission to Mars and the role of women scientists in the mission. But the difference is that the story in ‘M.O.M’ is more elaborate and connects better to the heart.

It’s the story of four women scientists who works at the Indian Space Agency ( like ISRO). They are a part of a very important space mission which is to send the first Indian made orbiter to Mars. Apart from their job, they are also responsible for managing their homes.

The Zee5 web series tries to highlight how women in India are capable of achieving anything in their lives and still stay connected to their roots and values. It’s a great show to promote women’s empowerment.

19. Hum tum Aur them

  • Logline: A story of two single parents trying their second chance at love.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Sara Gesawat, Gautam Ahuja, Bhavesh Bhanushali 

‘Hum tum aur them’ is a sweet story that’ll make your heart melt. It has a perfect blend of comedy, romance, emotions, conflicts, and drama. Also, it addresses the taboo topic of a divorcee woman finding love again.

The story revolves around Shiva, a divorced woman with a daughter and Yudi, a widower with three children. Where Shiva is responsible, Yudi is free-spirited. Both going through their struggles finds comfort in each other. But it’s difficult to keep loving each other when your kids are against it.

The show tackles a lot of issues that a single parent has to go through and how their own life takes a back seat when it comes to their children. It’s a great drama that can be watched with the whole family.

20. Cold Lassi and Chicken Masala

  • Logline: A sweet and bitter love story of two chefs. 
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Romance
  • Cast: Divyanka Tripathi, Rajeev Khandelwal, Barkha Sengupta

Divyanka Tripathi and Rajeev Khandelwal, both are big names in Indian soap drama industry and this Zee5 web series is their debut series on an online platform.

The starts with two chefs Nitya and Vikram who are ex-lovers and meets after 8 years. Both are very well established at their work. Where Nitya is very competitive, Vikram is a very laid back guy and that was one of the reasons they broke up in the past. But will eight years of separation heal the heart is the premise of this story?

This web series is not only a treat for the main leads’ fans but also for people who like to watch something light-hearted. The show will definitely flutter your heart.

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