When we talk about the biggest OTT platform in the world, the expectation surely rises high. Netflix is on a spree to create regional content for its international audiences. CEO of Netflix has announced in December last year said that they will invest $400 million in India in 2020 for producing content. 

Netflix has already made a few web series and movies in India and they have done quite well. In this post, I’ll be ranking all the Indian web series on Netflix (Originals) from best to worst. 

This is just my opinion and you are to free to have an opinion of your own and I’d appreciate it if you rank these Netflix web series in comments down below according to your liking.

An infographic showing the best Indian web series on Netflix

1. Delhi Crime

  • Logline: A 7 episodes crime documentary based on the infamous incident of Nirbhaya gang rape and its investigation.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal

Written and directed by Richie Mehta, Delhi Crime is a brave and explicit attempt by Netflix India to bring forth a detailed account of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case. 

16 December 2012 marked an indelible scar on India’s law enforcement and Delhi police in particular. The show follows the narrative of the Delhi Police investigation with a clear cut depiction of each element involved with the case.

The show was appreciated for presenting a sensitive issue with a genuine screenplay highlighting the latent subjects on part of the police investigation.

Reasons to Watch:

  • The show follows a realistic approach without exaggerating the scenes.
  • The only Indian web series on Netflix based on such critical and real-life incidents.

Reasons to Ignore:

  • If your interest lies in the fantasy and comical shows.
  • The events are disheartening and the picturization may be disturbing for many.

2. Sacred Games

  • Logline: It’s a story of an honest Mumbai cop, Sartaj Singh, whose life takes a huge turn when he gets a call from an infamous gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Action, Thriller
  • Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Neeraj Kabi, Aamir Bashir Radhika Apte

Sacred Games was the first Indian web series made by Netflix back in 2018 and after 2 years, it’s still the best content put out by Netflix India to date. I don’t know if its a good or bad but one thing’s for sure it literally changed the scene of Indian web series and brought it on the map.

It’s a story of an honest Mumbai cop, Sartaj Singh, whose life takes a huge turn when he gets a call from an infamous gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde. In that call, Gaitonde tells Sartaj that something very bad is going to happen to Mumbai city and he has 25 days to stop it.

The show is an absolute delight to watch. It has got a great story, action, suspense, thrill, dialogues, cuss words, etc. If you still haven’t watched Sacred Games, I don’t know what rock you are living under.

Reasons to Watch:

  • One thing that just comes top of my head is the acting. Nawaz and saif have overdone themselves in this Netflix web series. 

Reasons to Ignore

  • Season 2 felt a little over the place.

3. Bard of Blood

  • Logline: A story of three Indian Intelligence agents on a mission to save comrades captured by Pakistani Taliban in Balochistan.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Thriller, Action
  • Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vineet Kumar Singh, Sobhita Dhulipala, Jaideep Ahlawat

When we talk about Netflix, we talk about big-budget web series, big stars, and powerful stories. Netflix’s Bard of Blood provides you with all of those things. 

Based on a book of same the name, ‘Bard of Blood’ is a show about three people working for Indian Intelligence Service. Their mission is to infiltrate in Balochistan, Pakistan and free the Indian agents captured there by Pakistan’s Taliban and the ISI (shown as ISA). 

The story had a lot of potentials but somehow, it couldn’t reach the level of perfection. But none the less, this show is definitely entertaining and worth your time.

Reasons to Watch:

  • The series is filled with action, adventure, suspense and will keep you on the edge of your seat for the most part. 

Reasons to Ignore:

  • The acting is not very convincing.
  • Supporting roles screentime is stretched too long.

4. Jamtara: Sabka number Ayega

  • Logline: Young ambitious masterminds in pursuit of becoming rich, start a lucrative phishing scandal in the Jamtara district of Jharkhand.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast:  Amit Sial, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Aksha Pardasany

Based on a true story of phishing scandals in Jamtara, Netflix India came up with a ten-episode web series depicting the chronicles of young scammers and their aftermath.

The story revolves around two smart cousins, Sunny and Rocky who along with their friends run a pretty successful phishing scam from their village Jamtara. But then a news report about the scam brings a lot of attention towards them and more dangerous people get involved.

In my opinion, that web series could have been made better but what we’ve got is also worthy of anyone’s time. The acting is top-notch.

Reasons to Watch:

  •  This Indian web series on Netflix is a perfect example of how to get realism in any story.
  • A unique concept related to phishing scams.

Reasons to Ignore:

  •  I wanted to see more about how these kids from a village got together and pulled out such a big scam but that part was not very much emphasized.


5. Little Things

  • Logline: A couple in their 20s navigating through ups and downs of a modern relationship.
  • Year: 2016
  • Genre: Romance, Spice of life
  • Cast: Mithali Palkar, Dhruv Sehgal

Initially premiered on Dice media Little Things revolves around a modern-day couple in their 20s managing the work-life balance while living in a live-in relationship.

The second and third season with the same cast was released by Netflix after taking over the franchise. 

This soft romantic drama deals with the real-life problems a couple goes through. The leads possess amazing chemistry right from season one making it hard to believe they aren’t really a couple offscreen.

If you have already watched shows like the girl in the city by Mithila Palkar this one is highly recommended for you.

Reasons to Watch:

  • A light-hearted Indian Netflix show perfect for a binge-watching with your partner.
  • Realistic depiction of urban love life.
  • Includes lessons about love and relationships

Reasons to Ignore:

  • Episode progression is quite slow.
  • Simple story. Just a portrayal of the day to day urban love life.

6. Selection Day

  • Logline: A couple in their 20s navigating through ups and downs of a modern relationship.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Sport
  • Cast:  Prashant Jha, Yash Dholye, Mahesh Manjrekar 

Based on a Sports fiction novel by Aravind Adiga the same name, Selection Day is a story of two middle-class Indian brothers who discovers the dark side of a cricketing career. 

The story orbits around Manju and Radha, the former love the game but the latter has no interest in the game, rather he is more devoted to the science, but he is afraid to say it in front of his father.

Later they move to Mumbai in search of the opportunity to become a professional player. But as we know success doesn’t come so easily, and this was true for both of them. The drama portrays their struggle to succeed fascinatingly.  

Reasons to Watch:

  • Explores the brilliant acting skills of a bunch of young and aspiring actors

Reasons to Ignore:

  • The first season sums up in just 130 min.
  • At times, the subplots take over the main theme of the show. 
  • If you have already read the novel this Netflix Original may disappoint you.


7. Ghoul

  • Logline: A mysterious prisoner is brought to a remote military camp for interrogation. But things get wild when he summons a demon from Arabic folklore and starts killing people.
  • Year: 2018
  • Genre: Horror
  • Cast: Radhika Apte, Manav Kaul, S. M. Zaheer

The story is based in near-future India that has an authoritarian power system. Ghoul is not a typical ghost story but deals with an actual monster of the Arabian folklore and it is believed that he can read a person’s mind and take shape of any person he eats.

The show’s about a female army officer Nida Rahim (Radhika), who works as an interrogator in the remote military center where high profile criminals are brought for interrogation.

One such day, a mysterious prisoner is brought in the facility. The troubles start when that prisoner summons a Ghoul and it starts killing everybody.

Reasons to Watch 

  • The show brilliantly portrays the inner demons character in the show.

Reasons to Ignore:

  •  Ghoul was meant to be a movie but later turned into 3 part series and maybe that’s the reason that some scenes are too much extended which makes you feel bored.

8. Typewriter

  • Logline: A story of a group of friends who set out on a mission to capture a ghost residing in their neighborhood.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Horror, thriller
  • Cast: Aarnaa Sharma, Palomi Ghosh, Mikhail Gandhi 

Every one of us has shared and listened to ghost stories with friends and family. I still remember how excited I used to be whenever the topic of ghosts would come up. We even had a plan of what we’d do if we encounter one. This show somehow reminds me of those days.

The story follows a group of friends who are crazy about ghosts and wants to catch one. They have their eyes set on a spooky-looking villa, which they believe has a ghost living in it.

After a new family moves into that home, they feel it’s important to catch the ghost quickly before something bad happens. The series revolves around the past events that happened in the villa and its repercussions in the present story.

Reasons to Watch:

  •  Most of the main cast comprises of children and they did quite well on their part. Adults too were great in their performances.

Reasons to Ignore:

  •  The story is not unique but sticks to its roots for the most part which is its plus as well as minus point. It didn’t do anything stupid but didn’t do anything exciting either.

9. Leila

  • Logline: A story of a woman’s struggle to search for her daughter who was taken from her by an oppressive regime ruling Aryavarta.
  • Year: 2019
  • Genre: Drama
  • Cast:  Huma Qureshi, Rahul Khanna, Siddharth 

One thing every Indian web series on Netflix has common is that they are not common at all. Every story is different and tries to present a world that we’ve never seen before in Indian Cinema.

The story of Leila is set in an imaginary world, Aryavarta, where there’s a strong class divide among people. Communities of different faith are kept apart from each other divided by sky-high walls.

The main lead Shalini lives in a facility, where women who married outside their community are held. Shalini wants to go back to her daughter and to do so she has to go against the authority.

Since the story is set in an imaginary world, so a lot of liberties have been taken. The series makes you think about what would happen if this was all real. Some people blamed this series for spreading Hinduphobia, so watch it on your own discretion.

Reasons to Watch: 

  • The Netflix web series is brave in its storytelling and doesn’t hold back any shots.

Reasons to Ignore: 

  • The story gives doesn’t give us much to connect with the main lead and thus it is difficult to sympathize with her.

10. She

  • Logline: An undercover female constable is given the task of exposing a drug ring for which she has to use every arsenal at her disposal.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Crime, Drama
  • Cast: Aditi Sudhir Pohankar, Vijay Varma, Vishwas Kini

Netflix has teamed up with Bollywood’s famous director Imtiaz Ali to bring a web series called ‘She’ that focuses on showing empowered women of the 21st century. 

The story revolves around Bhumi Pardesi, a married policewoman who is belittled all the time, both at home and job. This all changes when she is given the chance to go undercover and expose a drug ring. She realizes the power of her sexuality and what can she achieve by using it.

The web series projected itself as a woman-centric empowering story but somewhere along the line forgot what was the main objective of the story in the first place.

Reasons to Watch: 

  • The Netflix web series takes up a topic that is typically considered taboo in our society. 

Reasons to Ignore:

  •  The story somehow failed to define the image of an empowered woman clearly than it should have.

11. Taj Mahal 1989

  • Logline: A compilation of 4 love stories set in the early 90’s.
  • Year: 2020
  • Genre: Romance, Drama
  • Cast: Neeraj Kabi, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Danish Husain

The aim of this Netflix web series is to bring forth love stories from a time period when there weren’t any cell phones and internet. A time when letters and face to face interactions used to do the trick.

Taj Mahal 1989 is the story of seven odd people of different age groups and different backgrounds trying to understand love and relationships.

The web series did try it best to present a story that has all the elements of that time but couldn’t hold the over all story together strongly.

Reasons to watch:

  • Urdu poetry and love proposals are a treat for eyes and ears.

Reasons to ignore:

  • Loosely packed characters
  • Weak writing

In the end, I would just conclude by saying that Netflix has not been able to create an impact with its content in India as it has done in other nations and web series. We have high expectations from Netflix web series and I hope 2020 will be a good year in terms of content. I’ll be sure to update this whenever the next Indian web series on Netflix drops.
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