OTT platforms are setting higher standards with each passing year. 2020 has seen some of the best Hindi web series that kept all of us hooked to our screens. While shows like Delhi Crime and Made in Heaven dominated the first half, the next saw the entry of much-awaited seasons of Sacred Games. Let’s see some of the best hindi web series which will be released in 2021 and beyond…

All the digital platforms are giving each other tough competition as they are delivering binge-watching content. And as the new year has started, we have got you the lineup of web series that you should watch.  While a few of these have been released in the past months, some are brand new releases for the coming year.

20 Best Hindi Web Series for 2021

The craze for Indian web series is going to another level. And the Indian web series is showing great growth in terms of giving mature content and exploring all kinds of the genre say, romance, thriller, or drama. Here is a list of must-watch shows from 2019.

The Family Man – Must watch Hindi Web Series

The Family Man, featuring Manoj Vajpayee is a spy story but not a typical 007 type. With some jaw-dropping action, the story basically focuses on the real-life struggles that spies face.

The story revolves around Shrikant, who is an intelligence agent in Mumbai. However, his family thinks that he works in the Government office as a paper passer.  And as this is not the truth, get ready to experience a lot of shooting, nabbing terrorists and interrogations. There is a strain in his relationship with his kids and wife, as his work prevents him from giving time to his family.

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So if you love spy stories, then here is a good one for you.

Platform: Amazon Prime

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Release Date: 20 September 2019

Bhram – A Hindi TV Series by Kalki

Looking for horror cum suspense story? Then what can be better than Zee5’s original web series featuring Kalki Koechlin. The show has not only worked to bring some of the best locations but also best work from their leading actress.

Bhram is a story of an author, Alisha Khanna played by Kalki. As she gets into a car crash, her life takes a complete 360-degree turn. After which she moves to Shimla, to stay with her sister in order to have control over things in her life. However, Shimla has a lot of things in store for her. As the name of the series suggests she starts noticing a girl, who had died about 20 years ago. With time Alisha’s interactions with the girl increases and so does the reasons behind her death.

Enjoy mystery-horror story along with Kalki’s fine acting with Brahm.

Platform: Zee5

Genre: Horror, Mystery

Release Date: 24 October 2019

Bard of Blood – feat. Emraan Hashmi

The next is a Netflix web series starring Bollywood’s handsome hunk Emraan Hashmi. Bard of Blood is an espionage thriller that comes with big stars and a powerful plot.

It is based on a book of the same name. The show is based on a mission undertaken by three people from the Indian Intelligence Service working on a mission to free the captured Indian agents. So get ready to infiltrate Balochistan, Pakistan and the troops of Taliban and ISI of Pakistan,

I can guarantee that you will always be at the edge of your seat as this series takes you on a tour filled with action, suspense, adventure

Platform: Netflix

Genre: Thriller, Action

Release Date: 27 September 2019

Flames: Season 2 – TVF Hindi Web Series

It’s the second season of an amazing and cute love story of Rajat and Ishita. If you have seen the first season then I can understand your excitement to know what is going to happen next, and if not then do watch it.

But don’t worry, I’m not going to give away any spoilers for the next season, instead here is a little recap to keep the excitement going. So Rajat who is a class topper is preparing for IIT. He falls for a girl in his tuition class named Ishita. And just like any other friend, his BFFs Ansuha and Pandey help him woo her.
This web series will take you back to the time when love was simple, and the only trouble was exams.

Platform: TVF

Genre: Romance

Release Date: 18 October 2019

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is another Hotstar special that takes you on a compelling transformative journey of the two central characters, Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi. It is basically an Indian adaptation of a BBC series that goes by the same name.

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This crime, thriller courtroom drama is adapted by the eminent Shriram Raghavan and directed by Vishal Furia and Tigmanshu Dhulia. The plot revolves around Aditya who is under the police scrutiny as a girl is found dead in his cab. And so the story is how he figures out what happened on that dreadful night to prove that he is innocent.

Platform: Hotstar

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Courtroom drama

Release Date: 5 April 2019

Sacred Games- The Baap of Hindi Web Series

Sacred Games, who hasn’t heard about it? It is one of the first Indian web series that got people’s immense love and appreciation. The cast’s stellar performance and its intriguing narration caught the attention of the Indian audience. It’s a directorial piece by Anurag Kashyap and Neeraj Ghaywan.

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While season 1 ended on a mysterious note around Guruji, the viewers eagerly waited for the next season. However, the season finale was a bit disappointing. That’s it. I won’t give any other spoiler. Trust me guys, both the seasons of Sacred Games are worth watching.

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Apart from Nawazuddin Siddiqui aka Ganesh Gaitonde, Saif Ali Khan aka Sartaj Singh, Pankaj Tripathi, Radhika Apte and Kubbra Sait you would also see Kalki Koechlin and Ranvir Shorey in the second season.

The Khel ka asli Baap has returned, so don’t forget to watch it.

Platform: Netflix

Genre: Thriller

Release Date: 15 August 2019

Mission Over Mars

Can’t get over Akshay Kumar’s Mangalayan? Then here is a web series that shares the same plot. The story revolves around four women scientists working at the Indian Space Agency. These women are involved in a very important space mission of sending an orbiter made by India to Mars. Apart from highlighting their efforts in the mission, it also shows how they are managing their homes as well.

What makes ‘M.O.M’ stand out is that it is more detailed and will connect better to your heart. The web series attempts to promote women empowerment by highlighting Indian women’s capability to achieve and anything and everything in their lives while staying connected to their values.

PlatformALT Balaji

Genre: Slice of Life, Sci-Fi

Release Date: 10 September 2019

The Verdict- State Vs Nanavati – A Must Watch Hindi Series

Another movie by Akshay Kumar has been turned into a web series. Now I know that many of you might feel that since you have seen the movie Rustom you can skip this one. Trust me this is not something to miss.

Here is sneak peek into the storyline. So it is a real story, set in the 1950s, on the life of Nanavati a Naval Commander. He shots dead a Sindhi businessman, on finding him guilty for having an affair with his wife. Following which he surrenders himself and pleads “Not guilty”.

The Verdict- State Vs Nanavati is not only a serious courtroom drama, but it is also filled with sympathy anger and lots of laughter. Yes, you read that right. It’s definitely based on a murder case, but the show offers great humor to its audience. It is definitely a must-watch Hindi web series, even if you do not like this genre.

Platform: ALT Balaji, Zee5

Genre: Suspense, Thriller, Courtroom drama

Release Date: 30 September 2019

Broken But Beautiful 2

As the first season of Broken but Beautiful was very much appreciated, its next season was highly anticipated by its fans. The makers of this romantic web series did not disappoint them. The show stars Harleen Sethi and Vikrant Massey as their leading characters.

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The first season saw how the two characters broke their shackles and move on in their life, forgetting heir past. The most captivating part of the web show was its music which gained immense popularity. It even started the trend of creating an original soundtrack in web series. The second season of this romantic drama is out and if you haven’t seen the first season, then it’s definitely worth binge-watching.

Platform: ALT Balaji

Genre: Drama, Romance

Release Date: 27 November 2019

Hostages

Hotstar is hosting some great quality content and Hostages is one of them. This Hotstar original is also the digital debut of Sudhir Mishra, a renowned Bollywood filmmaker. Not only the directory, but it also has an interesting and super talented lineup of a cast like Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Aashim Gulati, Parvin Dabas and more.

The plot of this crime thriller revolves around a renowned surgeon and how her life takes a complete turn when she was ordered to murder the Chief Minister at the stake of her family. Who will she choose her family or her profession? You can catch up with all the drama on Hotstar VIP.

Platform: Hotstar

Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama

Release Date: 31 May 2019

Cold Lassi Chicken Masala

Ust like the name, the cast, and plot of this web series by Alt Balaji and Zee5 is also very interesting. With Cold Lassi Chicken Masala, the heartthrob of many girls Rajeev Khandelwal is coming back alongside the bahu of Indian TV shows, Divyanka Tripathi. And this time she is going all diva with her look and character.

The show focuses on Nitya and Vikram, who are two aspiring chefs from Bhopal. Both of them have a completely different upbringing and struggles. The show is about their love, togetherness, and heartbreak. While it is a digital debut for Divyanka, Rajeev Khandelwal is returning after winning the hearts of people as Dr. Naushad Rizvi in HaqSe.

Platform: ALT Balaji, Zee5

Genre: Romance, Drama

Release Date: 3 September 2019

Leila

This Hindi drama series is not that famous but definitely worth watching. Its a dystopian drama starring Huma Qureshi, and directed by Deepa Mehta a critically acclaimed director of Bollywood.

It’s a six-episode long series which is based on an eponymous novel written by Prayaag Akbar in 2017. The plot of the show focuses on a lady who goes on a search of her 3-year old daughter Leila who goes missing. So it’s her journey to find her daughter in the near future in a totalitarian region.

Platform: Netflix

Genre: Drama

Release Date: 14 June 2019

Inside Edge Season 2

People in India love Cricket to another level. It is the most popular and also the most cash-rich game in India. And where the money is involved, bad things are bound to happen. Inside Edge highlights the dark side of the premier leagues of Cricket and how acts like fixing are tarnishing the image of the game.

The story shows you the world of powerful men and women that are running the game. If you are unfamiliar with the first season, let me tell you that it was voted for the 46th International Emmy Awards, and so the stakes are high for the next season.

Platform: Amazon Prime

Genre: Drama, Sports

Release Date: 6 December 2019

The Forgotten Army

Another well-known filmmaker from Bollywood, Kabir Khan made his debut on the digital platform with The Forgotten Army. This Amazon Prime Video original is based on some true events of Indian History. It’s the story of the men and women who were a part of the Indian National Army and fought a gallant war for the country’s independence. The story mainly focuses on the Army led by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, an enigmatic freedom fighter.

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This eight-episode war epic series rule the minds of people and touch many emotions attached to the Indian National Army and the battle fought for the independence of the country.

Platform: Amazon Prime Video

Genre: War Epic

Release Date: 24 January 2020

Gandi Baat Season 4 – An Erotic Hindi web series

ALT Balaji hosts a few adult web series and one of the most famous of them is ready to come back with its fourth season. Yes, you will be able to watch an all-new season of Gandi Baat, which focuses on the sexual fantasies of rural India. The show penetrates into the unchartered territory of rural India where sexual fantasies are considered taboo. However, this simple orthodox society has got a different view after this enticing series was aired.

Erotic Hindi Web Series - Gandi baat

The Gandi Baat Season 4 is going to be even more tempting and exciting. So if you haven’t watched the earlier season, do watch so that you can start with the next new set of episodes in the New Year. To get a sneak peek into the fourth season, you can check out the special episode released by ALT Balaji on November 7.

Platform: ALT Balaji

Genre: Drama, Erotic

Release Date: 7 January 2020

Chargesheet: The Shuttlecock Murder

Zee5 is doing really great with its web series and its upcoming release is going to be a hit for sure. People are waiting for the airing of Chargesheet ever since its trailer dropped.

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The show is based on true events that took place back in the ’80s. In broad daylight, a seven-time National Badminton winner is shot in front of the stadium. A friend of the player is taken into custody by the CBI for questioning. Is this a result of jealousy or betrayal or something else?

Plots like these shoot your excitement level. If you too want to know what exactly happened, then I won’t suggest you to Google it. Rather witness it on screen as the drama unfurls on Zee5.

Platform: Zee5

Genre: Mystery, Crime

Release Date: 10 December 2019

Mentalhood

ALT Balaji’s other big-budget project is Mentalhood has been released and has received positive reviews from both critics and fans. It has an interesting lineup of actors like Karishma Kapoor, Shruti Seth, Shilpa Shukla, Sandhya Mridul, Dino Morea, and Tillotama Shome.

With Mentalhood, ALT Balaji is trying to bring forward the journey and struggles of a modern parent. The series showcases different types of mothers and their multitasking nature. This family drama is directed by Karishma Kohli. Check out the trailer here-

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Platform: ALT Balaji

Genre: Drama

Release Date: 11 March 2020

Upcoming Indian Web Series of 2020

If you have completed all these series, then you can wait for these new web series that will soon air in 2020.

Breathe Season 2

Breathe Season 1 is undoubtedly one of the best Indian web series on Amazon Prime. And so its second season had to come back, but this time you won’t see R. Madhavan in it.

The plot of the first season revolves around Danny, whose son Josh is suffering from lung disease and needs an immediate transplant. However as Josh can receive a new lung only after three people, Danny plans to kill the three patients listed before his son in order to save him.

Breathe Season 2 will not be the continuation of the previous season and likely you will get to see a new story, with none other than Abhishek Bachchan.

Platform: Amazon Prime

Genre: Thriller, Crime

Release Date: Early 2020

Baahubali: Before the Beginning

Baahubali is considered to be a legend film in the Indian film industry. I’m sure all of you would have watched it till now. If not, then please do watch. It’s a film that had some powerful characters like Shivgami Devi, Bhallaldev, Katappa, and of course Baahubali. All the characters had a super-powerful impact on the viewers and so Netflix is bringing a web series focusing on the Shivgami Devi, the lady who not only had a great sense of justice but also controlled the entire empire’s at the time of crisis.

So it’s not a sequel, instead, it’s a prequel to the Baahubali series, where the life journey of Baahubali and Bhallaldev’s mother will be shown. It is Shivgami’s journey of becoming a queen from a rebellious girl, and all the struggles that she faced.

Platform: Netflix

Genre: Fiction, Drama

Release Date: January 2020

Mirzapur Season 2

Mirzapur, set in a lawless land is high on drama and revolves around guns, drugs mafia, and mayhem. It’s the story about Akhandanand Tripathi the overlord of Mirzapur, who has earned money by exporting carpets and Munna, his not-so-prodigal son. And their fight between two brothers Bablu and Gudduwho are caught in the web of power, greed, and ambition.

Hindi web series- Mirzapur 2

As the first season ended on a cliffhanger, people have been impatiently waiting for the next season. The dialogues in the show are great, and a huge source to all the memes that you keep seeing on social platforms. The first season saw no bars and gets as dirty as it can and we expect the same from the second season as well. With an awesome storyline, powerful characters, and impactful dialogues and scenes, Mirzapur is a much-awaited Hindi web series on Amazon Prime by the audience.

Platform: Amazon Prime

Genre: Thriller, Drama

Release Date: Early 2020

Wrapping Up

I might have missed many web series on the list. But don’t worry as I will come up with lists for specific platforms. Till then let me know your favorite Indian web series in the comment section.

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