With June gone, we have officially entered in the second half of 2019! Each year, the field of Indian web series is growing. People see countless original content as the number of streaming platforms keeps increasing.
So, let us take a look back into the best web series that released in the first half of 2019:
Abhay is a Zee5 original series featuring actors Kunal Khemu, Maninee Mishra, Deepak Tijori, Rituraj Singh, Elnaaz Norouzi, Gopal Singh, and Sandeepa Dhar. Each episode of the series is based on a real-life crime or incident and the makers have decided to air two episodes of the show every month.
Khemu plays Abhay Pratap Singh, an investigating officer who heads a Special Task Force. The first episode deals with the 2006 Nithari case in Noida, India, where two men were arrested for serial murders, cannibalism, sexual abuse, and necrophilia.
Abhay gives us a glimpse into the dark world of crime in the country, along with Abhay’s struggles and psychological issues.
Leila is a Netflix original series featuring Huma Qureshi, Siddharth, Rahul Khanna, and Arif Zakaria. The plot revolves around a 2047 dystopia called Aryavarta. Based on Prayaag Akbar’s 2017 English novel of the same name, Leila revolves around Shalini Rizwan Chowdhury nee Pathak, an upper-caste Hindu who married Rizwan, a Muslim. Before the reign of the despotic Joshiji rigidly enforces segregation.
Leila is about Shalini’s search for her daughter while she survives in humiliating, squalid conditions like all women who married outside their community.
The Final Call
Another brilliant Zee5 original thriller, The Final Call has an illustrious cast including Arjun Rampal, Sakshi Tanwar, Anupriya Goenka, Neeraj Kabi, Javed Jaffrey, and Vipin Sharma. This show is full of adrenaline-pumping moments and tells a gripping story of adventure on a flight.
Captain Karan Sachdev decides to commit suicide while piloting Skyline flight 502, thus putting more than 300 passengers at risk.
An ATS team comprising airline officer Kiran Mirza jumps into action to save the passengers on board. The question is whether they will be able to successfully save the passengers and make this mission a success.
Four More Shots Please!
Launched in January 2019, Four More Shots revolves around the contemporary city lives of four young girls who happen to be ride-or-die friends.
Inspired from Sex and the City, the series depicts how four friends (living in India) struggle to find career success, love and orgasms.
Milind Soman adds a spicy twist to the plot. He is seen treading across a boardroom table in a stifling number in one scene. High on street style fashion, Four More Shots Please successfully explores female viewpoint on relationships, career and friendships.
The Investigation is another brilliant crime thriller on Eros Now starring Hiten Tejwani, Leena Jumani, and Aryamann Seth. It tells the story of crime, conscience, and coincidence, set against the backdrop of Mumbai.
An investigative officer in Mumbai’s Crime Branch is handed a murder case, which raises doubts in his find about his innocence. Will he turn himself in or use his position to deflect the course of the case?
Another point to consider is whether this murder was an accident or there was a major conspiracy behind the death and cover-up.
This Indian crime thriller is based on the BBC show of the same name. Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, it stars Jackie Shroff, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Anupriya Goenka, and Mita Vashist. The show is a good combination of thrill, drama, and crime. And it keeps you on the edge of your seats.
Aditya is accused of murder after a girl ends up dead in his cab following a drug experience and one-night stand. He wakes up to find the girl dead and a knife in his hands. He has to find out what exactly happened that night. And has to prove his innocence in front of the police and justice system before it is too late and he ends up in jail.