Over the past few years, Netflix has diversified to include a significant amount of non-English, non-American content. One of the streaming service's biggest moves has been to India recently, where stories in languages like Hindi, Tamil and Telugu have seen a massive proliferation. So without further ado, here are some of the best Indian shows now available to watch on Netflix.
A crime drama based on the brutal gang rape of a young woman in Delhi, Delhi Crime is one of the most critically-acclaimed Indian shows on Netflix. The show centres on the aftermath of this assault, which led to nationwide protests for years (the perpetrators were executed earlier this year).
Vartika Chaturvedi, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, is tasked with bringing the culprits to book, and the show follows her story. Led by industry veteran Shefali Shah, Delhi Crime is an engrossing, somber show that reflects on the state of policing and women in India.
Ghoul is an Indian horror miniseries written and directed by Patrick Graham. The show is set in a dystopian future in India, where a dreaded terrorist is to be interrogated secretly which subsequently sets off a series of terrifying supernatural events. The titular monster is based on Arab folklore. The show has received acclaim for its gripping portrayal of religion, social change and horror in a subversive, non-convoluted manner. Radhika Apte and Mahesh Balraj, the lead actors, have also received praise for their performances.
Leila premiered in 2019 with a grim outlook towards the future of India: that of a dystopian land where fascism rules and strict segregation is the norm. A dystopian thriller based on the 2017 novel by Prayaag Akbar, the show features fine performances by Huma Qureshi and the supporting cast. Leila is slightly reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale in how its dystopian future severely restricts the lives of women, but the show brings a fresh take on the genre with a well-written story.
A romantic drama with a difference, Little Things is, indeed, about all the little things that make or break a relationship. The show revolves around Kaavya and Dhruv, a modern Indian couple in a relationship in Mumbai. Issues like career, family, and friends upturn their lives, as does the passage of time. From live-in relationships to long-distance ones, all the flavours of modern love can be seen here. Little Things is a fresh and honest look at love without sensationalisation.
As Netflix India's first original release, Sacred Games took netizens by storm with its engaging dialogue and storyline. The show is based on the eponymous novel by Vikram Chandra, and is directed by noted filmmakers Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane.
The story revolves around Sartaj Singh, a police officer who receives a call from Ganesh Gaitonde, a gangster, who tells him to save Mumbai in 25 days. Gritty and fascinating, Sacred Games takes a revelatory look at Mumbai's underbelly in a story that can be enjoyed over a long weekend.
Based on Arvind Adiga's eponymous 2016 novel, Selection Day is the compelling story of two young cricket prodigies, and their journey from domestic leagues to bigger venues in the upcoming selection season. On the way, numerous adversities like an overbearing father and the realities of professional structures threaten to bog them down, but the pair display fortitude and passion as they continue moving forward. Selection Day is a big dose of inspiration and encouragement for the ones who want to achieve big things in life.
Written by Imtiaz Ali and Divya Johry, She follows a female police officer who goes undercover as a prostitute to bust a powerful underworld gang in Mumbai. Along the way, she begins to discover her own desires and give in to her own impulses, while also navigating through the complex relationships she shares with her family and colleagues. With effective performances and renowned filmmaker Imtiaz Ali at the helm, She is a courageous take on women's bodies, sexuality and exploitation.
Taj Mahal 1989
No, this show is not about the famous monument of love. Or it is in some ways, at least, in how it explores love, desire and human connections beyond all adversity – even the ones we bring upon ourselves. In its own way, Taj Mahal 1989 is a monument to love, especially in small-town India. Set in Lucknow, the drama focuses on several characters with different tales of love, all intertwined and changing with time. Written and directed by Pushpendra Nath Misra, Taj Mahal 1989 might just change your view of love for good.
A horror drama show set in Goa, Typewriter is one of Netflix India's finest (and scariest) horror offerings. The show revolves around a house and a typewriter that's hostile towards anyone who tries to remove it from the house. A group of ghost hunters living in Goa try to solve the mystery, and the story spans decades, moving from their childhood to the present. Typewriter is directed by Sujoy Ghosh and stars Purab Kohli, Palomi Ghosh, Jisshu Sengupta and Sameer Kochhar in the lead roles.
Yeh Meri Family
Yeh Meri Family is a comedy drama show originally produced by TVF (The Viral Fever) for YouTube, after which it was made available on Netflix. The show revolves around Harsh, a 12-year-old boy, and the lives of his family him from his eyes. Memorable characters, a slice-of-life storyline, and compelling performances make this series a must-watch. In a podcast, the creators also hinted that the show might be renewed for a second season.
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