Between the soppy soap operas on TV and the fluffy Bollywood flicks, Indian Web Series are enjoying a moment under the sun. For people looking for something beyond the cliché of 50 something middle aged actors running around the trees, the digital space has a plethora of exciting web series to watch out for.
Increased internet accessibility, cheaper mobile phones and ditching the run-of-the-mill stories in favor of out-of-the-box, realistic content has set the Indian Web Series space buzzing.
Shackle free space
Mainstream films in India have traditionally settled for ‘sanitized’, quotidian themes and stock characters’ least they invite the wrath of the draconian censor board or hurt the often volatile public sentiments. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmavati and Anurag Kashyap’s Udta Punjab were in the eye of the storm recently. Indian Web Series, still outside the preview of the censor board allows us to traverse over progressive territories viz-a-viz content. Though, in the swiftly shrinking space for tolerance, one can never be sure which story might brew a fresh storm and put the noose on web content.
The short episodic structure of the web series reflecting the humdrum of urban existence has found resonance with the attention deficit, on-the-go generation. The runaway success of shows like ‘Permanent Roomamates’ and ‘The Aam Aadmi Family’ and many such series speak for the phenomenon of Indian web shows. Web series are pushing the envelop by delving into complex themes as varied as gay rights, premarital cohabitation and a modernistic take on marriage and sexuality.
Indian web series to watch out for in 2018
With big studio backings and mega stars associating themselves with the web series, 2018 could catapult the Indian web space into a league of its own. ‘The Ministry’, a political satire featuring Irfan Khan, ‘Breath’ starring R. Madhavan and ‘Sacred Games’ based on the novel by Vikram Chandra to be directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwani are some of the web series to watch out for in 2018.
Authored by Prof. Rahul Mate. MSc Mass Communication and MA English Literature Dept. of Assistant Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication, Vishwakarma University, Pune