Over the past few years, the Indian web series landscape has thrived with hundreds of critically-acclaimed titles across genres. Many A-list Bollywood celebrities, like Saif Ali Khan and Manoj Bajpayee have also made their OTT debuts with hit series like Sacred Games and The Family Man. But with so many good choices come the hard task of shortlisting what to watch and what to skip. While you can spend ages on different OTT platforms with their infinite list of titles to watch before you ultimately settle on re-watching episodes of The Office, you can also look towards the stars for a little inspiration.
We’ve narrowed down the Indian web series that would be perfect for you, based on your zodiac signs, so that you can make a choice quickly and without resorting to throwing your remote at the TV screen in frustration. Happy watching!
Your high-on-energy self will not settle for anything that’s not fast-paced and exciting, dear Aries. This is why we figured you can watch (or re-watch) Netflix’s OG Indian web series Sacred Games this weekend that’s packed with thrills, action, and riveting plot twists. The neo-noir crime thriller has been adapted from Vikram Chandra’s bestselling novel of the same name and is set in Mumbai. The show follows police officer Sartaj Singh (Saif Ali Khan) as he embarks on a race against time to save the city from impending doom after receiving a mysterious call from criminal overlord Ganesh Gaitonde (Nawazuddin Siddiqui).
Your taste in movies and TV shows is both high brow and low brow at the same time. You want your fair share of drama and histrionics but you prefer it if they’re presented tastefully. Since you value comfort watching, we suggest a fun and light-hearted show like Four More Shots Please! for your binge-watching plans. The show about four friends navigating the ups and downs in their love lives and careers seems tailormade for you.
While you tend to gravitate towards intellectually-heavy shows and movies, you’re also known to get bored easily. The best kind of TV series for you would be something that keeps your mind engaged while catching you unawares with the plot twists. Vikrant Massey and Pankaj Tripathi starrer Criminal Justice fits the bill. The show follows the story of a cab driver whose life gets turned upside down after he’s falsely accused of murder.
You like watching shows that match your emotional depth and compassion, Cancerian. Slice of life dramas about family and relationships are your go-to when it comes to TV series. One of the best ones out there is Gullak, a web series by TVF. The light-hearted show revolves around the daily lives of the Mishra family as they navigate mounting bills, issues with nosy neighbours, and never-ending family drama.
You’re a force to be reckoned with and have been called ‘bossy’ on many occasions, but you own it like the boss you are. If there’s one show that needs to be on your watchlist, it’s Masaba Masaba. Based on a fictionalised version of the real-life Masaba Gupta, the show follows her as she works towards the top of the food chain in the fashion design world, while balancing her love life and other relationships at the same time.
Your well-organised and detail-oriented brain loves a good mystery and there are few Indian web series in the genre that are as good as Breathe. The Amazon Prime Video crime drama explores the limits of what one person can do to save the person they love. The show is bound to keep you hooked and on the edge of your seat. The first part of the series starred R. Madhavan and Amit Sadh, and the sequel brought actor Abhishek Bachchan on board as well.
You can deny it all you want, but you’re a true blue romantic. Whether it’s grand, all-consuming love stories or deeper, more profound tales of romance, you’re a sucker for them all. If you haven’t already, we suggest catching up with Little Things. The show follows the lives of a young cohabitating couple in Mumbai and the intricacies of their relationship as they attempt to wade through the complications of their careers, the people around them and the general toll of living in a fast-paced big city.
Dark and intense dramas are an instant yes for you, Scorpio. Throw in a few mind-blowing twists and we’re golden. One of the best Indian TV series of recent times, Pataal Lok is a must-watch. The show follows a cynical police officer as he takes on a high-profile case that unexpectedly leads him to the gruesome and dark realm of the underworld.
You’re known to be drawn toward shows that are quick and short so that you can get through them easily without sitting in one place for long. A near-perfect fit for your sign is Panchayat and its easy-to-watch episodes that deal with the mundane challenges faced by big city implant in a small village Abhishek and his new job as the Panchayat secretary.
You have little time for content that’s not knowledge-based or informative. While you can watch the impressive array of documentaries available online on any subject under the sun, a well-written sci-fi show can scratch the itch just right. One of the most underrated Indian web series, JL50 is the perfect pick for you, Capricorn. The sci-fi thriller series follow the hijacking of an aircraft that leads to a shocking discovery from the past. We can’t give away much without spoiling the wonderfully twisty plot of the show, you’ll just have to watch this Abhay Deol-starrer and judge for yourself.
You can handle a little intense and dark television, right Aquarius? You’ve been known to be non-conformist and love TV shows and stories that are dystopic in nature. Might we suggest giving Huma Qureshi-starrer Leila a go? One of the early Netflix India originals, this Handmaid Tale-esque show is set years ahead in the future, in a totalitarian regime, where a woman is searching for her daughter whom she lost after her arrest years ago.
Your dreamy and creative bent of mind is naturally drawn towards romance and period costumes, especially TV shows that combine the two. The Netflix adaptation of Vikram Seth’s 1993 novel A Suitable Boy is a must-watch for you. Set in the ’50s, the story follows passionate literature student Lata and her attempts to figure out what she truly wants as three very different men attempt to win her heart. Bollywood actors Tabu and Ishaan Khatter look resplendent in expertly-executed costumes that are time period-appropriate.