Internet Movie Database, or IMDB, as we more popularly know it, is a veritable trove of ratings, reviews, and trivia of movies, series, documentaries and most of what it is televised or screened. India, being a powerhouse of cinema and other similar video entertainment, too finds an honorable mention in this hall of fame that everyone so respects. IMDb ratings have long been considered a datum by means of which movies or TV series have been judged. As such, we bring to you the top web-series from India which have crossed the venerable 8/10 rating on IMDb.
1) TVF Pitchers: (IMDb Rating: 9.2/10)
TVF Pitchers is the gritty story of four youngsters whose ripe ideas and bright minds chart out a course for a start-up in a highly competitive world. With a lack of funds and fuelled by self-doubt and passion, the life of four pals starting a new company is the basic story of the series. “When Indian youngsters get bored of their mundane desk-jobs, their options include IAS, MBA and creating start-ups” is a line that the protagonist hears at one juncture in his journey. This is the highest ranked web-series amongst Indian series and is currently ranked 53rd amongst the top TV series worldwide on IMDb.
2) Sacred Games: (IMDb Rating: 8.9/10)
An honest policeman, Sartaj Singh (played by Saif Ali Khan), in the Mumbai police, finds himself at the center of a conspiracy whose sources are as enigmatic and insidious as they can be, strangely linking him to the life of an infamous gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui), whose twisted life and even more twisted ideals have impacted Mumbai on multiple occasions. This rather dark and brutally realistic series has multiple themes involving religion, politics, money, mythology, terrorism and a lot more. Having a star cast and a star direction team (including Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap), this Netflix series is regarded as a landmark series in Indian web-entertainment and is currently ranked 101 in the worldwide TV shows rankings.
3) Yeh Meri Family: (IMDb Rating: 9.5/10)
If there was a series dedicated to the 90s this would be it. This wonderful series brings out your nostalgia from your childhood, and even if you weren’t a 90s kid, this comedy series does a marvelous job in creating a world akin to that golden era. The story revolves around a 12-year-old lad whose coming of age is set in the summer of ’98, complete with playing cards, action figures, music cassettes and the advanced technology (or its lack thereof). This TVF series beautifully describes the bonds with family and friends, as well as the bonds that were never formed.
4) Breathe : (IMDb Rating: 8.5/10)
Parents can never bear the idea of being bereft of their children and can go to any length to prevent it. This Amazon series, starring R. Madhavan, is a testimony to the same feelings. A terminally ill boy whose father can go to any length to secure blood (quite literally) for his son and an inspector whose daughter was lost by an unknown cause form the core of this thrilling tale. As the murders pile up, there begins a fast-paced cat-and-mouse game between the two fathers, which hardly seems to stop.
5) Mirzapur: (IMDb Rating: 8.5/10)
Absolute violence, power, guns, and glory are the real components of Mirzapur. This tale of two brothers (played by Vikrant Massey and Ali Fazal) whose ascent to power under the de-facto overlord (played by Pankaj Tripathi) of Mirzapur in unusual circumstances and the struggle of power within the political and social spheres of this city in the shadows of fire-arms is quite fast-paced and thrilling. Like Sacred Games, this Amazon Prime series’ emphasis on violence and gore is quite unsettling for the uninitiated.
6) Inside Edge: (IMDb Rating: 8.1/10)
Loosely based on the IPL and the ‘power-plays’ that surround it, Inside Edge, is like a mirror of the grim realities of the underworld that surrounds cricket. Based on a fictional team called Mumbai Mavericks, this series shows an intricate web woven in which cricketers, team owners, coaches and lastly, spot fixers and betting gamblers. Starring big names like Vivek Oberoi and Richa Chadha, this critically acclaimed and award-winning series by Amazon Prime is a binge-worthy series.
7) Laakhon Mein Ek (IMDb Rating: 8.4/10)
Laakhon Mein Ek is a gamble between aspirations and directed efforts at the high school level. As prestigious as admission to the IITs may seem, the path to it is equally thorny. The two years of preparation of IIT-JEE are well documented in this series which has a good share of feelings stuffed in it. It is the story of Aakash, an extraordinarily ordinary boy whose efforts in his IIT coaching classes are far from excellent and the setting of the classes are stiflingly totalitarian. This Amazon Prime series is a must-watch for every engineering student who has slogged it out for “those two years” of his life.
8) Permanent Roommates (IMDb Rating: 8.6/10)
Permanent Roommates is the true manifestation of a proper love story with a comedy twist. Tanya and Mikesh find themselves in a different phase of their life when their long-distance relationship changes to a normal one when Mikesh returns to India intent on marrying her, while Tanya has different plans. This TVF series is a true entertainer with its constant comedy parts, complete with Mikesh’s (Sumit Vyas) childlike maturity and Tanya’s (Nidhi Singh) pragmatism.