From the Sacred Games to Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Here are the 10 Best Indian Series on Netflix in 2019

From the Sacred Games to Stories by Rabindranath Tagore, Here are the 10 Best Indian Series on Netflix in 2019

Netflix, since its introduction to the Indian audience, has been a rage and everyone deserves to have a little bit of 'Netflix and Chill' in their lives. It is impossible to go through each and every show available on Netflix, but one can definitely list some of the best ones, so we'll go ahead and do just that -

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History of Netflix

Netflix is a popular online video content provider that possesses a worldwide customer base spanning across 190 countries. It was founded in the year 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Netflix comprises of a network of internet streaming TV shows and online movies. The company operates on a subscription-based model where users can access via a monthly subscription plan. Moreover, the movies can be viewed on various internet-connected devices including computers, TVs and mobile phones. According to data, Netflix has over 154 million users worldwide and around 148 million paid users.

Foray into Indian Market

In 2016, the founders unveiled their plan to extend the video streaming service across various countries as a part of its expansion plan. As promised, it made a buzz in the Indian online entertainment platform. It offered shows on the go and had offered it free of cost for the first month. It captured the Indian audience by giving out attractive plans starting from Rs.500 onwards. Due to its large population, the country seemed to be a lucrative market. Moreover, the younger generation influenced by western consumers wanted some variety. As internet service providers increased internet bandwidth, the users had access to the internet via smartphones. According to a survey, it was discovered that 46 percent of all internet usage came from watching videos.

Novel Content Creation

Initially, Netflix had limited streaming content available when it was launched. On the other hand, the collection of Indian TV shows and movies were also insignificant. During its launch, it had only around 7 percent of the content of its US collection. However, as time progressed the streaming giant penetrated the Indian market by offering Hollywood hit shows such as Game of Thrones (GoT), House of Cards and Big Bang Theory. Many Indian directors cashed in on the trend by directing novel hit series that cater to the pulse of the Indian generation. Initially, the company produced the new Netflix original series based on the famous novel Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra.

How to Setup Netflix


Netflix is a digital streaming device that has numerous fans around the world. Moreover, it has changed the TV viewing habits of the people by leaps and bounds.

Netflix offers four types of subscription plans for the India audience – Mobile, Basic, Standard, and Premium.

  • Mobile subscription plan – the option is for customers who want to catch up Netflix on their mobile phones and tablets. It offers unlimited films and TV programs and can be cancelled anytime. The first month is offered free of cost and afterward, the plan is available for Rs.250 per month.

  • Basic subscription plan – the basic plan is availed on your laptop or smart TV. Users can also catch their favourite programs on their mobile phones and tablets. It offers unlimited films and TV programs for Rs.500 and the first month is available free of cost.

  • Standard subscription plan – the standard plan users can catch all the action in High Definition. They can catch their favourite shows via their laptops, smart TV, mobile phones and tablets. Moreover, the user can view two screens at the same time for Rs.650/- per month after the free trial period.

  • Premium subscription plan – the premium users can catch all their shows in High Definition as well as in Ultra High Definition. They can use their laptops, smart TV, mobile phones and tablets to avail the plan. Moreover, a user can view four screens at the same time.

Devices Compatible with Netflix

One can choose a subscription plan according to their preference. To avail the Netflix service, one has signed in to the desired devices such as smart TV, mobile phone and tablets. Moreover, you can also go online and sign in using the Netflix website. The following are the devices through which you can access Netflix.

  • Smart TV - the majority of the smart TVs have a pre-installed Netflix app or that can be downloaded from either Google Play Store or Apple Store. Don’t worry if you don’t have a smart TV, you can stream Netflix via a streaming box such as Google Chromecast, Firestick, or Apple TV. You can set up Netflix either through a wired or wireless connection. The wired connection will provide a stable connection to your TV when compared to the wireless connection. You can also connect wirelessly by signing into your network by entering a valid password. After setting up, just log in to your Netflix app and browse through the playlist and start streaming your favourite show.

  • Video Game Console - You can watch Netflix on a variety of different video game consoles. The video game consoles that are compatible with Netflix are PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U and Wii. Install the Netflix app based on the configuration of your console and start streaming your favourite shows.

  • Amazon Firestick, Google Chromecast, and Apple TV – these devices are designed to plug directly into an open HDMI port on your TV. Connect the A/C adapter to the micro-USB port on the bottom of the Fire Stick. Then plug the A/C adapter into an electrical outlet near your TV. Connect to your wireless network and proceed with the sign-in process to start streaming.

  • Mobile Phones and Tablets - Subscribers can tune into Netflix by using a mobile phone or a tablet. These smart devices can be used for Netflix viewing through a Wi-Fi router, 4G/3G or wireless dongle. As long as there is an uninterrupted connection, the user can have the best viewing experience.

  • Computers or Laptops - Stream Netflix to your computers or laptops using an internet browser such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Else you visit the apps to download the Netflix app to watch your shows without the need for using a browser.

Best Indian Series on Netflix

Thanks to Netflix, Indian series have grown to be a source of inspiration for aspiring actors and directors. These series are spread over a wide genre and users can choose the show they want to watch with the help of the respective genre.

1. Sacred Games

Genre: Action and Thriller
Directors: Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane

Sacred Games is an Indian series that airs on Netflix, it is based on a novel by Vikram Chandra. It also takes pride in being declared as the first Indian series produced by Netflix. The story revolves around a troubled officer in Mumbai who receives a strange call from a gangster. The gangster challenges him to save the city in 25 days. The police officer takes up the challenges and the series is a sequence of event that leads up to the same. It stars Bollywood actors Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte. The series comprising of eight episodes premiered on June 2018 and received positive reviews from critics and fans. Season 2 of the series is expected to premiere on 15th August 2019.

2. Mirzapur

Genre: Action and Thriller
Directors: Karan Anshuman and Gurmeet Singh

The series is a crime thriller that revolves a millionaire Akhandanand Tripathi made millions exporting carpets. Subsequently, he goes on to become the mafia boss of a place called Mirzapur. The millionaire’s power-hungry sung stops at nothing to continue his father’s legacy and become the next don. On a fateful day, he crosses paths with an upright lawyer and his sons. The story revolves around drugs, weapons, and lawlessness. However, it opened to positive reviews and it season 1 comprised of 9 episodes.

3. Breathe

Genre: Action and Thriller
Directors: Mayank Sharma

Starring the famous actor R Madhavan, revolves around the stories of two men who face unexpected situations that life throws at them. One is a talented and shrewd police officer who is assembling pieces of unrelated death all over the city. He is hell-bent on nailing the culprit who is suspected to have committed the murders. On the other hand, the suspect is a simple football coach who is trying to save his ailing son. What happens if these two meet?

4. Delhi Crime

It is an Indian web series that involves the aftermath of the 2012 Delhi gang rape. The story revolves around the aftermath of the shocking events. A female Deputy Police Commissioner is tasked to nail the culprits behind the hideous crime which resulted in the death of the female victim. The series portrays how the Delhi cops can zero in on the culprits with accurate precision though facing lots of hiccups along the way. The series was received well by critics and received widespread recognition for the script and acting. The series was premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019 and later aired on Netflix. The show is expected to come back for Season 2.

5. Smoke

Smoke is a crime mystery thriller that happens in the state of Goa and features famous actors. The story circles around two drug cartels who illegally supply and purchase drugs from Russia to Goa. However, the party city and the drug cartels are shaken up with a series of double murders that happen abroad. The murder affects the drug cartels and their leaders who fear of being exposed as police and media attention turns towards them. An Assistant Commissioner of Police is tasked to clean the state and get rid of the drug cartel that thrives in secret. The series boasts of a star cast comprising of Kalki Koechlin, Mandira Bedi, and others.

6. Lust Stories

The series is an anthology that consists of four stories woven together. Each story is directed in a different direction. The series explores the relationship of four women with the desire for love, affection, and intimacy. The series has broken stereotypes and captures the lives of four normal women. The series was also praised by critics for their portrayal of women and exploration of their sexuality that was a lesser-explored subject in Indian cinema. The subject was well-handled without a crude portrayal and was praised for the impressive performance by the female protagonists.

7. Little Things


Genre: Rom-com
Directors: Ajay Bhuyan

Little things is a sweet love story that revolves around a couple of Dhruv and Kavya who is in a live-in relationship. The series captures the dilemmas and joys of a modern-day couple and their relationship. The couple word hard to create a perfect work-life balance and how they manage their finances. The series takes a hilarious and thoughtful take on how the couple carries on their daily lives and how little things are crucial for a relationship.

8. Bose: Dead/Alive

Genre: Historical Drama
Directors: Pulkit

Bose: Dead or Alive is an Indian biographical web series based on the life story of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. Bose is a well-known freedom fighter and leader in India who was instrumental in India gaining its Independence. The series captures the aftermath of Bose’s alleged death in a plane crash. His family believes that he is alive based on input from Mahatma Gandhi.

9. Ghoul


Genre: Horror
Directors: Patrick Graham

It is an Indian horror web series based on Arab folklore monster named Ghoul. The story is set in India in a dystopian future, and the story's main plot is the interrogation of a dreaded terrorist Ali Saeed. The terrorist is held in a secret government internment camp that ignites a series of horrifying and supernatural events in the aftermath. Radhika Apte plays an interrogator who has secrets and is shocked to discover that the dreaded terrorist is a monster.

10. Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Genre: Literature
Directors: Anurag Basu

The short stories are classic masterpieces written by the Bengali writer and Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore. The story is set in the state of Bengal in the 1920s, it focuses on relationships which were coloured by human shortcomings and idiosyncrasies. Confident women were the protagonists of his stories who were strong in their stead and defiant in nature while cocooned in a conservative Indian society. In a culture where adultery, rebellion, sorrow and death were a taboo, Tagore’s stories were progressive and brought a shift in the mindset of traditional Indian values.

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