The year 2023 will be a significant one in the world of web series, with mainstream actors making their debut on the OTT platform like Kajol, Shahid Kapur, Aditya Roy Kapur, Vijay Sethupati and more.
Gone are the days of sitting and watching television and daily soaps dragging on for years with repetitive storylines. Instead, the OTT platform is like a breath of fresh air.
Indian web series like Sacred Games, Inside Edge, and Delhi Crime are making a significant impact overseas by bagging countless awards at the International Emmy Awards.
So, looking at this year’s lineup by platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+Hotstar, and Zee5, here are some of the most awaited Hindi web series of 2023.
1. Farzi(Amazon Prime Video)
From the house of Raj and DK, who catapulted into fame with their horror comedy Stree and The Family Man, comes Farzi, which marks the debut of Shahid Kapur, South superstar Vijay Sethupati, K K Menon and Amol Palekar. It has a promising storyline of a young struggling actor who takes care of his grandfather’s printing press, and he plots an excellent scam. Will he get caught? Will the police officer appoint to get rid of this problem and protect his nation? Will he be successful? It is a fast-paced edgy thriller.
2. Scam 2003
The Telgi Story ( Sony Liv)- This web series is based on Sanjay Singh’s book “Reporter ki Diary,” a journalist who exposed Abdul Karim Telgi’s Stamp Paper Hoax. Hansal Mehta’s Scam 1992 was a surprise hit in the year 2020, and expectations are high for this. This series will undoubtedly be worth watching because it features a ton of unidentified actors.
3. Guns and Gulaabs(Netflix)
After the success of Sacred Games, Netflix India is trying to make their mark in the OTT industry with this series by Raj And DK starring Rajkumar Rao, Dulquer Salman ( Chup), Adarsh Gaurav( The White Tiger), Gulshan Devaiah. It is a crime comedy thriller series set in the 1990s and promises love and laughter. Crime is blended into this unique storyline with these talented actors in the furore, and this is the most awaited series.
4. The Good Wife-Pyaar, Kanoon, Dhokha( Disney+Hotstar)
The remake of the popular series The Good Wife, which starred Juliana Marguiles as the lead, this remake marks the debut of Kajol in the titular role, directed by Suparn Varma of The Family Man season 2. This is one of the best and most awaited from the house of Disney+Hotstar.
This series is based on a partially true story directed by Abhishek Chaubey( Ishqiya) and stars the powerhouse duo Manoj Bajpayee and Konkana Sen Sharma, the former as the husband and the latter as a chef. With this cast and director, one can expect this to be the best web series of 2023.
6. The Night Manager (Disney+Hotstar)
It seems to be the year of remakes. This spy thriller directed by Sandeep Modi is based on a book by John le Carre, and it has already been made into a series which stars Loki, aka Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman. In this remake, Aditya Roy Kapur marks his debut alongside Sobhita Dhulipala and Anil Kapoor.
7. Made in Heaven Season 2 (Amazon Prime)
With the first season hitting all the right notes, the second season is highly anticipated. So naturally, nothing less is expected of Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar and brilliant actors like Sobhita Dhulipala and Arjun Mathur, who return to their roles and make us crave the friendship these characters share in the series. Set in Delhi and high-profile weddings, let us see what this new season offers.
8. Mirzapur Season 3 (Amazon Prime)
The most beloved series in India will return in 2023, with its final season starring Ali Fazal, Shweta Tripathi, and Pankaj Tripathi in leading roles. This season will conclude this epic saga of revenge set in the heartland of UP. The show creators have promised that the finale will be more exciting and intriguing than the previous seasons, making it the most awaited series of 2023.
9. Class (Netflix)
An official adaptation of the hit Netflix series “Elite” that made headlines and was in the top 10 in many countries, here comes the Indian adaptation set in Delhi. It will explore the complex relationships among wealthy youngsters, their dynamics with families and the classic social class divide. A must-watch indeed.
10. Trial By Fire (Netflix)
This Netflix series is based on the real-life story of Neelam and Shekhar Krishnamurthy, played by Rajshri Deshpande and Abhay Deol. In the aftermath of the Uphaar fire in which they lost their two children, the series aims to portray their trials and tribulations and fight for justice which lasted 24 years and also touch upon others who lost their loved ones on that deadly fire.
11. The Family Man season 3(Amazon Prime)
This Manoj Bajpayee series is the most awaited web series. With the second season being a massive hit and the third season set in Kolkata, the fans are awaiting the return of this series. It is likely to come out in 2023.
12. Asur season 2 (VOOT)
Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti series, which was a sleeper hit when it came out in 2018, returns with a second season that will answer the questions left in the mind of the viewers after the final episode. Indeed, the wait will be worth it.
The year 2023 is bringing a slew of new content and visibly thinning the line between film and TV, which was vast a few years back and with prominent actors signing up for them is a sign of a shift that will affect audience viewing and expectations.
People are expecting a lot from the above web series, and let us see what they deliver to keep their fans hooked and keep coming back for more the expectations are too high.
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