10 Best Indian Crime Thriller Web Series You Cannot Afford to Miss

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While there are countless exclusive contents available for every mood out there, ‘thrill’ is amongst the most popular these days. With series releasing day-to-day and setting bars concurrently, it is quite difficult to encounter people’s expectations with a new kind of thrill for every new story. Though many may not be enough satisfying or binge-worthy, it is hardly arduous to sum up the best. 

If you are new to OTTs who has just begun binge-watching to kill time during the lockdown and are lost in search of fresh binge-worthy series, then follow the list below for best Indian crime thriller web series in 2020 :

Best Indian Crime Thriller Web Series

Asur : Welcome to your dark side

Release date – March 2, 2020

IMDb rating – 8.5/10

Platform – Voot Originals

No. of episodes – 8

Just like any other platform, Voot has caught up to the trend by supplying some real binge-worthy content. Asur has indeed managed to win the hearts of many viewers by its interesting storyline. It is a mythological thriller based series where the world of forensic science battle against the mystical mythology of Benaras.

The story revolves around a murderer on loose; who kills completely unrelated people for his religious beliefs. A forensic cop, Dr. Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi), begins investigating a scorched body and later gets arrested being accused as the murderer of his wife and so, the case of the serial killer was passed on to a young cop, Nikhil Nair (Barun Sobti). How the serial killer gets into the clutches of law enforcement is the most interesting part.

Breathe: Into the Shadows

Release date – July 10, 2020

IMDb rating – 7.7/10

Platform – Amazon prime

No. of episodes – 12

Breathe Into the Shadows is an Indian crime drama-thriller series that marks the debut of Actor Abhishek Bachchan into the digital space. Amit Sadh and Nithya Menen played the other lead roles.

The story encompasses a psychiatrist named Avinash (Abhishek Bachchan) and his wife Abha (Nithya Menen) who works as a chef in a five-star hotel. When the couple loses their daughter Siya at a friend’s birthday party, their life turns upside down. The search for their daughter brings the actual twists and turns to the whole story.

Abhay 2 

Release date – August 14, 2020

IMDb rating – 7.7/10

Platform – ZEE5 Originals 

No. of episodes – 3 episodes released

While the first season had gained quite some popularity and success, the makers have made a comeback with a sequel for all the Abhay fans. But the second season is a lot more suspicious and thrilling.

Abhay 2 starring Kunal Khemu, Chunkey Pandey and Ram Kapoor picks up from where the last season ended. It is about a determined and dedicated police officer, Abhay Pratap Singh, who is again involved in some mysterious cases of crime and murders. And yet again, Kunal wins the heart of all its fans as a choleric police officer by providing justice to the victims.

Illegal: Justice, Out of order

Release date – May 12, 2020

IMDb rating –7.5/10

Platform – Voot Originals

No. of episodes – 10

This series is not among the biased courtroom stories that convey dramatic showdowns between lawyers and judges. The story portrays a realistic situation faced by a newcomer into the world of law and order who desires to change the Indian legal system by following the path of truth and thus serving justice to its victims.

In this series, Niharika, a newly assigned lawyer is interning under a well experienced and powerful lawyer, with an aim of punishing the guilty. On the other hand, Jaitley cares less about the law and hence the situation gets gloomy. This show depicts not only the lives of the lawyers but also about their mental-condition during an on-going case. 

Paataal Lok

Release date – May 15, 2020

IMDb rating –7.7/10

Platform – Amazon Prime

No. of episodes – 9

Upholding social issues on entertainment platforms has been a trend since people have started confronting it. This series surely takes you to the world of darkness.

The plot of the series revolves around an unsuccessful policeman, Hati Ram Choudhary who is suddenly offered to investigate a high profile case of a murder attempt when he almost loses hope of having a success story. This is depicted as his entry to the Swarg Lok (heaven where successful people reside) from the Paatal Lok (underworld). Four murderers try to assassinate a prominent TV journalist, Sanjeev Mehra. Can Hathi Ram Chaudhary make this golden career opportunity count is the real question.

Special OPS: India’s Longest Manhunt

Release date – March 17, 2020

IMDb rating –7.7/10

Platform – Hotstar Specials

No. of episodes – 8

Several series have been made that are inclined towards patriotism and fight of the nation lovers through various fields aiming at protecting the country.

This series, starring Kay Kay Menon is about Himmat Singh (Menon) who thoughtfully recognizes the pattern of terrorist attacks and assures that a single person is behind all this. The story is inspired by the nationally significant events that have taken place over 19 years and India’s missions as a smashing response to them.

The Raikar Case: A Family, Framed

Release date – April 9, 2020

IMDb rating – 7.2/10

Platform – Voot Select

No. of episodes – 7

Raikar Case is an Indian thriller based web series that takes you through the story of a family and it’s not-so-innocent members.

The story starts with the death of the youngest member of a politically influential family residing in Goa, the Raikars, presumably due to suicide which later was confirmed to be a murder. But as the story starts progressing, dreadful truths and secrets of the family that were suppressed for long, starts unveiling. As the secrets start spilling episode by episode and the suspects changing every-now-and-then, the show gets more interesting by the end. The story has been kept incomplete and fans are expecting another season which will continue until the true killer of the boy is caught.

Once Upon A Crime

Release date – February 27, 2020

IMDb rating – 7/10

Platform – MX Player

No. of episodes – 7

Tollywood has always proved to be amongst the best, especially in the fields of arts and entertainment. This series was originally released as a Bengali web series on HOICHOI, a famous Tollywood digital platform, but gained enough success to get dubbed in Hindi for the non-bengali population. 

This story is about Sougata Sinha (Rajat Kapoor), a US-based fiction writer who is haunted by a girl avowed as his ex-girlfriend, when he returns to Kolkata after ages accompanied by his wife and daughter. The girl who committed suicide many years ago claims that Sougata had gone onto murder his best friend Kanai as a consequence of love triangle, but Sougata being recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, remembers not a bit of it.

Kaali 2

Release date – May 29, 2020

IMDb rating – 9/10

Platform – ZEE5 Originals 

No. of episodes – 8

The first season of Kaali released way back in 2018 which received a satisfactory amount of interest from the audience and thus engendered the following season. 

After leading a miserable life throughout season 1, Kaali now begins her new life with a new identity, as Aparna Sen. She owns a salon in Kolkata and also has a love life while her son is recovering from the deadly accident and surviving on an oxygen cylinder. But somehow, Kaali gets even more deeply involved in Drug Cartel and has herself trading a shipment for gathering money for her son who merely has some hours of oxygen left in the cylinder. 

Lalbazaar: Law without Limits, Lawless without Fear

Release date – June 19, 2020

IMDb rating – 7.7/10

Platform – ZEE5 Originals

No. of episodes – 10

Labazaar is a crime thrill suspense based story where a group of policemen is fighting against criminal forces.

The story of the series starts with the murder of a prostitute, Ruby, from the red light area. When the police start investigating, the kill number keeps increasing. Suranjan Sen, an aggressive cop turns himself to alcohol addiction when he commits a mistake of taking the law into his hands for the right. To know if the criminal will be caught or not, you have to watch the series.

The above list of web series has been curated on crime and thriller genre. If you think, we have missed some, please mention them in comment section. However, you can checkout some upcoming web series also.


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