The OTT platforms are packed with horror, crime and thriller series of Indian origin. The kind of responses the Indian crime thriller series receive clearly reflects the interest of the viewers in such stories.
Some of the best thriller/horror shows are listed here:
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Cast: Pankaj Tripathi, Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Divyenndu Sharma and Shweta Tripathi
This web series revolves around Akhandanand Tripathi, a millionaire carpet exporter and the don of Mirzapur. Munna, his son is a spoiled brat who impatiently wants his father’s position. But the game of power and greed begins when his path crosses with advocate Ramakant Pandit and his sons Guddu Pandit and Bablu Pandit.
2. Sacred Games
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Pankaj Tripathi and Radhika Apte
Sacred Games is the first Indian Netflix original series. The series is an adaptation of Vikram Chandra’s 2006 novel of the same title. The show follows the story of Sartaj Singh, a Mumbai police officer, and his efforts to save the city from the crimes of a criminal lord, Ganesh Gaitonde, who is revealed to have a connection to Sartaj’s past.
IMDb rating: 6.5/10
Cast: Palomi Ghosh, Aarna Sharma, Purab Kohli and Aaryansh Malviya
Four kids decide to find the ghost of an old mansion after reading a novel The Ghost of Sultanpore. However, their curiosity is put to a halt as a new family comes to reside in the mansion. The appearance of the new family leads to many paranormal activities and sudden deaths in and around the city. This series is highly recommended to horror thriller genre fans.
4. The Family Man
IMDb rating: 8.8/10
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi and Ashlesha Thakur
The Family Man is the story about Srikant Tiwari, who works at the National Investigation Agency of India, and his struggle to find a balance between work and family. In the first season, his attempt to protect the nation from a potential terrorist attack is explored. He manages to keep his family safe while keeping his job a secret.
IMDb rating: 6.9/10
Cast: Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra and Parvin Dabas
Doctor Mira has to operate on her patient who happens to be the chief minister. But the night before the operation, her family is taken hostage. In return for her family’s safety, she is ordered to kill the CM during the operation. This situation puts Dr. Mira into a dilemma and she is forced to take an important decision.
6. Criminal Justice
IMDb rating: 8.1/10
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Jackie Shroff and Anupriya Goenka
Aditya Sharma is a college student and a football player. After a one-night stand, he finds himself in a room with the dead body of the girl he had been with. All the evidences are against him, but he doesn’t remember anything from the previous night. The series plays with your mind through multiple twists in the plot. Moreover, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi and Jackie Shroff are at their best in this show.
7. Paatal Lok
IMDb rating: 7.8/10
Cast: Jaideep Ahlawat, Gul Panag, Ishwak Singh and Abhishek Banerjee
Paatal Lok is a show loosely based on Tarun Tejapal’s novel The Story of my Assassins. The story is about Hathiram Chowdhary, a Police Inspector from a small-town, who gets a high-profile assassination case. While investigating the case, he unfolds the dark secret of the underworld.
8. Asur: Welcome to Your Dark Side
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Cast: Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Ridhi Dogra and Vishesh Bansal
Asur marks the OTT debut of Arshad Warsi. It is an Indian crime thriller show, where the protagonists find themselves dealing with a serial killer who has beliefs in ancient Indian mythology.
9. Delhi Crime
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
Cast: Shefali Shah, Rasika Dugal, Yashaswini Dayama and Rajesh Tailang
The series is based on the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case. It portrays how the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Vartika Chaturvedi, and her team handle the case to arrest the culprits responsible for the assault and the subsequent death of the female victim.
10. Special OPS
IMDb rating: 8.6/10
Cast: Kay Kay Manon, Sana Khan, Karan Tacker
Himmat Singh, an officer of RAW, finds a pattern between the attacks in India and a terrorist attack he had encountered 19 years ago, which was a bomb blast in the Parliament. He forms a task force, consisting of his best five agents, to catch the man behind the terrorist attacks.
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Namit Das, Ankur Bhatia and Vikas Kumar
The series is the story about an ordinary, caring and loving woman who is the mother of three children. But her life takes an unexpected turn after the mysterious murder of her husband. After his death, she finds about the illegal business of her husband and father. In order to take revenge for her husband’s murder, she joins a mafia gang and transforms into a mafia queen.
12. Breathe: Into the Shadows
IMDb rating: 7.7/10
Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Amit Sadh, Nithya Menen and Ivana Kaur
Breathe: Into the Shadows is a crime thriller drama revolving around a psychologist, Dr. Avinash Sabharwal, whose daughter is kidnapped by a masked man. In order to get his daughter back, Dr. Sabharwal is commanded to kill a man by the abductor. But the story takes a sharp turn when the identity of the masked man is revealed.
13. City of Dreams
IMDb rating: 7.6/10
Cast: Priya Bapat, Atul Kulkarni, Siddharth Chandekar and Eijaz Khan
A battle of power begins within the Gaikwad family after the assassination attempt on the head of the family and politician, Amey Rao Gaikwad, takes place. The series explores how the greed for power blurs the line between right and wrong.
Who will be considered worthy of the throne- his son or his daughter? Who will outdo the other in employing dirty tricks to win the battle? You should watch to find out.
14. November Story
IMDb rating: 8/10
Cast: Tamannaah, G.M. Kumar, Pasupathy M. and Namita Krishnamurthy
November Story is an Indian Tamil-language web series. The story revolves around a crime novelist suffering from Alzheimer’s, who is found at a crime scene by his daughter with no memory of the incident. His daughter sets out to prove her father’s innocence and also discovers the hidden pieces from her past in the process.
15. Scam 1992
IMDb rating: 9.5/10
Cast: Pratik Gandhi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Chirag Vohra and Vishesh Bansal
Scam 1992 is based on a real scam incident involving the Indian stock market. Harshad Mehta becomes a rich billionaire when he starts exploiting the loopholes in the stock market and the policies of the bank. But the arrival of a journalist marks the beginning of his downfall.
The above mentioned Indian web series are definitely worth your time if you are into crime thriller/detective/horror genres as they are filled with twists and suspense which will keep you on the edge of your seats.