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The problem with Indian shows and web series is that a lot of them go underrated and overlooked. While some rise to fame overnight, others have to struggle a little bit more. So, we decided to get past the clichés and move on to more refreshing shows that you would thoroughly enjoy watching.

1. Breathe

Watch on: Amazon Prime

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Starring R. Madhavan in the lead, this unusual crime-drama revolves around a father taking drastic steps to ensure his son survives a congenital lung disease. The plot is filled with mysterious little instances that lead to the big build-up. Things take a darker turn when a bunch of organ donors starts dropping dead in the city.

2. Smoke

Watch on: Eros Now

When was the last time you watched a series all set in Goa? The very backdrop makes Smoke a unique story. Moreover, this thriller winds its way through the dark web of drugs, mafia and warring cartels, adding to its overall appeal. The show also boasts of a very strong cast including Kalki Koechlin, Tom Alter, Jim Sarbh and Mandira Bedi among others.

3. Ghoul

Watch on: Netflix

This strange horror-thriller draws inspiration from Arab folklore. However, the scarier element in the show is actually the dystopian future of India that it paints. While the supernatural presence will keep you on edge, the possibility of such a future is what gives you the actual chills! The show stars Radhika Apte in the lead and promises one horror ride you have never experienced before.

4. Made in Heaven

Watch on: Amazon Prime

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Stellar performances, real-life concepts and emotions make this drama a delightful watch. The plot is centered on two friends, their aspirations as wedding planners and a beautiful blend of old and new traditions. Set in Delhi, the show highlights the true complexities of human relationships while addressing some of the real problems existing in Indian society.

5. Kaafir

Watch on: Zee5

What happens when a woman accidentally crosses the Indo-Pak border and is imprisoned on the suspicion of being a militant? Kaafir tells the moving story of such a woman captured by Indian authorities. Beautifully portrayed by Dia Mirza, the woman befriends an Indian journalist who strives to bring her justice.

6. Parchhayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond

Watch on: Zee5

The charming appeal of Ruskin Bond’s short stories is brought to screen in this web series. Stories like Face in the Dark, Topaz and The Overcoat are all narrated in individual episodes. A real treat for horror freaks and Ruskin Bond fans alike!

7. What the Folks

Watch on: YouTube

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This humorous drama successfully reverses the typical Indian saas-bahu scenario and gives it a charming new spin. The plot is centered on a situation where a newly married man must move in with his wife’s in-laws. However, instead of ridiculous gender-biased instances, the show presents a very realistic angle for everything.

8. Baked

Watch on: YouTube

This one will tickle your funny bone and make you yearn for the good old college days at the same time. The series follows the misadventures of three university flatmates who start a quirky midnight food delivery service.

9. It’s Not That Simple

Watch on: Voot

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This drama highlights the complexities of marriage. As a woman, unhappy with her marriage, crosses paths with her old school friends, things get super intriguing. The unexpected twists further keep you hooked to the show.

There you go! We have successfully curated a list of unique, intriguing and non-stereotypical Indian web series for you to binge over the weekend. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below.