Web Series Preview 2017: Our Roundup Of The Most Exciting Shows Releasing Online This Year
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2016 was a great year for Indian web series. 2017 will be even better.
While there’s a spectacular line-up of web series, across different genres, slated to release this year– here’s 7 of them that we are looking forward to the most.
*This list comprises web series that have been officially announced.
One of the most eagerly-anticipated web series of the year, Tanhaiyan – starring TV stars Barun Sobti and Surbhi Jyoti – was earlier rumoured to release sometime in December 2016. However, recent posts and updates by the makers, on social media, seem to indicate that the series will now release on Hotstar by late Jan or early Feb. We’re still awaiting word on an official release date.
Y-films’ edgy reboot of Shah Rukh Khan’s classic thriller is something we are all dying to see. A teaser of the show was released a couple of months back showing a mysterious protagonist stalking his prey online before uttering the classic dialogue: “I love you K…K…Kiran.” No update on the release date so far but we are hoping for an exciting announcement on that front soon.
TVF Pitchers Season 2
One of TVF’s biggest hits and a hugely popular web series worldwide, Pitchers will return with its much-awaited second season later this year. Click here to read what the director and cast members have to say about the upcoming season 2.
IPL, scandal, Farhan Akhtar…need we say more? Just to be clear, this series is not about Farhan being involved in some IPL scandal! It’s a really exciting, big budget original series produced by Farhan, for Amazon Prime Video. The show stars Vivek Oberoi and Richa Chadha in key roles and is expected to release around mid-2017 (April/May) probably around the same time as IPL 10.
Launched in 2016, Viacom 18’s digital platform – Voot – gave us some really fun and entertaining original shows like Chinese Bhasad, Shaadi Boys and It’s Not That Simple. Now the platform is all set to kick off the new year with their latest comedy-drama series, Untag, which releases online this Wednesday, January 4. Click here to know more about the upcoming show.
Vikram Bhatt is all set to release a sex and BDSM-based web series on YouTube titled Maaya, starring Shama Sikander in the titular role. The series is rumoured to be loosely inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. Again, the release date is a mystery but the filmmaker recently posted a tweet hinting that the show might be out soon. Watch this space for the first look and trailer of Maaya.
Alt Balaji’s Untitled Web Series Starring Rajkummar Rao
When an acclaimed actor like Rajkummar Rao (Shahid, Aligarh) is involved, you know you can look forward to something special. This yet-to-be-titled web series, produced by Ekta Kapoor and set to stream on her soon-to-be-launched app Alt Balaji, is a biopic of sorts on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
Rajkummar will play the freedom fighter in this series, which according to Ekta is, “fast paced” and “everything you don’t expect it to be.” Filming for the series is yet to begin. It is expected to release sometime later this year.