Dahaad is a recent mystery thriller web series available on Amazon Prime Video. It was created by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar, and produced by Excel Media and Tiger Baby. Unlike other Indian web series that rely on explosive and sensational elements, Dahaad takes a more controlled and orchestrated approach. Similar to web series like The Family Man and Farzi, Dahaad introduces several characters in the first few episodes, allowing them to simmer in their own worlds before bringing them together in the larger story. If you liked Dahaad, then here are 7 best similar web series available to watch on OTT!
1) Sacred Games
Sacred Games was one of the earliest Indian Netflix original series to debut on the platform, featuring a dark and gritty crime drama centered on Saif Ali Khan’s character, Sartaj Singh, a police officer. When he receives a puzzling phone call from the notorious gangster, Ganesh Gaitonde (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui), Sartaj is thrust into an excruciating cat-and-mouse game across the city, racing against time to prevent Mumbai’s destruction. Compared to other web series of its kind, Sacred Games stands out for its exceptional quality.
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte
IMDB rating: 8.5/10
Platform to Watch: Netflix
2) The Family Man
Manoj Bajpayee plays the lead role of Shrikant Tiwari in The Family Man, a web series that revolves around his life as a senior intelligence officer trying to balance his hazardous profession and unstable family life. In the first season, he investigates a potential terror attack, while in the second season, he battles a Tamil Tiger-Esque military resistance from Sri Lanka seeking freedom. Samantha Ruth Prabhu stars in season 2, and the creators have already confirmed that The Family Man season 3 is in the works.
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Priyamani, Sharib Hashmi, Sharad Kelkar
IMDB Rating: 8.7/10
Platform to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Hostages is a thriller web series directed by Sudhir Mishra. It revolves around a renowned surgeon who is forced to perform a life-threatening operation on the chief minister, only to find that her family has been held hostage, and she must assassinate the minister to save them. The second season of the web series picks up from where the first season left off, with a retired police officer abducting a chief minister to save his wife’s life by obtaining a bone marrow transplant.
Cast: Ronit Roy, Tisca Chopra, Malhaar Rathod, Surya Sharma
IMDB Rating: 6.8/10
Platform to Watch: Disney+ Hotstar
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A mystery crime thriller, Farzi tells the story of a disillusioned artist, who decides to resort to unethical means to earn money. He finds himself battling a cop and a gangster. With the mastery of directors Raj & DK, this is a crime-comedy series that is sure to make you laugh even during the cruellest of scenes. If you are someone who enjoys watching crime dramas with added mystery, The Farzi is an ideal choice for you.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon and Rashi Khanna
IMDB Rating: 8.4/10
Platform to watch: Amazon Prime Video
5) Delhi Crime
Delhi Crime is a thrilling political crime web series spanning over a couple of seasons. The first season delves into the real-life events of the infamous 2012 Delhi gang rape case, where a young woman was brutally assaulted on a moving bus in New Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police Vartika Chaturvedi leads the investigation to track down the culprits and bring them to justice. It’s a gripping watch that you can easily binge if you’re a fan of the genre. In the second season, based on a chapter from former Delhi Police officer Neeraj Kumar’s book Khaki Files, titled “Moon Gazer,” the series revolves around the kaccha-baniyan gang of the 1990s.
Cast: Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang, Rasika Dugal
IMDB Rating: 8.5/10
Platform to Watch: Netflix
Jamtara is a thrilling crime drama web series that brings to light the real-life phishing scams that were prevalent in the Indian village of Jamtara in Jharkhand. The series follows a group of young con artists who run a phishing operation in the village, along with the local politicians and police who try to stop them. The fast-paced storyline merges politics with fraud while a group of young people is out to make a quick buck. Jamtara consists of two seasons.
Cast: Amit Sial, Sparsh Srivastav, Monika Panwar
IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
Where to Watch: Netflix
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Bhaukaal is a crime and action based web series just similar to Dahaad. The web series follows the story of an honest IPS officer named Naveen Sikhera, who is sent to Muzaffarnagar, known as the crime capital of India. The city is controlled by two powerful gangs – the Dedha brothers and Mohammad Shaukeen Khan – who have divided the area into two territories. Naveen Sikhera is tasked with bringing these gangsters to justice. Bhaukaal has 2 seasons with 20 episodes in total.
Cast: Pradeep Nagar, Mohit Raina, Bidita Bag, Siddhant Kapoor, Gulki Joshi
IMDB Rating: 7.8/10
Platform to Watch: MX Player