Mainstream vs. Digital Content Stream

Digital content streaming platforms in India are proving to be good for trying subjects and topics which the mainstream channels won't deal with.

With 2016 coming to an end, it is clear that there is a new group of viewers who are not merely satisfied with the same old ‘Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani’ and ‘Saas Bahu’ sagas, reports Economic Times. This is where web series have been a saviour for the Netflix-loving Gen-Y. With relatable characters and compelling storytelling, the web series that are available to the Indian audience continues to redefine and prove exactly what they are capable of. 

For the one-episode-per-day kind of person, or the binge watcher, 2016 has proved to be a surprise for even the most eclectic viewer. And if you haven’t seen these six web series in the year gone by, you should hit the rewind button. 

Tripling: Social media has consistently given us life goals, how to have a good time with friends and partners. What was missing was the bonding with siblings. The Viral Fever’s (TVF) ‘Tripling’ filled that gap as it followed three siblings, Chandan, Chanchal and Chitvan, on an unplanned road trip, leading to their eventual self-discovery. With their share of angst and anger, the siblings were relatable, to most, and gave some serious #siblinggoals. 

Permanent Roommates: Another one from ‘The Viral Fever’ camp, ‘Permanent Roommates’ (Season 2) revolves around a soon-to-be-married couple braving the pressures of a long-distance relationship. Even as the families of Mikesh and Tanya go ballistic preparing for a big, fat, desi wedding, the lovebirds have their set of issues to deal with! In the second season, the punch lines got a little more sassy, the characters more spunky, and the drama takes on a new high! 

A.I.SHA my virtual girlfriend: Next in line is a sci-fi web series by Mumbai-based website ‘Arre’. It is a love story of coder Sam and his girlfriend A.I.SHA. So what’s the hype, you ask?  Well, for starters, A.I.SHA ain’t your regular girl! The acronym for Artificial Intelligence Simulated Humanoid Assistant – A.I.SHA is our geek boy’s virtual girlfriend! And boy, she does a stellar job in helping out her man, plotting revenge on his bully of a boss, played by Raghu Ram of ‘Roadies’ fame. Storytelling through minimal conversation between characters, video diaries and visual effects gives a hook to this web series. 

Ladies Room: Two best friends. Six different washrooms. Hordes of problems, but a killer attitude. This is enough to sum up ‘Ladies Room’ from the Yash Raj Films (YRF) stable. Constant banter about daily problems, from unreasonable bosses to unexpected pregnancies, makes Dingo and Khanna, the two leading ladies real and relatable. Inspired by the English web series ‘Broadcity’, the show is about friends who look out for each other, while solving life’s most intricate problems, within the confines of the washroom!

I Don't Watch TV: If you want to know what happens in the inside world of Indian television soaps, ‘I Don’t Watch TV’ is your go-to one. A hilarious take on the behind-the-scenes world, it does a spoof on the better-known faces of TV. Kritika Kamra, Rithvik Dhanjani and Drashti Dhami – all small-screen stars – and their daily lives, rivalry and workplace stress find a mention here in this mock-drama conceptualised and executed by Arre. Tongue-in-cheek criticism of the glitzy and glamorous world of Indian daily soaps, this show is an absolute stress buster for those of you trying to put your tiring work-day behind you. 

All About Sec-377: This show takes the taboo topic of homosexuality by the horns, and forces viewers to acknowledge and accept its presence in society. It revolves around the problems faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community in a metropolis. The series - comprising eight episodes – clocked over 40,000 viewers per episodes. Director Amit Khanna, who also plays a central character in the series, tries to bring some fresh air and tries to talk about homosexuality as a part of the existing social structure. 

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