Docudrama (also known as documentary drama) is a television and film genre that incorporates dramatic re-enactments of real-life events. Docudramas usually try to stick to known historical facts while allowing for some dramatic licence in minor elements, such as when the historical record is incomplete. There are such Indian web series based on real life events that can be put in this category as well. They will enlighten you about the past whilst entertaining you at the same time.
Here are the top 10 Indian web series based on real life events that you will enjoy watching:
1. Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story
It was set in Bombay in the 1980s and 1990s and follows the life of Harshad Mehta, a stockbroker who led the stock market to dizzying heights before collapsing.
2. Delhi Crime
The film Delhi Crime is based on a gang rape crime that occurred in the Munirka neighbourhood of South Delhi in 2012. The series picks up after a gang rape, with Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Vartika Chaturvedi tasked with tracking down the perpetrators of the crimes and the eventual death of the female victim.
3. Mumbai Diaries 26/11
It chronicles the employees of Bombay General Hospital and their travails during the terrible night of November 26, 2008, during the 2008 Mumbai attacks. It also depicts situations that occur at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, as well as how a journalist attempts to report on them.
The story follows Kainaaz Akhtar, a Pakistani lady who ends up on the Indian side of the Line-of-Control (LOC) and is imprisoned on suspicion of being a militant. Kainaaz and her daughter are aided by an Indian journalist who strives to bring them justice after giving birth to a child while imprisoned for seven years. It is based on Shehnaz Parveen’s genuine story.
5. The Verdict: State v/s Nanavati
Nanavati, an Indian naval commander, returns home to discover his wife’s adultery. Jealousy leads to murder, which causes a national uproar. When individuals, the media, and politics engage in a battle of ideas, it becomes a case that divides India. The rollercoaster of emotions makes this worthy of our list of the best Indian web series based on real life events!
6. Avrodh: The Siege Within
The death of a militant leader, Bilawal Wani, and the aftermath, the functioning of militant and terrorist groups in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s involvement in cross-border attacks, international pressure, and even the domestic bureaucratic angle and how journalists fit into the picture are all covered in this story. M4A1s, Galils, and TAR-21s, among other weapons, were used in the cross-border strikes.
Rangbaaz is based on the true story of Shri Prakash Shukla (Shiv Prakash Shukla in the series), a ruthless gangster and Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh’s most wanted criminal. The series chronicles his rise from DDU student to India’s second most wanted criminal. Ram Shankar Tiwari, who was influenced by Hari Shankar Tiwari, and Chandra Bhan Singh, who was inspired by Suraj Bhan Singh, are two other figures from Shree Prakash’s life (former MP from Mokama, Bihar).
8. The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye
The drama The Forgotten Army – Azaadi Ke Liye is based on the true story of Indian soldiers marching toward the capital with the war cry ‘Challo Dilli’ in order to free India from colonial tyranny. Subhash Chandra Bose led the Indian National Army (INA), which was formed from Indian troops who defected to the Imperial Japanese Army during WWII and had the first women’s infantry regiment since the Russian units of 1917–1918.
9. Jamtara – Sabka Number Ayega
The plot centres around a group of small-town young guns who run a lucrative phishing operation, but they run into a crooked politician who wants a piece of the action. Finally, there is a newly appointed Police Superintendent who intends to take on all of them.
10. The Chargesheet: Innocent or Guilty
The series follows a CBI officer on his quest to discover the truth behind the horrible murder of a national table tennis champion.
This was our list of the best Indian web series based on real life events. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.