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5 Top-rated Indian crime thriller web series to stream ahead of Hungama Play's Swaanng

The best Indian crime thriller shows to watch before Swaanng releases on Hungama Play.

5 Top-rated Indian crime thriller web series to stream ahead of Hungama Play's Swaanng

Last Updated: 12.44 PM, Mar 21, 2022


f the trailer of Swaanng (Hungama Play) made you wish to play-act Sherlock Holmes and solve some criminal mysteries, then this list is apt for you. With stories that'll leave you scratching your head and endings that will shock or surprise, these web series are going to satiate your crime-thriller craving.

Sacred Games (Netflix)


You know a show's left a deep cultural impact when it simultaneously appears on The New York Times and spawns dozens of memes. The show follows Sartaj Singh, a troubled cop, who receives a threatening call from a notorious gangster Ganesh Gaitonde giving him 25 days to save the city. With exceptional performances, strong writing, and meticulous direction, this show is a class apart. If you haven't seen this one, you're missing out.

Paatal Lok (Amazon Prime Video)

Another troubled cop, another outstanding show. Paatal Lok revolves around the complex and cynical Hathiram Chowdhary, who gets assigned a high-profile case. However, while investigating, he gets pulled into the dark and seedy underworld, and chaos ensues. With nail-biting suspense and cliff-hangers galore, this show uses its setting and exceptional performances to keep audiences hooked. With ample twists and turns, this one will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (Sony LIV)

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of Scam 1992 and Harshad Mehta, the famous stockbroker embroiled in the 1992 securities scam. The show tells the story of Harshad's meteoric rise in the Indian markets and his drastic decline following investigations by journalist Sucheta Dalal. Complete with a narrative that holds your attention, empathetic performances, and oodles of dialoguebaazi, the show is a true-blue delight. Don't hesitate; just add it to your watchlist.

Asur (Voot, Vi Movies and TV)


If you've admired engrossing Hollywood shows about serial killers, then here's India's very own. Set in Varanasi, the show follows CBI forensic expert Nikhil Nair who teams up with his mentor Dhananjay as the two get drawn into a cat-and-mouse game with a heinous serial killer. Blending suspense and mythology, the show is an atmospheric watch that gives plenty of food for thought. Keep the nightlight on, and get ready to get hooked.

Criminal Justice (Disney+ Hotstar)

Honestly, just take a look at the cast and crew of this show, and you won't need much convincing. Criminal Justice follows the story of Aditya Sharma, whose life is upended when he is accused of murdering a woman. The catch? Aditya seems to have no recollection of the night the victim was murdered. With a whodunnit at the heart of the story, the tight writing and convincing performances keep the show arresting right till the end. You have to watch this one; it's a no-brainer.

Cancel your plans this weekend, put on your sleuthing caps, and start watching!