Indian web series have gone where television dare not go, giving us many complex yet relatable female characters. These women characters are beyond the conventional notion of the ‘ideal woman’. While some will inspire you, others push the boundaries when it comes to how “dark” a woman on screen can be. There is something different in each of these characters. Here are some of the female characters from web series that I loved watching and am sure you will too
Nazia – The Trip
This funny girl with a wicked tongue taught us if food destresses you, let it. Seeking validation from no one, Nazia works on her terms. Here is a layered character that showcases PCOD and anxiety issues. If I pinpoint to a reason why I’ve seen the show thrice is Mallika Dua’s out of the world character. She adds souls to the short YouTube series. Nazia can make you clutch your stomach in laughter even in the most serious situations.
This funny girl with a wicked tongue taught us if food destresses you, let it. Seeking validation from no one, Nazia works on her terms.
Siddhi Patel – Four More Shots Please!
The one character in the world of Indian web series that I relate to is Siddhi Patel. Chirpy, eccentric, and funny, we see Sidhhi evolve from an under-confident young woman insecure about her body to someone who owns her identity unabashedly. She explores her sexuality and doesn’t shy away from talking about it.
In the second season, we see her embrace her true self. Once she has a mic in her hand, she talks about everything from body positivity, self-esteem and sex, to being hormonal, and her journey through it all.
Tara Khanna – Made in Heaven
Brought up with the ideology of using youth and external beauty to her advantage, Tara marries smart into a rich Punjabi family. But there is more to Tara, for she is very ambitious. She co-owns a wedding planning business with a friend. As the show progresses we see that there are so many layers to Tara, and we may not like everything that she stands for, or has done to get where she is.
She is both confident and insecure. On one occasion we see her being very kind to an employee, but then we also see her being rude to her “middle-class” sister. The tussle between heart and mind that we see Tara endure through the series makes us empathise with her.
Aarya Sareen – Aarya
Amidst a world of men, a woman trying to save her family isn’t expected to succeed. However, Aarya, a single mother puts her moral beliefs aside and enters the dirty world of drug dealing, just for the sake of her family. When it comes to her kids, there is ferocity and strength in her eyes like that of a lioness, it makes her endearing and intimidating at the same time.
Amidst a world of men, a woman trying to save her family isn’t expected to succeed.
Ultimately, she chooses between wrong and something that’s less wrong. While she gets blood on her hands, she beats men around her in a game where all odds are against her. Arya is a dark and complex female character who questions her own actions.
Meera Sehgal – Girl In The City
The story of a young girl who comes to Mumbai to make her mark in the ever-competitive fashion industry was on every teen’s watchlist for some time. Meera has always shown a sense of independence and hard work throughout the show. With her polite nature, or how she deals with the bullying of her bosses, despite being an intern makes us root for her.
Meera represents every young woman trying to make it big on their own. She teaches us how to take failure in our stride and move one.
Bhavya Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. The views expressed are the author’s own.