Web series is the latest trend to have caught the imagination of Indians across age groups. This is because the storytelling here has taken a big leap from the days of television serials. And for a change there are several series which show an open-minded father, brother and partner who do not judge women on conventional parameters. We bring you a list of such cool male protagonists who we are sure people identify with.

Mikesh from Permanent Roommates

It was one of the most viewed web series on YouTube, and why wouldn’t it be since the ever ‘coooool’ Mikesh (played by Sumeet Vyas) is like a breath of fresh air. He is sweetly romantic in his own weird way (gasps dramatically), childish when he comes to be in a partnership with Tanya (played by Nidhi Singh), yet matured enough to handle a relationship for two.

Sumeet Vyas, Permanent Roommates
Sumeet Vyas, Permanent Roommates
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The gullible, agyaakari, innocent, Mikesh is the embodiment of ’emotional strength’ and he proved it when Tanya told him that becoming a mother was not one of her priorities. Their bonding matured with time. Later, Mikesh refused to marry Tanya just because she was pregnant. He helped Tanya during the stressful period of being pregnant, and waited till she is ready to get married. Isn’t that the kind of understanding all women seek? He treats Tanya as his equal and the protagonist has done a brilliant job to his character development. Again Mikesh’s acceptance of his father-in-law’s desires to marry again proves his progressive nature.

Nikhil from What The Folks

Things wouldn’t have been better for the newlywed Nikhil (played by Veer Rajwant Singh) and Anita (played by Eisha Chopra). The problem started when marital bliss turned into overwhelming family interference. What the film Ki and Ka tried to encapsulate, this Indian web series got it right!

Nikhil from What The Folks
Nikhil from What The Folks
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So what happens when a son-in-law is forced to live alone with his in-laws? What women have done for decades, now Nikhil has to witness. He is an adorable and an equally vulnerable person. He gets to spend time with the parents of his wife and defined a modern-day relationship of saas-bahu serial in reverse. He struggled with adjustment problems, his new family expectations and most of all, rules and regulations. It’s a dysfunctional family and in the end, Nikhil came through!

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Lakshya from The Good vibes

Not many of us would go beyond television sagas and probably would stay stuck to the same melodrama. But we urge you to watch this marital drama played by favourites Naveen Kasturia and Maanvi Gagroo. One might say it is a show about a millennial marriage. Everyday party. Everyday drama.

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Lakshya from The Good vibes
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A young couple Lakshya and Jonita are living in a plush Juhu bungalow and their life is a messy party. While Jonita is employed, Lakshya is still trying to find his foot. He doesn’t need to have any job to prove his masculinity. Also, seeing his wife’s success doesn’t make him jealous. He is the perfect husband who supports his wife’s every choice in life, accepting her the way she wants her life to be. How the couple re-discover love and acceptability in their relationship is what’s attractive about this series. Lakshya  simply doesn’t want to settle for a job he doesn’t like.  When his wife’s family and his friends (who taunt him for being unemployed) keep asking him about his ambition, the not-so-perfect Lakshya defines the meaning of love and life in his own terms.

Kumud Mishra as the father in TVF Tripling

It’s not easy being the daddy cool of Chandan, Chanchal and Chitvan! Three siblings on a road trip, and the fair share of trouble they go through is the story of this journey. Call me biased but more than the leads, I was seriously supporting Kumud Mishra, who in the end of the journey, added normalcy to the chaos. The sorted character had less screen time but the way he dealt with each of their problems was laudable.

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Interestingly, he was not the systematic father figure every child deserves but was the cool consequential dad every kid needs. His character bonding with the kids was spot on. He wouldn’t go beyond the wall to investigate his children’s lives but to guide them easily. He shares a friendly bond with the next generation and pulls them out of  trouble. this Indian web series also helps our parents to understand the younger generation better.

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Featuring actor Archana Kavi in the lead role, this mini Indian web series chronicles the cute moments between a father and a daughter after the demise of the mother. The tagline says it all, ‘No matter how old she grows she’ll always be Daddy’s little girl!’

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It showcases how a father gets close to his daughter’s heart by joining the social media bandwagon. Though, three-minute-long episodes, Archana and her father discover a new way of celebrating their bond. Instead of being a conventional father, he opted to delve into his daughter’s activities since the two only had each other!

Who is your favourite feminist character from Indian web series? Let us know

Feature Image Credit: The Indian Express

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