Delhi Crime recently made history by becoming the first Indian Web series to win the Best Drama at the International Emmy Awards. In fact, we saw 3 nominations from Indian Web series in this year's International Emmy Awards 2020. This is an important milestone in the Indian film industry, considering content from India is now regularly being considered on par with the likes of American and European cinema. Not just for the popularity and fame, but also for the sheer quality.
To put things in context, in 92 years of the Academy awards, and almost a thousand category wins, Indian films have won just 7 of those. Forget competing with American films, Indian films haven't even managed to make much of a mark in the Foreign Language Film category.
But Indian Web series show hope. Streaming services came into Indian mainstream just 2-3 years ago, with shows like Sacred Games, Inside Edge, and more. Within a couple of years, we are starting to see global award wins, which is a big positive for the time to come.
While some might argue that Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have been frontrunners in Indian content, and they are technically Hollywood studios, it is not all American.
Thanks to this surge in Indian Web series, players like Voot (Asur), Sony LIV (Scam 1992), and ZEE5 (Kaafir) have managed to produce some world-class Web series that can take on a Narcos or a The Crown anyday.
While pressure to create high quality content in films has been present from international films, but the online space is different ballgame. The Internet is an equaliser and Indian Web series have to directly compete with international ones, which isn't really the case when it comes to feature films.
With Indian Web series making their big debut at the International Emmys this year, it won't be much time until an online-exclusive feature film also goes ahead and gets a nomination in the Foreign Language category at the Oscars. Maybe, even win won in the next few years? Well, one can be optimistic.