Aranyak Review

Parambrata Chatterjee and Raveena Tandon star in this average crime-thriller

Aranyak Review
Platform
Netflix
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Format
Web Series Review
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Genre
Adventure,Crime
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Based in Sironah, a hilly town in North India, ‘Aranyak’ follows the lives of two starkly opposite police officers. Angad (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) is a city-bred cop with sophisticated crime-solving skills while Kasturi (Raveena Tandon) is a street-smart policewoman who knows the city at the back of her hand. A rape and murder of a young tourist bring them together to solve the case and they soon realise that lurking in the shadows is a serial killer. While everyone thinks it is the work of a supernatural element, the policemen at duty seem to think otherwise. 

 

Analysis

For many of us the introducing of a sleepy small town in North Indian shrouded in mysterious deaths isn't a new story. The snow-capped mountains only add to the suspenseful thriller starring Raveena Tandon and Parambrata Chattopadhyay who seem to have taken a leaf out Kate Winslet's Mare Of Easttown. Set across 8 episodes, the series is slow-paced in the first five episodes and picks up pace by the 6th episode. However, by then the damage is done and the audiences have already lost the interest. 

Talking about Kate Winslet's OTT debut ' Mare Of Easttown' and how it worked was due to the fact that the least expected person turned out to be the main killer. Our Indian counterparts seemed to have picked up the plot, changed few things and refurbished as a murder mystery set in what seems like Himachal Pradesh. Where the audiences should be spotting the red-herrings in a suspense drama, you are fed with way too many sub-plots that do not work at all. There is lots of expected drama in the form of the nexus between corrupt cops, politicians and drug peddlers. By the end of it all, you feel like saying, ' bahot ho gaya yaar ab please koi murderer ka parda faash kardo'. Angad and Kasturi, both have sad backstories because somehow everyone wants to have cops who have been through emotional hell. 

Performances

Raveena Tandon, the stunning beauty of the 90s does a fantastic job in her OTT debut. As the fiesty and a straightforward cop, Kasturi she tries hard to make the story work. She puts up a compelling case for Kasturi, but is letdown by a predictable script. Parambrata Chattopadhyay has never disappointed with his performances. As Angad in Aranyak, he is a treat and makes up an interesting lead with Raveena. The rest of the cast include Ashutosh Rana who plays a retired cop, Meghna Malik plays a politician and Zakir Hussain as a corrupt politician. The cast is stellar but they are simply wasted in this lacklustre series. 

 

Music & Other Departments

The script has nothing new to offer, but the music is a delight. It is sombre and suspenseful in parts. The dialogues are written well, however, the series is too slow-paced and at times seems repetitive. The climax isn't unexpected and a few episodes in, you can guess how it would end. The accents of the actors seem to disappear just as the nar-tendua. We wish the writing could have had a bit more depth to it and the direction a bit-too water-tight. 

 

Highlights

  • Raveena Tandon's debut in OTT space
  • Raveena and Parambrata's chemistry

Drawbacks

  • Too stretched
  • What could ideally have been a movie is made into an 8-episode series

Did I enjoy it?

Fans of Raveena Tandon and Parambrata Chattopadhyay will not be disappointed. This is definitely a treat for the loyal fans. 

 

Do I recommend it?

A one-time watch for sure. Don't keep too many expectations and maybe it won't disappoint. 

 


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