Matsya Kaand (2021) Review

A good plot that is let down by execution

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Matsya Kaand (2021) Review
Platform
MX Player
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
16+
Genre
Crime
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Matsya Thada (Ravii Dubey) is a con-man who pulling off cons be it robbing or match-fixing or even gambling. He has two faithful assistants who help him in pulling off the heists. However, he soon comes face-to-face with ACP Tejraj Singh (Ravi Kishan) who challenges him to catch him if he can, which leads to a cat and mouse chase. 

Analysis

The series opens to a prisoner being badly beaten and crying over the phone to his mother. We are then in a series of flashbacks introduced to Matsya, a con-man who can hoodwink just about anyone. He forms a camaraderie with a small-time magician Urvashi and a tech-geek, Raju. The series is your average run-of-the-mill heist thriller watch, which has space for all kinds of cons being pulled-off. It has a bunch of movie plots in one single series. There is also a narrator who reads, to an imprisoned Matsya, verses from holy scriptures. We then wonder if there is going to be a bigger and sinister plot waiting to unravel. There are several plots and sub-plots which drag on and make you lose interest in the series as a whole. While, we understand the intent and the idea, somewhere the execution falters majorly. The series drags on for 11 episodes each timed at 40+ minutes which become too tedious to watch it one go. That being said, the face-offs between Ravi Kishan and Ravi Dubey are interesting, to say the least, and add to the thrill of the show. Either the number of episodes or the length of the episodes could have been cut and perhaps it would have then made for an even more interesting watch. 

Performances

Ravii Dubey is clearly the star of the series and is present in every frame. Zoya Afroz is stunning and pleasant as the nimble thief, Urvashi. Piyush Mishra as Anand Pandit, Matsya's mentor, is quite the surprise package. Ravi Kishan is brilliant as ACP Tejraj, but we feel he could have had more screen-time. Madhur Mittal, as Raj or Rajeshwar adds to the comic relief to the show. 

Music & Other Departments

There are Bollywood tracks that have played during the runtime of the series. The story is intriguing. However we feel the editing could have been more watertight. The dialogues are decent and the series has been shot well. 

Highlights

Ravii Dubey and Ravi Kishan's acting.

Drawbacks

Runtime and length of episodes.

Did I enjoy it?

The series has a good storyline, but it wasn't very enjoyable.

Do I recommend it?

No. 


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