November Story is written and directed by Indhra Subramanian, and has landed on Disney+ Hotstar on the 20th of May.
What is the story about?
November Story brings us the story of Anu, an ethical hacker who has her life loaded with confusions after her ailing father gets trapped in a crime that he has not committed. Anu sets out to prove things wrong, only to run into twists and turns that take her by surprise.
November Story may take its own sweet time to set itself up, but at the same time, it ensures that there are lots of details put forth to the viewers, who will have their questions answered as the show moves on. Indhra Subramanian makes it clear that the show is not here to follow the usual format of a web series, and will be fed with loads of new terms, procedurals and also good cliffhangers at the end of each episode. November Story starts off by establishing its characters over a 50-minute first episode, and then follows the same pace that it sets for the rest of the runtime. The show's surprises spring up in the last two episodes, and though the twist may be predictable for some, the ride is definitely worthwhile.
Tamannaah comes up with a quality performance here, in a role that asks her to bring forth her best in terms of the emotional value that it has. The actor proves that she has it in her to carry out a strongly etched character who has her principles in place. On the other hand is Pasupathy, who delivers yet another good performance as Yesu. His trademark dialogue delivery is another plus for this role, which is another feather on his cap. GM Kumar also does a very good job, with the rest of the cast including Vivek Prasanna and the set of cops do justice to their roles.
Music & Other Departments
The cinematography in November Story doesnt stand out, but has enough going for it by capturing the visuals properly without big flaws. The music is done well too, aiding in raising the tempo in the important ending sequences of every episode.
Tamannaah's impressive performance and the neat, no-nonsense structure of the show are to be lauded.
The pacing of the show is slow, and will not work for those who are looking for speed in the narrative.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes. I wanted more excitement but quite liked how the plot was brought together.
Do I recommend it?
Yes. If you are game for novel and genuine crime dramas, go for it.