Puncch Beat S2 Review

Extremely vacuous and a sheer waste of time

Aparnna Hajirnis -

Puncch Beat S2 Review
Platform
ALT Balaji
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
DRAMA,YOUTH
Language
Hindi

What is the story about?

Set in the fictional Rosewood High, Puncch Season 2 opens to two cops talking to an Educational Board member about the death of a student. The cops start interrogating the students. We are then introduced to the pugilist rivalry between two students Rahat and Ranbir who are also half-brothers and have had feelings for the same girl, Divyanka. 

Analysis

Rosewood High is set in a world where students have parties that resemble music festivals and they dress up like Instagram influencers. So it is safe to say that the show is a televised and slightly longer version of 'Student Of The Year', but with a death and investigation that falls into the category of '13 Reasons Why'. However, it is neither entertaining nor is remotely intriguing. There are the usual love triangles, same sex romances, academic and sports rivalries, daddy issues...to name a few along with a dash of wokeness. Honestly, the series has nothing new to offer which we haven't already seen before. And not just in Hollywood, but also Bollywood. The series is so predictable and repetitive that you could watch any episode and the cast would be doing the same thing over and over again. There is a line in the show where one of the characters says that the boys in her school can't be original, well we think the same too. PS - Watch the logo of the school. 

Performances

It is honestly a shame to see talented and seasoned actors such as Niki Aneja Walia, Samir Soni star in such a series that can only be termed as 'chichora'. For someone who grew up watching Hip Hip Hurray, yet another teen series, it was quite nostalgic to see Rushad Rana in Puncch Beat. The rest of the cast including Siddharth Sharma and Priyank Sharma seem clueless in the show, but it isn't their fault that they were handed a choppy script. 

Music & Other Departments

The opening credits feature a rap song and most of the show too has some sombre music as this season features a murder mystery. The direction is fine, just that the story is too unrelatable and repetitive. It doesn't have the novelty factor and seems like the mashup of a bunch of other teen shows. 

Highlights

It was heartening to see Rushad Rana back on the small screen. It brought back so many memories of Hip Hip Hurray.

Drawbacks

  • Unrelatable
  • Unoriginal
  • Vacuous at times and very predictable. 

Did I enjoy it?

No. I would  rather watch Student Of The Year Part 1 and 2 as well as 13 Reasons Why all over again. 

Do I recommend it?

No. Watch it at your own risk, this series is a massive waste of time. 


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