Samantar S2 Review

Decent performances are the only bright spot in this disappointing second season

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Samantar S2 Review
Platform
MX Player
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Format
Original Series Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER,THRILLER
Language
Marathi

What is the story about?

At the end of Season 1, as per the prediction of Swami, embattled young man Kumar Mahajan comes in contact with Sudarshan Chakrapani, the man whose past is linked with Kumar's present by fate. Chakrapani gives him diaries which detail the events that changed his life 30 years ago, and tells Kumar his life will also follow the same trajectory. True to his predictions, Kumar's personal and professional lives start disintegrating. Can Kumar break the cycle of fate and chart a new destiny for himself?

Analysis

When its first season released, Samantar became a sleeper hit that derived its thrills from the concept of "parallel existence". The fateful meeting between Chakrapani and Kumar at the end of the season set up things beautifully for a second season. However, Ambar Hadap's screenplay moves at a glacial pace, with several sequences wrung out for maximum dramatic effect over the course of ten episodes. For a protagonist who is supposedly trying to escape fate and does not believe in God, Kumar surprisingly frets too much about Chakrapani's diaries, and this is where the screenplay goes downhill. Even though Chakrapani and Kumar's timelines play out simultaneously, the present timeline plays out better than the past one, but Hadap's writing and Sameer Vidwans' direction piles on the melodrama so much that decent performances get buried in this mess. By the end of the tenth episode, you are only glad that the story has ended, not at how it concludes.

Performances

As Kumar Mahajan, Swwapnil Joshi carries the season on his shoulders, but, in comparison to Season 1, where you could believe his descent into mental chaos, here his moral and psychological degradation seems cartoonish at times. Joshi tries hard, but you suspect the material fails him. It also doesn't help matters that he is overshadowed by two performers at the top of their game. Nitish Bhardwaj is in superb form as the morally-ambivalent Sudarshan Chakrapani whose endgame is revealed in the last episode. Sai Tamhankar can play the "femme fatale" in her sleep by now, but she shines her as two different women in two timelines, Sundara in the past and Meera in the present. While Sundara is more coarse and rebellious, Meera is more manipulative in nature, and Tamhankar deftly plays both women. Tejaswini Pandit functions as Nima, Kumar's wife, who slowly descends into paranoia, while Manoj Kolhatkar is alright as Nima's father. The rest of the cast is okay.

Music & Other Departments

Aditya Bedekar's background score is unnecessarily loud, while Akash Agrawal's cinematography is alright.

Highlights

The sexual tension slowly building up between Kumar and Meera in Episodes 4 and 5 is well done.

Drawbacks

The screenplay doesn't have enough meat to justify ten episodes, when it could have easily wrapped up proceedings in seven or eight episodes.

Certain episodes have intimate scenes that are meant to take the story forward. However, you get the feeling that they are unnecessarily lengthy and meant only for gratification of a few viewers.

Did I enjoy it?

Some sequences are really good and stay with you after the show ends. Otherwise the season is a letdown.

Do I recommend it?

If you want to see how the thrilling story set up in Season 1 concludes, you can watch this. Otherwise this season is not up to the mark.


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