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Aarya review: Sushmita Sen stuns in this superbly woven intoxicating drama

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Aarya web series review is here. Streaming on Disney Hotstar from June 19, 2020, Aarya stars Sushmita Sen in lead. Created by Ram Madhvani and Sandeeep Modi, the series is based on the Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis. Aarya is produced by Endemol Shine India and Ram Madhavani Films. The 9 episodes series is co-directed by Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi and Vinod Rawat. Aarya also features Chandrachur Singh, Vikas Kumar, Sikander Kher, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx O’Nell, Namit Das, Jayant Kripalani, Maya Sarao and Vishwajeet Pradhan in pivotal roles.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
A round of applause for Sushmita Sen and Ram Madhvani – Aarya is a triumph at multiple levels.

The story of Aarya
After the death of her husband Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh), the world of Aarya Sareen (Sushmita Sen) turns upside down. Aarya now must take charge of the family and the business. What seems to be a smoothly running trade turns into a snaky web of betrayal, fate and faith. How far will Aarya go to protect her family and survive?

Aarya web series review

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Sushmita Sen is an actress par excellence and we all want to see her often. After Neerja comes Aarya, Ram Madhvani is certainly an ambitious writer director who doesn’t want to play safe. Like Neerja, Ram keeps a strong-willed determined woman at the forefront. In Aarya Ram erects a new web of dramatic situation where morality of human is tested against ancient philosophy from Indian mythology.

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Based on the terrific Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis which ran into 5 seasons, Aarya is a thriller that really thrills, a drama that really engages, a portrait of a women torn between her love and responsibility towards her family and business.

Written by Sandeep Shrivastava and Anu Singh Chaudhry. Aarya is basically a conflict between karma and dharma. Aarya battles the law, mafia, as she struggles to differentiate between her friends and enemies both inside and outside her family in an engrossing 9 episodes beginning from the first second of the first episode to the sweeping last second of the ninth episode.

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The clever use of the teachings of Bhagwad Geeta makes Aarya a smart mix of Godfather and Mahabharata. Divulging more will make me a spoiler.

And it’s not just the display of ethics which are gray rather than black-and-white, it’s the terrific handling of emotions with moments that stay making Aarya a lovingly convincing story of a family. Ram Madhvani love for retro melodies as seen in Neerja comes with full force. From Bade Aache Lagtein hai to Roop Tera Mastana to Khoya Khoya Chaand. It’s nostalgia redefined.

Performances

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Sushmita Sen as Aarya Sareen rules right from the first frame till the last. Showcasing a terrific range of emotions in a complex role, the actress makes Aarya the women we all want to love, survive and relate. Incredible in her mannerisms delivering dialogues with that rare authority, Sushmita adds her own grace and delivers an unforgettable performance. Sheer brilliance.

Chandrachur Singh as Tej Sareen is fantastic and those ‘Bade Aache Lagtein Hai’ moments’ are outstanding. Namit Das as Jawahar is terrific. Ankur Bhatia as Sangram is good. Vikas Kumar as ACP Khan is realistic. Sikander Kher is fantastic and will surprise you as Daulat.

Alexx O’Nell as Bob makes a good impression. Manish Choudhary as Shekawat is competent. Vishwajeet Pradhan as Sampat is interestingly wicked and slyly witty.

Technicalities
Excellently shot by Harshvir Oberoi and finely edited by Abhimanyu Chaudhry and Khusboo Raj, Aarya is also blessed by an effective background score and music by Vishal Khurana.

Flaws
The momentum drops in between and turns repetitive and gets into self-indulgent mode. Back story of Daulat, Jawahar is missing and at times it starts travelling into areas which have no connection giving the impression that the maker is getting desperate to influence all.

Final words
Aarya starring Sushmita Sen in lead is flawlessly acted and superbly conceived family/crime drama series that is filled with emotion. Aarya is story of a women that has many threads interwoven finely. In one-word Aarya is a beauty.

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