MX Player’s Raktanchal review is here. Streaming on MX Player from May 28, 2020, the web series stars Nikitin Dheer and Kranti Prakash Jha in the lead roles. Said to be inspired by real events, Raktanchal is created by Sashank Rai and directed by Ritam Shrivastav.
Raktanchal also stars Vikram Kochhar, Pramod Pathak, Chitranjan Tripathi, Soundarya Sharma, Ronjini Chakraborty, Basu Soni and Krishna Bisht.
Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
A typical quintessential badla (revenge drama) that pay tribute to Bollywood action era during the 70’s 80’s starring Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra etc, along with the Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur that winks and smiles at Karan Anshuman’s and Puneet Krishnan’s Mirzapur
The Story of Raktanchal
Amidst the picturesque Purvanchal, the criminal empire of Waseem Khan (Nikitin Dheer) rules. Waseem runs mafia syndicate that grabs government tenders. One day a young simpleton Vijay Singh (Kranti Prakash Jha) crosses path with Waseem and its mayhem in that land of Purvanchal.
Ritam Shrivastav – the director of the award winning Maternity Blues – short, and the dacoit drama Taanashah previous, this time drinks the vengeance wine from the buckets of quintessential revenge drama in the blood soaked vessels designed by doctors like Guy Ritche, Tarantino, Bhardwaj, Kashyap. etc.
Call it MX players answer to Amazon Prime Video’s Mirzapur where nothing is ‘sacred’ in this ‘game’.
We just had that terrific Pataal Lok from Prime Video, Ritam Shrivastav’s Raktanchal is more populist and massy where the local Bahubaali (strong man, gang lord) has huge havelis and quirky henchmen. Like Waseem Khan (Nikitin Dheer ) over here. The 9 episodes has some bloodbath, unhinged violence, desi Katta, bad guys, good guys like the protagonist with grey shades, the good honest simple man – pitaji who gets thrashed resulting in the son turning a rebel and obviously like any Bollywood blockbuster ‘Vijay’ getting into the bad books of his ‘Maa’ by turning a ‘mujrim’.
The first couple of episodes give a proper introduction and hook the viewers but after that when the audience feels that the battle line is now drawn. The series loses steam and falls prey to its own misconceptions.
The basic wafer-thin plot then starts playing merry go round on its own.
The narrative flounders and the audience miss the ‘kill’ they excepted and its plain escapisms nothing to dig in and hardly any layers.
The lack of solid confrontation between the protagonist and the antagonist turns suicidal.
Still a steering act by Kranti Prakash Jha as Vijay Singh with good support from Chittaranjan Tripathy, Pramod Pathak and Vikram Kochhar.
Nikitin Dheer underplays which mostly works but at times it spoils the game tremendously.
The cuss words are forced at times not coming naturally.
Raktanchal is a quintessential revenge drama it has glaring flaws but still if you thrive on the old school badla stories with some extra blood and cuss words thrown in then it’s an okay one-time binge watch.