SonyLIV Originals Undekhi review is here. The crime web series is created by Siddharth Sengupta and directed by Ashish R. Shukla. The series features an ensemble cast that includes Harsh Chhaya, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Ankur Rathee, Surya Sharma, Anchal Singh, Abhishek Chauhan, Ayn Zoya, Apeksha Porwal and Sayandeep Sengupta. Undekhi will stream on SonyLIV from 10th July 2020.
Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
SonyLIV is on a roll from Kadhak to Your Honour to Bhonsle to Undekhi some reality exciting, edgy and desi content are there for grabs.
The Story of Undekhi
Opens with a couple of police officers investigating a murder in the jungle of Sunderbans. A clue leads to the investigating officer DCP Ghosh (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) land in Manali. A high-profile wedding of Daman Atwal (Ankur Rathee) with Teji Grewal (Anchal Singh) is on. Manali’s top resort is the venue, the resort owned by Daman’s father Papaji (Harsh Chaya) is managed by Rinku (Rajender Singh Atwal) who has a good hold over the city. Aspiring filmmaker Saloni (Ayn Zoya) with her assistant Rishi (Abhishek Chauhan) are shooting this high-profile wedding. A devasting incident results in hell breaking loose for everyone.
Undekhi Web Series Review
Created by the popular TV series Balika Vadhu fame Siddharth Sengupta and helmed by Ashish R. Shukla (very impressive Prague (2013) – previous). Undekhi (rough translation – The Unseen) takes advantage of its picturesque locals, splendid cast and focused script to churn a gripping blend of powerplay, class-structure and a cat and mouse thrill in this 10-episode crime series which may not be groundbreaking but its satisfactory enough for a binge watching.
It’s not surprising to find another web series stepping into that ‘crime thriller’ category with all those cuss words (a couple of them uncommon over here so whether to credit Varun Badola for this, I leave it to the audience) and a couple of make out scenes (demand of script they say), Undekhi swings from Guy Ritchie to Prakash Jha to a distant cousin of Yash Chopra (the wedding thing) and achieves something or the other.
Undekhi – The Sony Liv original may have the seed from the popular idiom – more than meets the eye, it smartly employs all the ‘seen’, and ‘trusted’ techniques.
Opening with a breath-taking shot of Sundarbans where a policeman has been found murdered by a tribal to the picturesque Manali. The series scores maximum points in its commitment to showcase the powerplay of the super-rich Atwal family and the insensitivity of people towards those who are weak, poor vulnerable and dependent on them.
The unknown traces of someone we claim to know, and the unpredictability of human nature is also exploited.
Dressed garnished and peppered with snaky turns, betrayal, love, hate, faith and fate, Undekhi is clear about its agenda.
From the talented ensemble cast Dibyendu Bhattacharya as the DSP shines throughout in his specialised mannerisms, body language and tone. His humming of Kishore Kumar and Hemant Kumar’s classics adds to the ‘cool’ quotient.
Harsh Chhaya as the rich powerful papaji who is sloshed in his power and wealth and cares a damn about anyone else is cringy to the hilt and that’s an achievement.
Surya Sharma as Rinku urf Rajender Singh Atwal is very convincing and powerful.
Abhishek Chauhan as Rishi leaves his mark. Ayn Zoya as Saloni is fantastic. Ankur Rathee is fine. Anchal Singh has her moments. Sayandeep Sengupta impresses. Special mention for Apeksha Porwal who plays Koyal is a must.
Undekhi could have travelled more and penetrated further. It loses steam and at places restores to convenience. Sudden shift in the behaviour of a couple of characters is not explained. The use of foul language is mostly forced.
Undekhi could have been sardonic and deeply layered then a mere crime thriller but creator Siddharth Sengupta and helmer Ashish R. Shukla make it as their own. This roller coaster cat and mouse chase goes on and on but delivers pleasures for the lovers of crime thriller mysteries.
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