Web Series Review | Mafia: Twisty, twisted & snaky

ZEE5 Mafia web series review is here. The eight-episode web series stars Namit Das, Tanmay Dhanania, Ishaa M Saha, Anindita Bose, Aditya Bakshi, Madhurima Roy and Ridhima Ghosh. Produced by Eskay Movies and Directed by Birsa Dasgupta, Mafia is streaming on ZEE5.

Immediate reaction when the end credits roll
What happens when the joyous youthful exuberance of Dil Chahata Hai turns into deadly and creepy as I Know What You Did Last Summer ‘sort’ of game of life and death.

The Story of Mafia
Six college buddies – Ishaa M Saha, Anindita Bose, Madhurima Roy, Tanmay Dhanania, Ishaa M Saha, Anindita Bose, Aditya Bakshi and Saurab Saraswat meet for a reunion after a five-year hiatus. It’s the wedding of Tanya (Madhurima Roy), who is tying the knot with her boyfriend Kunal (Sayan Banerjee). The reunion is planned in the bungalow owned by Tanmay Dhanania – the same five-year-old venue when they had a send-off kind of party. The bungalow is in the midst of jungles of Madhupur in Jharkhand. They get together and play the popular game of elimination ‘Mafia’ and things start getting creepy and out of control.

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Mafia web series review
Called as ‘Mafia’ – #GameForLife, the eight-episode series is created by Rohan Ghose and Aritra Sen. Based on the popular social deduction board game ‘Mafia’. Birsa Dasgupta in his directorial debut, displays his command over the genre and a sense of understanding of the vulnerable youth.

Namit Das calls his new web show ‘Mafia’ a unique project

Mafia is campy, thrilling, mysteriously instigating dark thriller de noir that has physiological and social undertones. Build on the popular cat-mouse, whodunit murder mystery with old school thrills, the series written by Reetarshi Dutta, Rohan Ghose, Konarak Mukherjee and Aritra Sen scores extra points when the characters amidst the tension are forced to undergo into self-introspection mode.

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The added layers of fear, guilt and betrayal separates Mafia from the normal tour de force murder mysteries and stands taller.

‘Mafia’ actress Anindita Bose: ‘My idea is to go with the flow’

Further, the series is enhanced by some fine performances. Everyone is competent with zero fakery in the performances.

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DOP – Gairik Sarkar is the unseen star of Mafia.

Flaws
In spite of all its terrific ability to get into the psyche, heart of the audience and characters, the show falls to predictability a bit early and quite a few things get obvious and plain routine.

Final words
All said and done, Mafia on ZEE5 is a thrilling ride with shocking and unexpected turns, this is some thrillingly creepy fun on the run. Go for it.

pic/poster courtesy : ZEE5

Mafia | Official Trailer | A ZEE5 Original | Streaming Now on ZEE5

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