SHAHID KAPOOR DEBUT WEB SERIES: REVIEW OF FARZI
Actor:Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, KK Menon, Bhuvan Arora, Zakir Hussain, Jaswant Singh, Amol Palekar, Raashi Khanna
Director: RJ and DK
Category:Hindi, Thriller, Crime
The Family Man had two great seasons, so many were curious to see what Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru would accomplish next. Their past film and television work has been erratic.
Amol Palekar, Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, and Kay Kay Menon make for excellent casting choices in Farzi, giving viewers plenty of reasons to watch.
The topic is unique but perhaps a little dull.
The eight-part series must be filled with family drama and heartfelt moments because pursuing terrorists and other national foes is far more intriguing than a currency fraud scheme.
Sunny (Shahid Kapoor) grew up with his grandfather (Amol Palekar), best friend Firoz (Bhuvan Arora), and family friend Yasir after his father abandoned him when he was a toddler (Chittaranjan Giri).
The grandfather publishes Kranti Patrika, a newspaper that no one reads but which still gives him meaning in life.
Sunny is a talented artist, but she struggles to make ends meet since she has to hawk her paintings to bargaining idiots on the street. The press is then in danger of closing down owing to debts, and Sunny has the brilliant idea to create fake currency combining his creative abilities, Firoz’s printing knowledge, and Yasir’s printing abilities.
In the meantime, renegade police officer Michael (Vijay Sethupathi) makes it his mission to stop the use of counterfeit money in the nation. He finds a kindred spirit in sincere Reserve Bank employee Megha (Raashii Khanna), who has the expertise to identify fake currency and wants to join the special task force known by the unfortunate acronym CCFART, which was established to apprehend the counterfeiters.
Mansoor Dalal (Kay Kay Menon), who rules from a house in Jordan, is the mastermind behind the scam.
Sunny’s notes are so outstanding that they manage to elude the devices, despite Megha’s efforts to create a device and an app to detect counterfeit money.
Mansoor would eventually track down Sunny and Firoz and hire them to create money notes for him. After a while, when requirements are met and he has charmed Sunny by paying for the grandfather’s brain operation, greed takes over.
While the plot (co-written by Raj, DK, Sita R Menon, and Suman Kumar) remains in the thriller genre, there are some great sequences, such as evading Michael and his team to smuggle a significant amount of cash into India. They do this by using a real-life incident where a ship bound for an Alang breaking yard ran aground at Juhu Beach (north west Mumbai). However, the show keeps drifting off course as it focuses on Michael’s problematic marriage to Rekha (Regina Cassandra) and his alienation from his geeky child whom he wants to “make into a man.”
Then there is the lazy narrative device of Sunny simply courting Megha so he can stay updated on the activities of the task group.
The hour-long episodes alternate between heart-pounding action and drowsy scenes.
The series improves once Vijay Sethupathi and Kay Kay Menon are present.
As the villain continues to blackmail a minister (Zakir Hussain) in order to acquire what he wants, Michael captures the character’s wrath and malicious wit, and Mansoor is funny as the hopped-up thug with pretences and a “Vincent Van Goog” on his wall.
Since Sunny does not even have the justification of being really anti-establishment, it is difficult to empathise with him very much.
It is odd that the middle-class, educated man who wants to be an artist speaks like a tapori.
Shahid Kapoor’s portrayal is too look-at-me-I’m-a-star until the last episode, when he gets his act together and nails the necessary nuances, in contrast to the other actors who really commit to their roles.
Shahid kapoor in Farzi
Hopefully, Season 2 will present him with more difficult hurdles to overcome.
Why to watch – Overall, from story to acting and dialogues, ‘Farzi’ is a fresh and very interesting crime-thriller. The specialty in the series is more and the flaws are less, so it is worth watching.
My rating: 3/5
Author: Sangeeta Verma
Occupation: Indian film critic and reviewer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Mass Communication
Career: Sangeeta Verma started her career as a freelance writer and film critic and continuing it.