Release Date: 06 March 2020
Available on: MX Player
Director: Jatin Wagle
Cast: Mohit Raina, Abhimanyu Singh, Siddhanth Kapoor, Bidita Bag, Sunny Hinduja, Rashmi Rajput, Pradeep Nagar, and Gulki Joshi.
ABOUT THE STORY:
Bhaukaal is based on real incidents in Muzzafarnagar, Uttar Pradesh. How an SSP Naveen Sikhera (Mohit Raina) takes on the criminals of the town head-on & Sikhera’s mismanagement and heroics, is what the series is all about.
Mohit Raina, who was a scene-stealer in his abbreviated role in Uri deserves a lot more space. He gets a full 10 episodes in Bhaukaal, in this bloodied savagely violent look at the crime graph in Muzzafarnagar (Uttar Pradesh). Considered the crime capital of North India till recently. Or, so we are led to believe in the throng of crime dramas on the web, like Mirzapur which had some good actors like Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Tripathy and Rasika Duggal to lift the plot beyond the bloodshed.
Bhaukaal never rises above the murky morass of murderous moral bankruptcy. The sole purpose of this series’ existence seems to be to provide elaborate shoot-outs between cops and gangsters in the rugged hinterland. One shoot-out that deserves a shout-out is the one staged in a canefield at the beginning of Episode 4. Guns and gannas go well together.
If only the series had more in the way of innovativeness to offer. In fact, most of the incidents involve the upright IPS officer Naveen Sikhera (Mohit Raina)’s do-or-die battle with Muzzafarnagar’s resident gang lord Mohammed Shaukeen (Abhimanyu Singh). While Raina is suitably valorous in his stereotypical role(he has a huge history of khaki heroism from Amitabh Bachchan in Zanjeer to Ranveer Singh in Simmba to live up to) Abhimanyu Singh’s vicious villainy is not the least intimidating.
What works: Final few Episodes Supporting Cast Few Gripping Moments
What doesn’t work: Predictable Narration Cinematography, Weak Writing, The Middle Portions That Drag
Recommended: Yes, although with huge reservations
This Holi, if a bloodbath is your thing then dip right in.
Watch the trailer below:
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