As we are mostly in our houses dependent on streaming platforms for content I was extremely interested to know what the hotstar series special ops starring Kay Kay Menon in the lead role had to offer. The web series focuses on the research and analysis wing of India which is head by Mr. Himmat Singh played by Kay Kay Menon and how he with the help of five officers that have trained under his mentorship find the sixth man possibly responsible for the parliament attacks of 2001 and several others that ravaged India how the 19 years search for the man develops a across several countries and how an impending attack is tackled by the intelligence department is the premise of special ops.
I have extremely mixed feelings about this web series and this is coming from a Neeraj Pandey fan. Undoubtedly his first film of Wednesday is his strongest in his filmography, but there are certain elements of his film-making namely is interesting detailing in a story development that stands out here’s me telling you the good and bad aspects of the series, so let’s get started.
Movie Of Eight Episodes:
You guys can ultimately decide whether to watch the series or not. A stretch to web series what you will experience while watching the web series is that the creators could have easily concluded it within five or six episodes. The issue is that Neeraj Pandey does not catered to the medium which is an online streaming platform, but treats each Episode like his Bollywood films grand in many ways super filmy and effective only in moments. If you are fans of films like Baby and Naam Shabana the web series is presented in the same pitch as those films.
So you can expect montage of agents throwing money in the dance bars to come into the good books of a Goon the terrorists praying in the middle of the desert a deep dive into the personal lives of the agents with them professing their love for each other hilariously being a little too self aware by Calling it cheesy and corny because it is there will be a sequence of a men with his auto acting like he is john Abraham from Dhoom the Drunk interrogation will happen that mimics a 90s comedy sequence of a man being uncontrollably slapped and a new appointed terrorists that loves to visit the mall and watch Soft porn on television.
The point is that in many ways several sequences of the film could have been shelved and it would have lead to a way more crisp and effective web series. Kay Kay Menon and Veterans the heart and soul of this web series is Kay Kay Mennon As Himmat Singh the man is a legend capable performer that is time and time again provided us such memorable roles being is Gulaal, Paanch and so on. He possesses such tangible intensity his body language staying calm and crisis situations and soft and overprotective nature that naturally comes out in his household. a count for the best moments from the series.
Every single interrogation in the web series of him talking to some random goon or even Ajmal Kasab really are the iconic more On this web series throughout the episodes Kay Kay Menon’s role mirrors that of Russell Crowe from body of lies providing all the necessary orders to take place on the ground. I mentioned the veterans as the impactful performers as these are people that we have seen for multiple years in several films and shows.
Vinay Pathak as Abbas,a police officer trying to prove himself day in and day out with Himmat Singh is spectacular. Can I just say that there is an effortless nature with which these veteran actors swear and it never comes across as crass Something Manoj Bajpai did so beautifully in family man Vinay Pathak and Kay Kay Mennon have that same effortless quality in a brief appearance Divya Dutta as Sadia Qureshi a character I can’t tell you much about will leave a lasting impression. I mean, it’s Divya Datta even in a short span of time she can impress you.
Gautami Kapoor as Saroj, Himmat Singh’s wife also believe a smile on your face. Both the husband and wife share some earnest moments and possess great chemistry that constant small funny talks of the teenage daughter independence and parenting really up Brilliant. The operation officers honestly do a commendable job with the written material provided to them, but these are not performances that will deeply impact you or be memorable in The future years to come.
Out of the five agents Karan Tacker as Farooq Ali has the most heavy lifting To do but he Falters in being convincing and Several intense moments. Characterization and Certain sequences what really works in any thriller heist or secret agent operation series is that It really has an effective antagonist to combat a vision of a person that is so uncontrollable or skewed that it’s tough to find any form of Achilles heel but the main antagonist in this web series half is played by Sajjad Delafrooz is a monotone and boring one That in several sequences, made me snooze off. He has the same stoic and monotone delivery as he had in the Tiger Zinda Hai, you will honestly feel that it is just an extension or a cooler version of the same character all The Allies or the antagonist speak in the same singsong manner the web series has several characters with unnecessary quirks.
A men who seeks chocolate because he has high Blood Pressure. A stereotypical Bengali interrogator that tries too hard to be funny. It reminded me of stand-up comedians bombing on stage and a tiring sequence of recruiting the officers in a wannabe Justice League style the issue Is that the series tries too hard To be quirky and charming but falls flat each time The gags seem forced rather than natural weaving.
Brilliant Story and Cinematography:
The story and cinematography what can not be taken Going away from a creator like Neeraj Pandey He has a brilliant way of designing a fictional story by incorporating several theories around real events So be in the parliament attacks of 2001 or 2008 attacks of Mumbai or the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots.
The Creator has a brilliant way of Designing motivations for characters due to several real life prevents. it in many ways will make you think about the several possibilities the masses have no idea about the countess conspiracy theories that we consider to be far-fetched, revolving around some horrible moments of Indian history might actually be true.
A technical aspect as well that you will notice throughout the season This is the pattern on longshots through many episodes These range from just sit down interact between characters as well as the sequences are Please worthy feature for both the creators as well as the actors on the project. I want to conclude by saying that Neeraj Pandey’s work of art has a huge fan base if any story can be told by integrating a real-life events, specifically terrorists activity in the country Pandey seems to have created a niche for himself in this genre of cinema.
The problem is that the web series format and special ops specifically suffers from being too stretched to come to its conclusion. It transports us to scenic locations. All across the globe showcasing the several roles these agents have to play in possibly the most thankless job of the world. Leading for it to becoming a tiring journey to be invested in The Family Man suffered from one trope that is similar to this one of caricature antagonists But was effortlessly funny, engaging and Most importantly grounded in reality and it led audiences begging for the second season, watch special ops if you love Neeraj Pandey style of films, Kay Kay Mennon with his perfect Portrayal of Himmat Singh will fully in gracio you but it is in the smooth ride along all the long eight episodes.
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