Directors: Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modes and Vinod Rawat
Distribution: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikander Kher and others.
Sushmitha Sen has worked almost as long as I have lived on earth, and all this time I have maintained a quiet relationship with her. I loved her for her incredible looks when she taught chemistry to Shah Rukhan and danced in the water fountain until Nora Fatekhi stole her song from her. But I really admired her for her true identity, the woman who says and does what is right outside the camera.
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I’m doing my best, but I can’t remember if I ever appreciated her for acting as an actress. With dozens of films to their name, from Dastak in 1996 to Nirbaak five years ago, not one of them stands out as a memorable performance. But now Sushmita has the lead role in the latest Disney + Hostar – Aaria series. With nine hours of screenings, Sushmit managed to squeeze out every talent at his disposal. And she did.
Sushmita is the wife of drug trafficker Aaria, who takes over the case of her husband (Chandrachur Singh) after he has been terribly abused. The reins fall towards her as she struggles through the mud of violence, blackmail, lies and betrayal to protect her three children. She could become a showcase in Skyler White’s life after Breaking Bad’s credits, but the heroine of our show Desi is too virtuous and not half as apathetic as she is.
Aarya would have to navigate through the chaos, i.e. the Russian mafia, the drug lords and the drug barons looking for the missing heroin caches. All this chaos falls on his head because of the recklessness of the men in his family. He is left behind to clean up, mix the containers with drugs, do business with kidnappers, extortionists and justice, just to survive. Every day is a new obstacle to overcome, a new puzzle to solve, making this show an exciting number of hours.
Co-director Ram Madhwani of the series Nerja Fame, Sandip Maudie and Wine Rawat, is rarely afraid of empty colours. There are a dozen characters to watch, and almost all of them become more than just furniture in the story, which remains true to the protagonist. The son falls in love with a drug addict, his daughter looks for the father in all the wrong places and the youngster continues to haunt him. The investigating officer hides his friend from the world, the business partner sinks into the abyss of addiction, and even the muscle gets the redeeming bow.
However, there is still a lot of room for improvement and there is still a long way to go to perfection. The dialogues rarely seem sincere. Throughout the season the characters and their families are in Rajasthan, but with the original Ganis-Hamba you can’t distinguish them from your daily Mumbaikar.
And even finding this balance between drama and melodrama seems like a difficult task for the trinity of directors. When the tragedy hits the family, everything goes perfectly: Accumulation, exposure and shock. But all the work has already been thrown out the window in the next scene. Someone falls violently into the pool, one man demolishes the wall art and the other puts a ladder in his mouth while the most terrible crying starts. It’s regrettable and disappointing when we look at what happened before.
The beginning of Aaria and several matches in the middle can be a struggle, but as soon as you cross the barrier of the third episode, everything becomes exciting. Aarya should take care of herself and come up with special solutions for her very specific problems. First she rolls like a field, but then she learns to take matters into her own hands and surprises you and herself with how to get out of the difficult situation. She finds a way to get the police off her back, put one enemy against another and finally get their claws out.
Sushmit benefits greatly from the fact that Aarya was written as a gentle and modern woman at the crossroads of power. She puts her own talent in the role and calls people Bacchus and Rooster, as she often does in real life. She’s lucky she’s good enough for the aaria. Yet it is always a challenge for her to bring the deep sorrow of a loved one’s death to the screen. Crying never seems natural or convincing and ends in a rather amusing way when you relax.
Read it: When Sushmita’s friend, St. John the Baptist’s, was in the middle of the night. Rohman Shawl, played for his team on the set in Aarya. Look, um…
It’s not that hard to solve this mystery. At the end of the first episode you would probably have deciphered most of the puzzle. But the secrets of the finisher continue to appear in the nine episodes, and in the finals, at the level of the boss, the revelation is someone to look forward to.
Aaria is a light and intoxicating clock that can test your patience here and there – it really shows someone walking up the stairs instead of continuing on to the next scene. But be persistent and you’ll find a thriller you’ll want to stick with to the end.