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Apharan: Web Series Review



Cast: Arunoday Singh, Mahie Gill, Nidhi Singh, SaanandVerma, Monica Chaudhary, Sanjay Batra, Varun Badola, Pawan Chopra, Neha Kaul.
Director: Sidharth Sengupta.
Language: Hindi.
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama.
Channel: ALTBalaji.
Release Date: 14th December 2018.


Rudra Srivastava, an honest Senior Police Inspector of Uttarakhand, gets tangled at a wrong place at a wrong time, which costs him his job and family. In an effort to get his life back on track, he takes on a kidnapping case where the girl herself wants to be kidnapped. The simple plan of money extortion unravels when the girl dies and Rudra becomes a part of ugly conspiracies and maze of lies.


  • A spicy plot, bawdy Bollywood hits as background and thrilling drama, Apharan is the perfect story wrapped up in old Indian cinema and new age web.
  • The titles are indicators of the episodes themselves, derived from the evergreen songs of Bollywood, proceeding to 20 minutes of thrill, drama, and fun. The 12 episodes are full of dark humor and one snowball of twist after other, keeping you entertained and eager to click on the next episode.
  • A special applaud for Arunoday Singh, who plays the lead Rudra, and Varun Badola, the security in charge of Govind Tyagi. Their portrayal of their respective roles is so seamlessly perfect that these two, single-handedly, steal the show. It’s an art to portray coincidence and irony in a way that it doesn’t come off as unnatural and fake; Apharan aces this craft with the help of Arunoday.
  • Another thing that stands out is the strong female characters. Be it Anu, Maalini orRanjana, they are as vital in the plot as Rudra, and not just some sidekicks to the storyline.
  • We Indians might evolve in our viewership of cinema, but in the deepest of our hearts, we’ll always love movies like Sholay. This original by ALTBalaji restores your faith in good ole’ drama, but also adds a pinch of contemporary with its black comedy and noir.
  • Bonus points for merging the city of Uttarakhand in all its essence in the plot gracefully with brilliant cinematic shots.


  • Unless you do not condone strong language and scenes, there is no reason you shouldn’t watch this series.

Bottom Line:

Satisfy your Bollywood masala soul with Apharan; it serves spice as a side dish with extremely good content.


  • Mahie Gill, critically acclaimed for her role in Anurag Kashyap’s Dev D, has done some extraordinary work in movies like Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, Paan Singh Tomar, etc. Initially rejected by Balaji Films, it’s a happy moment for her to be a part of Apharan.
  • Arunoday Singh, seen in various cameo roles in movies, made his web entertainment debut with Netflix’s Love Per Square Foot and Apharan marks his debut in the growing world of web series.

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