Criminal Justice: Web Series Review
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi, Mita Vashisht, Pankaj Saraswat, Anupriya Goenka, Jackie Shroff, Madhurima Roy, Jagat Rawat, Rucha Inamdar, Raj Gopal Iyer, Ninad Kamat, Sanjay Gurbaxani, Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Prakash Ramchandani, Rituraj Singh.
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia, Vishal Furia.
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama.
Release Date: 5th April 2019.
Aditya is driving his father’s cab one night, as a favor to his sister, when he picks up a customer, Sanaya, who will change his life forever. Some heated arguments and an apology later, Aditya finds himself in Sanaya’s home, and one thing leads to another, and he spends the night in her bed; only to wake up to find her stabbed to death. He is accused of her murder, but he can’t remember anything. Is he guilty or as innocent as he claims to be?
- Criminal Justice is a multi-layered story that not only follows the story of the lead i.e. Vikrant Massey’s Aditya, but also explores various subplots, giving depth and life to the plot.
- Three characters hold the show together with their spectacular performances: Vikrant Massey’s Aditya, Pankaj Tripathi’s Madhav Mishra, and Jackie Shroff’s Mustafa. Vikrant transforms his innocent, boy-next-door character into a toughed up, exhausted man- result of the prison environment. And he does so believably; it’s not an overnight, sudden transformation, but a gradual change he adapts to in order to survive. Then there’s Pankaj Tripathi, with his quirkly, refreshing character who is tenacious and defiant, and makes you laugh in all the bleak and dreary plotline. Jackie Shroff shines through with his don-of-the-prison character, giving off a paradoxical vibe that he manages to excel.
- Apart from these three, Rucha Inamdar (Aditya’s sister Avni), Pankaj Saraswat (Inspector Raghu Salian), Anupriya Goenka (Nikhat), and Mita Vashisht (Mandira Mathur) support the story with their strong characters, furthering the plot.
- Criminal Justice is a police procedural drama that touches upon various topics such as police brutality and politics, coercion, manipulation, media sensationalism, the whole new world of prison, and the issues a convict’s or accused person’s family has to face.
- The dark, dingy cinematography throughout the series perfectly matches the mood of the plot.
- For all its celebrity appeal, Criminal Justice fails to hold the attention it seemed to promise, slacking and dragging the plot through a wringer. If it wasn’t for Pankaj, Vikrant and Jackie, Criminal Justice would fail massively; the three are the saving grace of the series.
- Despite of it being a crime thriller, there are rarely any surprising elements in the series, except the last one where they catch the actual culprit, that will leave you glued to your seat or make you go to the next episode in anticipation, even if each one ends with a cliffhanger. It’s predictable and mainstream.
- Some characters and scenes seem redundant; the series could have definitely done without them. The ensemble cast thing doesn’t work out for Criminal Justice as the show is held together by only a few handful characters.
Criminal Justice portrays the Indian criminal system of justice with dark undertones and strong characters.
- Criminal Justice marks Tigmanshu Dhula directorial debut on the Web Entertainment; he has directed movies such as Paan Singh Tomar, the Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster trilogy, and the recent Milan Talkies.
- It is also Jackie Shroff’s debut in the world of web series, who has worked in short films such Khujli, The Playboy Mr. Sawhney, Shunyata, among others.
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