Poison: Web Series Review
Cast: Tanuj Virwani, Freddy Daruwala, Arbaaz Khan, Riya Sen, Archanna Gupta, Ruhani Sharma, Pranati Rai Prakash, Major Bikramjeet Kanwarpal, Sakshi Pradhan, Faisal Rashid, Shantanu Moghe, Gaurav Sharma, Areez Gandhi, Abhishek Gupta.
Director: Jatin Wagle
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Drama.
Release Date: 19th April 2019.
Ranveer Srivastava has served 7 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Now that he is out, with nothing to lose, and a driving need for vengeance, he sets out to Goa, to make everyone who put him behind the bars, pay. As the need for revenge consumes and becomes a poison in his mind, Ranveer takes law in his hands and becomes what he previously was not- a criminal.
- Poison is a revenge story about Ranveer, and it maintains that mystery till the end. Ranveer is hell bent on the course of retribution; stopping at nothing, doing anything to achieve it, and the viewers can’t help but wonder why. From the beginning, he is shown as a criminal, but the way Tanuj Virwani portrays it gives away the impression that there’s more to the story than meets the eye. And at last when the mystery is revealed, the wait seems to be worth it. Tanuj plays his grey character with the necessary flourish.
- Arbaaz Khan’s digital debut definitely roots his presence with his impressive acting. He is the fresh breath in the otherwise intense and convoluted plot, with his ruthless yet slightly comical character- Antonio Varghese. The crime-lord operating under the ruse of businessman is sharp, witty and merciless, and Arbaaz portrays him perfectly.
- Sakshi Pradhan is a vision with her cold-hearted, killer character. Her character, Rani, is after one thing only- money, and she can go to any lengths to bet it. Sakshi justifies the character with her exceptional acting, maintaining it from start until the very end.
- Poison blurs the line between what is right and what is wrong, venturing into the grey area that generates a conflict of interest towards certain characters and the story. It shows the dark depths of human nature; how power, greed and revenge can turn honest men into ugly people, with stark, unflinching clarity.
- You have got to give it to Shiraz Ahmed, the writer of the series; he doesn’t hesitate to kill the darlings of the series when need be. Many important characters end up dead throughout the series, shocking you for a while, and leaving you admiring the will and daring of the creators.
- The composers have done an incredible job at supplementing the series with the apt background score, be it the melancholic, thrilling music or the intimate, warm score, when necessary. The opening credits with its trippy visuals and mysterious, war-cry like music creates anticipation for the proceeding plot.
- Poison promised to be a crime/mystery thriller but fails to deliver on it, tremendously. The multiple storylines, rather than adding spice and layers to the plot, only adds confusion and irrelevance.
- Everyone seems to be trying to pull off the ensemble cast game, for reasons unbeknownst, and so does Poison. Riya Sen’s character Natasha, for example, doesn’t seem to add anything constructive to the story. Playing the role of Antonio Varghese’s secretary she could have been vital part of the story, but her character arc ends as soon as it develops.
- The transition between scenes is too sudden and comes out of nowhere. A game of deceit, where everyone betrays everybody for seemingly no reason, certain scenes and actions do not make any sense. Same goes for the fight sequences. Except for the last fight between Ranveer and Vikram, every other fighting sequence stands out as odd and blatantly fabricated.
- Nudity and graphic scenes, when used appropriately, can be extremely essential to the story. In Poison, though, their purpose seems to be misguided and redundant; there for the sake of it.
- The dragging 11-episode series could have been effective and an edge-of-the seat thriller if the balance between the unrestricted freedom Web Entertainment allows would have been maintained with authenticity.
Poison fails to deliver the gripping storyline it promised; a few actors’ performances are the only thing that holds it together.
- Poison marks Jatin Wagle directorial debut on digital; he is also directing an upcoming web series by Applause Entertainment, titled Bhaukaal.
- Apart from Arbaaz Khan, Poison also marks Freddy Daruwala’s debut in the Web Entertainment.
- Tanuj Virwani, who was previously seen on Amazon Prime’s Inside Edge, is also a director and writer of the short film Scent Of A Woman.
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