Skyfire: Web Series Review
Cast: Prateik Babbar, Sonal Chauhan, Jisshu Sengupta, Jatin Goswami, Shataf Figar, Denzil Smith, Anindita Bose, Nyra Banerjee, Mala Salariya, Karan Dave.
Director: Soumik Sen.
Genre: Sci-fi, mystery, thriller.
Release Date: 22nd May 2019.
Chandrashekhar aka Chandra– an award-winning journalist- arrives in Kerala pursuing a lead from a mysterious man who seems to be frantic about the ‘Pralay’. Before Chandra is able to get a single word out of him, he is hit in the head and when he wakes up, hit with a flood that itches and burns. Back home, he finds out that Gopal is missing, a kid who works as an informant for his friend Hassan, and is pretty close to the bunch. As Chandra embarks on a path to find the kid, he unveils a bigger conspiracy that puts the whole country’s safety at stake.
- Skyfire’s concept is all-encompassing and revolutionary, presenting a simple concept such as political dominion and climate change in a never-before seen manner.
- The thriller quotient of the story is maintained by the authentic shock-and-awe moments. Despite providing various hints as foreshadowing, there are multiple scenes that leave you truly reeling with the way things turn.
- Sonal Chauhan makes her digital debut with a subtly strong impact. Her modest yet assertive character, Meenakshi, works as a steadying factor in the entire series.
- The supporting actors- Jisshu Sengupta, Anindita Bose, Shataf Figar, and Denzil Smith- make their characters stand out with a noticeable characterization, leaving an impression in their allotted screen time.
- The title track with its fitting lyrics and amazing visuals- especially the turnover that reveals the series logo at the end- leaves you in awe.
- Adapted from Aroon Raman’s bestselling novel, the screen adaptation of Skyfire is a big disappointment. Starting off with a bang, the series seems to lose its value the further it progresses. The brilliant storyline fails to make the impact it should due to the slack execution.
- The multiple plotlines that work as bigger part of the same story are highly inconsistent. The transition from one story into another is shaky, failing to maintain the link despite the characters pointing it out one way or the other.
- Prateik Babbar’s character, for being a lead, seems half-hearted and incomplete. After seeing him in Four More Shots Please!, we definitely expected a stellar performance from the actor, but Chandra, for being an award-winning journalist, is at best indifferent and lukewarm.
- The bad execution of Skyfire is blatant with its poor dubbing and visual effects- anyone could point out the amateurish visuals and discrepancies in the audio. All in all, Skyfire seems like a harried, rushed project that breezed through the post-production phase, with no attention to detail.
Skyfire has an amazing storyline that could have been the best with proper execution.
- Soumik Sen has previously worked on web with Voot, as the writer and director of the original Badman, starring Gulshan Grover.
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