Code M: Web Series Review
ALT BALAJI & ZEE5
Director: Akshay Choubey
Genre: Mystery, Action, Drama.
Release Date: 15th January 2020.
Platform: ALTBALAJI, ZEE5
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A sudden mission to capture two terrorists goes haywire when an army officer, Major Ajay Paswan, gets killed in the crossfire. A seemingly open and shut case, questions are raised on the army when the mother of these two terrorists claims that her boys were innocent. An inquiry is set, led by military lawyer Major Monica Mehra. As she realizes that the case is not as simple as it seems, she digs deeper only to find layers that unveil shocking facets of soldiers supposed to guard the country.
With a lot of expectations raised, ALTBalaji’s Code M provides a plot that leaves no stones unturned, delivering a thriller as promised, at its best. Code M (a military term for court-martial) is the story of an encounter between the army and two militants, which is dragged through the mud as civilians protest the encounter to be a farce. Hence starts the journey of solving the case, which turns out to be a perfect cover for some esteemed soldiers to hide their truth.
The crisp script and brilliant editing of the series should get major credits for all of its success. The suspense and thrill build at a gradual and constant pace till the end, delivering twists with hints that work perfectly. The glitch effect used to portray the changes in locations, which covers the setting of the plot (Jodhpur) succinctly, is noteworthy. At the execution level, Code M passes the test with flying colors.
Code M sheds light on grave matters such as homosexuality, casteism, and the civilians-army equation in a prompt manner. These issues are at the core of the case, and its matter-of-fact portrayal without any sensationalism and drama is refreshing to see.
All the actors are on par when it comes to portraying their characters- from Jennifer Winget to Rajat Kapoor. Jennifer, who plays Major Monica Mehra, is impressive as she portrays a character grappling with her duty to put forth the truth, no matter how scandalous it may be, among the pressure of the patriarchal environment of the army. Rajat’s Colonel Chauhan is the stoic perfectionist, a purist in his methods and ideology. Tanuj fleets in and out as Angad, playing his part to the point. Every character is vital in the fold of the case, be it Monica’s fiancé Dash (Kashyap Shangari) or Zeenat (Madhurima Roy).
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ALTBalaji’s first series for 2020, Code M successfully delivers on the promises it made. Worth a watch.
Code M was released on the Indian Army Day, that is on 15th
Jennifer Winget and Rajat Kapoor mark their digital debut with this series. Rajat has worked in various short films (August 25, An Invitation) but Code M marks his first web series on digital.
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