Rangbaaz Phirse: Web Series Review
Director: Sachin Pathak.
Genre:Crime, Drama, Action, Thriller.
Release Date: 20th December 2019.
“ZEE5’s Rangbaaz Phirse, inspired by true events, follows the gruesome tale of Amarpal Singh, a young civil services aspirant, who becomes one of the most notorious criminals of Rajasthan. Here’s why we think you should give it a watch.”
Rangbaaz Season 2, titled ‘Rangbaaz Phirse’, brings yet another grisly tale of a young man from the hinterlands pushed into the world of crime. Inspired by true events, the show revolves around Amarpal Singh, a college topper and UPSC-aspirant from Rajasthan, who turns from being a dedicated young man with hopes of becoming an IPS officer into a notorious criminal bent on raining hell on his enemies.
Rangbaaz Phirse, from the very start, establishes itself as a genesis story of Amarpal Singh, an aspiring civil servant whose dreams of working for the people are crushed under the weight of the unholy politics-police-crime nexus that maintains a chokehold over society. Tortured (literally) and seemingly left with no other option, he turns to the world of crime, fueled by his desire for revenge.
Jimmy Shergill does an excellent job playing the leather-clad Rajput gangster, Amarpal, the show’s anti-hero who is grounded, tender, and caring, yet does not flinch at the sound of bullets or the sight of blood and wants to soar high. His character’s journey is fleshed out well over nine episodes, providing Shergill with ample space to portray all of his moments of hope, ambition, betrayal, hatred, loyalty, and love, which he does with efficiency.
Sushant Singh as Amarpal’s Jat best friend, Jairam Godara, deserves a mention for his memorable performance. He immerses well into his character. Sharad Kelkar as Raja Phogat and Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub as Officer Sanjay Singh Meena, too, continue to impress with their strong performances.
The series gives an insight into the caste conflict at play in Rajasthan, wherein the Rajputs and Jats are at loggerheads with each other since centuries. It is Amarpal’s encounter with the caste-based power play in the aftermath of local elections that propels him into the murky world of crime and violence. And it is this caste-conflict that makes Amarpal and Jairam’s friendship symbolic.
Apart from the Rajput-Jat conflict in Rajasthan, the show also provides us with a glimpse of other realities within the state (and beyond) – such as the Upper and Lower Rajput divisions, Gujjar-Meena rivalry, exposing how political parties have continued to exploit these fissures for gain, and the politics-police-crime nexus that works for its own benefit, with no concern for morals, ethics, law, or their own people.
The storyline is hard-hitting, and does not falter anywhere. The entire series, helmed by the talented director Sachin Pathak, makes for an enthralling watch, gripping you from the very start of the thrilling journey, right down to the emotional bullet-ridden end, all of it enriched further by powerful performances.
Siddharth Shukla, the writer of the show, deserves an applause for developing such a captivating storyline that keeps you hooked to the screens throughout. The content speaks for itself, making it a promising show portraying the creation of a criminal in the backyards of injustice and corruption.
The story follows a non-linear narrative format, going through two timelines at the same time, which come full circle and connect in the middle of the season. This non-linear form of narration tends to create some confusion at the start.
With a captivating plot and excellent performances, Rangbaaz Phirse is storytelling at its finest. Worth a watch!
Rangbaaz Phirse marks Jimmy Shergill’s debut on the digital space. He is known for his performances in films such as Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai, Haasil, Munna Bhai MBBS, A Wednesday, Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns, among others.
Sushant Singh has been a part of films such as Satya, Jungle, Ambedkar, The Legend of Bhagat Singh, etc. among others, and is known for his work as the host of the crime show, Savdhaan India.
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