Dahaad Web Series Review: Amazon Prime’s latest thriller starring Sonakshi Sinha and Vijay Varma as protagonist and antagonist is a must watch. The slow burning thriller keeps the expectations high with its sensible storyline that never gets too much for the viewers to absorb.
Dahaad Web Series Review Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ | 4/5
Dahaad Web Series Director: Reema Kagti, Ruchika Oberoi
Dahaad Web Series Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Vijay Varma, Gulshan Devaiah, Sohum Shah, Zoa Morani and the ensemble
Where to Watch: Amazon Prime Video
Total Episodes: 8
Dahaad Web Series Story: Dahaad, set in the tiny town of Mandawa in Rajasthan, examines patriarchy and caste politics through the eyes of Anjali Bhaati (Sonakshi Sinha), the ‘woman Singham’ of the area. Despite being great at work, her ‘neechi jaat’ status would not go away. Anjali must face with larger atrocities when she takes over the case of 20-odd missing women who all commit themselves by eating cyanide. Anand Swarnakar (Vijay Varma), the perpetrator, stands directly in front of her.
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When directors Reema and Ruchika’s focus is on destroying society conventions through the many debates launched in the eight episodes, Dahaad roars. The characters reflect numerous aspects of Indian culture. Dahaad masters these nuances, whether it’s Anjali’s boldness in breaching the glass barrier, Devilal Singh’s (Gulshan Devaiah) reinventing the father-daughter connection, Kailash Parghi’s (Sohum Shah) refusal to take directions from a lady superior, or Anand’s sexist attitude.
Parts of this Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti-created show work better than the entire result. Sonakshi and Gulshan perform two of the best sequences in Dahaad. The former makes a ‘Dabangg’ impression when she lectures Vijay’s character Anand’s father for not allowing her to do her job by preventing her from entering his house on the basis of caste. Gulshan’s Devi is a father who empowers his children, particularly his daughter, which is why he and his wife no longer get along. His confrontation with his wife is a work of art.
Dahaad’s goal is to combine several meaningful talks into a single final result. To some extent, it succeeds in effortlessly integrating subplots. While there aren’t many huge moments in the series, some sequences stick with you. One notable scenario had a high caste officer ordering a lower caste complaint to remain at a distance and then cleansing the area with an agarbatti after he left. He repeats the practise whenever a lower caste person, even Anjali, walks by. It demonstrates Reema and Ruchika’s competence as they make an attempt to add layers to the series rather than confining it to the box of the criminal thriller genre.
As previously stated, Dahaad is a slow burn with no big moments, though the characters have personal victories to celebrate. The series starts off with a bang with intrigue and thrill in every passing scene, however, repetitiveness seeps in pretty soon. The length of each episode is nearly 60 minutes, which slows down the narrative. Anand’s actions are never fully justified, and the motives of the murderers are never revealed. It also becomes monotonous. Some characters are introduced and given significant screen time, but their inclusion is not justified. At one point, the story becomes stuck in a similar maze.
Despite its few flaws, Dahaad is a must watch web series on Amazon Prime Video.