Abhay Season 3
Onto the next release of the weekend and I have finished watching the third season of the Hindi series Abhay on Zee5. Thankfully Zee5 as an OTT platform has learnt its lesson this time around. The previous two seasons were unnecessarily released in parts as opposed to all episodes releasing together. This had caused a bit of a disconnect to the show although it was no fault of the makers at all. This time though, all the episodes are released together which was a great plus and it allowed me enough time to invest in the show and its characters. Right from the time its trailer was out, I felt this season would score big time owing to the stellar cast and the cerebral and murky nature of writing. That said does Abhay 3 manage to engage you, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Abhay 3 follows the story of investigating officer Abhay as he begins to investigate cases which are more than what meet the eye. The story I felt was better and more cerebral than the previous seasons. While the earlier seasons had cases which were solved in a single episode(much like the English series Luther) with only a thread connecting all episodes together, here the connection between episodes was a bit stronger. The screenplay here is fast paced and takes you through 4 cases over 8 episodes. While the first case seems to be the only one which ain’t really connected to the rest of the story, it sets the tempo for the times to come. The entire sequence of people mysteriously disappearing on the highway to linking it to the psychopath social influencers was a genius idea which exuded of a lot of fun.
But things get murkier by the minute with the introduction of a cult which brainwashes people into committing suicide or killing them off as a part of salvation. The murders are grizzly and they will churn your gut. The entire atmosphere created around it was fabulous. Even the way the protagonist solves cases seemed organic this time around as compared to rushing through episodes. Some of the proceedings, including an incredible final act are twisted and engaging and they will keep you hooked and booked. Some of the subplots work well too, where Abhay’s past often haunts him making him vulnerable. The drawback is that the pacing is slightly off somewhere in the middle but that does not deter from making this an overall thrilling experience. The screenplay is excellent here.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are thought provoking particularly the ones involving the cult and they leave an impact. The BGM is quite good and it will keep you on your toes for sure. The action set pieces are well designed with good cinematography that adds well to your overall viewing experience. Director Ken Ghosh has done an outstanding job here. He maintains a firm grip on the narrative and never really lets go of it. And he ensures that the cerebral screenplay adds to the fun quotient in a twisted manner.
The performances are pretty good here. Isha Sandhir and Krissann Barretto are pretty good despite a very limited screentime. Elnaaz Norouzi as Natasha shines in a cameo as does Rituraj Singh. Vidya Malavade as Nidhi is first rate, Rahul Dev is sure to send a shiver down your spine. Asha Negi as Sonam is brilliant and does a fine job here. Nidhi Singh as Khushboo is impressive in a slightly underwritten role(as per me). Divya Agarwal as Harleen was screen stealer. I was amazed had how natural she was onscreen and it made me want to watch more if her. Tanuj Virwani as Kabir is excellent and shares sizzling chemistry with his co-star Divya. Another example of perfect casting. Vijay Raaz as Anant is incredibly good and this character was a case study of how to approach a character and slowly build it to its conclusion. A great actor delivering an acting masterclass effortlessly. Kunal Kemmu as Abhay is brilliantly himself and never goes ahead of himself. He lives every beat of his character and I honestly wish to watch more of him going forward.
Abhay 3 is highly engaging and cerebral and a series well worth your time. Better than the previous seasons – I would say hell yes! Available on Zee5 and Highly Recommended!