Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar
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Story & Screenplay
Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar follows the story of a group of newbies who look to open a fake bank in order to earn a quick buck. The story is interesting even though you may get a vibe of Scam 1992 and Money Heist. But it is the screenplay that is a bit of a let down. It begins on a good note with a nice buildup where you feel you are in for a fun ride. The problem here is that the writing does not really shift gears. The buildup which should have resulted in a lot of excitement and action is unfortunately reduced to a drab drama. Some of the subplots seem unnecessary to the overall plot and they could have done without it. What that results in is that crucial time is spent on such events which adds up to an overall runtime of close to five hours. But at the end of it, you just get a feeling of having wasted that time. I just wish the twist at the very end was introduced somewhere around the halfway mark(yes, that is how much the series meanders). The positives here are some of the characters that are well fleshed out and the dynamics and the camaraderie that the group share with one another. Also the dark humour in parts works well. But overall, the screenplay is just a bit too mundane and drab for my liking.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are quite well penned and some of the one liners are quite quirky. The music is decent but the BGM is outstanding and really tries to spice up the drama. This is the last work of Raj Kaushal who has been a fabulous director. To be fair, he has done a fair job here. Maybe a tighter edit and some better writing would have done wonders here!
Perhaps the strongest feature of the series are its performances. The perfornances are actually quite good. Flora Saini as PC looks gorgeous and shines in a cameo. Likewise for Manish Chaudhari who is yet again dignified. Swati Semwal as Radha is fiery and has a confident presence onscreen. Sreya Muthukumar as Khushi brings that vulnerability so well to her character. Shishir Sharma as Hari is such a fine actor and always in control of his craft. He is just a pleasure to watch onscreen every single time. Alisha Chopra as Rhea looks pretty and is quite natural onscreen. Anuj Rampal as Siddhant is a live wire and does a fabulous job. Vicky Arora as Bhargav is tremendous here and well restrained in a good outing. The performances save the day to an extent.
Akkad Bakkad Rafu Chakkar boasts of some good performances but its lacklustre and unimaginative writing spoils the broth at the end of the day. Available on Amazon Prime.