Crackdown web series review

globalmovie     23 Sep,2020         No Comment

Crackdown web series review: Saqib Saleem and Shriya Pilgaonkar play chor-police in the guise of wannabe secret agents
CrackdownWhen you’ve recently had web series like The Family Man and Special Ops, not to mention a healthy dose of good spy movies in Bollywood dating back to Ramanand Sagar’s 1968 masterpiece, Aankhen, starring Dharmendra and Mala Sinha, you better be on the money if you’re contemplating another entry in the genre. And I’m not even beginning to list the A-class espionage imports that the Indian audience has been exposed to ever since the OTT boom. But Apoorva Lakhia’s Crackdown is way off the money pot, taking its name quite literally, spiralling “downward” as if on an endless supply of “crack”.

Scroll down for my full Crackdown review…
What’s it about
Crackdown revolves around a bunch of RAW agents, running around to stop an impending attack on Indian soil, no doubt orchestrated by Pakistan, while attempting to uncover a traitor in their midst. Sounds familiar? Well, that’s not even the half of it.

What’s hot

To be fair, there are a couple of good twists, especially one in the last episode, and things get remotely better post the fourth episode (there are eight in total in season one). But these are but a handful moments in an otherwise unimaginatively conceived and abjectly executed web series. Among the actors, it’s only Shriya Pilgaonkar, who once again pitches in a good act, improving on the promise displayed earlier in Mirzapur and The Gone Game. Waluscha De Sousa, too, isn’t bad, but she has precious little to do except for whine and cast a stink eye until the last episode rolls in.

What’s not
It may be hard to believe until you see it for yourself, but Crackdown actually has a plot that’s straight out of Amitabh Bachchan/Shah Rukh Khan’s Don, shoved into espionage circles. And it’s so laughably obvious and poorly played out, that those movies and the characters in them would actually make for a better fictional secret service. Thereon, it’s a stream of one plot contrivance, loophole and cliche after another, with Apoorva Lakhia throwing everything at us from RAW chiefs making worse decisions than nursery-school headmasters, civilians taking part in meetings of national security, token Walah-Habibi, kohl-eyed terrorists, action scenes straight of the a teenager’s handbook and cardboard characters that make us cringe. No prizes for guessing that such amateur guessing must’ve played out like the next slick espionage thriller in Lakhia’s mind.

It just goes to show the difference that directors like Raj and DK or Neeraj Pandey can make as compared to someone whose past credits include Mission Istanbul, the Zanjeer remake and Haseena Parkar. To make matters worse, the two leading men of this web series, Saqib Saleem and Iqbal Khan, deliver arguably their career worst performances, the former sleepwalking through his part, and the latter in a perpetual state of gruff, believing it makes him look tougher for some unbeknownst reason. On the other hand, good actor like Rajesh Tailang is horribly wasted. Technically, too, this is a pretty averagely shot and edited web show, with a background score that any rookie could have composed on her/his laptop.

Unless your idea of entertainment is a collage of juvenile direction, wooden acting and heavily caricatured sequences, I’d suggest you avoid Crackdown at all costs. I’m going with 2.5/5 stars.

Rating :2.5 out of 5

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