Kunal Kemmu, the happy-go-lucky Laxman from Rohit Shetty’s Golmaal has taken up an iron-hearted character in ZEE5’s crime drama Abhay. Inspired by true events, this series is back with its second installment after the first season won accolades from its fans on social media. For the uninitiated, let’s give you a backdrop. Abhay is all about a loyal, honest, and diligent investigating officer Abhay Pratap Singh (played by Kunal Kemmu) who thinks just like a criminal to solve impossible cases. He steps out in the world of gruesome crimes and forms an alliance with another criminal mastermind played efficiently by Ram Kapoor. The series is closely spun around Abhay’s tryst with some of the most twisted criminals breathing the free air while grappling with his own personal demons.
The three-part series is a delectable watch despite the blood and crime depicted in it. It is an edge-of-the-seat thriller that is short enough to keep you hooked and long enough to do justice with the premises. I believe the length of this series is a breather among those long, infinitely-stretched series that never seem to end.
Story Writers of Abhay season 2 were sorted in their minds about the picture they were trying to paint. It is a no-nonsense drama that gets quite right to the point without beating around the bushes. There are no fillers, which serves as one of the things that worked for the series.
In Abhay 2, the makers have not created an air of suspense about who the killer is. Unlike other crime-thriller dramas, it is not based on a typical whodunit plot. From the very first episode itself, the character and depravity of the serial killer, excellently played by Chunky Panday, is shown to the viewers. In the rest of the episodes as well, there is no wasting time on revealing the identity of the killers.
Talking about the performances of the cast, Kunal Kemmu is quite a surprise as a no-nonsense investigating officer. He is restrained and a man of few words, unlike what we are used to seeing. His perfectly chiseled body and an upright demeanor definitely win some points for him.
Ram Kapoor’s character builds enough intrigue around his character. We have seen Kapoor in a few grey shade characters, like in Thappad, but seeing him as a manic killer on screen was a shocker but in a positive sense. Although, his performance did leave something to be desired by the end.
Bidita Baag, who won some praise for her role in Baabumoshai Bandookbaaz opposite Nawazuddin Siddiqui, is seen in a yet similar avatar in Abhay season 2 as well. She is a twisted, unforgiving and perverse psycho thriller who finds pleasure in inflicting pain on others.
Overall, Abhay season 2 takes a leaf from the books of many Hollywood crime thrillers like Silence of the Lambs, Saw, Joker, etc. and churns out an indigenised version with Indian milieu. The welcome respite is that in this series, we get to hear dialogues with lesser gaalis unlike most of the crime thrillers these days.
Abhay Season 2, #RoadToJustice is a must-watch for the love of crime and suspense thriller based on Indian small-town crime scenes. Do catch #AbhayOnZEE5 and enjoy the fast-paced yet intriguing watch.