Web Series: Dahaad
Cast: Sonakshi Sinha, Gulshan Devayya, Vijay Varma, Sohum Shah
Creators: Reema Kagti – Zoya Akthar
Streaming On: Zee5
Release Date: 12th May, 2023
Story: Sub Inspector Anjali Bhaati investigates a series of unexplained deaths in public toilets in Mandawa, Rajasthan. Initially appearing to be suicides, a chain of homicides, one after the other, directs their investigation toward a pattern in the deaths of girls, raising the possibility that a serial murderer is on a spree. But what is the truth, and who, after all, triggered all this? Thus, begins a thrilling cat and mouse game that will keep you addicted.
Analysis: Created by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar (who has co-written it with Ritesh Shah), the narration of this Web Series is very straightforward and also it reveals the killer’s identity in the very first episode. But the process of Police tracking down him and getting the required proof against him goes through many intriguing paths. The writing cleverly portrays the personal lives and problems of police officers. Because of that, the way they deal with their case gets influenced and coerces them to stick on to their instinct and determination, which makes us feel for their emotions.
Moreover, Dahaad stays away from justifying the killer or giving him a sympathetic feel, despite following the regular trait of a criminal having a traumatized childhood. The social inequality and caste discrimination still existing in these times even for police officers is shown without much drama. However, the attempt of throwing in the religious tension in the first episodes did not get the desired effect.
- Nice Taking of more in-depth issues
- Length of the episodes
- Few unnecessary subplots
- Rushed Climax
Verdict: Dahaad stands out because of the sharp writing, natural performances, and it is an engaging watch if not for a few stretched episodes, some unnecessary moments, and a rushed Climax.