Rakatanchal: A Gripping Crime Thriller!
BY KAJAL CHADHA
If you liked Gangs of Wasseypur and Mirzapur, then this show is for you. Whether it is Sacred Games, Mirzapur or the latest addition PaatalLok; the crime genre seems to attract more eye balls, if done properly. MX Player’s latest web series ‘RAKTANCHAL’ also takes the similar route.The series captures the menacing lawlessness and the Mafia-raj culture that made the region of Purvanchal bleed red and turned to Raktanchal.
The show overall remains unpredictable with barely any dull moment.The series features heavy verbal abuse and dynamic action mostly played out through fierce gun fights and bomb blasts. The 1980s setting is skillfully achieved through accurate costumes and real locations. It reflects the hard work by precisely recreating the era where guns and goondas ruled the badlands of U.P. Raktanchal is a crime drama inspired by real life events from 80’s of Purvanchal, Uttar Pradesh, at the time when the state development work was distributed through tenders.One of the intriguing factors about Raktanchal is that the writers (Sanjeev K Rajat, Sarvesh Upadhyay and Shashank Rai) introduce a new character in almost every episode, adding up to the major plot twist.
Raktanchal’s cast includes Nitin Dheer (Waseem Khan) who has played many negative roles earlier in movies like Chennai Express, Jodha Akbar, Dabangg-2 and many more. But in this series as Waseem Khan, this guy is just ruthless and aggressive. He has dived deep into his character, not letting go even once throughout the show. And the other major character who is opposite to Waseem Khan is Kranti Prakash Jha (Vijay Singh) who earlier played small roles in movies like M.S Dhoni : The Untold Story, Batla House and many more, has nailed the character of Vijay Singh in this series. He has delivered a remarkable performance with a strong screen presence.
Apart from these two characters, there are quite a few other important characters, who lend a strong support. Leading among them is Pujari Ji (Ravi Khanvilkar), Vikram Kochhar ( Sanki Pandey), Pramod Pathak ( Tripurari) who has done full justice to their respective characters. Soudarya Sharma (Roli), Rojini Chakraborty (Seema) have also portrayed their roles quite well
Two powerful Gang-lords fighting over government tenders, election and land, in one of the most lawless states in 1980’s in India. The tender goes to Waseem Khan, the king of Purvanchal and a well know tender-mafia, who knows how to get what he want, by hook or by crook. But there is someone else who doesn’t like the way Khan is getting things done, a young gangster Vijay Singh, who opposes and challenges Waseem Khan.
The story line of this web series is fine and the thriller manages to keep viewers’ eyes glued to the screen. Every character is written very well.
The web series has nine episodes, each of 30 minutes looks like a winner with its edgy twists and turns and complexly wielded plot. It is a good, one-time watch show if you are into crime, thriller and if you want to experience how the business was done in the 80’s, then this one is for you.