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“Abhay 2” on Zee5 Explores #TheRoadToJustice With A Tale of Spine Chilling Crimes & Twisted Mind Games: Abhay 2 Review

Zee5 never fails to amaze us with its stirring range of crime web series and when we are speaking of its gripping chain of shows in the crime stream, “Abhay” can definitely not be missed out. If you had been lured by its first season, hold on to your seats as this time Kunal Khemu Aka Abhay Pratap Singh makes a sharper, stronger and more impactful entry and is bound to leave behind some tough imprints on your mind. And don’t mind me saying “Abhay 2” is not meant for the weaker minds. The action is stronger, plots are sturdier and crimes are definitely more heinous.

To begin with, “Abhay 2” returns with a bang that is bold and a characterization that has been chalked out with meticulous choices. We have an ensemble cast of Chunky Pandey, Bidita Bag, Asha Negi, the veteran Ram Kapoor and definitely the constant overpowering, righteous lawman, Kunal Khemu.

Every episode unravels a different layer of abhorrent crime, a form that cannot be endured with bare eyes. While the repulsion builds up, the episode makes a sudden end with an unprecedented surprise, only to heighten the element of suspense.  Director Ken Ghosh and his stupendous team of writers definitely have constructed a masterpiece with skillfully woven episodes to implant a peculiar amalgamation of repulsion and curiosity that does not let you ever lose out the tension.

A Gripping Characterization That Holds You To The Core

Set in the interiors of North India, the action and bloodletting never runs out flat that aptly matches the tone and location. Kunal Khemu has definitely grown as an actor, and his avatar in “Abhay 2” as the righteous officer treading on #TheRoadToJustice makes him come out as a far more polished and convincing character. His perseverance to seek the truth and punish the wrong as an honest officer battling all odds, though does not add the superhero feathers, but rather makes him a relatable person who can go to any extent to unearth the reality and fulfill his responsibilities. Herein, lies the magic of Kunal Khemu, who never overdoes it, rather so subtly implements it that it truly convinces as an extension of reality.  Nonetheless, his steady restrained acting that is not ready to tolerate any non-sense makes him grab all the eyeballs.

Chunky Pandey has been skillfully used by Ken Ghosh in quite a contrasting way to his usual comic realm. The first episode commences with him getting prepared to commit a dreadful crime, quite contrary to his innocent appearance. Herein lies the sharp, creative streaks of the director who knits the crimes and the reasons behind the same in an interesting way, far beyond the comprehension of common minds. It seems every crime scene has been plotted with the finest of ferocity and severest of blood-mongering. Ram Kapoor, the central villain, though makes quite a delayed entry in the plot, but never fails to lose out in curating a flawless devilish character with his byzantine scheming. His fiendish smiles apparently seem so real that they instantly lead to some devastative spine-chilling moments.

We have the powerful presences of Bidita Bag and Asha Negi too, as some strong characters enhancing the strength of the plot.

Devious Mind Games That Sweep Away Your Mind

What Makes Abhay 2 The Perfect Tale of Nail-biting suspense is its brilliant integration of logic and action. While most crime scenes fail to strengthen the execution or the reasoning, Abhay 2 excels in both the fields. Every path arrives with a fresh twist and is not an easy nut to crack. For example, when the school bus full of kids gets hijacked by one of the villains, not only Kunal Khemu but even we as audience are put into a fix, scuttling for clues to realize the problem.  The construction of suspense is so strong and the implementation of crimes so brutal, that you never feel the plot running flat. Ken Ghosh explores the darkest shades of human minds, something which he had done in “Abhay” too, but this time the intensity stands out to be undeniably stronger.

“Main Churail Hoon”: The New Mantra of Female Empowerment; “Churail” Review

ZEE5 has blessed us with some of the most outstanding web series so far and one of its recent releases has once again re-established its strength as a superb content oriented OTT platform. If you aren’t aware of what I am talking about, well, it is none other than the freshest release “Churails” on ZEE5.

As a strong believer in feminism and strongly standing against the ruthless forms of patriarchal dominance, Churail could easily reach out to my heart with its robust feminism layers. Coming from the house of THE veteran director, Asim Abbasi, this Pakistani web series stands out to be one of the finest attempts in discussing the harsh footprints of patriarchy even in the modern 21st century.

The Protagonists Who Eventually Adopt The Avatar of #MainChurailHoon

So here we have 4 women from four different walks of life, whose lives knit together with the progression of the plot.

Meher Bano aka Zubaida, stands out to be of the most rebellious characters in a traditional conservative family. She aspires to become a boxer and attempts every possibility of transforming her dreams to reality. In fact, when her father poses her brother to be her bodyguard, she even goes to the extent of bribing him, proving her true rebellious traits.

Next, we have Batul, a woman who has perhaps seen the ugliest phase of life among the four, being a direst victim to cruel domestic violence by her husband as and when she could not fulfil the needs of her husband. Without any assistance or support from her in-laws, she was left with no other option than to murder her husband. She had been sent to the prison for as long as 20 years and then she was finally set free.

Sara who had finally made a quit from her successful law career just to find herself only as a wife to her super influential husband. However, she gradually rekindles the passion of resuming her law practice again however with the sheer discouragement of her husband.

Last but not the least, we have Jugnu, who had been engaged in a potential event management career, however due to unforeseen circumstances, her hundredth event did not witness flying colors, making her lose a number of associations. Moreover, when she decided to tie the knot with an African American Man without the consent of her family, things started to become more averse.

What Makes Them The Perfect #MainChurailHoon Avatars?

So how did their paths cross each other? Well, that’s what makes the plot more interesting. Things turn to be extremely thrilling when these fours rebellious spirits, undermined by the torment of patriarchal norms of the society, team together to open their own private detective agency. While in front of the whole world, they maintain this as a boutique designer apparel store, named, “Halal Designs”, however, their prime mission is “Aage Burkha, Peeche Bandook”. Under this boutique design store, their prime mission is to punish the masked men who actually cheat and abuse their wives in reality.

As the plot gets revealed, we get acquainted with the darker shades of life like repulsion for homosexuality, prostitution, transgender and crimes like kidnapping, abortion etc.

Three Reasons Why Churails Lies to Be A Must Watch

Voicing Out Strong Tones of Feminine Independence: Well, whatsoever progress we might have made in the field of technology and progress, true independence of the female figure of the family still lies to be a rare phenomenon. “Churails” strongly asserts the need of independence of women through its plot.

Exposing the Bitter Truths of Masked Patriarchy: Even in the present millennial times, the footprints of patriarchy have not erased completely. These women from their journey to the “hapless figures” to “Man Churail Hoon”, show how the authoritative male society has been a part of our lives constantly.

Women Are Capable of Anything and Everything: The final and the most powerful message that “Churails” communicate is that females just like men are capable of doing anything and everything with their grit and inner strength.

Don’t forget out to check out their episodes for a thrilling ride through superb drama and flawless characterization.