Monday, June 21, 2021

Sunflower review: Sunil Grover shines in this half-baked ZEE5 show

A lifeless physique and two suspects. There’s the apparent one who seems responsible from the phrase go, after which there may be the mysterious one with hidden motives. Are each of them concerned within the homicide? Or, are they only the same old suspects and there may be extra to it than meets the attention?

Sunflower, the newest ZEE5 net sequence, created by Vikas Bahl, pulls you in from the start. A suburban residential society faces chaos as a resident, Raj Kapoor, is murdered and police begin their investigation.

Gross sales supervisor Sonu Singh (Sunil Grover) is the apparent suspect, with proof stacked towards him. Kapoor’s neighbour Dr Ahuja (Mukul Chaddha) can also be on the radar for his suspicious behaviour. As inspectors Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) and Tambe (Girish Kulkarni) start their investigation, the case will get trickier with Kapoor’s spouse, performed by Shonali Nagrani, coming into the scene.

The trait of the very best thriller thrillers is which you could’t see the twists coming from a mile off. They disguise their secrets and techniques nicely, however on the similar time, permits you to fulfill your crime-solving, clue-finding itch. In the event that they make it too powerful, frustration units in; too straightforward and also you get bored. Sunflower tries to stroll this high quality line, however it’s not a easy journey.

In one in every of his interviews, forward of Sunflower’s launch, Sunil Grover stated he can’t put the net sequence in a selected style, because it has “thrill, humour and darkish comedy.” Whereas it doesn’t match into all these brackets, Sunflower’s character improvement is its energy. Grover’s character of Sonu Singh takes the cake. Vikas Bahl has made him an ideal mixture of quirkiness and innocence. He isn’t your traditional neighbour or colleague. If at one second you doubt his intentions, the very subsequent second you sympathise with him. It’s a pleasure to see Grover in a task of some substance.

Mukul Chadda as a college trainer intrigues you. He reacts impulsively and is short-tempered. He dominates his spouse and blames her for placing his life in peril as she didn’t quick on Karva Chauth. With him, issues are usually not what they appear, and he’s not who he seems to be. However the suspense created by means of him doesn’t pan out, and you might be left wanting.

Talking of different characters, Ashish Vidhyarthi performs Dilip Iyer, a candidate for Sunflower’s chairmanship. By means of him, the makers take a refined dig on the prejudices that also prevail within the society — stigma round divorced girls, single girls, homosexuals and religions. Then there may be his daughter Paddy Iyer (Ria Nalavde) who provides an perception right into a younger thoughts and the apprehensions of a teen’s life. The characters of Gurleen and Justina are additionally an instance of how girls are stereotyped in our society.

Actor Ashish Vidyarthi in a nonetheless from Sunflower. (Picture: ZEE5)

Kudos to Bahl for giving us such edgy characters however attention-grabbing arcs aside, a lot of the characters and their subsequent plots don’t not add something substantial to the principle plot, thus leaving the sequence with none actual function. The eight-episode sequence intrigued me in to start with, however by no means delivered on its promise.

Sunflower may have been a zany experience replete with some quirky characters, however an overstretched plot fails to maintain us hooked. It had a ton of potential that’s squandered away.

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