Shiv Prakash Shukla a 25 year age boy from Gorakhpur becomes the deadliest gangster of Uttar Pradesh in 1990s. He works for powerful politicians and involves in organised crimes. The state government felt danger from him and form STF to get him killed in a police encounter by tracking his mobile phone location.
Crime has inspired film makers all the while and the new script writers and directors on the streaming platforms are telling crime stories that very few know. ZEE5 brings to us Rangbaaz, starring Saqib Saleem,Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aahana Kumra, Ranvir Shorey and others. The series tells the story of the dreaded-UP criminal Shri Prakash Shukla, whose mercurial rise in the world of crime was as mesmerizing as it was short-lived.
The series starts with the formation of the Special Task Force to eliminate Shri Prakash Shukla. A young hacker, who has been deputed to help the Task Force is surprised that Prakash’s age is almost equivalent to him. The whole story is then told in a non-linear manner, leading to the moment when the STF finds out Shri Prakash Shulka’s whereabouts.
What’s Wow: Rangbaaz is based on a criminal’s life, so it’s evident that the screenplay and story will be choc-a-bloc with action, and the creators have done a good job of bringing it to the screen. We see Saqib playing the character through a timeline in the first episode – the scared, young boy who’s on the verge of falling into a life of crime to someone who doesn’t bat an eyelid before shooting at cops. Saqib has an amazing character on his hands, and it remains to be seen how he handles it. ‘The director has taken pains to bring the grit and the violence to the screen. The series is based in the nineties, and the production has done a good job of bringing back those days on screen. It’s good to see that the period isn’t in your face – and is rather a subtle, all encompassing experience.
Ranvir Shorey and Aahana Kumra are playing integral roles and all in all, it seems streaming audiences should gear up for an entertaining experience.
What’s Blah: Nothing.
Parting Shot: Rangbaaz will do a good job of introducing the hinterland crime to urban audiences.
Cast and Crew:
Cast: Saqeeb Salim, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Aahana Kumra, Ranvir Shorey
Writer: Siddharth Mishra
Director: Bhav Dhulia
Producer: JAR Pictures
ZEE5 Rangbaaz Web Series will stream from 22nd December.
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