‘Fake’ season one review: Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi are brilliant, but sell us a hoax under the gloss

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Raj and DK's 'fake' feels like the work of a magician who repeats his trick on market demand.
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Raj and DK’s ‘fake’ feels like the work of a magician who repeats his trick on market demand.

What happens when an artist crosses the lines of the law? What happens when he begins to see a humble currency note as a challenging work of art? Writer-director duo Raj and DK have an uncanny knack for creating charismatic characters that deal with the socio-political realities of our times. Their canvas becomes larger than life, but they negotiate it with the details of master craftsmen willing to compromise. Zardozi A thread of emotions and thoughts with sharp humor. with Farzithey expand every human secret agent universe they’ve created. with A family man. The possibilities are delicious… but after eight episodes that provide plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and a lot to laugh about, the series leaves with a sense of being sold a dummy.

Shahid Kapoor in 'Farzi'

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Shahid Kapoor in ‘Farzi’

Over the years, Shahid Kapoor has excelled in roles where the character’s self-esteem is attacked. Here, as the anti-hero Sunny, he wonderfully blends intensity with a mischievous smile in a role that is full of shades of his real life. Abandoned by his father as a child, Sunny grows up in the shadow of his doting grandfather (Amul Palikar) who publishes a newspaper. Kranti Patrika And paint The thinker with trembling hands. However, the young artist looks at the world around him and pays more for fakes than real work. As he watches the tree slowly wither under debt and rampant corruption. Revolution becomes a retired thought for the Sunni. But to save Nano and his crumbling thoughts, the artist crosses over and sells his art to the highest bidder. As his ego and ambition get the better of him, Sunny sinks into a black hole as we get an insight into how a man is consumed by circumstances.

look Vijay Sethupathi, Shahid Kapoor, Raashi Khanna, Raj and DK talk about making ‘Farzi’

The narrative is full of moral dilemmas that are not easy to negotiate. The emotional track where Sunny fears that her nano — whose memory is fading day by day — will find out that she has violated her trust, creates a sense of unease. The scene where Sunny hugs her Nano from behind is a tear-jerker. It’s the pristine presence of Pallekar, who chooses his projects with care, that assures us of the integrity of the ideological slugfest even when the writers lose their way.

On one side, there is Michael (Vijay Sethupathi), an exceptionally efficient officer fighting personal battles, determined to rid the country of the scourge of fake currency, and on the other, there is Mansoor (KK Menon chewing the scenery (with his trademark flourishes), a creeping figure who gives wings to Sunny’s imagination and ambition for his cause. Sethupathi is appropriate and charming at the same time. There is a certain cuteness in the way he delivers his dialogues in Hindi that even the explanations sound cute. This creates an interesting contrast in his physical and vocal tone, and is reminiscent of a Mohanlal who also played a determined law enforcer. Company. His family story isn’t even half as good as Shrikant Tiwari’s, but Sethupathi makes sure it stays happy until Michael shares notes with Tiwari in the next season.

Vijay Sethupathi in 'Fake'

Vijay Sethupathi in ‘Fake’

With Shahid, it’s the other way around. He comes across as a charming rogue whose circumstances push him into a cesspool. It’s a shame we don’t get to see the two face off in the first season as streaming platforms conspire to heat the pot for a second season, even if it means compromising the storytelling and curbing interest. .

In between, there is an important but well-written track where Sunny is infiltrated by counterfeiter Megha (Rashi Khanna) into the crack team, who could see through the deception, but when it comes to matters of the heart. So it beats. The section is written in such a way that there is no objection to suspending disbelief for a while. Rishi is also impressive as a girl who doesn’t stray too far from her goal under Sunny’s spell.

Rishi Khanna in stills from the series

Rishi Khanna in stills from the series

As always, Action Raj and DK Kainat are connected with a topical and electrifying background score. Minister Gehlot’s (Zakir Hussain) exhortation to link everything to electoral politics is relatable, and the way Michael sells him the idea of ​​a big picture in the paper whenever the minister drags his feet on national security issues.

However, for all the character building and competent performances, the unparalleled perspective and immersive experience A family man Missing here is because the makers are keen to convey that we’re seeing something intelligent and well-researched that bleeds.

Farzi Feels like the work of a magician who repeats his trick at market demand. Socio-political commentary that was seamless. A family man There is frequent repetition and even conflict. The screenplay feels like an eye-catching coat with a layer that hasn’t been properly sewn, and gives way over the rough and tumble of eight episodes. There are parts when it seems like the writers’ research notes on counterfeit currency have been slipped into the script and that we’re watching a manual on how to open fake bills on screen. Interestingly, the writers have spent hours explaining the fake currency business but have left the nuts and bolts of the story loose. Some of the twists are too easy to mass assemble, backstories aren’t compelling, and a main character is introduced without much effort. This creates a conflicting perspective Farzi Feel like Sunny’s Super Note; A deception beneath the shine.

Furzi is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.

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