Will you be seeing Raj and DK’s Farzi this weekend? The film, which stars Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon, and Raashii Khanna, has received a review from Pinkvilla.
Director: Raj Nidimoru,Krishna D.K.
Cast: Shahid Kapoor,Vijay Sethupathi,Amol Palekar,Raashi Khanna,Kay Kay Menon
Rating: 3.6 / 5
Streaming On: Amazon Prime Video.
Language: Hindi (with subtitles).
Runtime: 8 Episodes Around 60 Minutes Each.
Farzi Review plot: Raj and DK come up with the criminal comedy Farzi after coming up with The Family Man. It’s their ideal topic, and at one point, a feature film was intended to be made on it. The narrative details Sunny, a.k.a. Artist (Shahid Kapoor), and Firoz’s journey into the murky realm of phoney cash due to their thirst for financial gain. When Michael (Vijay Sethupathi), a trustworthy taskforce officer, and Mansoor Dalal (Kay Kay Menon), a wanted mobster, enter their lives, the confrontation escalates and takes an unexpected turn.
Farzi Review: What’s It About:
Do you recall how frequently “jaali-note-ka-dhanda,” or counterfeiting, appeared in Bollywood blockbusters? After viewing Raj and DK’s produced and directed film “Farzi,” you might not gain a keen eye for false currency. However, the new eight-part Amazon series, in which Shahid Kapoor makes his OTT debut, does provide a ready reckoner on things most of us were unaware of, including the type of paper a genuine note uses, the artistry involved in the design, the printing and distribution, as well as the deadly danger involved in the entire operation.
Do you remember how often “jaali-note-ka-dhanda,” or forging, was featured in Bollywood blockbusters? You might not get a good eye for counterfeit money after watching the film “Farzi,” which was created and directed by Raj and DK. The new eight-part Amazon series, in which Shahid Kapoor makes his OTT debut, does, however, provide a ready reckoner on things most of us weren’t aware of, such as the kind of paper a genuine note uses, the artistry involved in the design, the printing, and the distribution, as well as the deadly danger involved in the entire operation.
The law enforcement squad, led by the irascible Michael Vednayagam (Vijay Sethupathi), is on the opposite primary track and is occupied with finding the villains behind this “financial terrorism.” One worthy declares that flooding India with “farzi” 2000 rupee notes will destroy the country’s economy. More information about India’s adversaries is spoken out. By subtly portraying us corrupt, power-hungry netas, the series subtly incorporates the reality of demonetisation and how corruption was intended to be reduced with the new currency (one is an MLA from, um, Gujarat; the other one, played by Zakir Hussain, gets a lot more screen time). Raashii Khanna, a bright newbie who is eager to learn, joins the farzi note busters. Despite being specifically instructed not to, she frequently goes out on her own.
Bloody dead and bruised bodies are left in its wake as the action alternates between the cops and the “chor.” But the problem with “Farzi” is that nothing ever feels necessary or new enough. What should have been completed in four or five episodes is drawn out over eight due to excessive explanatory banter, declamation, and first-tell-then-show. The cause is evident. The writers of the far better The Family Man made no such accommodations for the Manoj Bajpayee-played major character, and look where that got them—right at the top of the web series pole. This programme is in service to its star, not to its narrative.
It’s not like the boyishly attractive Kapoor, who plays a key role in the story, is ineffective. It’s not like he can’t act well, either. However, he accomplishes nothing novel here, save from the rare scene where he lets himself be vulnerable. Shahid Kapoor’s star-making character is cemented with Sunny, simply the latest in a long string of performances.
The constant use of the pronouns moms, sisters, and daughters by everyone makes you uncomfortable as well. They use it with such zeal as if it were out of style. It may have once been shocking to swear a blue streak. It’s now simply plain tedious and lazy. It almost seems like the streamers are seeking solace in characters who can’t say a single phrase without profanity after being warned to avoid touchy religious subjects (the problems with “Taandav” must still be fresh in their minds). Bas ho gaya? Even a few of the writers’ clever moves—such as squeezing in a caustic bit about obedient pet TV anchors—get lost in this tad-tadaahat of dialogue.
It’s up to the legendary Vijay Sethupathi to make things interesting. He was a really great choice for the role; otherwise, who would we have watched? Even in settings that are not particularly innovative, this performer twists, spins, and pulls off the completely unexpected. It is also Sethupathi’s first step into the digital realm. In this story, the family man is faced with an unhappy wife (Regina Cassandra) who wants to leave, forcing him to resort to dishonest means in order to keep his marriage intact.
Other actors also perform their roles. Amol Palekar plays an idealistic elderly guy who is out of step with the times with a poignant dignity; Chittaranjan Giri is fantastic as his longtime colleague and alternates between compulsion and sympathy. As the hero’s best friend, Bhuvan Arora enhances scenes. With her stylish hairstyle and eye-catching clothing, Kay Kay Menon is obviously having a great time. As a stylish baddie, Kubbra Sait doesn’t have enough to do; maybe, this will alter in the following round.
Farzi cast: Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Amol Palekar, Kay Kay Menon, Raashii Khanna, Zakir Hussain
Farzi directors: Raj and DK