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REVIEW: CRACKDOWN: AT WHAT EXTENT CAN YOU GO TO PROTECT YOUR NATION

Director: Apoorva Lakhia

Cast: Saqib Saleem, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Iqbal Khan, Waluscha De Sousa, Rajesh Tailang, Ankur Bhatia

Ratings:

One of the leading sites, Voot, has released a series titled, “Crackdown” on 23rd September 2020. It is an action crime thriller, assembled with the most apt cast required as per the roles.

The plot of the series revolves around RAW’s special ops team led by Riyaz Pathan (Saqib Saleem), an officer of the Indian security agency, under the senior officer Ashwini Rao ( Rajesh Tailang). The team goes under multiple missions with the help of Divya Shirodkar (Shriya Pilgaonkar), to crack through these cases and eventually solve the mission.

The mission gets quite arduous as a dispute goes along in the RAW itself, between Riyaz Pathan (Saqib Saleem) and Zorawar Karla (Iqbal Khan), who yearns to take the position of Ashwini Rao as the senior officer. However, this dispute seems to get resolved eventually in order to accomplish a larger conspiracy. The Indian security agency was threatened by Tariq (Ankur Bhatia), a Pakistani cop, to either save their agents or citizens of the country. Garima Kalra (Waluscha D’Souza) is seen as Iqbal Khan’s wife in the series.

Saqib Saleem as Riyaz Pathan, has given a praise worthy power-packed performance by adapting himself into a RAW officer, but is also seen having a soft side to his personality and happens to confound whether serving the mission is worth the life of an innocent civilian. He is seen giving his audience an action-packed sequence in the series.
Rajesh Tailang as Ashwini Rao, is not only seen playing the character of a Senior officer, but also a father who is tangled between his work and family life. He very well seeps into his role and gives us a quite mature acting.
Shriya Pilgaonkar as Divya Shirodkar has definitely given her best into the character and is also seen giving us some action sequences in the series.
Iqbal Khan as Zorawar Karla is eventhough portrayed as a so-called villain initially, manages to win the heart of his fans with his brilliant acting.
Ankur Bhatia as Tariq pulls out the character of a cop with such an ease and gives complete justification to the role of a Pakistani.
Waluscha D’Souza’s role as Garima Kalra has shared less screen initially in the series, but however takes a great turn by the end.

However, eventhough the series felt a little stretched in between, it has 8 episodes which will leave you with an urge to see the next one by the end of each episode and this continues till the last episode which leaves you on a cliffhanger.

Cinespeaks Verdict: Crackdown is an action crime thriller, which is definitely a one time watch. Brilliantly directed by Apoorva Lakhia, the perfect blend of cast, action sequence and a little suspense is what you’ll get to see in the series.

Cinespeaks gives 3 stars

By Dhruvi Soni

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