A lifeless physique and two suspects. There is the plain one who seems to be responsible from the phrase go, after which there’s the mysterious one with hidden motives. Are each of them concerned within the homicide? Or, are they simply the standard suspects and there’s extra to it than meets the attention?
Sunflower, the most recent ZEE5 net collection, 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.
Sales supervisor Sonu Singh (Sunil Grover) is the plain suspect, with proof stacked in opposition to him. Kapoor’s neighbour Dr Ahuja (Mukul Chaddha) can also be on the radar for his suspicious behaviour. As investigating inspector Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) begins his investigation, it is just Tambe (Girish Kulkarni) who appears to be above suspicion. The case will get trickier with Kapoor’s spouse, performed by Shonali Nagrani, coming into the scene.
The trait of the perfect thriller thrillers is you could’t see the twists coming from a mile off. They disguise their secrets and techniques nicely, however on the identical time, allows you to fulfill your crime-solving, clue-finding itch. If they make it too powerful, frustration units in; too straightforward and also you get bored. Sunflower tries to stroll this tremendous line, however it’s not a easy journey.
In one among his interviews, forward of Sunflower’s launch, Sunil Grover stated he can not put the online collection in a specific style, because it has “thrill, humour and dark comedy.” While it doesn’t match into all these brackets, Sunflower’s character improvement is its power. Grover’s character of Sonu Singh takes the cake. Vikas Bahl has made him an ideal mixture of quirkiness and innocence. He is just not your typical 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 faculty instructor 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 should not what they appear, and he isn’t who he seems to be. But the suspense created by him doesn’t pan out, and you might be left wanting.
Speaking of different characters, Ashish Vidhyarthi performs Dilip Iyer, a candidate for Sunflower’s chairmanship. Through him, the makers take a delicate dig on the prejudices that also prevail within the society — stigma round divorced girls, single girls, homosexuals and religions. Then there’s his daughter Paddy Iyer (Ria Nalavde) who offers an perception right into a younger thoughts and the apprehensions of a teenager’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. (Photo: 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 collection with none actual function. The eight-episode collection intrigued me in to start with, however by no means delivered on its promise.
Sunflower may have been a zany journey replete with some quirky characters, however an overstretched plot fails to maintain us hooked. It had a ton of potential that’s squandered away.