Shaitan Web Series Review:
The Shaitan Web Series publicity posters caused quite a stir. The crowd was drawn in by the bold scenes. This series was directed by Mahi V Raghav, who also directed the films ‘Anando Brahma’ and ‘Yatra’. Following the success of his clean comedy online series ‘Save the Tigers’ as a creator and producer, Mahi V Raghav’s release of ‘Shaitan’ has sparked debate.
Starring: Rishi, Shelly, Ravi Kale, Deviyani, Jaffer Sadiq, Lenaa, Nithin Prasanna, Kamakshi Bhaskarla, Manikandan, Ravi Kumar, Aneesha Dama, Sanjay Krishna
Director: Mahi V Raghav
Producers: Mahi V Raghav, Chinna Vasudeva Reddy
Music Directors: Sriram Maddury
Cinematography: Shanmugha Sundaram
Editor: Shravan Katikaneni
Shaitan Web Series Story:
The show is set in Madanapalle and revolves around severe injustice, Naxalites, and their battle with the police department. Savitri (Shelly) is a single mom to three kids: Baali (Rishi), Jayaprada (Deviyani), and Gumthi (Jaffer Sadiq). Savitri chooses to sleep with a crooked police officer in order to feed her children, and society labels her as a bitch as a result. Baali becomes a criminal as a result of his circumstances, and he joins the Naxals. In addition, Baali’s family resolves to go to any length to ensure their survival. The plot revolves around how Baali’s transformation into a Naxalite affects his family.
Strong Point Of The Movie:
The plot isn’t particularly original, but the show’s grungy setting keeps it interesting. The series begins by depicting the atrocities endured by a family, which allows us to empathise with the characters. Shaitan lives up to the phrase “You call it a crime, they call it survival.” What caused the character Baali to become a criminal is nicely described.
Rishi performed an outstanding job as Baali. The young Kannada actor fits the description wonderfully as a criminal, and his outstanding performance delights everyone. He is fierce in the action moments and has successfully represented Baali’s many emotions. Ravi Kale gets a huge role, which he nails to perfection.
Others who performed well included Shelly, Deviyani, Jaffer Sadiq, and Kamakshi Bhaskarla. The last few episodes of the series are very intriguing. Fake encounters, grave injustices suffered by a few people in society, and how some see women as simple objects of desire are all convincingly depicted. A handful of the dialogues are really jarring.
Weak Point of The Movie:
Many films have been made with a Naxal backdrop, but the directors have focused solely on the animosity between the Police and the Naxals. We learn very little about the Naxals’ philosophy and its core values. Shaitan is also in this category. Except for one scene, there is little mention of their agenda. Because the show is centred on them, there should have been more sequences depicting their purpose and aspirations.
The character of Baali joins the Naxals, but we never see his journey as a Naxalite. He soon ends up in jail after attempting to kill a large fish. It would have been preferable if the filmmakers had shown his development. After a certain point, the show becomes highly predictable, and we can predict several scenes ahead of time.
The makers have already announced that the series would have a high level of violence and swear words. Shaitan is, in some ways, a tiny Mirzapur, and hence appeals to a smaller segment of the public. At times, it appears that these obscene words are added on purpose to give the presentation a bold feel.
The background score by Sriram Madduri is thunderous. Shanmugha Sundaram, the cinematographer, deserves credit for beautifully capturing the sights. The editing is flawless because the show moves at a faster speed, with each episode lasting approximately 25 minutes.
In terms of the creator-director, Mahi V Raghav, he performed an adequate job with Shaitan. The show’s setting in a crime world appears to be realistic. The director coaxes the best performances from his stars, yet the production is fairly predictable. Furthermore, many scenes appear repetitious, and there is little information on what Naxalism is all about. The series would have been more powerful if the creators had emphasised the main components and toned down the expletives.
Shaitan, as a whole, is a criminal series that operates in parts and pieces. Its assets are the realistic backdrop, the good acting, and the last few episodes. However, the show is mostly predictable, and a few key components lacked depth. The series is similar to Mirzapur, which causes a segment of the audience to avoid it. Shaitan would be an adequate watch for individuals who enjoy criminal dramas.
The show is strictly for adults as it has strong coarse language, extreme sexual content, and gore scenes.