Web Series: Kohrra
Cast: Suvinder Vicky, Barun Sobti, Harleen Sethi, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Badola, Rachel Shelley
Director: Randeep Jha
Rating: 4 Moons
While crime thrillers are becoming common on OTT, it doesn't really harm when a well-made, intriguing and detailed show like Kohrra drops. Starring Suvinder Vicky, Barun Sobti, Harleen Sethi, Manish Chaudhary, Varun Badola and Rachel Shelley, it is a 6-episode series on Netflix directed by Randeep Jha.
Kohrra is set in Punjab. One foggy morning, a youth discovers the body of an NRI named Paul who had returned to his 'pind' for his wedding with Veera. However, days before the ceremony, he was brutally murdered. The cops investigating the case are Balbir Singh (Suvinder Vicky) and Amarpal Garundi (Barun Sobti). As they navigate through Paul's gruesome murder, the dedicated police officers have to go through personal turbulence.
Co-created by Sudip Sharma, who has been associated with the critically acclaimed Paatal Lok and NH10, Kohrra makes for an interesting, captivating and immersive experience. Right from the way the scenes have been shot to the meticulous detailing that speaks volumes of the efforts put into the making of the series, director Randeep delivers rich, raw and rustic original content that will be remembered for years. Kohrra is one of the best shows of the year in this space.
Exploring the dark underbelly of Punjab, Kohrra is a slow burn; trust the process as the final outcome is worth the hours invested. The screenplay written by Gunjit Chopra and Diggi Sisodia has the power to hold attention. They make you feel like a part of the narrative. Sucking the viewers inside the screen, Kohrra is a multidimensional show that touches upon topics like drug addiction, land inheritance and more. Every character is written in such a way that their honesty, depth and empathy are felt.
Through characters like Balbir Singh and Amarpal Garundi, Randeep explores dysfunctional families and the struggles that men face. While crime is the outer skin, Kohrra's blood and flesh are formed by societal barriers, troubled families, the unspoken misery of policemen and the dynamics of broken homes. Every layer is placed cleanly and as they unfold, the drama gets denser and gritty without losing the human touch.
Shot mostly in Punjab, Kohrra's cinematography elevates the show with a realistic touch. Unlike most series, it ends with the final episode without a cliffhanger and gives a satisfying end to a thrilling series. With a clear conclusion, Kohrra is a fulfilling experience that shall stay fresh for the longest time.
The heart and soul of Kohrra are the actors. Suvinder Vicky delivers his career-best performance as Balbir Singh, a cop who is stuck between the case and a strained relationship with his family members. At the top of his game, he allows the audience to be with his character through struggles and investigation. Barun Sobti's charming yet strong screen presence is a treat to fans. The actor, in his best form, gives a remarkable performance. Harleen Sethi does a fantastic job as Nimrat. Manish Chaudhary, Varun Badola and Rachel Shelley are likeable.
Kohrra is one of the most captivating, engaging and multilayered shows to have come out this year. Watch it for a great weekend viewing experience that's high on content, intrigue and entertainment.