The Freelancer Ep1-4 Review: Mohit Raina, Anupam Kher Starrer Extraction Series Is Slow But Strong On Performances

The Freelancer Ep1-4 Review: Mohit Raina, Anupam Kher Starrer Extraction Series Is Slow But Strong On Performances

I am sure you have seen many Indian films and series based on terrorist organisations and the politics involved in them. Some stories look quite superficial whereas in some, we know that the homework was thoroughly done. Adding to this list of content is another show released on Disney Plus Hotstar titled The Freelancer. The show created by Neeraj Pandey, and directed by Bhav Dhulia stars Mohit Raina and Anupam Kher in leading roles. The list of supporting actors includes Sushant Singh, Kashmira Pardeshi. Sarah Jane Dias, John Kokken and Gauri Balaji among others. Despite the slow-paced nature of the series in the first four episodes, The Freelancer looks like a serious attempt to depict the harm done by terrorist groups like ISIS to innocent Muslim families by completely brainwashing them. Here are my thoughts on the series to give you an idea about whether to invest your time watching it.

 

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Plot And Characters

The plot of The Freelancer is based on Shirish Thorat’s book ‘A Ticket To Syria’. The basic plot of The Freelancer will be quite clear to you by the end of the second episode, but will it be predictable? Well, that’s hard to tell.  Mohit Raina who plays an ex-cop turned mercenary Avinash Kamath has the impossible task of evacuating his old friend’s (Sushant Singh) daughter from an ISIS-controlled region in Syria. Kashmira Pardeshi plays the innocent victim whose character shows a potential arc by the end of the fourth episode. Anupam Kher plays a doctor who guides Avinash Kamath on every step with his understanding of war strategies and knowledge about terrorist organisations. John Kokken and Navneet Malik are seen in negative roles. In the first four episodes, the audience will get a rough knowledge of the difficulties that Avinash Kamath is set to face while extracting his friend’s daughter from Syria. The narrative keeps switching between past and present to give context to every character’s story and life. There are a few action sequences to keep you hooked and the 4th episode becomes the turning point!

 

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Thoughts

The Freelancer is a slow-paced series that in some moments felt unnecessarily complicated to me. Since it is based on a book, the makers have tried to incorporate the little details in the show as well, however, as an audience, there were times when I felt that the overflow of information started to become overwhelming. The presence of many organisations and locations is hard to keep track of in moments. However, despite the flaws in the plot, the series is definitely worth watching because of its performances.  Mohit Raina’s performance is strong and kaafi impressive, and he has maintained his composure throughout. Anupam Kher does an outstanding job of portraying a learned man’s character on screen, and his look adds to the role. Kashmira Pardeshi shines in her role as the naive and scared girl who is ultimately supposed to act brave given her situation. Other actors in negative roles have also done a pretty good job of holding your interest!

 

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Verdict

Disney Plus Hotstar’s new series The Freelancer is a good attempt to make a serious show on terrorist groups and the threat they pose to the world. If you have patience and are really interested in content that deals with such dark realities of our world, then The Freelancer is definitely a recommended watch for you. The series premieres on September 1, Friday.

 

Pragya Dubey

Pragya Dubey is an introvert who prefers expressing herself through words. She believes in logical arguments and watches thrillers to escape the mundane realities of life!

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