‘The Great Indian Murder’ Review: Richa Chadha, Pratik Gandhi Crime Thriller Keeps You Hooked With Unpredictable Twists And Turns

‘The Great Indian Murder’ Review: Richa Chadha, Pratik Gandhi Crime Thriller Keeps You Hooked With Unpredictable Twists And Turns

I cannot explain my love for the classic case of whodunnit. Murder mystery and crime thrillers are my absolute favourite genre, be it books or movies or series. My consumption of mystery content is probably higher than most people. After all, what can be more satisfying than being on the edge for a long time to find out who the killer is? But not all content is worth consuming. NGL, but I pick my content with care and I just found THE series. I can’t seem to stop thinking about this latest series that has the wheels in my head spinning at a crazy speed. I’m talking about Disney+ Hotstar’s newest crime thriller The Great Indian Murder. Produced by Ajay Devgn and Priti Vinay Sinha and directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, this series is definitely the murder mystery of the year. Based on author Vikas Swarup’s bestselling novel ‘Six Suspects’, The Great Indian Murder stars Richa Chadha, Pratik Gandhi, Ashutosh Rana, Shashank Arora, Paoli Dam, Raghubir Yadav, Amey Wagh and Jatin Goswami. The series released on the OTT platform Disney+ Hotstar on February 4 in multiple languages. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the review of this murder mystery.

The Story Of ‘The Great Indian Murder’

This series revolves around the high profile murder of industrialist Vicky Rai who owns the Rai Group of Industries and is the son of a politician. The show begins with the story of Vicky Rai and his party where he was murdered by an unknown assailant. After being acquitted in a rape and murder case of two underage girls, Vicky Rai throws a party to celebrate his victory in the case. But in a shocking turn of events the business tycoon, played by Jatin Goswami, is murdered at his own party.

The Great Indian Murder then tells the tale of Vicky Rai’s father, politician Jagannath Rai (played by Ashutosh Rana) and his version of the events on the night of his son’s murder. Soon after, the politician calls for a CBI enquiry into his son’s murder but he has ulterior motive driven by a political agenda. Police officer Sudha Bharadwaj, played by Richa Chadha and CBI officer Suraj Yadav, played by Pratik Gandhi are assigned Vicky Rai’s murder case.


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During the investigation, the duo comes acorss a tribal from an Island from Andaman, Eketi, who is looking for a stolen idol and Munna, a waiter from the slums of New Delhi who might have a connection with the Rai family. Both Eketi and Munna arrive at Vicky Rai’s party uninvited. Munna is caught with a gun in his possession soon after the murder of the businessman and so is Eketi. While the investigators continue to probe the complicated case, they come across IAS officer Mohan Kumar who suffers from a mental disorder and is also found to have had a gun in his possession at the night of the party. Apart from these two, Bollywood actress Shabnam Saxena seems to have a dark history with the murdered owner of the Rai Group of Industries. But there’s another suspect that no one might know about.

The story of The Great Indian Murder then delves into the different versions of the events surrounding the murder of Vicky Rai shared by the suspects and the people involved as Sudha and Suraj struggle to connect dots and find out who murdered the business tycoon. Will they be able to find the answer?


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The Book ‘Six Suspects’

Being the bookworm that I am, I read the book before watching The Great Indian Murder which is based on author Vikas Swarup’s novel ‘Six Suspects’. TBH, I’m always slightly biased because my love for books is greater than my love of content consumption. Vikas Swarup’s novel is definitely very impressive and riveting but at the same time, I must say that the makers left no stone unturned to keep the viewers hooked. The Hotstar special series is based on the book but it has been dramatised with some rather interesting twists and turns. For those of you who don’t read books, you can make up for it by watching this series and for the ones who have read the book, this series is still as interesting because of the changes made by the makers. The addition of new characters and the changes in the storyline and the suspects makes it worth a watch.

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The Actors And The Characters

NGL but there’s no point worrying about character depths and portrayal because all actors have created magic with their acting skills. Every character, even the not so important ones, have been created with depth and portrayed with honesty by the actors. And Pratik Gandhi’s performance is too impressive to not miss. From playing the role of a character known for his crimes in Scam 1992 to being on the other side of the law in The Great Indian Murder, Pratik has proved his mettle in acting. Richa Chadha has, as usual, given us another character to fall in love with. No matter how flawed her character is in The Great Indian Murder, she had her punchlines here and there and this is not the first time we’re loving her authentic portrayal of a cop. I personally love her typical Richa Chadha magic (Psst…I’ve loved her ever since I watched her work in Fukrey). Jatin Goswami effortlessly eased into the role of Vicky Rai. Ashutosh Rana, Shashank Arora, Paoli Dam, Raghubir Yadav, Amey Wagh and Jatin Goswami also left no stone unturned to play their characters with honesty. I am truly very impressed by the entire star cast.


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Final Verdict

I love solving the murder mystery I watch or read before I finish reading it. What’s the fun if you can’t guess it after being a murder mystery fanatic? Well, I failed this time. The Great Indian Murder carefully weaves the stories of each character into the murder case and investigation. While some of the characters and their stories come to an end rather abruptly, there are sub-plots to keep one guessing. More importantly, the multiple sub-plots will keep you hooked till the end and help you forget the characters lost in the case. But nothing, I mean nothing, will help you figure out who killed Vicky Rai until the very end. I pride myself on being able to guess the name of the murderer correctly and much before it is revealed but nothing really gives it away in this series and keeps you guessing. Moreover, there is no fluff in the show, it’s very to the point and manages to keep the focus on the main plot even with the multiple subplots and characters with ulterior motives. So, I’ll save you the trouble of reading further and end it at this – watch the show. If you love a good crime thriller, this one is a must-watch. You do not want to miss out on this thrilling murder mystery that will have you biting your nails as you sit on the edge of the couch.

You can watch The Great Indian Murder On Disney+ Hotstar. It is currently streaming in multiple languages.

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