Director: Nikhil Bhat
Writers: Radhika Anand, Nikhil Bhat, Ayesha Syed, Mautik Tolia
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Streaming On: Voot Select
The Gone Game Review: What’s The Story? And How’s The Screenplay?
It’s March 2020 and India is in its first stage of Coronavirus pandemic. Sahil Gujral (Arjun Mathur) is having symptoms of Coronavirus after he returns from Bangkok. He has kept himself in self-quarantine and talks to his wife Suhani Gujral (Shriya Pilgaonkar) through phone only. Sahil is going through financial troubles while Suhani as a social media influencer is doing pretty well. Sahil’s father Rajeev Gujral (Sanjay Kapoor) is a businessman but has a debt of crores on him. Advocate Subhash Chaudhary (Dibyendu Bhattacharya) is the person who has lent money to Rajeev and is now threatening him and also Sahil.
Meanwhile, Sahil’s COVID-19 symptoms start getting intense. With the help of his sister Amara Gujral (Shweta Tripathi)’s boyfriend, Prateek Jindal (Indraneil Sengupta) who is a doctor, Sahil gets himself tested. His report comes positive and is admitted to the hospital immediately. Unfortunately, one day later he is declared dead and his body is cremated by the doctors.
But as the days pass, it’s revealed that Sahil Gujral wasn’t even admitted to the hospital. On further investigation, it comes out that the report of his test and the picture of his cremation were fake. Now the family suspects Sahil must have been kidnapped or murdered by someone. What happens next? Is he really kidnapped or murdered? or is he alive? Who is behind The Gone Game? Watch out the series to get the answers.
Radhika Anand, Nikhil Bhat, Ayesha Syed & Mautik Tolia’s screenplay is taut. It keeps you on the edge throughout its run. There are several twists and turns which make you keep up the guessing game. The climax is something unexpected which makes the show a satisfying watch. TGG also raises a few really important questions. It shows us a mirror as to how we tend to reach conclusions too soon and take no time in judging people. In fact, we use vulnerabilities of people against them, especially on social media.
The biggest plus of The Gone Game is that its screenplay is extremely crisp and the show ends before the end of 2 hours. Yes, there are just 4 episodes of the show and each one has a duration of less than 30 minutes. The editing is sharp and the show doesn’t drag. Furthermore, I loved its technicalities. Since the show has been shot thoroughly at home, it would’ve been a big challenge to execute a murder mystery. And kudos to the team for bringing it together in such an amazing way. Background score is also a big winner and contributes immensely to the narrative. It perfectly helps in building up the tension and at times, I found it pretty cleverly created.
After talking about all the pluses of The Gone Game, let’s talk about it weakness as well. At times, the show seems to be taking a convenient route. The whole idea of Sahil’s disappearance and the game behind it looks very unpolished and hurriedly written. The writers could’ve definitely taken a little more time in making it better.
The Gone Game Review: How Are The Performances & Direction?
Although, The Gone Game is a superb murder mystery the story doesn’t carry scope of great performances. All the actors have done a good job but I liked the performance of Shriya Pilgaonkar more. Her character has some kind of mystery element. Almost every time she has to stay in between the range of “being an obvious murderer” and “just a suspect” and she has done it well. Shriya has somehow left a lasting impression with her acting and I am still thinking about her.
Nikhil Bhat has given a very good direction especially considering the challenges he had with The Gone Game.
The Gone Game Review: Final Verdict
The Gone Game is definitely worth a watch. Apart from being an enjoyable thriller, it also deserves to be seen because the team has done really beautiful work in lockdown rather than sitting idle.
Rating: Three & Half Stars