The Verdict: State vs Nanavati Review(Mid-Season): The case of K. M. Nanavati vs State of Maharashtra is one of the most interesting and most discussed cases of India’s post Independence era. The interesting case and its verdict has inspired several books, films and now a web show titled The Verdict: State vs Nanavati. Plus having a stellar cast with the likes of Manav Kaul, Sumeet Vyas, Kubbra Sait, Makrand Deshpande, Saurabh Shukla, Soni Razdan, Angad Bedi, Elli AvrRam, Viraf Patel & Pooja Gaur among others makes it a show not worth missing.
I watched first 3 episodes of the show yesterday and I must say it’s quite rich in the information part. The makers haven’t held bars and they have in fact kept the names of the main characters same and that’s what makes it an honest attempt towards informative digital cinema.
However, as far as the screenplay so far is concerned the show needs a huge pickup in the next episodes. The grip that this kind of web show needs to have is missing so far and that may not go in its favour. The intrigue is missing, the writers seem to be confused between what’s supposed to be funny and what’s serious. They have added some genuinely funny scenes and dialogues but they provide very less relief.
The digital audience as we all know has a very less attention span time. If something is not able to grab the public’s attention, they take no time to skip it and move on to something else. Here, I can also give the show a benefit of doubt that it might be taking some time to build characters but again considering the story has been told a lot of times before, the narrative needed to have an excellent grip here.
Sumeet Vyas & Makrand Deshpande stand out in performances. Both of them are excellent.
Sumeet’s comedy timing is terrific. Even though the comedy is very subtle and will not make you laugh out loud, it’ll surely bring a smile on your face and Sumeet’s performance has a big part to play here. As Ram Jethmalani, he looks handsome in the flashback portions and totally unrecognisable in the current time. He aces the clever side of Ram Jethmalani and is convincing enough.
Makrand Deshpande as lawyer Chandu Trivedi has an interesting character to play and he does full justice to it. He has never been seen before in a character like this and it’s a delight to see him acing it.
Other actors like Manav Kaul, Kubbra Sait, Sourabh Shukla, Angad Bedi are also good so far. Looking forward to seeing more of them. Elli AvrRam looks gorgeous.
Directed by Shashant Shah & Baljit Singh Chaddha (Creative Director), the show starts streaming from Sept 30 on Zee5 & ALTBalaji. Stay Tuned to space for full show’s review.