With a surge in OTT Releases during the lockdown, Voot comes with another original series on its platform. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, Crackdown is a dramatic- thriller revolving around a terrorism conspiracy and conspiracies of the other nation and terrorists. Will the country be saved from the new threat that’s coming in its way?
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The DO unit, a covert wing of the RAW, crosses every boundary to save its nation from the threat that arrives before them and eliminates it before it destroys them. Despite having a brisk plot, the storyline falls flat after several moments, but the end scenes will keep you at the edge of the line.
Riyaz Pathan (Saqib Saleem), the perfect portrayal of an officer with his haunting past memories, plans to save the nation. The story opens to a scene where a woman stands in front of a gang on a gunpoint. The first episode itself engages you and keeps you hooked till the end. Riyaz, along with his team, plans to get hold of Zaheer and Hamid, as he finds a pen drive containing all Indian Agents’ names. Ashwini(Rajesh Tailang), the RAW chief, comes with a plan to train Divya(Shriya Pilgaonkar) as an agent and send among them.
Meanwhile, there’s a traitor among the team and the Pakistani cop openly challenges Riyaz to save his citizens or his agents. Will he be able to save his country? Will he recognize who the traitor is? While few incidents keep you occupied, the unnecessary subplots make it dull and predictable.
The cast of Crackdown together creates a stimulating effect. If Saqib Saleem is the show’s star, the others are the boosters in this eight episodic series. Iqbal Khan’s role as an aggressive and abusive man is pulled off quite well, whereas Shriya Pilgaonkar stuns the audience with her role as a citizen-tuned agent. The underrated yet fantastic character portrayed by Rajesh Tailang or a revengeful terrorist by Ankur Bhatia was well described and fits the cast in the right spaces.
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Apoorva Lakhia, as a debut director for the OTT platform, creates a visual impact on the audience with it’s fast-paced scenes and drama. The right balance is created between the action and the plot, making it worthy of a watch. The cinematography and the location of Kathmandu, Mumbai, and Delhi are well established and executed. The writers kept simple dialogues, which made it an easy go for the audience.
” Sometimes, to save hundreds, few souls have to be sacrificed.” The series lets you ponder on this thought and creates the story around it. The end of the series leaves you to expect its sequel too. Crackdown doesn’t have much to offer but somehow manages to be appreciated by the audience for its cast, direction and has everything a thriller needs to have- action, gunshots, chase sequence, and a story.
Our Rating: 4/5
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Directed By: Apoorva Lakhia
Cast: Saqib Saleem, Rajesh Tailang, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Ankur Bhatia.