Sonakshi Sinha enters the police station. She is wearing a police officer’s uniform with the name “Anjali Bhati” written on it. Walking through the hall of the Mandawa Police Station in Rajasthan, Anjali makes her way to her desk. A police officer gives her a disapproving look. He takes out incense sticks from his desk drawer and after lighting them with his lighter, he finds some relief. It was becoming difficult to accept that someone like Anjali could perform as well as him. Firstly, she is a woman, and on top of that, she belongs to a supposedly lower caste. This scene is from the Amazon Prime Video series “Dahaad.” This scene appears continuously in the show to remind us that while we are living in a progressive world, its roots are still deeply entrenched in prejudice.
Dahaad Web Series Story:
Based on the depicted scene, “Dahaad” is not promoted as a thriller. The story of the show created by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti unfolds from a murder. One after another, dead bodies of girls are found in a public toilet. Everyone dies in the same way. How do the police reach that serial killer? And what do they see on that journey? That is the main plot of the show.
Dahaad Web Series Cast:
- Sonakshi Sinha
- Gulshan Devaiah
- Sohum Shah
- Vijay Varma
- Zoa Morani
- Mikhail Gandhi
- Jayati Bhatia
- Kaviraj Laique
- Manyuu Doshi
- Yogi Singha
- Sanghmitra Hitaishi
- Rajiv Kumar
- Ratnabali Bhattacharjee
- Nirmal Chiraniyan
- Vijay Kumar Dogra
- Abhishek Bhalerao
- Waris Ahmed Zaidi
- Rytasha Rathore
- Varad Bhatnagar
Dahaad Web Series Release Date:
- 12 May 2023 ( Amazon Prime Video )
Dahaad Web Series Trailer:
Dahaad Web Series Review:
If you sit down to watch “Dahaad” considering it a thriller, you will be disappointed. You find out who is behind the murders in the first episode itself. This show does not play with this mystery in its eight episodes. This story is not superficial; it is alert to the politics of its time and unfolding in it. It does not view itself as an audience but rather provides commentary.
In “Dahaad,” the killer murders 29 girls in the same manner. Regardless of their different districts and regions of origin, he says the same thing to all of them, leading them into his trap. How is this possible? “Dahaad” focuses more on the lives of those girls than the cunningness of the killer. What was lacking in their lives that made them willingly leave everything behind when a stranger spoke to them with affection? What kind of environment were they encountered within the walls of their homes and the invisible walls of society that prompted them to make this decision happily? The show raises these questions.
It is important to talk about the show’s villain. He is not someone who appears scary based on his height or appearance. He is a person who can be seen in the neighborhood in the morning, greeting everyone. We move forward and tell ourselves how good a person he is. This is his most terrifying aspect, that he is just like any other person living with us. He is not capable of physically fighting with anyone. His biggest weapon is his mind, both his own and that of the person in front of him. He can talk to someone and hit them where it hurts the most within minutes. This is what makes him dangerous.
Sumit Arora has written the dialogue for the show. The way he has incorporated Shekhawati language words into the characters’ conversations is commendable. It not only creates the impression that Anjali belongs to a particular caste, but also emphasizes that she was born in a woman’s body. The police constables address her as “Bhati Saab.” The image of men is well-established in the role of action-taking police officers, often compared to Angry Young Man and Singham. When Anjali exhibits these qualities, it challenges sexist norms.
Vijay Verma does justice to what is written on paper. He gets angry when he sees certain points. But sometimes it also feels bad. These emotions keep changing. Vijay can bring out these reactions in you, that is his strength.
Sonakshi Sinha has done one of the best works in her career by becoming Anjali. The environment she comes from does not allow her to become weak. Otherwise, the world will chew her up. Sonakshi has done a great job of giving Anjali the courage and toughness she deserves. Gulshan Devaiah has become Anjali’s senior, Devi Lal. He is a person who wants to do the right thing but knows that he is living in the real world. The moments when he doesn’t appear strict as a policeman are worth watching.
The same should be said about Soham Shah’s character, Kailash. The most changes happen in him until the end of the series. When you see Soham in the end, it feels like is he the same person we saw in the initial episodes. He transforms himself along with the character’s transition.
I liked most things about ‘Dahaad‘. Except for one thing, the show does not delve deep into the villain’s mind. In the end, he is asked why he did all this, and he gives a one-liner to resolve the conversation. The climax of the show was also rushed. It should have been given more time. Anyway, my recommendation is to watch ‘Dahaad’. It is a story that stays true to its messaging and has the courage to present it with full strength.
Dahaad Web Series Rating:
- 3/5 (⭐⭐⭐)
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