The web series Criminal Justice is an Indian Hindi-language crime thriller legal drama released in Disney+ Hotstar. The third season of the web series is released in September and follows the story of Zara, a pre-teen TV star who mysteriously goes missing on a family trip and is later discovered dead brutally burnt with acid and wrapped in tarpaulin.
When cops Gauri Kamarkar (Kalyanee Mulay) and Prashant Waghmare (Adinath Kothare) began investigating this heinous crime, every shred of evidence pointed to Zara's brother, Mukul, as a prime suspect..
Both children have doting parents in Niraj played by the decent Purab Kohli and Avantika played by Swastika Mukherjee. Like any elite family, the Ahujass are fairly resplendent on the eye and equally galling to witness behind the patina of morality. Zara's death shakes the family, and all clues lead to Mukul, the angry, risible teenager who is trying hard not to help himself. The most likable character protagonist, Madhav Mishra played by Pankaj Tripathi handles the juvenile case.
But, as the title implies, it's only adhura sach; the series is all about what motivated Mukul to kill his sister, and whether or not he actually did it. For the prosecution, Lekha (Shweta Basu Prasad), this is an open-and-shut case. Whereas defence counsel Madhav Mishra believes that "seedha aur simple toh mere syllabus mein hai hi nahi." As a result, he and his assistant Deepu (Aatm Prakash Mishra) are convinced that there is more to it than meets the eye. The web series takes time to peel away the layers that hide the truth.
This season feels flaky, a bland, unconvincing repetition of the first season almost stumbling across a story without conviction falling apart. The performances are rubbery, almost ineffective. Even assured actors like Kohli and Mukherjee are given precious little to work with. There are structural complexities, like both siblings having different fathers, making it away from reality.
The first two seasons were much more convincing because of the fabulous performances of Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kulhari doing justice to their characters winning the hearts of the audiences with their performances by diving deep into the crime. Here there is nothing to write home about in roles that are not only terribly conceived but also performed with the lofty craftsmanship of youngsters who simply don't possess the craft and evidently haven't been supplied with the direction either. The web series drags the audiences to the emotional scenes but most of the scenes seem to be a repetition of the first season.
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