Rudra – The Age of Darkness review: Ajay Devgn’s web series is catchy but showyAuthor: Yuvi March 4, 2022
Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar
Director: Rajesh Mapuskar
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Esha Deol Takhtani, Rashi Khanna, Satyadeep Mishra, Ashwini Kalsekar, Atul Kulkarni, Milind Gunaji and Rajeev Kachru.
A bright but emotionally troubled police officer hunting hardened criminals, with a tired and worn-out premise, ‘Rudra – The Age of Darkness’, an adaptation of the British TV show ‘Luther’, sporadically is intense.
Designed to be a psychological thriller, Ajay Devgn’s ACP Rudraveer Singh- is portrayed as chasing down a suspect, who ends up in a state of unconsciousness in the hospital. Months later, he is reinstated in the force after an investigation into what happened, but time constraints take a toll on him.
His wife, Shaila (Esha Deol), a humanitarian lawyer, has left him for Rajiv (Satyadeep Mishra), leaving Rudra’s fragile psyche to falter. His mental state is of concern to his colleagues, but being a perceptive investigator, he still trusts him, especially his departmental head Deepali Handa (Ashwini Kalsekar) and his companions who are concerned with his gut feelings. are in awe.
Rudra, meanwhile, encounters Alia Chokshi (Rashi Khanna), an intelligent and beautiful woman whose parents and dog have been murdered, the first of several gruesome cases in the series.
Being perceptive, Rudra learns that Aaliya is a psychopath when she follows him and tries to complicate matters between him and Shaila. Yet he turns to her for assistance and thus ties their lives together in the six-episode drama, which takes many unexpected turns, some involving a bureaucratic hierarchy that doesn’t know what to do with Rudra. .
While it may sound simple, the unexpected game of cat-and-mouse hunt between Rudra and sadhu criminals is far from reassuring, as the slow-paced plot is just eclectic and full of enough cinematic freedom.
Also Vritti or “There are no proofs, gut feeling” seems to be Rudra’s mantra which tickles him. Also his character is unintentionally fabricated, and the emotion is missing.
Also, Alia Chokshi’s character simply doesn’t figure in the story because it’s not crafted well according to the Indian environment. Also, she effortlessly moves in and out of Shaila’s boyfriend Rajeev’s house.
With his irritable nature, Ajay Devgn is seen as sleepwalking through this writer-backed role. We have often seen him play similar characters, and as Rudra – the tyrannical, ruling lawmaker who never lied to his wife, offers nothing new.
Raashi Khanna is brilliant as Alia Chokshi. She is charming and her screen presence is splendid. She portrays her character effortlessly, despite being unconnected.
KC Shankar Siddheshwar Kumar as the cast and Amara Sangam as the young mother Shenaz Daruwala are brilliant. They stand out with their best performance.
Ashwini Kalsekar, Atul Kulkarni, Rajeev Kachru as Rudra’s aides, and Ashish Vidyarthi as the commissioner of investigation are soft and conservative in their delivery.
Esha Deol Takhtani as Rudra’s ex-wife Shaila seems like an awkward ball in the series with an equally miss-match partner in Satyadeep Mishra’s Rajeev.
Overall, this series can be liked only by the fans of Ajay Devgan.