Bestseller Review: An unintelligent thriller made as a mystery novel for preschoolers | Web series

If a thriller, whodunit, tells you who the mastermind is in its first 30 minutes, you better pack some serious drama in the rest of the series. The bestseller does not. Starring Arjan Bajwa, Shruti Haasan, Mithun Chakraborty, Gauahar Khan, Satyajeet Dubey and Sonalee Kulkarni, the Amazon Prime Video thriller is a loud, unintelligent show that insults its audience and does a poor job of telling what could have been an interesting story.

Loosely adapted from Ravi Subramaniam’s The Bestseller She Wrote, the series tells the story of novelist Tahir Wazir (played by Arjan), who faces writer’s block and how his chance meeting with a fan Meetu Mathur (Shruti), disrupts his life. Desperate to meet his publisher’s expectations, Tahir decides to use his fan’s story for his own novel. This follows attacks on Tahir and Meetu by a social media troll, prompting super cop Mithun Chakraborty to investigate the matter. Attacks escalate, people die, and viewers discover things might be connected. But the problem is that you find out what happens before half the show is over. And then the mystery disappeared.

The problem with Bestseller isn’t its story, which has its heart in the right place. It’s with everything else – from the direction and acting to the myriad plot holes. A good thriller keeps the audience guessing. Bestseller chooses to reveal its biggest twist with four episodes yet to come. In the next episode, even the motivation behind the mystery is revealed. After that, it’s just about delaying the inevitable. The show’s narrative is like a car stuck on the highway, going nowhere and leaving passengers frustrated.

Mithun Chakraborty is a rare bright spot in this poorly done show.

Tahir calls himself a “budding Chetan Bhagat”. But the right word would be unbearable. The character is unsympathetic, arrogant, self-centered, amoral, and frankly eminently unsympathetic. I understand the creators trying to set up the second act by trying to highlight its flaws, but presenting it in such an unflattering light makes viewers apathetic to its fate and that of Meetu. The show’s biggest mystery isn’t why he’s being targeted. That’s why his wife, a successful advertising filmmaker (played by the magnificent Gauahar Khan, no less) chose to support him all these years.

Shruti Haasan tries hard to nail Meetu Mathur, the naive girl from the small town. But his accent and wide eyes are off-putting. It never lets you believe in the character. The actor comes into his own in the second half of the show, but by then the damage is done. Gauahar Khan is by far the most likable actor and character on the show. As Tahir’s wife, Mayanka, she is the only person you truly feel sorry for. Because just like her character, she did everything right without gaining much.

Mithun Chakraborty’s ACP Lokesh Pramanik briefly breathes life into the show. His entry into the narrative jump starts the car breaking down all of a sudden, but even he can’t elevate shoddy writing. His Poirot-esque police detective is reduced to a caricature that even the national award winner cannot convincingly pull off. His jokes fall flat and a bizarre scene of him doing a cooking vlog for ‘Tube Shube’ felt so out of place to me that I had to check if my browser had accidentally switched tabs.

Shruti Haasan’s portrayal of a small town girl in love with author Tahir Wazir is unconvincing.

Satyajeet Dubey stars as Parth, the mysterious intern who hides more than he shows. But the fact that there’s a big reveal about her character in the first episode itself gives her very little to play for. Sonalee Kulkarni as Cyber ​​Cell Officer Urmila Ranade was completely wasted. The Marathi actor has already delivered good performances. But it is not the actor that we see here, who also seems to have been disappointed by the writing.

Above all, the show lacks subtlety. He rushes to drive every point home and does it harder than necessary. Every thought of a character is spoken aloud. Each lesson is spoken on screen. Each past instance is told through a long exposition. At a time when creators are increasingly trusting audiences to figure things out for themselves, Bestseller doesn’t seem to think its viewers are that smart. It’s like a detective story for preschoolers.

Honestly, I have no idea what the creators of Bestseller were trying to do. Is it a thriller? So why would you reveal the mystery in episode four of eight. Is it a moralizing story about greed? Then probably the point doesn’t even land correctly. Whatever Bestseller’s intent, the shoddy execution means this is a show you lose interest in halfway through. There’s no shortage of thrillers on the internet, and this show is miles behind the competition.

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Director: Mukul Abhyankar

To throw: Mithun Chakraborty, Shruti Haasan, Arjan Bajwa, Gauahar Khan, Satyajeet Dubey, Sonalee Kulkarni

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