Aarya Sareen (Sushmita Sen) is forced to return to India with her children to testify against her scheming Shekhawats, led by the duplicitous Udayveer, and her Machiavellian father Zorawar (Jayant Kripalani) (Akash Khurana).
But fate has other plans for Aarya and her children, as they are once again drawn into the schemes of her siblings, friends, rivals, and the Russian mafia. Some seek vengeance, but all are after the prized contraband that appears to have fallen into the hands of the police at the end of the first season.
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Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikandar Kher, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx ONell, Namit D, Manish Choudhary, Viren Vazirani, Virti Vaghani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Sugandha Garg, Priy, Sohaila Kapur, Jayant Kripalani, Maya Sarao, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Vik, Nishank Verma, Jagdish Purohit, Flora Saini, Joy Sengupta, Gargi Sawant, Richard Bhakti Klein
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As new plots are devised and bullets are fired to silence Aarya, despite the well-intentioned ACP Yunus Khan’s (Vikas Kumar) assurances of police protection, it becomes necessary for her to make compromises with the killers of her husband Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh) in order to live to fight another day. It causes emotional rifts in her family, and Aarya is forced to bare her claws and get her hands dirty once more to defend her brood, resulting in tremendous drama filled with suspenseful action.
The underlying subject of “my family is both my strength and weakness” isn’t exactly novel, but the way show creator and co-director Ram Madhvani has mounted the series keeps you hooked until the eight-episode season’s conclusion.
The art directors deserve a lot of credit for creating an enchanting modern Rajasthani milieu that combines the royal Haveli culture of the past with the uber-chic that dots the desert state today. Ram has used old songs to layer the proceedings in the last three episodes, as he did in the first season. S.D. Burman’s Meri Duniya Hai Maa Tere Aanchal Main from Talash (1969) strikes the right note once more, as the chasm between Aarya and her daughter Arundhati (Virti Vaghani) widens.
The dialogue is sharp and loaded with meaning, but it never descends into a melodramatic jugalbandi. In this tale of human greed where redemption is difficult, Ram pulls the heartstrings in between the gunshots.
Sequences in which Sangram is kidnapped while his wife Hina (Sugandha Garg) is in labour, or when Aarya’s young son pulls a gun on his father’s killer, will stick with you. It surprises you when a character like Sampat (Vishwajeet Pradhan) turns out to be more than just a hardened criminal. And it entertains you when Aarya and her friend Maya (Maya Sarao) swag.
Even when the plot becomes predictable after a couple of episodes, the relatable character arcs and gutsy performances keep you from reaching for the remote.
Sushmita, in an author-backed role, lives up to the stereotype of a hurt lioness forced to hunt down her adversaries in order to save her children. She has rarely been given material that suits her strong personality over the years.
She uses her gravitas, polished demeanour, and emphatic voice to make a larger-than-life heroic character of her own in this role as a ‘working’ mother. She embodies Aarya’s fears, moral quandaries, and courage, displaying a range of emotions, and is the main reason you’re hooked on the series.
Sushmita brings a grace to Aarya that she does not lose even when pushed into a corner. This kindness and elegance, more than anything else, unsettles her opponents and wins over the audience.
Ram has surrounded her with an experienced supporting cast to keep the scenario plausible and Sushmita on her toes. Apart from the ever-dependable Kripalani and Khurana, Sohaila Kapur and Geetanjali Kulkarni give their all, but Sushmita steals the show.