Thursday 14 May 2020

#TheLifesWayReviews SPECIAL OPS @DisneyPlusHS #HotstarSpecials #Thriller

Hi Friends,

It all started with the SPECIAL OPS and as I watched the same back to back during this weekend, I was taken away from the focussed study I was doing into the minds of criminals and actions of spy agencies to protect their country's important information and people. Special Ops is an 8 episodes season where the names of the episodes are on the famous Bollywood movies. It ranks highly on the web series network due to its face pace, tom and jerry kind of chase, and great storylines with great actors and performances by stars like Kay Kay Menon, Parmeet Sethi, Karan Tacker, Vinay Pathak, Gautami Kapoor, Sana Khan, Meher Vij, Saiyami Kher and many more. 

Spanned over a storyline of several attacks on India from the last 19 years, director Neeraj Pandey (Special 26 fame) convinces the audience that a single man is behind the attack and Himmat Singh played by Kay Kay Menon is looking for him in these long years despite everyone saying that no such person exists. The series is great just for the acting of Kay Kay and Vinay Pathak who plays a senior police officer. The chase and the office politics are well played by Himmat Singh as the government changes as he continues to work on the leads provided by his 5 agents in the field in various countries. 
#TheLifesWayReviews SPECIAL OPS @DisneyPlusHS #HotstarSpecials #Thriller
The secret agents showcased are more of a flashy kind of setup and the whole focus comes down to a single one Farooq played by Karan Tacker. The rest are provided with an initial insight into what they know and the skills they have within the first 5 minutes each without any information. The web series is more focussed on Himmat, Abbas Sheikh (Vinay Pathak), Naresh Chadda (Parmeet Sethi), and their reactions to all the events happening as Himmat tells them about the expenditure of Rs 28 Crores in the past many years in an 8 hours flashbacks and present-day story. Sajjad Delafrooz (Tiger Zinda Hai fame) plays Hafiz Ali, a Dubai based entrepreneur working for Ikhlaq Khan and running his businesses around the world. 

It's a story with a lot of style and flaws but the overall story will keep you glued to your mobile or tv screens till the last episode as they keep on trying to catch the missing Ikhlaq Khan. But as a viewer, you will be able to identify him before it will be revealed on screen as to who is Ikhlaq Khan way before the episode it's shown in. I would watch it again just for the acting of Kay Kay Menon as Himmat Singh taking down the various terrorists with his mind, courage, and spying skills. Himmat Singh thinks on the go and in situations where he is caught in the middle, he escapes just because of his sharp mind and thinking at the moment or what we call as the presence of mind. 

In the end, some of the new characters are added just to create interest as the identity of Ikhlaq Khan is revealed but they fail to create an impact like Divya Dutta and Sharad Kelkar with one more national tragedy event added to the script. Overall, if you leave these logics behind and just want to enjoy your weekend just binge-watch the SPECIAL OPS and fall in love with Kay Kay Menon and Neeraj Pandey's fast pace storyline. It definitely deserves your 8 hours or so as you enjoy this thriller spying drama on Disney+ Hotstar platform. RATING - 4.5/5

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