HOSTAGES [S 2] Review

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Starring: Ronit Bose Roy, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Shilpa Shukla, Amit Sial, Kanwaljit Singh, Dalip Tahil, Aashim Gulati and Mohan Kapur

Series Director: Sudhir Mishra

Written by: Nisarg Mehta, Cine Raas Writing Team

What is it about:

HOSTAGES season two starts off from where the season one ended. Prithvi (Ronit Bose Roy) and Aman (Ashim Gulati) getting ready to leave the country along with Saba (Shriswara) and Chief Minister Handa (Dalip Tahhil) for her transplant surgery. They are headed to Kathmandu, because that’s where the bone marrow transplant between the CM and his illegitimate daughter will take place. Meanwhile, the CM’s wife identifies his body and confirms he is dead. She is clearly hand-in-glove with Prithvi and his gang. But nothing goes as planned because of Saba’s deteriorating health conditions and they now must halt their journey and take shelter in an abandoned house (Purani Kothi) on the Delhi-Gurgaon Highway. But that’s not all, the CM’s head of security, Subramanian (Mohan Kapur), hunts the gang down, and gunshots are fired which attracts local cops’ attention. The ATS has arrived, and so has the police negotiator Ayesha Khan, played by Divya Dutta, and everything is being run by ATS chief Karnail Singh (Kanwaljit Singh). Things have become a circus, with the national media camping out, while Ayesha plays a game of chess with the cornered Prithvi. What happens next, forms the rest of the show.

What we liked:

Acting performances have been a highlight of the show. Ronit Roy as Prithvi once again has delivered a fantastic performance. Divya Dutta as the hostage negotiator plays her part with ease. Dino Morea as the assassin is probably the best performance of this season after Ronit Roy. The plot is very interesting and the base story of the show hooks you. The writer has also, with good attention to detail, weaved the sub-plots and introduces the powerful woman characters.

What we didn’t like:

There is a lot happening in the show and it doesn’t work in the show’s favour. Things get too complex for their own good. The pacing is not right and the story gets inconsistent in places. While the story is engaging, it has been stretched a lot and 12 episodes feel like a lot to sit and go through.  The show could have easily done with about 4 episodes or so less. Also a few things that happen in the show seem a little over the top and implausible.

HOSTAGES SEASON 2, now streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.

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