Web series: CAT
Director: Balwinder Singh Janjua
Star cast: Randeep Hooda, Suvinder Vicky, Hasleen Kaur, Kavya Thapar, Gurinder Makna, Geeta Agarwal Sharma, Pramod Pathak, Jaipreet Singh, Abhishant Rana, Danish Sood
Bollywood Bubble ratings: 2.5 stars
If you liked Mirzapur, Sacred Games and more series like these, then there’s a chance that you will also like Randeep Hooda starrer CAT. The 8-episode web series is not as subtle as one would think as we are being treated with cuss words and sexual content since the beginning. So I would suggest please don’t watch it with your family if your parents are not liberal enough to understand this and please use your HEADPHONES. Before I talk about the series in this review and people who don’t know the meaning of CAT, it is the infiltrators that were planted by the police in rebel groups during the height of the separatist insurgency in the state of Punjab, decades ago. They work as police informants who work for them on a mission.
The show starts by giving us the idea that it is on the lines of Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt starrer Udta Punjab; however, the story then kind of shifts and focuses on politics which seems quite intriguing. But somewhere it makes me forget the theme of the story which is about narcotics in Punjab.
Set in the 1990s, an innocent boy named Gurnam Singh is constantly looking for answers about his parent’s death. As he grew up and had a settled life with his brother, he learns that his younger brother is into drugs and is selling them in college. Police arrest his brother and Gurnam strives hard to save his brother from the dark world and teams up with an old acquainted police officer. He goes on a mission to stop the narcotics business in Punjab but during the course, he gets to know the other bitter truth that shakes him from within.
Randeep Hooda plays Gurnam Singh who perfectly balances two sides of the character. He brilliantly transforms from an innocent man to a gangster who doesn’t wince once to shoot a man who is delayed to return the money. The character transformation is indeed quite interesting. Randeep plays the role with ease, it seems the character was tailor-made for him.
Stars like Suvinder Vicky, Hasleen Kaur and Geeta Agarwal Sharma have done a fabulous job with their parts. They know their parts so well, that in some instances it feels like they are not just acting.
Speaking about CAT overall in this review, the Randeep Hooda starrer seems quite engaging but it looks a bit messy. You might lose interest towards the end of the show as everything seems a bit chaotic.
Watch the CAT trailer after the review:
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