SHE, an original webseries, on Netflix India, has the kind of trailer that will make you watch it. Its kickass, sassy and piques our curiosity. More so when you see the simple, demure constable with Mumbai Police, Bhumi (Aditi Pohankar) metamorphose into a very attractive prostitute, for an undercover operation.
She looks the part. Plays it to the hilt. The maker of this series, film director Imtiaz Ali, is known for his strong, intelligent and interesting female characters in most of his films like Geet from Jab We Met and Meera in Love Aaj Kal. But of late, he hasn’t really been at his best. At least in Bollywood.
And yet, his streaming debut may strike gold. This character Bhumi, in She, is just the kind of woman that we can identify with and yet, watch her with objectivity. Shes real, flawed and struggles with her sexuality as she tries to do her job and grapple with a sick mother and a sister, who is quite literally the black sheep in their family. She also has a foul mouthed, lasvicious husband that she is separated from.
Out of the blue, she is picked for an important secret mission that shows her grapple with her feelings and her duty as she entraps mafia guy Sasya (Vijay Varma). What follows is an intense encounter between the two that can have life changing consequences for her.
Cinematographer Amit Roy takes us through the motions, like we are in the thick of this whodunnit. Excellently shot scenes depicting the Mumbai underbelly and the gangster chronicles that make a series like this, so watchable.
Edgy. Go for it.