Netflix’s latest offering, “Choona,” a comic-heist thriller series created by Pushpendra Nath Mishra, attempts to blend the allure of a daring heist with dark humor and political intrigue. Starring Jimmy Sheirgill and an ensemble cast, the series holds the potential for an exciting ride but ultimately fails to fully capitalize on its promising premise.
“Choona” revolves around the devious Urban Development minister Shukla (Jimmy Sheirgill), a corrupt politician with an obsession for astrology and omens. When a group of individuals wronged by Shukla come together to execute a high-stakes heist aimed at teaching him a lesson, the stage is set for a battle between cunning villains and the ragtag team attempting to outwit them.
The series draws inevitable comparisons to iconic heist shows and movies like “Money Heist” and “Ocean’s 11.” While the concept is intriguing, “Choona” struggles to confidently embrace its own plot and settings. The protagonists lack the depth and empathy needed for viewers to wholeheartedly support their mission, leading to a disconnect between the audience and the characters.
Unfocused Character Dynamics
The series falters by prioritizing individual character conflicts over developing the dynamics within the heist team. This choice delays the establishment of the camaraderie and unity crucial to the success of such narratives.
One of the most exasperating aspects of “Choona” is its excessive narration. Arshad Warsi serves as the series narrator, elucidating every scene and character’s intentions in painstaking detail. This level of handholding detracts from the viewing experience, leaving little room for audience engagement and interpretation.
Inconsistencies in Storytelling
The series also suffers from inconsistencies in storytelling. Scenes that could benefit from subtlety and viewer interpretation are over-explained, robbing them of their impact. The unnecessary detailing of certain plot points and a lack of consistency in dialogue add to the frustration.
Despite its narrative shortcomings, “Choona” boasts commendable performances from its ensemble cast. Jimmy Sheirgill shines as the conniving villain, while Aashim Gulati, Vikram Kochhar, Namit Das, Monika Panwar, Gyanendra Tripathi, Chandan Roy, Atul Srivastava, and Niharika Lyra Dutt deliver solid portrayals in their respective roles.
“Choona” falls short of realizing its full potential, struggling to maintain cohesion and trust in its storyline. While it offers moments of entertainment and benefits from a talented cast, the series lacks the confidence to delve into its characters and plot with the depth and focus they deserve.