Special Ops – This four-part espionage thriller, directed by Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair, dives more into why Himmat Singh, the RAW agent, is the way he is.
HIMMAT SINGH, PERFORMED BY KAY KAY MENON, LEAVES A LONG-LASTING IMPRESSION AS A RAW AGENT.
STORY: ‘Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story’ looks into the formative years of Himmat Singh (Kay Kay Menon) as an Indian Research and Analytics Wing (RAW) operative.
REVIEW: Like the first season, ‘Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story’ is told in flashbacks, with Delhi Police officer Abbas Shiekh (Vinay Pathak) narrating Himmat’s voyage to the’sarkari babus’ – Chaddha (Parmeet Sethi) and Banerjee (Parmeet Sethi) (Kali Prasad Mukherjee). This takes us back to the day of the 2001 Parliament assault, as well as Himmat’s explanation for what transpired. Then there’s the issue of Maninder (Aadil Khan), an ex-RAW agent who has critical information that might jeopardise the country’s security. Along with Himmat’s goal to become the finest RAW agent, the drama revolves around a cat-and-mouse game between Maninder and Himmat’s team, which includes Vijay (Aftab Shivdasani).
This four-part espionage thriller, directed by Neeraj Pandey and Shivam Nair, dives more into why Himmat Singh, the RAW agent, is the way he is. Pandey’s film contains all of the elements that make up his universe: a brilliant ensemble cast, a fascinating and intense narrative, and a sprinkling of barriers that make every scenario difficult to conquer. All they do is build a hectic storey around the lives of several persons who have worked for or with Himmat Singh.
The writing (by Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani, and Benazir Ali Fida) is crisp, and Pandey provides us a glimpse into the brutal reality of being a spy, unlike its predecessor. However, most of the storey relies around Himmat and Vijay cooperating to find Maninder, which becomes old after a while. The editing of Praveen Kathikuloth keeps the events’ pace in control. The battle sequences in this edition (by Abbas Ali Moghul, Peter Triesko, and Cyril Raffaelli) are highly action-packed. Some sequences, particularly those involving Himmat and Maninder’s encounter, look improbable. Despite many gunshots being fired at a London hotel, no one other than the primary characters is visible.
Kay Kay Menon is the enterprise’s saving grace. In this episode, he is seen wading through the dark alleys of politics, red tape, and honey-trapping, which makes the show worth watching. The painful sequences of him losing his possessions, as well as his poker-faced words, “main problem is when the country suffers because of politics,” make it worthwhile to see.
Aftab Shivdasani’s character development as Vijay is well-developed, aside from Menon, who shines in practically every frame. Vinay Pathak, who plays Abbas Shiekh, is the one who tells Himmat’s narrative in an innovative way. Aadil Khan gives a terrific performance as Maninder.
Aishwarya Sushmita, a model-turned-actress, makes a beautiful debut as Karishma. Shiv Jyoti, who is well known for her role as Kaaiynaat in ‘Bebaakee,’ nevertheless, looks promising in the character of Anita Sharma alongside young Himmat Singh. (There will be no spoilers!) Gautami Kapoor, who portrays Himmat’s wife Saroj, also has a major role in this episode.
The series has a great production value, which adds to its overall aesthetic. To explain the long chases, the filmmakers shot in Mumbai, Delhi, and a number of other places including Malaysia, Ukraine, and Mauritius.
Overall, Sudheer Palsane and Arvind Singh’s cinematography is gorgeous, and Advait Nemlekar’s background music fits the concept well.
So far, this part’s cliffhanger suggests that Neeraj Pandey is developing a Special Ops universe with more stories to be revealed. That being said, if you want to be a part of this universe, you must also watch this espionage thriller.
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