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Cartel Review – Movies Rediff.com

Cartel Review – Movies Rediff.com


Fixated on guns, genitals and gaaliwith, Cartel“First impressions suck,” warns Sukanya Verma.

The streaming space is littered with hacks and Cartel may well take first place in the heap.

Someone, somewhere, perpetuated the myth that sex and violence is the mantra for getting attention on OTT, and another example of this is revealed in Ekta R. Kapoor’s terrible new show, available on Alt Balaji and MX Player.

In this doomed piece of Mumbai mafia trying to cook food out of stale Agnipat, Satya, Vaastav, Sarkar leftovers, ‘Aarey colony ki mashoor family gang‘, as the news anchor announces, are at the core of a gang war following a breach of treaty between rival parties.

As the matriarchal leader and godmother of the Angre clan, Rani Maa (played by Supriya Pathak) smugly wears her cannibal skin from Goliyon Ke Raslila: Ram Leela, gagra choli replaced by nauvarimakes her come in singing ‘Shanti, Shanti, Shanti– and hides the revolver behind the sari.

Irony loud and clear – Cartel wears his senseless violence as a badge of honour.

Seconds later, some random guy in a suit, having failed to make a deal with Rani, turns on a playlist and swallows a cyanide pill. Jump to a random shootout only to have a slow remix Babuji Dhere Chalna has a visual element for the game.

While Rani falls into a coma, her three sons – the Angre brothers – Major (Tanuj Virvani) and wannabe Bhikus, Madhu (Jeetendra Joshi) and Abhay (Ritwik Dhanjani) stage a revenge rage trying to find out who is behind this. attempt on their mother.

Like the cops with the expected trepidation.

Between this tedious storyline marking every Bollywood mob climag in Mumbai is the rainy season, the bars, lavniGaneshotsav, defiantly conscientious sister, obligatory prostitute (Tannishtha Chatterjee shows a wonderful consolation for the obscene) – in the book, Cartel oscillates between ridiculously bad and disgustingly gross.

A mysterious woman in an old woman’s prosthetic make-up plunges a sharp object into the throat of a man, another one rips out the man’s nose, another one threatens the surgeon during the operation.

The latter event has the ludicrous side effect of one of the doctors being aroused by the perpetrator’s brother, who asks him to take a chill pill.

Nuance does not even come to mind.

There is no tension, no thrill, no logic, no humor, no darkness, and no entertainment.

The mere presence of characters who openly demonstrate sexuality and aggression does not give either freedom or courage.

But CartelThe cringe-inducing content is driven by faith and gloating in posturing for effect.

It’s also about all his many accents and cultural stereotypes – tapori talking thugs and gangsters with gold chains, an informant with a Hyderabadi accent, a South Indian crime boss in lungi, chandan tilak and a strong accent salam– done, a skullcap-wearing Muslim and his faith-obsessed ways and, as his obnoxious trailer suggests, an unflattering portrayal of homosexuals, Cartel humiliates and demonizes indiscriminately.

Fixated on guns, genitals and gaaliwith, Cartelfirst impression – a complete bastard.

One episode was a decisive factor for me, God help those who had the courage for all 14.

Cartel is streaming on Alt Balaji and MX Player.

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