Aarya Review: A Typical Crime Thriller Where Everyone Seems To Be Hiding Something

Aarya Review
Aarya Review

Sushmita Sen’s web series Aarya is based on the Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis

Aarya is an Indian crime drama web television series, which is based on the Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis. It is co-created by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi for Hotstar’s label Hotstar Specials.  The web series stars Sushmita Sen in the titular role. The show is produced by Endemol Shine India and Madhavani’s Ram Madhvani Films. The series was released on 19 June 2020.

Aarya is the story of  Aarya Sareen (Sushmita Sen) who lives happily with her husband Tej (Chandrachur Singh) and three children. Their life goes well, they all spend happy moments and cute fights between kids and parents are like a daily routine. All was good till a sudden tragedy happened when Tej was shot thrice at his house. And the real series starts from here when Aarya takes Tej’s charge for Aaryasattava Pharmaceuticals, some things go as planned, while others don’t.

Genre: Crime Drama

In Theatres: 19 June 2020

Runtime: 50- 59 min (Total 9 episodes)

Production: Ram Madhvani Films, Endemol Shine Group

Starring: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikandar Kher, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx ONell, Namit Das, Manish Choudhary, Sohaila Kapur, Jayant Kripalani, Vishwajeet Pradhan, Vikas Kumar, Virti Vaghani, Viren Vazirani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Sugandha Garg, Maya Sarao

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Sushmita Sen in Aarya
Sushmita Sen in Aarya

Aarya Web Series Review

Sushmita Sen as Aarya, perfectly holds the tone for the nine-episode series. In fact one can say she is the soul of the series and series rests heavily on her capabilities. Sen is seen slipping into different avatars, and maintaining her credibility in all the roles.

Either a grieving wife or scared mother or a hurt friend and a diplomatic daughter or a businesswoman she finally opens herself with grace. In the whole series you can listen to some old melodious songs, and “Bade Acche Lagte Hain ” song the most.

The story roles around three business partners, a stolen drug consignment, a murder and a woman who is forced to swing between her two families father, mother, sister and brother on one side, and, daughter and two sons on the other. Apart from Sushmita Sen, some others in the series are just fabulous. Be it delightful normal and adorable Chandrachur Singh as Aarya’s husband Tej or Jayant Kripalani as Aarya’s father Zorawar, they both did their part smoothly.

Sikandar Kher in Aarya
Sikandar Kher in Aarya

Sikandar Kher is deliciously dark and seen as Aarya’s father point man Daulat. He creates the swag of Rajasthani royalty. Namit Das as unpredictable Jawahar is good to watch, and Vikas Kumar as the annoying ACP Khan creates a character that will take the series to a new turn. Manish Choudhary as drug distributor Shekhawat and his man Sampat, Vishwajeet Pradhan add spice to the series.

Sohaila Kapur as Zorawar’s day-drinking wife Rajeshwari, and Maya Sarao as Maya all have a few big scenes and with each one they add muscle to the series. Even the three kids played by Virti Vaghani, Viren Vazirani and Pratyaksh Panwar are memorable.

Ankur Bhatia in Aarya
Ankur Bhatia in Aarya
Namit Das in Aarya
Namit Das in Aarya
Manish Choudhary in Aarya
Manish Choudhary in Aarya

Overall the series never really allows you to take your eyes off. The big reveals are too shocking, even the victim behind the murder of Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh) is also shocking. Aarya is a perfect watch and is basic as a crime thriller, which works in its favour. 

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