special ops 1.5

special ops 1.5

SPECIAL OPS 1.5 SEASON 1 REVIEW

KAY KAY MENON’S HIMMAT SINGH LEAVES A LASTING IMPRESSION AS A RAW AGENT

STORY: ‘Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story’ delves into Himmat Singh’s (Kay Kay Menon) influential years as an Indian Research and Analytics Wing (RAW) agent.

REVIEW: ‘Special Ops 1.5: The Himmat Story’ is edged, like its first season, in previous story, with Delhi Police officer Abbas Shiekh (Vinay Pathak) narrating Himmat’s journey to the ‘sarkari babus’ — Chaddha (Parmeet Sethi) and Banerjee (Kali Prasad Mukherjee). This carriages us back in time to the day of the 2001 Parliament attack, as well as Himmat’s theory of what occurred.
Following that is another situation, in which Maninder (Aadil Khan), an ex-RAW agent, owns sensitive information that could jeopardise the nation’s security. Along with Himmat’s quest to become the best RAW agent, the core of the stage show is a cat-and-mouse game sandwiched between Maninder and Himmat and his squad, majorly Vijay (Aftab Shivdasani).

Helmed by Neeraj Pandey & Shivam Nair, this four-part spying thriller investigates deeper into why Himmat Singh, the RAW agent, is the way he is. Pandey’s project has all ingredients from his universe: a stellar collaborative cast, a gripping and intense plot, and a tadka of barricades that make every situation hard-hitting to overcome. All they do is offer a busy narrative that intertwines in and out of the lives of multiple characters who have worked for or with Himmat Singh.

Following that is another situation, in which Maninder (Aadil Khan), an ex-RAW agent, owns sensitive information that could jeopardise the nation’s security. Along with Himmat’s quest to become the best RAW agent, the core of the stage show is a cat-and-mouse game sandwiched between Maninder and Himmat and his squad, majorly Vijay (Aftab Shivdasani).

Helmed by Neeraj Pandey & Shivam Nair, this four-part spying thriller investigates deeper into why Himmat Singh, the RAW agent, is the way he is. Pandey’s project has all ingredients from his universe: a stellar collaborative cast, a gripping and intense plot, and a tadka of barricades that make every situation hard-hitting to overcome. All they do is offer a busy narrative that intertwines in and out of the lives of multiple characters who have worked for or with Himmat Singh.

Unlike its predecessor, the writing (by Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani and Benazir Ali Fida) is stretched, and Pandey gives us an vision into the harsh world of being a spy. However, much of the plot turns around Himmat and Vijay working together to track down Maninder, which becomes monotonous after a while. Praveen Kathikuloth’s editing keeps the impetus of the events in check. The fight orders (by Abbas Ali Moghul, Peter Triesko and Cyril Raffaelli) in this installment are quite action-packed. However, some of the scenes, particularly those involving Himmat and Maninder’s hostility, appear implausible. That is, despite multiple shootings being fired in a London guesthouse, no one is seen around except the main good guy.

Kay Kay Menon is the saving grace of this enterprise. He is seen paddling his way through the dark alleys of politics, red-tapes and honey-trapping in this instalment, which makes the show worth watching. His poker-faced remarks, “major thing is when the country grieves because of politics”, as well as the emotional parts of him losing his assets, make it valuable to watch.

Apart from Menon, who excels in almost every frame, Aftab Shivdasani’s character arc as Vijay is well-built. Vinay Pathak as Abbas Shiekh is the one who fascinatingly narrates Himmat’s story. Maninder is played persuasively by Aadil Khan. Aishwarya Sushmita, a model-turned-actor, is sophisticated in her debut appearance as Karishma. On the extra, Shiv Jyoti who is commonly known for her role as Kaaiynaat in ‘Bebaakee,’ looks promising as Anita Sharma opposite young Himmat Singh. (No spoilers ahead!) And Gautami Kapoor, who plays Himmat’s mate Saroj, has a noteworthy part in this show.

The production value is in elevation, which adds to the global appearance of the series. In order to justify the long pursuits, the makers have shot across Mumbai, Delhi, and numerous locations like Malaysia, Ukraine, and Mauritius. Overall, Sudheer Palsane and Arvind Singh’s cinematography is stunning and the background music by Advait Nemlekar gels along with the theme.

So far, the cliff-hanger ending of this part indicates that Neeraj Pandey is making a Special Ops universe with more stories to be exposed. That being believed, you must also watch this espionage thriller if you want to be a part of this universe.