CANDY (web series)
Manufacturer: Rajsh Bahl, Vipul Shah and Ashwin Varde
Director: Ashish R Shukla
Throw: Ronit Bose Roy, Richa Chaddha, Manu Rishi Chaddha, Ridhi Kumar, Vayu Ranawat, Mihir Ahuja, Anju Alva Nayak
Stream on: Voot
By Jyothi Venkatesh
The edge-of-the-seat show takes place in the mountain station of the tiny Rudrakund mountain station in Uttarakhand. Mehul Awasthi (Mihir Ahuja), a student at a popular mixed boarding school, is found brutally murdered while his best friend Kalki Rawat (Riddhi Kumar) is missing. The incident shocked her mentor and teacher, Jayant Parekh (Ronit Bose Roy). He and his wife Somalika Parekh (Anju Alva Naik) are already deeply affected by the early death of their young daughter.
Senior policeman Ratna Sankhawar (Richa Chadha) is taking on the case. The initial suspicion falls on three students who bullied and tortured Mehul, but the villagers believe that a demon named Masaan was behind the murders and this is not the first time he has committed such a crime. But Ratna is unwilling to believe this theory.
Jayant finds out that many of the school’s students have fallen victim to a drug that comes in the form of Lick Me Candy. He also stumbles upon the bitter truth that the wild and wacky Vayu Ranaut (Nakul Roshan Sahdev) is behind the bat. Vayu is the son of the evil local lawmaker Money Ranaut (Manu Rishi Chadha). However, Ratna doesn’t give a shit about his theory as a rooster and a bull.
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As for the performance, it’s Rohit Bose Roy who shoulders the entire plot and fits into the role of the tough mentor, effortlessly and with a lot of emotion. Anju Alva Naik convinces as an emotionally affected, but strong-willed lady. A brilliant performance as Kalki, Riddhi Kumar is an actor as brilliant as he is natural.
Richa Chadha is brilliant as a cop who struggles to balance her professional and personal life. Kudos to her for penetrating the skin of her character from Ratna, the filthy cop who is not just black or white, by shedding her inhibitions with ease. Manu Rishi Chadha finally got a role Manu Rishi Chadha plays a local politician who, with his tailor-made role, seems to be the ‘Baahubali’ of the city that he will remember for a long time. Nakul Roshan Sahdev as his son makes the character of Vayu believable. Gopal Datt and Vijayant Kohli show impressive achievements as headmasters Thomas and Father Marcus, respectively. Ridhi Kumar is a revelation as Kalki, the Vulnerable Child, while Nakul Roshan Sahdev as Vayu Ranawat is just great and will develop into a versatile actor in no time.
To sum up, the series has eight episodes, with each episode averaging 40 minutes in length, having too many levels and many characters popping up and down at short intervals, has a lot of interesting twists and turns, despite being on the large scale and the whole thing is a bit predictable and sometimes even illogical!