BOTTOM LINE: A Thriller That Is Anything But…And That’s The Naked Truth
|Platform: MX Player||Genre: Thriller|
What Is the Story About?
A wealthy businessman Rishabh Mehta is found dead in a hotel room. Famous porn actress Natasha (Superna Moitra) is staying with him and is the only person present at the location. An honest cop Suraj Kadam (Aryamann Seth) takes the case and starts the investigation. In the process, he is drawn towards the enigma that is Natasha. Will he be able to put aside his feelings and solve the case? How is his relationship developing with fiancé Simmi is the subplot of the series?
Aryamann Seth as the honest cop, looks the part, but nothing else works. He is never able to generate the authenticity and authoritative nature of the character. He just goes through the motions. The poetic dialogues make it worse further. It only leads to unintentional laughs and does nothing to enhance the part.
Director Anupam Santosh Saroj has a simple subject at hand that requires deft handling to engage. He fails from the start, and the series never recovers.
The opening episode gives a clear idea regarding how things are going be in future. Still, one hopes that there could be an engaging central story that could work or provide some thrills. Sadly, there is nothing of those sorts. The series gets progressively worst.
The real sad part is the premise which could have been narrated in different styles. A pulpy thrilling drama or a trippy noir thriller seems perfect, but what we get in Naked is a bland and boring presentation with laughable acting, cringing dialogues and scenarios.
Everything looks artificial and seems to be done in a rush to meet a daily wages requirement. None are invested in the narrative barring the leading lady in a couple of portions.
After all the banality at display throughout the show, the ending is a little relief. Even that can be seen by a mile, though. It is just how the pieces are put together, which makes one wish the whole thing was handled differently.
Overall, Naked is best left erased from our memories. There is nothing in it that can be categorized as sensual or suspenseful. A waste of data, whichever way one might intent to watch. Luckily we are here to save the wastage.
Suparna Moitra fails to bring the depth the character so requires for it to be taken seriously. There is enough scope in the role for it to make an impact, but she never rises beyond the little skin show, and glycerine flowing confused looking face.
Tithi Raaj comes across as poor man’s Anushka Sharma. She sleepwalks through the part by mouthing the dialogues with zero emotion attached to it. Among the rest, none have a well-developed part of connecting, of engaging with the views. They are all stereotyped and half baked.
Music and Other Departments?
The music by Shamir Tandon is counterproductive. It creates the exact opposite feeling in mind than what is intended. The cinematography is ordinary, and the editing is weak. The series is technically below par and gives a substandard feeling overall. The less said about the writing, the better.
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Review by Siddartha Toleti