Masoom Review: With Masoom, Boman Irani makes his OTT debut, and Deepa Gahlot says it was nice to see the actor again on film.
The lush Irish setting of Sophie Petzal’s web series Blood, which also hides family turmoil, poetic gloom, and Catholic guilt, is awkwardly relocated to the Punjabi town of Falauli, where Dr. Balraj Kapoor (Boman Irani) resides with his bedridden wife and three miserable kids.
When Gunwant (Upasana Singh), the person who had fled to Delhi, passes away, Sana (Samara Tijori), who was with her, returns.
Sana has a persistent glum expression because she had observed something for which she holds her father accountable.
Her older sister Sanjana (Manjari Fadnnis), who is divorced and lives with her parents, likewise always appears depressed.
Their brother Sanjeev (Veer Rajwant Singh) has a shady demeanor and seems to be hiding something, which of course he is.
Sana begins skulking around spying on her father since she is persuaded that he is to blame for the murder of her mother.
Her suspicions are confirmed by his strange behavior, which includes lying about where he was when his wife passed away, having an affair with a nurse at his hospital (Sarika Singh), and leaving late at night to get rid of a lawn ornament.
Balraj is running for office in the district and has received funding from the party that was taken at the time of Gunwant’s passing. As a result, the doctor is facing serious financial difficulties, which he hides from the family.
The Mihir Desai-directed, six-part serial that Satyam Tripathy wrote had a sluggish beginning.
Although the mother is constantly singing or reciting poetry (written by Ginny Diwan) in Punjabi, which requires Hindi subtitles in addition to the English, the film has too many longueurs for a thriller in which the viewer cannot identify with any of the characters. Despite residing in a large mansion with a large lawn, people meet by the banks for heart-to-heart conversations.
Only in the fourth episode do the different threads begin to come together and the individuals’ motivations become more apparent.
Unexpectedly, a sinister uncle is introduced who may have mistreated Sana when she was a young child.
However, that thread is left hanging, possibly to be continued in Season 2, which must be on the way given how this season ended.
Sana contacts Monty (Akashdeep Arora), a childhood buddy, and ends up adding more fuel to a simmering fire.
Boman Irani’s portrayal of Balraj makes him seem less like the domineering north Indian patriarch who incites Sana to loathe him to the point where she is willing to blame him in public at her mother’s funeral.
Like small towns everywhere else, little towns in India can be a hotbed of hidden secrets, intrigue, fierce clan loyalty, and a community where everyone knows everyone.
Ranjit Singh (Manu Rishi Chadha), the kind local police officer, is more intelligent than he lets on and only intervenes when his patience has run out.
It’s unclear who the Masoom (Innocent) is in this story: Sana, who is too self-absorbed to comprehend the trauma of others; Balraj, whose efforts to protect his family end up doing more harm than good; or the late Gunwant, who knew everything but chose to ignore it in order to keep the peace at home.
The series succeeds in giving viewers a non-stereotypical view of a Punjabi village, which is complemented by gorgeous exteriors (shot by Vivek Shah) and an ominous soundtrack (Anand Bhaskar).
Although the performances are one-note, they appear to work in a plot where everyone has something to hide.
Masoom marks Boman Irani’s OTT debut, and it was nice to see the actor again after a long absence.
Disney + Hotstar is streaming Masoom.