Has Tamannaah Bhatia Delivered a Standout Performance in the Intriguing Mystery of 'Aakhri Sach' on Disney Hotstar?
Derived from the harrowing Burari incident, this gripping investigative thriller revolves around a dedicated police officer summoned to unravel the enigma behind the apparent mass suicides of 11 family members
Derived from the harrowing Burari incident, this gripping investigative thriller revolves around a dedicated police officer summoned to unravel the enigma behind the apparent mass suicides of 11 family members. The tale spans three generations of a family, all meeting their tragic end on a fateful night.
The series is a work of fiction inspired by real events. However, it's a missed opportunity not to acknowledge its roots in the tragic Burari incident while embracing creative liberties. The initial two episodes, available on the platform, promise an engaging viewing experience. Yet, compared to recent investigative thrillers on various streaming platforms, it falls slightly short. The series lacks the depth and urgency that could have been masterfully interwoven. There was potential for substantial tension within both the police force and the victim's family, but the series merely grazes the surface.
In the series' opening moments, we meet Anya (Tamannaah Bhatia), an unyielding, committed cop who apprehends an IIT-educated graduate involved in a credit card scam. Subsequently, she receives a call from her superior, tasking her with investigating the mysterious case of 11 family members committing suicide together. What initially appears to be a ritualistic mass suicide gradually unravels into something more sinister as initial inquiries progress. With each episode, viewers gain insights into the Rajawat family through evocative flashbacks. Although the family patriarch has already passed away by the time of the incident, we discover that he used to work for the police department. An apparently trivial incident involving his son, Bhuvan, played a role in his downfall. Aadesh (Danish Iqbal), Bhuvan (Abhishek Banerjee), Babita, and Kavita are the siblings in the family, and the incident occurs shortly after Babita's daughter Anshika (Kriti Vij) becomes engaged. Preliminary findings cast suspicions on Aman (Shivin Narang), Anshika's fiancé, but the truth proves to be more intricate than it seems.
The series' most glaring distraction is Tamannaah Bhatia herself. She exerts her best efforts to depict an upright and devoted cop, yet her demeanor works against her. The role inherently demands the portrayal of a cop burdened by the gravity of the crime and deeply embroiled in its intricacies. Unfortunately, the emotional vulnerability essential to this character is conspicuously absent in her performance. Regrettably, neither the writers nor Tamannaah succeeded in bringing this aspect to the forefront. One can't help but think of exceptional performances like Shefali Shah in "Delhi Crime," Sonakshi Sinha in "Dahaad," or Zoya Hussain in "Grahan." On the bright side, Abhishek Banerjee, as Bhuvan, delivers yet another outstanding performance filled with remorse and penitence. Fortunately, it's the supporting cast that injects a semblance of authenticity into this thrilling drama. The police officers at the station, conversing primarily in their distinct dialect, along with the locals from Old Delhi and Rajasthan, ensure that the story's environment feels genuine and true to life.
"Aakhri Sach" unfolds as a typical police procedural investigative drama, finding its strength in select segments, largely thanks to its supporting characters. However, the overall execution seems underdeveloped, leaving certain tensions untapped. The series draws inspiration from the tragic Burari incident of 2018 as its backdrop, a grim and gruesome event etched in the memories of those who followed the case. Regrettably, the series falls short of recreating the same level of terror and disquiet among its audience. Undoubtedly, "Aakhri Sach" warrants attention, as its intricate plot gradually unfolds, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the storyline. Nonetheless, one can't help but yearn for a more intense and edgier execution.