The Raikar Case Review: The show keeps you hooked

Debarati Palit Singh
Friday, 10 April 2020

The Raikar Case
Platform: Voot Select
Language: Hindi
Director: Aditya Sarpodar 
Starring: Atul Kulkarni, Ashwini Bhave, Neil Bhooopalam, Parul Gulati, Kunal Karan Kapoor, Reena Wadhwa, Honey Khamboj and others 
Rating: 3.5/5

OTT platforms have become a major source of entertainment. It’s interesting to see diverse content streaming on these platforms. The latest among them is The Raikar Case on Voot Select, which started streaming from Thursday (April 9).

The series tells the story of an influential Naik Raikar who lives in Goa. When the youngest son of the family -- Tarun Naik Raikar dies, and the reported suicide turns out to be a murder, family secrets suppressed for years start tumbling out. Who has murdered Tarun and why? What are the secrets that each one of them is hiding? 

A whodunit murder mystery, The Raikar Case isn’t inspired by the actual Raikar Case, which happened in Goa many years ago. This one takes you through the story of a family, and it’s not-so-innocent members. 

WHAT WORKS: The solid performances by most actors including Atul Kulkarni as Yashwant Naik Raikar who transforms beautifully from being the ruthless businessman and politician to a helpless father, Ashwini Bhave as the matriarch of the family who will go to any length for the sake of her family, Neil Bhoopalam as SP John Pereira investigating the case; Parul Gulati as Itasha Naik Raikar in search of the truth, Kunal Karan Kapoor as Mohit Naik Raikar who has too many issues to handle, Ajay Purkar as the shrewd politician and Lalit Prabhakar as Eklavya Rane, the politician’s son with anger management issues who thinks he can get away with just anything. 

The series is fast-paced, so we might be tempted to binge-watch it. Director Aditya Sarpordar has used different versions of one murder story as secrets keep coming out. The cinematographer has beautifully shot the locales of Goa, its beaches and coastline. 

WHAT DOESN’T WORK: Editing is not perfect. Some of the scenes suddenly shift from one place to another. Also, certain things are not explained well, which will make you think, ‘But why?’. For instance, why is John Pereira focusing only on this case, what triggers the closeness between Parul and him, and so on?

THE VERDICT: Overall, The Raikar Case is a good watch. It’s the right mix of drama, a thriller with a lot of entertainment. It will make you wait for the second season. 

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