The rise of E-Commerce and availability of high-speed Internet at very affordable rate changed the world to a very large extent. Most of the media are getting digital. And, it is really a very good change. We can keep thousands of books in our Kindle/Smartphone and carry it with us. It gives us easy accessibility of the same on demand.
The same is true for video streaming. Being a digital content, streaming videos is not a technical challenge, neither slow bandwidth is a hurdle anymore. Also, the advanced implementation of DRM enforcement attracts more and more makers to go for it. In recent situations when majority of people needed to limit their activities in their houses for safety against COVID-19), the usage of Internet bandwidth for streaming various TV Shows and Movies reached to all-time high. Of course, a lot of students, enthusiasts and entrepreneurs used it for their benefit.
During this time, we also got a chance to watch Hindi TV Series “Special OPS“. The series is a brain-child of Neeraj Pandey, who is known for writing/producing/directing thrillers, A Wednesday! being the most popular one.
|TV Serial||:||Special OPS|
|Genre||:||Drama, Crime, Action, Police procedural, Espionage|
|Created by||:||Neeraj Pandey|
|Directed by||:||Neeraj Pandey, Shivam Nair|
|Written by||:||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani, Benazir Ali Fida|
|Cinematography||:||Sudheer Palsane, Kavita Sachdeva Wnai|
|# of Seasons||:||1|
|# of Episodes||:||8 (So far aired/announced)|
|Production companies||:||Friday Storytellers|
|Starring||:||Kay Kay Menon (Himmat Singh), Karan Tacker (Farooq Ali/Amjad Shaikh/Rashid Malik), Vinay Pathak (Abbas Sheikh), Vipul Gupta (Bala), Sajjad Delafrooz (Hafiz Ali), Muzammil Ibrahim (Avinash), Saiyami Kher (Juhi Kashyap), Meher Vij (Ruhani Sayed), Gautami Kapoor (Saroj Singh), Rajat Kaul (Ismail Hassan), Sana Khan (Sonya), Mir Sarwar (Hamid), S. M. Zaheer (Noor Baksh), K. C. Shankar (Wasim Karachiwala), Parmeet Sethi (Naresh Chadda), Kali Prasad Mukherjee (Mr. D.K. Bannerjee), Divya Dutta (Sadia Qureshi), Sharad Kelkar (Surya Kumar), Pawan Chopra (Chintan), Bikramjeet Kanwarpal (G.P. Mathur), Rajendra Chawla (llliyaas Hassan), Pakkhi Gupta (Farah Qureshi), Tanaya Sachdeva (Aditi Rao, daughter of Indian ambassador in Turkey), Sohaila Kapur (Sujata Thapar), Bijendra Gupta (Habib Naik), Rahul Vora (Zaheer Raza), Abhiroy Singh (Mansoor), Anuj Sharma (Chaudhary), Arvind Wahi (Bakhtiar Khan), Ajit Shidahe (ISI chief), Revathi Pillai (Pari Singh), Bala Krishna Reddy, and others|
Like Neeraj’s most of projects, this TV Series is a thriller. It revolves around the terror attack on the parilament of India 2001. While it was a real terror attack, the serial is a spy fiction revolved around it. So we can rightly call it an “Indian espionage thriller”.
Special OPS was premiered on 17 March 2020. It is available on Disney+Hotstar to watch. You need to subscribe to the channel to watch all 8 episodes of the series. But if you want to sneak-peek into it, before subscription, the first episode Kaagaz Ke Phool is available for free to watch 🙂
|Title||Director||Written By||Release Date|
|Kaagaz Ke Phool||Shivam Nair||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Guide||Neeraj Pandey||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Mughal-E-Azam||Shivam Nair||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Hum Kisi Se Kam Nahi||Neeraj Pandey||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Chaudvin Ka Chand||Shivam Nair||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Qurbani||Neeraj Pandey||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Shatranj Ke Khiladi||Shivam Nair||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
|Sholay||Neeraj Pandey||Neeraj Pandey, Deepak Kingrani & Benazir Ali Fida||March 17, 2020|
Himmat Singh, the RAW officer, was convinced that though all the attackers are gunned down within minutes of the same, attaching such a sensitive place with such precision was not possible without the involvement of an additional person. The mysterious person must have guided all of the attackers and executed the plan. He and his team worked hard on catching that mysterious person. They got a lead, but the possible culprit escaped.
While none of the superiors agreed with Himmat Singh’s theory, the case was closed. But, not for Himmat Singh. Now it is almost 19 years and he still believed in his theory and looking for that mystery man.
Was he possibly true? Or it was simply his theory about the involvement of the mystery man in the attack? Well, watching the serial can bring you the answers. Be aware that you will find the use of expletives and brutality in the show.
We are planning to share with you episode wise reviews (of course, by trying to keep as many spoilers as possible at bay). Let us know what you think. Should we share a summarized review or share it in a series of episode wise reviews?
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