August 15, 2022
Inside Edge 2 review: Why is one of Amazon’s worst Indian series still a thing?

In July 2017, less than seven months after entering India as part of its global expansion, Amazon Prime Video released its first local original series: Inside Edge. In doing so, Amazon beat its primary international competitor – Netflix – to the punch, which was nearing a year-end launch in India but would not premiere its first original, Sacred Games, for another year after Inside Edge. . But being first and aiming at Indians’ double love of cricket and Bollywood can only take you so far. Eventually, although both shows were nominated for International Emmys in consecutive years, the difference in quality was clear as day. To be completely honest, it’s ridiculous that anyone would consider Inside Edge an award other than the Razzies.

Nonetheless, Amazon’s first Indian original series is back after almost two and a half years. And just like when it originally aired, Inside Edge Season 2 remains an unnecessarily over-the-top TV show. In fact, given how melodramatic it is usually, it’s less of a TV show and more akin to a soap opera. slot it with today Kyunki mother-in-law was also a daughter-in-law And no one will turn a blind eye. As was the case with the first season, it’s still poorly written — producer Karan Anshuman leads a team of four — and has less developed characters that aren’t coherent. Combine this with the ad-filmed Akash Bhatia’s directorial debut without Prerna and Vivek Shah’s pedestrian cinematography (Gurgaon), and you are left with such an amateur outing that makes you wonder if the entire playing XI has been injured.

Forget any bit of technical expertise, Inside Edge Season 2 even drops the ball when it comes to handling what happened at the end of Season 1. In the final few seconds of the finale, fading actress and Mumbai Mavericks public face Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha) grabs her majority co-owner, Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Oberoi), with a cricket bat. If you thought this would effectively be the end of the despicable killer and manipulative, well, sorry to disappoint you. Second, an even bigger incident was that rookie Prashant Kanojia (Siddhant Chaturvedi) shot Devendra Mishra (Amit Sial), who was fed up with caste-based abuse. But it seems that no one paid attention to the Mavericks, the winners of the Power-Play League, the fictional version of the Indian Premier League.

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Siddhant Chaturvedi as Prashant Kanojia, Sayani Gupta as Rohini Raghavan in Inside Edge Season 2
Photo Credit: Amazon India

Halfway into the new season of Inside Edge—critics, including us, had access to five episodes out of ten—the needle has barely moved on those two big stories, let alone toward any sort of resolution in a believable and satisfying fashion. Go ahead. Prashanth has PTSD-like nightmares Mishra has, there has been no investigation into the murder of a man (attempt) on the night of a power-play league final at one of India’s biggest stadiums. Where is the CCTV footage and interrogation of the entire Mavericks squad, as happened after the death of their former coach? In fact, the deaths of two people – potentially, as it is unconfirmed – from the same team would be a tournament under the microscope. But Inside Edge 2 goes on as if nothing has happened.

Speaking of the late Mavericks coach Niranjan Suri (Sanjay Suri), Inside Edge Season 2 begins with Haryana Hurricanes owner Manohar Lal Handa (Manu Rishi Chadha) replacing former Mavericks captain Arvind Vashisht (Angad Bedi) as captain. As the Power-plays convince him to return to the league. of storms. In return, Handa says that he will reopen the police investigation – which considered it a suicide – and will help Vikrant, who they are convinced is behind it, despite any conclusive evidence. But Handa never gets around to it, possibly because the show doesn’t really want to. Meanwhile, Aravind’s old boss, Zarina, is ready to cross all lines on both the cricket and Bollywood fronts – keeping her away for most of Season 1 while trying to fulfill her bigger ambitions.

On the cricketing side of things, that brings in some new characters – or gives a face to an existing one. The man called Bhaisaab, who had been pulling strings throughout Season 1, turned out to be Yashvardhan Patil (Aamir Bashir), the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India like BCCI. With Vikrant out of the Mavericks picture, Bhaisaab takes control of the 85 percent stake and sets up his daughter Mantra Patil (Sapna Pabbi) to teach the ropes along with Zarina. Mantra is also a forced love interest for the arrogant man-child Vayu Raghavan (Tanuj Virwani), who has failed to become the upwardly Mavericks captain. Their romance is self-conscious about the pursuit of air, but other than that, it’s as rudderless and ineffective as Inside Edge Season 2.

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Sayani Gupta as Rohini Raghavan, Richa Chadha as Zarina Malik and Sapna Pabbi as Mantra Patil in Inside Edge Season 2
Photo Credit: Amazon India

But the bigger problem isn’t the choices made by its characters, but rather how Inside Edge sees them. as Phoebe Waller-Bridge Told To work on No Time to Die, Bond doesn’t have to treat women properly, but Bond movies do. Vayu was introduced in Season 1 as the most reckless and juvenile of the cricketers, but no matter how low he fell, he never really got paid for his actions. (Being out for a game or two isn’t enough.) Just when you thought he was cornered and had to compromise on his values, he got his release card in Season 1 thanks to Zarina. If a character doesn’t have to atone for their sins, and actually benefits from them, it’s giving the audience the wrong idea. What does it say about Inside Edge if the makers don’t condemn the jerk?

As for its self-awareness, it is essentially limited to the conversation of the Vayu-mantra and disappears elsewhere. Inside Edge’s most consistently troubling habit is its relentless quest to come across as the cool kid. This translates into shoddy dialogue and filler talk, just to set up the “cool” one-liner he wants to deliver to his larger-than-life characters. The writers of Inside Edge are so obsessed with watching more than one ’80s B-movie that they lost sight of the important things in the 20-over format like 50 overs ago. That’s why it likes to pile on plot-level surprises, ignoring narrative importance — and stealing a setup after a contextual payoff. Ultimately, the Amazon series fails to understand that the stories are about the respective characters, not the twists.

Even its cricket matches – or rather, the glimpses we get of them – sometimes make little sense. (Sometimes, the commentary doesn’t match what happens on screen.) The focus is only on the characters we know, for obvious reasons, but when there is no significance attached to the actions of others on the pitch, it Everything comes out built. This was also a problem with the many instances of spot-fixing in Season 1. Furthermore, said artificiality is evident in how almost everyone on Inside Edge has a deep secret and can therefore be threatened if it fits the story, while others have no integrity and are easily bought. Huh. (Speaking of buyouts, Inside Edge Season 2 is brazen about product placement, which this time includes Amazon’s own voice assistant Alexa.)

Too many shows offer a nihilistic and bleak worldview, but Inside Edge is ultimately hollow at its core. After a disastrous start, its second season is proof that it’s an irreplaceable series, one that believes in its own hype — and the miraculous International Emmys — and doesn’t reflect on its first innings at all. Instead of coming back after a long absence, he should have retired when given the opportunity. Inside Edge Season 2 Begins As It Rips Its Plot decade old headlines, one character comments: “One less season of ppl won’t make any difference to the nation.” Well, to be fair, we could do with one less season of Inside Edge as well.

Inside Edge Season 2 is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video worldwide.

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