We have been watching web series with different content in regional languages especially with the advent of new regional channels, the outflow of series has increased but with lesser impact as most of them expect very few like G.O.D., Chadarangam, Masti’s and Locked (to some extent) are unable to impress the audience. Another web series from the production house of the renowned director Suresh Krissna, In The Name of God which is streaming now on Telugu digital platform Aha is the new addition to the regional web series.
The opening scene itself was a streaming love making one which gave an indication of the things to follow. As predicted, the first episode dwells on countless cuss words as Ayyappa (Posani Krishna Murali) and Aadhi (Priyadarshi Pulikonda) involve in some over the board banter with central subject being the young and beautiful wife Meena (Nandini Rai) of Ayyappa.
Things took a sharp turn at the end of the first episode which later on gets dragged with many characters like Thomas (Vikas), Justin (Avinash Raghudevan), Rossi (Mohammed Ali Baig), Vishnu, (Chandrakanth Dutta) and Fakir (Uma Maheswara Rao) to name a few emerging from nowhere who are on the common mission of finding out the money that was lost due to the twist in the first episode.
Though Priyadarshi has not got a role that can really explore his immense talent like he did in Loser or Mail, he has put his life into the character Aadhi and its only because of his performance, In The Name of God can garner some respect.
All other characters are poorly written particularly the female characters including Nandini Rai and others failed to create any kind of impression though they showed enough spark in their performances due to faulty characterization.
After Priyadarshi, Mohammed Ali Baig with a different accent and look has impressed a lot among the all. Others have managed to pull it off despite shortcomings in their characterizations.
Behind the scenes
The writer director Vidyasaagar Muthukumar wanted to juggle with too many characters and subplots as a result he failed to do justice to any of them. Spiritless writing spoiled the sound premise which should have been made into a gripping thriller but it ended as a dud.
Some of the glaring flaws like that of connection between Rajahmundry and Hyderabad, sudden appearance of the father of Aadhi and the prolonged fight over a pet dog, all look quite ridiculous and lack any emotional depth. Many more are there which will be countless if all are mentioned here.
Music by Deepak Alexander doesn’t make any sense, cinematography by Varun DK though tried to be innovative fail to make any positive contribution. The editing by Nikhil Sreekumar was patchy on the whole as some scenes lack continuity.
The free flow of cuss words make anyone irritated and freedom of expression reaches new lows with those words in this series. It pinches more if they are coming from a reputed platform like Aha. Sparse usage according to the story or scene to some extent is passable but writing dialogues just to include such words is something which cannot be appreciated. Does the audience really enjoy listening to those cuss words?
In The Name of God was avoidable by all means and can be given a try just for Priyadarshi and nothing more.