ZEE5 has jumped on the crime bandwagon with a host of web series that tell the audience about the various true crimes that the country has experienced. It recently hosted a web series that talked about a criminal who became one of the first police encounters of India. Now, ZEE5 brings to us the story of Auto Shankar, a criminal who thrived in the early decades and was finally hanged until death. This is the complete review of the ZEE5 series, Auto Shankar.
Shankar is a young man who had taken to a life of crime. As he becomes bigger in the game of life, he falls in love with a dancer, thereby becoming unfaithful to his wife. However, that is just the beginning of his issues, as powerful criminals want him and powerful politicians want his lover.
What’s wow : Auto Shankar has been set up on a grand scale. The series is one of the few that doesn’t glorify the criminal to a great extent. The performances from a simply South cast is good and brings out the gritty nature of the story.
The screenplay is fast and moves from story arc to story story arc in a quick and efficient manner. The lead character does a good job of playing the flawed character who comes across as a man who couldn’t handle his circumstances. The action sequences in the series are well made too. Streaming audiences are not yet accustomed to the slow Mo action sequences.
What’s Blah : The concept is good and so is the direction, but the screenplay leaves a bit to be desired. The timelines are a bit warped, so audiences might be confused a bit.
Parting Shot : Auto Shankar is a lively take in a dark crime of the past.
Cast & Crew :
Cast : Sarath Appani, Arjun Chidambaram, Swayam Siddha, Selva Pandian, Praveen R.
Editor: Nikhil Sreekumar
Art director: G. Durairaj
Music director: Arrol Cornell
Exec Producer: Murali Krishnan
Watch the trailer here :