Ever seen a fully baked cake that looks like it is absolutely done. A skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. All you need is a knife to slice into it, and start hogging. However, the first bite makes you realize that something is amiss. Sugar? Vanilla Extract? Or maybe more! The second season of Inside Edge is just like that!
The brand new series begins with various team owners coming together to bid on players to make up their teams for the PPL (Power Pay League), something that looks more like a three-team thing – Mumbai, Haryana and maybe Bangalore. Yashwardhan Patil (Aamir Bashir) is the poker faced President of the Indian Cricket Board. His daughter Mantra (Sapna Pabbi) is the co-owner of the PPL team Mumbai Mavericks along with Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha).
Vayu (Tanuj Virwani) is the hot-headed captain of the Mumbai Mavericks team, who acts like a little kid crying outside the toy store when his demands aren’t met. In fact, he even forces the team owners to bid endlessly and eventually get on board an out-of-form Indian cricketer Prashant Kanaujia (Siddhant Chaturvedi) for an insane amount. Surprisingly, Vayu keeps getting away with this atrocious behavior and stays on in the team despite being a non-performer in multiple matches.
Prashant is seen battling with trauma due to the previous season’s hot-headed shooting of Devender Mishra (Amit Sial). Devender returns in this season, forcing Prashant to face his fears. Arvind Vashishth (Angad Bedi) is a reclusive cricketer who Handa (Manu Rishi Chadha) has been pursuing to play for his team. Eventually, he does manage to get him on-board by giving him an offer he can’t afford to say no to.
Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Anand Oberoi) who was ‘batted out’ by Zarina in the previous season is back with a vengeance in this one, all set to teach Bhaisaab and Zarina a lesson. Little does anyone know that Bhaisaab loves his power more than anything in this mortal world. The betting continues from the first season of the series, with PED (Performance Enhancing Drugs) thrown in for masala, or so the makers hoped.
Rohini Raghavan (Sayani Gupta) is the team analyst for Mumbai Mavericks who is seen battling with personal issues in this series. Wolfgang Hummels (Luke Kenny) plays the no-nonsense investigator who tests the players for drugs, but learns who the real boss is, the hard way!
Angad Bedi and Aamir Bashir’s performances are worth a watch.
In the previous season, Prashant Kanaujia shot at Devender Mishra, but got away scot free and Zarina hit Vikrant Dhawan with a bat and she too, got away with it. Maybe Inside Edge is set in a dystopian world where lawlessness is the law of the land.
I kept hoping to see scandals beyond doping within the team via performance enhancing drugs and betting (so much of it), but was left disappointed. Hard to believe that the scoop-worthy acts of the cricketers in the series couldn’t have gone beyond that!
It constantly felt like I was seeing a LIVE cricket match and not a web series, since there was a ball-by-ball ‘telecast’. It even showed the captain calling the on-site doc, the doc running on the field towards the injured player…I feel all that could have been avoided.
Each episode was over 45 minutes long, and there are 10 of them in all. Had those seemingly endless matches in each episode been shortened, the episodes could have been bearable.
The sole reason why Arvind Vashishth had decided to come back to play for PPL’s Haryana Hurricanes, after repeated requests, was that Handa had promised that he would get the files on the Late coach opened up and the killer brought to justice. However, there is no further mention of that till the end of the last episode.
The brand placements are in-your-face, few of them being Tom Yum, JBL and voila, even Amazon’s Alexa, where Vayu asks Alexa to explain a term mentioned by Rohini in a meeting.
There is no character in the series, especially among the ones introduced in the second season, who would be missed, if done with. Despite the makers having enough time at their disposal to establish the nuances of characters, I wonder why that was not been utilized to the optimum!
If you skip it, you won’t be missing out on much!
Cast & Crew: Richa Chadha (Zarina Malik), Vivek Anand Oberoi (Vikrant Dhawan), Angad Bedi (Arvind Vashishth), Aamir Bashir (Yashwardhan Patil / Bhaisaab), Tanuj Virwani (Vayu Raghavan), Sapna Pabbi (Mantra), Amit Sial (Devender Mishra), Siddhant Chaturvedi (Prashant Kanaujia), Sayani Gupta (Rohini Raghavan), Manu Rishi Chadha (Manohar Lal Handa), Elli Avrram, Jitin Gulati (Pritish), Gaurav Sharma (Moses), Luke Kenny (Wolfgang Hummels)
Executive Producers: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Creative Directors: Ritesh Sidhwani, Farhan Akhtar
Directors: Anshuman, Gurmmeet Singh, Aakash Bhatia
Creator: Karan Anshuman
Writers: Karan Anshuman, Saurav Dey, Ameya Sarda, Niren Bhatt, Sailesh Ramaswamy
Watch the trailer here :