Zee5 is one of the oldest names in the Indian entertainment industry. When they made the announcement that they’d be making a foray into the digital realm, audiences were preparing themselves for some intriguing, home grown content that will be more Bandra than Budapest. The app is still growing and one of their latest offerings is Zero KMS, starring Naseeruddin Shah along with Tanmay Dhanania, Satyadeep Mishra, Mukul Chaddha and Vaibhavi Upadhyaya.
The main protagonist is Tanmay Dhanania, who plays the brother of a police officer. After serving a prison sentence for ten years, he comes back to everyday life to find that his police officer brother has become an alcoholic and someone very close to him has betrayed him. Things take a turn for the worst after a murder, and ‘they’ are once again ready go frame him.
What’s Wow: Zero KMS gives us an interesting protagonist in Arjun Shenoy – Someone who’s led to a life of crime and is fighting to gain credibility. Of course, his family background and his past doesn’t really increase his chances. Indian cinema needs such kind of a protagonist. Not since the eighties have seen a protagonist with such a backstory. Everywhere else, the protagonist is either doing things because of his inherent goodness, or because of a personal loss. But Arjun spirals into a life of crime because of his DNA – that’s interesting.
After that, Zero KMS has everything that makes for a good thriller. An exotic location, multiple characters who are well written enough to create an intrigue for them in the audience’s mind and a screenplay that jumps the audience through with almost scene being a step ahead in the story. So, you don’t have many – if any – sequences that you are just streaming through.
What’s Blah: eventually, what bogs down Zero KMS is the handling of the subject from initial thought to final execution. For example, we get it, Goa is supposed to be a laidback, sunny place where crime and comfort are strange bedfellows. But could the iconic director Q not add a single new element to this story based in Goa? The performances are not just wooden – they are rickety. Everyone plays their character as awkward and with expressions that say a big ‘No Thank You’. Yes, that’s part of Goa, but is that the only part of Goa?
Then, the director doesn’t allow any of the characters to really grow on the audience. One finds his brother dead and he immediately goes on to search for his killers. Another one is a sleazy cop just because he’s a sleazy cop, so on and so forth.
In the end, what disappoints the audience is the very convenient way in which the mystery is solved – that proves that the writers, Q, Hina Saiyada, Maitree Muzumar and Anurag Goswami didn’t look at the bigger picture while setting their mystery in Goa. So, even after the much-acclaimed Q’s outing in Goa, the Naseeruddin Shah starrer Jalwa still remains the best Goa set project ever.
Parting Shot: Not worth your time.
Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Tanmay Dhanania, Satyadeep Mishra, Mukul Chaddha and Vaibhavi Upadhyaya
Zero KMS is now streaming on Zee5
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