ZEE5 Original ‘Skyfire’: An edge-of-the-seat Sci-Fi thriller

In keeping up with a unique range of programmes on offer, ZEE5 has just added a brand new Sci-Fi series to its repertoire. ZEE5 Original Skyfire which has recently been released on the ZEE5 platform revolves around the all-important issue of climate change which is drawing major attention all around the globe with the world’s leading environmentalists raising serious concerns about the current state of affairs. The Sci-Fi thriller stars Pratiek Babbar, Jisshu Sengupta, Jatin Goswami, and Sonal Chauhan. 

Speaking of the story, Skyfire revolves around a natural calamity that affects thousands of lives due to extreme weather changes. The web series is an adaptation of a novel of the same name written by Aroon Raman. Now, it is always a challenge to adapt a book into something cinematic and more so if the story has elements of science fiction. And so the credit goes to director Soumik Sen and team for bringing Raman’s vision to life. Now, the series is naturally heavy on CGI and VFX. At the same time, it is rare to see something like this on the web. 

What makes the first season of Skyfire engaging are its thrill elements that keep us on the edge of the seat throughout its four episodes. Each episode is roughly 35 minutes in length. The pacing is quite nice which allows the story to move forward naturally. The acting performances are solid all around. While Sonal Chauhan looks very refreshing in her new role, Pratiek Babbar delivers yet another composed performance. This time he is playing a journalist. The part is very different in comparison to his previous outing in Four More Shots Please but he delivers it with the same ease. Jisshu Sengupta who was last seen in Manikarnika plays the part of a social worker in Skyfire. Although he has made a name for himself in Bengal cinema, I strongly feel that his role in the ZEE5 series will help him in establishing himself on a national level. Also, Jatin Goswami plays the part of an honest intelligence agent with great conviction.

Other than climate change, another theme that’s central to Skyfire is child trafficking. The two central themes are seamlessly weaved together to tell a compelling story that keeps us hooked throughout its ebbs and flows. One of the strongest points of the series is its powerful imagery that succeeds in sucking us into a nightmarish world where the fight for survival becomes the most basic instinct. 

While Sci-Fi thrillers are a common thing in the West there hasn’t been much to show for as far as India is concerned. But all that is set to change with Skyfire. The series has a strong sense of originality to it and will offer a first-of-its-kind experience to anyone who wants to delve into the enthralling world of science fiction. Also, if you enjoyed watching the Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow then you will particularly enjoy watching Skyfire. Both the issues at its heart viz. climate change and child trafficking are of great relevance in today’s time and age. So are you ready to unravel the mystery?

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