'Avrodh: The Siege Within' Review: Vikram Gokhale and Amit Sadh provide a lift to the series

A Potpourri of Vestiges Review

By Shubhangi Jain

Director Raj Acharya recently released SonyLIV series is based on the chapter “We Don’t Really Know Fear” from Rahul Singh and Shiv Aroor’s book ‘India’s Most Fearless’. Avrodh ingeminates us to the 2016 Uri attack which was later followed by a surgical strike. The nine episode web series investigates the occurrences paving the way to the Indian Army's careful strike on September 29, 2016, against militant bases across the Line of Control in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

Written by Harmanjit Singha, Sudeep Nigam, Abhishek Chatterjee and Aadhar Khurana, the storyline is flushed with subtleties not ideally fit to such a narrative. An occurrence of this scope has gigantic potential but Avrodh appears to have missed out on a few opportunities. However, a couple of heart-hustling revelations and some throbbing minutes like the scene that includes experiences with three wanderer aggressors and a crowd of sheep in PoK does spice up the content. Also, there are no ‘Josh’ instigating dialogues like 2019 blockbuster Hindi movie Uri: The Surgical Strike featuring Vicky Kaushal had. The principal half depicts the demise of 19 warriors in an assault on Uri base camp.

While the vast majority of the activity is set in the Uri Army Base, the arrangement additionally zooms to and fro from the political passages in Delhi, to give a review and a balanced point of view of the mission. The arranging, execution and preparing for the mission are appeared with fastidious enumerating.

Darshan Kumaar is noteworthy as Major Raunaq Gautam. Madhurima Tuli is earnest as the unyielding writer Namrata who in some cases possibly too anxious to even consider breaking a story. Neeraj Kabi as Sailesh Malviya, National Security Advisor and Arif Zakaria as Ali Raza Khan, the NIA specialist, add with their artfulness to their particular jobs. Vikram Gokhale as the Prime Minister has made a powerful effect. Pavail Gulati establishes a connection even with his short screen time. Anil George as Abu Hafiz keeps up a chilling nearness. Despite the fact that Amit Sadh as Major Videep Singh makes a passage into the show a little late, his perfect and submitted execution sticks out.

The initial seven episodes of the nine episode series dig into the arranging of the strike, while the last two spread the strike itself. Each episode has a viable runtime of 23-25 minutes. Until the appearance of Amit Sadh as major Videep Singh at the end of episode 4, the script runs a little flat.

Overall Avrodh could have gripped its audience attention but the series lacks some punch. For the tremendous effort put in by Vikram Gokhale and Amit Sadh the series surely deserves a onetime watch.

Rating: 7/10

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