Aarya review: Uneven crime drama but Sushmita Sen balanced her role really well

Star Cast: Sushmita Sen, Chandrachur Singh, Sikandar Kher, Namit Das, Jayant Kripalani, Vikas Kumar, Manish Choudhary, Maya Sarao, Ankur Bhatia, Alexx ONell, Virti Vaghani, Viren Vazirani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Priyasha Bhardwaj, Flora Saini

Directors: Ram Madhvani, Sandeep Modi, Vinod Rawat


Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Streaming On: Disney + Hotstar

Aarya Sareen (Sushmita Sen), Tej Sareen (Chandrachur Singh), and their three kids are living happily in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Tej along with friend Jawahar (Namit Das) and brother-in-law Sangram (Ankur Bhatia) run a pharmaceutical company through which they sell illegal medicines with an extra dose of opium. Sangram and Jawahar want to expand their business with the sale of heroin but Tej is against this because he doesn’t want to risk his family and all these years, he has anyway wanted to quit the business.

During a family wedding, something unwanted happens and Tej finally decides to quit the business. He and Aarya along with kids plan to shift New Zealand and start a fresh life but Tej is shot by someone. On the other hand, Sangram is jailed for keeping illegal heroin and Jawahar falls in trouble too.

Devastated by the huge loss, Aarya is then motivated by Daulat (Sikandar Kher) to continue the business herself and pull the family out of trouble. All this while she also sets on the journey to find the killer of Tej.
Based on Dutch series Penoza, Aarya gives us the story of a woman who is catapulted into the hot-seat of her dodgy family business. After initial reluctance, she takes charge, growing in confidence and aplomb, facing down one challenge after another.

Written by Sandeep Shrivastava & Anu Singh Choudhary, the show is 9 episodes long and each of them is of around 50 minutes duration. So it’s a long show. But as far as the screenplay is concerned it’s all foreplay but no climax.

The show has been written well as there are several subplots which keep you engrossed. The chemistry of Aarya & Tej is beautiful and their bonding over old songs is a masterstroke. The track of Aarya’s son and his girlfriend is very good and keeps you curious. Also while Aarya is chasing the murderer she is also trying to save her family from enemies which makes the show an interesting watch. But what’s the benefit of all the build-up if you don’t have a good conclusion?

The genre is Thriller so an edge of the seat drama and great suspense is a must. But unfortunately, after all the thrill, it offers very predictable suspense.The show gets a bit slow as it starts moving towards the end which makes it a tiring experience.