Ronit Roy and Richa Chadha’s web series are layered, moderately fast and engaging

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Starring: Richa Chadha, Ronit Bose Roy, Manu Rishi Chadha, Gopal Datt Tiwari, Riddhi Kumar, Nakul Roshan Sahdev and Mikhael Kantroo. Also read – Money Heist Part 5, Pavitra Rishta 2.0, Helmet, Tuck Jagdish and more exciting OTT releases from September 2021 that deserve a place on your WHAT TO SEAT list

Rating: *** 1/2

By Troy Ribeiro

Seen in the hilly terrain at Rudrakund, ‘Candy’ is a layered and moderate tempo that is streamed on Voot.

The series begins with the murder of Mehul Awasthi (Mihir Ahuja), a student at a boarding school, whose body was found hoisted on a tree in a forest after his attempt at amateur lemming to find the source of drugs, also called ‘Candy’ delivered to his classmates .

Mehul’s death, along with the disappearance of his classmate Kalki Rawat (Riddhi Kumar), opens a Pandora’s box in the otherwise laid-back city. Jayant Parekh (Ronit Bose Roy), their teacher and mentor, who incidentally had lost his daughter by studying at the same school a few years ago, awakens the proverbial horn ready to unravel the mystery.

The eight-episode series keeps you hooked on a hunter-gatherer, drug dealers, corrupt cops, suspects driven by guilt and some overconfidence and ambition, a child with Down syndrome, animal sacrifices to appease the gods, bullying bays for the suspect’s blood – and most of all a “Massaand – Who the hell is a Massaand? A man, an animal or a demon”.

Although it may seem simple, at a moderate pace the narrative has complex layers of characters, surroundings, plot and clues with organic complications and potential explanations.

On the action front, the ‘murders’ are quite cruel, but not dissuasive. The drama is captivating all the way around, except in the seventh episode, where the narrative pulls a bit.

The ace roll delivers what is expected of them, no one moves away from his or her comfort zone. Only Nakul Roshan Sahdev, despite being stereotyped with his braided hair and a caring attitude, in a well-etched character like Vayu Ranaut, the abrupt son of politician-businessman Mani Ranaut (Manu Rishi Chadha), stands out out among them.

With his brooding disposition, Ronit Bose Roy plays the grieving father and the protective teacher to perfection. He is skillfully supported by Anju Alva Naik as his wife Sonalika.

Richa Chadha as Ratna Sankhwar, the corrupt deputy police inspector who has his moment of redemption, is locked up and incomplete. Mikhael Kantroo, as the silent spectator and Nakul’s close friend Luka, until a point is subtle but trust personified.

Among the students are Aditya Nanda as Sanjay, Bodhitsattva Sharma as Imran, Abbas Ali Ghaznavi as John, Prasanna Bisht as Ritika Sahay, Ayesha Kadusar as Saiba and Shivangi Singh as Lina, all spontaneous and loving.

Overall, the series is plausible, well-executed and engaging.

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