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Old 09-09-2020, 01:13 PM
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Default Flop of the year 2020 - Hostages Season 2

Hostages Season 2 review: A wasted effort

Hostages Season 2 is available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

Hostages Season 2 creator: Sudhir Mishra

Hostages Season 2 cast: Ronit Bose Roy, Divya Dutta, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Shweta Basu Prasad, Shilpa Shukla, Amit Sial, Kanwaljit Singh, Dalip Tahil, Surya Sharma, Aashim Gulati, Anangsha Biswas, Mohan Kapur

Hostages Season 2 rating: One and a half stars
The curious case of improbable situations continues in the second season of Hostages. Picking up right where season 1 left off, this time the situations are far crazier and unbelievable. Sudhir Mishra continues as the series director, and we see the return of Prithvi (Ronit Roy Bose), the protagonist from season 1. Season 2 picks off where season 1 ended, with the successful kidnapping of the CM Kushwant Lal Hand (Dalip Tahil), by the motley gang of kidnappers led by Prithvi. There are some new members in the gang, and they are all headed to Kathmandu, because that’s where the bone marrow transplant between the CM and his illegitimate daughter will take place. The badass cop with a heart of gold, Prithvi has moved heaven and earth to make sure that his ailing wife doesn’t die, and that she will receive the life-saving bone marrow from the CM.

But like most film kidnappings which tend to go awry, so does this one, and Prithvi and his crew are apprehended within minutes of them leaving Gurgaon. They end up being holed up in a rundown, ramshackle building, and have been surrounded by the police. The ATS has arrived, and so has the police negotiator Ayesha Khan, played by Divya Dutta, and everything is being run by ATS chief Karnail Singh (Kanwaljit Singh). Things have become a circus, with the national media camping out, while Ayesha plays a game of chess with the cornered Prithvi. The irony is not lost. Last season, Prithvi was holding people hostage, and now he is the one backed up in a corner, with numerous guns pointing at him. Demands are made, some are met, some are tabled, and this is what season 2 of Hostages is all about. Do they get out of it alive? Or will they be at the receiving end of a sniper’s bullet? Of course, there is a larger conspiracy at play, but that’s expected.

Predictable to the T, season 2 is at least eight episodes too long. The suffering lasts for full 12 episodes with a runtime of 40-minutes each. Made with the idea of being a slow burn, the show gives one a headache instead, which by the tenth episode morphed into a full-blown migraine.

Maybe in an attempt to humanise the characters, the writers have tried to litter the screenplay with emotional scenes. But they only detract from the main plot, and bewilder you by its sheer audacity. While Prithvi is trying to negotiate for medical supplies and other necessities, his wife, the ailing Saba, is hysterical because she has not spoken to her daughter. Similarly, a relatively junior intelligence officer, who clearly is not happy with her work situation, blows off steam by ranting the choicest Hindi abuses in the foyer of her sarkari building, where anyone can just walk in and listen to that litany. These hysterical situations are punctuated by staccato dialogues which don’t ring true and sound hopelessly rehearsed. With the web space providing the space and time for meticulously detailed characters and story arcs, Hostages Season 2 is a wasted effort. There are plenty of twists of turns, and if done well, the show could have been a binge-worthy, edge-of-the-seat thriller.

Hostages has a cast encompassing good actors from almost three decades — right from Kanwaljit Singh, Shweta Prasad Basu, Ronit Roy Basu, Dino Morea, Shibani Dandekar, Amit Sial, Dalip Tahil and Divya Dutta. But getting the right people is only half the work done, the actors need something to work with. The script and the writing lets them all down. And of course when all else fails, add the choices of abuses, because abuses add heft and imply a sense of gravity. Well, they do nothing to salvage the lost plot of Hostages. Maybe Hostages Season 2 can serve as a game, where you score points whenever you spot a recognisable name on the screen.

Hostages Season 2 is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.

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Old 09-09-2020, 03:54 PM
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Default Ronit Roy's Hostages Season 2 is a thriller that you don't want to miss while also trying to keep up with the plot

Hostages Season 2 is now streaming on Hotstar and what goes through the almost 6 hours long series is sure to get you hooked.

Directed by Sudhir Mishra, written by Nisarg Mehta, Hostages Season 2 is one that is sure to get all of your attention and rightly so. While there might be an uprise in thrillers and mysteries as far as the webspace is concerned, this one is not one of those random shows that have taken over the OTT platform. With an interesting cast of Ronit Roy, Dilip Tahil, Mohan Kapur, Amit Sial, Faezeh Jalali, Aashim Gulati, Divya Dutt, Kanwaljeet Singh, Sachin Khurana, Danish Hussain, Shweta Basu Prasad, Shibani Dandekar, Dino Morea, Surya Sharma, among many others, the show sails through and keeps afloat until the very end.

While the first episode pretty much starts off from where things were left off earlier, you are sure to feel the connection that Prithvi Singh along with others developed earlier. However, one has to admit that things have gone a notch higher this time around and it is not just in the plot or the complexities that follow, but also the sketches of each and every character.

For someone who is a fan of Money Heist, I loved the feels that it gave with the set up outside this time around along with the negotiator, and other police forces. While you are hooked to what is happening and there are too many things happening all at once, it is very less likely that one feels lost at any point of time.

Even though there are multiple plotlines running all at the same time, we know that there are connections elsewhere and that in the end, things will only make sense, which they kind of do, and really well. What also draws our attention is just how this time, there are other locations and not just confined to the house where the earlier hostage situation took place.

As CM Handa is taken hostage by SP Prithvi Singh, there is very little that others realize, but Shweta as the reporter, Divya as the negotiator, Dino as the assassin, are just some of the highlights this season. While it is humanly impossible to highlight just how each character has panned out like an absolute treat, one also has to give it away to the experience that this show provides.

Something that also piqued our interest is the mentions of other countries like the UK and Bangladesh, making things look bigger, and giving it a wider approach in more than one way. The conspiracies going around all unleash themselves in the right time, but some questions will remain with the final scene on the show. (Not giving away spoilers now, am I?)

With very little that one can find in terms of the loopholes, there are instances when you wish things played out in a different manner, or how some of the 'Oh my Gods' might not make sense. While some bits and pieces might feel that way, the show is one that is not going to make you stop until you binge it away! At one point of time, Ronit Roy aka Prithvi says 'Zindagi mein thoda pagalpan zaruri hota hai' and Hostages Season 2 is a lot of that, the kind that we need.

Rating: **** stars (4/5 stars)
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