Sunflower Web Series Review
Laughs, thrills and suspense, Sunil Grover's Sunflower series presents an interesting tale of murder and a wide range of quirky characters.
Sunflower Web Series Synopsis:
Sunflower starring Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Ashish Vidyarthi and more is a slow burner that will keep you glued to the screen. Directed by Vikas Bahl and Rahul Sengupta, Sunflower begins with a seemingly peaceful existence in a housing society of the titular name being distributed when a dead body of a resident Raj Kapoor surfaces. The police have one dead body and two possible suspects. One of which is Sonu Singh, a simpleton who becomes the prime suspect with a mountain evidence stacking up against him. Did Sonu kill Raj Kapoor? Are the two suspects working together? Several questions puzzle the inspectors tasked with solving the case.
Sunflower Web Series Review:
Sunflower is one of those shows that reflects on the intricacies of daily life. A quiet middle-class housing society turns audience to a murder mystery. Everyday life is put under scrutiny scrutiny when a crime occurs. It's the essence of this that makes Sunflowers an engaging show. Director Vikas Bahl, known for films like Queen does a great job in presenting an entertaining series that can hold one's attention.
Sunflower begins with the revelation of who killed Raj Kapoor right at the beginning of the season and goes on to unpack the investigation to take the viewer on a thrilling ride. Sunflower is a character-driven show that excels in its storytelling because of its quirky characters, great acting and good screenplay.
The screenplay is witty, quick and well written. The plot and sub-plots blend seamlessly. The character building is outstanding. The characters, both main and supporting are well-rounded and there is a sense of familiarity. For example, Dilip Iyer (Ashish Vidyarthi) is a typical housing society uncle who wants to be the chairman of Sunflower. The cast of the series does a great job in translating the screenplay. Sunil Grover is perfectly cast as an eccentric salesperson with OCD. Grover deserves all the praise for embodying his character. It is quite difficult to imagine someone else playing the role with Grover's body language and quick dialogue delivery. Ranvir Shorey and Girish Kulkarni play cops tasked with solving the case. Both actors deliver good performances and fill in the puzzle pieces for the audience. The rest of the supporting cast helps build the atmosphere of the housing society in which a majority of the action takes place.
The first few episodes draw in the viewer with the chaos surrounding the murder and the reaction of the housing society to the same. The middle section drags a bit but catches up in the end. The season only has 8 episodes with a runtime between 30-45 mins. While 8 episodes is a perfect length, shorter episodes might have kept the pace of the show the same throughout the season. The editing could have been better. The overall production design is great. The show is outstanding as it manages to create the sense of the Sunflower housing society perfectly. The background score deserves a special mention for adding depth to the viewing experience.
In short, Sunflower presents a murder mystery with a comic overtone. It might be a little draggy because of the lapse of execution but overall the show is worth a watch, especially a binge-watch. While it is not as great as Andhadhun, Sunflower is a good series to watch if you liked the former.