Aarya (2020) is an Indian crime drama web television series co-created by Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi based on the Dutch drama series Penoza by Pieter Bart Korthuis and as of now both the series have same ratings over IMDB which is 8.3. The series revolves around Aarya, the daughter of a notorious Rajasthan drug lord, reluctantly takes charge of the family business in order to clear her husband’s debts. The series is already commercial success and have some praise worthy performances specially form its leading lady Sushmita Sen as Aarya.
As stated above the series is inspired by Dutch drama named Penoza, Now the most tricky part of any adaptation is if you could make it relevant to your part of the world for example Haider from Vishal Bhardwaj was adapted from Shakespeare famous play Hamlet but making it relevant to the Indian audience and adding his flair with the happenings of Kashmir was the sheer brilliance of Bhardwaj. Same is with Aarya as Ram Madhvani and Sandeep Modi the creators of the series convinced their audiences and make it relevant within the premise of Rajasthan and that is indeed their biggest achievement and is one of main reason for its commercial success.
Now let’s get back to the characters and performances. The series is the comeback of Sushmita Sen and also Chandrachur Singh, as I don’t know why people are not talking about his comeback. Nevertheless, the series is been narrated from the perspective of its lead which is Aarya which Sushmita Sen has nailed very convincingly. She is simply brilliant but having said that except Aarya’s character no other supporting or leading cast had enough character built-Up or depth despite of their importance within the story line and at point it seemed that all the limelight is desperately being given to Sen’s character.
For example ACP Khan played by Vikas Kumar was very powerful character and he played the role effortlessly. He is neither good nor bad Cop rather he is actually a COP but his character looked incomplete as in one scene creators gave the glimpses of his sexuality and after that his personal life’s perspective simply vanished, same with Daulat a henchmen played by Sikandar Kher had no depth despite being one of the important character also his inclination towards Aarya or should I say the soft corner or feelings for Aarya shown in the start but again it vanished suddenly.
Here I would also like to praise the kids. The three children of Aarya played by Virti Vaghani as Arundathi Sareen, Viren Vazirani as Veer Sareen and Pratyaksh Panwar as Adi Sareen their performances were also noteworthy, they were in their characters throughout the series especially the little one Pratyaksh. Manish Choudhary as Shekawat a counter Antagonist was very impressive which he always is and he marked his presence counted.
Overall, the series is watchable but you might find the chaos infuriating at times. If you haven’t watched this series yet let me tell you it is streaming on Hotstar and it is comprised on 9 episodes with every episode ranging from 50 to 55 mins long which might take almost 9 hours of yours. The show surely can be binged and is good for a weekend night i.e. for Friday or Saturday night.