Writer Karmanya Ahuja composed this series to take advantage of Mussoorie’s beautiful location, mountains, winding roads, mist, greenery and serene location. According to the information received, this series was ready in 2018 and then after a long gap it was released on Voot. Although the year has no effect on the story, but it does have an effect on the pace of the script. A gap of two and a half years, adversely affects the pace of this web series. The story seems slow.
A serial killer appears in Mussoorie who is murdering on the lines of an old serial killer named Aks. A little panic spreads in the city. A police officer named Rishi Pant (Viraf Patel) is given the responsibility of investigating this case. Rishi’s wife Aditi Bisht (Shriya Pilgaonkar) is a journalist and she is also drawn towards the case due to phone calls coming from unknown numbers. Going to the bottom of it, Aditi gets some secret information about her late father and senior police officer Ajay Bisht. Ajay is investigating a serial killer named Aks. The investigation is not completed but Aks disappears at that point, and four years later, Ajay returns to Mussoorie after Bisht’s death. Who is this Aks, why is he murdering, what is his relation with Aditi …. The answer to many such questions is 13 Mussoorie.
From the story, it seems that those who watch the murder mystery will like it very much, but its screenplay i.e. the script is so poor that the viewer neither wants to see the murder nor solve the mystery. It is important in the murder mystery that how the murderer planned that murder, then how he did the murder. This is important to the onlookers. Or else the incident of that murder should be given the shape of a mystery, some clue should be given, some clue should be left. This does not happen at all in 13 Mussoorie. At the time of a murder, there is also a German Shepherd dog who has a strong sense of smell and is used as a spy dog. That dog has no importance in the web series and does not help in any way, even when the killer is bleeding, he does not defend the owner. When the copy of Aks kills the cat killer, then his motivation is understood in the end. However, that motivation is also very weak and weak.
Shriya Pilgaonkar has tried her best that she can act well but the expressions on her face do not last long. For Murder Mystery, the expressions of suspense and torture on the actor’s face are permanent, not on Shriya’s face. The personality of his fellow actor Viraf Patel is effective, the voice is also good but the acting is not that mature. No attempt has been made to define the rest of the cast.
Many artists come who do not understand what is the connection with the case or Shriya and it is impossible to understand why some of them are getting murdered. The detail of the story is more than necessary. Murders keep happening in the process of dragging for 13 episodes, in every episode a new character tries to divert the story. A couple of sub-plots are so pointless that they do nothing for the story. It should have been wrapped up in 8 episodes.
The director is Abhijit Das. He has directed a serial based on a medical profession named Sanjeevani, is experienced and has done a good job in this web series as well, but the script and the story deceived him. As a director, he must have tried to improve the story but it has not made much difference.
13 Mussoorie is a bit cumbersome and boring and doesn’t even have the thrill of a murder mystery. A lot of script has been composed by watching foreign web series and it looks completely different from the story. Don’t know which journalists or policemen in India connect the evidence by forming a board and make a blueprint for the crime. If you are fond of watching murder mystery then 13 Mussoorie might not give you that much fun.
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