Web Series: The Last Hour
Duration: 250 minutes
OTT: Amazon Prime Video
Arup reaches Sikkim and finds a case of murder of an actress and her driver. The investigation begins, the case does not proceed as the reason behind the murder is not understood. Two policemen working under Arup, during the investigation, shoot Dev’s brother with shamanic powers and the father of Dev’s friend Doma. Dev has shamanic powers, through which he can see the scene of the last hour of the dying with the help of the soul of the deceased. Dev reaches the spot and uses his mitigation powers and tells Arup that his brother has been murdered by Arup’s fellow cops. Things get heated and Arup shoots his accomplices. With the help of Dev’s powers, Arup learns that a man named Yama Nadu is raping and murdering girls in the city to take away Dev’s shamanic powers. Meanwhile, Dev meets Arup’s daughter Pari and falls in love. The entire story going forward revolves between Dev’s powers to save Yama Nadu and Pari’s love story. In every episode, Dev tries to solve the murder mystery with the help of his powers and helps Arup. Yama Nadu kills Pari with her powers, and Dev is left with only one option to save Pari’s life with the help of his powers. By altering the events that took place in his last hour.
There are many reasons to watch this web series. One can see the beauty of Sikkim. Cinematographer Jayesh Nair has engraved on the hills, rivers, winding paths, cabins built on the hills and the cool scene in Sikkim’s fiza. The archery scenes by Dev are very well shot, the car passing through the mist of the mountains, the small details like the sight of few vehicles on the roads at night are captured well by Jayesh. Editing has been given to Peter Alderliston and Annette Medema. Peter has also previously edited an Indian web series named “The Forgotten Army”. A suspense web series that has to mix shaman, a bit of witchcraft and thriller, its pace has been maintained perfectly. Some episodes seem a bit lengthy but it is very important to expand the story and create an effect of suspense. America’s Ginger Shankar has given tremendous music. Ginger herself plays the violin very well and has used the violin to create an atmosphere of fear, suspense and bone-chilling chill in the theme music.
Talking about the story, such a long web series has never been imagined before. “Asura”, which released on Voot, was a bit gruesome and quoted Hindu beliefs along with the story of a human becoming an Asur. The concept of shaman is seen in the Red Indian tribes of America. This is the first time this has been done in any web series in India, hence the novelty. The story is a bit creepy so there is no emotional connection to any artist except Karma, Shayli and Raima Sen. This is the second collaboration of director Amit Kumar and writer Anupama Minz, who had previously co-written the 2013 film Monsoon Shootout with Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The story’s attempt to hide many secrets in the mist of Sikkim is very good. Although at many places the story seems to be stuck in a loop, the same incident seems to happen again and again, while it is not so. The director has used a boat to take the soul to another world, it is very different…effective. In the last episode, when the veil of the mystery becomes a bit weak, here it was the producer director of the web series that needed to think again.
Sanjay Kapoor’s character is very poor and he has not done anything special in acting. Anyway, he is not known for acting. Shahana Goswami should be a little more serious about her roles. His character is good but a good prospect has to be lost because of just one bedroom scene. He should have given dimension to the character. Karma Tapaka is from Sikkim, and along with acting, also directs films. It seems that the writers were able to create the character of Dev only after meeting him. He has acted well but he does not know when to see him next time. Karma has a Diploma in Direction and Screenwriting from FTII. Shaylee in the character of Pari is originally from Kashmir and she has learned a lot from the political turmoil there which is also visible on her beautiful face. Such maturity is rarely seen at such a young age. In a special character, Raima Sen, who has only 3 or 4 dialogues in the entire series, but her presence continues to affect the entire plot. Robin Tamang has been very impressive in the role of Yama Nadu, his make-up is also very scary.
If speed is not a problem then you can watch “The Last Hour”, although by sitting for so long, you may not be able to binge watch all the episodes, then watch in installments. There are new types of web series and it should be seen to promote this type of web series. There will be a possibility of doing more work on subjects like Murder, Suspense, Crime, Mystery, Super Natural.
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