Characters are the main aspect of any murder mystery show but here they aren’t used to add mystery in the show, they are used just to add drama which is interesting but unnecessary…Not a single character gets a proper background instead they get various themes like adultery, the intention of making a pornographic clip and obviously murder so that we get some sort of weak insight into their lives. And even these themes are so large in number and so constantly introduced that it is hard to keep a track of them.
Voot Select’s The Raikar Case thrives as a drama of a complex family but as a mystery, the show becomes quite predictable. Rich in texture but is poor as a murder mystery.
Set in Goa, it is about a powerful family called Naik Raikar, which is a brand of its own. The youngest boy in the family, Tarun has committed suicide but it is later revealed that he is murdered by someone from his own family( this ain’t any spoiler, chill). Now in every episode, there is a new suspect for some reason or the other. And show jumps from one suspect to another leaving behind a set of loopholes for us to think and ignore. The show swiftly changes its genre from a murder mystery to setting power dynamics in the family. And soon you will realize that the show’s original intent is to show a messy, complicated rich family rather than solving the mystery behind the murder. As Dr. House in HOUSE MD rightly said, “ Dangerous people don’t break into your houses, they live in it. “ The whole show can be said to based on this single quote.
Characters are the main aspect of any murder mystery show but here they aren’t used to add mystery in the show, they are used just to add drama which is interesting but unnecessary. There is a character called Eklavya which is like the evolved, more devilish version of Kabir Singh, in fact, his future fiancee is also very similar to bimbo and naive Preeti. There is a cousin who doesn’t want to attend the funeral so she opens the door of her car and starts an Instagram live video while hanging in the air. Again, needless drama and humor. The show is over-stylish, it is actually a Sony CID case with immense richness and style, that’s all. The murder mystery is actually very simple but it is made confusing intentionally by adding a truckload of characters and each one of them has an ulterior motive for killing Tarun. Not a single character gets a proper background instead they get various themes like adultery, the intention of making a pornographic clip and obviously murder so that we get some sort of weak insight into their lives. And even these themes are so large in number and so constantly introduced that it is hard to keep a track of them. These themes don’t come up naturally in fact there is no time for them to come naturally and certainly, they make the show look over-dramatic rather than authentic.
Almost in every episode, Tarun ‘s radio show is used as a voice-over. Very much similar to Zoya Akhtar’s style in Made In Heaven. But, there is a big difference in using rich poetry that really has an impact and using simple hell and heaven quotes which look needless at the places they are inserted. When a family is so messed up even police need a spy inside the family, so Etasha takes up this task because having an affair with a junior executive of your company is the smallest and in fact the sanest screw-up if compared from the whole Raikar family. But her spy achievements are based on coincidences, not on any research. The show is actually largely dependant on coincidences, hunches rather than natural investigation process. In fact, she falls in love with the cop but doesn’t trust the cop enough to show him a piece of groundbreaking evidence at first. Neil Bhoopalam as the cop is convincing in the initial episodes but after that, his strong investigation tactics just get lost in the convoluted drama.
As far as performances are considered, every character is made to play a single emotion almost throughout the show and so each and every performance just somehow carries the weight of the drama put on them, none of them shines individually. Even big names like Atul Kulkarni, Neil Bhoopalam don’t have much space to shine. The background score is quite good in the initial three episodes after that it falls flat. The show’s location looks exactly looks similar to Broadchurch, another crime thriller show based on a location where a small hill meets the sea, in fact, the tone, the dark hue is also very similar to the British crime show.
Overall, the drama can be engaging for many but so is an episode of CID. If you are searching for a good complex rich family-murder mystery case, this Raikar Case ain’t one of them but as a drama regardless of all the flaws, it can be considered watchable.