Web Series Review : Grahan
Web series have time and again proved that they could deal with complex and bold issues that didn’t find any space in the film arena. Directed by Ranjan Chandel, Grahan does exactly the same by delivering a bold message that violence has never done any good to any community. The web series is inspired by the famous novel Chaurasi written by author Satya Vyas and traverses between two worlds that are three decades apart from each other.
Starring Pavan Malhotra, Anshuman Pushkar, Teekam Joshi, Zoya Hussain and Sahidur Rahman, Grahan is packed with many emotions and takes its own time in building the entire storyline. The 8-episode series starts with an IPS officer’s quest of bringing a change in society through her position. Grahan takes you on the journey of ‘upar se orders’ in an IPS officer’s life, and you can’t back out from that reality if you’ve ever thought of sitting for the UPSC examination. Grahan takes a turn when IPS officer Amrita Singh played by Zoya Hussain, is almost on the verge of giving her resignation letter when she is asked to reopen the investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots in Bokaro. All hell breaks loose when Amrita finds out that her father Gursevak is the prime suspect of the case.
The best thing about Grahan is that it maintains the tone throughout eight episodes and doesn’t let you get distracted even for a minute. The web series tells you the ugly side of riots when a young couple suffers the long-term damage and repercussions due to one mad night. The series deals with anti-Sikh riots and throws light on other socio-political issues like caste oppressions and the Hindu-Muslim rift, which makes the series more than relatable and authentic. The main problem with dealing with so many significant issues can create confusion, but Grahan tries very hard to avoid falling into that pit.
Exploring the lengths and breadths of the incident that shook the nation 30 years ago, Grahan focuses more on how communal hatred defeats love when over ambitions and highly manipulative humans lead their flock astray in their greed for power. Though Grahan deals with both emotional traction and political intermingle, the payoff is anything but average. That being said, it’s a highly informative series about the anti-Sikh riots and goes to every extent to give the audience a complete picture of the incident. If you are someone who is a sucker for educating themselves about a political incident through a web series, Grahan is a must-watch for you!
Grahan is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar.