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She Web Series Review

A timid Mumbai constable while working on an undercover assignment realises her true potential when she starts treading the road to empowerment.

  • First episode date: 20 March 2020
  • Number of episodes: 15
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Network: Netflix
  • Program creator: Imtiaz Ali
  • Languages: Hindi, English, Urdu

Review of she

The premise of She – Netflix India’s latest show – is so promising that nothing less than an absurdly confused narrative with no sense of timing and tone might have messed it up.

Even the smarter subtexts are fetishized by the makers. For example, equating the stature of sex workers in society to that of female cops in a male-dominated police force.

The execution of the narrative – the cheesy cop-planning sessions, her training montage, her sister’s desi spunk, the incoherent flashbacks is too cringey to examine the complexity of Bhumi’s transformation.

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Sasya (Vijay Varma) arrives at his usual cathouse. He’s apparently a VIP — the proprietors parade women in front of him, and he rejects them all, until they offer him two special women. He selects Bhumi (Aaditi Pohankar). They banter; he repeatedly says he’s going to make her feel pain. She leads him not to a neighboring room, but outside, promising to take him somewhere special. But he’s not having any of that.

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It becomes a pointless, repetitive misfire that reduces the promise of its premise to dull police procedural and soon ends up as a caricature of its own making.

She does smoulder occasionally, but it never crackles with energy.

She’s writing duo … prove unable to handle the multiple threads, serving up little depth and emotion. That’s especially true in the case of its central thread about female empowerment.

Netflix’s She review

This is not to say that She doesn’t have its moments. The drama, cinematography, slow-build thrill and performances in the series definitely make it watchable to a certain point. Bhumika Pardeshi (Aaditi Pohankar) plays a lower middle class Marathi girl who is a constable with the Mumbai Police. She is picked up by a member of the Narcotics Bureau, Jason Fernandez (Vishwas Kini), to pose as a prostitute to bring down a drug cartel, in the same way she is “picked up” by Sasya (Vijay Varma) in the brothel while she is undercover. The agency that Bhumi is allowed is sparse.

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