Zee5 Original “Poison” released on 19 April 21, 2019, derives its context from the iconic Hollywood flick, Cape Fear. It’s a revenge thriller set in contemporary times where the protagonist has been falsely charged for rape and murder, and how he tries to take revenge for all the wrong deeds done to him forms the basis of the plot.
The series has been produced by Altus Media, directed by Jatin Wagle and written by Shiraz Ahmed.
The 11-episode web series, has multi-layered characters with each one having their own agenda and the series tries to weave a story by connecting all these individual stories. Ranveer (Tanuj Virwani) plays the victim. The supporting cast includes Barrister D’Costa (Pankaj Dheer), DCP Vikram (Freddie Daruwala) and Vikram’s subordinate, Jai Dixit (Romit Raj Parasher). Arbaaz khan plays an important role of drug lord-cum-money launderer-cum-property shark.
The screenplay and dialogues are too filmy and it looks straight out of a 90s Bollywood movie. Too many characters and sub-plots make it a heavy watching with the director digressing too often from the main plot. Like many other average web series in current times the narrative is filled with lot of love-making scenes and titillating factors.
To put it in simple words, Poison is far from being a compelling drama and it lacks some basic elements that make a web series watch-worthy.