Aarya Season 3 | Review
Cast: Sushmita Sen, Viren Vazirani, Pratyaksh Panwar, Aarushi Bajaj, Vikas Kumar
Creator: Ram Madhvani
Director: Kapil Sharma, Shraddha Pasi Jairath, Ram Madhvani
Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar.
What’s It About:
The second part of Aarya Season 3 picks up from an emotionally charged ending in Part 1, with Aarya’s daughter Aru grappling with the complexities of her mother’s involvement in a drug cartel. Aarya, portrayed by Sushmita Sen, is a mother trying to shield her children from the dark shadows of the crime world. While the initial seasons were steeped in violence and crime, Season 3 takes a turn towards emotional dilemmas. However, does the shift in focus resonate with the audience?
The review acknowledges the strong start in Part 1, where familial conflicts and doubts are skillfully woven into the narrative. Unfortunately, the transition into Part 2 seems less cohesive. The titles of the final four episodes lack intrigue, and the review criticizes them for being hastily conceived, resulting in a lack of engagement.
The script is faulted for introducing a new plotline involving Ila Arun’s character, a drug dealer, and her son. What seemed promising in Part 1 is deemed scattered and poorly executed in Part 2. The review laments that in an attempt to tie up loose ends, the writing team struggles, leading to a lack of direction and a rushed conclusion.
The standout performances in the final episodes are credited to the three kids—Veer (Viren Vazirani), Aaru (Aarushi Bajaj), and Adi (Pratyaksh Panwar). Their portrayal of children turning against their mother is praised for its conviction and emotional depth. However, other performances, including Sikandar Kher and Ila Arun, are criticized for appearing lost or having little impact on the overall story.
Sushmita Sen’s performance in Part 2 is deemed lacking compared to the high expectations set in Part 1. The emotional turmoil expected from her character falls flat, and her portrayal of a wounded tigress is criticized for lacking the necessary depth and intensity.
Direction & Music:
Directed by Kapil Sharma, Shraddha Pasi Jairath, and Ram Madhvani, the review acknowledges the strong start in the first four episodes but criticizes the last four for losing direction and destroying the carefully crafted narrative. The emotional turmoil of the Sareen family, expected in the concluding episodes, is deemed unsatisfactory.
The overuse of Puneet Sharma’s poetry and Vishal Khurrana’s background music is criticized for contributing to the narrative’s downfall. The poetic arcs exploring dilemmas are said to have abused words, losing the charm established earlier.
The review concludes on a disappointed note, suggesting that Aarya’s major mistake might have been not releasing all eight episodes at once. Part 2 is criticized for feeling rushed and compromising on plots, resulting in a total disappointment. Sushmita Sen’s performance is described as the “meekest roar” of a wounded tigress, highlighting the overall letdown.