In a scene from the Criminal justice season 3 of Disney+Hotstar’s Criminal Justice, Madhav Mishra played by the always likeable Pankaj Tripathi tells a desperate client “Jese apne kaha ki paison ki chinta matt kijiye, main keh raha hun aap case ki chinta matt kijiye”. Mishra is coy, even devious at times but in a charming way.
His outlook of justice has less to do with the grandiosity of victory and more to do with the potential of opportunity. Tripathi has held together and possibly injected life, time and again, into a franchise that has quite literally stood on his shoulders the second season onwards.
In its Criminal justice season 3 however, Criminal Justice feels flaky, a bland, unconvincing repetition of the first season almost stumbling across a story without conviction or sight of its destination. Unfortunately, this time around even Tripathi can’t act as saviour.
The Criminal justice season 3follows the story of Zara, a pre-teen TV star who mysteriously goes missing on a family trip and is then found dead. Zara has a teenage older brother in Mukul, who is apparently also suffering from an Oedipus like sibling complex. Under the shadow of an illustrious sister Mukul feels unseen, often underappreciated.
Both children have doting parents in Niraj played by the decent Purab Kohli and Avantika played by Swastika Mukherjee. Like any elite family the Ahujass are fairly resplendent on the eye and equally galling to witness behind the patina of morality. Zara’s death shakes the family, and all clues lead to Mukul, the angry, risible teenager who is trying hard not to help himself.
As fate would have it the Ahujas don’t even have the money for a good lawyer, and so in steps our protagonist and the saviour of mediocre material, Pankaj Tripathi.
Though this current season shifts its focus to the juvenile justice system, it feels, more or less an echo of the first season. Templated similar to the original, there is a seemingly indefensible accused, who undergoes some sort of hairy transformation behind bars, while on the outside, a pesky, street-smart lawyer goes about fighting his case from the insides of a multi-purpose omni van.
Even though it feels like a pale imitation of its own previous trajectory, this third season drags, as most things done for the sake of stretching a worn franchise do. The performances are rubbery, almost ineffective.
Even assured actors like Kohli and Mukherjee are given precious little to work with. There are structural complexities, like both siblings having different fathers, thrown into the mixer but they hardly earn their reckoning.
This Criminal justice season 3 is also vastly let down by a flashy, almost insincere portrayal of young teenagers. The young actors are unconvincing, and even in trying to play flawed children that are hard to adore these actors are forgettable.
A major reason why the first two seasons still quite managed to get over the line was because of the decent performances put in by Vikrant Massey and Kriti Kulhari. Here there is nothing to write home about in roles that are not only terribly conceived, but also performed with the lofty craftsmanship of youngsters who simply don’t possess the craft and evidently haven’t been supplied with the direction either.
This age of streaming has given us some terrific performances by unsung, young actors (like in Hotstar’s own Aarya) but here the kids neither flatter, nor deceive.
Moreover, the show doesn’t even know how to use its linchpins, the acting heavyweights it has almost always relied on to drag material that has never really hit the high notes of inspiration or intrigue. Purab Kohli is wasted, Mukherjee undermined and the difficult cross-maternal dynamics teased as a matter of structure, rarely delivers beyond being present in the flesh.
There is absolutely no soul to write of here. The other problem with this current season is just how lethargic it is about handing things over to Tripathi. It takes a whole lot of uninteresting time, and even as a narrative technique far too much lazy drama precedes the mystery that must get the show moving. It’s ponderous, poorly imagined and ultimately pointless.
He portrays Madhav Mishra as someone who always, in all circumstances, stands up for what is right. He supports and uplifts the less fortunate members of society. In addition to Pankaj Tripathi, the series also stars Vikrant Massey, who played Aditya Sharma in the series Mirzapur, Anupriya Goenka as Nikhat Hussain, and Mita Vashisht as Mandira Mathur.Key parts will be played by Pankaj Saraswat, Rucha Inamdar, Madhurima Roy, Swastika Mukherjee and Sarah Gesawat.
The trailer of the Criminal justice season 3 opens with a woman named Avantika (Swastika Mukherjee) approaching Pankaj’s character and asking him to speak for her son Mukul. The catch is that Mukul is accused of murdering Zara Ahuja, his sister. Even his fingerprints on the murder weapon point to Mukul, although he insists on being innocent.
His adversary tells Madhav that there is a straight case against his client, to which the genial lawyer responds, “Seedha aur simple to mere syllabus mein hai hi nahi (Straight and simple are not in my syllabus). But over time, even Madhav begins doubting the merits of his case. He tells his wife, “This case, this family and this boy are beyond my understanding. The boy doesn’t trust me.”
Criminal Justice Season 3 Review:
Criminal justice, a series that was a superhit in British was remade in Hindi and released on Hotstat OTT platform. The success of season 1 boosted the confidence of the makers and released the season 2. Now makers have released season 3 that is available for streaming on Hotstar from August 26. Let’s not waste our time and directly dive into the in-depth review of this court room drama.
Criminal Justice Season 3 : Story
Avanthika Ahuja walks on to Madhav Mishras doorstep to request him solve the murder mystery of her daughter Zara Ahuja, who is a child actress. Prime suspect of this murder is none other than Zara’s brother Mukul Ahuja. Madhav Mishra accepts the request of Avanthika Ahuja and starts digging the truth behind the murder mystery of Zara Ahuja, to help Mukula Ahuja to get out of this case.
Criminal Justice Season 3 cast include Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Aaditya Gupta, Purab Kohli, Swastika Mukherjee and Gaurav Gera. Directed by Rohan Sippy and this court room crime drama series is produced by Sameer Nair, Deepak Segal. This season 3 Screenplay and writing is done by Bijesh Jayarajan.
Season 1 of this court room crime drama is an official remake of the original series from British, and they have made very few changes to the plot that could connect with the Indian audience. Season 2 also entertained the audience, just because of the splendid performance from Pankaj Tripathi. Season 3 now has the required thrill that could engage the audience to get involved in the series and the makers are successful once again in presenting another interesting crime drama, revealing the details one after the other in each episode.
While it comes to acting performances, Pankaj Tripathi once again performs so well that, we all will fall in love with his character. He is so natural while it comes to acting and Hindi film industry keeps ignoring him for big projects and making some unworthy movies. Aaditya Gupta is another actor from the series, who will surely draw your attention. Shweta Basu Prasad also performed well as a lawyer. Swastika Mukherjee and other actors did their part well.
|Producer||Sameer Nair, Deepak Segal|
|Cast||Pankaj Tripathi, Shweta Basu Prasad, Aaditya Gupta, Purab Kohli, Swastika Mukherjee and Gaurav Gera|
Technically Criminal Justice all seasons look okay. Background music of this series is apt for the scenes and it looks neutral in some of the scenes. Cinematography looks good, though most of the scenes are shot in indoor locations. Production values are okay.
Rohan Sippy was successful in narrating this crime drama and Pankaj Tripathi’s performance added more specialty to his making.
Overall, Criminal Justice: Adhura Sach is a worth watching series. This can be definitely watched for Pankaj Tripathi’s effortless performance as an actor.
The Ott Release Of Season 3 Of Criminal Justice For Streaming
On Friday, August 26th, Criminal Justice season 3 will debut on the Disney Plus platform on OTT streaming. Season 3 of the popular drama Criminal Justice has not yet received a formal premiere time confirmation from either Disney Plus or the showrunners.
However, fans can anticipate that all episodes from the next third season would be made available starting at 12 AM IST based on the release of prior seasons and exclusive Indian material. The number of episodes for Criminal Justice season 3 has not yet been determined; seasons 1 and 2 each featured 10 episodes.
Upon its global OTT release, Disney Plus will provide access to Criminal Justice season 3 through a number of subscription plans, including:
- Premium – Rs 1499 per year, four devices at 4K resolution
- Super – Rs 899 per year, two devices at Full HD resolution
- Mobile – Rs 499 per year, one mobile device at HD resolution
- Mobile – Rs 199 per six months, one mobile device at HD resolution
- Mobile – Rs 49 per month, one mobile device at HD resolution
A subscription can also be obtained through a number of package offerings, including Jio Recharge, Vodafone Idea Recharge, and Airtel Recharge.