Web Series Review: Mohit Raina dominates in Neeraj Pandey’s ‘The Freelancer’, dose of suspense along with action

Ananya Shroff
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The Freelancer: A Gripping Tale of Rescue and Suspense

Based on Shirish Thorat’s book ‘A Ticket to Syria,’ ‘The Freelancer’ web series takes viewers on a thrilling journey. The story revolves around Avinash Kamath, portrayed by Mohit Raina, a former police officer who has become a freelancer. Avinash embarks on a mission to rescue Alia Khan, played by Kashmira Pardeshi, who has been captured in war-torn Syria. Will Avinash succeed in his mission? Can he safely bring Alia back to India? Neeraj Pandey’s ‘The Freelancer’ weaves a captivating narrative around this premise.

The Freelancer: Trailer and Review

Neeraj Pandey, known for films like ‘Baby’ and the series ‘Special Ops,’ delivers another action-packed thriller with ‘The Freelancer.’ His signature storytelling style, coupled with well-crafted character development, keeps the audience thoroughly engaged.

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The plot revolves around the kidnapping of a young girl who travels to Syria for her honeymoon after marrying a suspicious man. To adapt the bestselling novel ‘A Ticket to Syria’ for the screen, some minor changes were made, shifting the original setting from the Maldives to India. The series follows Avinash Kamath, a former police officer turned freelancer, on a new rescue mission to bring back Aaliya, the daughter of his best friend and suspended policeman Inayat, portrayed by Sushant.

Neeraj Pandey and director Bhav Dhulia, along with their team of writers Ritesh Shah and Shirish Thorat, maintain a compelling pace throughout the screenplay. From the very first scene, they immerse the audience in their world, creating tension and a sense of urgency among the characters that viewers can feel. The story progresses smoothly, keeping the audience engaged with its fast-paced storytelling. This speed aids in maintaining suspense, and the series gradually delves into global political themes.

In ‘The Freelancer,’ past and present events in the characters’ lives are seamlessly woven together. New subplots and aspects emerge in each episode, adding depth to the story. Avinash’s life as a Mumbai police officer with Inayat Khan, his happy moments with young Alia, and his married life with Mrunal all run alongside the main storyline.

‘The Freelancer’ is undeniably a fantastic, engaging, and suspenseful series. However, it has one drawback—it is divided into two parts, which can disconnect the audience from the plot.

Mohit Raina delivers an outstanding performance as Avinash Kamath, showcasing the intelligence and courage required for the character. His strong physique, screen presence, and intense expressions draw viewers into Avinash Kamath’s character. Anupam Kher plays the role of Dr. Arif Khan as a guide, adding depth to the story. Despite his limited role, Sushant Singh leaves a lasting impact. Kashmira Pardeshi effectively portrays the emotions of an innocent girl held hostage. Other actors, including Ayesha Raza Mishra, Navneet Malik, Manjari Phadnis, and Geeta Sharma, also shine in their respective roles.

Why Watch ‘The Freelancer’?

Without a doubt, ‘The Freelancer’ adds another success to Neeraj Pandey’s portfolio. This web series is a must-watch, offering a gripping narrative that will keep you hooked till the end.

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