Cast: Sunil Grover, Mukul Chaddha, Ranvir Shorey, Saloni Patel
Director: Vikas Bahli
Webseries Sunflower, also the name of the housing company it chose to center its whimsical murder mystery plot around, tries to combine elements of humor with drama that doesn’t end up being compelling or enjoyable. Throughout its eight-episode run, the focus continues to shift from one character to another without viewers being able to use an interesting parenthesis. Sure, you can choose to call them quirky, but in reality they’re just uninteresting and an end result of half-hearted characterization.
At the heart of Sunflower is a murder mystery that kicks things up a notch and draws attention to a group of residents of a Mumbai cooperative society. Sonu (Sunil Grover) and Mr. Ahuja (Mukul Chaddha) become the main suspects and are under the radar of the police due to their strange behavior. But the buddy cop duo DG (Ranvir Shorey) and Chetan Thambe (Girish Kulkarni) keep chasing red herring until the last 30 minutes or so of runtime, leaving you wondering if the matter is in capable hands or not. You will find yourself wanting to know more than the creators or the law enforcement.
Characters are for the most part introduced by force to stretch the plot further and further and cram it full of humor. This leads the viewers into the walls again and again. We are constantly served with Sunil Grover’s wicked attempts at making outdated cell phone jokes with very little sincerity. When he takes a break, he turns into slapstick, which is all the more disappointing because the situations are just too boring. Looking back, there are better memories of his cartoon characters on TV. Here he is a terrible misfit, just like Sonu in his environment.
For a mystery that should deserve unwavering attention, Sunflower is constantly distracting and underpowered. You won’t regret sitting this one out.
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