Cast: Kunal Kemmu, Asha Negi, Bidita Bag, Ram Kapoor, Chunky Panday
Director: Ken Ghosh
Kunal Kemmu as researcher Abhay Pratap Singh is back and interesting crime stories are once again woven to maintain the tension quotient. In new installments, Abhay 2 gets more engaging as challenges keep coming back in new shapes and faces for the UP-based sleuth. With a brisk pace and neo-noir treatment, the series promises another round of action and you won’t be able to look away when evil comes seeking.
Now Abhay has distanced himself from his child Sahil and can devote all his mind and time to solving crimes. Previously, he was somewhat reserved due to domestic duties and a troubled past. The storyline doesn’t give him a clean slate here, but for starters, it’s fresh to see Abhay fully focused on helping people without having to worry about his personal life.
While season one worked to set the pace, tone and familiarize us with the main character, Abhay 2 brings out powerful villains whose filth needs to be cleaned up by law enforcement. Chunky Panday, Bidita Bag and Ram Kapoor are formidable opponents in the first three episodes, each embracing their dark, rebellious side.
Not that they can match Abhay’s guts, intelligence, or sixth sense, but it’s always welcome for greater evils to face him first.
The new season makes investigative stories appealing and makes the most of crime drama tropes. High-contrast images, abandoned locations and a brooding man-in-charge are all ingredients served with fresh perspectives. Kunal has also kept up with his character as he catches deranged offenders and returns without batting an eyelid.
Abhay showed promise in 2019 and with a new outing, the showrunners are drawing on their experimental side. As people evade all morality and expose humanity, a maverick officer keeps hopes of speedy justice alive.
New episodes of Abhay are streamed on ZEE5.