Farzi Review: Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi starrer is good but packs less punch than Family Man!
Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, and Raashii Khanna starrer, Farzi is now out of Prime Video. After the long wait and hype the series is finally out and if you are planning to watch it over the weekend then here is a quick review to give you a rough idea about the show.
Farzi as the name and trailer showed is about an artist Sunny (Shahid Kapoor) who due to his greed and ambition enters the world of counterfeiting. His skills to make fake bills are widely appreciated in the criminal world and he soon links with several big names including Mansoor Dalal (Kay Kay Menon), the king of the counterfeiting world. However, to end this counterfeit racket, an honest task force officer, Michael (Vijay Sethupathi) comes to create chaos in Sunny’s life.
The series unlike the commercial project is very relatable. You can relate to the journey of the two protagonists- Sunny and Firoz and even root for them at times. The narration and screenplay keep you so engaged that at the time you hope that Sunny and Firoz would have taken better decisions.
Aside from that, the screenplay, background score, dialogues, and cinematography all are engaging and they keep you at the edge with anticipation for the next episode.
What Doesn’t Work?
Though Farzi is good one can say it does not pack a powerful punch like Family Man. There are times that the makers get sidetracked from the plot and overly stretch the emotional angle. If the emotional angle was managed just right and the pace was improved the story would have been contained in 6 episodes which would have been much better.
As mentioned above due to the stretched story to reach 8 episodes, the series starts well with two great episodes to only fall below expectations in the 3rd one. Finally, the story intensifies in the 6th episode but the last 20 minutes of the show still fall short to match the expectation.
Coming to the performance of the star cast, Shahid as always does a great job in his role. Like in Badmash Company, he starts as an underdog and slowly turns cocky with his talent. His emotional outbursts and attitude at times truly show the essence of a middle-class man who suddenly hits a jackpot. However, Vijay Sethupathi is the man who overshadows Shahid in the show. Despite the plot giving more focus to Shahid, Vijay with his powerful and seamless performance steals the spotlight multiple times. He aces the role of Michael and the way he carries himself throughout the show is great.
Aside from these two, Kay Kay Menon as Mansoor gets some moments of glory as well. All the other characters too give remarkable performances. Raashii Khanna too gives a good performance. She comes out as a confident RBI officer and her interactions with Vijay are great as well.
Farzi as a whole is a white crime series with an intense cat-and-mouse chase. Episodes 3 and 5 might be a bit weak but with powerful dialogues and screenplay, the makers managed to keep the viewers hooked. There are a few things that would have made the show better but overall it is a good watch that you can enjoy over the weekend.