Shaitan

Shaitan

When the law fails, violence, revenge, and coups take over

5.0

TV Show

India
Telugu
Crime, Drama
2023
MAHI V. RAGHAV
Aneesha Dama, Bindu Madhavi, Deviyani Sher

TL;DR

Violence every 5 minutes, in nine 30-minute episodes may not be worth it.

What it's about

A dark and violent crime thriller series about a family caught in the crossfire between the police, the Naxal movement, and the political establishment.

The take

Shaitan is a Telugu crime thriller series that follows the story of a family caught in the crossfire between the police, the Naxal movement, and the political establishment. Through the eldest son, Baali, we see the struggles of poverty on the decisions forced upon them; crime often being the only option they can afford. The series is dark, violent, morally ambiguous, and not for the faint of heart. It is a dark exploration of the human capacity for violence, often calling attention to the mistreatment of the working class for capitalistic gain. While it is a main staple of the plot, it becomes laborious to engage with every episode. The show excels in its immersive reality but sells itself short on a more fulfilling narrative.

What stands out

Manish Rishi, as Baali, gives a charged and charismatic performance as his morality disintegrates to protect his family. Although not consistent, Rishi captures Baali's care of his siblings and ruthless charm and wit in action sequences, creating an anti-hero to stand by without always rooting for him.

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