Newly released on Zee5, Sunflower is a crime thriller show starring Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, and others. The concept of linking crime and comedy in itself is not new. However, creator Vikas Bahl gives his own spin to the series of events that take place.
Sunflower is an eight-part situational comedy, revolving around the members of Sunflower society based in Mumbai. On the surface, this society looks just like any other middle-class residential society, but it is far from so.
Sonu Singh, played by Sunil Grover, is the main lead of this engaging show. Full of tiny little quirks that remind us awfully lot of Sheldon Cooper, Sonu is a simple man, living a simple but lonely life.
A heinous crime has taken place in flat number 1001. The owner has been poisoned, and the culprit remains at large. As the police hound the society, secrets begin to reveal themselves, and the audience quickly knows, things are not as simple as they seem.
What we particularly love about the show is its ability to surprise. When you go into a crime thriller, you expect to watch a classic “whodunnit?”. Sunflower is not this cat and mouse chase at all. The creators choose to reveal the culprit within the first few minutes of the show itself. Instead, Sunflower chooses to focus on the following police investigation, the way society reacts, and Sonu’s daily life complications.
Sonu’s character has several layers to it, and the creators cleverly make the audience oscillate between being amused by his antics and feeling sorry for him. The result is the audience rooting for the underdog, even as he damns himself further and further, becoming the prime suspect of the investigation.
Not just Sonu, but all of the characters in the series are well thought out and portrayed even better. From Mr. Iyer, strictly against liberalism and modernization, and the scheming Mr. Ahuja with his timid wife, to the building ladies that love to judge and gossip and the two-faced maid with small-time tricks up her sleeve, and a middle-aged playboy cop, each character has been given a solid backstory.
Due to this, the show accurately feels like it is about the housing society in general and not just the life of one character in particular. Everyone deals with the crime differently. The police question each of the building members, revealing different aspects about the victim. Even the maid has a few opinions of her own. All the while, the comedic element lingers throughout the screenplay. The show moves fast enough to keep the audience on its toes and the shorter episodes of around 30 minutes are well suited to hold your attention span.
What’s truly delightful is that Sunflower series manages to address some important aspects of a typical Indian mentality, touching on feminism, independence, religion, and bigotry, gender and sex as well as class structure.
Sunflower makes you laugh, relate to the characters, and feel heavy for them, while still retaining its tone of a classic crime thriller.
At times, crime shows can get overwhelming with their dark themes and heavy tone. However, Sunflower does its best to avoid this trope. Instead, it chooses to emphasize the investigation that follows. It holds your attention even though the audience is well aware of the culprit’s identity. Sunflower does this by showing the police go on a wild goose chase, always close to the truth but just as far away from it. We see the police focus on unnecessary details, discard incriminating evidence, and question almost everyone but the murderer.
Although the strength of the show lies in the diversity of its characters, some of them feel unnecessary when you think about their connection with the main plot. Too many characters are revealed towards the end, and at one point, the complications that divert the police feel too forced and blamed on coincidence far too often.
Sunil Grover is outstanding in his role and Ranvir Shorey is just as hilarious in his role of a no-nonsense cop.
Final Verdict: Sunflower Season 1
All in all, Sunflower season 1 is a great show to watch over the weekend. Although the end may leave you slightly dissatisfied, the show ends on an unexpected cliffhanger. It is sure to keep you entertained throughout its total run time, all the while rooting for the underdog. Most of all, you’ll be left waiting for the second season already. Stream it now on Zee5.
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