They say the curse of the second seasons is real. Not every show can return with a second season that serves its loyal audience — and attracts new viewers — more of the same yet refreshing. This, then, is a bargain week. Not one but three shows are coming back with their next season and have managed to get great reviews. As you deal with the problem of abundance – always a good problem to have – we explain everything to you. From Netflix’s Delhi Crime, Disney Plus Hotstar’s Criminal Justice and SonyLIV’s Maharani, there are now three new shows. And if you insist on getting out there, there’s Vijay Deverakonda’s star Liger and Prithiviraj’s Malayalam drama Theerppu.
Liger: At the cinema
Telugu star’s long-awaited debut in Bollywood Vijay Deverakonda, Liger, has finally hit theaters. The film features him as a boxer who is often made fun of because he stutters. Ramya Krishnan tries out the role of Deverakonda’s bold mother and Ananya Panday plays her love interest. The movie didn’t receive a positive response from critics, but if you’re up for a masala movie with elements of action, drama, and romance, this is the one for you. Indian Expess film critic Shubhra Gupta wrote, “There is nothing new or fresh about the ingredients that go into making this film: mixed martial arts, surly boxers, tough coaches. and the hero who will reduce everyone to a pulp. -Handedly has been around for years.
Read Liger’s review here.
Maharani 2: SonyLIV
The second season of SonyLIV Maharani political thriller promises a binding affair. Having had her husband and former Bihar CM, Bheema Bharti arrested in the fodder scam, Rani Bharti is now taking her role as state CM more seriously and responsibly. But, she faces opposition from her political rival Naveen Singh and also her husband Bheema who tries to uproot her from her chair from inside the prison. Arushi Jain of Indianexpress.com found the show to be a “worthy addition” to the political genre. In her review, she wrote, “Besides a compelling storyline and entertaining dialogue, another reason Maharani 2 is a cut above other web shows today is the terrific cast.”
Read the Maharani 2 review here.
Delhi Crime 2: Netflix
The much acclaimed Netflix series Delhi Crime is back with its second season. It boasts of a phenomenal cast which includes actors like Shefali Shah, Rajesh Tailang and Rasika Dugal. Unlike the show’s first season which was based on the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, the second season is a “fictional version of the true crime”. In her review of the series, Shubhra Gupta called it “solid, smart, and thought-provoking”. She wrote, “In its second iteration, the series is just as effective as Season 1. In some ways, it’s even better.”
Read the Delhi Crime 2 review here.
Criminal Justice 3: Disney Plus Hotstar
Actor Pankaj Tripathi returns as attorney Madhav Mishra in the new season of the Disney Plus Hotstar series Criminal Justice. This time, he defends a young boy, Mukul, accused of murdering his sister-in-law. Shubhra Gupta felt that it is Tripathi who “lifts this engaging series”. In her review, she mentioned: “Lawyer Canny Madhav Mishra, played by Pankaj Tripathi, is back. It’s only fitting that he’ll headline Criminal Justice in its third season, because he brings it up. Occasional awkwardness and stagnation, and the inevitable stretches a series can fall into when trying to fill around 40 minutes of an episode’s runtime.
Read the Criminal Justice 3 review here.
Welcome to Wrexham: Disney Plus Hotstar
The documentary series Welcome to Wrexham shows how Ryan Reynolds took over ownership of Welsh football club Wrexham AFC with fellow actor Rob McElhenney. Indianexpress.com’s Rohan Naahar wrote in his review, “A little too rushed to fully engage casual viewers, FX’s new sports documentary is best experienced as a showcase for the solid comedic chemistry of Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.”
Read the Welcome to Wrexham review here.
Theerppu: At the cinema
Srarring Prithviraj in the lead, Theerppu is directed by Rathish Ambat of Kammara Sambhavam fame, from a screenplay written by Murali Gopy. It explores themes of revenge and justice. Manoj Kumar R of Indianexpress.com found the film mediocre. “Theerppu apparently has no idea how absolute power works. He somehow claims that the powerless beat those in power by dying. It’s the most odious statement ever made by a movie. The thought process of the creators is far removed from the reality we live in,” reads one section of his review.
Read Theerppu’s review here.