Sunday, May 9, 2021

Review: Kathmandu Connection (SonyLIV)

Reading Time: 3 minutes 

Kathmandu Connection is a cop-and-gangster drama that tries doing more than use these prototypes to set up a crime thriller. The series reserves a twist of events as the episodes unfold, focusing on how lines can often blur when it comes to setting apart the good and the bad, the lawkeeper and the law-breaker.


  • Starring: Amit Sial, Aksha Pardasany, Anshumaan Pushkar, Gopal Datt, Vikram Singh Sodha, Zakir Hussain
  • Direction: Sachin Pathak
  • Rating: * * and 1/2 (two and a half stars)

The world of OTT fiction mostly dwells in such grey zones, and Sachin Pathak’s six-episode sticks to norm. There are no heroes, no villains. The cop who is obsessed with cracking a high-profile case is driven by interests beyond ensuring justice, just as the gangster who coldly eliminates rivals in the dark world of crime lives by a code, loves from the heart.

It’s not new. You have seen this ruthless gangster with a heart in a zillion Hindi movies before, much as the encounter cop who thrives on bending the law. Only, Bollywood mostly narrates such stories from the perspective of the gangster. Kathmandu Connection starts off looking at life with the cop’s gaze, before turning the narrative on its head. The style of storytelling renders a certain intrigue quotient to a narrative that would have otherwise fallen flat.

Amit Sial plays the cop, DCP Samarth Kaushik, with admirable restraint, bringing alive a layered protagonist. The story (Siddharth Mishra) unfolds in the wake of the Bombay blasts of 1993. Days after the tragedy, a series of incidents take place. An officer investigating the blasts is killed and a hotelier kidnapped. A television journalist, Shivani Bhatnagar (Aksha Pardasany), complains she is being stalked.

The ethically flexible DCP, an encounter specialist, begins to see possible links in these seemingly unrelated incidents. Juggling his hectic schedule with the stress of a crumbling marriage, Samarth develops a soft spot for Shivani. The narrative, however, does not accord much scope for romance, in a screenplay that clearly always aims at using play of emotions to move forward the crime drama. Soon, Samarth and his team are off to Kathmandu, looking for a possible commonality that connects these events. They are joined by CBI officer Hitesh Aggrawal (Gopal Datt), and their probe leads them to a posh casino owned by the dreaded Mirza (Zakir Hussain).

REVIEW: The Big Bull

kathmandu connection
Amit Sial as DCP Samarth Kaushik. Source: IANS

However, when Mirza is found dead in his own casino even as Samarth and team barely start their investigations, they realise they could be up against a force that operates from the shadows — one that is far more sinister than the vile casino owner Mirza.

Kathmandu Connection builds its storyline against the backdrop of a crucial moment in modern Indian history. Yet there is little socio-political subtext here that might make an impact. Rather than dig deep, the narrative merely skims the surface of the material at hand, to set up a story that moves from the blasts to a bizarre love triangle to a plain story of personal vengeance. Essentially, the series struggles to strike a tone of uniformity. Much of the storytelling is inconsistent, and though you spot the odd narrative spin that surprises, these are few.

The redeeming factor here is the acting. While Amit Sial cuts a flawless picture as DCP Samarth Kaushik, watch out for Anshumaan Pushkar (you’d have seen him in Jamtara). Without giving away spoilers, the budding actor gets a dynamic character graph and makes most of it.

Vinayak Chakravorty, IANS

READ ALSO: Review: Ajeeb Dastaans (Netflix)

Link up with us!

Indian Link News website: Save our website as a bookmark

Indian Link E-NewsletterSubscribe to our weekly e-newsletter

Indian Link Newspaper: Click here to read our e-paper

Indian Link app: Download our app from Apple’s App Store or Google Play and subscribe to the alerts


Twitter: @indian_link

Instagram: @indianlink

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/IndianLinkMediaGroup

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Things to remember this Mother’s Day

  This year on Mother’s Day, some of us may be able to give mum a hug in person - a gesture we will never...

Celebrity fundraiser aims to raise $1M for COVID relief in India

  A fundraiser hosted by Lara Dutta and Shayamal Vallabhjee is hoping to raise $1 million for COVID crisis relief in India. Across two hours, prominent...
may shows

6 Indian shows and movies to watch in May 2021

  Lava Ka Dhaava (Netflix) Were you a fan of Takeshi’s Castle? Javed Jaffrey is back with his hilarious commentary on Lava Ka Dhaava, a Hindi...

Between an oven and a hot place: My baking journey

  The warm smell of chocolate and vanilla wafted through our home as I sat licking the leftover cake batter. At 8 years old, I...
the disciple

Review: The Disciple (Netflix)

  Chaitanya Tamhane's new film The Disciple intricately weaves diverse threads. It talks of the state of Hindustani Classical music and its 'Guru-Shishya parampara'. There is...