Aranyak’s IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
Raveena Tandon Starrer Netflix’s Aranyak web series is based on the life of a cop. Aranyak is a story of the Sironah town situated in the hills of Himachal Pradesh. Season one starts when a young French girl on her holiday is found hanging from a tree in the forest. During the investigation, it is suspected that she was raped before killing and that there were claw marks on her throat. The news spread in the whole town and the creepy memories from two old decades resurface.
Sironah town has seen serial killings of the exact same nature in the past. There was the rumor that these killings were done by a ‘nar-tendua’, a mythical half-man, half-leopard creature but the culprit was never found. Nar-tendua killed the women and hung up them on trees.
Sironah’s police station head, Kasturi Dogra (Raveena Tandon) is about to go on leaves when the killer strikes again. She wants to focus on the fragile situation at home. Kasturi wants to help her daughter pass the IIT entrance exam and salvage her marriage to Hari (Vivek Madan).
Her replacement Angad Mallik (Parambrata Chattopadhyay) entered in the case but at the same time, the opportunity to finally work on a big case forces her to change her mind. Angad came from the metro cities and was fluent in English and smart at work. The theory of crime that it has been done by a mythical creature doesn’t fit in his mind. He disagrees and starts following the clues to round up suspects. Kasturi and Angad start working on the case together. At the start, there were a lot of clashes between them but as they start working together they start protecting each other and developing understanding. As the investigation of the case deepens, a large supporting cast emerges. The series shows politicians, drug peddlers, corrupt cops, troubled young adults, and dubious café owners who serve as both suspects and red herrings.
Aranyak web series season one has 8 episodes but it has taken 6 episodes to set the plot which was not really required. As Raveena Tandon makes a come back on screen she tried her best to justify the character. But her Himachali accent is so awful it seems like the tone is changed multiple times. So, there is nothing new or special in this web series that can impress entertainment lovers. But if you want to watch the debut of Raveena Tandon in web series this is a one time watch.