Guilty Minds review: Smart and sophisticated
What: Guilty Minds web series review - this 10-episode series is engrossing with each case throwing you into the wringer of human frailties and guilt with its inherent complexities.
OTT web series Guilty Minds synopsis
Human psychology is the most complex of all perceived things in the universe. And crime is a much deeper and rooted manifestation of it. But more complex and challenging is the herculean task of dispensing justice to the victims of crime and subjugating or acquitting the criminals. Guilty Minds, created and co-written by Shefali Bhushan is an astute examination of such cases which casts a powerful gaze on each side of the coin - the accused and the victim.
The plot sees two highly ambitious lawyers, Kashaf and Deepak, played by Sriya Pilgaonkar and Varun Mitra respectively, pitted against each other in each of the legal battles they undertake for their clients.
Deepak is a flamboyant lawyer who believes that his clients list get the best of defense, while Kashaf is more ethics oriented and probably battles within the thin line that divides law and justice. Their ideologies clash, even though they harbour feelings for each other from their days of academics.
Spanning across myriad topics, each episode has a different and engulfing case to be tackled, and director Shefali Bhushan who comes from an illustrious family of lawyers crafts the courtroom battles with panache and precision.
Apparently, she has drawn from the experiences of her family and the writing team comprising Jayant Somalkar, Manav Bhushan and Deeksha Gujral succeed in achieving authentic representation of courtroom dramas through their meticulous research.
But the best part is the cohesive flow that the narrative achieves even when it hops from one case to another - be it the scandalous issue of casting couch or the sensitive topic of hazardous gaming, the subjects encompass women issues, science and technology and even social evils. Kashaf and Deepak's personal stories are smartly interspersed between them.
Shefali assembles a solid cast - Kulbhushan Kharbanda who plays the patriarch of a reputed law firm, Satish Kaushik, Benjamin Gilani , Namrata Seth, Diksha Juneja, Sugandha Garg, Karishma Tanna, Atul Kumar and others. I was impressed by Suchitra Krishnamurthy playing the defending lawyer against Kashaf in the first episode.
And the show is literally shouldered by the nuanced and intuitive performances from Sriya Pilgaonkar and Varun Mitra. While Mitra plays with amazing cool and confidence, Sriya nurtures her part with calibration and depth. Together they are a couple to compliment and root for.
I go with 3.5 stars out of 5 for Guilty Minds. The series is streaming on Amazon Prime video.