The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha review: Kajol excels in a thoroughly captivating show
What: The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha – the Indian adaptation of the famous American series The Good Wife aired on CBS shows Kajol excel as Noyonika Sengupta in Suparn S Varma’s skillfully helmed web series that is more than its title.
The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha synopsis
Asst. Judge Rajiv Sengupta (Jisshu Sengupta) is arrested and put behind bars for bribery and sex scandal. Rajiv’s wife Noyonika Sengupta (Kajol) now has to resume her career she sacrificed to be ‘The Good Wife’ and look after her family and two high school going teenage daughters Ananya (Shriti Bisht) and Anaira (Suhani Juneja). It's been 12 years since she's practiced law after graduating at the top.
After struggles, Noyonika gets a job as a junior lawyer intern in a law firm partly owned by her ex-classmate and friend Vishal Chaubey (Ally Khan).
Vishal’s partner Malini Khanna (Sheebha Chadda) is not very happy with the entry of Noyonika and to make matters more difficult, Noyonika has a competition from the young intern Dheeraj Paswan (Gaurav Pandey).
Creator and director Suparn S Varma (previous - Rana Naidu, The Family Man (2019) – 5 episodes as director and Pirates, The Family Man (2019) as writer and one of the producers of the outstandingly brilliant film Sirf Banda Kafi Hai starring Manoj Bajpayee) gave me the hope that this can be an interesting series when I saw the trailer but when the last episode ended, I was assured that Disney has had another great show a sure shot winner after The Night Manager.
Luck for Disney Hotstar with these two adaptations has been superb. However, The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha’s triumph as a women centric show that stands above is that it deftly mixes legal drama, family drama, morality issues, duty, responsibility, love, lust, lost, faith fate in a thoroughly intriguing premise and keeps blending it with women empowerment.
The way the vulnerable but brave Noyonika fights with her destiny, betrayal with the outside world, her own world – her family and at her work place in the universe that is standing against her in those eight episodes series is commendable.
Its not over yet and gladly I am waiting for season 2 now.
The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha opens when Kajol delivers a crisp slap to her husband played by Jissu Sengupta.
From that very moment I was hooked and hopefully you will be too.
The writing by Abbas Dalal, Hussain Dalal and Siddharth Kumar is meaningful with dialogues like pati aur parmeshwar mein farak hota hai, pati ummed hai aur parmeshwar vishwas, pati se ummed toot sakti hai par parmeshwar se vishwas nahi tootha. Another gem which goes like aachi yaado ka usool hai, bure waqt mein aati hai, buri yadeein lihaz nahi karti.
Kajol is excellent as she navigates the cutthroat world of law with complex cases, moral dilemmas and confronts her own demons. The actress breaks her own mould and comes out as a strong individual on screen who may not be revengeful but is not at all those forgiving types also.
Jisshu Sengupta as the man in question, the accused, the offender who wants to be the hero, is he the antagonist or just a tool. Jisshu gives proper justice to this difficult character and comes out well.
Alyy Khan as the friend is fantastic and conveys well with his subtle dialogue delivery and eyes.
Sheeba Chaddha is in the skin of her character completely, you cannot find this wonderful actress going wrong in understanding her character.
Kubbra Sait as Sana Shaikh the legal investigator is fabulous in a role tailor made for her.
Aamir Ali is good.
Gaurav Pandey as the intern in competition with Kajol is fabulous, watch him during the final episode.
Aseem Hattangadi as the top shot political advisor Ilyas Khan is fantastic.
Shriti Bisht and Suhani Juneja as teenage daughters are very good.
Manasavi Mamgai as Juhi Bhatia leaves a solid impression.
Atul Kumar as Daksha Rathod the high-profile news anchor seemed to be modelled on Arnab is good.
Kiran Kumar is competent. Aditi Singh as Tina is perfect.
Good support comes from Flora Saini and Suchitra Pillai
The character of the mother – in – law played by Beena Ahuja may have been used as a similia but it at times irritates though Beena does very well.
The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha is appealing, compelling in different ways, clearly a notch above…
The Trial - Pyaar Kaanoon Dhokha is a streaming on Disney+ Hotstar presentation streaming on Hotstar/Hotstar specials from June 14, 2023.
PS: The series has kissing, intimate scenes and use of foul language at places.