ARKA’s Parampara Season 2 Web Series Review

Cast: Naveen Chandra, Jagapathi Babu, Sarath Kumar, Akanksha Singh, Kasthuri Shankar, Aamani, Divi

Crew:
Series Written by Hari Yelleti, Durga Shankar Kesanakurthi, V Srinivasa Rao, Penubothu Venkat, I Pradeep Kumar Reddy
Series Edited by Tammiraju
Series Cinematography by S.V. Vishweshwar
Series Music by Naresh Kumaran
Series Directed by Krishna Vijay L, Viswanath Arigela, Hari Yelleti
OTT Platform: Disney+ Hotstar, Produced by Shobu Yarlagadda, Prasad Devineni for ARKA Media Works
Series Episodes: 05
Release Date: 21st July, 2022

Baahubali producers Arka Media Works produced Pampara web-series. It ended on an emotional note of a love couple being separated for political mileage. The second season of the series has been released on 21st July, 2022. Most the series regulars from the ensemble cast have returned and Ravi Varma, Divi have been added to Naveen Chandra, Jagapathi Babu, Sarath Kumar. This season has been reduced to 5 episodes from 7 episodes in the first one. Can the series deliver another hit season? Let’s discuss…

Gopi (Naveen Chandra) is sent to the prison after him creating ruckus at the wedding hall of Rachana (Akanksha Singh) and Suresh. Gopi meets an IAS officer (Ravi Varma) in the jail, who does illegal bauxite mining. He is an opposition to Suresh and Nagendra Naidu (Sarath Kumar). Gopi becomes rich and influential. He starts to play power politics with Nagendra. Gopi convinces his mother (Aamani) to contest against Suresh. How does this battle end? Watch the series on Disney Plus Hotstar to know more.

This series suffers from taking itself as seriously as Raajneethi but the base of the story isn’t as strong as Prakash Jha’s film. Using the cliches and then trying to deliver a heavy melodrama cripples the whole narrative. With a screenplay that doesn’t really handle the emotional content with conviction or present the action in new style, series moves at a slow pace with a singular tone. While not many tone changes in a series is welcome to a Telugu language content drama but this series goes overboard every time. Each scene suffers with telling than showing. Writer and director believe more in dialogue than showing what is happening. The BGM even though is good it doesn’t really boost the scenes as expected.

Investigation, power politics, tactics to overpower each other, jealousy everything that can be said dark has been given a spot in the drama but the emotions don’t come across as real. Even those that are displayed between main characters don’t come across as genuine. The immaturity in writing and narrative are displayed in some key scenes. With the kind of scope the story and characters provide the uneven narrative makes it taxing to watch at times. There are enough twists and story progressions for the viewers to be engaged till the end. With some odes of patience, this series is a ONE TIME WATCH.

Positives::
Performances
Few Engaging scenes
Emotional Content towards climax
BGM

Negatives::
Predictability
Lethargic Screenplay
Slow Pace
Feels like Dubbed content

Rating: 2.5/5
Bottom-line: ONE-TIME WATCH!

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