MONEY HONEY REVIEW - Where's the honey darling?

MONEY HONEY REVIEW - Where's the honey darling?
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Money Honey, the heist thriller based on a true incident of a bank robbery in West Bengal, that made it to the streaming platform Hoichoi recently, can be termed the right tonic for anyone who complains of insomnia because it does such a good job to put a viewer to sleep.  Frame after frame, episode after episode, all you see is the disinterest of the creator in weaving this story together. There's not a single sequence that strikes a human chord and the performances feel so lifeless as if the wannabe actors haven't been handed over their paycheques for several months. If only the layered premise could have been in the hands of a more serious storyteller and a capable cast, it would have made for a reasonably gripping series. The non-linear narrative is indeed an interesting way to explore a story around a crime. Provided the sequences are fleshed out well, they can go a long way in warranting the attention of the viewers. Here though, with the lazy writing, Money Honey only multiplies the confusion. The show begins with the bank robbery as the money reported to be stolen is around a staggering Rs 121 crore. The case, however, isn't as simple as a hide and seek game between the criminals and the cops. The principal suspect behind the theft is a 32-year-old divorcee Shahriar Kabir, a former stock trader who turns a drug peddler, avid gambler and womaniser over the course of time. While the wrong-doers claim that only Rs 21 crore has been stolen, all eyes are on the missing Rs 100 crore. Even the head of the bank is facing an inquiry. The case is being handled by a detective Amitabh and his assistant Maria, who leave no stone unturned to nab the culprits. The good thing about the series is the way it establishes each of its lead characters. The director has done his homework with regard to conveying the reasons behind their shades of grey and true motives. For instance, it's compelling to watch how Shejuti, the romantic interest of Shahriar, turns to drugs after being denied an opportunity to study abroad owing to her messy family situation. But that's about it, you don't resonate with her or any other character in the series after the establishment of their personality. There's no magic when the complex characters come together for a situation. The director is clueless about building the right mood to tell a dark story. The coherence of sequences is absent and the incompetent acting does a great disservice to the result. Shaymol Mawla gets adequate screen-time through the series, but his transition from a happy-go-lucky guy to a robber doesn't come with impressive conviction. His extensive hamming doesn't help. Luftar Rahman George is probably the only actor to unearth anything meaty out of a role, his casting as a petty goon with anger-management issues works perfectly. The detailing, though is absolutely basic and ordinary. The director is more in quest of finding a cliff-hanger for every episode and not knowing what to do with the story later. Spread over 10 odd episodes and still not being clear about what he wants to say isn't a good thing to happen for a screenwriter or a director. That the regional languages have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to creating quality web content becomes very evident with an attempt like this. Rating: 1.5/5

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