The Gone Game

This series is an absolutely compelling mystery thriller that boasts of a superb experimental format which takes hand-held camera and shoot-at-home techniques to another level altogether. It’s a true blue pandemic thriller in which not only the setting and central premise but the characters and situations are commanded by the unprecedented pandemic times.

Cast- Sanjay Kapoor, Shweta Tripathi ,Rukhsar, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Arjun Mathur, Indraneil Sengupta, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Director-Nikhil Bhat

Writers – Nikhil Bhat, Radhika Anand, Ayesha Syed, Mautik Tolia

Plot

The story opens to Gujral family interacting on web chats as the pandemic is declared in March end. Rajeev(Sanjay Kapoor), his wife Suneeta( Rukhsar), their son Sahil(Arjun) with daughter in law Suhani (Shriya) and daughter Amyra (Shweta) are all stuck in different cities when the lockdown happens.

When Sahil goes down with Covid and dies , everyone is devastated. None being able to meet or help each other, they are reeling with grief when some inconsistencies and mysterious happenings/ behaviours create a doubt about Sahil’s death. The mystery deepens but there is no way they can travel or move out to investigate. A hacker comes to rescue and unleashes the full potential of digital sleuthing to get to the stunning truth !

Analysis

The creative team deserves accolades for being able to dole out such an impressive 4- episode thriller with so many characters but none having to be with each other. The entire series has been shot at home with every character being alone at any point of time. The atmospherics are superb, enhanced by the web chat camera feel.They have roped in a wonderful set of actors who give a good performance with minimalist and realistic looks.The team of writers have penned an intense mystery that keeps you on a jolly good ride of guesses as they keep shifting the clues very smartly to deliver an unexpected climax.

The fabulous casting background score deserves a mention too.

Every actor mentioned in the cast deserves appreciation.The whole cast is well selected and delivers impressively.

Recommendation

Watch it for the thrilling mystery in a brilliant cinematic format about a death inquest in unprecedented times that was unravelled in an unprecedented technological way.

I would say this thriller is highly recommended and completely worth your two hours.

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