STORY: After the Power Play League’s (PPL) primary club, Mumbai Mavericks, is found guilty of match-fixing and drug use, the team is suspended from the league for two years and an inquiry is launched to ascertain the source of the rot. Will this investigation impact the game, given the involvement of powerful individuals like as Yashvardhan Patil alias Bhaisahaab (Aamir Bashir), head of the Indian Cricket Board (ICB) and founder of the PPL, Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Oberoi), and others?
REVIEW: ‘Inside Edge 3′ amps up the drama by increasing the stakes and rivalry between two powerful individuals, Bhaisahaab and Vikrant Dhawan, and their desire for dominance. This season picks up where the previous one left off, with Mumbai Mavericks suspended from the PPL following revelations about their owners’ involvement in illegal betting and match-fixing. Mantra Patil (Sapna Pabbi) and Zarina Malik (Richa Chadha), the team’s co-owners, are being investigated in connection with these charges, as are several other team members. As events progress, it will become obvious whether this power struggle transcends all individuals and relationships.
Unlike the previous season, this one employs time travel to record the lives of all of the main characters as teenagers while also disclosing some terrible secrets from the past. Along with maintaining tensions, as Vayu Raghavan (Tanuj Virwani), who wishes to be the Indian Team’s captain, strives against the present captain, Rohit Shanbagh (Akshay Oberoi). Additionally, Imaad Akbar (Sidhant Gupta), the new off-spinner bowler, piques spectators’ attention in seeing if he can prove his worth during the critical India-Pakistan tournament. None of them, however, realise they are puppets in a game that will become even more irritating when someone silently pulls the strings and manipulates events for their own benefit.
Kanishk Varma’s ten-part sports drama is fast-paced and engrossing. The obvious connection to real-life events, whether it’s the sentiments of those watching the India-Pakistan play or their curiosity about who will win the trophy, keeps you enthralled. Additionally, the cricket moments are well-crafted and extremely suspenseful, much like a real match. The screenplay, co-written by Karan Anshuman and Neeraj Udhwani, merges the game of power, politics, greed, and retribution while maintaining the story’s central premise of match-fixing. The climax, on the other hand, takes far too long to arrive, and once you reach the final episode, it becomes more theatrical, with events wrapping up so swiftly that you get the sense that even the writers were pressed for time.
The third season of Inside Edge, produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, lives up to the series’ overall momentum and excitement. Despite the fact that there are far too many characters and subplots to keep track of. Certain characters, such as Renuka Shahane’s Prime Minister of India Sumitra, have significant development potential yet receive insufficient screen time.
The characters are complex and ambiguous. Dhawan is now more powerful than he was in Seasons 1 and 2, and he desires vengeance on Bhaisahaab. This time, Vivek Oberoi portrays a man who is willing to go to any length to have what he desires. Aamir Bashir is convincing as Yashvardhan Patil, a guy yearning for power. On the other hand, his emotional episodes with his daughter Mantra are slightly overblown. Richa Chadha makes a concerted attempt to draw her adversaries’ and audience’s attention to herself.
Tanuj Virwani depicts the cricketer’s passion and vitality to a tee. Tanuj portrays Vayu Raghavan with utmost comfort in this act. Even in the midst of the increased intensity, Akshay Oberoi maintains a level of restraint. He portrays a closeted gay man who is fearful that his sexuality may jeopardise his job with ease.
Apart from her romance with Vayu, Mantra plays a larger and more prominent role this season in the fight to legalise gambling in India. On the other hand, her accent remains unique. While the entire cast offers an electrifying performance, Sidhant Gupta deserves special notice. His attitude and Kashmiri dialect endow his portrayal with authenticity.
As with past seasons in the franchise, ‘Inside Edge 3′ offers more to offer than cricket matches’ highs and lows. Therefore, if you spent time viewing the first two seasons, you will not want to miss this one.