‘Sakht launda’ Ronny returns in season two of this political dramedy. What’s changed is that instead of lying about his political connections like he did before, Ronny now actually works for Chachaji. Things begin to heat up when notorious Vicky Maheshwari, the son of the party’s late councillor returns to India from the US, to compete with Ronny for this highly coveted seat.
Pappus and politics
In the finale of the first season, Ronny (Zakir Khan) has a face-off with Ashwinee Pathak (Abhimanyu Singh) aka Chachaji. Chachaji gives Ronny a chance to prove himself by taking him under his wing and making him the youth leader of his party. In this season, Ronny proves himself to be a smart young man, organising rallies and gatherings for Chachaji. He’s still supported by his two best friends, Anwar (Vyom Sharma) and Kranti (Kumar Varun) and is stuck in a love triangle between Avantika (Venus Singh) and Shanoo’s friend, Tanvi (Onima Kashyap).
Ronny has his sights set on becoming the party’s next ‘parshad’ (councillor). This dream seems achievable to Ronny with the demise of the existing parshad. But he’s in for a surprise when the late parshad’s son, Vicky Maheshwari (Sunny Hinduja) returns from abroad, wanting to devote his time to the party. Not only is Vicky a bully, he’s capable of being ruthless in the race for the seat. Hinduja plays the role effortlessly. Things between Ronny and Vicky begin to heat up, with one being positioned as the ‘pappu’ of
politics and the other, a slimy, unreliable man fuelled by greed. One-upmanship, fights, mind-games and more ensue, making for a mildly entertaining but unremarkable new season.
High on drama, low on laughs
While season one had plenty of humour, season is often bleak. Ronnie stumbles and falls multiple times, what with his friends deserting him and his name being dragged through the mud. His family stands by him until he emerges like a phoenix from the ashes to take on his foes. Because of all of this, the jokes are sporadic, with comic relief being provided from time to time by Chachaji’s cronies and party workers, Chagan and Magan. To be sure, Zakir Khan turns out a good performance as a more mature character. But Khan alone is not enough to prop up the show.
WATCH OR NOT
If you liked season one for its light-hearted humour, you may not care for season two, which is high on
drama but low on comedy.
Creator: Zakir Khan
Cast: Zakir Khan, Zakir Hussain, Alka Amin, Sunny Hinduja, Vyom Sharma, Kumar Varun,
Abhimanyu Singh, Onima Kashyap, Venus Singh
Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video