Cast: Ajay Devgn, Raashii Khanna, Ashwini Kalsekar, Atul Kulkarni, Esha Deol, and ensemble.
Creator: Rajesh Mapushkar
Director: Rajesh Mapushkar
Streaming On: Disney+ Hotstar
Language: Hindi (with subtitles).
Runtime: Around 50 Minutes Each Episode.
Ruder, a police officer who knows all this (sometimes even before it happens) is living in the darkness of his past deeds. The city is once again surrounded by the shadow of crime and guess what, the world wants Rudra back! He is back and ready to save the day because the killers come out of the thin air every day.
If Luther’s structure was so simple and the execution was like daily soap, then I consider myself safe to look at it. Yes, that’s what works for me. If you haven’t found it yet, Ajay Devgn marked his digital debut with the official adaptation of the famous British show Luther.
Adapted for the Indian audience by Jay Sheela Bhansal and Upen Chauhan, Rudra at least doesn’t look like a show that has been completely copied and pasted and forced into a new scenario. The writing tries to blend the story in the Indian sense as much as possible. But in reality it fails a bit to imitate Mumbai. About that later.
The producers try their best to cast the actors. More than the lead actor, who already has a picture of a police officer and gets a more brutal extension, the supporting cast is gold. In addition, the villain. The culprits get better with each passing event. One that claims to be stained with the blood of its victims. She is a borderline cannibalistic. Another young man kills women to fill the void. So the interesting part of any show in Rudra is the bad guys and there are so many.
Ajay Devgn will have to play the role of an extension of his police force. It is more Gangaajal police than Singham. He is so fast that he can see things before they happen. It may sound crazy, and it looks even crazier on screen, but it is sold by Devon and a person bigger than his life, and I can already see a lot of people buying it. But please give our man a ton of lip balm, his cracked lips in uncomfortably zoomed frames deserve it.
Ashwini Kalsekar is a surprise package. Her character has a command over Rudra and she plays it honestly. It should be a testament to the filmmakers to give him a meaningful role that will make the audience realize that he is not the only actor from whom you hire to create comedy relief.
Atul Kulkarni’s character goes through a 180 degree change, but his outline is not really good. The transition is so random that this combination seems to be out of the Milap Zaveri’s ‘rhyming digs’ universe and is not taken from any British show.
KC Shankar won the award for being the best bad guy in the show. He plays a painter who paints with his own blood and kicks other women’s blood. The actor plays his role without any limit. In a scene where he is talking to one of his victims, you see him losing his last drop of intellect and I wish he had at least two episodes dedicated to it.
Ruder follows the ‘one case every day’ format. It becomes a mood killer in places where you want some characters to be promoted and further explored. The pressure to tell a story and to finish it in the allotted 50 minutes is too much for the writer and the director, and after a while it becomes too much.
Ruder is a powerful policeman who knows all this. But his Sherlock Holmesing feels a little too much after one point out of every given situation. The template becomes so large that you have already predicted that Ruder will misunderstand it the first time, and resolve it at another time. Also, whenever he gets angry, he breaks into his cabin and just messes up everything around him, are his bosses taking a loss from his salary?
The camera department should be strictly ordered to stop uncomfortably zooming in on Ajay Devgn’s face whenever they are thinking. We understand that zooming only draws our attention to her skin, and we want her to suggest a bedtime routine. Also, what is the obsession with shaping things around pieces of evidence and characters? Even the makers of Game of Thrones stopped doing this after one point.
In which Mumbai are these people? Why isn’t Metro’s work delaying the arrival at the places that are most blocked at any point of the day? Where is the traffic Where are the MMRDA boards? Who is giving permission to Rudra on high peaks, also under construction?
Ruder can be a lot of good things, but it just ends up being another CIDish show that doesn’t leave you much. Because this spoon feeds you almost everything on the plate. If you’re a fan of Devgn, go in, there’s a lot in it, but please give her a lot of lip balm too!