Review: Shoorveer – An All Too Familiar Model



Pause after watching 1st episode and ask yourself, “Am I watching Avrod 2 on Sony Liv or is it a new show called Shoorveer on Disney Hotstar?

That would be a valid question to ask because the two shows are so incredibly similar.

India’s prime minister, with a salt-and-pepper beard so you know who it’s supposed to be, issues his orders based on the advice of his trusted national security adviser. That the NSA is called Shailesh Malviya (as in Avrod 2) or Milind Phanse (as in Shoorveer), they have the same objective: to subdue Pakistan in one of its biggest plots to cripple India.

Avrod 2 was based on ‘India’s most fearless 2‘, the book written by Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh, while Samar Khan is the creator of Shoorveer. But with Bijesh Jayarajan’s name in the credits of both shows, one wonders if the writer made xerox copies of a story for different production houses.

Note many other similarities in the two shows which feature the Prime Minister, the NSA, the Defense Forces, and a mad New India.

In Avrod 2ISI is promised by India hater Ehsaan Waziri,”Bahut jald Hindustan apne ghutne by hoga.” In ShoorveerRiyaz Ahmed (Arif Zakaria) swears to the ISI that for the first time in 75 years, India will be hurt and teach her such a lesson, she won’t know what hit her.

Riyaz has his spies planted in India to install malware into the defense systems that will blind Indian forces while Pak attacks key airbases. On this side, India has set up Project Hawks, an integrated land, air and sea defense force made up of the best fighters on earth, a 1st emergency response unit with a single chain of command.

But the characters and the situations in Shoorveer come from a popular model.

Avrodh had the familiar graphic of brashness to bonhomie between two equally quick and fearless warriors. One is called Pradeep and the other Imtiaz, community friendship is essential.

There is a similar abrasion between Viraj Sehgal (Armaan Ralhan) and Salim Kamali (Aadil Khan) in Shoorveer. Viraj is the “fighter more than a pilot” but born to be a pilot. It is not his technique that is in question, it is his temperament. (Dialogues: Nisarg Mehta.) When referring to super pilot Salim, Viraj says dismissively, “Not interested in Salim or Salim-Javed.”

That these two brave hearts in flying machines end up supporting each other is as obvious as the similarities between two shows airing at the same time.

Between Samar Khan, director Kanishk Verma, Bijesh and screenwriter Sagar Panday, they write a bit of romance triggered by the same thoughts described above. First, tension gives way to mutual attraction. When there is a heated exchange of words between Avantika Rao (Regina Cassandra) and Viraj who are both fearless in the sky, she with hers’alag booty‘ predicted: ‘You won’t last a month.’ But fear not, the admiration will soon sizzle between the two.

Continuing with the favorite flavor of two different communities coming together, Salim is drawn to Preeti Sood (Shivya Pathania), a local restaurateur.

There is another common element to most shows. The main characters must battle panic attacks stemming from past traumas and parental issues. Avantika must overcome her fear of “May Day” and Viraj must reconcile with her father before the end of the season. They do it obediently.

Code M Season 2 which also had the defense forces as its backdrop, harping on questionable defense agreements. which overflows into Shoorveer like J18, a fighter aircraft from Sweden, has such an inherent manufacturing defect that it lays the foundation and emphasizes the importance of atma nirbhar and manufacture in India.

Shoorveer is therefore an amalgamation of situations and characters taken from various other shows. But it flies a notch higher than most due to well-executed dogfights and aerial parries.

Making it watchable are the pleasant young faces Armaan Ralhan, Aadil Khan and Regina Cassandra. Manish Chaudhary (as Ranjan Malik who directs his dream Project Hawks) and Makarand Deshpande (as NSA Milind Phanse) participate in the presence of their veterans.

Last shot: A spy implanted in India has a word in Pashto. This more or less translates to, here comes season 2.

Watch the trailer for Shoorveer:

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