THE NIGHT MANAGER SEASON 2 is based on a novel by John le Carré. Shridhar Raghavan and Sandeep Modi’s story adaptation is engaging. Shridhar Raghavan’s screenplay is neat and uncomplicated. The writer has peppered the season with some intriguing and dramatic scenes that keep the interest going. Akshat Ghildial and Shantanu Srivastava’s dialogues are sharp.
Sandeep Modi and Priyanka Ghose’s direction is fine. The second season has 3 episodes and is nearly 160 minutes long, with each episode lasting around 50-55 minutes. Yet, one doesn’t get bored as a lot is happening every minute. Moreover, the second season is grander. The scene where Shelly’s weapons are tested is highly memorable. It’s not just visually appealing but also helps the story as one realizes how dangerously things can go wrong if these weapons fall into the wrong hands. Lipika’s track, too, keeps the interest going. The climax is superb and the series ends on a fine note.
On the flipside, a few sequences are unconvincing. Shaan’s actions towards the end are not easy to digest. A few important characters of Season 1 are nowhere to be seen in Season 2. This hampers the impact as they could have added to the madness. Another major problem is that the show never gets nail-biting as such. This problem existed in season 1 as well where only the first episode had tense moments while the rest of the 3 episodes didn’t. Here, barring for a scene or two, one doesn’t feel scared for the characters.
Speaking of performances, Aditya Roy Kapur is superb and arguably this is his best act. He understands the complex character well and plays it effortlessly. His female fans might be a bit disappointed as he doesn’t go shirtless often this season! Anil Kapoor, too, gives his 100% and shines in several scenes. One of the most rocking aspects of his performance is when he flashes his cunning smile in situations where he’s supposed to get angry. It adds a lot to his performance. Sobhita Dhulipala plays the difficult part with élan. However, one wishes her back story was explored a bit more. Tillotama Shome is adorable, just like in Season 1. Ravi Behl is okay. The scenes where Shelly gets rude to his character seem needless as nothing was done about it after a point. Brijpal (Saswata Chatterjee) rocks the show. Watch out for him in the seafood restaurant scene. Joy Sengupta and Anand Vikas Potdukhe (Sarang) lend able support. Vikram Kapadia is fair. Resh Lamba (Freddie Rahman) leaves a mark. The same goes for Prashant Narayanan. Shrenik Arora (Taaha) is wasted.
Sam C S’s background score is exhilarating. Benjamin Jasper’s cinematography is spectacular, especially in the desert scenes. Saini Johray and Madhusudan N’s production design is rich. Kshitij Kankaria and Aparna Sharma’s costumes are appealing, especially the ones worn by Sobhita Dhulipala. Anaita Shroff Adajania’s costumes for Aditya Roy Kapur are quite glamorous. Paramjeet Dhillon Pamma’s action is as per the requirement. VFX is top-notch. Parikshhit Jha and Pritamkalwar’s editing is appropriate.
On the whole, THE NIGHT MANAGER SEASON 2 works due to its gripping plot and execution, grandeur and top-class performances. Thanks to the popularity of the first season, the second season is also expected to grab eyeballs and become a talking point.
Rating – 3 stars
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