Cast: Sunil Grover, Ranvir Shorey, Girish Kulkarni, Mukul Chadha, Ashwin Kaushal, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Simran Nerurkar
Director: Vikas Bahl
Sunflower is made up of many tiny blooms, its center where the seeds develop, is made up of tiny blossoms that bees love. Similarly, if we compare the same procedure with Vikas Bahl's web series Sunflower then it was that flower for which the audience was waiting to get blossom. But here, the audience acts like those bees which get a back sting by its plotline. When we talk about a suspenseful storyline then everyone gets a glimpse of an anonymous murder who gets on a mission to save himself from cops but what happens when you get to know about the real murder initially and there is no suspense left. Well, exactly, like this happened with Sunflower. So to know more, let's have a glimpse of its storyline.
The serious matter emerges in Sunflower society when Raj Kapoor a wealthy, disturbed man who lives in a four BHK penthouse gets murdered in his own house while doing his early morning business. You will get to know in the very first episode how he dies and how kills him. Well, the writer didn't make any efforts to keep the suspense secret. His maid finds him dead and subsequently informs the society chairman. The Police come and start investigating the case. From there, we get the first glimpse of Sunil Grover who introduces himself as Sonu Singh to the police.
If we talk about the Sunflower society then there are countless sour-sweet twisted characters who are suspicious in police eyes till the time they wouldn't find the real culprit. Inspector Digendra (Ranvir Shorey) finds his suspect in Kapoor's neighbor whereas inspector Tambe is sure that Sonu is the real murderer. Both are working on their theories and apart from the two, Tambe and Digendra also have their eye on Kapoor's maid. Will the policemen be able to find the murderer or will they indulge in the dementia of sunflower society. But for the disclaimer, we can suggest you to go for the series if you want to watch a story that is not suspenseful at all, where characters are developing as per the plot need and have a bundle of non-serious jokes.
Vikas Bahl, a renowned director who is known for directing Super 30 and Queen, has helmed the eight-episode project. No one would raise a question on his direction but when it's about a storyline then one should get concerned about the writer. Interestingly, Vikas has written the ZEE5 suspense drama which is not engaging only if we forget Sunil Grover from the series which is quite difficult. The fabrication of Sunflower is wither and it is scentless. A series where every character comes and does their part and leaves straight. But is it really what Vikas wants to write? Well, the answer would be better delivered by the director himself!
Vikas Bahl must have encountered his own society when he was writing the characters whether it is professor Ahuja (Mukul Chadha) who usually scolded his wife for no reason and even blames her when police find him a prime suspect by saying, 'Tune Karvachauth ka varat nhi rakha isliye yeh sab ho raha hai.' Like really, senseless dialogue, Ahuja Ji! Or Dilip Iyer (Ashish Kulkarni) who brags about Indian culture and spits on modern lifestyle although his own daughter who looks more like rapper Travis Scott. The Sunflower society has so many countless characters that it can slow down the ride of a horse.
A series with no suspense, no thrill, loose comedy scatters each scene, even when you start establishing a grip, a single scene of no mean appears on the screen. Many scenes that give the feel of comedy have been drawn to the extent of being boring.
Moving forward to the performances, then one character that has been the charmer in the eight-episode series is Sunil Grover. He is gullible and has a crush on his colleague but when he surprises her with a pineapple cake, on eating which, she almost dies. Embarrassed Sonu doesn't even uplift any chance to apologize, although he starts eying on her new neighbor. Sunil is hilarious, witty and rib-tickling at various scenes.
Ranvir Shorey and Girish Kulkarni are hardcore policemen, where Ranvir is serious, more dedicated to his job, at the same time, Grish is funny, and a womanizer. They two have played their part perfectly and you will love them on the screen. Apart from him, Mukul Chadha, Ashwin Kaushal, Ashish Vidhyarthi, Simran Nerurkar have done justice with their part.
The sunflower society officers are orthodox in their approach when it comes to selecting the tenets. They live in a modern world but resist accepting the present reality. Did Vikas Bahl try to represent society in the form of a political satire? Or he tried to showcase the society's current scenario as Indian's current situation? If the answer is yes, then he failed drastically in his approach.
All in all, the series juggles between a murder mystery and society's own babble issues. If Vikas Bahl has any idea for the second season which he has already hinted at in the current one then it would be good for us if he tried to sum up everything in one season only. As the pace of the series was terribly slow and where the story was heading, no one was aware of it. Everything is just moving with no clue what would happen next. In nutshell, Sunflower is an average series to watch and if you are a Sunil Grover fan and want to watch the least suspenseful series. Watch it at your own choice. We are going for an average rating. We wouldn't be surprised if Vikas Bahl announces its second season, hope he will do justice with the aura of the title in the next season.