As an ardent lover of war stories, I watched “Avrodh: The Siege Within” a web series on Sonyliv which is an adaptation of the chapter from Shiv Aroor and Rahul Singh’s book, India’s Most Fearless.
As like others, I had watched the movie Uri, I had great expectations from this nine-part series. From its very first episode, the plot and the direction hook you with the courage of the Indian Armed Forces.
From my experience, I think it’s a great watch. In the complete series, you will be mesmerized with the final surgical strike of September 29, 2016, across the Line of Control (LOC) in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) and several military operations.
Avrodh starts with an attack by the Indian Army at a wedding in a Kashmiri Village to neutralize a militant commander, Bilawal Wani. After the militant’s death, there is a surge of protests in Kashmir. The Kashmir tensions were intelligently depicted in the series.
The fight between good and bad was shown as to how the Pakistani terrorist group prepared militants and fund attacks were planned. National security concerns were given importance in the series. The conflicts of personal interest and individual ambitions were shown beautifully.
The momentum picks up when the Uri base camp was attacked by terrorists that resulted in the death of 19 soldiers. A well-written series beautifully displays the patriotism of the soldiers and government. The series captivates you with the beauty of Kashmir and the sterility of the war room.
The series focused on minute details like a crutch, AK-47 rifle, M4A1 carbines, Galil sniper, TAR-21 rifles, and a pair of prosthetics. The painstaking efforts and perseverance behind the operation JACKAL can be felt on the screen.
How the soldiers accomplished the operation bravely is what you would like to watch. If you really have a great interest in the back story of the URI surgical strike, it is best to watch for.
Major Videep Singh, an Indian Army officer character was played by Amit Sadh made his appearance in episode 4 who heads the surgical strike.
Amit Sadh played like a true officer and a leader. The training sessions depicted in the series that focused on speed and strength were impeccable.
The training sessions seemed like a documentary about soldiers performing operations. Some of the finer moments in the series were when the army spent 17 hours hiding in PoK to attack the target. The camaraderie Amit Sadh shared with his men was depicted intelligently. Those were some amazing nail-biting scenes when they were hiding under the bushes. I was stalled by those scenes. You will also be touched with emotions and the bond between army offices and their families.
The series depicted great characters like Vikram Gokhale who played the Prime Minister, Neeraj Kabi as the National Security Advisor, Darshan Kumaar as a patriotic and emotional officer, Madhurima Tuli as a vigilant journalist, and Anil George as Abu Hafeez.
The character of Ajit Doval played by Neeraj Kabi is shown as a strong-headed man who is not interested in diplomatic dialogues. He shows no love for stone pelters and believes that India should answer its neighboring nations. My favorite dialogue in this series was that India is not only the nation of Mahatma Gandhi but also a nation of Subash Chandra Bose.
Though you seem to know what would be the end of the series as you have already watched the movie, still the series wins your heart with stunning performances and originality. I admired the series as it was more detailed, real, and thrilling.
While watching the operations and missions accomplished by the army, you feel proud of your Indian Army. The web series is raw, tough, and scintillating. If you are a fan of war scenes, you would surely love to watch.
Talking about its screenplay and direction, it is mind-blowing. The plots are quite engaging that arouses interest every second. Dialogues are well-written and precise.
While watching the complete series, you feel the adrenaline rush with its action-packed finale. The twists and turns in Avrodh make it a gripping watch with the stellar performances of impactful characters.