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Nakaab trailer: A run-of-the-mill crime thriller

The series marks the digital directorial debut of Gulaab Gang director Soumik Sen, who is also working for the first time with Mallika Sherawat, Gautam Rode, and Esha Gupta.

Hia Datta
Sep 06, 2021
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A still from the trailer.

Starring Esha Gupta, Mallika Sherawat, Gautam Rode, the MX Player Exclusive series Nakaab dropped its trailer on YouTube today. The series marks the first screen collaboration of Mallika Sherawat, Gautam Rode, and Esha Gupta, with the director Soumik Sen. The series, will exclusively premiere on the OTT platform on September 15.

The Raaz 3 actor Esha Gupta plays sub-inspector Aditi Amre, who is assigned to investigate the death of actor Vibha Dutta. Joining hands with a fellow police officer played by Gautam Rode, she sets out to unmask the truth behind the high-profile death that has caused a stir in the tinsel town and nation. Mallika Sherawat’s Zohra Mehra, who is a film producer, with the moniker of ‘the real queen of television,’ swiftly comes into the picture. Aditi is hell-bent on getting to the bottom of the case where she suspects foul play, only to open Pandora's box of darker secrets spilling out.

Watch the trailer here.

The trailer opens with the actor Vibha Dutta falling to death. The shock of her death is played up by TV bulletin headlines. Aditi is told by her higher-up to ‘resolve’ the case at the earliest for ‘everything to go on smoothly’, but she resolves to uncover what she is sure is a crime and not an accident. Mallika Sherawat has taken on a dark role, perhaps for the first time in her career. Zora Mehra seems far from innocent, as shown, dialling up the ACP to take care of the matter and post-mortem reports, terming the death to be an ‘accident.’ The knots of the plot seems to get more entangled as Aditi gets personally embroiled deep into what seems to be an evil plot in the working, involving more lives in danger, the ‘underworld industry’, a politician who is into drugs mafia and human trafficking.

Caught in a nefarious nexus, where everyone’s masking secrets, will Aditi find the truth or lose herself in the process forms the crux of the crime thriller. There are several questions to spike your curiosity, with a dark, tense atmosphere looming large, but on the whole, the trailer hints at another run-of-the-mill crime thriller that doesn’t look like something markedly different even within the staple tropes of the increasingly popular genre of cop thrillers. We hope the series plays out differently actually.

Soumik Sen, who is best known for the Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla starrer crime film Gulaab Gang, makes his digital directorial debut with Nakaab. Meanwhile, it is the second web series of Sherawat after ALTBalaji’s 2019 horror-comedy Boo Sabki Phategi and of Esha Gupta after the 2020 mystery thriller Zee5 RejectX.

Nakaab will be available to stream in Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

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