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Criminal UK Season 2 Review: Ranking All Four Episodes of Kit Harington, Kunal Nayyar Netflix Series From Good to Great! (SPOILER ALERT)

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Criminal UK Season 2 Review: Ranking All Four Episodes of Kit Harington, Kunal Nayyar Netflix Series From Good to Great! (SPOILER ALERT)

Criminal UK Season 2 Review: It is surprising that it took a trailer featuring Kit Harington and a very unconventionally cast Kunal Nayyar to make many realise that there is a show called Criminal on Netflix. And that we are already in season 2. A crime investigative series, Criminal has four editions – UK, Germany, Spain and France, each with different cast and storylines. But the basic setting is the same – a group of detectives figure out if a person across them in the interrogation room is innocent or accused, all through brilliant questioning and deduction. Criminal on Netflix: Kit Harrington’s Return after Game of Thrones, Kunal Nayyar’s Inclusion – The Reason to Get Excited for this Web Series are Aplenty

Criminal: UK had detectives Natalie Hobbs (Katherine Kelly), Tony Myerscough (Lee Ingleby), Vanessa Warren (Rochenda Sandall) and Kyle Petit (Shubham Saraf) return from the previous season. Each episode has a different crime and a different ‘criminal’, with guest stars taking up these roles. The first season had David Tennant, Hayley Atwell and Youssef Kerkour. The new season has Kit Harington, Kunal Nayyar, Sophie Okonedo and Sharon Horgan.

The action doesn’t go much beyond the interrogation room and the observation deck hidden behind the one-way mirror, and occasionally taking place in the break room and the passage. From the case to the confession and the deduction, everything happens within these rooms, including the little glimpses into the interrogators’ personal lives. There is no needless flashbacks to what actually happened, so everything has to be taken with a grain of doubt. All the crimes are different, and not all criminals are found out to be criminals.

So what happens in season 2? It shows a much marked improvement from the first season, which is very underrated, coming with an additional episode. The casting is excellent here, and performance fantastic. So let’s rank each episode here from “Good” to “Terrific”.

“Julia”

Sophie Okonedo in Criminal S2

The first episode is no way bad, thanks to its buildup and Sophie Okonedo’s (Hotel Rwanda) amazing performance. The camera surely loves to take enough time to be settled on her face, as she displays a gamut of expressions within a matter of seconds. Sophie plays Julia, the wife of a convicted killer, who is called in for evidence verification. But something she slips during questioning brings the needle of suspicion on her, and the detectives are now determined to get a murder confession out of her. A really good buildup, but compared to the rest of the episodes, plays it very straight. Also a little slow-paced.

“Alex”

Kit Harington in Criminal S2

Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) plays Alex, a vain real estate agent, who is accused of raping his subordinate. He insists that she came on to him after a night of party and the sex was consensual, but the girl still pressed charges against him. At first, Alex comes off as a arrogant prick, who seems to proud of his good looks, though he plays it himself down (and isn’t convincing at that). But as the interrogation proceeds, his personality begins to crumble. In the era when #MeToo movement is strong, this episode raises the debate once again that whether every accusation should be blindly considered, where every accused should be deemed guilty first, before he is proven innocent. This episode smartly traverses that grey area, and Alex’s outburst towards the end gives a new perspective on those against whom accusations (that could be false) could never be proved. Harington is incredible in that scene, while he was convincingly smug throughout the rest of the episode.

“Danielle”

Sharon Horgan in Criminal S2

If the earlier episode was about our wrong approach of ‘guilt, unless proven innocent’, then “Danielle” is about seeing a crime because we think there is one. Danielle, played by Sharon Horgan (Pulling), is brought in for questioning for her role in ousting an alleged paedophile. Claiming to be a leader of an online vigilante group called “Pesticide”, Danielle used to chat with what she believes are predators on online forums impersonating a 14-yo girl. Feeling she has trapped one, she sends proof of her chatter’s ‘crimes’ to his office, his home and the police. The resulting chaos brings her to the interrogation room, where she claims to be proud of what she did. Only for the detectives to show her the actual damages to what she had unwittingly done.

With the ongoing Sushant Singh Rajput-Rhea Chakraborty media circus and social media investigations happening in India, this episode is a stark reminder of what happens when you try to be a social vigilante. Danielle’s intentions may have been noble in her head, after all child abuse is a serious crime. But in trying to bring down who she thinks is a criminal, she destroys more lives than she knew. An excellent episode indeed, with some unexpected turns!

“Sandeep”

Kunal Nayyar in Criminal S2

If The Big Bang Theory‘s Rajesh Koothrappali never had friends to rein him in, would he have turned into the psychopathic killer Sandeep Singh? That’s the question I had when I watch the final and the best episode of the second season. Kunal Nayyar, playing against type, relishes chewing the scenery and dominating the proceedings. His character is a convicted murderer who is brought in for questioning for another unsolved crime. He has a confirmed alibi for that, but the cunning criminal tries to cut a deal for himself by offering intel on another high profile crime.

It is a treat to see Nayyar embracing a dark performance, after earlier seeing Holland excel in a grim role in yet another Netflix offering The Devil All The Time. But the episode itself is well-written, suspenseful and gripping, with a killer finale. It also marks the return of Mark Stanley as the disgraced detective Hugo Duffy, and he steals the show in the third act. Too bad, we never get to see Stanley share screen with his GoT co-star Harington.

As you might have observed, our liking for each episode of Criminal UK S2 has been according to how they are placed in the season. But that’s how we have found it – each engaging, a couple better than the others. If you have a different ranking in your mind, do share your thoughts in the comments section below.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 16, 2020 11:21 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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NCB Says No Link Between Drug Probe and Karan Johar’s July 2019 Party

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Saturday confirmed that the agency is not probing the alleged ‘drug party’ video posted by Bollywood filmmaker Karan Johar, adding that their focus is on the drug-related investigation surrounding the death of Sushant Singh Rajput. Sonu Nigam Slams Cyber Police After Ministry of Labour Retweets Tasteless Joke on Deepika Padukone From Fake Account of the Singer (Watch Video).

The video was posted on July 28, 2019, by Johar that shows several Bollywood celebrities including Deepika Padukone, Arjun Kapoor, Malaika Arora, Shahid Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor, Vickey Kaushal present at the party that took place at his residence.

Later Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa demanded an investigation on the matter of celebrities’ involvement in the consumption of drugs. Karan Johar Issues Statement Slamming Rumours of Drug Abuse, Clarifies Kshitij Prasad and Anubhav Chopra Are Not Associated With Dharma.

On Saturday during a press address, asked if NCB plans to summon Johar over the alleged ‘drug party’ video that has surfaced, Mutha Ashok Jain, NCB South-Western Region Deputy Director-General told the media: “No, there is no connection of that said video with this case.”

There were speculations in the media that Johar might be summoned by the NCB on the matter. Was Vicky Kaushal on Dope or Just Ill? Karan Johar Reveals What Really Happened at His Controversial Party – Watch Video.

However, Jain confirmed that no fresh summons have been sent to any other film personality in the case.

On Saturday Bollywood actresses Deepika Padukone, Shraddha Kapoor, and Sara Ali Khan were grilled by the NCB.

Kshitij Ravi Prasad, a former executive of Johar’s production house Dharma Productions has been arrested by the NCB on Saturday.

Till date, Jain said, 18 to 19 persons have been arrested in connection as part of the probe into the death of Sushant, who was found dead at his Bandra home on June 14.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:17 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bollywood Drug Probe: NCB Seizes Mobile Phones of Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone

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The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB), which quizzed Bollywood actors Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone, her former manager Karishma Prakash, and fashion designer Simone Khambatta on Friday and Saturday in connection with the drugs case related to the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput, has seized their mobile phones. Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh Moves Delhi HC Seeking Ban On Media for Coverage on Her.

An NCB source said, “The phones of Deepika, Karishma, Rakul and Khambatta have been seized by the NCB under the Indian Evidence Act.”

The development came after the questioning of Deepika and Karishma on Saturday, and Rakul and Khambatta on Friday for several hours.

The NCB questioned Deepika for over five hours on Saturday and Rakul for over four hours on Friday. Bollywood Drug Probe: Deepika Padukone and Other Celebs’ Cars Being Chased by Media Houses Prompts Mumbai Police To Issue Stern Warning.

Meanwhile, Karishma was questioned for two consecutive days on Friday amd Saturday, while Khambatta was grilled on Friday.

The agency collected their phones as the alleged ‘drug’ chats were made using the same phones, the source said.

The source also said that the NCB has collected the phone of Sushant’s former talent manager Jaya Saha.

Besides Deepika, Rakul, Khambatta and Karishma, the NCB also questioned Bollywood actors Shraddha Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan on Saturday for several hours.

The NCB has registered a case on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it found alleged chats of Deepika with her former manager in 2017 discussing drugs.

The phones of Rakul and Khambatta were seized as both of them are close friends of Sushant’s girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty, who was arrested earlier this month after three days of questioning.

Besides Rhea, the NCB has also arrested her brother Showik and 17 others in connection with the case.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:10 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh Moves Delhi HC Seeking Ban On Media for Coverage on Her

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Bollywood actor Rakul Preet Singh has moved the Delhi High Court seeking urgent interim directions from the court restraining media from running shows or publishing articles against her in connection with the drug probe which emerged out following the death of Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput. The matter is likely to come up for hearing in the coming week. SSR Case: Delhi High Court Tells Centre to Respond to Rakul Preet’s Plea Against Media Reports Linking Her to Rhea Chakraborty’s Drug Probe.

The petition filed through advocates Himanshu Yadav, Aman Hingorani and Shweta Hingorani claims that Rakul Preet has been in Hyderabad for a film shoot and was shocked to see media reports in the evening of September 29 to the effect that the Narcotics Control Bureau, Mumbai has summoned her to appear before it in Mumbai on September 24 in connection with the ongoing investigation in the Rhea Chakraborty’s drugs case.

“…the Petitioner had received no such summons from the NCB at either of her Hyderabad or Mumbai addresses, and accordingly she remained in Hyderabad. The Petitioner’s father, Col. Kulvinder Singh (Retd), decided to take the morning flight on 24.9.2020 to Mumbai from Hyderabad to ascertain the truth of such reports,” the plea said. Bollywood Drug Probe: Rakul Preet Singh, Deepika Padukone’s Manager Karishma Prakash Reach NCB Office.

“…however, from the evening of 23.9.2020 itself, the media started running fake news to the effect that the Petitioner, who was in Hyderabad, had supposedly reached Mumbai on the evening of 23.9.2020 for the NCB investigation,” it said further.

It added that around 11.20 a.m. on September 24, the Petitioner received summons under Section 67 of the NDPS Act dated September 23 through WhatsApp in Hyderabad which said that she had to appear in person before the NCB, Mumbai at 10 a.m. on September 24.

It is from the email dated September 24 from the NCB that the Petitioner learnt that case in which she has been required to appear has been registered as Crime No. MZU/NCB/15/2020, the plea said.

Earlier this month, Rakul had approached the High Court seeking its direction in order to ask the media not to telecast, publish or circulate on the TV channels, cable, print or social media, as the case may be, any content in the context of Actress Rhea Chakraborty’s narcotic drugs case that maligns or slanders the Petitioner or which contains anything defamatory, deliberate, false and suggestive innuendos and half-truths in respect of the Petitioner, or to use sensational headlines, photographs, video-footage or social media links which invade the privacy of the Petitioner.

While issuing notice on the said plea, a single-judge bench of the high court presided by Justice Navin Chawla had said, “There has to be some restraint. Media gets to know info even before the officers themselves. Reputations are getting tarnished.”

“It is hoped that media houses and TV channels would show restraint and abide by the Program Code and other guidelines while making any report in connection with Rakul Preet Singh,” the bench had said further.

(The above story first appeared on Onhike on Sep 27, 2020 12:02 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website onhike.com).

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